June 30, 2004

Blacklist Backfire

Hey, I can't use the word "socialist" in my comments because it contains the word "Cialis." Can anyone fix this? Pixy? Anybody?

Posted by CD at 02:18 AM | Comments (17)

Um, what? Help requested.

I edited my main template, just to correct a spelling error in a blogroll link name. After I saved and rebuilt, all but the most recent post were missing. I just added a little post, partly as a test. It and the previous one show up, but everything from before is still missing. Did I do something dumb?

Posted by triticale at 12:43 AM | Comments (15)

June 29, 2004

Um, what? Help requested.

I logged into my blog this evening and every post except the most recent has become center justified. At least, it appears that way on my computer. Does anyone else see that behavior on their computer? If so, any ideas on how to change it back? Some of the posts display poorly now and I'd like to fix them. However, since I haven't made any changes to my templates in a long time, I cannot fathom what the problem could be. Any suggestions? Bueller? Thanks in advance.

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:52 AM | Comments (19)

June 26, 2004

Thingys & Doodads - Rotating Banners

This edition of Thingys & Doodads will outline the procedures used to install rotating banner images on your website.

I can't tell you if other people notice things like new banners when they log on to a site, but I do. I see that Rocket Ted keeps fresh banners on a regular basis. Jennifer is always tweaking around with her banners and site design. Linda has displayed three or four really nice banners until she settled on her current one. This script will select a random image from a list and load that image when the page is loaded or refreshed. I use 3 images on my site. I set up Harvey's site with 8 or 10 banners (if I remember correctly). I set up Sir John of Argghhh!!! with 6 banners. Pam did all the banners for Harvey, John and me (if you want some nice new banners, she can come up with something real good for you).

There are several ways to set this up... you can just put them in your templates, you can put them in a template module and use an MTinclude statements in your templates, you can set up text files and use php includes in your templates... the last method is the best way to keep your rebuild times fast. For the purposed of this tutorial, I'll use the method for MTincludes.

Scripts and instructions are listed out in the extended entry...

What this script does - When your page is loaded or refreshed, it generates a random number based on the number of logos in the script in the head section and selects the corresponding image to display.

First is the script for that goes in the head section:

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" >
var logo = new Array() // do not change this

logo[0] = 'http://madfishwillies.mu.nu/images/madfishmetalB.jpg'
logo[1] = 'http://madfishwillies.mu.nu/images/madfishmetal2.gif'
logo[2] = 'http://madfishwillies.mu.nu/images/madfishmetal3.gif'

var j = 0
var p = logo.length;

var preBuffer = new Array()
for (i = 0; i < p; i++){
preBuffer[i] = new Image()
preBuffer[i].src = logo[i]
var whichImage = Math.round(Math.random()*(p-1));
function showImage(){
document.write('<img src="'+logo[whichImage]+'" width="780" height="173" border="0">');

I put this code in a template module named RotateLogoHead. Then, I put this code in the head section: <$MTInclude module="RotateLogoHead"$ />

You can modify or delete the width, height, and border attributes in the above code to fit your needs.

Next, is the code that goes in the body section:

<div id="banner" align="center">
<a href="http://madfishwillies.mu.nu/index.php" accesskey="1">
<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" >

I put this code in a template module named RotateLogoBody. Then, I put this code in the body section where I want the logo banner image to appear. <$MTInclude module="RotateLogoBody"$ />

You can add as many images in the roation as your want. Just copy & paste the last line listing the images, edit the logo number. Pay attention to the punctuation!

If you have a favorite banner image that you want to display more often than the others, you can "weight" the list by inserting more lines for that image.

As always... everything you add to your template will cause load times to increase.

Note: The code accesskey="1" is a hotkey code. If you press the key combination of ALT+1, you will go to the URL address in the link.

Next Week: Random Quotes in php

Posted by Madfish Willie at 09:32 PM | Comments (18)

I know, I know . . .

