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Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Added the anime profiles of Banner of the Stars, Adventures of the Little Koala, The Adventures of the Little Prince, Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea and Demon City Shinjuku.

Monday, December 29, 2003

Split apart the Tenchi Muyo OVA and TV series into separate profiles: Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki and Tenchi Universe. Added the anime profiles of Belle and Sebastian, Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy, Shaman King, Onegai Twins, Read or Die, and Crest of the Stars. Added the character profiles of Seina Yamada (from Tenchi Muyo! GXP: Galaxy Police Transporter), Manami Kusunoki (from Variable Geo), Hachi (from Inu-Yasha), Yomi (from Yu Yu Hakusho), Hyoga (from Knights of the Zodiac), Kaoru (from Ai Yori Aoshi), Fiona Elisi Linette (from Zoids Chaotic Century), Lt. Maya Ibiki, Naoko Akagi, and Pen Pen (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Kazuhiko Amagasaki, Yuzuha, and Chief Nobeyama (from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki), Master Mage Clef and Eagle Vision (from Magic Knights Rayearth), Leena (from Dirty Pair Flash: Mission 2), and Espa Roba and Weevil Underwood (from Yu-Gi-Oh!). Added additional descriptions to several characters.

Wow, it actually started snowing yesterday! And not just a little, as I saw at least 3-4 inches of snow on the ground before going to bed last night. We hit the hay after the power went out around 1:30 AM. Earlier in the evening I had to go outside and knock the snow off the satellite dish so we could get a signal. Right now the roads are covered with snow and slush, so we both have the day off. Well, Treeses had the day off anyway, but the buses aren't running so everyone else at her work has the day off too.

Friday, December 26, 2003

Added the anime profile of Pet Shop of Horrors. Added the character profiles of Touma (from Dirty Pair Flash: Mission 2), Luminous One (from Battle of the Planets), and Victoria Ceras (from Hellsing). I'm finally on to the profiles that I received in October. I have about 350 profiles sitting in my To-Do folder, and receive more every day. Since I'm so far behind, any profiles that have crappy descriptions will be deleted. Sorry, but I just don't have the time to do very much rewriting.

We had a nice Christmas this year. We all got off early on Christmas Eve, which gave me the chance to stop by Raley's and pick up the last of our wedding pictures. Treeses got home at her normal time, somewhere between 9:00 and 9:00, and we opened gifts shortly thereafter. Contained within my stocking was a wooden style electric pepper grinder. We have tried several pepper grinders in the past, and I was always disappointed with their functionality, so I had mentioned that it would be cool if they just had an electronic push button one. I couldn't believe she actually found one, and not just any one but one that would match our oak table and that looked good.

Then Treese opened her stocking. The first thing she pulled out was a Christmas card. And not just a regular Christmas card, but a mushy one. I always try to get humorous cards, and had never before given her a sentimental one. This made her cry tears of joy! The next thing she opened was an envelope containing information about what it would take for her to become a pilot. I knew she has wanted to be a pilot ever since she was young, so I thought I'd find out exactly what it would take. She was so interested in the information, that she didn't even see the certificate for a free flying lesson that was also inside the envelope. I had to pull it out and hand it to her. She absolutely loved it! I also got her a few other gifts, including a desktop fountain that looks like an old, mossed over pot which would fit wonderfully with her collection of fairies, and two videogames: Prince of Persia and Ratchet & Clank 2: Going Commando. Treeses also got me a Star Wars Unlimited action figure of Darth Sidious.

We figured we would leave that evening to go to my parents' house, but we were too tired so we slept until about 4:30, and left around 5:30 AM. Shortly after we arrived, we went to my grandparents' house where we had breakfast, and after my Aunt Terri and her family arrived and ate, we all gathered around the Christmas tree and opened gifts. That was fun, and Treeses really liked it. She felt really comfortable around everybody this time around. After that we went back to my parents' house where Treeses and I took a nap. Later we went over to my Aunt Terri's for dinner. Before dinner was served, Treese and I talked and played Uno with my aunt and grandma. The others watched the DVDs The Medallion and then The In-Laws. For dinner we had ham, applesauce, blintzes, bread, salad, and some other things that I'm probably forgetting. We talked a little more after dinner, then went back to my parents' house where we soon headed back to Redding. It was a really good Christmas, and Treeses best Christmas ever.

Saturday, December 21, 2003

Added the anime profile of Astro Boy (2003 remake), and added the character profile of Yuriko Shinonome (from Eiken).

Last Saturday I finally got around to taking in two disposable cameras that were actually from our wedding. Hey, better late than never. I also sold my Metallica box set on eBay, and when I went to Office Depot to ship it, I looked at the multifunction printers that also fax, copy, and scan. Like I mentioned earlier, we already have one that works really well, but I wanted one with a flatbed scanner to scan all those things that aren't standard document sized. The problems with all the ones we looked at previously is that they were too deep and would take up our entire desk, but there I saw a brand new HP model (HP Officejet 5510 all-in-one) that was very narrow. So far it seems to be working pretty good.

Had an update to the whole Pacesetter situation, but I already wrote about on the Pacesetter page, so you can read it there if you want. Um, went to a Christmas party last night which was fun. Didn't really do much except talk though. Oh, Christy moved out last week and into her grandma's place since her mom had been ill lately. What else...well, we went to see the midnight showing of Return of the King on Tuesday (or technically on Wednesday). It was, as expected, an amazing movie. Unfortunately the air conditioning was busted and they wouldn't open the doors so it was burning up in there. Anytime there was action on screen, the heat wasn't noticeable, but anytime other than that it was really distracting. We will definitely need to go back, although I'm sure we'll be waiting a few weeks for the crowds to die down.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Added the anime profile of Eiken and the character profile of Chiharu (from Eiken).

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Added the character profiles of Mask of Flesh, Mistress Centipede, and Jinenji (from Inu-Yasha), Marla (from Adventures of the Mini-Goddess), Princess Sienna (from Saint Seiya), Princess Rona (from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!), and Sumomo (from Chobits).

Monday, December 15, 2003

Added the anime profile of Zoid Fuzors. Added the character profile of B.D.N. (from Trigun).

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Added the anime profile of Fighting Foodons. Added the character profiles of Kyo Sohma (from Fruits Basket), Hakudoushi and Jakotsu (from Inu-Yasha), Ayane (from Gate Keepers 21), and Chef Kawasaki (from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!). Added an additional description to the character profiles of Gan-chan (from Adventures of the Mini Goddess) and Knuckle Joe (from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!).

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Added the character profiles of Juri Arisugawa and Chu Chu (from Revolutionary Girl Utena) and Aoi Sakuraba (from Ai Yori Aoshi).

Sunday, December 7, 2003

Added the character profile of Pikachu (from Pokemon).

Saturday, December 6, 2003

Added the character profile of Yugi (from Tenchi in Tokyo).

My Zelda game arrived yesterday, although I haven't had a chance to play it yet. It's the promotional one you can get when buying a new Nintendo GameCube or subscribing to Nintendo Power. I did the subscription, as it was only $20 and I already have a GameCube. I also got the Golden Axe import for the PlayStation 2 a few days ago. It's a 3-D remake of the Sega Genesis version of Golden Axe, and it was a blast to play... at least with Ax Battler, the barbarian. I first tried starting the game with the dwarf, my favorite character, but his controls seemed really sluggish and his polygon modeled body was horrible. The graphics aren't that great all-around, but his seemed to be the worst. They really should have released this as a 2-D game with all new enhanced graphics. With the power of the PlayStation 2, they could have made it look really spectacular in 2-D...then again, that probably would have taken a lot of work too, as it isn't really a simple task to do 2-D graphics on the PS2.

Oh, what else is going on? I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau about Pacesetter and how they are ignoring their warranty obligations. I cleaned off part of the desk and filed away hundreds of papers that had been stacking up for some time. I opened our receipt box to find a receipt for something we need to return, and ended up cleaning that out. I found receipts from the year 2000 in that thing, not to mention all the diner and grocery receipts! Why the hell am I keeping those?! Really it's just because we empty our pockets when we get home, and when receipts start to pile up we throw them all into the receipt box. We really need to stop doing that. Okay, what else? I brought in the Halloween decorations and turned on the Christmas tree lights. I didn't have to set up the tree, as it had been standing all year. I put up our stockings, so now I just need to find something to put in them.

I received my Ranma 1/2 seasons 1 and 2 box set this week, but haven't had time to watch any of them yet. I've ordered a couple gifts for Treeses so far, but still need to find some more. Umm...what else? We had Clark come by to confiscate more dead mice and reset the traps. We discovered that one of our hall closets smelled really bad, and came to the conclusion that it was probably a dead mouse above it in the attic. The Clark guy picked up a mouse from that area, and said that it was probably the one that was dead last time which the previous Clark guy didn't get. Most Clark guys are really awesome, and I would highly recommend them, but the guy before last had some kind of issues. I wasn't there we he came, but my wife was and she told me about how he was very apprehensive about going into the attic. She said that he just stuck his head up there and said he couldn't see any traps, and that he actually had to call someone else to ask where they were. Geeze dude, just get up there and look! That's what I did to see that the traps were full, and that's why I called you guys.

We've been looking into getting a multi-function printer with fax and scanner capabilities. We have a nice Hewlett Packard one at the moment, but I would like to have one with a flatbed scanner. Unfortunately all of those are pretty big. They all seem to have a depth of about 23 inches, which would take up the whole desk, so we'll probably just stick with what we have.

News & Updates in 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Friday, November 28, 2003

Added the anime profiles of Angelic Layer and Tenchi Muyo!: Galaxy Space Mihoshi Special. Added an additional description to the character profile Mai Valentine (from Yi-Gi-Oh!).

Monday, November 24, 2003

Sorry for not having any updates once again for the past couple weeks. We've been keeping busy, out of the house and off of the computer. The Saturday before last I spent a lot of the day just doing chores. I cleaned out the hall closet and the kitchen pantry, changed some light bulbs, and climbed into the attic to investigate the scuttling sounds (which I'll talk about later). I was just finishing up everything when Treeses got home from work, and I spent the rest of the day with her.

The next day we went to see Elf, which we had tried to go see when my parents came to visit but was sold out. This was a good movie, although I was expecting it to be more laugh-out-loud funny. A lot of the jokes, although they almost always hit their mark, often could be seen coming, and so what might have been a laugh was instead just a chuckle. There were a few that caught me by surprise, though, like his method for putting the star on top of the Christmas tree or when the store manager announced to the crew that Santa would be coming tomorrow. There really wasn't too much to the story, but that was fine as it was mainly just an excuse to put Will Ferrell on-screen and let him do his thing.

After the movie we went out to eat at the always tasty Denny's, and then headed over to the other movie theater for The Matrix Revolutions. I had little desire to see this installment of the series after the extreme letdown of the second film, but Treeses wanted to see it. And I'm glad we went, because it was a pretty good movie. Most of the movie takes place outside the world of the Matrix, and this works. Luckily there is no stupid parties or boring speeches this time, just intense action as people take up arms to defend their home against a swarm robots. The Neo fight against Agent Smith was also much better this time around, although it still seemed rather pointless. At least this time they could both fly, and fought one-on-one all over the place.

Last week we discovered that we have rats in our attic. We would hear scratching or scuttling, and we kept thinking it was a tree branch or something scraping against the roof. After finally going outside and looking around, I saw that there was nothing even close to the roof, so I climbed in the attic. I didn't see any major signs or rodents, such as droppings or any chew marks, but there was an area that had been cleared of insulation and what looked like a hole through some of the insulation. Since we have Clark Pest Control on service, they came by Monday and set some traps up. Treeses said she heard them snap during the day, so around the next day I went up to check out the traps, and sure enough there were two dead rats, each laying in their own trap. The Clark guy came by to take the rodents, and set up the traps again since we still heard scurrying. I went up in the attic once more this morning and found two more dead ones in the traps, so the Clark guy came by again today. I sure hope there's not too many of them up there.

The week before last we had the new fence installed by Top Fence. They seemed to do a pretty good job, and it looks nice, but shortly afterwards two of the boards cracked near the bottom unveiling a hole big enough for a puppy, and then one of the boards split in half. We tried calling but for some reason we kept getting a fax machine. My wife finally got a hold of them today, and they came by and put a bunch of extra nails in the fence. They didn't replace the broken boards, however. Maybe they're going to do that later, and just stopped by to do the nails because they were in the area. I'm not really sure because nobody came to the door or tried talking to my wife, who was home.

Speaking of Latrice, she got a cortisone shot today. She has a lot of pain when the weather starts to get cold like this, and none of her regular pain relievers were helping, so she decided to try the shot. She said it hurt at first, but now it really seems like it is helping. Hopefully it will last for a while. She says it can last up to 6 months. We also just purchased a memory foam bed to help with her sleeping. She always tosses and turns, and wakes up sore, so we're hoping this will let her get a good nights sleep.

This past Saturday we went to a private party out at some bar. Once there, I asked the bartender for something fruity, and he suggested a Fuzzy Naval (which is Vodka, Peach Brandy, and orange juice). Treese tried one too, and we both thought it was pretty good. We tried dancing a bit, but Treese's leg was hurting so we stopped after a little while. Besides, I don't know how to dance anyway. I can move my body, but I can't feel the beat of the music. So we tried playing a little pool. We really don't know much about it, so we went with the solids-and-stripes games, which I believe is called 8-Ball. My dad used to have a pool table when I was a kid, but don't remember much about the game. We got some tips for shooting from some of the other people there, which was helpful.

