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News & Updates for April 2002

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Added the profiles of Harry Champ, Jack Sisko (both from Zoids New Century Zero), Yusuke Urameshi (from Yu Yu Hakusho), and added more content to The Story of My Life: Redding, California. There's also been an update with Our Pacesetter Nightmare Experience, and I replaced the inner rounded concave corners of all the tables with a constant thin blue line that surrounds the table's contents. This removed four images per table, and reduced the amount of HTML needed. What do you think?

My wife and I went to see the Scorpion King yesterday morning... or at least it was supposed to be in the morning. The show times said there was one at 10:30 AM, but when we got there we found that the first showing actually started at 1:30 PM. So we went back later to see that showing. I was originally not looking forward to seeing this movie, as the previews all looked pretty dumb. However, I did get more enthusiastic about it when I started seeing a good number of positive reviews. So, how was it? In a word, lame. The plot was extremely simple and unimaginative, the comic relief wasn't funny at all, the special effects were TV quality, and there was no glimpse of the Scorpion King's evilness that we see at the beginning of The Mummy Returns.

After the movie, we went out to lunch at the Sailing Boat Restaurant. I had Schezwan Beef, and Treeses had Duck. They didn't have just plain duck, though, so she ordered the duck with orange sauce, but with the orange sauce on the side. When the food came, however, the orange sauce was not on the side. We were both very hungry, so she tried eating it as it was, but just didn't like the orange sauce, so we bought another order of duck to take home. Alright, so now thus far we have had a disappointing movie and disappointing meal.

After lunch it was finally time for me to head into the office to see if anything had arrived from Japan yet. Unfortunately, Treeses forgot that I was only taking the morning off. More disappointment. The reason we went out Monday morning was because the files I needed were supposed to arrive from Japan Monday afternoon. Once the necessary files arrive, I will be busy getting projects ready to show at E3, and we most likely won't be seeing much of each other until it's over. Well, when I got to work, I found that nothing came in yet. So I headed home.

Once I was home again, we thought about renting a movie since we had a coupon for a free rental. Unfortunately, it was only accepted at store on Hilltop, not at the one nearby our house. So instead we looked around at DVDs and video games at Walmart, since we had to go there anyway to drop of some medication to one of Treeses friends who works there. We didn't see any movies worth getting, but since we still had money left on a Walmart gift certificate from my parents, we decided to get a two player video game, Super Smash Brothers Melee. It took a little while to get used to, but it's actually a pretty fun game... not quite $50 fun... but still fun (I'd say about $35 - $40 worth).

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Added the profiles of Gundam 0800, Pilot Candidate, Zero Enna (from Pilot Candidate), and added more content to The Story of My Life: Redding, California.

Friday, April 26, 2002

Added the profile of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and added more content to The Story of My Life: Redding, California.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Added the profiles of Lemlia and the farmer (from Dragon Ball Z). Replaced the profile of Lance (from Voltron) with a improved version that was just sent in. Added more content to The Story of My Life: Redding, California.

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Added the profiles of Atla, Urdo, Esau, Yetti, King Moai (from Dragon Ball Z), Loto, Pigu (from Ultraman), Reiha (from Vampire Princess Miyu), Setsuna Mudo (from Angel Sanctuary), Zoids Chaotic Century, Leena Toros (from Zoids New Century Zero, and Yu Yu Hakusho.

Saturday, April 20, 2002

Hey there, everybody. Got a few updates today. First off, I added profiles for Trigun, Gundam 0083, and Amuro Ray (from Moblie Suit Gundam. I just received a bunch of Dragon Ball Z character profiles today, so I should be able to get those up by next weekend. Okay, next, I added some more to The Story of My Life: Redding, California. And finally, I changed the free site search company I was using from FreeFind to siteLevel. Why? Because it's simply better. It gives much more customization, it has more options, and it allows you to search for phrases as well as individual words.

