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Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Posted my review of Jet Li's Fearless.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Kohaku (from Tsukihime, Lunar Legend), Hisui (from Tsukihime, Lunar Legend).

On Thursday I ordered a brand new digital camera from Amazon.com to replace our Canon PowerShot 2.0 Megapixel S200 camera — the Sony Cyber-shot 8.1 Megapixel DSC-W100. Now, I imagine those of you out there who aren't too familiar with me or my whole situation probably figure that I'm some rich dude with money to burn; while on the other hand, those of you who keep up to date with my goings on are probably a bit confused right about now, seeing as how I have been out of a steady job ever since Working Designs shut down and yet somehow have over $280 to blow on a new digital camera. No, I am not rich; and no, I don't have a new job yet. Allow me to explain....

Over the years, my wife and I had built up a whole load of Sony points from using our Sony-affiliated credit card. And over the past couple years we have also noticed a decline in the quality of Sony practices and products. Thus, we decided it was time to cash out our Sony points (while there is at least some good stuff still available) and start using our Amazon-affiliated credit card as our primary card to earn the much more useful Amazon credit. Unfortunately, Sony doesn't offer cash in trade for points, so we had to pick a Sony product from their rather limited list. But on the plus side, Sony does allow its users to buy the items from other stores by providing a form that can be filled out and sent in to Sony along with the purchase receipt which then applies the Sony points as credit toward the purchase.

And so we decided on this camera and bought it at Amazon.com, which was like $25 cheaper and also had free shipping. Normally when selecting the free shipping at Amazon.com, it gives an estimated arrival date of something like 5-15 days. So you can imagine my surprise when the package showed up at our doorstep on December 15th, the very next day! Talk about service! Sure makes me glad I didn't spring for the overnight delivery. Now all that's left in this little transaction is for Sony to credit us for the purchase, and we'll be all set. I just mailed out the Sony Card Points Credit Request Form today, so hopefully we'll see it on our next statement.

After unpacking the camera and getting the battery set to charge up, I went online to register it. Why? I don't really know. I don't usually register things. Not really sure what the point is. But for some reason I just decided to do it this time. So I went to the website, filled out the info, and hit the submit button. What came back was a page titled "Runtime Error" which displayed the lovely message "Server Error in / Application" followed by a whole bunch more jibber-jabber. Although I knew it wasn't a browser issue, I went ahead and tried both Firefox and Internet Explorer anyway, just to make sure, and sure enough the same thing happened on both. Mmmmmkay....

Being the nice guy that I am, I figured I'd let Sony know about this, so I headed over to Sony Online Support, where I finally decided on the Digital Video and Imaging support form, since they didn't seem to have a form for telling them that their website is jacked up. The response I received told me to remove the hyphen from the model number when filling out the form. So I did. And it worked. And just... wow... I mean, I know Sony is totally going downhill, but still, you'd think that form field validation would kind of be a given. Well, I guess not. Sony sure is full of surprises. It's almost entertaining. I think I'll probably miss that the most when they're gone.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Kurenai Yuhi (from Naruto), Gyasa (from Shinzo). Posted the anime profiles of Gintama, .Hack//Roots, Ape Escape: On Air.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Posted the character profile of Shien (from Saiyuki).

Monday, December 11, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Kuroro Lucifer (from Hunter X Hunter), Shizuku (from Hunter X Hunter). I was fooling around with the site today, trying to figure out why the left-side menu didn't stay put when scrolling in Internet Explorer 7 (if you don't see a left-hand menu, it's because your browser window is not wide enough). The "position:fixed" attribute is supposed to keep it in place, and though this was known not to work in previous versions of Internet Explorer, it is supposed to work in IE7. I never was able to figure out why it wasn't working, so I just applied the current hack that made it work in previous IE version. I did, however, stumble upon a fix to stop the menu from being jittery using that hack, which is just simply telling the page to keep the background image fixed. So now it looks and acts like it's supposed to in Internet Explorer versions 5.5 and up.