The bar opened to the public at 6:00PM, so some of the group decided to go out to dinner at some Thai restaurant, and we were invited to come. Us and one other couple arrived like 10 minutes before anyone else. Apparently they had to actually find out were it was. It was funny though, as once everyone was there and ordering, some people were having a hard time picking something off the menu and were joking about just grabbing some McDonald's. The funny part is I used to be exactly like that. I didn't like the sound of food I've never heard of, and always scanned the menu for a cheeseburger or ham sandwich. But thanks to Victor, I'm no longer hesitant about trying new dishes.

After dinner, one of the couples invited everyone to their house, and what a cool house it was. As soon as you walk into the house, directly to the right was a popcorn machine filled with freshly made popcorn. There were old fashioned phones hung all around the house, an jukebox filled with various types of music, a fire pit out back, and next to that was a giant hot tub. After some Vodka, some people got in the hot tub, but it was just way too cold for us to do that. This was my first time doing a Vodka shot, and let me tell you that stuff is pretty nasty. Apparently everyone else knows it's nasty too, and that's why you're supposed to lick salt, drink the shot, then suck on a lime. I'm not really sure what the salt is for, but the lime has to be for getting that nasty taste out of your mouth.

So with all the drinking, and the extremely cold weather forcing most people to stay inside, I guess it's not hard to figure out why everyone ended up in bed. Yep, it's because the bed was a Tempur-pedic, one of those memory foam ones that shape itself to your body. Just about everyone who tried it out said that they had to get one. That is, until everyone found out that it cost over $2,000. Still, I know Treeses needed to have one if she was ever going to get a good night sleep, so the next day I did some investigating on the web. Although the foam was patented, it was done so by NASA over 40 years ago, and patents only last 20 years. I figured that there had to be others with similar beds that worked just as well but didn't cost so much. We found one for about $500, so we ordered it and are going to try it out. It's about a hundred bucks shipping, so it'll cost us that much if we want to send it back after trying it, but hopefully we won't be needing to do that.

Oh yeah, and I called Pacesetter again and just said that we had put in a service claim over a month ago and still no one has called to set up an appointment, so the lady said she would put a note on our request, and that seemed to work because we then got a call to set up a time he could come over. It was between 11 and noon, and he arrived around 11:45. He tried out the window and said that there was nothing physically broken, and that it just needed some certain type of lubrication which he would have to go get. He said that he would be out of town for the next few days, but could come by around Thursday. Well, it's now Monday and we haven't heard anything since that day. Way to go, Pacesetter! You just keep on showing everyone what you're really made of!

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Last week there was a call on our answering machine from George, a Wal-Mart district manager, regarding the complaint about the photo center that I had made via e-mail. This was the first time that I had sent a complaint and actually had someone from the company contact me. This made me feel a little better about the company. Usually I just get sent an email with a statement like that's our policy and we're sorry if you don't like it (Target, for instance). And then there are the companies like Pacesetter Corp. which just ignore me completely. So this morning I was able to get a hold of him and have a little chat.

He started out by saying it was not just a policy of the Redding store, but a policy of all Wal-Mart's to not print photos with nudity because Wal-Mart considers itself a family store. So I asked how come Wal-Mart then sold R rated movies and M rated video games. He said that they will only sell those items to people over the age of 18, so I asked how that affected our photos. We were both over 18. I asked how could they claim to not process photos with nudity because they were a family oriented store, and yet still sell a video game where you can have sex with a prostitute in the back of a car and then use a gun to shoot and kill her directly afterwards. He fumbled for words after that one, and all he could eventually come up with is that if Wal-Mart did sell such a game, doing so was the decision of their buyers.

Why does Wal-Mart sell such a game? Probably because it's a top seller, and makes them a lot of money. But they will refuse to sell some albums unless music companies provide censored versions, so you'd think they'd do the same thing with video games. Hmmm.... I wonder what the difference is? Well, if I had to take a guess, I supposed it would be that the video game companies probably refuse to censor their games for a particular store, but Wal-Mart wants that money so they just go ahead and buy the games anyway. Wal-Mart, if you want to be a family store, that's fine. Sell only products that are suitable for the entire family, but do not try to sell us this garbage about being a family store when you're willing to sell products that even many adults find inappropriate.

The last argument he made for their photo policy is that they could have some employees that, unbeknownst to Wal-Mart, would make copies of the nude photos for themselves and possibly publicly release the photos. The other arguments were weak, but this was the absolute weakest. First, no policy could keep an employee from making copies of the photos, especially when the photos are not being printed but are being burned to a CD. It is extremely easy to make digital copies. Now, if the employees didn't have the nude photos in the first place, then they wouldn't be able to copy them, but how is that going to happen when Wal-Mart never even tells its customers about their policy? It makes no sense!

He asked what they could do to make it up to us after I told him that not only were we not informed that all of our photos weren't on the CD when we picked them up, but also that without the original roll of film it cost us $16 to get our photos put onto a CD. I am not the kind of person that demands money or free stuff to make up for a mistake, and that was not the purpose of my complaint. You need to do what you feel is right. So he offered us a $25 Wal-Mart gift certificate, which I accepted. However, I also asked if he could stop just accepting the policy, and try to make some effort to get it changed. He said that he would send my e-mail on to their legal department. I seriously doubt anything will happen, but at least I tried, so we'll see. We will not be shopping at Wal-Mart as much as before, and I mentioned that, but yes, we will still shop there. The simple fact that he called and tried to work things out with us shows that they do care about their customers.

Okay, enough of that. My parents came to visit this weekend. They arrived Saturday afternoon, around two o'clock. Treeses had worked early that morning and was back at home and sleeping when they got here. Then I had to wake her up at 2:45 because she had to go back to work. Treeses wanted to try this Indian restaurant called the Taj Mahal, but she was too busy working special shifts that evening to go out, so my mom cooked. We went to the FoodMax to get all the ingredients, but strangely enough they were all out of corn starch. We briefly thought about going to a different store, but it dark out and raining hard, making it difficult to see, so we just decided to do without. We watched Holes that evening, one of the NetFlix movies that arrived the day before. I really wasn't expecting much from it, as the commercials made it look boring, but it was actually a pretty good movie.

The next day we tried to go see Elf, but it was sold out when we got there. So we went to the mall to pick up a few things, looked around a bit, and then got lunch from In-N-Out Burger. On the way home we stopped at the video store and picked up Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Some parts were cool, but overall it didn't really hold my interest. Later that night we went out to eat at the Taj Mahal. Some of the food was spicy, and some wasn't, but it all tasted pretty bland to me. We got way too much food and had like four take-home boxes. We watched the Indiana Jones extras disc when we got home, which was very enjoyable. Both nights when my parents went to bed, I would play video games in the bedroom. I played both my new Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike game and my previous Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.

Rogue Squadron III is a fun game. This time around they added the ability to play with more that just ships. Now some missions have you running around on foot, or zooming around on a speeder bike, or fumbling around in an AT-ST. The speeder bikes are really cool, but controlling characters is a little clunky and controlling the AT-ST can be quite difficult. I also don't like the mission select interface as much as the previous game. Now they have three columns of rings, each showing a mission, and the columns are moved up and down to view the different missions...sometimes. In the middle column, you there's a point where it will no longer scroll up, so you have to move to one of the side columns, scroll that up, and then move back over to the middle column. I'm sure they're organized somehow, but I couldn't figure it out other than the on-foot missions seemed to be in the left column.

The game also seems to have more unlockable stages as the previous one. Actually, I didn't even know the previous game had unlockable missions until I went back to check. And this game also has a reduced difficult level. I had forgotten how extremely difficult those missions were in Rogue Leader. I've gotten almost all silver medals in Rebel Strike, where in the Rogue Leader there are still several mission where I haven't gotten any metals at all. Oh man, I hate that level where you have to stay close to the ground to avoid being detected. There's fog everywhere and you can't see anything and I stay as close to the ground as my ship will go but it makes no difference as they still always see me. The only way I was able to get past that stage was by playing it at a different time of day. Yep, that mission changes depending on what time of day you play it at. Kinda cool.

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Replaced the description of Magic Knight Rayearth with a much more detailed version.

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Added the anime profile for Zoids Guardian Force. Added the character profile for Raven (from Zoids Chaotic Century).

Well, we finally got a light fixture for the ceiling fan in our living room. I came home Monday night and there it was, already installed and illuminating the room with brilliance though its frosted glass underbelly. That was something we've been trying to get for a while, as the only light we had was the two lights for the fireplace mantle and the dining room lights. We looked at a bunch of different stores, but none had the right size for our fan. Then Treese got the wonderful idea to look in a light and fan specialty store. Viola! And now we can see!

Treese was busy Monday. Besides getting the light fixture, she also found the Wal-Mart receipt for the photo CD. At first they still weren't going to give her a refund, but when she calmly explained that I had already been in and was told that they would refund the CD if we brought our receipt, and that if they didn't refund our money then she would have to start yelling, they decided to hand over our money. I know it was just a few dollars, but it's the principle of the matter. We gave them money to put all of our pictures onto a CD, and they did not do that, so our money should be returned.

She also had Top Fence come over to give us an estimate for how much it would cost to fix a large section of our fence. The dogs from our neighbor to the east are completely tearing it up and continually getting into our yard. And then they play with Christy's dogs, making noise, eating their food, sleeping on their giant pillow, and tearing up whatever happens to be laying around. We are sick of it, and our neighbor has shown very little effort to keep the fence repaired or the dogs out, so now we're getting estimates to get almost the entire fence replaced. And yippee, we get to pay half of it. Tomorrow we have Dale Brown coming to give an estimate. We've used both companies for our last fence repair (one neighbor preferred Dale Brown, one preferred Top Fence, and one was indifferent), and they both did a great job. We'd recommend them both.

We got a call from Pacesetter last week. I was sleeping so Treeses answered it. The guy was calling about the service request we put in... but the question is which one? We put in a service request almost a year ago for a broken part for our storm door, and then put in another request over a month ago for a problem we were having with one of our windows. Treeses had forgotten about the problem with the window, and the only thing the guy mentioned on the phone was the storm door part, and he said it cost $60 to come out, so she just had him send us the part. Sixty bucks?! Scott told us it wouldn't cost anything for our service requests because we lived close to a local office. Maybe they just charge for having someone come out when it is not really necessary to fix the problem?

I called back a little later that morning, and was told by a recording to call an 800 number. So I called that number and was transferred to the Sacramento office. He told me that he did see the window problem on the service request, and said that the service guy was feeling sick and just went home, but that he would have him call the very next day. Hm, so I guess they did receive the second service request. Well that was fine, but why did the guy not mention anything about our window problem on the phone? Anyway, so can you guess what happened the very next day? Yep, the same thing that happens every time they say they'll call back... absolutely nothing! So on Monday I called again, but he was not at his desk. I left a message on his voice mail giving my name, phone number, explaining that we never received the call, and asking if he could please have someone call us. Well, it's now Wednesday and we have still not received any call. Are the only people who know how to work phones at Pacesetter the telemarketers?

Is it just me? I mean, hypothetically, let's say you had a company, and that your company continually messed up so bad when dealing with a particular customer that the customer made a sucks.com website about your company. Then lets say that the customer is having a problem with your product that is fully covered by your warranty. Now, wouldn't you try to do everything possible to correct this problem as smoothly as possible so that the customer could finally have a good experience to write about on the website? I'm not trying to say that I deserve any special treatment at all, and I know that everyone makes mistakes and has bad days, but it just seems like this would be one of those times when you'd really want everything to go right. I just don't get it.

Monday, November 3, 2003

Separated En, Ryou, and Kai into separate profiles. Added character profiles for: Karasu and Bui (from Yu Yu Hakusho). Put a different picture on my profile.

Saturday, November 1, 2003

Put up the photos from our Jamaican vacation and some photos of our Halloween costumes. Sorry to say, no new profiles this weekend.

So I went to Wal-Mart today in order to find out how come only 13 of the photos from our water camera got put onto the CD when there were nearly 30 pictures in the camera. The lady told me that they did not put all of our photos on our CD because of their Wal-Mart policy against nudity, because they are a family store. What kind of sense does that make?! Are they allowing their customers to view our photos? And why weren't we told this when they gave us the CD? Did they just hope we wouldn't notice? Never were we informed about this policy, for if we had been we would have taken our business elsewhere. And what kind of family store won't put private non-sexual nude photos on a CD where nobody can see them, but will happily sell you guns and ammunition? What kind of family value message is that? Shooting things is perfectly fine, Timmy, but being naked makes you a bad person. This is just asinine. The lady then told me that Raley's could do it, so I drove over there and was told that they can only do it from the original roll of film, and not from the negatives. So now we have to go looking for a professional photo shop.

After having this experience, I went online to see if I could find out more about Wal-Mart's policies. What I discovered was quite surprising. Not only do they censor photographs, they also censor song lyrics, album cover art, and videos. And again, they do not tell consumers that what they're purchasing is a censored version of the original. They just let the customer buy it, and when the customer realizes they've been duped, Wal-Mart won't even give them refund because the package has been opened. The really weird thing is that Wal-Mart still happily sells movies that are rated 'R' and video games that are rated 'M', both of which may contain excessive vulgar language, violence, nudity, and/or sexual situations. And censorship is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a ton of websites out there happy to fill you in on the rest, like Wal-Mart Watch and Wal-Mart vs. Women. Until now, we bought most of our non-food department store type items at Wal-Mart, including movies and video games. So will this new information affect where we shop? You'd better believe it!

