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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Posted the character profile of Rachel Benning (from Red Garden).

Friday, November 17, 2017

Posted the character profile of Lula Ferhlan (from Red Garden).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Posted the character profile of Lise Harriette Meyer (from Red Garden).

A little over a week ago it got cold enough to warrant kicking on the heater. Unfortunately, when I tried to do so nothing seemed to happen. I heard the familiar click that occurs when the heater first turns on, but after that there was nothing. I then tried to manually turn the fan on, and that didn't come on either. We had this same problem back in March and had someone come from Service 1 Heating & Air Conditioning come to service it. He said something had overheated which flipped a switch, sort of like a breaker, and that it had to be manually reset. He then swapped it out for an automatic one that wouldn't need to be manually reset if it happened again. He checked that it was working before he left, but then a couple days later when we tried to use it again it wouldn't turn on. I was going to call him back in the morning but by the time morning rolled around the heater was working.

I thought maybe the same thing would happen this time so we waited a couple days to see if the heater would kick in. On the morning of the third day I went up into the attic and did the pilot light reset procedure to see if that would help. The reset procedure didn't seem to help, but while I was up there I noticed the heater was warm which got me to thinking that perhaps it was only the fan, not the heater, that wasn't working right. Even with the heater off I couldn't manually switch on the fan; every time I tried, nothing happened. So I thought maybe the overheating of the heater was due to the fan not blowing air through it. I turned off the heater, and later in the afternoon just before calling Service 1 Heating & Air Conditioning I tried turning on the fan one more time, and this time it worked! I still called because I don't think the guy fixed the actual problem back in March. I got their answering service so I left my name, address, and phone number. As of today I still have not received a call back.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Posted the character profile of Kate Ashley (from Red Garden).

Friday, November 10, 2017

Posted the character profile of Herve Girardot (from Red Garden).

Last Friday night Treese drove down to visit me and my parents in Vallejo, but halfway down her battery light came on and a few minutes later her car lost all power and completely shut down. She was able to coast over onto the shoulder and while she was on the phone to our insurance company trying to get a tow truck sent out a CHP officer saw her and pulled over. This was a turn of good luck since he was able to help relay precisely where they were, since they were in the middle of nowhere not near any major city in the dark in the rain. He waited with her until the tow truck showed up, and towed her to a motel in Williams.

A few weeks prior to this her battery light had come on so she took it to O'Reilly and they said there was something wrong with her alternator. We had purchased the alternator from AutoZone only a couple years ago and it had a lifetime warranty so she took it in and they tested both it and the battery and said there was nothing wrong and to bring it back in the next time the battery light came on. Well, the next time was when she was 100 miles from home coming to visit me.

The next morning I drove up to meet her along with my dad. We got the tow truck to come out and the driver wanted to try jumping it first to see what would happen. The car started up and idled for a bit, and there was no strange sights or sounds from the alternator so he thought it might be a bad battery. We drove it to a nearby. She drove it to a nearby Napa Auto Parts while we followed behind. Once there, they tested the alternator and battery, and both read as fine. After a minute idling they re-tested the battery and it was significantly lower than the first reading, which lead him to believe the battery was dead. We also got that battery from AutoZone not too long ago so it was also under warranty. We then drove to an AutoZone that was about 15 minutes away.

Once we got to the AutoZone we explained the situation and the guy came out to test the car. The battery read as pretty low, but other than that they both read fine. After a minute he tested the alternator again and this time it wasn't giving the numbers it should have been. He determined that the alternator was definitely bad, but only intermittently which is apparently very rare. So since we couldn't simply exchange the alternator, we had to buy a new one and then we'd get refunded once we turned in the old one. He called around trying to find someone who could replace it for us but nobody was available. The earliest we could get is a Tuesday appointment in Vallejo, not even in the town we were in or any of the nearby towns. So we tried to make it to Vallejo.

About 20 minutes in all the lights on her dash lit up again so we pulled off on the next off-ramp and called for a tow truck. We had to wait a couple hours since they had to get someone who could tow it 70-80 miles. It wasn't too bad, though, as the weather was nice. When the tow truck showed up and hauled away the car we followed behind until it had to get off and onto the truck scales. We had it towed to my grandparents house since there wasn't a lot of room at my parents house. Then on Tuesday morning we were able to drive it over to Pep Boys and drop it off. When we picked it up later that afternoon they said they also found a nail in one of the tires so patched that as well. Later in the day we both headed back to Redding, with me following behind Treese just in case she had to pull over again, but we made it home with no problems. Let's hope this new alternator lasts longer than the last one.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Fixed several videos that weren't resizing properly on mobile screens.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Posted the character profile of Claire Forrest (from Red Garden).

