… and SCREAM it did.

Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 27-06-2006

'Scream, bandwidth. Scream.' was PXLCTLSTv7's motto... and scream it did. Until it choked.

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.

HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:22:53 GMT Server: Apache/1.3.33 (Unix) mod_throttle/3.1.2 mod_auth_passthrough/1.8 mod_log_bytes/1.2 mod_bwlimited/1.4 PHP/4.3.11 FrontPage/ mod_ssl/2.8.22 OpenSSL/0.9.6b

I'm still waiting for the admin's reply if this is really a 'real' bandwidth problem. OR spambot-related or... a hmm... DDOS..? Which I doubt actually.

Which is quite untimely... since after a couple of weeks and a day of client visits, I was hoping I could change gear and shift to GFX-in'.

Ah well.


Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 15-06-2006

SEEWindowsVista.com (Thanks LEIGH for the link (SNAGGED from TheLair's pixelnews.)


Filed Under (GFX, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 07-06-2006

You know... we have this printer in the office, which I shall call Jana, who would randomly barf out errors unless you pull her closer to you... talk to her... say nice things to her. And even worse things if qs is the one handling her. I'll assume she's around 17 years old in spirit. Probably vegetarian.

So every time I have to print something I have to pull her close to me (in an angle facing me), caress the cover and access this affection.woo.database of mine.

Anyway... to compensate for this... here's a tip.

In case you wanted to cancel a print job... and a thousand and five delete key hitting won't do, cancelling all print jobs won't work, purge, curses, spells and a dozen turn off/reboots and all. Try clicking ALT+CTRL+DEL... click Task Manager... select the Processes tab. Look for spoolsv and hit DELETE.

But then again... you might need another 1001 reboots to make that work... : ]

Pixelwarps: 2ADVANCED.com version 5.00ANGELWorld 8.3 (with AJAX) and 2YUPPIE.com.

Back to codin'.


Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 02-06-2006

Pixelwarps � Dangeruss.NETDusso.com and Eklettica.com.

VFP… qs… and HTMLs

Filed Under (GFX, Visual FoxPro, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 31-05-2006

It is 3:28AM and I do hope what I will scribble here would still make some sense.

As you might have noticed May has become a month for TheLair. I've been sleeping around 4AM (and sometimes even around five in the morning (when the sun.daylight.init event happens)) working on that seven year old site.

Maiden Seven Artwork
Maiden Seven of Azure Realms / Download 1600x1200 illumination

We released V7 last May 19 and I was still tweaking the site up until hmmm... 30 minutes ago before I devoured what some might consider a midnight snack at three in the morning.

Good thing I introduced and trained qs how to code and develop database applications in VisualFoxpro (the samurai/jedi way) a couple of years ago.

Now she's coding for around 9 hours a day, answering client system-related queries and fixing some bugs while I'm sitting on my arse working on HTMLs/PSDs/JPEGs/css-es/javascripts and other graphics/website-related matters.

You can't disturb me when I'm working on something so qs is intimate these days with the chm file that came with Visual FoxPro 9, the fox.wikis.com site and of course... Google.com.

Every now and then she discovers things in FoxPro which I haven't even encountered yet... which is good.

But when she starts to grumble and mumble random incoherent words and stuff, it starts to scare me though.

In random places, to make things worse. Random places!

Like there was this one time when we were in the mall... a crowded mall, and I with all my invisible hover drones were mapping and calculating the fastest route we could travel from Point A to Point B, and qs out of nowhere started blurting out normalization principles, dtos/alltrim approaches, cdx optimization and database initialization topics and techniques.

Did I mention we were in a crowded mall when she started doing that..?


Anyway... come June 2006 I will return to the usual programmer mode, and will work on graphics/web related stuff on weekends.

I am also planning on how to integrate VFP on my site.

Nope... no Active FoxPro pages for now or some other VFP on the 'net related tools but more on generating, parsing and converting data to an equivalent HTML format.

Upload, download and synchronization mechanisms included.