Yesterday was the first time that Treeses had ever participated in the Halloween holiday. Last year she was working, and the year before that was our wedding. I had been nagging her for the past couple weeks to find someone to cover for her so she could take the day off. She finally found someone who would cover for her in the evening, so she could get off around 6. On Halloween morning, I convinced her to wear the Evil Mistress costume to work, which we bought the previous weekend. It looked very good on her, and she said is was extremely comfortable as well. When she came home around 6:30, I was shocked to see her dressed in a school girl outfit. Apparently she bought it Monday while in Sacramento visiting her sister. We both handed out candy to the kiddies, as well as decks of Goemon cards. It didn't seem to be quite as busy this year for some reason. Besides being Halloween, yesterday was also our second wedding anniversary. I got Treese a card, a basket of plastic fruit (which I put together myself at Wal-Mart), and Devil May Cry 2 for PlayStation 2. Why a basket of plastic fruit? Because I know she absolutely loves fake food.

News & Updates in 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Saturday, October 25, 2003

We just switched over to a new Linux server a few days ago which runs PHP scripts instead of ASP, so I had to convert all the ASP scripts. Because of the change, there was a short period where the anime and character submission forms weren't working, but that's all better now.

Okay, now this is part where I originally wrote about Our Jamaican Vacation, but it was really long so I decided that it deserved it's own page.

Okay, that's it. No new profiles this weekend, but I do have over a 100 submissions sitting in my To Do folder, so I'm sure I'll be back to it next weekend. There are also a bunch of new video games either out or coming out (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Castlevania, Rogue Squadron III, Return of the King, SOCOM II) that I want to pick up, so if I do I might be playing those instead.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Added anime profiles for: Transformers: Armada.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Added character profiles for: Launch (from Dragon Ball).

Friday, October 17, 2003

Today is my sister Julia's birthday. Happy Birthday!

Friday, October 3, 2003

Added anime profiles for: Tenchi The Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love, Tenchi the Movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness, Tenchi Forever: The Movie, and Tenchi in Tokyo. Added character profiles for: Haru Sohma (from Fruits Basket).

I also updated Byte-Grabber, the byte extraction utility that I wrote. Now it will even run on machines that don't have a development environment installed! What kind of dumb default option is that, to have it set so that you have to include certain libraries along with your program instead of having them automatically built in? I understand the option, it just seems that by default it should be set up to build a self-contained executable. I also made it so the history of the various drop-down boxes would be saved, the help windows would be positioned relative to the program window (instead of letting Windows choose where to put them), and the user can now cancel the byte-extraction while it is in progress.

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Added anime profiles for: Boogiepop Phantom. Added character profiles for: Kou Tenka (from Soul Hunter); Nova Satori (from Robotech); Wolfwrath (from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!); Souta Higurashi (from Inu-Yasha); Joe Kido (from Digimon); Bee (from Dragon Ball Z).

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Added character profiles for: Professor Gill (from Android Kikaider: The Animation); Haruna (from Tenchi Forever: The Movie); Kain (from Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love); Yuzuha and Mayuka Masaki (from Tenchi the Movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness); Seiryo, Nobuyuki Masaki, and Azusa Jurai (from Tenchi Muyo!); Rumiya, Ramia, Misao Amano, Magical Girl Pixy Misa, and Chihiro Kawai (from Magical Girl Pretty Sammy); Meier Link, Charlotte Elbourne, and Grove (from Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust); Aya-chan Fujimiya (from Knight Hunters); Yami Marik (from Yu-Gi-Oh!); Ani Takuro, Atsuko Urameshi, Gouki, Dr. Ichigaki, Kuro Momotaro, Risho, En, Ryou, and Kai (from Yu Yu Hakusho); Prozen (from Zoids: Chaotic Century).

News & Updates in 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Monday, September 29, 2003

Added character profiles for: Yuki Sohma (from Fruits Basket); Eikichi Onizuka and Azusa Fuyutsuki (from GTO); Jaken, Shiori, and Toutousai (from Inu-Yasha).

Friday, September 26, 2003

Added character profiles for: Goshinki, Juuroumaru, Kageroumaru, and Rin (from Inu-Yasha); Sakura Tomoe (from Knight Hunters); D3 (from Tenchi Muyo).

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Added character profiles for: Hilary (from Beyblade); Helba (from .hack//sign); Ayame and Kohaku (from Inu-Yasha); Aya Fujimiya, Omi Tsukiyono, and Yohji Kudou (from Knight Hunters); Orochimaru (from Naruto); Akira Sendoh (from Slam Dunk); Achika Masaki (from Tenchi the Move: Tenchi Muyo in Love); Byakko, Genbu, Murugu, Shishiwakamaru, and Touya (from Yu Yu Hakusho); Odion Isthar (from Yu-Gi-Oh!); Irvine (from Zoids Chaotic Century).

Victor brought over his satellite box and serial cable last night to test out our channel changing problem. With his equipment, the problem still happened, so now we know that the problem is with the TiVo. I was really hoping that wasn't going to be the case, but was also pretty much expecting it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (evening)

Added the character profiles for: Gentle Chapman (from Mobile Fighter G Gundam); Kagura and Kanna (from Inu-Yasha); Dr. Clay and Zero (from Tenchi Muyo); Seto Kamaki (from Tenchi Muyo! GXP: Galaxy Transporter); Hokuto Sumeragi, Seishirou Sakurazuka, and Subaru Sumeragi (from Tokyo Babylon); Kamui Shirou (from X); Majari and Seiryu (from Yu Yu Hakusho). I forgot to mention that I changed the goTo() JavaScript function I wrote to accept an object instead of an address as an input. This way I can just say onClick="goTo(this)" instead of onClick="goTo(address)". I use the getElementsByTagName to get the first HTML anchor object in the table cell, and then use the getAttribute to get the address that the anchor object points to. The change should be transparent to the user, but is simpler to write and reduces the file sizes a little bit.

Our TiVo started doing that channel-changing thing for the movie channels again last night, so I called TiVo Support this morning. The guy had me unplug the serial cable from the satellite box (a crappy Sony SAT-B55), turn off the power on the satellite box, wait a minute, and then plug it back in and turn it on. He said this was to re-initialize the connection, although I told him that the problem had already been fixed after having left the TiVo unplugged all night (which usually works). He said that if it still happens, that I might have to switch to the IR method, but I told him that was not possible because our Sony satellite box works on the same remote codes as our Sony A/V receiver. He suggested that we might need to get one of those IR devices that attaches to the IR signal receiver to block out other signals, but that won't work with our satellite box because there is no visible IR signal receiver. In order to block the signal, I had to cover the entire front. He said that it definitely wasn't the TiVo that was the problem, so I asked if getting a different satellite box would help. He seemed to think so, which would be cool (well, not cool, but less sucky than replacing a TiVo) because I don't like that satellite box anyway, it gets very hot, practically melting the access card. And, well, guess what? I came home tonight and it's doing it again! God I hate this thing! And why is mine the only one in the world that is having this problem?! I did a search on the web and newsgroups, and haven't found a single soul that has this same problem. Did Pacesetter put a curse on me?

Yesterday morning I received a call from someone who offered to host PacesetterSucks.com. He asked if Pacesetter was harassing our host, and I told him that they weren't really harassing since I took the stories down, but that they did threaten and would probably do so again when I put the stories back up. He said that he was an ex-employee of Pacesetter, and not only was everything he read on our site true, but he knew of a lot more horror stories. He offered to host my site, and claimed that he actually wanted Pacesetter to try suing. The call came about 9:20 AM, when I was just waking up. He said that he was at work and needed to call me back, which was good for me so that I could get up and get some water. I always wake up so dry for some reason. Anyway, he did call back about ten minutes later. I told him I was definitely interested, as I wanted to get those stories back up. He said he at work and had to go again, but asked if he could send me an e-mail, which I said would be great. So after confirming my e-mail address, we hung up, and I haven't heard anything since. I hope he just got real busy or something. I am curious as to how he got my number, though, as we don't have it anywhere on the website. I know it's really easy to find online with just a little exploring, but I'm still curious.

Treeses visited her mom yesterday. Apparently her mom is having serious, life-threatening problems with her leg, but she won't do anything about it. And I don't mean like "I'm fine! I don't need any help!" kind of thing, I'm talking about the "I don't have $20 to go to the doctor" or "I don't have a way to get there" type reasoning. So lets see, Treeses gave her money to pay the mortgage so they wouldn't lose their house, bought them a new water heater to replace the one that was leaking heavily, and gave her money to go to the doctor which she spent on food. Can you tell there's something not right here? No, her husband is dad is not dead. No, they're not divorced either. So where is he, you ask? Where is Treese's father? Um, let me see... oh, I think I see him over there in LOSER LAND! When Treeses would first start telling me things about her dad, I figured she probably exaggerated a little bit, like many people do. But now that I've lived with her for over five years, I can tell you that none it is exaggerated. He is a major loser, and their family would probably be better off if they were divorced.

Oh, I got accepted into the SOCOM II beta test program, so I'm hoping to get my disc soon. This means I'll probably be playing a bit more than usual, but I'll try to still keep up with the updates. I was also a beta tester for Everquest, but that game sucked so bad that after two sittings, I just couldn't take it anymore and never put the disc in again. Actually, I think I probably threw it away. I'm also on a TiVo beta test now. Sorry, but I can't say anything about it due to the privacy agreement. Shhhhhhh!

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Added the character profiles for Wan Derbard, Bud Mint, Mei-Mer, Tuttle Millen, Uni Charm Password, V-Darn, V-Sion, Akumako, Czar Master, and Dr. Password (from K.O. Beast), Princess Fireball (from Sailor Moon), Jiraiya (from Naruto), T.K. Takaishi (from Digimon: Digital Monsters), and Kurei (from Flame of Recca).

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Added the anime profiles for Knight Hunters and E's Otherwise. Added the character profiles for Cho Hakkai (from Saiyuki), Moonbay (from Zoids Chaotic Century), Snoozer (from Hamtaro) and Gotenks (from Dragon Ball Z).

We went to see Underworld this morning, and we both really enjoyed it. I'm really looking forward to when it's released on DVD so that I can watch it without my butt turning numb. After that we went to eat at Homestyle Buffet. The turkey and ham was quite good, as were all the side dishes and salad, but the chicken and roast beef were very dry. Then it time for a little shopping. For our upcoming vacation, we picked up a 256MB Compact Flash card to go with our current 32 MB card. We also got the third and final season of Family Guy on DVD, which contains an unaired episode.

Well, it's been a while since I've listed all the DVDs we've seen recently, so I guess I should do that. There was Dagon, Monk: The Premiere Episode, Blade, Crazy/Beautiful, Unfaithful, Head of State, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (and Bonus Disc), Dark Blue, Bringing Down the House, Cradle 2 the Grave, Bowling for Columbine, Fright Night Part II, The Hunted, House of 1,000 Corpses, Lost in La Mancha, Agent Cody Banks, Daredevil, Hearts in Atlantis, 25th Hour, About Schmidt, Phone Booth, Beverly Hills Ninja, Final Destination 2, Mystery Men, Spliced, Two Weeks Notice, Basic, Punch-Drunk Love, Sweet Home Alabama, Roger Dodger, Secretary.

Dagon really sucked. Really. Monk we saw on TV, we just didn't realize that it was the premiere episode at the time. Blade was still a good movie, and the extra features were entertaining as well. Crazy/Beautiful I found pretty standard and thus boring. Unfaithful was alright, but not quite as suspenseful as I thought it would be. Head of State was just awful. Horrible. Terrible. The Two Towers was still really great, as were the extras. I'm really looking forward to the version they'll be releasing in November. Dark Blue was kind of blah, as was Bringing Down the House and Cradle 2 the Grave. Bowling for Columbine was a really great documentary. It was something like three hours long, but didn't feel like it at all. Fright Night Part II was fun to see again. The Hunted was a not-so-good First Blood rip-off. House of 1000 Corpses, which I had really been looking forward to, was total crap. Lost in La Mancha was another good documentary. Agent Cody Banks wasn't the best, but I liked it a lot better than Spy Kids. Daredevil was lame, Hearts in Atlantis I didn't watch more than a half hour, but About Schmidt was actually entertaining. It was weird, 'cause I just totally wasn't expecting that. And the same with Phone Booth. It actually held my interest all the way through. Beverly Hill Ninja was good to see again, Final Destination 2 I already talked about in a previous update, Mystery Men was still lackluster, and... uh... I don't really remember Spliced, so I guess it wasn't all that good. Two Weeks Notice was alright, Basic was dumb... and confusing. Punch-Drunk Love was also confusing, but at least it was fun. Sweet Home Alabama was pretty standard, Roger Dodger was alright, and finally there was Secretary. I really had no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be pretty good.

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Added profiles for the anime Magical Girl Pretty Sammy, Noir, Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter, Digimon: Digital Frontier, Gravitation, and Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran. Added profiles for the characters Bandit Keith Howard, Mako Tsunami, Rebecca Tsunami, Rex Raptor (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), Ototo Toguro (from Yu Yu Hakusho), Shiina (from Vampire Princess Miyu), Funaho Jurai, Misaki Jurai (from Tenchi Muyo), Genjo Sanzo, Sha Gojyo (from Saiyuki), James (from Pokemon), Oxnard (from Hamtaro), Baki Hanma Doppo Orochi, Atsushi Suedo, Kosho Shinogi (from Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter), Takuya Kanabara, Koji Minamoto, JP Shibayama, Zoe Orimoto, Tommy Himi, Koichi Kimura (from Digimon: Digital Frontier), Julia Angel (from Cowboy Bebop), Susano-oh (from Blue Seed), Chi-Chi and Raichi & Zakuro (from Dragon Ball Z), Il Palazzo and Nabeshin (from Excel Saga), Michelo Chariot (from Mobile Fighter G Gundam), Michel (from Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team), Meow, Ran Tsukikage (from Carried by the Wind), Balmung (from .hack//sign), Knuckle Joe, N.M.E. Salesguy, and Tokkori (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!). Added an additional description for the anime profile Ceres, Celestial Legend and the character profile Kakashi Hatake (from Narue). Added a Table of Contents, Glossary, Advanced Site Search, and Copyright Notice.

