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Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Saturday, December 17, 2005

Posted anime profiles for Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of Heroic Knight and Weather Report Girl.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Posted my review of Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. Posted a anime profile for Perverse Investigations and Yu Yu Hakusho: Poltergeist Report.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Posted my review of Peter Jackson's King Kong - The Official Game of the Movie. Posted character profiles for Chizuru Yoshida (from Strange Love), Aya Natsune (from Tenjho Tenge), Rea Masaki (from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki), Zaku Abumi and Shizune (from Naruto). Added an additional description to the character profile for Washu Habuki (from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki).

Friday, December 2, 2005

Posted my review of Cinderella Man. I also split the giant JavaScript file that I use on all of my pages into three separate files. This will make it easier to manage, plus I can make a small change to one of the files and your web browser will only have to download the one changed file.

Man, it's December already? Where's the time go? Well, I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. We had dinner a friends house, which was nice. There was turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and basically everything you'd expect at a Thanksgiving dinner. And the best part is that it was all delicious! Oh yeah, and they had a James Bond marathon playing all day long on television, so that was fun to watch while just hanging out.

News & Updates for November 2005

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Monday, November 28, 2005

Posted my review of the PlayStation 2 videogame The Matrix: Path of Neo.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Posted anime profiles for Zone Of The Enders: Dolores, i, DearS, Godannar, The Transformers, Mars Daybreak, Bondage Queen Kate, Tokyo Pig, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex- 2nd Gig, Gunbuster, Gunbuster 2, Spriggan.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Posted anime profiles for Doki Doki School Hours, Cosplay Complex, My Dear Marie, Galaxy Angel, Jungle de Ikou, Bio Hunter, Kekko Kemen, Haré+Guu, Dark, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Viper GTS, G-Taste: A Taste of Honey, and Unico.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Posted my review of The Perfect Man. I received a couple manga books from TokyoPop recently, one being the dreaming and the other being Samurai Champloo, and both were pretty good. Samurai Champloo looks and feels just like the anime series, which my wife and I are a big fan of. It's also published in Japanese style, from back to front, left to right. The dreaming, on the other hand, is published in the normal style, but it was also an interesting read. It did get a little slow in the middle, but by the end of the first book there is definietly a mystery going on that begs for the follow up to be released.

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Posted the anime profile of IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix. Added two new sections to the Additional Links page, one for Free Software and one for Other Interesting Websites

Saturday, November 5, 2005

Posted my review of Romancing Saga. We are currently in the process of setting up a system where you will be able to get your own Absolute Anime website and email address. This, along with other forum upgrades, are the main reason why I haven't gotten to many anime updates recently. And while the forum upgrades do seem to be helping overall, there have been some glitches along the way. Most have been fixed while we are still working on the others. Sorry for any inconvenience these glitches may have caused!

Monday, November 1, 2005

I've noticed that a few more complaints have come in with regards to my pages revealing spoilers, and I do understand. The spoiler warning I had at the top of the page was small and easy to miss, even when I did make it blink a few times, so I did a little redesign to now make spoiler warning really stand out. On the plus side of this, I now have room to add a web-search option in addition to the existing site-search, and the center section of the title bar now has room for a standard half-banner advertisement. I also create a page that explains about spoilers for those unsure about what the term means.

So, have a good halloween last night? We stayed home and handed out candy. Had a lot of visitors too, with a large variety of costumes. Some of them were really cool, some were completely adorable, some were nice and sexy, and then some were just thrown together. Mine I just through on about 30 minutes before people started to show up. Didn't plan at all this year, just ran to the closet and dug out some old costume parts, then put a bunch of baby power on my face. Got a lot of complements on it though. Anyway, we went through a lot of candy. Finished off both variety packs and then about half a box of peanut M&M's.

Today we went to see Saw II with one of Treeses friends. It wasn't bad, but I liked the first one better, as in this one, you really didn't get to know any of the characters. Plus, this one left a few clues just hanging without answers, which is kind of annoying. Treese liked it though. Her anniversary gift from me arrived today too, which was The Simpsons: Hit and Run for the PlayStation 2, and see seems to like that also! I know, you're probably wondering why I didn't get her Ratchet: Deadlocked since she loves Ratchet & Clank so much. Well smarty-pants, it's because she already has it! Yeah, couldn't wait on that one!

News & Updates for October 2005

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Saturday, October 29, 2005

Posted the anime profile of Hot For Teacher. Added a description to The Professional: Golgo 13, as well as an image gallery.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Want some speed? Anyone? Well if you hadn't noticed, the website got a huge speed boost yesterday. This is basically due to, in simple terms, getting the forums on a separate computer from the rest of the site. If you're looking for a company to host your site, go with Prime Exalia Technologies, 'cause they're awesome. I also added sub-genres to the Anime Profiles Index, so we'll see how that works out.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Posted the anime profiles for Loveless and Stepmother's Sin. Posted character profiles of Shuda, Plue, Let, Galein Musica (from Rave Master).

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Posted my review of House of Voices.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Posted my review of The Interpreter, my review of Spider Forest, and my review of Unborn but Forgotten.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Posted my review of Unleashed - Unrated.

On Friday we drove down to the town of Selma so that Treeses could take one of the USPS exams the next morning. The drive down took about five hours, and we arrived there around midnight, then went out to eat at Denny's, and boy was it busy! I thought Redding was a small town, but Selma must be tiny if the best thing to do on a Friday night is hang out at Denny's. Oh yeah, and after 10 PM, mashed potates are no longer available. Nor are salads. Nor are a bunch of other items on the menu. Now, some items I can understand, but salad? Sorry, it's after 10, I no longer know how to put lettuce on a plate. Does that seem stupid to anyone else? Anyway, the next morning Treese went in with a bunch of other people to take the test. It lasted a couple hours, and when it was over she said she felt pretty good about it.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Posted my description for Strange Love as well as a Strange Love Image Gallery.

Today is my sister's birthday. Happy Birthday!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Posted my review of South Park - The Complete Sixth Season. Posted the anime profile for Battle Skipper.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Posted the anime profile of Temptation.

Man, what a frightening day! It was 2:43 in the afternoon when I got an emotional phone call from my wife saying that she felt like she was having a heart attack, and was currently on her way to the emergency room. So I rushed over to Shasta Regional Medical Center hospital, only to realize that she said she was going to Mercy Medical Center. I didn't get that when she first said it since we both hate that hospital and only go to Shasta Regional. So I rushed over to Mercy and found her where else but sitting in the waiting room. Typical. The good news is it didn't seem like she was having a heart attack, as sharp pain in her chest had subsided. So after we waited a little bit longer there, we decided to head on over to our hospital, Shasta Regional. It was a while before we got in to see the doc, but were glad to hear that her symptoms were caused by Costochondritis, which although painful and exhibits similar symptoms to that of a heart attack, is not life threatening. So thank goodness for that!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Posted my review of New York Doll. I've just received a copy of Unleashed, so I'll have a review up for that soon, and copies of House of Voices, South Park - The Complete Sixth Season, and The Matrix: Path of Neo for PlayStation 2 are on their way. Then I also have three anime titles that I will soon be doing profiles for, and those are Strange Love, Battle Skipper- The Movie, and Temptation.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Posted an anime profile for the insane comedy series Trouble Chocolate. Fixed a typo in my review of My Summer of Love which made my closing paragraph not show up.

We went to see Serenity today, and boy was that an awesome movie. I went into it not knowing exactly what to expect, and it just blew me away. I was thinking that it would probably feel more like a long episode of Firefly than an actual movie, but I was dead wrong; this is full-blown Sci-Fi action/adventure flick that can stand all on its own. I urge you to check it out if you have the chance.

Sunday, October 9, 2005

Posted my review of My Summer of Love. I re-enabled the ability for forum members to change their usernames, and made it so that a message would be posted to a specific thread to inform everyone else of the name change. I also code so that once a user changers their name, they will then have to wait a set amount of time before they are able to change it again. I currently have it set to seven days, but if I still see the same people changing their names over and over again then I will up the time. I also fixed up the style of the Forum Memberlist page a bit and added a filter so it's easier to find specific usernames. And I forgot to mention this on the last update, but I put a new image over there to the right. I'm sure it's obvious to anyone who frequents the updates page, but I thought I should mention it anyway.