Treese and I went to see Tenacious D and The Pick Of Destiny last night, courtesy of Victor (what an awesome dude!). He had gotten free tickets from Fandango thanks to some promotional code which gave you like $10 off the purchase of a ticket, and since the total for one ticket was $8, it ended up being FREE! Don't ya just love those kind of promotions? As soon as he shared the info, I was online rushing to get some before it went bye-bye. Unfortunately, every attempt I made was met with the serine message of "we are sorry, but there was a problem processing your claim code." Figures.

Victor was lucky enough to snag a few before they discontinued the promotion (it's freaky, like he has a magic touch or something). The tickets he choose were for a showing of Stranger Than Fiction, but after I shared our experience with the drama-falsely-marketed-as-comedy, he took the tickets in and tried to exchange them for Tenacious D and The Pick Of Destiny. And apparently, it can be done, as the dude at the theater just crossed out the film name on the tickets and wrote in Tenacious D. Who knew that you could actually do that, let alone that it would be such a high-tech process? So anyway, that's how we got two free tickets to Tenacious D and The Pick Of Destiny. And it was pretty good. Totally silly, but still entertaining.

Oh, and we found out that very same night that my wife's car battery was drained. One of the icons on the dash indicated that one of the doors were still opened, so we think that must have had something to do with it. Thankfully, we made the discovery as we were about to leave for the movie, so we were able to just hop in my car and deal with it later. Later being tonight. After she got home from work, I yanked out the jumper cables, clamped those puppies up, and brought it back to life! We then drove around for about an hour to charge it back up, which is extremely fun to do at night in the rain.

Friday, December 8, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Strawberry Panic, Robot Boy. Posted the character profiles of Kaito Domoto (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Molly (from Sonic X), Mayura Daidouji (from Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok), Scarlet O'Hara (from Wedding Peach), Munchlax (from Pokémon), Megumi Kannazuki (from Invincible Poster Girl), Miki Onimaru (from Invincible Poster Girl).

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Crusher Joe, Ray: The Animation. Posted the character profiles of Kino (from Kino's Journey), Izumi Lio (from Full Moon wo Sagashite).

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Lauro (from Gunslinger Girl), Milluki (from Hunter X Hunter), Might Guy (from Naruto), Django (from One Piece), Jordan (from Oban Star Racers), Hosuke (from Legendz). Started using a PHP footer file on all the standard HTML files... yep, you read that right, on my HTML files. I'm using the .htaccess file to make it so I can use PHP in HTML files. Cool, huh?

Hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving weekend, as we sure did. Treese and I drove down to my parent's house after Treese got off work on Wednesday, and we stayed until Sunday. I brought them my old computer, since their's was pretty slow and was still running Windows 98, which made it difficult to network with my mom's Windows XP laptop. I put the hard drive from their computer as a second drive in the XP machine, and figure I'll use their old computer to try making a DVD jukebox with MythDVD. All I need now is to come up with a spare hard drive. Oh, I also hooked up a flatbed scanner that my dad picked up from somewhere.

We had Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt's house, which was fun. Treese and I learned how to play 500 Rum. Treese started out getting a huge lead, but then by the end my aunt just barely closed the gap to beat her. For dinner, there was turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, various pies... a true feast, and truly delicious! Why can't they make frozen dinners taste like that? C'mon you braniacs, what do you think these frozen food companies are paying you for? Get off your butts and designs something that's quick, easy, AND delicious!

The next day, my mom and grandma took Treese out and showed her around Vallejo. I spent that time over at my grandpa's house, helping him with his computer. Mostly everything was in good shape since the last time I was over there, so this time it was hardware failures that we were dealing with. First, he said his printer stopped working and none of the troubleshooting tips would fix it. I looked at that and verified that it was indeed non-operational, so my parents gave him their old one which still worked fine, except we had to go buy ink for it.