I also fixed a "bug" in one of the JavaScript files (the bug was actually with the Opera Browser, and not the JavaScript). The problem was with the "Exit Frame" button that's supposed to break the current framed page out of the frame. It seems that for Opera to load the url of the framed page into the top location, the url of the framed page has to be different than the url that it's trying to load. So to make it work, I had to append a '#' to the end of the url. Oh yeah, and I changed the file extension for all of the Absolute Anime data files from .txt to .aa. It's not really all that important, but now when they're sorted by type they'll appear at the top, plus I can use syntax highlighting when using an editor that supports it.

I uploaded Byte-Grabber, a program I wrote to extract bytes from a file. I had actually written it a while ago as a simple DOS version, so a couple days ago I made a Windows version that could also be ran from the command line. The only down-side so far is that when running it from the command line, I can't display any output. I'm really not sure how to fix this other than just having a separate program made for DOS that the windows version calls, but I really wanted it to be just one program.

Man, our TiVo started screwing up once again. A few days ago, the red recording light stopped working. Resetting the unit got it working again, but caused the channels changing to start messing up once again. As before, it wouldn't change to any of the movie channels. I checked the serial cable wire, and it was tight in there. I reset the unit, but still nothing. I unplugged it for over an hour and tried it again, but still no change. It wasn't until the next morning after I left it unplugged all night that it started working again. I think I'm gonna have to call TiVo and get another exchange. Yesterday I called the TiVo rebate place. Kariann, the lady on the phone, said that our rebate should be shipped within four weeks now that they're starting to send the next batch of rebates. She said there was a problem because we didn't send in the UPC, but that we did send in a part of the box and that was acceptable to them. She was nice, but I really think that if I didn't call, we wouldn't have received our rebate.

I just watched Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge tonight. We used to watch the Dragon Ball Z series, but the fights just took so long, over so many episodes, that we both got very tired of it. This episode was exactly how the series should have been, no more than one hour of fighting the same person. And during it, I found out why IGPX didn't show up on the TiVo guide. Apparently, it was shown in the middle of other anime series. That was disappointing, as I was looking forward to it, but every time I searched the guide, it didn't show up. So all I got to see was the last episode.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Added images for Haruna (from Narue No Sekai), Grandpa Granger (from Beyblade), and Rezin Schnyder (from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack). Added additional descriptions for the character profiles Cyborg 001,Cyborg 002, Cyborg 003, Cyborg 004, Cyborg 005, Cyborg 006, Cyborg 007, Cyborg 008, and Cyborg 009 (from Cyborg 009). I still have 30 profiles in my to-do folder that I need to get to.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Added the anime profile of Cinderella Boy. Added the character profiles for Koharu (from Inu-Yasha), Sanburo (from Kikaider: The Boy with the Red Guitar), Blade Knight and Sword Knight (from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!), and Vy Low, Kyou Ryu, Gau Ban, and Faury Maya (from Shadow Skill). I also added the percentage that an image is scaled to the image's title. To make things a bit easier for me, I added some code to my script to automatically scale an image if I don't manually specify a scale percentage, and to automatically calculate the other units for a character's height and weight if only the English or metric units are specified.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

I made it so that the link would change color when the cursor was moved over one of the table cells that was linked, like the top and bottom navigation bars. In doing this, I replaced the JavaScript code in the link with a JavaScript function, so that reduced the file sizes a little. I also added link tags, so on some browsers a menu bar will appear with fields such as Home, Index, Help, and Author.

Monday, September 7, 2003

Added the character profiles for Mitoto Kuramitsu, Tasuki, Dias Ragu, and Jessie. Replaced the description for the character profile of Ash Ketchum. Updated the description for the anime profile Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy.

Saturday, September 6, 2003

Added the anime profile for Tenchi Muyo! GXT: Galaxy Police Transporter. Replaced the description for the character profile Nagi (from Tenchi Muyo). Fixed the Add Anime and Add Character forms (first they where backwards, and then the submission wasn't working). Also fixed a little quirk with the customizable styles, where the white cell borders that are displayed when using a semi-transparent background would make the table bigger than it should have been.

Friday, September 5, 2003

Added the anime profile Saiyuki. Added the character profiles for Yami Bakura, Duke Devlin, Noa Kaiba (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), Million Dollars (from Sorcerer on the Rocks), Jin-E Udo (from Rurouni Kenshin), Mew and Mewtwo (from Pokémon), Kisenian Flower, Sailor Tin Kitten, Sailor Iron Mouse, Sailor Aluminum Siren, Light of Hope, Sailor Lead Crow, Sailor Galaxia, and Princess Kaguya (from Sailor Moon). Added an additional description to the character profile Son Goku (from Saiyuki).

Thursday, September 4, 2003

Added the anime profiles for SD Gundam Force, Tokyo Babylon, Shadow Skill, Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy, GTO, Gate Keepers 21, Final Fantasy: Unlimited, Detective Conan, Cheeky Angel, Beyblade V-Force, and Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma. Added the character profiles for Puu (from Yu Yu Hakusho), King Dedede (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Madison Taylor (from Card Captors), Ken Ichijoji (from Digimon), and Joe Higashi (from Fatal Fury). Added an additional description to the anime profile Ranma 1/2.

Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Added the anime profile for Sonic X. Added the character profiles for Angel and Major Dastun (from The Big-O), Marlene Angel, Joey Heald, Alicia Whistle, Amick Hendar, Dice Quaid, Doug Vreiss, Keith Bean, Robert Bradley, Seno Miyagi, and Victor (from Blue Gender), Gareas (from Candidate for Goddess), Rika, Yukio Oikawa, and Cody Hida (from Digimon: Digital Monsters), Kaede (from Inu-Yasha), Escargoon (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Henry (from Medabots), Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno, Sasuke Uchiha, Kakashi Takase, Iruka, and Third Hokage (from Naruto), Nami (from One Piece), Richie and Giovanni (from Pokémon), Juri, Rinku, and Suzuka (from Yu Yu Hakusho), Tokimi and Tsunami (from Tenchi Muyo), and Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose, Knuckles the Echidna, Rouge the Bat, Chris Thorndyke, Chuck Thorndyke, Cream the Rabbit, Cheese the Chao, Dr. Eggman, Bokkun, and Shadow the Hedgehog (from Sonic X). Added additional descriptions for the anime profiles Android Kikaider, Escaflowne, and Naruto, and for the character profiles Inu-Yahsa, Kagome, Miroku, Sango, and Shippo (from Inu-Yasha), Jedite (from Sailor Moon), Mokuba Kaiba (from Yu-Gi-Oh!).

Wow, how about that! More profiles, and it's only Wednesday! We had a serious thunderstorm here in Redding this afternoon which caused several power outages at the office, so after the third one, we all packed up and headed home. Oh, I forgot to mention one of the changes to the website last time. I switched the search box from SiteLevel to Google. I liked SiteLevel a lot, as it not only gave some nice statistics like what people were searching for, but also let me customize the search results and even use a template so the results would like the rest of my website. Unfortunatly, the free service only allows 1000 pages, and I've been over that number for awhile now.

News & Updates in August 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Sunday, August 31, 2003

Added the character profiles for Shiori Minamo (from Yu Yu Hakusho), Julian Star (from Card Captors), and Chitose Hibiya (from Chobits). Added additional descriptions to the profiles for Van Fanel (from Escaflowne) and Yahiko Myojin (from Ruroni Kenshin). I also made a bunch of corrections, but still have a few more to go.

Sorry for not doing any updates for the past few weeks. I've been kinda busy. This week I did a little redesigning, as you can probably tell. What's that? You say you'd like me to go through all the changes with you? Why, I'd be glad to!

First I split the basic information section of the profiles into two columns so I could more accurately show the info for both the US and Japanese versions of the anime and characters. And that means I had to go through all the existing profiles and make sure all the information was properly split up. This took quite a while, and I'm sure I probably missed some, but while doing so I was able to find the Japanese names for a bunch of anime of which I only new the English titles. Still, I wasn't able to track them all down, so quite a few remain with only the English title listed. I also split up the height and weight info so that the Japanese column would list metric measurements and the English column would list the English measurements.

Next I changed the way that parenthesized text was displayed. The two-column layout reduced the available width of the text fields to about half of what they used to be, so displaying additional info in parentheses often wrapped the text onto an additional line. This usually made the profile look cluttered, so I replaced the parentheses with a little icon-image I created (which is supposed to look a little text bubble), and set the title of that icon-image to the text that would have been in the parentheses. Now, when the mouse is held over the image, the web browser should pop up a tool-tip box displaying the text. But that tool-tip box didn't really pop-up fast enough for my tastes, and it also eventually went away. So I then wrote a JavaScript function to pop-up a little tool-tip style table (containing the text) next to the mouse. This seemed to work really good on both Internet Explorer and Opera. Unfortunately, it didn't work on Netscape, so Netscape users will just have to rely on the tool-tip the browser pops-up for the image title.

After that, I changed the underlying structure of the section tables, although the visual structure didn't change very much. I did make the bottom of the tables rounded now, too, plus provided options to use rectangular tables with a drop shadow and/or the classic HTML grey borders. And while I was at it, I figured I'd add a few more background images, which is something I've wanted to do for a while. Along with that, I made an option that would set the background of the tables to a solid color, which looks good on lists since I made alternating rows a slightly different color.

I also changed the navigation bar at the top of the pages. The image links I made are now gone, replaced with plain text links. I'm sure I'll probably put some icons there again, but I just didn't feel like making any now. You probably noticed that there are fewer links there, too, which should make it easier to navigate. The rest of the links, the ones that probably wouldn't be used very much, are now at the bottom of the page.

For images, I decided to open them in a separate window that's sized to the image. No more will a giant browser window open just to have a tiny little image, and no matter how many times you click on the image link, it will always open in that same window. Before, a new browser window would open each time. And this is true even if there are multiple images on a page. The window will just resize to the new image.

Another thing I did was to create an array of companies and their web address. This way, when the script makes the anime profile, it can automatically add a link to the company names. And since I use regular expressions to find the company name, it doesn't have to be exact. For instance, I could have AD Vision on one profile and A.D. Vision on another, and the script will recognize both as the same company, putting the link and the version of the name that's listed in the array.

There were a few other minor changes here and there. On the sort=date|Anime On TV page, the date sort now lists the most recent dates at the top, instead of the bottom. On the profile indexes and the directory lists, I added previous (<<) and next (>>) arrows. On most pages, the top section listed the date that the page was updated in the right-hand portion of the title bar. This date was actually the date of whenever the script built the file, so I changed it to be the date that the data file was modified. And the remaining sections on the page usually didn't have anything over in that right-hand portion of the title bar, so I added links that will jump to the previous page or the top of the existing page (the previous page link only shows up if there is a previous page available).

Okay, so much for all that. I've been up to some other stuff as well. This week Victor launched Audio Atrocities, a new website dedicated to bad voice acting in video games. I helped design the look and layout, and wrote a script to build the HTML pages using data files, so that any changes we decided to make to the layout would only have to be done once to the template file. Plus, the script auto-generates the index pages, which can be sorted by game title, publisher, game system, or date. There's some pretty hilarious sound clips there, so go check it out.

Treese and I went to see Freddy vs. Jason on Sunday, and we both enjoyed it. The killings weren't nearly as clever as they were in either of the previous saga's, but there's just something so sweet about Freddy and Jason trying to hack each other to pieces. I am definitely a Jason fan, while Treese's always goes with Freddy, so that rivalry may have made the movie more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise. I'm sure we'll end up getting it on DVD. We already have the Nightmare on Elm Street DVD box set, which I got Treeses as a gift, but we don't have a single Friday the 13th movie. I think we'll probably have to rectify that situation soon. Now if only they'd make Alien vs. Predator....

It seemed like either our TiVo or our Sony satellite box started acting up again last week. The TiVo was doing that weird thing with not changing to some of the channels, which soon became none of the channels. But also our satellite box seemed to start turning itself off. It would be on when we left in the morning, and off when we got home. So this kind of made me thought that it was the satellite box that was messed up, and not the TiVo. Well, after a lot of experimentation over the week, I believe that I finally figured out what was going on. It was a combination things. The serial cable that connects the TiVo to the satellite box was fairly loose where it plugs in to the TiVo. And the reason for the box turning of...was the remote. Yep, that damn Sony is at it again. Apparantly the satellite box and the audio/video receiver use the same remote code to power on and off. It probably just started happening because I moved things around to get behind the equipment while trying to fix the channel changing problem. So the only fix I could think of for that was to tape cardboard over the front of the satellite box.

Saturday, August 14, 2003

Added the anime profile of FLCL (Fooly Cooly).

Saturday, August 3, 2003

Added the character profiles of Lady Eboshi Gozen (from Princess Mononoke), and Tatsuhiko Shido, Riho Yamazake, Guni, and Cain (from NightWalker).

