Wheeee!

And now we are happy and fed (:

So I don’t forget; here’s a quick overview:

Glass of Bubbly (Quartz Reef Chauvet)

Zeroth Course – Amuse Bouche: Beef Tartar (raw beef) with a poppy wafer and relish

First Course: Citrus dressed scallops and prawns with tartare sauce + mesclun salad
Second Course: Seared tuna with endive, pear, popcorn shoots and honey+rosemay dressing paired with Odyssey Viogner

Third Course – Soup: Kumara (sweet potato) with smoked paprika

Fourth Course: Duck+Snail tartlet with ratatoullie jus and salad paired with Chateaux Des Ertes (something (: something red)
Fifth Course: Seared lamb with sweebreads, served with tomato couli and saffron infused cauliflower puree with Puriri Hills something (another red.. I think this one was 1/2 cabernet franc, 1/2 merlot; or perhaps this was the Chateaux Des Ertes… Argh. I’m sure I was paying better attention at the restaurant.)

Sixth Course – Cheese: Triple cream brie with HNNGGHH! we’ve forgotten. A couli of some description. Dark red, sweet and tart. I had a Spanish dessert red to accompany, Cyrus had Armagnac.

Seventh Course – Refresher: A white cranberry beverage infused with orange essense and thyme

Eighth Course: White chocolate panna cotta with espresso mascarpone, served along side macadamia butter parfait.
Ninth Course – Petit Fours: Valrhona bittersweet kiss (think hersheys kiss, but bittersweet rolled in cocoa), rice-bubble slice and ginger kiss.

Yeah. Nine courses. Yet just the right amount of food… I will endeavour to fill out more details tomorrow when I’m feeling less festive (:

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Me and Cyrus are off to Citron for dinner this evening.. There is a possibility that I’ll write about it when we get home!

(There’s a possibility that I won’t, too (: )

Latest iStockphoto Images Plugin: round 2!

Quick Overview
This is a quick-and-dirty plugin that will grab images from iStockphoto “recently approved” feeds, and put them on the page.

Installation
1. Download this file unzip, and place the php file in /wp-content/plugins/latestistockimages.php in your wordpress folder.
2. Go to the plugins page in the admin system. Click the “Activate” link for this plugin.
3. In your theme, include a call to one (or both!) of the template tags.

Template Tags
There are two functions available for including in templates.
<?php all_latest_istock_images(maximages [, imagesonly]) ?>
If maximages is left blank, then all of the images from the feed will be included.
If imagesonly is true, then the images will display without the descriptions. Each image is wrapped in <div class=”istockimage”> tags, to make it a little easier to use CSS to style the images. If you’re using this parameter, you’ll need to specify maximages.

<?php my_latest_istock_images(userid, maximages [, imagesonly]) ?>
The userid is the numerical user id of the feed to retrieve (In the Control Panel on the iStockphoto site, if you look at the URL given for your RSS feed; this is the number at the end. There is probably an easier way of finding the id, but I’m not sure what it is.)
If maximages is left blank, then all of the images from the feed will be included.
If imagesonly is true, then the images will display without the descriptions. Each image is wrapped in <div class=”istockimage”> tags, to make it a little easier to use CSS to style the images. If you’re using this parameter, you’ll need to specify maximages.

Examples
<?php all_latest_istock_images() ?> displays all of the images (currently 10) from the RSS feed of all recently approved images.

<?php all_latest_istock_images(3) ?> or <?php all_latest_istock_images(3, false) ?> displays the three most recently approved images with their descriptions; from the RSS feed of all recently approved images.

<?php all_latest_istock_images(10,true) ?> displays images only for the ten most recently approved images from the RSS feed of all recently approved images.

<?php my_latest_istock_images("183642") ?> displays all of the images (currently 10) from the RSS feed of my recently approved images (Remember to replace my ID with your ID to display your images instead)

<?php my_latest_istock_images("183642", 3) ?> or <?php my_latest_istock_images("183642", 3, false) ?>displays the three most recently approved images from the RSS feed of my recently approved images (Remember to replace my ID with your ID to display your images instead)

<?php my_latest_istock_images("183642", 10, true) ?> displays images for the ten most recently approved images from the RSS feed of my recently approved images (Remember to replace my ID with your ID to display your images instead)

The Output…
If the descriptions are included:


Baldy-headed lady, with a crazy look in her eye.

Shot on a dark-blue background, which has a bit of a texture.


A cluster of orange seaweed found on a beach.


A rockpool, full of algae. This is on the coast near the red rocks in Wellington

And for images only:

Lastly..
If you have any questions, leave a comment here and I’ll see how I can help (:
Oh yeah! My iStockphoto portfolio lives here: http://www.istockphoto.com/file_search.php?action=file&userID=183642. Go buy a million photos, so that one day I might make it to the threshold where I can cash out (;

Whee. I have a Wordpress.com invite to dispense

Putting it on ebay would be tacky; so, uh… I’ll give it to the person who gives the best reason as to why they should have it, in the next 24 hours.

Starting…..

Now.


Aaaaand… the lucky winner is: pdx on the basis that they don’t seem to have a blog yet; whereas Dmitri does (:

As a runner up prize, I’m going to get UTW working on Dmitris blog d:

Ultimate Tag Warrior 2.8.1

OMG! New Version!

– Fixes the bug where an error was displaying in the tag box for new posts
– Automagically included Technorati and local tags are now wrapped in tags. Technorati tags use the CSS class named “technoratitags” and local tags use the CSS class “localtags”
– You can view the union of tags! If you go to /tags/tag1|tag2|…|tagn then the tag page will display the union of those tags. At this stage, you can have either a tag intersection or a tag union; you can’t mix the operators up.
– There’s a new formatting string, “andcommalist” that will display a comma list of tags, along with a link to the intersection page (when appropriate – either from viewing a tag page with a single tag, or viewing the tag page for an intersection of tags)

– There are also new custom formatting placeholders!
-%intersectionurl% that displays the url for the current set of tags and the tag being rendered.
-%unionurl% that displays the url for the current union of tags, along with the tag being rendered.
-%intersectionicon% that displays the intersection url with a little icon (intersection icon).
-%unionicon% that displays the union url with a little icon (union icon).
-%intersectionlink% that displays the intersection url as a link, with a + as the link text
-%unionlink% that displays the union url as a link, with a | as the link text

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