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Split Gatchaman, Battle of the Planets, G-Force, and Eagle Riders into separate directories. Added some more to my bio, My Life in Vallejo, California (1990-1999), though it's still far from complete. I skipped a lot of experiences that I'll go back and cover later, but I really wanted to write about how Treeses and I first met, so I'm glad to have finally gotten that done.

News & Updates for September 2005

Lune Venus (El Hazard)
Friday, September 30, 2005

Posted anime profiles for Yukikaze, Tetsujin 28 (2004 Remake), Mazinkaiser, Brain Powered, Gatchaman (1994 Remake), Planetes, Hellsing Ultimate. Posted character profiles for The Vicar (from Hellsing); Arlong, Alvida, Whitebeard/Edward Newgate, Gol D. Roger/Gold Roger, Tony Tony Chopper (from One Piece).

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Posted my review of Face, released by Tartan Video, and my review of Nine Lives, released by Magnolia Pictures.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Posted my review of The Coast Guard, released by Tartan Video.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Posted my review of National Lampoon's Adam & Eve.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Added icons to the navigation links of the top navigation bar. I forgot to mention previously that I set the floating navigation icons to not show up if your screen resolution is set to 800 pixels wide or less, 'cause otherwise there's just no room for them. Also, when you're in the Files & Folders frame, they are removed from the main page and moved to the upper left portion of the frame. And yes, I have recently added some profiles for cartoons that are not japanese animation. I did so because the shows are obviously strongly influenced by anime, and I thought they would be helpful in seeing how anime has affected cartoons in other cultures.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Posted my review of Inside Deep Throat. Added flag icons to some of the column headers in the profiles.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Posted anime profiles for Code Lyoko, Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Area 88 (2004 Remake), Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Sukisho, Magical DoReMi, Steamboy, AIR, Guardian Angel Getten, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, The Melody of Oblivion, Perfect Blue, Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, Chance Pop Session, G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, Sgt. Frog, The SoulTaker.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Posted anime profiles for Great Dangaioh, Madlax, Macross Zero, Macross 7, Viewtiful Joe, Catnapped!, Samurai 7, Tactics, Girls Bravo, Ogenki Clinic Adventures, Nurse Witch Komugi, Burst Angel, Guilty Gear, Mai-HiME, Ragnarok The Animation, and L/R: Licensed by Royalty. Posted character profiles for Tsunade and Kimimaro Kaguya (from Naruto).

Saturday, September 18, 2005

Posted my review of Coal Miner's Daughter. Posted the character profiles of Hikage (from Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma); Junzaburo Shiina, Mei, Stephanie (from Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran). Added some floating navigation icons, well, except they don't float in Internet Explorer, versions 6 or under. But they float in other recent browsers, and should float with Internet Explorer 7. I really just put them there to help me navigate the site a bit faster. Originally I just wanted a link to the Files & Folders, but it seemed to work out so good that I added a few other links that I also tend to use often. I'd also like to put icons up for the Anime List, Character List, and Anime on TV List, but I couldn't come up with any icons for them. Oh yeah, and you can switch what side of the browser they show up on or turn them off altogether from the Configure Preferences page.

Well, my first two eBay auctions went okay. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Lot sold for $20, which was a little disappointing, at least to a giant TMNT fan like myself. Unfortunately the winning bidder is in Australia, which made the shipping charges cost over twice as much as the actual winning bid. Although I feel sorry that they'll have to spend so much on shipping, it also make me feel better that they were willing to spend close to $60 to get all that TMNT stuff. The "Weird Al" Yankovic Lot sold for $50, which I think it pretty good. Of course the auction ended last night and that winning bidder still hasn't contacted me yet. I really hope it doesn't turn out to be a non-paying bidder. Okay, so next up is my G.I. Joe Lot of Vehicles and Figures. These were probably the hardest to sell so far, as I've spent a lot of time with those toys, some playing with and others setting up into little action display scenes. Oh, I'm also selling my old computer desk and chair that I used back in high school and college. I'm not putting it on eBay because it'd be too hard to ship, so I'm just selling it locally.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Posted the anime profile of Naughty Nurses, along with an image gallery.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Posted the anime profile of Ninja Scroll- The Series, along with an image gallery.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Posted the anime profiles of Monkey Typhoon, Kyou Kara Maoh, Princess Comet, and Hungry Heart.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Spent a lot of time cleaning this week in an attempt to fix up one of the spare bedrooms into an office/guest room. Since I needed to free up some closest space, I decided to sell some of my stuff on eBay. I just put up two listings tonight, one for my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuff, and the other for my "Weird Al" Yankovic stuff. Please feel free to check them out if your interested in either. I'm still a big fan of both, but closets will only hold so much, and I absolutely refuse to allow our garage to become a storage shed.

Sunday, September 4, 2005

Posted my review of the PlayStation 2 game The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Posted the character profiles of Alex Louis Armstrong, Gluttony, Pinako Rockbell, and Hohenheim Elric (from Fullmetal Alchemist).

News & Updates for August 2005

Lune Venus (El Hazard)
Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Posted the character profiles of Sebastian (from Ultra Maniac); Akemi and Fuyumi (from SHE, The Ultimate Weapon); Maromi (from Paranoia Agent). I noticed the image gallery on my review of Saturday Morning with Sid & Marty Krofft disappeared, so I fixed that. I decided to make the extra navigation bar pop up when the mouse is also held over the Anime Profiles link, which should make it easier to hit the left-most pop-up links. I noticed a lot of times I would accidentally let my mouse cursor get too far off the navigation area thus causing the pop-up navigation bar to disappear before I got to the link I was aiming for.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Posted the character profiles of Grandpa Gohan (from Dragon Ball Z); Lung-Lung (from Ranma 1/2).

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Posted the character profiles of Batou and Tachikoma (from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex); Roy Mustang, Greed, Maes Hughes, Lust, Russell Tringham, Fletcher Tringham, Clara/Psiren, Fuhrer King Bradley, Riza Hawkeye, Scar, Envy, Wrath (from Fullmetal Alchemist).

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Posted the character profile of Mecha Washu (from Tenchi Universe). Decided to put Google Link Units in the announcements bar. The announcements will still show up when Google has nothing to put there, and I can always override the Google Link Units for important announcements. Hopefully these will help to increase the revenue so I can save up and get this site running a bit faster.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Posted my review of Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Love, which is coming to theaters on September 23rd. Posted the character profile of Kunihiko Kimishima (from s-CRY-ed).

Monday, August 22, 2005

Posted the character profiles of Suzy, Mrs. Takamine, Ponygon, Kanchome (from Zatch Bell).

Friday, August 20, 2005

Posted the anime profile of Maid Service, which will be released on August 30. Posted the character profile of Kiyone Makibi (from Tenchi Universe).

Friday, August 19, 2005

Posted the character profiles of Tennyo Masaki and Misao Kuramitsu (from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki) and Neju Na Melmas (from Tenchi Muyo! GXP: Galaxy Police Transporter). TokyoPop sent along two new manga titles, War on Flesh and I Luv Halloween, as well as a magazine called Takuhai which provides several manga previews. And by previews, I really mean previews, several pages of each manga are shown in addition to little notes about them and overall descriptions. Best of all, everyone can get a free subscription. TokyoPop also has also launched Takuhai Online to complement it, which is a pretty nice site. Oh, and you know what else was included in the package? Cheddar Cheese Larvets. Yeah, real snackable meal worms! The weird part is, they actually look kinda good....

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Posted my review of OldBoy, the DVD release, which will be released August 23rd. Posted the anime profile of Pom Poko, which was released August 16th. Posted the My Neighbors the Yamadas Image Gallery.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Posted the anime profile of My Neighbors the Yamadas (screenshots coming soon).

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Posted the character profiles of Airi Magma Masaki and Kagato (from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki). Split the different Tenchi universes into separate directories. So far most of the character profiles are still linked to the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki series. Only those characters that happen to be specific to a particular universe have been moved to the new directories.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Posted the anime profile of Hardcore Hosptial.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Posted my review of Saturday Morning with Sid & Marty Krofft. Added a couple things to the forum that I've been wanting to add for quite a while. The first thing you've probably already noticed if ever visit the forums at all, and that's the new rectangular page number bar. They second thing I added was an option on the user profile control panel that allows users to select how they want the topics to be ordered by default. Previously they were always ordered with the newer topics on top, so now you can choose to have the topics with the most recent activity be on top.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Posted my review of the Weather Woman DVD Collection, my review of Ryan: The Special Edition DVD, and my review of the Pioneer DV-F727 300+1 Multi-Disc DVD Changer. Posted character profiles of Magical Girl Pretty Sammy and Bif Standard (from Magical Girl Pretty Sammy).