Saturday, August 2, 2003

Added the anime profiles of NightWalker: Midnight Detective, .hack//liminality, Please Teacher, Blue Gender and Berserk. Added the character profiles of Yayoi (from NightWalker), Peruru (from Sailor Moon), Van Freiheit (from Zoids Chaotic Century), Joey Heald, Yuji Kaido, and Marlene Angel (from Blue Gender), Saburo (from Kikaider), Griffith and Guts (from Berserk), Ryo (from Digimon), Rem Saverem (from Trigun), Suzaku and Koto (from Yu Yu Hakusho), Domino (from Pokemon), and Shadi (from Yu-Gi-Oh!). Added an audio file to The Big-O! and .hack//sign.

News & Updates in July 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Added the anime profiles of Ruin Explorers and Narue no Sekai. Added the character profiles of Dr. D (from Zoids Chaotic Century), Kazuto Iizuka, Narue Nanase, Kanaka Nanase, Maruo Masaki, Yagi Hajime, Tadashi Nanase, Bathyscaphe, Haruna, Tale Messer, and Ran, Rei, & Rin (all from Narue no Sekai), Andy Bogard (from Fatal Fury), Gren (from Cowboy Bebop), Rokusho (from Medabots), Scarl and Dr. Issac Gilmore (both from Cyborg 009), Malik Ishtar (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), Kouga (from Inu-Yasha), Matt Ishida (from Digimon), Mitsuko Komyoji (from Android Kikaider: The Animation), Mukuro (from Yu Yu Hakusho), Hanamichi Sakuragi (from Slam Dunk), Kurapica (from Hunter X Hunter), Meowth (from Pokemon), Taikoubou (from Soul Hunter), Hitomi Kanzaki (from Escaflowne), and Roronoa Zoro (from One Piece). Updated the description for the character profile of Queen Serenity (from Sailor Moon). Added two sound files, one for Trigun and one for Revolutionary Girl Utena. And that takes care of all of the profiles that had been waiting since June. All right! Now I'm making some progress here! Uh, except that I just received twenty new profiles today alone... oh, there's there sound of new mail... make that twenty one profiles. I wonder if it would be possible to hire an intern...?

Wow, look at all the updates today! But it's Tuesday! What happened? Well it seems as if there's something wrong the air conditioning at work. Yesterday we all went home when the internal temperature reached 86 degrees, and this morning I got a call (or actually my wife got the call) saying that the office was already over 90 degrees. So everyone got today off as well. And it's not just because it's uncomfortable to work in. That kind of heat is really not good for the computers.

Last night our TiVo stopped working... sort of. It worked fine except that it wouldn't change channels to HBO, Showtime, or The Movie Channel. When we would try to switch to one of the movie channels, the screen would go black for half a second like it was normally changing channels, then the banner bar and program info would show up like it correctly changed channels, but it was still displaying the show from whatever channels it was previously on. So I tried changing channels directly with the DirecTV satellite box, and that worked fine. So we fooled around with that for like an hour, but nothing we did would make it work. Then this morning everything was back to normal. Weird. Very weird.

Oh yeah, and about the springs on our garage door. I forgot to mention that they the two springs we had on there were small springs, and they replaced it with a large spring, so that's why we didn't need two of them.

Sunday, July 27, 2003

Added the character profile Shizuru Kuwabara (from Yu Yu Hakusho).

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Added the anime profile Angel Sanctuary. Added the character profiles of Daizu, Almond, Spice, Sansho, Nikki, Ginger, Turles, Kakao, and Raisin & Rakasei (all from Dragon Ball Z), and Tsubame Otori (from Cyberteam In Akihabara). Added an additional description to the anime profile .hack//sign. Added an additional description to the character profile Videl (from Dragon Ball Z).

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Made a few more corrections, keeping my Inbox empty once again.

The garage door people called today while Treeses was home, and so they came over to fix it. Apparently it just came lose, but they said that we will need to get a new garage door soon. We kind of knew that though, as it is something like almost 15 years old. Oh, Treeses had horrible hours today. She worked from five to nine in the morning, and then she had to go back and work from five to nine in the evening. They seriously need to hire more people over there, cause this just ain't' cool.

We watched Final Destination 2 last night. All of the death scenes were way cool, but I still didn't like the story. If you were supposed to die, and death itself comes after you to fix its plan, why the hell doesn't it just give all the people brain aneurysms or something? Why does it let them keep living and instead try to kill them with "accidents"? It just makes no sense. Hey, but the deaths were cool. Way better than the first movie.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Yes, yes, made some more corrections. My Inbox is empty again! Yippie!

Treeses hasn't been feeling well for the past few days. She's had a sore throat, which was swollen a bit, but it didn't look like strep, so that's good at least. She just got her first test back for the Tax Preparation class she's taking.... and she got an A! She only missed one question. Now she's just about ready to send in the second test. Oh, we just found out today that we had lawn moths, and that's why our lawn hasn't been looking so hot... not that it's been looking bad, it just hasn't been that nice, even tone of bright green. But everyone's lawns has been looking similar to ours, and now we know why. Oh, and we haven't seen any ants since last week. Every time I saw an ant, I would call Clark and have them come out, so they were coming every week. Now I can actually put my honey in the cupboard instead of the fridge, where it gets hard and looks like it crystallizes or something.

The day before yesterday we put up some new blinds in our bedroom, and they work extremely well. In fact, the first morning they were up, it was so dark in our room that Treeses woke up and thought that we had slept though to 9:00 that night. Then when I woke up, I though that something must have happened to the clocks. It's amazing how they can block out all the light. They are the accordion-style blinds, not the horizontal kind. It's cool, too, because they can be opened from either the top or the bottom, where our others could only be opened from the bottom.

Monday, July 21, 2003

Made a few more corrections. Yep, I'm trying hard to keep my Inbox clean now that I finally got it emptied.

Well yesterday our garage door stopped opening again. We had new springs put on it in April, although for some reason the dude from Overhead Door only put one spring on. It originally had two springs on, and we wanted them both replaced. He was out there for awhile, so I went out once to check on his progress, and he had two new springs installed, but said he was having a hard time getting them to work. So later on he finally came out and told us he was done, and then took off. We went to check it out, and saw that he only put one spring on. At the time we just thought that he must know what he was doing, but now it appears that it most likely did need two springs. So I called this morning, and they said they'll have someone call on Thursday. It kinda sucks, because we really can't use our garage door until it's fixed.

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Made a whole bunch of minor corrections. I would have liked to have added more profiles, but I really needed to get my Inbox cleaned out instead. Oh, and there's someone called Kiah who's sent me something like eight messages, but they have an AOL email address and it keeps getting bounced back. The only reason I mention this is because it sounds like this person is getting pretty ticked off that I'm not answering. So if you're this person, go talk to your parents and have them fix those stupid AOL permissions so that I can respond to you.

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Added the anime profile of His and Her Circumstances. Added the character profiles of May (from Pokemon), Garlic Jr. (from Dragon Ball Z), and Rei (from Android Kikaider: The Animation). Added new/revised descriptions for the character profiles of Serena, Amy, Lita, Mina, Raye, Amara, Michelle, and Trista (from Sailor Moon), and Android 17 (from Dragon Ball Z).

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Added the character profiles of Cyborg 001, Cyborg 002, Cyborg 003, Cyborg 004, Cyborg 005, Cyborg 006, Cyborg 007, Cyborg 008, and Cyborg 009 (all from Cyborg 009).

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Made a few minor corrections, and added a picture for the character profile of Jodi (from Gunsmith Cats).

Saturday, July 12, 2003

Added the anime profile of Cyborg 009, and added an audio file to Magic Knight Rayearth.

Busy, busy, busy! I have been extremely busy these last couple of weeks. But first things first... Treeses birthday was last Tuesday (July 8), so Happy Birthday! I had already given her one of her presents when I got back from my trip to E3, which was The Emperor's New Groove special edition DVD. The other gift I got her was The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers PlayStation 2 game, which she seems to like a lot. I gave it to her on Friday so she could play on the weekend if she had time. My parents got her a really fancy backpack, which she also really likes a lot.

So both of us have been really busy at work, both working late and seven days a week. Sorry, but that's why I haven't been able to do very many profiles these last couple weeks. Treeses lost a few employees at her work, so things have been frantic there. And she started taking a home tax preparation class, so now she has to study during what little free time she gets. And at my work, I've been programming my butt off trying to get this "thing" up and running, fixing error after error after endless error while running off a slow-ass Japanese Linux 6.2 machine. And if that's not bad enough, try doing it while hauling boxes up and down stairs in 100+ degree weather with no breeze. Oh c'mon, is that all you got?! Where's the earthquakes? Bring on the floods! You wanna take me down?! Send in the tornadoes! Light up the fires! We'll see who's left standing! Bring it on!!

On Sunday, June 29, we went to see 28 Days Later. This was a well-acted, well-filmed, extremely boring zombie movie. The twist with these zombies is that it only takes 20 seconds to become infected, and they are quick moving, not slow like most other zombies. The problem is they are not scary at all. They look crazy, but not fierce or frightening, and they don't attack very often at all. And the whole thing at the end with the horny military guys was just stupid. The original preview didn't look scary at all, but the next preview I saw actually made it look pretty good. It basically showed the entire opening sequence, which was pretty much the only interesting part in the movie. They movie wasn't frightening at all... oh, well Treeses jumped once when a car alarm went off, but that was it.

So right after watching that disappointment, we headed over to Movies 10 and caught Finding Nemo. I don't know if it was just because the other movie was so boring, but this movie seemed extremely hilarious. There were many parts that were laugh-out-loud funny. Children made up a lot of the audience, which I though might be annoying, but they were all fine and didn't take away from the movie experience at all. The only thing this movie was missing: outtakes. There were a few funny things shown during the credits, but some outtakes would have been very nice.

The Tuesday after that we went to see the premier showing of Terminator 3. I had no real desire to see it, but Treeses did, so she got us tickets. Now maybe it was because I wasn't expecting very much, but I enjoyed the movie. It was nowhere near as good as the original, but it kept me entertained the whole time. There were no noticeable slow, sappy parts, although I would have liked to see more of the Terminators' endoskeleton than the short glimpse we get at the end. Treeses didn't enjoy it as much as I did. She said that she was expecting a lot more story, which is probably why. I was expecting no story whatsoever.

And now for the DVDs we've seen these past few weeks. There was The Guru, K-19: The Widowmaker, National Security, Gangs of New York, Spirited Away, Treasure Planet, Paid in Full, Reservoir Dogs, The Outer Limits, Catch Me If You Can, Castle in the Sky, Tears of the Sun, Old School, Die Another Day, Get on the Bus, and Drumline.

The Guru was a typical, predictable movie, but it kept me entertained. I can't really say it was good, but it didn't suck. K-19: The Widowmaker, on the other hand, was pretty good. It was well-acted, and the sets really made it feel like they were in a Russian sub, but occasionally it seemed as if some of the actors would lose their Russian accents. National Security was a fairly stupid movie, with Martin Lawrence's standard stupid comedy situations, like him running down all the cardboard civilians while trying to become a police officer. It was only slightly better than Big Momma's House. Gangs of New York was very, very long, and very, very boring. There was one gang battle at the beginning, then a whole lot of talking, and then an attempted gang battle at the end. It was neither exciting nor interesting.

Spirited Away was a great movie. Wonderful animation, a neat story, and interesting characters all made it a joy to watch. Castle in the Sky had been one of my favorite animes, but I think that Spirited Away might have just pushed it down a notch. Treasure Planet was also pretty good, but nothing really special. It had some well-blended CG mixed with the traditional animation. Paid in Full was a movie that neither of us remembered putting in our queue. It turned out to be about some drug dealer's rise to power. It was alright, but there really wasn't much story there. Reservoir Dogs is still a good movie, although a little slow in parts. It has a great cast of characters and the flashback style tells the story well. The Outer Limits was just a few of the newer television episodes, but we remembered seeing all of them so we just sent it back.

Catch Me If You Can was a cool movie, except for the opening. What the heck was that about? It was something about a game show, but they never came back to it. The whole movie I was expecting them to go back to the game show to tie up something, but they never did. That was kind of annoying. Tears of the Sun was a decent, but bland movie. Bruce Willis was pretty good, which I didn't expect after seeing the commercials for it. Old School we just rented for the extra features, as we had already seen the movie on our Chicago trip. Die Another Day was another bland movie. Lots of action and explosions, but never did we feel there was a purpose behind it all, and we didn't care about any of the characters. Get on the Bus I didn't watch, and I'm not sure if Treeses actually did either. I also didn't watch Drumline, as we had already seen it when we visited Treeses' mom.

Sunday, July 6, 2003

Added an additional description for the character profile Tien (from Dragon Ball Z).

Saturday, July 5, 2003

Added the anime profile of Android Kikaider: The Animation.

News & Updates in June 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Saturday, June 28, 2003

No new profiles this time, but I fixed a lot of little errors here and there that people have submitted through e-mail (many, many, many e-mails). Hopefully now that most of those are taken care of, I'll be able to get back to doing some profiles. I also updated the PacesetterSucks.com site, although I didn't add any more stories to that either. I was planning to put back up all the stories this weekend, but I called Gary and he asked if I'd wait a couple more months. Apparently he's still dealing with another frivolous lawsuit that has been going on for a while, but he expects it to finally be over within the next few months. So instead I created a frame that comes up whenever a user goes to the Other Stories page. The frame displays a list of all the stories on the left-hand side of the document, which makes browsing them a little easier. And I added a new section to the Latest News page.

