I saw the Korean movie “D-WARS” yesterday. To say it was a disappointment would be to give to much credit to it.
Don’t waste your money on this movie. All the money seem to have been spent on the CGI (which was great in parts) and very little to the story line, which we have seen a million times before.

Korean movie "D-Wars" Movie Poster

Christmas Holidays

Being a tax office employee I get the full Christmas period off
From midday, Christmas Eve to Jan 2

After Boxing day (Dec 26) I have been watching the Korean drama “Jewel in the Palace” 대장금(大長今) / Dae-jang-geum

Dae-Jang-Geum DVD Cover.jpg

Since I love period dramas, this is right up my alley.
But there are 70 episodes and it has taken me two days to watch the first 25!

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Installing WordPress on OS X Leopard


There are many fine tutorials on the net for installing PHP, MySQL and WordPress on OS X.
The problem is none of them by themselves got wordpress working on Leopard.

I got it working on Tiger (OS X 10.4) by using the following article:


This article gives an excellent overview of installing PHP and MySQ, both of which are not included with Tiger. But with the introduction of Leopard (OS X 10.4) PHP 5 and Apache 2 are installed by default.
So to WordPress working we have to

1. Install MySQL from mysql.com (use the 10.4 version, no 10.5 version yet)
2. PHP is installed, but not turned on. Turn it on and tell PHP about MySQL
3. Install WordPress

I did all of the above, but wordpress could not connect to the MySQL server. I could connect on the command line using the mysql interpreter, but PHP couldn’t connect through the socket.

By default the PHP socket is /var/socket
But MySQL on OS X uses /tmp/mysql.sock

; Default socket name for local MySQL connects. If empty, uses the built-in
; MySQL defaults.
;mysql.default_socket =

I changed the PHP.INI to the following:

mysql.default_socket = /tmp/mysql.sock
# Changed to get wordpress to work. /tmp/mysql.sock is required for PHP to connect to mysql

The article LAMP in Leopard OSX 10.5 (PHP5 and Apache 2.2)

The article mentioned how to turn on PHP.

Further Reading:




A MySQL reference for OS X – http://www.comentum.com/mysql-administration.html

An outdated 10.4 installation tutorial – http://timestocome.com/wordpress2/10-step-install-for-wordpress-on-osx-104/
– still some interesting titbits.


Brazilian JiuJitsu

I have just started training in Brazilian JiuJitsu. This is an offshoot of Judo which concentrates on ground work, specifically submission wrestling.

I have a few old  injuries which have flared up because of the stress on the body, e.g.  such as pushing my opponent down in the photo.

Hopefully with patience, and a good training program I can overcome these injuries and improve  my technique.