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Posted the character profile of Nanette (from Victorian Romance Emma).

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Posted the character profile of Maria (from Victorian Romance Emma).

Monday, October 23, 2017

Posted the character profile of Stevens (from Victorian Romance Emma) and did a few other minor updates.

Yesterday I ran a 100 foot ethernet cable under my parents' house, from the room with the router to the room with the main DirecTV box. When the DirecTV installers set everything up they didn't bother with network cables, instead just opting to rely on wi-fi which has not been working out well at all. The box would constantly disconnect from the wi-fi with the only way to get it to reconnect being to press the red reset button on the side of the box, and even when it was connected they had constant problems with on-demand streaming buffering and just flat out stopping. I initially wanted to run the wire through the attic and down into the walls but after I went into the attic it didn't seem to be very feasible. The room with the main DirecTV box was an add-on and doesn't have an attic to speak of, plus the wall it needed to be on was an outside wall which meant even if I could somehow get over to that wall and find a way to drill down into it I'd still have to get through a bunch of insulation. So instead I used the existing hole that was being used by the cable wire and ran it under the house up through the office floor where there used to be another cable wire. I'm pretty sure the cable wire was there before the DirecTV people came so did they cut off the end and push it through the floor? What's the point in that? Like it would never ever be used again at some point in the future?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Posted the character profile of Hana (from Wolf Children).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Posted the anime profile of Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Mechtanium Surge. Posted the article The Strong Bond Between Anime and Video Games.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Posted the character profile of Viscount Campbell (from Victorian Romance Emma).

Friday, October 6, 2017

Posted the character profile of Aurelia Hartwick (from Victorian Romance Emma).

I finally got around to painting the little bit of wood that we have on the roof of our house. It hasn't been done since we've lived here, so it was a bit overdue. It's not much, just two boards in an upside-down V shape, but it's up on the roof. On Wednesday I went up and scrubbed it clean, and while I was up there I saw the gutters were full again (didn't I just clean those?!) so I wound up cleaning those as well. The next day I went up and did the actual painting, then today I went up to put on a sealant. Definitely glad to have that done with. I think next I'll need to work on sanding and painting the shed.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Posted the article Why Are Dragons So Important to Anime?.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Posted the character profile of Adele (from Victorian Romance Emma).

Tuesday, September 25, 2017

Posted the article Bitcoin's Anime Ambassador. Finally implemented the mobile version of Absolute Anime which uses CSS (and a little JavaScript) to adjust the look and layout on small screens. It's still not exactly how I would like it to be, but I think it's good enough so that at least you don't have to suffer the headaches of navigating a full-sized website on a small phone screen.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Posted the character profile of Dorothea Moders (from Victorian Romance Emma).

I apologize for the lack of updates this past week. The weather has been pretty nice this past week so I've been out in the back yard working on our gazebo. I first had to clean it top to bottom, then had to do a bunch of touch-up staining, and finally had to apply a sealer. I'm not quite done yet as I still have to do touch-up staining to the very top of the gazebo and then seal that and finish sealing the rest of the floor boards which I didn't get to complete because I ran out of sealer. I also had to replace a sprinkler valve solenoid that was leaking, replace a toilet flapper that seemed to be leaking, tighten a faucet bib that had started leaking pretty significantly, and do some tree and bush trimming. I love this nice weather, I just wish I could enjoy it rather than having to do chores.

The Saturday before last we went to the Medieval fair over in Anderson. The sun was out full force so it was really hot out. There were a ton of little shops/booths set up selling knick-knacks so we looked at some of those but the prices seems really expensive. We headed over to one of the two "stages" where the schedule said some pyro-thing was supposed to happen but after waiting for 15 minutes past the scheduled start time with nothing happening we left and continued browsing the shops. The coolest one was probably the sword and knife shop, but again they were all too expensive to purchase. Then we waited in line for 30-45 minutes to get some giant turkey drumsticks. As we were waiting we had a good view of the other stage and never once saw any performance. So once we got our drumsticks we didn't bother eating them there and instead just left and ate them at home. We've wanted to visit the Medieval fair for a while and I'm glad we did, and now we know that there's really no reason to go back.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Posted the character profile of Ken Kaneki (from Tokyo Ghoul).

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Posted the character profile of Tasha (from Victorian Romance Emma). Updated the site so that file extensions are no longer required in the URLs, which should make the webpage addresses look nicer.


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