Monday, August 8, 2005

Posted character profiles of Ryo-Ohki, Tsunami, Sasami Kawai/Pretty Sammy, Tenchi Kawai, Ayeka Takada, Ryoko Orikasa, Mihoshi Mizutani, Kiyone Yuri, Washu Kobayashi (from Magical Girl Pretty Sammy).

Saturday, August 6, 2005

Posted anime profiles of Psycho Diver: Soul Siren, 801 T.T.S. Airbats, Elfen Lied, Black Jack: A Surgeon with the Hands of God, Gunslinger Girl, Tenjho Tenge, Cleopatra D.C.. Posted character profiles of Poemi Watanabe (from Puni Puni Poemy); Hitomi, Nike (from Appleseed, 2004 remake); Diana (from Fencer of Minerva); Z (from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki); Maya Natsume (Tenjho Tenge); Dark Riho (NightWalker); Mituski (from Tenchi Universe). I moved the anime profile of Magical Girl Pretty Sammy to its own folder. It's the first step in trying to filter the various Tenchi universes into seperate directories. I'm leaving the existing character profile links in the file until I get new profile submissions specific to the Magical Girl Pretty Sammy series.

Friday, August 5, 2005

Posted character profiles of Goei Sonsaku, Shuyu Koukin, and Shimei Ryoumou (from Ikki Tousen); Mikura Suzuki (from Mezzo: Danger Service Agency); Maiko Yanagihara (from Vampire Princess Miyu).

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Posted my review of Earth 2 - The Complete Series. Posted the character profiles of Fuu (from Samurai Champloo); Kiyo Takamine, Parco Folgore, Kolulu, Tia, Brago, Zeon (from Zatch Bell). I wasn't too happy with the alternate color for links that open in new windows, so I switched them back to the same color, and just underlined them by default.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Changed the color of links that open in new windows, so that you can tell beforehand without needing to move the mouse pointer over the link in order to see whether or not it has a dotted underline. Hm, so I guess I really don't need that dotted underline indicator anymore.

News & Updates for July 2005

Lune Venus (El Hazard)
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Posted the character profiles of Lil' Slugger, Keiichi Ikari, Mitsuhio Maniwa, and Tsukiko Sagi (from Paranoia Agent).

Friday, July 29, 2005

Applied the latest phpBB update to the forum.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Posted my review of The Jerk- 26th Anniversary Edition, due for release on July 26.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Posted my review of Sliders - The Third Season, my review of Cleopatra 2525 - The Complete Series, and my review of America's Funniest Home Videos Volume 1. Posted the anime profile for Grenadier- The Beautiful Warrior. Posted the character profiles for Cosmo (from Sonic X); El Miles (from E'L); Rin Kamishiro (from Maburaho); Ichigo Kurosaki and Gin Ichimaru (from Bleach); Dartz (from Yu-Gi-Oh!); Rushuna Tendo and Yajiro Kojima (from Grenadier- The Beautiful Warrior).

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Posted the anime profile for Kizuna and a Kizuna Image Gallery.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Posted character profiles for Cher Degre, Darcia, and Hubb Lebowski (from Wolf's Rain).

Rachel, yes, I know Conor Vaughan; he is my best bud, and yes, I would be happy to give him your email address so that he may get back in touch with you after all this time. There's just one teeny-tiny little problem... you didn't give me your e-mail address! I mean, with all my overflowing talent as a normal human being, I can easily see how you might mistakenly think that I was a psychic as well, but I assure you, that is not the case. So if you want my help, you will need to submit another message, one which includes your e-mail address.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Posted character profiles for Mimori Kiryu, Asuka Tachibana, Straight Cougar, and Scheris Adjani (from s-CRY-ed). Added a translation tool on the Configure Preference page.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Sorry for not having any anime updates today. I spent the entire day re-doing the Directory Listing. I ditched the tables, so no more alternating color shades for the rows, but it loads much faster now. The load time was one of the reasons I stopped using it to quickly get where I wanted to go. Also, the directory section now has support for sub-directories, and has some filtering options. The file section now has the ability to either group files by type or list them all together alphabetically, and each file type is color coded.

I recently found an online anime store called Anime2You.com which has some really amazing deals on anime DVDs, at least until August 31. I picked up a few titles, including the complete Robotech saga, which surprisingly has both the English and the Japanese language tracks included... and it was only $69!! Compare that to Amazon.com, where just the first Robotech saga costs $63, and only has the English language track. So basically, you'd have to spend about $145 at Amazon.com to get what I got, but without the optional Japanese language track. And that's just a small part of it. They have some complete series for under $10, like Agent Aika: The Perfect Collection for $6.90! Hey, why does this store seem to have a fixation with the number "69"? Anyway, they have lots more for under $15, and tons more for under $20. The sale only lasts until August 31 though so don't procrastinate. Turn that little bit of cash into something fun!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Posted an anime profile for the hilarious Animation Runner Kuromi, along with an image gallery. Posted character profiles for Kazuma, Ryuho, Kanami Yuta (from s-CRY-ed).

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Posted my review of Scorpion's Revenge. I also just received and watched a review copy of Animation Runner Kuromi- Collector's Series Edition, which was flat-out excellent, and it will only be $9.99 so you should all definitely pick that one up when it's released on August 23rd. I hope to put up a profile for it soon.

Saturday, July 9, 2005

Posted an anime profile for E'L. Posted character profiles for Nami Yamigumo and Rally Cheyenne (from Silent Mobius); Shin and Sasame (Pretear). Colorized the star graphics I use for my rating system. Oh, and you know those additional information icons I have on my site where you hold your mouse cursor over them and some text pops up? Well, I made my build script place a copy of the text next to the images, but made it hidden, so that the text will show up in a search.

A couple weeks back TokyoPop sent me a couple of manga books, Princess Ai and Bizenghast. I haven't had time to read either yet, but they both seem really cool. They look like soft-cover books rather than comic books, but open them up and inside they're packed full of comic book action, drawn in the anime-style of course. This is definitely the way to read comics, not one issue at a time like I used to do back in high school, where you'd just be getting started in on a comic and then you'd have to wait a whole month for another little piece of the story.

Princess Ai was created by Misaho Kujiradou, Courtney Love, and D.J. Milky, and is printed "manga-style", meaning right-to-left, or the same way books in Japan are printed. Volume Two has 192 pages, and will be released on July 12 for a list price of $9.99. Volume One has already been released. Bizenghast was created by M. Alice LeGrow and is printed in the normal, US style of left-to-right. Volume One has 192, and will be released on August 9 for a list price of $9.99. It appears there will be a total of three volumes.

The Forth of July and my wife's birthday both happened this week. We spent almost the entire July 4th day on the couch switching between playing Lego Star Wars and watching the first three discs of The Slayers. We unlocked everything there was to unlock in Lego Star Wars, so that was even shorter game than I expected. I was thinking it would take a long time to unlock everything, but once you save up enough studs to buy invincibility, the game becomes way too easy. Plus, most of the unlockables are just cosmetic and don't change the gameplay at all. Only the minikit detector and the invincibility are worth buying, so saving up enough studs for those is a cinch. Still, it was fun. I just hope they can make the sequel much longer.

The Lego Star Wars game was an early birthday gift, and the other birthday gifts I got for Treeses were the two Ranma 1/2 movies (to complete our Ranma 1/2 DVD collection), the box set of Trigun (one of her favorite anime series), and a soft, yellow happy face CD case. Oh yeah, and a HUGE steak dinner from Outback Steakhouse which I went to get about half an hour before she got off work, which was perfect since we arrived home at the same time, so it was fresh, hot, and ready to eat.

Saturday, July 1, 2005

Posted my review of Revelations. Changed the font on the website from Arial to Verdana, which is wider and a bit easier to read.

