Well that was weird – WordPress encoding

Seems the site decided it was time that it shouldn’t encode the site properly.


Since Southanuk is a relatively old WordPress installation [Around 2006] it was using an old character set, namely latin_1. Converted it to UTF8 and all is now good and properly displaying. Have a few celebratory ‘ , – s.


For others having the same problem with WordPress not encoding pages properly, I recommend the bbWP2UTF8 plugin. Its very simple to use and is a lot easier than this method, although saying that, it may work if the plugin doesn’t.


Well something went wrong very shortly after I had posted this, post numbers weren’t auto-incrementing. Should be all fixed. Also discovered a very nice MySQL command to help convert those troublesome characters to UTF8:

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME = replace(ROWNAME,'’','\'');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'…','...');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'–','-');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'“','"');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'â€Â','"');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'‘','\'');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'•','-');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'‡','c');


GEF follows shortly and possibly something on Monday if I can get it to work.

GEF #19: Wimbledon

Well I seemed to have disappeared last Friday, and I do apologise for my lack of a place for last week, HOWEVER! I am back.


This week it is the green and luscious; All England Lawn and Tennis Club in Wimbledon, South London.


I write this post on the day our only hope of a British winner goes out of the Championships. Every game we seem to invent, we inevitably loose at. Don’t even get me started on the football…


Wikiquote for strawberry and cream goodness:

The Championships at Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis  tournament in the world and is generally considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and the only one still played on the game’s original surface, grass, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name.


GEF #18: E3

Sorry this is a bit late, I was rather tired last night and angry at the terrible game England played in the world cup, but i digress.


This week was E3, a large gathering of game developers and companies trying to flog their latest 3D gaming whathaveyous, held in the Los Angeles Convention Centre strangely enough in Los Angeles, California.



Looking forward to Little Big Planet 2 mostly, Nintendo’s 3DS seems gimmicky like the Wii but going on how well the original DS sold, it could be equally as popular or just wait a year for Nintendo’s next revision of their handheld. As for Playstation Move, why not? Seems like good fun, widely supported and glows! Microsoft, go back to what you do best, making engaging hardcore game platforms, not some movement based controller that dilutes the reputation that you’ve built up and makes the experience more casual. Xbox was made for hardcore gamers and yes, I do dislike Xbox, as I am a Playstation man myself, but Microsoft have lost the plot.


End Rant, Wikipedia quote go!

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E3, is an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). It is used by many video game developers to show off their upcoming games and game-related hardware.


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Make sure you have Google Earth

GEF #17: Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Well it cant be all laughs and giggles on here, have some depressing real world news.


Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill_-_May_24,_2010On the 20th of April 2010, a oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico exploded killing 11 of its workers and started gushing out millions of gallons of oil into the sea. 51 days on (at the time of writing) the leak is still spewing out its oily payload into the ocean, causing unknown environmental and economic damage.


The gusher, estimated to be flowing at 12,000 to 100,000 barrels (500,000 to 4,200,000 US gallons; 1,900,000 to 16,000,000 litres) per day, originates from a deepwater wellhead  5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the ocean surface.


Lets see how this one goes.

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Gurren Lagann – Parallel Works 2

So some of you know I watch anime and a personal favourite of mine is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann [Gurren Lagann for short.] A brilliant anime of 27 episodes and 2 movies, well worth a watch.




The animation studio behind Gurren Lagann, Gainax, have brought out a nice set of AMVs [Anime Music Videos] showcasing the characters set in parallel universes, hence the name. For your viewing pleasure I have included them below.

And so I won’t get sued, buy the DVDs etc etc.

Ore no XXX wa Uchū Hitotsu

“My XXX is the best in the Universe” [My Favourite]

[flash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgXxaCVxSAU w=700 h=393]
click image to play

Kittan Zero

[flash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt5NQfLR1CQ w=700 h=393]
click image to play

The Sense of Wonder

[flash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EscVte0V-iY w=700 h=393]
click image to play

Big Building

[flash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnjQ3DyipWQ w=700 h=393]
click image to play

Dai-Gurren, Goodbye

[flash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j16GkZ-KOTI w=700 h=393]
click image to play

Kiyal’s Magical Time

[flash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfZoDqX2wV0 w=700 h=393]
click image to play

Gunmen Symphonia

[flash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXHVAgPP5us w=700 h=393]
click image to play


Now remember, its not just solely the animation you are watching for, its the mix of both animation and music. Episode 4 of the main series brings back terrible memories… if you’ve watched this series you’ll know what I’m feeling right now.


Also as a side note, I believe the director of the Ore no XXX wa Uchū Hitotsu video, also did the openings for some of the series, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei [Another favourite of mine. Maybe I enjoy the mild acid trips induced by his videos, who knows.]

[flash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKRHiue2sIM w=700 h=393]
click image to play


I think I’ve bombarded you with enough videos for now, ta-ra.

UK General Election 2010

election-2010-the-polls-7041602300So its that time already?

Who are you voting for this year? No age limits here, so feel free to vote even if you are under the legal voting age!


Its just a bit of fun and doesn’t represent the views of myself or any animals in my possession.


Also for a bit more election fun try out Slapometer, slap the main candidates to your hearts content.




Who are YOU voting for this 6th May?

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