Oh, I got my 256 Megabit Game Boy Advance flash card this week. Now I can download all my games to this one cartridge so I don't have to carry around a load of games with me wherever I go. The instructions were pretty crappy, but I finally got it to work. Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention last week that I put up the photos from our trip to Chicago. Hmmm.... what else? Well, I started playing Frogger: The Great Quest a while ago. I forgot to mention that, too. Oh man, is it bad! I mean, it completely, seriously, absolutely sucks!! The control feels sluggish and imprecise, the tasks are uninspired, as are the environments, and the environment even disappears as it gets far enough into the background. It doesn't fade, or fog, just *blink* and it's gone. What the hell?! It's kinda hard to head toward a destination if it's invisible! Well, I got it for like ten bucks at Toys R Us, so I guess you get what you pay for. Okay, I suppose that's it for now. Don't forget to head on over to the national Do Not Call Registry and input your phone number to keep those damned telemarketers from disrupting your very precious life. My precious....

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Some of you may have had your messages bounced back to you last week, so I'd like to apologize for that. Someone sent me a couple e-mails with several pictures attached, which totaled to about one megabyte in size, and Hotmail only gives out two megabytes per account. I did need the pictures, as I did not have any for those characters, but because of Hotmail's space limitation, I always ask people to send me pics using my Pacbell email account. I receive a lot of e-mails, so I don't remember if this person did not ask before sending them, or if I just forgot to ask them to use my other e-mail address. And normally I would have caught these e-mails by the end of the night and removed them from Hotmail, but as it turns out I was on vacation in Chicago at the time. It was a fun trip, but I'm sure you don't want to hear about it... so you know what? I'm gonna tell you about it anyway! Mu-ha-ha-ha! Mu-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaa!

Okay, now this is part where I originally wrote about Our Trip to Chicago, but it was really long so I decided that it deserved it's own page.

Sunday, June 8, 2003

Added the anime profiles of Hunter X Hunter, Fruits Basket, and Strawberry Eggs. Added the character profiles of A-20, Aura, BT, Ginkan, Crim, Maha, and Sora (from .hack//sign), Tomoe Yukishiro (from Samurai X), Queen Serenity (from Sailor Moon), Kuroune (from Yu Yu Hakusho), Killua Zaoldyeck (from Hunter X Hunter), Chii (from Chobits), and Gary Oak (from Pokemon). Added an additional description to the character profile Tsukasa (from .hack//sign).

Saturday, June 7, 2003

Added the anime profile of One Piece. Added the character profiles of Anthy Himemiya (from Revolutionary Girl Utena), Oliver (from Beyblade), Million Knives, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, Legato Bluesummers, and Kuroneko (from Trigun), Tori Avalon (from Card Captors), Jin (from Yu Yu Hakusho), and Chibi-Chibi (from Sailor Moon). Added additional descriptions to the character profiles Utena Tenjou and Belldandy, and the anime profiles Revolutionary Girl Utena, X, and Inu-Yasha.

News & Updates in 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Saturday, May 31, 2003

Added the anime profiles of Reign the Conqueror and Eden's Boy. Added the character profiles of Serenity Wheeler (from Yu-Gi-Oh), Sumire Kanzaki and Maria Tachibana (from Sakura Wars), and Bear and Mimiru (from .hack//sign). Added an additional discription to the character profiles Kurama and Shuichi (it's the same description, because they're basically the same character). I also got the photos from my trip to LA for E3, 2003 online.

Last Saturday evening Treeses and I went to a wedding reception for the son of one of the guys she works with. It was in a huge hall at the fairgrounds, and it was completely full. There were lots of long tables which took up most of the room, and there a little dance floor section at the end. On the tables there were many little bowls of Asian food just scattered around. My favorites were the beef jerky like things and the sticky rice. I've never picked up rice and eaten it like I eat burgers, so that was really cool.

Treeses had two of her bottom back teeth pulled recently. The first one she had done Thursday of last week, and the second one she had done was yesterday. Both of them were cracked, and she had been in a lot of pain. Of course, she's still in pain now they've been pulled, but at least that pain will be going away. And until then, she has drugs to make her happy. What sucks is that she had root canals done on both of those teeth, which is painful, expensive, and didn't do a damn thing to help.

We had a visit from Clark Pest Control this week. We used Clark for over a year but canceled because they could never get the ants to stop, but the dude mentioned that they had some new chemicals now that are very effective. So I set up an appointment for them to come by the next morning and explain all about it. I was still sleeping when they came, but Treeses was up, so he explained it to her, and it sounded good so she let him go spray. It seems this new spray they have is supposed to work great for killing ants at areas that have concrete foundations, which is what we have. The next morning, there wasn't a single ant in the sink, and there hasn't been one since. I did find a trail elsewhere in the kitchen today, but he said it would take some time for it to kill all the ants.

We really didn't do anything for Memorial Day. I had no idea Monday was even a holiday, and I was all set to go to work. My lovely wife had to inform me that I had the day off. Oh yeah, and The Amazing Race started this week! Finally, and just in time too, because 24 just ended. Oh yeah, and the just restarted Yu Yu Hakusho from the beginning again, which sucks because they didn't even finish the dark tournament.

As for movies we saw recently, there was Star Trek: Nemesis (sucked), Equilibrium (cool), Adaptation (okay), Serving Sara (alright), X-Men (still good), Darkness Falls (good), The Hot Chick (funny), Jackass: The Movie (funny), and Antibody (sucked).

Oh, and I've been listening to "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album a bit this week. I can now understand why Eminem denied him permission for a video... because the parody isn't very good at all.

Sunday, May 25, 2003

Added the character profiles of Rin Kobayashi (from Please Save My Earth) and Li Showron (from Card Captors).

Friday, May 23, 2003

Added the anime profiles of Ai Yori Aoshi and Ceres, Celestial Legend. Added the character profiles of Son Goku (from Gensomade Saiyuki), Subaru (from .hack//sign), Izzy Izumi (from Digimon), and Mutsumi Otohime (from Love Hina). Added additional descriptions to the character profiles of Genkai (from Yu Yu Hakusho), and Tyson, Kai, Max, and Ray (from Beyblade).

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Hey, no updates right now. I just recently got back from my trip to E3 and thought I'd tell a bit about it. Oh yeah, and "Weird Al"'s new album Poodle Hat was released today, so make sure you go pick that up. Unfortunately there's no music video to go with it. Thanks a lot Eminem... and I used to think you were cool.

It was Thursday morning and time to set out for this year's E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). Victor swung by and picked me up, and then we drove on down to the Sacramento airport. I hadn't flown since the September 11 attack, so this would be my first introduction to the new airport security measures. Overall, it went pretty smoothly, but they did have to use the hand wand because I forgot to take off my belt. Once we landed in Burbank, we got a rental car and headed off to Knott's Berry Farm.

We got into the park at around 5:15 in the afternoon, so we had about 45 minutes before it was going to close. Luckily, there wasn't very many people there so we rarely had to wait in line for the rides. First we went on Supreme Scream, which I did not care for very much at all. Next came the Xcelerator, which was awesome. Then we trekked on over to Ghostrider, which was all the way on the other side of the park. This was also a great ride. There was actually a short line for this one, so by the time we got on, there wasn't any time to ride the rapids like we planned.

After leaving Knott's Berry Farm, we checked out the Disney shopping center. One of the stores we came across was a really cool Lego store which had life-size versions of R2-D2, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader all made out of Legos. They was also a bunch of neat Lego sets, like one they had was a giant Star Destroyer. I was thinking about getting it for Treeses, but decided against it. There was no price on it, but I'm sure it cost two to three times as much as it should, and also the thing was completely gray. I know Star Destroyers are grey, but all grey is just so plain looking.

The next day was the start of E3, 2003, but Victor had no meetings that day so we took off to Magic Mountain instead. Again, there were few people and virtually no lines. We went on Déjà Vu, The Riddler's Revenge, Scream!, Gold Rusher, and Log Jammer. Unfortunately, the X coaster was closed. After going on all those rides, neither of us felt like going on any more, so we scoped out the gift shops, picked up souvenirs, and then took off.

Later that evening we decided to see Bend It Like Beckham while we were waiting for the 10:50 preview showing of The Matrix: Reloaded. I didn't know quite what to expect from Bend It Like Beckham, but it turned out to be quite good. We were planning to leave the movie early to get in line for The Matrix, but when the time came neither of us wanted to leave without seeing what happened. And after seeing The Matrix, I wish we would have stuck around for the outtakes.

The Matrix: Reloaded was extremely disappointing. I didn't expect it to be better than the first, but I at least thought it would be good. Unfortunately, it wasn't. If this movie had been made first, there wouldn't have been any sequels. It had some really cool effects, but that's the only thing this movie had going for it. First off, the musical score was awful. Not once did I feel any kind of emotion at all (well, except for boredom). No amazement, no excitement, no sadness, no satisfaction, no nothing.

The next problem I had was with the extremely long and occasionally pointless fight scenes. Especially Neo's fight against the gang of agent Smith's. That scene went on forever, and halfway though it the characters were switched from live-action to computer graphic characters. When the fight was just about over, they cut to a close up of Neo's face, which was shocking because I actually forgot that I was watching a live-action movie. And then what's Neo do to finish this extremely long fight in which it was obvious within the first couple minutes that no one could win? He flies away! Yep, just flies away! Why the hell didn't he just do that in the first place!

And then there are the characters, of which we were given absolutely no reason to care about any of them, good or bad. Everything that was done in the first movie that made you feel for the characters was completely missing from this movie. They introduced this one French dude who is supposedly a bad guy or something... but he really didn't seem very evil to me. When they introduced him, he was just sitting there blabbing away about something that made little sense and had nothing to do with the story. Seriously! I mean, oh no, he gave a piece of cake to a woman and it made her have an orgasm, ooohhh, what an evil man, I'm really scared of this mastermind now.

I could go on, but it's just pissing me off again so I'm gonna stop. Let's just hope they delay the third movie more than a few months so that they can go back and make it better than this piece of crap. So the next day we went to E3. Victor had a meeting or two, so I walked around and scoped out the booths. There wasn't a whole lot of exiting, original games this year. There were a ton of sequels though. Most looked pretty good, but they're really nothing new. The first day I basically just looked around. I didn't really play anything until the second day of the show.

I did play the new Castlevania for PS2, which was great (it felt like a Castlevania crossed with Devil May Cry). Also, there was the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game for like every system. This looked great, but one major problem I had while playing was that your turtle would move forward every time you attacked. This was very annoying, and I asked one of the dudes working the booth if they were going to change this or at least add an option to turn it off. He gave some lame excuse about doing that so they could do combinations or something. Whatever dude. The character shouldn't move forward unless I move him forward, okay? So just fix it.

We left the show early in the afternoon on the second day, headed over to the airport to check our bags, then went out to do a little more shopping before returning to the airport to head home.

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Added the anime profile of Beyblade. I still have a bunch more profiles to do, though.

I know that it's been a little while since the last update, but recently I've been having to deal with my PacesetterSucks.com. It seems that Pacesetter Corp. doesn't really like what some customers and former employees are saying about them, so they're trying to silence them by threatening us with a long and costly legal battle. I agreed to not display most of the stories for about a month so that my host can investigate Pacesetter's claims. I added a new section to PacesetterSucks.com called Latest News which talks about the situation in a bit more detail.

In other news, we got to see the first, midnight showing of X2: X-Men United when it came out. Victor found out about it a few hours ahead of time, so Treeses and I went with him to see it. I was really excited about this movie, as it looked like it was going to be way better than the first. Boy, was I ever disappointed... as was Victor. It did have some cool action scenes, good acting, and characters that really felt like they were the X-Men, but the story was awful, there were many, long sections where nothing interesting was happening, and there were some really poor special effects. The opening scene with Nightcrawler was great, but it was followed by a very long period of nothing interesting.

Then the action finally picked up again with the assault on the school. This was kind of cool, but also kind of lame. They have all these SWAT commando like guys dressed all in black with guns assaulting this school filled with really cool mutants who could kick their collective asses, yet all the mutants really do is run away. You get to see them using their powers here and there, but it's always just to help them escape. Wolverine was the only real saving grace here. He went on a rampage, using those claws of his to slice and dice every baddie he came in contact with.

Then once again we're thrust into boredom. Jean Grey and Storm get Nightcrawler, but that's not very interesting. Iceman, Pyro, Wolverine, and Rouge all end up at Iceman's house, and there's a little scuffle with the cops, but that's not all that interesting either. Then there's a little excitement when everyone's in the jet and it's about to crash. That wasn't too bad. And there's not much of anything after that until we get toward the end, and even the ending battles aren't that exciting. It did set up a good plot for a third movie, though. Hopefully it will be made better than this one.

So today is my birthday, and I'm now 28 years old. Treeses came home from lunch and had me open my presents. She got two DVD sets. One was Family Guy, which contains the first two seasons, and the other was the first season of Highlander: The Series. Ah, she knows me so well. I love Family Guy, as that show is just hilarious. I was shocked when I heard that they weren't going to be making anymore. And although in general I'm not a big fan of Highlander: The Series, I did really enjoy the first season. It just seemed to go downhill after that, though, and finally came crashing down in the fourth Highlander movie and that stupid Highlander: The Raven spinoff series.

Christy is still living with us. She dyed her hair blonde recently, and also bought a $3,000 vacuum cleaner/air purifier. Don't ask me if the two are related. Last night she went to see Identity and really enjoyed it. There's nothing really out that I want to see, at least not until The Matrix Reloaded is released. Oh yeah, we bought thirteen bags of plain Hershey bars at Target yesterday, as each bag was only $0.58 cents (normally $2.39). It was an amazing deal, and it wasn't even marked! You had to use one of those price-check scanners to find out.

