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News and Announcements / Embedding videos on the forum
« on: August 19, 2017, 01:09:30 PM »
I just installed a new mod to make it easy to embed YouTube videos again.  Let's see if it works:

Yep!  [cool]

You'll see three new buttons on the right side of the toolbar when making a post.  (See attached image.)

These BBCode takes these forms:

Code: [Select]
[youtube]{youtube link}[/youtube]
[youtube width=x height=y]{youtube link}[/youtube]
[yt]{youtube ID}[/yt]
[yt {parameters}]{youtube ID}[/yt]
[yt_user {parameters}]{username}[/yt_user]
[yt_search]{search query}[/yt_search]
[yt_search {parameters}]{search query}[/yt_search]

where width and height is specified by x and y.  If width and height aren't specified, width is 100% of the post display area and height in a 16:9 ratio to the width.

The yt_user bbcode will show videos by the specified YouTube username.

The yt_search bbcode will show videos matching the provided search phrase.

This mod should be able to display a valid YouTube video when passing URLs.  For example, all of the following will display the YouTube video at
Code: [Select]

For YouTube Videos:
Code: [Select]

For YouTube PlayLists:
Substituting,,, and also works.  https:// works instead of http://.  Please note any other parameters specified in the URL are ignored.

Optional parameters and values for all YouTube bbcodes are:
o width = Specifies the width of the iframe area.
o height = Specifies the height of the iframe area.
o start = Specifies how far into the video to start at.  Valid formats: "Seconds" or "Minutes:Seconds"
o end = Specifies how far into the video to stop at.  Valid formats: "Seconds" or "Minutes:Seconds"
o autoplay = 1, yes, on or true
o color = red or white
o theme = dark or light
o loop = 1, yes, on or true
o controls = 0, no, off, hide or false
o showinfo = 0, no, off, hide or false
o privacy = 1, yes, on or true

Profile Settings
There is a new option under Profile => Look and Layout called Show YouTube videos as a link.  Checking this box makes the mod create links instead of embedded videos in your post.

News and Announcements / Maintenance on this weekend
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:47:55 PM »
Hi Everyone!

I will be updating on Saturday, August 5th, so that site will be closed for a while (probably starting by Noon.)  I will be upgrading the coding framework used on the site, and trying to tighten the web site's security to keep the blasted hacker's out.  I will post updates here as needed, if I should run into any problems.

- Dunrobin

News and Announcements / Damned hackers struck again!
« on: June 02, 2016, 12:43:38 PM »
I'm really getting sick of this crap.  Some fucking asshole hacked again today and this time the fucktard deleted ALL of the files from the public html folder and put some scamming or spamming code up instead.  I've deleted the hacker's files and I am re-uploading the files; the site is working but will be hard to navigate and it will look weird until all of the images and other supporting files have uploaded.  :(

Login on the site has been disabled again until I figure out these bastards are getting in and can take steps to make sure they can't do it again.   >:(

News and Announcements / Login Re-enabled on
« on: June 02, 2015, 01:00:50 PM »
I've re-enabled the log-in function on  From what I can tell, the hacker took advantage of a feature on the server that should have been turned off.  (It is now, of course.)  I've also fixed a glitch on the episode pages that prevented members from rating new entries that have been added to the Filmography.  So you can go back to rating episodes and posting reviews.   :)

The site got hacked last night (my thanks to BeAStooge for alerting me this morning.)  I've replaced the hacked index page, but since I don't yet know just how the hacker did it I have disabled logins and registration on the .net site for now.  When (and if) it gets re-enabled is up in the air until I decide what to do.

News and Announcements / Log in at
« on: July 03, 2014, 11:26:23 AM »
I finally got a chance to put a log-in system in place on  The system I was originally going to use turned out to be inappropriate, as it required a function that was not available on our server, so I had to find another one and make sure it would work without the same kind of issue.

Returning members will have to click on the "Forgot password" to reset their password the first time, as the original passwords are encrypted using a different encryption method.  The reset code will be sent to the email address used at registration, so if you no longer have access to that email address you will need to contact me via a PM here so I can update it in the database.

News and Announcements / Deja Vu All Over Again
« on: June 12, 2014, 05:17:09 PM »
It was just a little over a year ago that was shut down due to unreasonable demands on the server's resources.  This week it happened again.