The other problem we had was with the monitor. It would occasionally and randomly skew the picture for no apparent reason. Needless to say, this made it difficult to work at times. So we spent some time researching flat screens, first by going out and looking in the stores, and then later online. He finally settled on a 20 inch Viewsonic VG2021m LCD, which he then ordered from Amazon. It arrived about 4 days later and he called to say he hooked it up and really liked it.

On Saturday, we all went to see Stranger Than Fiction starring Will Ferrell. It wasn't nearly as funny as I thought it was gonna be, and it wasn't just me as everyone else seemed to feel the same way. It was much more like a drama than a full-on comedy, so although it wasn't a bad movie, I just felt disappointed due to my expectations. That, and it was slow. Very slow. Hm... yeah, so I guess it wasn't just my expectations. It actually wasn't a good movie. Well alright then.

We went out for some Fresh Choice buffet after the movie. I'm not a huge salad fan, but their salads are so good. Kind of like Denny's, except you can make them HUGE. Their pizza, on the other hand... not so great. Anyways, after we got home, we all played a board game called Pay Day. My Dad ended up winning, with me coming in second. And I was just fine with that, as I was just happy to not be in debt! The previous night, when I played with just Treeses and my mom, I started out getting huge bills which put me into debt right away. By the end, I was taking out loans just to pay the interest on my loans! How discouraging is that?!

Monday, December 4, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Loz (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Seras Victoria (from Hellsing Ultimate), Firefly (from G.I. Joe: Sigma 6), Hosokawa (from Zatch Bell), Pakku (from Avatar: The Last Airbender), Kazuma Azuma (from Yakitate!! Japan).

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Black Blood Brothers.

News & Updates in November 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Maple Colors.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Posted my review of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Volume 2.

Treese and I both wanted to see that new James Bond movie, Casino Royale, so when Victor gave us a call on Friday night asking if we wanted to go see it that evening, we jumped at the chance. I didn't bring any snacks with me... er... I mean "buy" any snacks, as I had just finished dinner not too long before Victor arrived to pick us up. That was a mistake. A BIG mistake! The movie, although only 2 hours and 14 minutes long, felt like it went on for 5 hours! I was starving by the time the end credits finally rolled. And poor Treese, she didn't even eat before we left! She used her time to take a power nap, so she was even more famished than I was.

I did love the action scenes, as they were exciting, plausible, and just overall fantastically done, especially the foot chase at the beginning. It's just that getting to them took forever. There were a bunch of talky-talky scenes that seemed completely unnecessary, and I think really could have been cut out without much loss of story. Plus, there were multiple layers of bad guys, so every time one got killed and you start to think the movie is just about over, the movie goes "Psych!" and moves on to foiling the next bad guy. Still, strange as it may sound, I thought it was better than all the other Bond movies from recent memory. Just don't go see it in the theater; wait for DVD, you butt will thank you.

Oh, I went back to the dentist last Friday, and this time I actually got my teeth cleaned before leaving! I didn't see the same dentist dude from last time; this time it was some lady. I explained my medical history to her, and thankfully she trusted that I knew what I was talking about, so she went ahead with the cleaning. There was a little plaque, which I'd like to believe is unavoidable, but apparently I'm doing a great job on keeping my teeth in shape. It was finally great to hear that! Wanna know my secret? Brush and mouthwash in the morning, then brush pick, floss, and mouthwash at night. Yeah, it sucks, but not as much as getting fillings or root canals!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Ghost Talker's Daydream. Posted the character profiles of Misaki Saiki (from Ghost Talker's Daydream), Karin Kurosaki (from Bleach).

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Today I had my first dentist appointment since switching insurance policies, and that meant a new dentist! I was scheduled for a cleaning, but I arrived about 10 minutes early so I busted out my trusty old Game Boy Advance and started up Astro Boy Omega Factor. And guess what? I was totally wrong about that one-hit-kills bad guy being the last boss. Yeah, I totally laid the smackdown on him, and found there was still more to come. After some story, I then fought another dude, and after I kicked his butt there was even more story, then a whole another level, and even more after that! And I still haven't reached the end! Have I mentioned recently how much this game rocks?