Even though it's not quite my wife's birthday yet, I gave her one of her presents this week: Lego Star Wars for the PlayStation 2. She loves it, and it really is a fun game, though really quite short. Luckily it has a lot of stuff to unlock and a lot of playable characters, which gives it a good replay value. The game only covers the prequel trilogy, so I really hope they make one based on the original Star Wars trilogy.

Last Monday we were going to go see George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, but we didn't make it because of STUPID PEOPLE. Treeses had some meeting for work where she had to listen to stupid people blab on for hours like the idiots they were and so she didn't get out in time. Think I'm exaggerating about how stupid these people were? Think I'm just being hard on them because they caused us to miss the movie? Someone actually suggested that there should be one dispatcher for each bus and van... need I say more?

The week before that Treese had to sit at the RABA booth at the fair in Anderson for a few hours. I tagged along to keep her company. Not many people stopped by the booth... big surprise there. I mean, have you ever been at a fair, just walking around, finding yourself next to a booth about the area's public transportation and thought "hey, public transportation, please, tell me more, because driving a car is just so annoying". Yeah, didn't think so. But at least she got paid for it.

News & Updates for June 2005

Lune Venus (El Hazard)
Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Posted the anime profiles for Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ and Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, and added a Gundam Universe page to display the various Gundam series by universe. Posted the character profiles for Brandy (from Hamtaro); Anita King, Maggie Mui, Nenene Sumiregawa, Junior (from R.O.D the TV).

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Posted the anime profile for Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Grand Prix, the third movie. Posted character profiles for Sparkle (from Hamtaro); Devil-Ham (from Hamtaro: Adventures in Ham-Ham Land); Crystal (from Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Grand Prix).

Friday, June 24, 2005

Posted my review of Spider-Man - The Venom Saga. Posted anime profiles for Hamtaro: Adventures in Ham-Ham Land, Hamtaro: Princess of Vision, and Debts of Desire. Posted character profiles for Asato Tsuzuki and Hisoka Kurosaki (from Descendants of Darkness); Jan Valentine and Luke Valentine (from Hellsing); Saro-shina, Yosei, Mika, and Spat (from Hamtaro); Nanako Shichigusa (from Amazing Nurse Nanako).

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Posted anime profiles for Sunabozu, Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor, Petite Princess Yucie, and Ikki Tousen. Posted character profiles for Fuji Syusuke and Tezuka Kunimitsu (from Prince of Tennis); Hakufu Sonsaku (from Ikki Tousen); Colonel Hades, Deunan Knute, Briareos Hecatonchires, and General Edward Uranus II (from Appleseed, 2004 remake); Kagura, Kamineko, Kaorin, Kimura, Minamo "Nyamo" Kurosawa, Nekokoneko, Mr. Tadakichi, Yukari Tanizaki (from Azumanga Daioh).

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Posted my review of Jaws - 30th Anniversary Edition. Posted anime profiles for D.I.C.E. (DNA Integrated Cybernetic Enterprises) and Howl's Moving Castle. Posed character profiles for Sybel (from Black Magic M-66); Athena (from Appleseed, the 2004 remake).

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Finished the remaining summaries for Cool Devices and added an image gallery for it. I have to say, I've never watched so much porn all at once before, and let me tell you it's not as enjoyable as you might think. Porn is definitely meant to be watched in small blocks.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Posted my review of Northern Exposure - The Complete Third Season and an anime profile of Piano.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

If you are one of the few people who took time out of your busy day to read about my tiny little insignificant trip to Los Angeles for the 2005 E3 Expo, then you may recall me mentioning that E-Real games has out a new type of light gun called G1 that works with any television screen. Well, they are going to be sending me one to review! And in addition, they have provided me with a special coupon code (AA800) that can be used to knock five bucks off the price of each light gun. They initially offered a plan where you would get three bucks off each order, and I would get three bucks for each order, but I told them I'd prefer to give my three bucks to the buyer, since I know how hard it is to afford videogame peripherals, especially for those gamers who are still in school. Ain't I such a nice guy? Sorry I couldn't get you six bucks off, but they said five bucks was the maximum allowable discount. So once again, if you must have this G1 light gun and can't wait for my review, head over to E-Real games and use the coupon code AA800 to save five bucks.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Posted my review of Quincy, M.E. - Seasons 1 & 2 and Dragnet 1967 - Season 1. Sorry, no new profiles this weekend. I used the time to take care of a load of e-mails instead, because those are starting to get out of hand.

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Posted anime profiles for Amazing Nurse Nanako, Battle B-Daman, Parade Parade, and Seven of Seven. Posted character profiles for Akane Kimidori (from Dr. Slump); Spencer (from Beyblade); Howdy (from Hamtaro); Ling-Ling (from Ranma 1/2); Nancy Makumari (from R.O.D: Read or Die); Eiji Kikumaru (from Prince of Tennis); Kaori (from Parade Parade).

Sorry I didn't get much done this weekend, with the website that is. I actually did get a lot done, just it was mostly physical labor. I cleaned out all the gutters around the house, climbed up on the roof and took a chainsaw to a bunch of branches from a tree that was starting to envelope the house, and hand-washed both my car and my wife's SUV. The sky was clear and the sun was out in full force, so it was kind of hot, but it all needed to be done so I just got out there and did it. Needless to say, I was pretty wiped out after that.

Now I'm trying to find out what's going on with the paint on my car. Less than a month after I bought it, I noticed some areas where the painted was chipped. I took it to Lithia Toyota, where I bought it, but they said that the super-cool warrenty which came with the car wouldn't cover it unless it was a painting defect, and recommended that I take it to this bodyshop to have it inspected. So I did, and they said it looked like it may have been caused by rocks being kicked up from a semi-truck... except that I hadn't driven behind any semi-trucks recently. And you'd think you'd notice something like that, especially if it happened several times. And it wasn't even in one spot, it was in various places, on the hood, front bumper, and driver's side door. I had my other car for five years, and never had any paint chipped off by rocks, so I'm kind of thinking that it might have been a defective paint job. I filed a claim with my insurance company anyways, and so now they're helping to look into it.

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Posted an anime profile for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, and a character profile for Shinn (from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny).

Monday, June 6, 2005

Posted my review of Home Movies - Season Two, that wacky, sarcastic animated TV series airing on Adult Swim.

Saturday, June 4, 2005

Posted my review of Rock & Rule, an animated rock & roll feature originally released back in 1984.

News & Updates for May 2005

Lune Venus (El Hazard)
Monday, May 30, 2005

Posted my review of Airwolf - Season One. It's so great to see these old series once again. I was offered review copies for A-Team, Knight Rider, and Magnum P.I. sometime last month, but never received them. I guess they ran out or something. But anyway, lets see... I added an image gallery for my Koma review. I also made the spoiler warning I have at the top of every page blink several times in an attempt to make it stand out a bit more.

My parents came up to visit this Sunday, so that was nice. My dad brought some plants so we could fill in that muddy area around the gazebo, and I must say it looks pretty good now. That area slightly lower than the rest of the yard, so water tends to pull there. Hopefully the plants will flourish. While we were out there, we also tore down this shelter area near connected to the fence that was supposed to be used for storing firewood. Throughout the years it had leaned more and more, and patches just weren't working. Finally it got so bad that it looked like it would just topple over, and take the whole fence with it. So now I won't have to worry about that anymore. For dinner we went to Logan's Roadhouse. Mm, that was yummy.

Okay, okay, enough procrastinating, time for the bad news. I'm not going to be a daddy as soon as we thought. We lost the baby. We pretty much knew since about last week, but we never gave up hope until the doc reviewed all the tests and handed down sad truth on Friday. It definitely hurts, no doubt about it. I wouldn't have thunk it, seeing as how it was only 6-7 weeks old, but yeah, my heart aches.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Modified the forum code so that Private Message email notifications would contain the sender's email address in the Reply-to field. This only happens if the sender has made their email address publicly available (or the recipient is an administrator, meaning me). I'm not sure how well this will work out, since users will still have to log in to manage the private messages, and responding by email won't mark the private message as read or replied to. It could end up just being too confusing, but we'll see how it goes. I can always undo it. I also fixed the user profile link included in the private messages sent when someone adds you to their buddy list. For those of you who don't want the adult forums to show up in the list, you can now add the tag "noadult=true" to the url so that those forums won't be listed with the rest of the forums (example: http://www.absoluteanime.com/forum/?noadult=true).