On Monday, June 9th, I got a notice from the hosting company saying that they had shut down the site due to heavy overloads on the server's CPU.  When I investigated it seemed that something about using the forum's API to blend the forum into the main site was causing the problem, although I wasn't able to narrow it down further than that.  Ironically, this is essentially the same issue as last year; I thought everything had been worked out, but apparently I was wrong.

Fortunately, as soon as I saw that it was the forum interaction that was causing the problem, I was able to cut the links between the site and the forum fairly quickly, although it took a while to get the okay from the hosting company.  (I guess they had to test the load for a few hours to make sure it was resolved.), sans forum, was backup and running by Monday evening.

Needless to say, this is frustrating, since I used the members info from the forum to authenticate users on the main site, so you could post reviews and rate the episodes, etc. - not to mention enabling the admin functions for the Team Stooge members.

Fortunately, I think I've found a solution that was designed for the coding framework I use to develop  I think I can install and adapt it to take the place of the forum's API without too much trouble.  I can import the members' data from the forum database into the new system on, although there is one drawback:
  • The passwords are encrypted and can't be copied over, so everyone will have to request a password reset before logging in the first time.  A nuisance, but I don't see away around it.  The password reset will get sent to the email account used for the forum, and you should be able to just reset it to the password that you use for the forum.
I'll be looking at the steps to integrate the new system into the site tonight, and should have it done this weekend (if not sooner.)  I will post an announcement here and on the Facebook page to let everyone know when it's ready for use.

For the forum, I decided to go bare bones with a fresh install of the latest version of the software, with only one mod (to fight the spammers) and, obviously, a new theme.  I imported the database from and copied over the various attachments, avatars and special smileys, so we should be good to go, but please let me know if anything seems "broken."  (Previously added-on forum features, like the picture gallery and the games arcade, were deleted deliberately and probably won't be restored.)

It's a bit of a drag to have the two features separated like this, but the alternative is a dedicated server, and frankly that is too expensive.  The links to the forum will still be on the menu, and I added a link back to the .net site on the forum's menu bar, above, so it shouldn't be too hard to move back and forth.  :)

Youtube and Google Videos / Listen To The Music - Walk off the Earth
« on: October 15, 2013, 06:22:53 AM »

Youtube and Google Videos / Steve Grand: Stay
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:10:48 AM »
Stay, by Steve Grand:


Youtube and Google Videos / Walk off the Earth
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:50:37 AM »
I love the Canadian group Walk off the Earth.  They started as a cover band, but they are an exceptionally talented group and their videos are very entertaining.  Here is what Wikipedia says about them:

Walk off the Earth is a Canadian rock band that was formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario, and has gained success around the world by making low-budget music videos of covers and originals. The band built its fan base independently with no help from record labels, booking agents, or management. In February 2012, the music industry publication Crazed Hits reported that the band had signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.[1] The band is best known for its covers of popular music on YouTube, making use of uncommon instruments such as the ukulele and the theremin, as well as looping samples. The band's recorded music and videos are produced by member and multi-instrumentalist, Gianni Luminati Nicassio.

And here are a few of their most recent videos.  I swear these guys just keep getting better!   ;D

REVO in Paris:


And their most recent (which is quickly becoming my favorite,) Speeches:

Youtube and Google Videos / John Oliver on the Daily Show
« on: August 10, 2013, 07:51:57 AM »
My brother just sent these to me this morning.  I don't watch The Daily Show on a regular basis, but they usually hit the nail on their head with their comedy, and these two clips are great.   ;)

John Oliver Mocks Anti-Gay Laws And The Most Flamboyant Anti-Gay Protestors


(I've definitely earned that "Staying In The Closet" merit badge!)

Favorite line:  "Because nothing reduces homosexual behavior like a lengthy jail term."

John Oliver NSA Opening MONOLOGUE | 'Amish Feeling Smug' - The Daily Show June 10, 2013


"No one is saying you broke any laws. We just think it's weird that you didn't have to."

