Archive for February 18th, 2006

Congratulations to the Canberra Capitals

The Canberra Capitals have beaten the Dandenong Rangers 68-55 in the WNBL (Women’s National Basketball League) grand final.

This from our friends at The Age

Canberra wins WNBL grand final

Lauren Jackson has spearheaded the Canberra Capitals to their fourth women’s national basketball title in seven years with a 68-55 victory over Dandenong Rangers.

Jackson scored a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds in the WNBL final with 13 of her points coming in a blistering second quarter performance as the Capitals raced to a 14-point halftime lead.

The Rangers powered back early in the third quarter, closing to within three points and keeping Jackson scoreless for the entire term.

But Canberra steadied and closed the match out in front of a sellout 2,200 crowd at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium.

Jackson received great support inside from fellow Opals giant Jenny Whittle (12 points and nine rebounds) while guard Kellie Abrams scored 14 – including two important late third quarter baskets.

For the Rangers, Caitlin Ryan and Carly Wilson top-scored with 17 points apiece.

The defeat ended the Rangers’ recent dominance of the WNBL after they had won the past two championships.

For the Capitals, this season’s victory adds to their 1999-00, 2001-02 and 2002-03 titles.

The grand final is expected to be Jackson’s final WNBL match for the foreseeable future as she concentrates on her American WNBA commitments with Seattle.

I caught the last ten minutes or so of the TV coverage on the ABC, and was rather surprised to find erstwhile AFL commentator for Seven and ABC News Radio was the main commentator and host of the ABC basketball coverage. It’s good to see Drew still doing what he loves, and I hope he comes back to Seven when they resume coverage of AFL in 2007. Drew was looking well too.

Update: ABC2 (Available on free to air digital and possibly pay TV) will be replaying the full two hours of live coverage tomorrow at 11am. I’ll probably tune in as I would like to see the match.


February 18th, 2006 at 06:51pm

Important Notice Re: Popups

By now you will all have noticed annoying popups (or your browser constantly telling you it had blocked them). I noticed them too, but just thought it was my computer containing spyware or adware. It wasn’t until I had the same issues on another PC running Linux that I realised this was really coming from my site. I had previously suspected this, but dismissed that theory when I found no reference to the popups in any HTML.

After spotting these popups on the Linux PC, I went to the WordPress theme editor page and disabled Google Ads and Nedstat (now known as Webstats4u or some such nonsense)…the ads stopped. I enabled Google Ads again as I doubted Google would risk the bad PR from having popups…still no popups.

I was hardly surprised the following in the Webstats4u Terms of Service

When you use these free services, you agree to allow WMS to display advertising, including third party advertising, through the Products and Services. WMS reserves the right to modify the Products and Services from time to time, for any reason, and without notice, including the right to terminate the Products and Services or to change the nature, style, or form of advertisements displayed through the Products and Services.

Up until now, they have only had the advertising on their own website, now that it has changed, they have lost me for life.

I sincerely apoligise to everyone for this incident.

Please note that this is NOT webstat (the service I base the monthly stats on) that I am talking about here, but another stat service that has been with this site virtually from day 1. Their service isn’t great, and doesn’t keep stats for very long, I only kept using them because they provided interesting and detailed recent stats. With no regret, they have now been pulled off the site, and will not be returning.

(Update: Thanks to Tiepo and John B1_B5 for their assistance in troubleshooting this problem. It turns out that some browsers and ISPs have a stale cache containing the popup code, see the comments for instructions on fixing this problem)


8 comments February 18th, 2006 at 03:46pm

Other Podcasts

I’ve received and email from somebody going by the name of “Spacious Lossless” asking me about what podcasts I listen to.

You have a podcast but do you listen to other podcasts?

I’ve replied to “Spacious Lossless”, but I though I would share the answer will all of my readers.

Naturally, I listen to my own podcast (Samuel’s Persiflage), often multiple times due to the fact that I have to do all the production work, and I must say I am very proud of turning a raw product into a fully fledged podcast episode.

I also listen to This Week In Tech with Leo Laporte and a cast of many alternating others, as well as Security Now! with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte. I’ve grouped these two together as they are both really Leo Laporte productions.

Insatiable Banalities with Jim Boots, Johnboy, Candy A, Gertrude and extras, another Canberra based podcast is also on my listening list, although I would have to admit I listen more for the talk than the music. (Warning, some people may find this podcast offensive).

You Are The Guest with Bill Grady, containing one listener interview per episode, with the interviewees being from all corners of the globe.

I also watch the twice weekly video podcast, DL.TV, a tech podcast containing Patrick Norton, Robert Herron and occasional guests.

There is no RSS feed for The Best Of The John Laws Week, but it fits the criteria of a podcast in every other way, so it counts. I have class during the broadcast copy of this, so I listen to it online.

That pretty much sums it up!


3 comments February 18th, 2006 at 06:11am


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