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Posted character profiles of Jin (from Samurai Champloo); Winry Rockbell (from Fullmetal Alchemist).

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Read all about my trip to LA for E3, 2005. Posted an image gallery for Now and Then, Here and There. I forgot to mention that on Sunday, I got my first haircut in something like 10 years. Treese cut it to about half way down my shoulder blades. Feels nice not having all that weight on me.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Posted an anime profile for Now and Then, Here and There, which is an awesome series, by the way.

We went to get a sonogram of the baby today, and found out it's actually only 5 weeks along. Two weeks ago when we found out we were going to be parents, we estimated it to be three weeks along, but then the numbers from the blood test indicated that it was more like five weeks. So it looks like our original estimate was correct.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Posted my Assault on Precinct 13 review.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Posted an anime profile of Izcer Reborn, and posted characters profile of Iczer-3 (from Izcer Reborn); Dee Laytner (from Fake).

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Posted my Quantum Leap - The Complete Third Season review. Posted an anime profile for You're Under Arrest. Added an IRC Chat Box to the forums. Changed all the series specific forums to sub-forums.

My Absolute Anime License Plate Frame arrived yesterday, and it actually looks pretty good. Now I wish I had ordered a second one for the front plate, but at the time I just didn't know what kind of quality we were talking about. I hope the other products are just as good.

Saturday, May 7, 2005

Added an anime profile for Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and added character profiles for Zatch Bell (from Zatch Bell), Gordo (from Beyblade V-Force), Boris Balkov (from Beyblade), Mugen (from Samurai Champloo). Added a modification to the forum so that private message email notifications will contain the action content of the private message.

Friday, May 6, 2005

Added anime profiles for Dragon Century and Maburaho, and a character profile for Chloe (from Noir).

Thursday, May 5, 2005

I forgot to mention one other thing I did on Saturday, and that was creating an Absolute Anime Search Plugin for Firefox. Just unzip the file to the Firefox plugins directory, and the search bar will have the ability to do an Absolute Anime Site Search.

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Added some code to the forums that will prevent new users from including links in their posts until they have reached a specific post count. For right now, I set that post count to ten. For the previous modification that I did involving the line restrictions of signatures, I figured I would actually format it as an official phpBB mod and submit it to phpBBHacks.com, just to satisfy my curiosity as to how many other forum administrators out there hate those long signatures. It was a simple modification to implement, and since nobody else had written it I figured nobody really cared. Well, they apparently posted it Saturday evening, so it's been up for about 4 days now and has received just over 60 downloads. I was surprised, as my expectations where maybe 5-10 downloads. So I guess people do hate those long signatures as much as I do.

Sorry I didn't have more updates this weekend. I got distracted. On Saturday, I spent a lot of time playing with Mozilla Firefox, trying to find and install extensions that would bring its awesomeness level up to that of the Opera Web Browser. And while I did find a lot of cool extensions to give Firefox features which Opera lacks, there were a few Opera features that I was unable to get reproduced with Firefox.

The first is a feature where you first fill out some information on a specific menu in the browser, such as your name, e-mail, and phone number, and then when you start to fill out a form on a website Opera drops down a little box under the form field containing the information you previously entered, but filtered by whatever you have already typed in the form's field. This is a very handy feature, and I was able to find a similar extension for Firefox, except that the extension inserts a graphic image next to the forum field and you must use the mouse to click that image to get your list of fields. Besides being inconvenient to keep switching over to the mouse when filling out a form, those graphics it inserts mess up the intended layout of the page.

The second feature is Opera's web password management system, called the Wand. When you submit a web form that contains a password field, Opera asks if you want to store it, as does Firefox. Assuming you say yes, when you later return to that page, all that's required to log in is either click the Wand icon or hit Control-Enter. Firefox's password management system is almost as good, but you still have to find and hit the forum submission button each time in order to log in. Once you get used to the convenience of the Wand, it's hard to go back.

The third feature deals with tabs and windows. In Firefox, you can have multiple copies of the browser running, and each one can have tabs. This is also true with Opera, but in Opera uses a multiple document interface. This means that each tab isn't just a tab, but a separate window inside the browser, which can be minimized, maximized, resized, tiled, and the like. Usually I keep all them maximized, but there are times when I want to tile two windows next to each other, and you just can't do that with Firefox unless you open another copy of the browser.

Another thing that got me distracted was CafePress, where you create a store and then put your images on a whole bunch of various items. So I fiddled around with that, eventually making four different items with the Absolute Anime logo. I did both white on black and black on white versions, but the basic store won't let you do more than one of any item type, so I created two created stores, the White on Black store and the Black on White store. I think the items actually look pretty cool, but then I'm just going off of the pictures, I haven't actually bought any of them yet. If someone does, let me know how they are.

2005 Toyota HighlanderOkay, so that's what I did on Saturday, then on Sunday we went to Lithia Toyota to see about buying a new Toyota Highlander for Treeses. Although her Bronco is much more comfortable for her than my low-sitting 2000 Toyota Corolla, we decided that it would still be a better idea to get an new SUV first rather than a new car, since her Bronco is already 11 years old while my Corolla is only 5. Plus, her back seat isn't sectioned, it just stretches all the way across the vehicle, so we didn't feel too safe putting a car seat back there. Oh yeah, and then there's the whole gas-milage issue. The Highlander is one of most fuel-efficient SUV's on the market. Anyway, we had an appointment with a guy named Forest, but he quickly handed us off to a guy named Matt as another appointment of his showed up.

Matt was a cool guy and took us around to look at everything we wanted to see. Yeah, I know they're supposed to do that, but I mean he did it without trying to sell us on anything. He even took us in the back so we could see one of the hybrid Prius cars that they had sold. Let me just say that style-wise, a Prius would not be my first choice. Anyway, we pretty much found exactly what we were looking for right on the lot. It was a 2005 Highlander (as we were expecting), and besides being the right color, it had all the features she was looking for and none of the features she wasn't... oh, except it didn't have leather seats. The price seemed fair, and we got great financing, way better than we expected.

2005 Toyota Corolla SWhile we were there looking around the lot, we came across a used "Super White" 2005 Toyota S... and man did it look cool. It was "Super White", with a rear spoiler, tinted windows, 15-inch aluminum wheels, front fog lamps, and smoked headlamps. On the inside it sported a dark-gray cloth interior, chrome accented interior trim (including the pedals), a leather-wrapped steering wheel (which was slightly smaller than average), cruise control, side impact airbags, and even a CD player. Matt opened it up for us so we could check it out while he went to do something. We were both surprised by how much higher the seats were than in my 2000 Corolla CE. Unlike my car, she was very comfortable sitting in this thing.

Yeah, so we ended up buying it. Now, I'm not the kind of person that buys vehicles based on style or power, I go for efficiency, so I almost feel embarrassed driving it because it looks so cool... and not very economy. But it actually gets really good gas mileage, same as my previous Corolla, so I think I'll an get over it. Plus, it was a great deal, being a practically new car at a used car price. And again, we got better financing than we expected. We traded in my car for the down payment, and we've already found someone who wants to buy the Bronco.

Now if my wife's health would just improve then we'd be in business. Her pneumonia seems to be coming back, so today she got a home IV put in her arm, which she's needed to administer a new shot, twice a day... and that's in addition to the other blood thinner shot she has to take twice a day. Man, can she get a break here. The doc gave her a home IV because he didn't want her staying in the hospital, for fear that she could get even sicker. One thing's for sure, we need to do whatever it takes to get her better right now.

News & Updates for April 2005

Lune Venus (El Hazard)
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Added an anime profile for Turn-A Gundam. Added characters profile for Daimaru Sumiyoshi and Momochi (from Excel Saga).

Friday, April 29, 2005

I made some more modifications to the forum code. This time, I changed it so that I am the only one who can delete posts. I then wrote a mod that would allow me to specify a maximum number of lines for user signatures. I don't know about you, but it just annoys me when people make their signatures longer than the typical message. So for right now, I set a maximum of four lines.

