CHAOS Boulder is a secret Boulder Hiking Outdoor Club

Chaos Boulder is a secret Hiking Club based somewhere in Boulder Colorado. Some say it has a membership in the hundreds and that it was started by a bloke called Coy.

“Google” Chaos Boulder or Boulder Chaos and you will see that this club is truly clandestine with only a few brave souls like myself daring to mentioning its name. Chaos is currently being monitored by the NSA and other Government agencies. Some also say that Chaos in Boulder is better that Chaos Denver who are reported to be a bunch of piss cats, of loose morals and irregular of bowel.

(End of Chaos Boulder Google exercise….)

Jan 2007 update: It seems this Chaos Outdoor Club now has a website, Wow!, welcome to the age of the Internet BoulderChaos! Al Gore thanks you. You can visit their new website @ boulderchaos.org but you have been warned and remember that it’s by invitation only so be sure to attend a potluck so you can get on the mailing list. Please add your comments below.

Upgrading Drupal 4.6 to 4.7.3


My site was originally implement with a 4.6 version of Drupal so months later after I’d installed 5 or so other site with the new 4.7.3 version I thought it would be nice to upgrade. Nice thought but in reality when I ran the upgrade script and watched the video too (thanks lullabot.com see the video here) all was not well. I ended up with a shite load of errors and images missing. Having recently coded some php to dump pages into drupal from sql text files I took it on as a little project and here is my experience. I do have the php code for those who wish – I’m a horrible coder so email me if you wish to look at this dogs breakfast! These are just my notes and you’ve probably have to of gotten your hands quite durty in the past to know what the hell I’m talking about here.

My notes

My code basically dumped all the data from the old drupal install into sql formatted text files that could be pasted into Phpmyadmin. I ran into a few problems, don’t forget to convert single quotes to double and also some weird characters were in the old database as well. Don’t forget ticks being used in SQL statement compared to just regular single quotations.

I executed my php code and manually cut and pasted the queries into PhpMyadmin. Had to remove some duplicates and forgot about some tables. A big change was that the old node table has now been split in two, with a new table node_revisions having been created. Here is a list of the ones I grabbed. You can see what tables your 4.6 install or earlier uses by jusy look for the ones that are not empty. Table I used in upgrade and my code converted:

node
node_revisions
term_node
term_data
files
file_revisions

The following were done manually, basically a hack job because categories were not working as well as

comment table
url_alias
term_hierarchy
vocabulary
vocabulary_node_types

A huge problem was when I added new content the system did know what Node ID to choose so you gotta modd the sequences table too, make sure the values are greater than those you just dumped from the old install! e.g if you just added content and say your last record had a NID (node id) of 100 then change node_nid in the sequences table to 101. You’ll need to change other variable in this table too.

sequences

Remember inline is fussy about dimensions of images

Summary

It’s done but shite, what a mess and I just hope the upgrade from 4.7.3 to 5.0 is easier! I don’t know an easier way of upgrading as it seems my 4.6 was some kind of developer build or something, perhaps I should of tried to upgrade to 4.7 first then to 4.7.3 ??? It helps to have your added on modules in a contrib directory. I strongly suggest that you watch the upgrade video as it has some nice tips on backing up all your drupal shite before you go a messing with it.

Cafe Prasad – not so sad?


Cafe Prasad describes it’s self as a “Veggie Restaurant” and was voted one of the top 10 Veggie Restaurants in the US in a recent survey.

Last time I ate there I was a little disappointed. They have a great buffet and the buffet food is sold by weight. Being hungry, very hungry I piled my plate with some yummy curry and other goodies and on checkout discovered that it came to the pricly sum of $14, bloody hell! Not that the food was bad, it was excellent but I just felt that for the same price I could of walked down the street to the Dushanbe Tea House, a real restaurant, sat down and dinned on an equally yummy dish for the same price in nicer surroundings.

Not putting up with the 120 decibel blender that always seem to be deployed right when you’re about to tuck into your grub is an added benefit of the Tea House. My bad, I here you cry but come on now, why should I have to pay sooo much for a plate of food. From that day onwards I swore never to eat there again – childish, but I don’t have the Benjie’s to be throwing that kind of lolly at a plate of food!

So here I am now some 2 months later sitting outside the cafe with pooch (my Siberian – Thabo), sipping on a Soy Latte and having just finished off a plate of food. I was in search of an afternoon hang our for me and hond as well as in need of something other than a pastry and a coffee.

I’m happy to report that the food was excellent. Due to the last fiasco, I was half ready to go into instant cardiac arrest on hearing what the damage was but I’m happy to report it only came to $4.50! Christ on a bike, there is a god! The service is still a little slow and it appears to be a lack of staff or training not due to any individual fanning his/her nuts or slacking off . I don’t think the average American is willing to wait for 7 mins for a coffee but the coffee wasn’t bad at all. You can also check out at the cash registers at the front of the store when the line at the cafe is long. I’m happy to report that the Internet is not too bad either. So Cafe Prasad, you’re not so Sad after all. Give it a try, just watch how much you pile on your plate.

HOURS:

  • 7:30am – 8pm Mon – Thurs.
  • 7:30am – 9pm Fri & Sat
  • 9am – 8pm Sunday.

    Located at 1904 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 – Google Map (click here)