Anyways, so before the cleaning they wanted to get some X-Rays of my teeth. That was big fun. "Open"... "bite down"... *beeeeep*... repeat 40 or 50 times. After that, I was asked by the nice nurse lady if I had to take antibiotics before any dental procedures (due to one of the checkboxes I marked under medical history). I told her no. She asked if I had some paperwork that stated as such. I told her no. Then the doc came in and asked, and I told him no. I explained about checkbox I marked and told him that the condition no longer applies and I am in perfect health. Then the bastard tried to scare me into taking them, for "just in case", like I was lying to him or something. Too bad for him, I already knew all about the taking-antibiotics-before-dentist-visits thing because my sister has to do that, so his tactic failed.

He then asked if I was absolutely sure and tried to scare me some more. YES DOCTOR DUDE, I AM ABSOLUTELY 100% WITHOUT A DOUBT SURE THAT I DO NOT NEED TO TAKE ANY ANTIBIOTICS. Then came the WTF question... how do you know that you don't need to take them? Uh... what? Well, how about because I'm in perfect health, and have been for every physical I have ever taken... ever? Or how about because I have never needed to take them, not before my sister was born and not after when they told her she needed to take them? Hey, what about you, doc? Do you need to take them? No? Well how do you know? Dumbass. I'm aware of the reasons why some people need to take them, and I know that I do not need to take them, so can we just move on please? Then he asked if there was anyone like a physician that they could contact...

What could I do at this point but sigh. I understand that they want to be careful, but now they are just being stupid. If I was going to lie in order to get out of taking antibiotics, I wouldn't have MARKED THE DAMN CHECKBOX IN THE FIRST PLACE! But now because I told the truth and marked the checkbox they think I'm lying about being in perfect health and not needing antibiotics? Anyway, I told them the name of the doctor that did my last physical, even though he is no longer practicing. I had already written the name on the paperwork that they gave me to fill out earlier, but I guess they don't know how to read over there either because they needed me to not only tell them the name, but spell it as well. And then they sent me home. With no cleaning. Because they're morons. Truly, this doc does not instill me with confidence.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Posted the character profile of Trisha Elric (from Fullmetal Alchemist). Added an e-mail link to the floating navigation menu.

Victor, Chad, and I all went to see the midnight showing of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan on Thursday (or technically Friday I suppose) down at the nice theater in Anderson, not those crappy ones they got here in Redding. Unfortunately, Treese had to work the next morning so couldn't do it this time. We arrived a bit early, so we played a few rounds of Need For Speed Underground.

Psst... you know what? Need For Speed Underground is a blast! A seat with speakers behind your head, floor pedals, force-feedback steering wheel, and the ability to play with friends all adds up to an immersive racing experience. Though at $1.00 per race, that experience gets limited very quickly. There were only two machines, so only two of us could play at a time. First I went head-to-head with Victor, then when Chad showed up I took him on... and I lost every single race. Yeah, I suck at driving, but at least I go to play the most number of games!

Anyway, after that we did a game of Lord of the Rings pinball. One of the switches was busted, which meant that every time the ball got into that spot we had to wait for the machine to cycle through everything before it would pop the ball out. We ended up getting 2 extra games during play, though they were pointless since we didn't even have time to finish our first game. After all, we did have a movie to go see!

I hadn't had much of a desire to see Borat, but the reviews were all positive, WAY positive, so that got me mildly interested. Still, whenever reviews are that good the movie never lives up to the hype, so I wasn't expecting all that much. And wouldn't you know it, this movie actually DID live up to the hype! It was hilarious, pure laugh-out-loud funny. I can't remember a single movie that made me laugh that much. The only real disappointment is that there's pretty much no way that he could do a sequel.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Posted the character profile of Creed Diskenth (from Black Cat).

Monday, November 6, 2006

Posted my review of Saturday Night Live- The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse. Created the Ken's Personal Photo Galleries page to make finding my various photo galleries a little easier.