Okay, I brush my teeth twice a day, use Listerine mouthwash, and at night I even pick and floss... yet yesterday, there I lay, with my head back and a drill in my mouth. I couldn't feel the right side of my mouth for like the next 5 hours, and when the feeling did come back, my jaw still ached for the rest of the night. What else am I supposed to do in order to keep the cavities at bay, sand blast the frillin' things?! (Yes, I said "frillin'", I'm a Farscape fan, now let's just move on.) Well, we've just started trying a new mouthwash, ACT, before bedtime while still using Listerine in the mornings. ACT is different as it's supposed to coat your teeth to help protect them, rather than just acid-burning everything in your mouth like Listerine.

Next up, I have some very exciting news. I'm not kidding here, this is really extreme, so if you have a weak stomach or faint easily, then you better stop reading now. Alright, you've all been warned, now prepare yourself... I'm going to be a dad! Can you believe it?! I'm so excited! I guess it's time to put away all my childish toys... cause, you know, I don't want them all slobbered on and everything. Treeses did a home test on the 27th, and the next day she went to the doctor and got it confirmed. She is five weeks pregnant, which would make her due sometime around the end of December. They took her off the blood thinner medication, and put her on shots instead. Twice a day in the stomach... yeah, she's real happy about that one.

We're going to look into buying a new SUV soon. This is something we were considering anyway, so I think now we better get to it. We're interested in getting rid of our old 2-seater Ford Bronco and upgrading to the 2006 Toyota Highlander, the new gas/electric hybrid SUV that's being released in June. Of course, we still need to go test drive the thing and make sure we actually like it. We also need to start cleaning out one of the spare bedrooms. It'll probably be mine, since we'd just need to get rid of the old entertainment center, futon, and desk. Then there's the whole baby-proofing the house thing... I'm sure that's gonna be a lot of fun.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Modified the forum to display any action a moderator takes on a post. This is shown right below the post itself as well as on a summary page. I also modified the forum so that nobody can delete threads except me, and nobody can delete posts except me and the post's creator. Finally, I added code to remove the session ID from urls that are pasted into messages.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Made a modification to the forum that displays a different icon next to private messages that have been replied to. Someone recently sent a message telling me about this J-Pop band called "Titan Go King's" that is currently on a US tour, so I visited their website (http://www.sister.co.jp/Titan/index_e.html) and checked out some of their audio and video clips, probably the best of which was their video, "A Volume of Titan Go King's". I tried contacting their manager to find out how they came up with their band name, but haven't heard anything yet. Must be busy with the whole tour thing. Too bad they won't come to my town, as I think going to see them would really make for a fun night out.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Added an anime profile of Private Sessions 2.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Added an anime profile of Overman King Gainer, and added a character profile for Yukino Miyazawa (from His and Her Curcumstances).

If you've read the previous updates for this month, then you should recall the name Jacobi Knight. Well, after submitting several complaints about this jerk to Yahoo, they finally deleted his account. And if Yahoo does it anything like the way Hotmail does it, then he would have received no warning and all emails he had stored on that account are now gone. Of course, when Hotmail did that to me, I already had all my messages cached locally because I used the Outlook Express integration, which I had up and running all day. Lucky me!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Wrote a movie review for Sumo Vixens and added the anime profile of Night Shift Nurses.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Added the anime profile of My My Mai.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Wrote a movie review for Terminatrix.

Saturday, April 9, 2005

Added anime profiles for Angel Blade and Teacher's Pet. Added a feature to the forum which will automatically delete all user accounts that meet certain conditions after a certain number of days. For the conditions, I set it to delete all accounts that have not been activated after 20 days, and all accounts where the user has not visited the forum in 365 days. I also added a mod that will allow moderators to merge topics, for all those people out there who accidently hit "New Topic" instead of reply. Also to help with that, I removed the "New Topic" button from the bottom of threads. It's still there at the top, and of course it's still on the list of threads.

Now, I mentioned this in the forum, but I'll mention it here as well. It is very likely that any messages you sent me between Tuesday the 5th and Friday the 9th were bounced back to you. This is due to Hotmail deleting my account after a disgruntled forum user by the name of Jacobi Knight (jacobi_knight@yahoo.com) submitted some accusation against me.

Now, this is not entirely his fault, as Hotmail should have been more responsible and checked into it better. They didn't even contact me prior to deleting my account! Still, I would have to say it is mostly his fault, so please feel free to express your gratitude. Here's what happened....

Jacobi Knight created an account on the forum, posted a SPAM message, and never came back. Later on, somebody tried to send him a private message through the forums, which will send out an automatic email notification to the recipient, unless the recipient disabled that option, which he didn't. He responded to this email with the word "unsubscribe". Because that e-mail was not part of some mailing list, I replied telling him about the setting I just mentioned and how to disable it.

He then replied with an extremely vulgar email saying he forgot his username. So I replied telling him how to recover his username. He replied with an even more vulgar message about nothing, just a message for the sake of cussing me out. I replied telling him that because he had been so polite, I would start e-mailing him friendly reminders to log in and delete his account. I also mentioned that I might even add a feature to the forum software which would automatically email him every day until he logged in and deleted his account.

And that's when Hotmail disabled my account. For everyone who sent messages prior to the 5th, don't worry, they're all safe. Now I am using my absoluteanime.com mail account, which I was eventually going to switch over to anyway. Not only is it more reliable than Hotmail, but if there's any kind of problem I can just make a phone call, I don't have to wade through Microsoft's technical support just to end up getting a useless response. So I guess you could say that Jacobi actually did me a favor. You can even go ahead and thank him for me if you want. His email address is jacobi_knight@yahoo.com.

Okay, since I'm now going with my absoluteanime IMAP account, I decided to see if I could find a better e-mail program than Outlook Express for handling IMAP accounts. I first tried Opera's mail program, and just really didn't like it. I know it supposed to be revolutionary and takes getting used to, and I read through all the documentation and tutorials about adjusting to it's format, but I still just didn't like it. I don't need revolutionary. The way I've handled my e-mail up until now has worked good for me, so I have no desire to change that.

So the next mail client I tried was Mozilla's Thunderbird. On first glance, this is very similar to Outlook Express, but on second glance, it is WAY better. It allows much more built in customization, plus it has a lot of extended features that can be downloaded and installed very easily. The one thing it has that I was really looking for is filters, which Outlook Express has, but only for POP3 accounts, not for IMAP for some weird reason. Another feature it has that Outlook Express lacks is the ability to automatically move messages into a Trash folder instead of just marking them deleted. Oh yeah, and Outlook Express has a new-mail- notification bug with IMAP accounts, where it will continually alert you that you have new mail when you really don't. Thunderbird doesn't have this bug.

Converting from Outlook Express to Thunderbird was completely painless. Thunderbird flawlessly imported all of the accounts I had set up under Outlook Express, including their settings, all their folders, messages, and contacts. After I imported and got it set up like I wanted, I went out and found some extensions to install. One that I really liked is the minimize-to-system-tray, where you right-click on the minimize button and instead of minimizing to the task bar it will minimize to the system tray. Another extension I added was one for signatures, so I could have a few different signatures (you know, like "Thanks" and "Please read the Frequently Asked Questions"). Then I also did one that will underline misspelled words as you're composing a message, similar to the feature in Microsoft Word.

Wow, I wrote a lot. Okay, goodnight.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Added an anime profile for Sprite: Between Two Worlds and the character profile for Manami Sakumoto (from Sprite: Between Two Worlds).

Sunday, April 3, 2005

I dug around and found a few more archived versions of this site from years past, so I took some screenshots and posted them with the others on the About This Website page.

Saturday, April 2, 2005

I got my Astro Boy 2003 Remake DVD box set! This has really been given the "collector's edition" treatment for it's DVD release. Although it doesn't have a lot of extra features, it doesn't need to, because this set is packed! Every episode has been jammed into the 5 disc boxed set, including 29 episodes that haven't even been shown on TV yet, and a feature about the remaking of Astro Boy. It all totals to about 17 hours, and at an amazing price.... about $40! And that's at the official Sony Store, it's even less at Amazon.com. Compare that to the Transformers: Season 1 box set which is about 8 hours for about $45, or the Trigun box set which is almost 11 hours for about $150. Getting the picture? The only thing it's really lacking is a Japanese language track, but still, this is so worth it.