Youtube and Google Videos / Steve Grand: All-American Boy
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:32:02 PM »


Ripped Jeans, only drinks whiskey
I find him by the fire while his girl was getting frisky, oh
I say we go this road tonight

He smiles, his arms around her
But his eyes are holdin' me, just a captive to his wonder, oh
I say we go this road tonight

Now I know that that's your girl, I mean no disrespect
The way that shirt hugs you chest boy, I just won't forget
I'll be sittin' here, drinking my whiskey
I won't say goodnight unless I think ya might miss me, oh

Be my All-American boy tonight
Where everyday's the 4th of July
And it's alright, alright
And we can keep this up 'til the morning light
And you can hold me deep in your eyes
And it's alright, alright
Be my, be my
My All-American boy

Ripped jeans, tight shirt
He lights a cigarette you know I'm glad that she can't stand it, oh
I drink the moonlight from his eyes

Now hold there, just a moment
I want to take this in now we don't need no photo of it, no
We should go this road tonight

Now I know that that's your girl, and I don't give a damn
She's been cursin' and cryin', she don't know what she has
So I'll be, sittin' here, tryin' hold down my whiskey
You tell your girl good night cause somebody'd like to kiss me, oh

Be my All-American boy tonight
Where everyday's the 4th of July
And it's alright, alright
And we can keep this up 'til the morning light
And you can hold me deep in your eyes
And it's alright, alright
So be my, be my

Of all the girls and boys to look my way
Ain't no body ever hit me this way
So won't you come back with me
And lay with me a while

I'm gonna wrestle you out of dem clothes
Leave that beautiful body exposed
And you can have my heart and my soul and my body
Just be mine

Be my All-American boy tonight
Baby you light my fire
I'll make you feel alright, alright

Be my All-American boy tonight
Where everyday's the 4th of July
And it's alright, alright
And we can keep this up 'til the morning light
And you can hold me deep in your eyes
And it's alright, alright
Be my, be my
Just, be my, be my
My All-American boy

From the YouTube "About":
July 2, 2013

I fought with who I was for most of my life. In every way a young person can fight with himself.

But starting today, I'm laying it out there. I'm done playing it safe.

I'm fortunate to have smart friends who believe in me, but I don't have a manager or a label or any sort of funding other than the money I make playing piano downtown at The Joynt, and also, ironically to some, in the churches on Sunday morning.

As far as the ascetic achievements of the video... lets just say I was lucky to have a good friend introduce me to the best team I could have asked for... who held on to the roller coaster that was this project and dealt with all my intensity and craziness as the true professionals they are.

I wrote the song during a drunken piano jam session at a party. I recorded the vocals in my parents' basement and worked with my friend Max Steger to record and mix the rest of the instruments.

I feel like most music industry people wouldn't like the idea of me "pigeonholing" myself by telling this story as I have. But I don't believe the world sees change until it sees honesty.

So I went in on my own.

I went all in. I'm nervous/excited/horrified/anxious about the effect that all of the choices I am making (and have made throughout my journey of discovering myself as a man and as an artist) will have on my future. But then I remind myself that I never really had a choice. This is the story I've been aching to tell my most of my life... the universal story of longing to be is what I hold dearest to me.

BUT my story would never have seen the light of day were it not for the people I have listed above, many of whom asked for nothing in return. I know my passion and intensity for this project were a lot to deal with (that might be the understatement of the year.. ;)) Thank you for doing your best to help me keep my sanity... just barely. And thank you for sticking with me; for your flexibility and patience and for helping to bring my vision to life. And to mom and dad... I know you guys don't always understand just what the hell I am trying to do, but continue to love and support me nonetheless. It means everything to me...


General Discussion / How to Include Pictures in Your Post
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:17:15 AM »
This is something that has come up a couple of times recently, so I thought that I should probably post this info for the benefit of anyone who doesn't know how to add pictures to a post.

The Image tag in the Post toolbar () is for when you want to share a picture that is already on the Internet.  You simply put the picture's URL between the opening and closing img tags and the picture will appear in your post.  For example, this:

Code: [Select]

become this:

Note that you have to have the correct Internet address (URL) for the picture for this to work.  The simplest way that I know of to make sure you have the right address for the picture is to right-click on it and choose "Open image in new tab," then just copy the URL in that tab's address bar.

Sharing pictures that are on your computer is a little different.  To do that, you need to Attach them to your post; doing that will upload a copy to the server and display them at the bottom of your post.

To attach the files, you need to expand the Attachments and other options section below the text box where you write your post.  Click on the + sign to expand it.

Figure 1:

When you click on that plus sign, the area will look like this (well, you won't see all of those checkboxes, since as the Administrator I have more options that you will):

Figure 2:

Click on the button that says "Choose File" to select the picture that you want to share.  You can add up to 6 attachments, subject to the file types and size restrictions displayed - just click on the (more attachments) link to add more. 