On Saturday, Treese and I took a little road trip to Lassen National Park. We had driven up there once before, but we didn't make it very far on account of snowy roads. This time there was no snow, but it was still pretty dang cold! We drove around and got out at a few places to snap some photos. You can view the image gallery listed on My Personal Photo Galleries page, along with various other photo galleries I've posted. It was an enjoyable litte excursion, though we scrapped the whole picnic idea when we realized how cold it actually was.

On Thursday, I took my car in to Lithia Toyota of Redding for an oil change (I have that free lifetime oil change thing). No big deal, I've done it plenty of times before. Typically, this is not newsworthy information, but I'm mentioning this time for two reasons. First, it gave me a little time to continue playing Astro Boy Omega Factor (for Game Boy Advance), and I was finally able to get to the last boss (at least, I think he's the last boss). Even on easy mode, this is a one-hit-and-you're-dead bad guy. I planned on playing the game over on normal once I had beaten it on easy, and then on hard mode after that, but man, after facing this guy I think I'm gonna have to re-ponder that plan.

The second reason I mention the oil change is because later that night, as my wife and I were pulling into the garage after returning from grocery shopping (in her vehicle), I noticed that my front passenger side tire was completely flat. Now, I had only driven it straight home from the oil change, and didn't notice running over anything, so I figured the valve probably got stuck leaking air after they did the air pressure check on the tires. Either that, or it was just and extremely big coincidence. So I wrote the service center an e-mail (since it was late at night, and they actually had an e-mail as a contact option) and explained the situation.

The next morning they called me up. They wanted to send someone out to my house to inflate the tire, and then bring it into the shop so they could test it out. They even offered to have someone bring it in for me... now how's that for service! So the dude came out and inflated the tire, and when he removed the hose we could actually hear the valve leaking. Tapping the little metal thing inside the valve stopped the obvious noise, but it was still audible by leaning in real close. So it looked like my assumption was right. I drove it into the shop myself, and they proceeded to replace the valve and check all the other tires (including checking for punctures). I'd say it didn't take more than twenty minutes, though it's hard to say, as I was pretty focused on trying to beat that final Astro Boy boss.

I don't know if any of you have tried those trading websites out there, such as Game TZ and ZunaFish, but so far I've completed several successful trades and am really liking them. Unfortunately, it seems like there's always gotta be one person out there that just screws everything up, and yes, I've encountered this person. Her name is Carrie Hortt, though she goes by the handle blacksash5. On September 18, 2006, we entered into a videogame trade, my Siren PlayStation 2 game for her God of War PlayStation 2 game. Well, she never sent the game.

Delivery confirmation confirmed that on September 27th she had received what I had sent, so I contacted her on October 4th and she said that she would be sending it within the week. I waited until October 23, then contacted ZunaFish... and learned that she had been reported by several other people. They said that they had contacted her and that she agreed to fulfill all trades. After a week went by with still nothing, I informed ZunaFish and they let me know that they were handing the case over to the Postal Inspector. Since my father happens to be a retired Postal Inspector, I'm going to check with him to see what the whole process is.

In the meantime, make sure you do NOT trade with a user called blacksash5. In addition to ZunaFish, she also has a Game TZ profile (with a trade pending since September 24th), and doing a quick Google search for blacksash5 shows accounts at a few other places as well. Her e-mail is blacksash5@aol.com and blacksash5@aim.com, so also avoid any accounts using those e-mail address. You have been warned!

In other news, I received a MySpace Add Friend Request on Saturday from someone named Chris who was specified as residing in Bartlett, TN. I sent him a message asking if we knew each other, since I had known a few people named Chris while living there. When I received a reply the following day, I was excited to learn that he was in fact Chris Bailey, one of my long lost best friends. We had lost touch pretty much from the time I moved away, so I really had no idea what had become of him since I left. So now I finally get the chance to find out. Turns out he's married, as is his younger brother, Collin, and they are both fathers now.