Okay, so I hope everybody made it through April Fool's Day okay. I saw someone posted a pretty good joke announcement on the forum, about how the site would be closing because of creative differences between myself and I. Glad somebody did one, I would have liked to but I was up late the previous night working on our April Fool's joke pages for the Working Designs website. It was a play off of a joke done by IREM on their website about a new game system called EXiDNA.

I had my first real experience with a chiropractor on Monday. My wife brought me in with her to one of her appointments as she wanted to have the guy to check me out. So he did, and then he made my spine go 'p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-op'. It didn't hurt or anything, nor did it feel good like so many people exclaim. The only thing I did notice afterwards was that it actually felt natural to stand up straight, something I hadn't been accustomed to for a long time.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Added an anime profile for the new Ah! My Goddess TV series. Decided to rename the Recent Updates page to Latest News & Updates, seeing as how I usually write about more than just site updates.

News & Updates in March 2005

Lune Venus (El Hazard)
Thursday, March 31, 2005

Added a DVD Release Update to my A Tale of Two Sisters review. Added an anime profile for After War: Gundam X.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Wrote a review for the animated film Fragile Machine.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Added the anime profile Earth Girl Arjuna. Added the character profiles of Ryoko (from Geneshaft); Hayate (from Pretear); Kyo Komachi (from Tenchi Muyo! GXP: Galaxy Police Transporter).

On Saturday I decided to attempt the writing of a function for my profile generation script that would take an image file and return it's width and height information so that I wouldn't need to manually obtain this information and input it as part of the profile. In C or C++ this would be no problem, but I wrote the profile generation script using JScript, which made it a tad bit more difficult. As far as I was able to determine, in JScript you can only read files as text, not binary data. Of course, JScript still has the ability to read one character at a time, and whether or not it is read as a single bye character or single byte number, it's still basically the same data. Thus the only real challenge came down figuring out how to convert the character into is ASCII value equivalent.

JScript does have a function called charCodeAt() that returns the numerical value of a character, but unfortunately it returns the Unicode value, not the ASCII value. The two systems match for the 128 characters, but after that they diverge, so any byte that was not one of the first 128 ASCII characters would give me the wrong numerical value. I couldn't find any way in JScript to return the ASCII value of these characters, so I was figuring I'd have to either look up a conversion routine (if one exists) or just make a conversion table. Luckily, I discovered a VBScript function called Asc() that did exactly what I needed, and I knew from past experience that I could write a function in VBScript and then access in JScript. So that's exactly what I did, just wrote a wrapper function around the Asc() function and everything worked great.

About a week ago I ran a link checker on the site and it came up with a ton of broken local links. So another function I decided to write and add to the profile generation script was one to check for any broken local links. This one was pretty straightforward, just grab all the address to all the links on the page, ditch any ones that contain "http://" or "mailto:", delete anything in the address that occurs after a "?" or "#", and then just check to see if the file exists. It's already found a few broken links where I mistyped the file name or mistyped the HREF or left out the equals sign, so I'm definitely glad I added this routine, even if it does slow down the page generation just a tad.

Some other changes I made dealt with the feedback section. I merged the page with the form for submitting the feedback and the page that displayed the sent confirmation into one file, although visually nobody should be able to tell the difference. This enabled me to re-display the form with everything that was already typed if the message didn't get sent, either due to a form validation issue or just some kind of connection error. I also added some server-side e-mail validation, so you can still send a message without providing your e-mail address but you can't send a message if you provide an invalid e-mail address (or my e-mail address). Then I renamed the page that displayed the feedback information and guidelines from feedback_info.php to feedback.php.

Then the last change that I can remember doing deals with the profile submission forms, where I changed the minimum character count requirement for the description before allowing the profile to be submitted. It used to be a minimum of 200 characters, but I figured it would probably better to force a minimum number of words rather than a minimum number of characters, so I changed it to a minimum of 50 words.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Added the anime profiles for Fake, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, Mezzo Forte. Added the character profiles of Nolt Marcus (from Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust); Enrico Salvaletti (from Hellsing); Gojo Shioji (from Excel Saga).

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Added the character profile of Ryoko Balta (from Tenchi Muyo! GXP: Galaxy Police Transporter).

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Added anime profiles for Dai-Guard, Magical Princess Gigi, Mezzo: Danger Service Agency, Dead Leaves, Kujibiki Unbalance, Gravion, Dark Shell. Added a character profile for Beatrice Ratio (from Geneshaft). Added an additional description to the anime profile The Cat Returns.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Wrote a review for the movie Bad Girls from Valley High. Ran a link checker on the local links within the site and fixed up all the broken ones.

Treeses and I went to see Constantine today with one of her friends. She had already went and saw it on Monday, her day off, but wanted to see it again, especially with someone whom she could discuss the religious aspects brought up in the film (that someone being her friend, not me, as I don't discuss religion or spirituality). It had some really nice looking visual effects, but I can't say much for the story. My advice: wait for DVD. We went to Denny's afterwards where they had what seemed to be a very enjoyable conversation, especially since it went on long after we had finished eating. I had fun too, though, as I played Phantasy Star on my Game Boy and saved up enough to buy the Ice Digger.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Added anime profiles for Magic Teacher Negima!, Kurogane Communication, Figure 17 - Tsubasa & Hikaru and Appleseed (2004 remake). Split Tenchi Muyo! GXP: Galaxy Police Transporter into a seperate directory. Made up some banners and buttons for the website. A little over a week ago I improved the script that optimizes the HTML files, but doing that caused the RSS Newsfeed to stop being generated automatically, so I fixed that.

Some of you may have noticed that the website had become much slower than normal last week, and extremely so in the middle of the week, especially for pages running server-side scripts. We discovered that this was happening because the CPU on the server was constantly maxed out, which we believe was somehow caused by corrupted data being written to the hard drives. So everything got torn apart and fixed up, plus we went ahead and did a software upgrade while we were at it. Thus, everything should now be running good as new!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Added an anime profile for Shingu.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Added an anime profile for Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Added an anime profile for Blood - The Last Vampire. Implemented a new feedback system whereby the visitor selects what type of feedback they have, and then information and guidelines for that type of feedback are displayed before the contact form is made available. This should be a better system than the previous one where one page contained and displayed all the information and guidelines for all types of feedback, forcing the visitor to read through it all (or at least skim through it) to find the link for the contact form. I'm hoping this will help cut down on some of the e-mail so I can get back to adding profiles, as well as making other messages more clear.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Added an anime profile for Zatch Bell. Registered the domain absolute-anime.com and set it to forward to absoluteanime.com. Modified the code for setting the color preferences so that it's much smaller, but unfortunately if you had already changed your color scheme then it's going to revert back to the default so you'll have to do it again. Added a listing page of my reviews a few days ago. Changed the Site Map link in the navigation bar at the top of the page so that when the mouse cursor is held over it, a secondary menu will pop up.

Originally this secondary menu was of the drop-down variety, and since they are so common out there on the internet I figured why reinvent it and tried to find one I could adapt to my site. I quickly discovered that all of the menu coding I came across was quite big. I really didn't think it took that much code just to make a simple drop down menu, so I gave up searching and just decided to code it myself.

After a couple hours, I had it all nicely laid out and working just the way I wanted it, and it only took less than 900 bytes of code. But then when I integrated it into the pages, I discovered that in Opera, the drop down menu would always show up behind the iframe that displays the Google Ads. Setting the z-index property, which is supposed to control display priority, didn't help. It worked just fine in Internet Explorer, but I don't use Internet Explorer, I use Opera, and so I had to completely rethink how I was going to do this pop-up menu.

The solution I finally came up with was to make the new pop-up menu horizontal and have it replace the announcements section of the navigation bar. This worked in all the browsers I tested, which is the most recent Windows versions of Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, and Netscape. It doesn't work in WebTV, but not a whole lot does, and the page itself still works, just with both navigation bars displayed below the announcements section.

Two weekends ago, on Friday (that'd be February 25th), I discovered that I had some kind of ad-ware on my computer. Every time I did a search using Google, Yahoo, or MSN, the first 10 results were all phony. Sometimes there weren't even 10 phony results to display, so there'd be like 8 phony results, then a couple blank results, and finally the real results. I ran every kind of recommended spy-ware and ad-ware program that I could find, and none of them could fix or even detect the problem. On Sunday I finally just gave up and re-installed Windows.