Alrighty, so what's been going on at work. Well, not a whole lot, as we're still waiting for additional files that are needed for the project to build. So I'm taking the time to look over other portions of the code, trying to understand it more. I also wrote a script to extract, format, and replace the comments from Ruby script so I can have Atlas translate them. I also wrote the script in Ruby, to familiarize myself more with the language. On Friday, we went to the old office to ship out a bunch of Arc games. Oh yeah, and I also got a new 4-port USB switchbox which was supposed to fix the blurry video signal that occurs when patched through my current switchbox. Well guess what... it didn't. This new one was supposed to have some kind of video enhancement technology, but the display looks just as bad as it did with my current switchbox. So I wrote them an e-mail asking what's up, but haven't heard a response yet.

On the home front, we've watched a bunch of DVDs over the past couple weeks. Last week we saw Bones, Bubble Boy, The Best of Banned from TV, The Musketeer, Memento, 13 Ghosts, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Let's see, what else has been going on? Last Saturday we went to going away party for some guy who works with Treese. She got drunk and ended up singing "Like a Virgin" with two other women she works with. Now that was enjoyable! Tomorrow we're supposed to go play paint ball with some friends we hardly know. Neither of us has ever done this before, so I'm really not sure what to expect.

Saturday, April 13, 2002

Added profiles of Scott, Beth, and Chuck (all from Ultraman: The Adventure Begins). Also, we received a letter of apology from Tim Dravatshy of the Pacesetter Corporation today, so that's been put up on Our Pacesetter Nightmare Experience site.

Friday, April 12, 2002

Added profiles of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Medabots, Monster Rancher, and San (Princess Mononoke).

Thursday, April 11, 2002

Sorry, I have anime profiles I need to put up, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. This time the major update is a new page about my life since moving to Redding, California. It's not finished yet, but I'm sure you'll fall asleep before getting through it all anyway. Click here if you want to enter a coma. Oh yeah, and we also had an update on our Pacesetter situation, so hopefully this will be coming to an end soon.

Saturday, April 6, 2002

Added the profiles of La Blue Girl, Love Hina, Queen Emeraldas, Golgo 13: The Professional, Golgo 13: Queen Bee, Princess Mononoke, Mon Colle Knights, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Aika, Shinzo, Ultraman: The Adventure Begins, Glenn (Ultraman), Balon (Dirty Pair Flash), Zak (Dirty Pair Flash), and A, B, and C (Dirty Pair Flash).

Okay, so now that the updates are out of the way I can fill you in on what's been happening at work. We finally got our PlayStation 2 development kit, so shortly after that we build a new Red Hat Linux machine to act as the main development computer. After working with the Linux machine for about a week, I decided that I still didn't like the environment. Thus we installed Samba on it (to enable Windows machines to recognize it in Network Neighborhood), and now I continue to develop on my Windows machine using a mapped network drive and advanced telnet client. This setup seems to be working very well so far.

Along with learning Linux and the PS2 dev system, I am also learning about a scripting language called Ruby. This is a very popular scripting language in Japan, and is thus used a lot in our current PS2 project. From what I've learned of it so far, it seems to be a really cool language.

Okay, so what about entertainment? Well, my wife and I went to see Blade II last Sunday. That movie is awesome! It's definitely worth checking out in the theaters. I've also been playing Fatal Frame (for PlayStation 2). It's a good game, very creepy. The sound effects mixed in with the graphical effects present a very eerie atmosphere. The only disappointments so far are that there is a lot of just wandering around, not doing much of anything, and the fact that the only way to fight is to take pictures. This makes the ghost battles very repetitive.

We've also had some updates dealing with our Pacesetter Corporation situation, which you can read about on our Pacesetter experience page. Speaking of bad experiences, my parents are having a problems with their PacBell DSL. Apparently, they sent one guy out and he told them it was an outside problem, then they sent another guy out and he said it was an inside problem. So now they have an appointment for both of the guys to come over at the same time to try to resolve it.


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