I hope that helps!

General Discussion / Dude, you're screwed!!!
« on: July 01, 2013, 08:45:06 PM »
Found this on Tumblr today:

Idiocracy is already here.   ::)

General Discussion / In the "Land of the Free"
« on: June 10, 2013, 08:08:46 AM »

The NSA leaker comes forward. Hero? VIDEO: "...comfortable life" a salary of $200,000, girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii and family he loves. "I'm willing to sacrifice all of that because I can't in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building." VIDEO:

Please 'like' the community support page for Edward:

News and Announcements / About Last Night's Outage
« on: June 06, 2013, 11:15:50 AM »
As many of you know, the main site was unavailable last night, starting around 6:30 PM EDT.  Ironically, once I was able to get in touch with a tech support person, the problem turned out to be what I thought was an extremely minor modification to the code that runs the site.

There are a handful of episodes in the filmography that feature two of the Stooges as solo players.  I use codes to identify episodes by which team of Stooges were featured - for example, "MLC" indicated Moe, Larry and Curly.  For solo appearances I use a code like "SMH" which stands for "Solo Moe Howard", and when there are two Stooges as solo actors in an episode I used both codes, separated by a comma ("SMH,SCH", for example.)

Yesterday new member mbruno pointed out that the links to the filmography for these solo combinations that appear on the Home page were not working, and when I investigated I realized it was because of the comma in the Stooge Team.  Commas weren't included in the list of approved characters in the site's URLs, so I modified the list to include the comma as an allowed character, and when I tried the links again it seemed to work just fine.  I thought "Hey! Problem solved! That was easy!"  :D

Unfortunately, that little change apparently started causing the site to over-tax the CPU on the hosting server, which started affecting other web sites that are hosted on the same machine.  As the problem grew worse, the tech support admin at the hosting company made the logical decision to suspend operation of the site's core script to eliminate the drain on the CPU.  I don't fault them for doing that - I would have done the same thing.  The only problem I have with the hosting company is that it seemed to take forever for someone to get back to me with the info I needed to find the problem and fix it.

In defense of the hosting company, though, that was the first time we've ever had that kind of an issue with them; they are usually very prompt and efficient.  Part of the problem was just that I am not the person who usually deals with them, and it took a while to verify my authenticity, etc., and I can't fault them for that either.  When I finally was able to talk with one their people this morning he was able to help me identify just when the problem started, and I realized it had to be my little comma "fix" that started it.  It only took me a minute to go into the database and change the handful of episodes to use an underscore (_) instead of a comma, and back out the change I had made to the script, and eureka! - the site was working again.

Ironically, I now also realize that the stupid comma in those few episodes may have been what brought down the site a couple of years ago.  I thought it was just my crappy, helter skelter coding that originally ran the site, which is part of the reason why I separated the forum and moved it to a different domain (which in turn caused other issues.)  The coding I use now is much more structured and organized, which made it much easier to identify the problem this morning.

So know you know why I seem to dawdle at making updates to the site.  Sometimes even a tiny change can really fuck things up!   [pie]

General Discussion / Two Cows
« on: May 29, 2013, 05:22:01 PM »
Socialism: You have 2 cows and you give one to your neighbor.

Communism: You have 2 cows; the Government takes both and gives you some milk.

Fascism: You have 2 cows; the Government takes both and sells you some milk.

Nazism: You have 2 cows; the Government takes both and shoots you.

Bureaucratism: You have 2 cows; the Government takes both, shoots one, milks the other and throws the milk away.

Traditional Capitalism: You have 2 cows. You sell one and buy a bull. You herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

An American Corporation: You have 2 cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow dropped dead.

A French Corporation: You have 2 cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

Japanese Corporation: You have 2 cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called Cowkimon and market them Worldwide.

An Italian Corporation: You have 2 cows, but you don't know where they are. You break for lunch.

A Swiss Corporation: You have 5000 cows. None of which belong to you. You charge others for storing them.

Chinese Corporation: You have 2 cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported the numbers.

An Iraqi Corporation: Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No one believes you and they bomb your arse. You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of a Democracy.

Counter Culture: 'Wow, dig it, like there's these 2 cows, man, grazing in the hemp field. You gotta have some of this milk!'

Surrealism: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

Apathyologism: You have 2 cows. You do not care.

Fatalist: You have 2 doomed cows.

Atheism: You have 2 cows. There is no God.