I have an up-to-date anti-virus program always running, but after that experience I also installed the new beta of Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware and a much more powerful Firewall. Now any attempted change to the computer or any program attempting to access the internet is followed by little pop-up boxes that let me tell me what's going on and lets me choose where or not to allow it to happen. It was pretty annoying at first, but I've kinda gotten used to it now. Just sucks that it's necessary.

I was recently asked when I was going to re-enable the Character Profile Submission Form. Well, I'm down to about 30 profiles left to do, but my mailbox has about 200 messages that I need to answer. And those are real messages, not SPAM which I always delete as soon as it arrives. So I'm still pretty backed up, but I'll try to get through all the e-mails as quick as possible. If there are any anime questions, I'll just say "Sorry, I don't know", which should speed things up a little.

Sunday, March 6, 2005

Wrote a review for the movie OldBoy.

Monday, March 1, 2005

Wrote a review for the movie Whispering Corridors.

News & Updates in February 2005

Lune Venus (El Hazard)
Friday, February 25, 2005

Wrote a review for the movie A Snake of June.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Added an anime profile for Wicked Lessons.

On Sunday Treese and I decided to just go for a drive. We left around 1:30 with no real destination in mind, so we just started heading north. Along the way we saw some beautiful scenery, like trees as far as we could see and giant mountains covered with snow. Of course, we also saw some not-so-beautiful scenery of just flat land with bushes. Anyway, after about three hours we eventually ended up in Klamath Falls Oregon. We didn't see any falls there, but we did stop to have dinner before heading home. It sure felt good to get out of the house, away from the computer and television.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Wrote a review for the DVD Scourge Of Worlds: A Dungeons & Dragons Adventure (Special Collector's Edition).

Today everyone at the company was treated to lunch at Gironda's Chicago Style-Italian Restaurant. Kelly won a KSHASTA radio contest, and so we were all picked up at the office in a white limousine and driven to the restaurant where we had a decent Italian meal. I had never ridden in a limo before, and to tell the truth it wasn't all that impressive. I did like the leg room though. Victor met us there and showed off his new Sony PSP.

He brought it over to my house several days ago so we could try it out, and I must say that thing is awesome. I can't wait to get one of those, but I think I'd rather wait for a US version rather than get a Japanese version mainly because the button actions are swapped. In Japan, the circle button is accept and the X button is cancel, and for the US they reversed which is what we're all used to.

Anyway, back to the meal. I got the special, which was basically a BBQ sandwich, plus a salad and a creamy Italian style raspberry soda. I've never even heard of Italian style soda, so I figured I'd check it out. It was good, tasted pretty much like a regular soda except a little thicker and I don't recall feeling any carbonation. I still prefer Denny's though. Especially the salad, because the one I got at Gironda's didn't taste very good at all.

Oh yeah, for Valentine's Day I had a bouquet of flowers sent to my wife at work. I actually had them delivered on the 10th, since she was feeling kind of down that morning and the 14th was a Monday, her day off. I wish I could have actually seen it, as she said that she got sooo embarrassed and turned all different shades of red.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Added anime profiles for Chrono Crusade and Sex Ward. Added character profiles of Tenten (from Naruto); Raul (from Beyblade G Revolution); Amanojaku, Hajime, Kaya, Keichiro Miyanoshita, Momoko, Leo, Satsuki Miyanoshita (from School Ghost Stories); Lt. Surge (from Pokemon).

Monday, February 14, 2005

Added character profiles of Alphonse Elric (from Fullmetal Alchemist); Cappy (from Hamtaro); Murrue Ramius (from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED).

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Added character profiles of Puma D. Ace (from One Piece); Raphael, Bully (from Yu-Gi-Oh!); Rosso (from Zoids Chaotic Century); Ryoko Mitsurugi (from Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School); Zia (from The Mysterious Cities of Gold); Mizuki Takase (from Comic Party). Added additional descriptions to several characters and made a bunch of corrections.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Wrote a review for the DVD Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation: Caught in the Act. Changed the font used in the section title bars and column header.

Monday, February 7, 2005

Added a buddy list system to the forums. Started three new contests. These will last for two weeks, so let's hope more than one person enters this time!

News & Updates in January 2005

Lune Venus (El Hazard)
Monday, January 31, 2005

Wrote a review for the movie National Lampoon's Black Ball. Sorry for not having any other updates, but my computer crashed Friday, and I mean crashed hard. I couldn't even boot to safe mode, it just kept coming up with a blue screen of death that said BAD_POOL_CALLER. I hadn't installed or upgraded anything recently, so I have no idea what caused it to happen, other than perhaps some evil person out there trying to stir up trouble. Well, I eventually had to end up reinstalling onto an extra hard drive I had laying around, so that got me back up and running, and now I suppose it's time to get some better firewall protection.

Wow, it's the end of January already. Where does the time go. I never even mentioned the Chinese acrobats we went to see that Sunday when Treese's mom was up here to visiting for the weekend. They were AWESOME! The way the bend and flip and fold and fly through the tiny little hoops... we've seen that kind of thing on television, but it just can't prepare you for seeing it in real life. There were a couple times when they messed up, but they always picked right up and did it again, never just skipping it because it didn't work the first time. The only downside to the experience is that the seating was extremely cramped. It's like the seats were designed for third-graders.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Added new anime profiles for Digimon: X-Evolution, Bosco Adventure, Gad Guard, Genshiken. Now that I added the ability to list anime by genre, I went and linked all the genres listed in the anime profiles.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Added new anime profiles for I Love You, Baby, Full Moon Wo Sagashite, Key The Metal Idol, Fresh Made Japan, and Cool Devices. Enabled an option in the forum that allows the usage of off-site avatars, and modified it so that the same height/width restrictions would still apply.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Added new anime profiles for Transformers: Cybertron, School Ghost Stories, Akazukin Cha-Cha, Boys Over Flowers, Twelve Kingdoms, Samurai Champloo, and Cyber City Oedo 808.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Wrote a review about the movie Phone. Created new advanced filter options for the Anime Index and Character Index. Right now it's just in the beta testing stage, so I'll see how it goes and hopefully get some feedback before I put it on the real Index pages.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Created a CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) file for the newsfeed XML file so that if those without newsreaders clicked on the newsfeed link the information would still be displayed in a human readable format.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Added a mech profile for Jet Alone (from Neon Genesis Evangelion). Created an extra row in the navigation bar at the top of the page that I can use for announcements.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Wrote a review about the movie Doppelgänger. Created a new tag line for underneath the Absolute Anime logo, "Experience the power of Japanese Animation!", and wrote a little script to scroll it in conjunction with the spoiler warning. By the way, this whole time I had the word "spoiler" misspelled and nobody even said anything! I also took care of a TON of profile corrections and additions, getting rid of over a hundred e-mails.

We ordered an additional cordless handset for our Sony SPP-A2780 phone system, but it wasn't quite working right so I packed it back up for an exchange. Oh yeah, and our mattress thing... they said we could pack it up and send it back and they would send us the proper 4" mattress, or... they'd give us $24 off. Wow, $24, no way! That's sooo worth it! But seriously, we took the $24 because trying to pack up that memory foam mattress without having some kind of vacuum pack is HARD. Well, Treese's mom is coming up from Sacramento tonight to spend the weekend, so I'd better get off of here and get ready.

Sunday, January 9, 2005

Added the character profile of Takuma Zaizen (from Witch Hunter Robin).

Friday, January 7, 2005

Added a modification to the forum which will let users select a date/time format with a drop-down list. Modified the delete account code so that when users delete their accounts, their posts will still display their old usernames.

Monday, January 3, 2005

Added the character profile of Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist).

Saturday, January 1, 2005

Welcome to 2005! To start off the year, I thought I'd make a few more improvements to the Forums. First, I split the Introductions and Non-Anime Topics into two separate forums and added a new forum for fan created fiction, poetry, art, and the like. After that I fixed the "Sort by Topic Date" so that it actually did sort by the topic date. Then I altered the spell check code so that it would underline all misspelled words, not just highlight the currently selected misspelled word. Next, I added the ability to delete your own account. Continuing on, I added code to automatically wrap lines which could extend the website beyond that of its specified width. And finally, I added a modification which will enable people to place a little icon next to their post.

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