Dogs Learn to Drive in New Zealand

This is pretty crazy, dogs have been trained to drive Mini Coopers in New Zealand.  The canine chauffeurs have been trained by a New Zealand charity in a bid to show just how intelligent rescue animals can be

Funny Google Suggestions

It’s well known, start typing in a search, and Google offers suggestions before you’ve even finished typing.  Often these suggestions are funny, strange, slightly odd, etc.  But how does Google come up with these search suggestions?

Suggestions Based On Real Searches – real searches done by other people, largely ranked on popularity.

Suggestions Can Vary By Region & Language – Location is important, the country you’re in, the state or province, even the city, all can produce different suggestions.

Previously Searched Suggestions – Perhaps the most important factor in the auto complete, and responsible for many funny or rude suggestions.

These are the three basic ways Google works to provide you with search suggestions, but there are many more factors Google takes into account, maybe I’ll write more about it in a latter article, but for now, here are a bunch of funny Google suggestions.

The FFR Project 818, I Want One!

I’ve always been into kit cars and working on cars, since I was a kid. SO far the only major project I’ve done is rebuilding a 1952 Chevy Pick-up, which is pretty sweet but lacks serious speed. I’ve also always been into the AC Cobra, and there kits because the they are not half a million bucks. Factory Five no doubt makes one of the best kit Cobra replicas. A few years back Factory Five released the GTM, a rear engine super car powered by a 1997 – 2004 Corvette engine you build in your garage. I immediately fell in love with this car and it Ferrari beating potential,but it’s still expensive, about $20,000 for the kit plus engine and the time you spend working on it. Recently Factory Five has been developing the Project 818, a mid engine sports car for under $15,000, some assembly required.

The Vehicle was designed with Solidworks CAD and incorporates the learning experience of factory five on the Track and road. At only 1800LBS and short wheel base, it should be nimble and have a great power to weight ratio using the turbo charged engine out of the Subaru WRX. A car with a huge after market tuning community. To build one I’m looking at just under $10,000, hopefully 3-4 grand for a rolled 2002 – 2007 Subaru WRX for parts and the engine, plus a couple thousand for miscellaneous parts, and a little bit of tuning and customization. I can’t let this unique ride be stock.

The kits are set to go into production in 2013.

How to add a Widgetised area in a WordPress theme

In this tutorial I will show you how to add a widget to a theme template file.

Most WordPress themes have widget-ready sidebars, but you may want to display a widget somewhere else in your theme.  For example a home page with three columns of widgets.  If your theme does not have widget areas already set up or you need more then you need to create a new one in your theme files.


My first Plugin: Simple Glossary

My first plugin is now available in the wordpress plugin directory. Score!

Simple Glossary is a simple plugin for building a glossary on your WordPress website.  It is built using custom post types and compatible with WordPress 3.0+.

You can find out more,including installation insturctions here.

Make Google Beatbox

Pretty simple fun and straight forward!

Go to Google Translate; Copy this text:

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Pick German as the ‘from’ language; Press the ‘Listen’-button, and enjoy.

How 2: Installing WordPress on XAMPP Lite for portable development

Yesterday I wrote a tutorial on Installing XAMPP Lite on USB Flash Drive.  Today I’m going to teach you how to install the popular blogging and CMS platform WordPress.  This is possible because XAMPP Lite already includes MySql and PHP.  If you already installed XAMPP Lite, just follow the procedures below and it should be up and running in no time!





How 2: Installing XAMPP Lite on a USB Flash Drive

To really be able to develop for WordPress or another CMS it’s best to have a local web server.  This will save you time in FTPing and editing remote files on your final server.   I used to use WAMP server, although very good, it had some limitations.  I found I was switching between my desktop and laptop, making things unnecessarily complicated.  Than I discovered XAMPP Lite, which I installed on a USB stick, and it works great.  Another simple option is Instant WordPress, I haven`t played around to much, but I think you are much more limited.


Welcome to LawrenceStewart.CA

This is my first post on my webpage since I have redone it.  Previously this blog had my windsurfing Olympic campaign website, the previous blog.   Ive decided to start fresh, because I had often neglected it.

This is one of my many blogs, incuding;,, my company site along with several others in development.  I plan to follow the development of these and my other sites here.  Sharing what I learn and and attempting.

This blog will be more than just that.  It will feature my personal portfolio, themes I develop, tutorials (wordpress, photoshop, css, etc) and lots of other things.  Ohh yea, I also plan to have fun with this blog posting things I enjoy, like jokes, automotive and the occasional windsurfing article.

Enjoy and dont forget to follow me.