A West-Country Corporation: You have 2 cows. That one on the left is kinda cute.

A Brazilian Corporation: You have 2 cows. You pay taxes for 6 cows. You have to sell one cow in order to pay the taxes. Your remaining cow gets sick and dies while waiting for availability in the public vet hospital.

Russia: You have two cows. Since they are both female, if you happen to keep them in the same stable you will pay a 5,000 rouble fine for homosexual propaganda.

PETA: You have two cows. You kill them both. You then use naked women to convince other people that killing cows is wrong.

Moffat: You have two cows. Both of them are your daughters time traveling from the past where they had a brief love affair with Da Vinci making you the rightful Queen of England. As you assume the throne, you throw them off a building.

Hussie: You have 2 cows. You ask for another one. Instead of getting just 1 cow, you get 2,485,506 cows.

Romney: You have 2 cows. You are not the president of the united states.

Once-ler: You have 1 cow. Everyone decides to make 5 different versions of that cow.

Old Spice: You have 2 cows. The cows are now diamonds. I'm on a horse.

An Irish Corporation: You have a million cows because they're everywhere

Tumblr: You have 2 cows. You ship them together and make GIF posts screaming about how much you love your cows, but they should stop existing because they are so perfect.

Also Tumblr: I give you a hamburger.

Cows: The shit you go through.

This post: Started off as a post that explained different goverments but then everything changed when the fire nation attacked.

News and Announcements / Games Arcade and Forum Gallery
« on: May 26, 2013, 01:54:19 PM »
The Games Arcade and Forum Gallery mods have been re-installed on the site, and you can find links to them on the forum's menu as well as the site's Menu at the top of every page (under "Community.")

Enjoy the features, and be sure to upload your pictures from the Fan Club meetings to the Gallery!   [cool]

General Discussion / Funny Story
« on: May 25, 2013, 08:02:15 AM »
My father sent me an email with the following story.  Although the email claimed that Armstrong's family had confirmed the story, a quick check on the Internet shows that it isn't, but it's still an amusing story:

On July 20, 1969, as Commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the Moon.  His first words after stepping on the Moon, "That's one small stelp for man, one giant leap for mankind," were televised to earth and heard by millions.

But just before he re-entered the Lander, he made the enigmatic remark, "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky."

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no "Gorsky" is either the Russian or American space programs.  Over the years, people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled.

On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay, Florida, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26 year old question about Mr. Gorsky to Armstrong.  Here is the answer to "Who was Mr. Gorsky?"

In 1938, when he was a kid in a small mid-western town, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard.  His friend hit the ball, which landed in his neighbor's yard, by their bedroom window.

His neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky.  As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky.

"Sex?  You want sex?!  You'll get sex when the kid next door walks on the Moon!"

Youtube and Google Videos / A Tuesday morning visit to the surreal
« on: May 21, 2013, 08:10:37 AM »
This is one of my favorite music videos from the 80s, Tom Petty's Don't Come Around Here No More.  It's a great Tom Petty song, and I love the surreal "Alice in Wonderland" theme to the video.   [cool]


Youtube and Google Videos / A Monday Afternoon Musical Interlude
« on: May 13, 2013, 04:02:05 PM »
This song just came up in my playlist, and I thought I'd share the video for it:

The Monkees - Can You Dig It

From their movie, Head (1969).

Youtube and Google Videos / Too damned funny not to share
« on: May 03, 2013, 09:50:45 AM »
Batman Can't Stop Thinking About Sex


Youtube and Google Videos / Flogging Molly
« on: May 02, 2013, 12:40:32 PM »
I'm in a Celtic punk band kind of mood today.    [cool]

If I Ever Leave This World Alive

The Worst Day Since Yesterday

The Likes Of You Again

Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon

Whistles the Wind

Youtube and Google Videos / Walk off the Earth - Burn One Down
« on: April 29, 2013, 10:04:15 PM »

Jim should like this one.  [pot] [smoke]

Each week, we (meaning metaldams) will be creating a new thread on this board to start a discussion on one of the 190 Columbia short subjects, in chronological order beginning with Woman Haters.  All members are encouraged to join in the discussions.  (Don't forget that everything you need for reference is on the appropriate episode pages on the site, and once a discussion thread has been started there will be links to it on that episode's page.) 

There will only be one thread per episode, so the discussions will remain open indefinitely to allow less frequent visitors a chance to participate.

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