I only come around when I want to pick everyone's brains. But did we resolve the question of how to get one's blog to retain information on commenters? The worst thing is, my own blog doesn't recognize me?--how embarrassing is that? I have to re-enter my own information each time I go there. If this is happening to my "guests," so much the worse.

Let me know, O my faithful friends.

Posted by Attila at 07:31 AM | Comments (11)

June 23, 2004



Posted by Pixy Misa at 11:49 PM | Comments (24)

June 22, 2004

New Blog Showcase

I'm happy to announce a new blog. Following the Bear's lead I'm starting a New Blog Showcase blog. All your questions are answered here.

Of course, to get this to work, I need to spread the word and get some new blogs to start posting some gems. And what better way to appeal to the good nature of my fellow Munuvians. So please help spread the word...you may be on the way to discovering the next Glenn.

Posted by Simon at 07:52 AM | Comments (15)

basic html question

I want to put a copy&paste javascript on my mainpage and was almost sure all I needed was a form tag for that, but it did not work. Of course, it might be because I attempted to put a width delimiter in.

Hints anyone?

Posted by Tiger at 02:17 AM | Comments (13)

June 21, 2004

OK, I finally broke something...

I finally broke something -- my entire left rail is down below my text.

The one other time I did it, I figured out that I used a "div" tag in a post and didn't close it.

I can't find any such miscue this time. I'm sure it's a stupid mistake (as I'm prone to do from time to time) but can I petition the Gods for some measure of help?


Posted by mhking at 08:08 PM | Comments (20)

June 19, 2004

Getting centered

Hey everyone! (*waving*)

What is the code for centering in my sidebar?

Posted by Rae at 04:07 AM | Comments (13)

June 18, 2004

Google Has a Memory Like a Freakin Elephant

I recently deleted a blog entry that if put in the wrong hands could cause some trouble. However, if you do a google search for my blog, that entry shows up.
Is there something I can do to get rid of this forever?

Posted by De at 06:30 PM | Comments (25)

June 16, 2004

Add/Edit Author Madfish Willie

Over the course of assisting several of the new members in their moves to MuNuviana, I've been added as an author to a lot of sites.

If you have added Madfish Willie or MJ Taylor or M J Taylor as an author to your site, could you please be so kind as to delete me from your author list. Of course, if there is anything else we need to do to your site, let me know and I'll get it done this week-end.

Thanks in advance for your troubles.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 11:47 PM | Comments (17)

Attention MAC wielding Munivians

If you are reading this then this test works.

I downloaded a little blogging utility that supports multiple blogs on MT (and others). So far in just playing around with it, I love it. Even if posting from this doesn't work, I'll probably pony up the $20 shareware fee just for its formatting functions. There is a list of preset tags that you can edit and add to, and build in keyboard shortcuts for.

It will do multiple categories. You can manage recent posts. You can send notifications, You can turn comments and pings on and off.

And get this THE PREVIEW WORKS. You see your post in color and the right fonts. You also have the option of setting up a live preview so that the preview updates as you type.

You need to be on at least OS x 10.3 but I wouldn't hesitate to try the demo on an older version of OS X either.

If you want it you can find it here.

There's a screen shot of the preview in the extended entry (maybe).

UPDATE: I just discovered that they make a version for Windows (not that there's anything wrong with that.)


Posted by Stephen Macklin at 03:26 PM | Comments (16)

Waiting time

Pixy - I know you are busy planning world domination and what-not, but just a gentle reminder that Rusty is desperate to make the jump to the great land of Munu whenever you can set him up. His email is mypetjawa-at-yahoo-dot-com.

I think there are a few others waiting too. Just making sure the Munu expansion plans continue apace...

Posted by Simon at 02:33 AM | Comments (18)

June 10, 2004


Does anyone know how to set up NeoMail to be accessed via Mozilla's Mail & Newsgroups window? Or where to go for instructions? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Posted by Madfish Willie at 11:02 PM | Comments (19)


I know that it's a little late,
And I've had no time to illustrate,
But the Carnival is up!
Oh yes,
The Carnival is up!

