No more springs

Ikea lorry parked outside our house

Look who turned up early this afternoon (above): Mr and Mrs Ikea pulled up outside shortly before one-o’clock-and-time-for-lunch (see Genesis for details) and delivered our new mattress (below).

Our kingsize bed

I know that you can’t tell from the photograph alone, but that’s the most comfortable bed I’ve ever laid down upon in that whole bedroom. I forgot to take a photo before we made the bed.

It’s firm, it’s soft, it’s comfortable and no more dirty-great springs in my back at night. Happy Christmas, Jane! (That’s our Christmas present to one another: a mattress. Proving once and for all that we are definitely ‘grown-ups’!)

Looks like snow

Screenshot of ForecastFox
Screenshot of ForecastFox extension for Mozilla Firefox.

It’s snowing just now. And take a look at the forecast for the next 24 hours (above) taken from one of my favourite Firefox extensions: ForecastFox.

Now 0 °C Snow
Thursday (Night) -3 °C Very cold with snow and frost
Friday (Day) 0 °C Snow and rain in the PM
Friday (Night) 0 °C Windy with rain tapering off

Brrrr…

The rule

Cinema seats and screen
(Photograph from stock.xchng.)

Quickly, before I go to bed, I thought I’d share with you the rule. The rule is, while watching a film (or if you prefer, a ‘movie’), if anyone in the film says the name of the film you have to cheer. It doesn’t have to be a loud cheer (if you are at the cinema, for example) and if you’d prefer you may simply throw your arms in the air in a celebratory manner. But, the event must be celebrated. That’s just the rule.

This evening Jane and I watched Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) — which really was quite terrible, albeit entertaining — and got a few cheers there, for the “Tomb Raider” bit, it was too much like hard work to cheer every time someone said “Lara Croft”.

Then we watched The Shipping News (2001) — which was quite, quite wonderful — which also scored nicely on the self-referential-mention- of-the-film-title-during-dialog count.

So now you know the film name rule. Get cheering!

A spot of CSS editing

Screenshot of WeBuilder 2006
Split-screen view in the excellent WeBuilder 2006 editor.

While Jane disappeared to what she referred to as the disappointing Long Tall Sally sale I spent a couple of hours playing around with CSS menus trying to get to grips with every aspect of them: how to indent them, adjust the height, centring them, controlling the width, etc.

It also gave me some time to play around with the excellent WeBuilder 2006 editor. I’ve been using it now for a couple of months, since moving from 1st Page 2000 and I am more than delighted with it.

So, far every time I’ve said to myself “I wish it could do…” I’ve discovered that it can, including printing line numbers, add customized code snippets, customize shortcut keys, customize code syntax highlighting, and even how the cursor moves around the document (I prefer it to jump to the far left of empty lines, which it now does thanks to the “Constrain cursor to text” option”). It is brilliant.

Today I also discovered the split screen view, which updates almost as soon as you save the code file. Brilliant! What’s also quite cool is that if you type “WeBuilder 2006” (with or without quotes) into Google my blog is listed first, above the official Blumentals website!

A restful day

Table of food
Aftermath of the cheese fondue this evening.

Today has felt like a gentle and satisfying day. Having finally got to sleep around 3am because of coughing, I was up just after 9am when Jane also awoke.

After a leisurely breakfast, that spanned a couple of hours, we tidied the worst bits of the house, and I carried on with the next phase of my plan to clean the kitchen cupboards (today was the cereals cupboard and the pastas and rice cupboard) before settling down to an extended game of Star Wars Battlefront 2.

I’m really getting into SWBF2 now. It’s taken a good few weeks, of off-and-on play. SWBF2 is a very different game to the original SWBF in many ways, and I’m now only beginning to appreciate this. I’m now a “Sergeant” in my personal ranking, which I’m pleased with. I’ve no idea what that means, really, but it sounds good.

I then pulled up Firefox, WeBuilder 2005 and WS_FTP Pro 2006 and began to work out how to create horizontal CSS menus that ‘remember’ which page you’re on. For example, if I have a menu with “Home, Archives, Links, and Contact” and I click the Contact page, while I’m on that page I want that CSS link button to appear in a “selected” state. I think I’ve worked it out now. I’ll give it a go on this blog site first.

This evening we headed over to Jane’s sister’s for the Neilson / Gilmour / Beautyman / Saunders / Ritchie family gathering, where we exchanged presents, ate home-made Indian food and cheese fondue.

En route Jane and I stopped off at Ikea and bought our new mattress (160 x 200 cm), which will be delivered on Friday.