Okay, and now for the DVDs that we've watched recently. There was Wild Cardz (sucked), The People vs. Larry Flynt (good), Legend of Crystania: The Motion Picture (alright), Sasquatch (sucked), Crocodile 2: Death Swamp (sucked), The Transporter (way cool), Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (way bad), Empire (nothing special), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (alright), Blood Work (pretty boring), Abandon (sucked), and Friday After Next (dumb). Wild Cardz was so dumb that I couldn't even finish watching it. It was really annoying and confusing. The Transporter, on the other hand, was a really good action flick with good acting and a decent plot. It also contains a lot of cool stunts in the fight scenes similar to the type Jackie Chan is famous for.

News & Updates in 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Sunday, April 27, 2003

Other than a few minor corrections, I haven't made any new anime updates yet. Just been too busy. And on Thursday I found out that Pacesetter called the company that hosts my sites and tried to have my PacesetterSucks.com site shut down. Luckily, Gary, the guy in charge, is cool and refused to take it down. However, this forced me to contact everyone who has sent in Pacesetter stories and ask them to swear that everything they said in their story was absolutely true. Any story that I could not confirm was true, I removed from the site.

In home news, Chuck had his court date this week and was sentence to something like one-to-three years, with parole available in like six months. Christy has got cable and a phone line hooked up in her room, and is slowly moving her stuff out from the garage. Today she, her daughter, her niece, Treeses, and I all went to a barbecue for people who helped out on Cool April Nights. They had thinly sliced beef, french bread, salad, little back of Cheetos, and a chili/beans type thing. It was all very plain. There was like no seasoning at all on any of it. Yesterday I actually got outside and cleaned out the drainage gutters along the front roof. It was nasty. There were actually weeds growing out of that stuff. I'll probably get the back half of the house next weekend.

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Added the anime profiles of .hack//sign and Naruto. Added the character profiles of Fuu Hououji and Hikaru Shidou (both from Magic Knight Rayearth), Yoh Asakura (from Shaman King), Tsukasa (from .hack//sign), Tien (from Dragon Ball Z), Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson (both from Trigun), and Filia Ul Copt (from The Slayers TRY). Added additional descriptions for the anime characters Goku and Trunks (both from Dragon Ball Z).

We've been quite busy this week due to some events that have taken place involving Treese's friend, Christy. It all started around Sunday evening. Christy was over visiting that night, and we all watched Ghost Ship. After she took off, we snuggled up and watched some TiVo. Oh yeah, and that was also the night that we put some blue coloring in my hair. Anyway, later that evening, she returned quite unexpectedly. She was very hyper, and one of the first things she said was that Chuck (her husband) was in jail. As it turns out, her alcoholic, drug-addicted husband had accused her of cheating on him... with my wife. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: "How can that be? Alcoholic drug-addicts are always so calm and logical." Well who know, but they got into a fight over this absurd accusation, and he ended up completely destroying the inside of their house and then smashing a beer can on her chest, which left quite a mark. So she called the cops and had him arrested.

Later on that evening, she actually said that she regretted having him arrested. Oh, big surprise there, considering that anyone who has ever watched any TV dramas about battered wives could have seen this coming from a mile away. The scene that followed was exactly like one of those in the dramas. "But he's my source of income!" What the hell?! That doesn't matter. He physically hurt you! Besides, you have a job and make enough money to support yourself anyway. "Oh, you say it doesn't matter. Well I've wasted the last seven years of my life with him and you just want me to...uh...well...it does matter, it just does!" Yeah, right. Couldn't even finish that sentence when you realized what you were saying. It's straight out of a movie, and that's what makes it so sad. This happens to women everyday, and most still say that their husbands love them. News flash- they don't! They are infatuated with you. Accustomed to you. What they love is drugs and alcohol.

Since she couldn't afford the house on her own, and since we have extra space, and since she was actually leaving him this time, we told her that she could stay with us. So she's spent most of this week moving in and putting a lot of her things in storage. On Tuesday I helped her put the last of her things in storage, and dump the rest of her stuff off in our garage so she could return the U-Haul and not have to pay for an extra day. On Wednesday we found out that someone had bailed Chuck out of jail, and this is after the bail bond lady kept calling Christy trying to get her to bail him out. Boy, seems like everyone's greedy nowadays. Apparently Christy talked to him, and of course he apologized and said that he was going to get help and turn his life around... kind of feels like there should be a commercial break coming up, doesn't it? She told him that she didn't believe anything that came out of his mouth anymore (smart woman, but I doubt it will last), and that he would have to show her though actions. Among other promises he made, he promised that he would never call or come by our house. Phew, I'm relieved. I mean, if he promised and everything, then there's no way he'll do it. I'll just leave my doors unlocked and cancel that pesky Caller ID service.

On Thursday, all three of us went out to a bar to hear one of Christy's friends sing karaoke. Treeses wasn't feeling good, and I really don't like going to bars, but we were her friends so we went with her anyway. I played Game Boy Advance SP the whole time (a little Metroid Fusion, but mostly Ghouls and Ghosts). Treeses and Christy watched the karaoke singers most the time, but around midnight Christy just took off somewhere. A little later on, Treeses went to find her, and had to drag her back to the car. She was drunk, and was outside flirting with a bunch of guys. Oh yeah, and her cell phone was accidentally left on for something like 10 or 20 minutes, and Chuck heard a bunch of it. It wasn't long after we arrived home that we got a call from Chuck. Wow, he didn't even make it 48 hours without breaking his promises. And apparently he also drove by the house earlier. Yep, you go boy! That's the way to show her you changed! Why don't you go grab a beer celebrate... moron.

Of course, maybe he's not a complete moron. I mean, Christy did drive over to her house (yes, after she had been drinking) to "get some clothes", even though, or more likely because, Chuck was there. I had no idea it took several hours to pick up some clothes. And while she was there, she called the house, and actually had Chuck talk to Treeses. Well, he apologized for everything he's done, so I guess that makes it all better then. I mean, this is an alcoholic, drug addict we're talking about. They don't throw out apologies to just anyone. They only do it when they mean it... like when he sold her car and kept the money to buy more drugs... oh wait, I don't think he apologized that time....

I guess you could say that Thursday really wasn't a great night, so on Friday afternoon I picked Treeses up from work and took her out to lunch. It was nothing fancy, just Denny's, but you can never go wrong there. We both had the spicy chicken sandwich, as we both love that sauce that they use. We also tried a side order of fries covered in melted cheese and topped with bacon pieces, but it wasn't very good. It was like five bucks, so we were expecting something more like nachos with fries instead of chips, but it was just a bunch of standard fries with a little bit of once-melted-but-now-dried cheese and a sprinkle of bacon chips. It was pretty pathetic. Next time we'll stick with the cheese sticks.

Does anyone remember how hard Ghouls and Ghosts was? My god, I was stuck on the first level for over an hour. I lost count of how many times I died before I got to the next stage. And to think that I actually beat this game once, with only like four continues and no saving. Of course, those were the days when games had to be challenging to keep them interesting, and we all had oodles of free time to conquer them. Lately I just started replaying Metroid Prime in an attempt to finish the game with a completion rate of 90% or higher. Or when Treeses is playing video games on the TV, such as Devil May Cry, I'll head on over to the computer and play some of the old NES games on emulation. I tried playing this old game I have called Simon the Sorcerer, which was really fun, but I can't get it to work correctly with my computer. There is no sound, and it just randomly crashes and shuts down. I went through Adventure Soft's support pages, but nothing there got it working. I then e-mailed them on March 31, but haven't had a response yet, so my guess is that they're not going to respond.

Oh, and while I'm on the subject of pathetic customer service, I just received a postcard in the mail on Thursday that said our TiVo rebate was denied because I didn't include the serial number. Of course, that is a complete fabrication, as I included the serial numbers from both the first TiVo they sent which was broke, and then from the replacement TiVo they sent. I cut the sticker off the box, I printed out the e-mails, and I wrote them a note explaining about the two TiVos. I included everything they asked for, and then some. So when I called Friday morning, they told me to cut out the picture of the little TiVo icon on the box that the TiVo came in, write the serial number on the back of it, and mail it in. WARNING! WARNING! MORONS DETECTED. PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION! Whatever. I'm tired of dealing with morons. Oh, and the place handling the TiVo rebates doesn't even tell their employees what a TiVo is. The lady on the phone didn't know that the TiVo serial number is the same as the TiVo service number. She even asked if TiVo took batteries, because a lot of times serial numbers can be found on the battery covers. Urg. My brain hurts, so I think I'm gonna stop writing now. So until the next update, just...uh...er...just do whatever you normally do.

Saturday, April 5, 2003

Added the anime profile of Chobits. Added the character profiles of Ishizu Ishtar (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), and Keitaro Urashima, Mitsune Konno, Shinobu Maehara, and Kaolla Su (all from Love Hina).

One thing I forgot to mention last week is that two Sundays ago Latrice and I went for a hike out by my old office. We followed a path part of the way, then crossed a big pipe to get on the other side of a trench. From there we followed the sound of running water until we came to a river. It was crystal clear, and we would have went it except that it was freezing cold. Anyway, I took a few pictures while we were there, so you can check 'em out on the Photos From a Hike page.

Nothing much really happened this week. We saw a few movies. There was Red Dragon, Ghost Ship, Lilo & Stitch, and Bad Company. None of them were all that special. Ghost Ship had some really cool scenes, but was most of it was just bland and boring. Lilo & Stitch has a few laughs, especially when Stitch build the little city and then destroyed it. There's really not much else to say. Let's see, we've been watch some TV too. We always look forward to 24, and the new comedy Wanda at Large isn't bad. Wanda's very funny, but she's the only one. They need more of her doing her news reports. Oh, Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is a great new series on Showtime. Hm, what else... well we still watch Alias, which is much better now that she's not a double agent. We're also watching Survivor again, but we don't really look forward to it. We can't wait for The Amazing Race to come back on.

News & Updates in March 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Sunday, March 30, 2003

Added the character profile of Sango (from Inu-Yasha). Also made a bunch of various additions and corrections to profiles.

All right, so let's see what's been going on this month. I couldn't really think of anything to write when I made the previous updates, but I'm sure something must have happened. Hmmmm. Well, yesterday I visited Treeses at her work. She called to say that one of the programs crashed while they were using it and now it gives an error whenever they try to start it. So I came by to see if I could be any help and to bring her some lunch. When I got there I messed with it a little, and discovered that their main hard drive was completely full. It was around a gigabyte sized hard drive, and they only had about two megs left. I'm sure that this probably helped caused the initial problem, but I didn't know if getting more space back would fix it or not. So I copied a temp folder that was taking up a lot of space to a separate hard drive, and deleted to large .dmp files. This gave about 500 megs free, but the program still wouldn't work. Treeses finally got a hold of the program's tech support people, and they told her to run this one compact and repair program in the programs directory. After doing that, the program worked fine.

We then went home to have lunch, which was leftover Chinese from the night before. We watched the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon while we ate. I must say that this new cartoon is much better than the old one, but it's definitely still geared towards children (I mean, they built a hover car!). Anyway, I took her back to work after it was over, then just came home and worked on some more anime profiles.

Okay, so that was one day... what else has been going on? Hmmm, well I guess I could list all the movies we've watched. There was The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, 8 Mile, Shine, Nazca: Eternal Power, Simone, The Sum of All Fears, I Spy, Swimfan, The Ring, Signs, Knockaround Guys, Taboo, Super Troopers, Road to Perdition, The Tuxedo, One Hour Photo, Stealing Harvard, Formula 51, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Willow, Rollerball, Hades Project: Zeorymer #1, Linkin Park, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, One Night at McCool's, Rat Race, We Were Soldiers, and Animal Farm (thank you, NetFlix history).

Out of all those movies, the only two that really stand out as great movies are We Were Soldiers and 8 Mile. Then there were a few movies that weren't great but were still entertaining. These were The Crocodile Hunter, I Spy, and Rat Race. All the rest of the movies were either fairly boring, completely boring or just plain awful. The worst was a tie between Super Troopers and Rollerball. But that's okay, because they're in different categories... or at least they're supposed to be. Super Troopers was meant to be comedy, and Rollerball was made as an action flick, yet they can both be filed under the section of "the most boring, idiotic crap in the universe".

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Added the anime profile of Soul Hunter. Added another character description for Amuro Ray (from Mobile Suit Gundam). Added the character profiles of Solomon Moto, Mokuba Saiba, and Téa Gardner (all from Yu-Gi-Oh!); Alice (from Please Save My Earth); Whispy Woods and Kabu (both from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!); Kari Kamiya (from Digimon); and Char Aznable (from Mobile Suit Gundam).

Saturday, March 22, 2003

Added the anime profile of meilin Rae (from Card Captors), Mobile Suit Z Gundam. Added the character profiles of Terry Bogard (from Fatal Fury), TranZor Z (from TranZor Z), Marron (from Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT) and Yami Yugi (from Yu-Gi-Oh!).

Sunday, March 15, 2003

Added an additional description to the character profile of Mai Valentine (from Yu-Gi-Oh!).

Saturday, March 08, 2003

Added an the character profile of Kikyou and additional description for Sesshoumaru (from Inu-Yasha); added the character profiles for Elder Supreme Kai (from Dragon Ball Z), Oolong (from Dragon Ball), Tristan Taylor (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), and Monkey D. Luffy (from One Piece).

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Added the character profiles of Babidi (from Dragon Ball Z) and Ichiro (from Artificial Humanoid Kikaider: The Animation). Added two voice clips for Ruri Hoshino.