Posted by Pixy Misa at 12:01 PM | Comments (20)


I can't get to my Munuviana stats, and I think that Sitemeter is yanking my chain. Pixy, are you back up yet?


Posted by Everydaystranger at 11:31 AM | Comments (15)

June 09, 2004

Error Message

A question from the Llamabutchers:

I keep getting the error message

Template " does not have an Output file

and it will not allow me to post anything. Any ideas?


Steve the Llamabutcher

Posted by Steve at 04:10 PM | Comments (14)

Not Sure

. . . if this has been asked before, but I'm having trouble running multiple pictures in the same entry. I use the "upload file" button, and each time I do this it gives me a new "new entry" window. I can therefore only have one image in any given entry.

Any ideas? Thanks!

Posted by Attila at 09:58 AM | Comments (16)


An urgent security patch that didn't work quite as expected left MuNu temporarily poigled. It should all be happy again, but let me know if you do see any problems.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 04:12 AM | Comments (25)

June 07, 2004

Carnivals Are Better Than Symphonies!

Don't listen to that Jim person! It's a trick! You're much better off submitting entries to the Carnival!

All Munuvians are required to submit entries! The power of Pixy compels you! The power of Pixy compels you!

Mmm, peanut M&Ms...

Posted by Pixy Misa at 01:58 AM | Comments (21)

It's Symphony Time

The Bestofme Symphony returns home to Snooze Button Dreams tomorrow for its 1/2 year celebration. Get your submissions in to bestofme@jpeacock.net.

Remember that the only requirements are that the post be at least 2 months old and that you think it's good. Not familiar with the Symphony? Get the basics right over here.

Posted by Jim at 01:17 AM | Comments (14)

Carnival Time Approacheth

Carnival of the Vanities is coming to Ambient Irony this week, so the time to get your entries in is now!

Send them to carnival@pixymisa.com and I'll make sure that something good happens to them.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 12:52 AM | Comments (18)

June 05, 2004

"Latest Comments" Code?

I dig that Latest Comments feature on the sidebar here. Is there code available for adding that to our blogs? For one site specifically, I mean.

Seems to be a great way to let readers know where the comment activity is, without scanning every post.

Posted by Ace at 02:02 AM | Comments (22)


Er... Has anyone else noticed that the mu.nu blogroll hasn't been updated in a while?

I was wondering when the Llama Butchers were gonna start blogging and I, on a whim, typed in llamabutchers.mu.nu and there they were. Is something wrong? The last post is titled "Is The Thing Working Yet?"

The thought of Robert and Steve blogging in a vacuum for the past month almost makes me wanna cry.

And what about Memeblog? How many shadow Munuvians are there? Pixy, please update the blogroll so's we can stop our new cow puppies from getting sucked into the void!

Posted by Tuning Spork at 01:53 AM | Comments (47)

June 04, 2004

Ban the Company?

That's two days in a row now that I have been screwed by a company called CP Cyber Wurx, who have blistered my site with 31 comments worth of spam, all on the same entry, all of them involving animals, fists, and a variety of equipment.

I have banned the two IP addresses that they came in on, but how do I ban the range? They are pissing me off!

Search results for:

OrgName: CP Cyber Wurx
Address: 4334 Unit L Arrow Tree
City: St. Louis
StateProv: MO
PostalCode: 63128
Country: US

NetRange: -
NetHandle: NET-66-154-0-0-1
Parent: NET-66-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Allocation
RegDate: 2001-07-20
Updated: 2003-08-20

TechHandle: CS1169-ARIN
TechName: IP SUPPORT, Christopher
TechPhone: +1-404-681-9888
TechEmail: ipsupport@cyberwurx.com


Posted by Everydaystranger at 12:47 PM | Comments (20)

June 03, 2004

HammerHead - Green Spots

I have a new skin up over at the MadLab. It's called Green Spots.