I still have to finalize the specs though. But I'll be tackling that in the near future and the links.database section of TheLair will be the first to be handled.

Also, I am heeding Craig Bailey's call to make Visual FoxPro cool. In line with that I am creating some icons, which I plan to release for free once I'm done with one set.

Visual FoxPro (and other developers as well) can download and use these icons in their applications.

Ok... 3:48AM... bed's calling.

It's no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
It's no secret ambition bites the nails of success
Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief
All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief
Oh love...
- U2 (The Fly)


Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 19-05-2006

After a year of site idleness, 20++ days of sleeping around four in the morning and mouse whirring, here it is... Pixelcatalyst.Lair version 7.00.

Also this celebrates our seventh year online. Yes seven years... : ]

Thanks everyone for the support, love, spam and all.

Here's a longer scribble that holds thoughts about the launch and the history of the site, if you're interested. Here's a link too of qsez thoughts which were scribbled in the splash cover.

DEPTHCORE.com Pack 027

Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 15-05-2006

DEPTHCORE releases the 27th pack... FREESTYLE II. I have one artwork for that pack.

Great splash... GREAT PACK.

We have faith in FoxPro’s future.

Filed Under (comics, GFX, Visual FoxPro, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 11-05-2006

I may be occupied ('occupied' used instead of 'busy', for the latter seems so overused these days that if each of the letters are to be converted (even in its compressed format (parallel worlds not included)) to food, there would be no need for noble campaigns such as ONE and MakePovertyHistory)...

Let's do that sentence again.

I may be occupied with TheLair V7 creation these days in between client visits but that doesn't mean that I'm not aware of the news about YAG's departure from the VSData team.

And this comes at a time where FoxPro is soaring high in the TIOBE rankings (which leaves even some humans wondering), the proliferation of insightful FoxPro-related blogs and all those positive fox-vibes which we've seldom seen in the past fox years.

I'm looking at the FoxPro team picture which was featured inside that VFP9 CodeFocus issue and MIGHTYAG will be the Nth person leaving from that crew.

Mike... John Koziol... Randy Brown... Ken Levy and now YAG.

Honestly a part of me wants to be as optimistic as Andrew. Really it's a cool job and I'm pretty sure one way or another FoxPro will benefit strategically from it.

Craig Berntson's prophecies, though, haunt the northern hemisphere of my brain.

Plus I'm starting to hear darklings chanting 'Denial! Denial! Denial.' in the background.

Seven of Yoda's fleas armed with green light sabers are guarding my back so I'm safe from these creatures for now.

Cover Darkness Volume I Issue 07 � Top Cow / Pencils: Marc Silvestri / Inks: Batt / Colors: Steve Firchow

The Angelus � Top Cow / Pencils: Marc Silvestri / Inks: Batt / Colors: Steve Firchow


For those who are wondering, these are how darklings look like.

Currently I don't have a picture of Yoda's fleas but somehow they look a little similar to Top Cow's Angelus character. (Yes... envy my back.)


But despite of these negative forces, I still believe in FoxPro. I believe in its future.

I have faith in FoxPro's future.

Now I was in the process of balancing these thoughts when my pet tiger Bruno butted in.

'Now who's working on Visual Foxpro?', he asked.

I rushmored my brain, but still, it took me around 17 seconds before I could find a reply.

'The community, Bruno. The community.'

With that I dismissed him, since qs and I still had to prepare for yesterday's client demonstration.

cSTR01 = 'I believe in the community that supports Visual FoxPro, as well.'
cSTR02 = 'I have faith in FoxPro`s future.'
cEnter = InsertSTText(at(cSTR02, ThisBLOG), IRchar(13) + IRchar(13) + SetTF(cSTR01, 'B'))

... and I believe in a future with FoxPro and it's legacy in it.


Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 10-05-2006

PHONG Tutorials.


Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 09-05-2006

Europa (from Soa Lee).

No... this has nothing to do with FoxPro this time... : ]

PIXELCTALYST Version 7.00 creation process

Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 05-05-2006

The thoughts behind, above and beyond the creation process of pixelcatalyst version 7.00.


Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 02-05-2006


Top 10 Windows XP Tips of All Time

Filed Under (alien.invasion, GFX, Random.links) by WildFire on 28-04-2006

Here are some links to compensate for that vircrash blogblabbering... the Top 10 Windows XP Tips of All Time. (via GeekPress.com)

Here are two more signs of alien invasion: subliminal advertising and an invention machine.

And here's an artwork you can post in your door to drive those aliens away.

How Lara Croft Steals Hearts

Filed Under (GFX, Random.links) by WildFire on 25-04-2006

How Lara Croft Steals Hearts.

V7 in the HOLE!

Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 24-04-2006

Pixelcatalyst.Lair's regular splash cover transition.rotation.update resumes. The pixelnews will follow and a new creation process section, as well.

Even when I'm working on GFX, it seems FoxPro is still influencing me... subliminally. The background colors say it all... : ]

3:30AM. That's the average time I merge myself with the bedsheet in the previous three days. It was even around 4AM yesterday. I'm now working on a new website interface... which if a month from now I'm still infected with this current mindset, PXLCTLSTv7 will have a punish-the-user-abuse-the-bandwidth approach.

Hey... the 'net wastes a huge amount of bandwidth because of spam. Why not use those resources in visiting graphics-intensive sites instead..? (Who gives a damn about enhancements.. : ])

Every now and then, I tend to move boundaries that limit creativity when I'm handling TheLair. Probably I'll do that once again when V7 comes out.

But then again I would probably end up chopping and tweaking after I have fully converted the .psd file to it's HTML version.

Also, I created a different behind-the-scenes scribbles section for the creation process involved in V7. Once uploaded I will link it here. Stay tuned.


Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 21-04-2006

FeedForAll.com. Found this site while I am gathering 'resources' for the next version of Pixelcatalyst.Lair.

Yes you're reading it right. That site of mine will be updated after dwelling in the realm of idleness for more than a year.

TheLair still gets quite a number of visitors, around 436.75 per day last February 2006, (down by half since 2003 when it was updated almost every day). Went down even more last March (273.87 visitors per day)).

I'm using an old perl tracker that monitors the splash and the main page so there could be more.

It went up slightly though these first few days of April to 616 vpds to about 1022 vpds for the past five days. Perhaps it has something to do with the 'UpdateTheLair' force that has been whispering in my mind lately.

TheLair will turn 7 YEARS old this May. Even my pet tiger thinks it deserves some love and attention. So probably I'll be spending some time after coding hours (or during coding hours) whipping some stuff for the site's version 7.00.

No there won't be a VisualFoxPro backend for that site for now. But I am creating some parsing tools for some parts of the site, which includes the site links database section.

HTML as always... when other pixel-friends were firing up flashy flash files years ago, I declared my eternal love to HTMLs-sans-swf files.

More on this later.

Tone and color enhancement tutorial

Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 29-03-2006

Tone and Color Enhancement Tutorial (using Photoshop). A nice one from bosniak.

FIEOR preview

Filed Under (GFX) by WildFire on 09-03-2006

A little something-something I'm working on.

It has been months since I have done something for our pixelcatalyst.lair site. My photoshop folder says the latest was last July of last year when I was working on the Contempate artwork, which was released for Depthcore's Deluxe Pack.

It wasn't even for TheLair.

I do hope I could fire up Pixelcatalyst version 7.00 before this year ends. Or better, this May when it celebrates its seventh year online.

Or at least finish V6.

Up to this day, I still receive notes and comments that go along the lines that certain javascripts are not working on the site... to which I would reply... that it is still a 'work in progress...'

And that started a couple of years ago.

SPS: Visual FoxPro’s Future

Filed Under (GFX, Visual FoxPro) by WildFire on 03-03-2006

SPS: Visual FoxPro's Future.

I have been posting a link to that news blog in a number of forums... I forgot I haven't posted the link here yet.


Now what are you waiting for..? Ride with me, baby.