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Added the anime profiles of Android 18, Supreme Kai, and Majin Buu (from Dragon Ball Z), Galaxy Fraulein Yuna, Vandread, Vandread: The Second Stage, and UFO Baby. Added the character profiles of Kagome and Miroku (from Inu-Yasha), Yurika Misumaru, Akito Tenkawa, Ruri Hoshino, Megumi Raynard, Minato Haruka, Jun Aoi, Gai Daikouji, Seiya Uribatake, Ryoko Subaru, Hikaru Amano, Izumi Maki, Ms. Howmei, Nagai Akatsuki, Erina Kinjo Won, and Inez Fressange (from Martian Successor Nadesico), Fiore (from Sailor Moon R Movie), Honjou Kamatari, Hiko Seijuro, Takani Megumi, Sawagejou Chou, Hajime Saitou, Seta Soujirou, Hannya, Uonuma Usui, Yumi Komagata, Yuukyujan Anji, and Shinomori Aoshi (from Samurai X), Rezin Schnyder (from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack), Jiro (from Artificial Humanoid Kikaider the Animation), Ein (from Cowboy Bebop), Max, Ray, Brad Best and AJ Topper, and Enreque (from Beyblade), Utsugi Mikoto (from King of Braves GaoGaiGar), and Keith Evans (from Psychic Force). Added several series to the Anime on TV page. Also, I accidently used the PacesetterSucks.com identification number in the search box field, so all searches were taking place at that site. Luckily I noticed it like the day after I made the mistake and was able to fix it promptly.

Whew! That's all the profiles I had sitting on my desktop for the past several weeks. Feels good to finally have that all out of the way. Ah, the freedom! Well, I guess it's time to catch you all up on what's been going on.

Today we bought a digital programmable thermostat. We're hoping that it will help cut down on the heating and cooling bills. Installation started off good... until we actually tried to take the old thermostat off the wall. Turns out we didn't have a screwdriver that was the right size, so we had to back out and get one. Things went smoothly after that... except that our wiring scheme wasn't shown in the instructions and wiring it the same was as the old one didn't quite work. But anyway, we finally figured it out, so we'll see how it works.

Also today Treeses had to go into work to finish up some paperwork and such. I came with her, and played Metroid on my Game Boy Advance the whole time. I got pretty far too, and I didn't even need to use the Afterburner light that I had installed. My batteries were kind of low when I started, so that helped a lot. Oh, and before we went there we had lunch at Denny's. We both had the roast beef melt... mmmmmmm... roast beef melt... mmmmmmm...

On Thursday Treeses brother came to Redding for a meeting, and we were supposed to meet and have dinner. Unfortunately he had Treeses' work number incorrect, and nobody was at the house when he called, so by the time I got home he had already left for Sacramento. He was actually supposed to come up the day before, but his meeting was postponed.... well actually, he was really supposed to come up a week ago but his meeting was postponed then too. Oh well, I'm sure he'll come up here again.

On Sunday (February 16) we drove down to my parents house. Treeses drove all the way down while I played Metroid on Game Boy Advance for most of the way. When we finally arrived, I went to take a look at their computer, as it has gotten messed up somehow, kind of like it was stuck in safe mode, except it wasn't in safe mode. After fiddling with it for a little, I got it working properly again, and we all headed out for dinner and a movie. We ate at Fresh Choice, where I got a really awesome salad and some pasta. It's a buffet style place, except that they don't have very much to choose from and all the plates are the size of a saucer (except for the plate you get for salad at the entrance). Still, it was good. Then we went to see The Recruit. It wasn't something I was dying to see, but there really weren't that many decent choices available. It did had some good acting, but overall it was just boring. Not as boring as some of the other movies we've seen recently (coughSuperTrooperscough), but boring nonetheless.

News & Updates in February 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Saturday, February 22, 2003

Added the anime profiles for Serial Experiments Lain and Excel Saga, and the character profiles for Akari Unryuu (from Ranma 1/2), Naraku, Shippo, and Sesshoumaru (all from InuYasha), Yukina (from Yu Yu Hakusho), Mr. Dickinson and Grandpa Granger (both from Beyblade), Hyatt (from Excel Saga), and Ruri Hoshino (from Martian Successor Nadesico).

I redesigned the look of the site slightly. I gave a new look to the title bar, put the option to have rounded corners on the windows, used lines to separate list items on the Profile Index and Anime on TV pages. Also, Opera users will notice fixes for table borders that used to be missing.

Saturday, February 8, 2003

No new profiles (at least that I can remember), but made a lot of corrections.

Been busy these last two weeks. We had to send our TiVo back for an exchange. Fortunately they have the ability to send a replacement TiVo before requiring the broken one to be sent back. Unfortunately, they didn't offer us that option. And when I asked for it, they said that a regular exchange was already entered into the computer and that they couldn't change it. No matter what. They talked to two managers, and they said that they could not change it. Absolutely impossible. If terrorists were to have taken over the building and threatened to blow it up unless the exchange type was changed, many innocent people would be dead now. Anyway, we got our new TiVo and it seems to be working fine.

I also hooked up our TiVo and DVD players in such a way so that we could watch them from the bedroom. The hard part was running the coaxial wire from our living room, through the attic, and out to our bedroom. The expensive part came at Radio Shack, where I picked up an RF modulator (to convert the RCA plugs to coaxial), remote control extender, and a remote controlled A/V selector. But now everything's hooked up, and seems to work pretty good. We can watch any disc in our 300 disc DVD player, any disc in our five disc player, or anything on TiVo. Unfortunately, the remote A/V selector doesn't work very well when put behind the glass of the stereo cabinet. Hopefully I'll be able to get a better one later.

News & Updates in January 2003

Mai Shiranui (Fatal Fury)
Sunday, January 26, 2003

Added the character profiles for Fololo and Falala (both from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!), Excel Excel (from Excel Saga), Gyunei Guss (from Mobile Suit Gundam), Wong Yun-Fat (from G Gundam), Jingle (from Hamtaro), and Kenny (from Beyblade). Also added an additional description to Jubei Kibagami (from Ninja Scroll), and made a few corrections here and there.

Well, TiVo automatically reset on us once again last night, and this morning when I turned on the TV everything was black. The light on the front of the TiVo would respond to the remote, but nothing would happen on-screen, thus came another manual reset which fixed it once again. This is getting quite annoying. I mean, we haven't even owned it for a week yet! I'm gonna have to call them Monday morning, and I expect they'll probably end up sending a replacement.

We watched three movies last night. The first was Double Jeopardy. I was expecting this to about a woman who tries to kill her husband after he framed her for his death, but this isn't quite what happens. She does spend six years in prison for the murder of her husband, but upon release she immediately begins breaking parole in order to find her son. All the stupid lady had to do was wait three more years and she could go track down her son without being a fugitive. And then when she finds her husband, she says that all she wants is her son. What the hell? Yeah, you framed me for your murder which got me six years in prison, you slept with my best friend, you moved away with her and my son without telling me, and then you kill her, change your name, and move elsewhere... but all I want is my son back and you can go live a happy life. That's about as lame as whoever wrote it. The bottom line: watch it if you've got nothing better to do.

The second movie we watched was Deceived. This was about some sound wave that was received by a station listening for extra terrestrial sounds. That catch is that the sound was not coming from space, and that it made people go crazy. Toward the end of the movie they try to make you believe that the sound is literally coming from Hell. This movie has very little action, very little mystery, and a lot of bad overacting. The bottom line: a waste of time.

The third and final movie was Windtalkers. This was a great World War II movie directed by John Woo, and it shows. It was over two hours long, but it didn't feel like it at all. The action sequences were really intense, with bullets flying everywhere and men on both sides constantly getting mowed down and stabbed. Even when there wasn't any action happening on screen, the characters would keep you interested in what was going on. The bottom line: see this movie.

Saturday, January 25, 2003

Added the character profiles for Arsene Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa, Fujiko Mine, Inspector Zenigata (all from Lupin III), Momiji Fujimiya, Mamoru Kusanagi, Daitetsu Kunikida, Ryoko Takeuchi, Azusa Matsudaira, Kome Sawaguchi, Yoshiki Yaegashi, Sakura Yamazaki, Shunichi Sugishita, Kaede Kunikida, Murakumo (all from Blue Seed).

We didn't see any movies this week, but we did get our new TiVo Series 2. When we were in the part of the setup where we select which channels we receive, channel 21 (KRVULP- the UPN affiliate) didn't show up. This was weird because it showed up on our other TiVo, and it downloads all the channel information (supposedly from Zap2it). So I went to Zap2it's channel verification site, typed in the same zip code I did for TiVo (96002), and it verified that the station exists. So what the hell's wrong with TiVo? I tried to redo the TiVo setup with two other zip codes, but it still never showed that channel. Now, I can manually go to that channel and watch shows, and I can press record to make the channel show up on the guide list, but for some reason TiVo just won't download any information for it.

We've also had other problems with the new TiVo. So far it's automatically reset itself at least four times. Once I turned on the TV and everything was black and no guides or menus would come up, so I had to manually unplug it. Another time I was on live TV and hit the menu button and everything froze, thus requiring me to unplug it once again. I would have thought that since they are now on series 2, all these serious glitches would have been worked out, but I guess they're not.

Sunday, January 20, 2003

Added the anime profiles for Lupin III and Slam Dunk. I have almost 30 more profiles just sitting on my desktop that I still need to get to. I also updated the PacesetterSucks.com site a little.

We got a couple estimates for fixing our fence, and it looks like it's going to cost a lot. Insurance should pay for most of it, but there's still that deductible. Treese and I went to see The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers last Sunday. It was even better than the first time I saw it... perhaps because I wasn't sitting in the second row from the front this time. Treeses really liked it too.

I see that it's been a while since I've listed all the movies we've seen recently, so I should probably do that. Let's see, there was The Powerpuff Girls Movie (good, but just too long), Halloween: Resurrection (enjoyable), The Score (long and boring), The Real Andy Kaufman (not long, but boring), The Dimension Travelers (unsure, we both fell asleep less than 15 minutes into it), XXX (way cool), Reign of Fire (weak story), Tomorrow Never Dies (more boring than I remembered), Fangs (a dumb movie, but fun to watch), Barbarian Queen 2 (not enjoyable), Extreme Days (just okay), Creepy Crawlers (I don't even remember this one), Mr. Deeds (not very funny at all), Donnie Darko (weird, just weird), Death to Smoochy (average), and Ali (way, way too long).

Saturday, January 11, 2003

Added character profiles for Lady Like, Sir Ebrum (both from Kirby), Hiead Gner, Erts Virny Cocteau (both from Pilot Candidate), Ross Sylibus, Dr. Rene D'anclaude, Julian Moore (from Armitage III), Togusa (from Ghost in the Shell), Sara Mudo (from Angel Sanctuary), Makoto Shishio, and Misao Makimachi (both from Samurai X).

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

First update of the new year! Added character profiles for Myotismon (from Digimon), Tiff (from Kirby), and Nappa (from Dragon Ball Z). I also made a bunch of much needed corrections that I had been putting off, plus a few new ones that I just received. I also optimized the script that I wrote to automatically create all the indexes. It used to take over five minutes to create all the different combinations for the Anime/Character with English/Japanese Names indexes. Now I got it down to 50 seconds.

Almost everyday I still get people asking me where they can buy a certain anime, even though that's the first question listed in the Frequently Asked Questions section, which just happens to be on the exact same page as the feedback form. So, in a most likely vain attempt to stop people from asking me this, I added a "Buy DVD" and "Buy VHS" section at the top of every anime profile. This section contains links to the part of a store where the anime can be purchased (although some have a message like "availability unknown"). So far, I only linked to Anime Nation and Amazon.com, as they are the stores I use and they seem to have the best selection with decent prices. There is also an occasional link to The Right Stuf, but their prices tend to be a little higher and their selection not as good.

I compacted the three file sections that I had (Webpage Files, Image Files, and Sound Files) into one All Files section. Now the frame that shows up to the left of the page is separated into three segments. The top segment is small and is used only to close the frame. The segment under that shows all the available directories. Clicking on one will put all the contents of the directory into the third segment of the frame. I've found that this method just makes browsing the files a lot easier to use.

For Christmas, Treeses and I stayed at home. My parents got us a crock pot, which Treeses had been wanting. She tried it out the day after Christmas, cooking a pot roast, and it turned out pretty good. I got her The Game of Life, Sly Cooper (for PlayStation 2), the Wal-Mart exclusive Star Wars Holiday Edition (C3-P0 dressed like Santa and R2-D2 with reindeer antlers), and the enhanced Star Wars trilogy on DVD. The DVDs didn't arrive until just a couple days ago, though. We just watched the first one (episode IV) tonight, and it was pretty good. Not quite as crisp as standard DVDs, but still much better than VHS.

Treeses got me Metroid Fusion for Gameboy Advance, Transformers season 2 DVD box set (sort of), and chocolate. I say "sort of" on the Transformers season 2 because that's what she meant to get, but she actually got me season 1 (again). She got it at Circuit City, and told them while she was in the store that she thought it was season one, but they kept insisting it was season two because it had a sticker on the back that said season two. When she went to exchange it, she explained what happened and asked if they had any of season two. Once again they gave her a season one with a season two sticker. So she picked up a season one (marked as season one) and showed the guy that they were exactly the same, regardless of what the sticker said. So the guy went into the back, and returned with what he thought was a season two. Guess what? Oh, c'mon, just guess. Yeah, you know what's coming. You know. Wait for it... wait for it... and... it was the exact same one! They seriously need to drug test these people, and make them pass some kind of elementary school equivalency test.

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