It's a pretty mild design with light shades of green on background of multicolored "spots". There are several colored "spots" in the background. By grabbing one of those colors and changing the color scheme, you could modify the design color to your preferences.

I just formatted the front page. If anyone wants to grab it, let me know and I'll tweak it to where everything is consistent throughout the entire site. If not, I'll just add it to my growing list of Madfish Willie skins.

As usual, browsing in Mozilla will give you the full Green Spots experience!

Posted by Madfish Willie at 12:00 AM | Comments (23)

June 02, 2004


Pretty Please?

Posted by Daniel at 10:25 PM | Comments (18)

Less Dead

Without actually claiming to be alive, as such, I am now much less dead than I have been for the past five weeks. So if you were wondering when, if ever, I will get around to doing something-or-other - over even answering your email - the answer is very soon.

At least my email seems to have survived the Great Disk Drive Disaster of 26th-30th May 2004 (not a particularly catchy name, I know, but since I seem to be dealing with at least two disk disasters a month these days, that's what I'm stuck with) and they're all highlighted in pretty colours, so I will actually be getting back to you and loading archives and all that cool stuff.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 07:23 AM | Comments (17)

Thingys & Doodads - FavIcon

I was over at Ambient Irony the other day, and noticed Pixy's little icon image to the left of the URL in the address bar and in the tabbed window in Mozilla. I've seen them around, but haven't really tried to find out how it was done. Anyway, I left a comment over at Pixy's and one of his fans left directions. The directions were of a general of enough nature, that I had to do a google search on "favicon".

One of the results was FavIcons From Pics at Chami.com. It offers a little program that takes your specified image, converts that image to the proper size, gives you a preview of the resuling favicon image, let's you download the image to your box, gives you the HTML code and complete instructions to implement the icon.

Below is the procedure I used to install an image of YellowDog for Madfish Willie's Cyber Saloon and some of the obstacles I encountered along the way.

To start off, I picked a different image than I have now to work with. I used the image in my comments window. I went through the process as outlined on the Chami.com site. After uploading the image, I didn't like the way it rendered on screen. I knew what the image was supposed to be and look like, but I didn't think anyone else would be able to tell what it was.

So, I took an image of YellowDog. I pulled it into an image editing program, cut out the background, cropped the image to show only her head, and saved the file. I uploaded it to the Chami.com site and ran it through the program.

After saving the favicon image file to my box, I had to figure out how to get it to the proper directory at mu blog. I took a pot shot and decided to use the file upload feature. I uploaded to the Local Site Path with the box field blank.

Next, copy the HTML code with the correct URL path into the head section of the Main Index Template. [SAVE] & [REBUILD] Indexes only.

Lastly, close the browser, re-open it, and there she is!

My recommendation is to use an image that is clear and simple. Since the resulting favicon image is 16px by 16px, the original image should start out as small as possible.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 02:11 AM | Comments (14)

June 01, 2004

A website I never set up pulls up a post from my blog.

Um, I was glancing at my stats and saw a referral from a website: www.johnkerryisanasshole.com.

(I'm purposefully not hyperlinking. Try typing it in, if you don't mind.)

When I went out there to check the site + content, it immediately refers me back to this post by my blog-bud Loren:

Do you see what I'm seeing? [rubs eyes] If so, is there anything I can do about it?


Posted by Linda at 09:44 PM | Comments (26)


WooHoo!!1! A nu MuNu!

Everyone go by Pam's joint and tell her thank you for the cool new banner image and Happy Anniversary!

If anyone has any display problems with the new design, let me know. I need to know what browser & ver, resolution, operating system [Mozilla 1.6 / 1024x768 / Win XP] and exactly what the problemo is. A screen cap would be nice too so I can actually see the malfunction.

Posted by Madfish Willie at 05:21 PM | Comments (16)