Apparently, his wife stumbled across my website upon searching for his name. Talk about luck... some might say, but in truth I had the whole thing planned all along! It's pretty much the main reason I put the names of my friends, my schools, and the places I lived all on a single page. I figured sooner or later someone would go searching for their own name, and if they happened to add in some other search term like a place or school, then they would come across my site... and hopefully remember me. I am so smart! I am so smart! S-M-R-T! (audio clip).

The strategy also worked with my old friend William Ivan Jackson, whom I met in Aurora, Colorado. He searched for his name, found my website, and sent me an e-mail. Unfortunately, my reply bounced. After a little trial and error, I finally figured out his proper e-mail address, and was able to get a message through. It was just a short one, though, as I was only trying to find the right address. Once it went through and I received a reply, I wrote a much longer message... unfortunately, that was on September 9th, and I have yet to receive a reply. This makes me nervous, because the last message I got from him said that he was in Iraq, serving in the U.S Army, and that he would be back in Colorado in a month. So I really hope he's okay....

News & Updates in October 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wow, what a disappointing Halloween! For some odd, unknown reason that neither my wife nor I could figure out, there were very few trick-or-treaters this year. I'd estimate that the turnout was at best a quarter of what we had last year, which left us with a ton of extra candy. Usually we buy four boxes from Costco, two variety packs and then two of something else, and are then left with about a half box worth of candy at the end of the night. This year, we would have been fine had we bought nothing more than two variety packs. Really wish I would've known this before we bought all this candy! But the question still remains, why?! It was a nice night out. No rain at all, not even a sprinkle. Did the government raise the terrorist threat level and nobody told me? Anyway, my wife and I spent most of the time just sitting near the door talking. That in itself was pretty nice, since we don't do it often.

This year I decided to work out the costumes for my wife and I BEFORE Halloween. Usually we just end up throwing something together on October 31st, a few hours before it gets dark. So this year I set aside a day and spent several hours mixing and matching various clothes and accessories until I got a look that I was happy with for both our costumes. Mine consisted of black gloves, black slippers, one of Treese's skirts to cover my waist down, and my graduation robe to cover most everything else. I then used another one of Treese's skirts to cover my neck and to add texture to my chest area. I accomplished this by connecting the two loops meant for putting it on a hanger with a paper clip, then placing that loop on my head. I then added two neclaces, one a cool looking one my mom got me, and the other just a simple chain. And for the final touch, my black cloak, some black see-through material to cover my face, and a rubber skull mask. Treese's costume ended up being much simpler than mine. Starting with the Evil Mistress costume that she had from 2003, we added a chain for a belt, a cool looking witch hat that we bought this year, and a necklace with gothic-looking cross.

After getting it all together, I then asked Victor if he would take a few snapshots, since he's such an awesome photographer. So on Sunday he came over and we ended up doing a whole photo shoot thing. I'm still not sure whether or not having the mask on made me the lucky one. On one hand, I didn't have to do a whole bunch of facial expressions like Treeses did. On the other hand, I could barely see... or breath. So I guess it's a toss-up. As a prop to some of the shots, we added one of our cool clear glass Lord of the Rings mugs with some dry ice to create the cool smoke effect. Victor whipped up a small batch of fake blood to add to the mug. The shoot turned out really well, though I realized that I would have to ditch the rubber mask when Halloween came around. After all, it'd be pretty hard for me to hand out candy while being passed out on the ground from lack of air. Anyway, you can take a gander at some of the shots on the 2006 Halloween Costumes Gallery.

A couple days ago my wife and I got hooked on a new videogame, Earth Defense Force 2 for the PlayStation 2. This is an import title, so all the dialog and text is in Japanese, but none of that really matters too much (though it can make selecting weapons a bit more difficult). The game has a 2-player cooperative mode, and basically involves you and your partner "defending" cities from invading aliens that happen to attack not only with flying saucers and War-of-the-World tripod-like things, but also with giant insects like ants, wasps, spiders, millipedes, and what not. There are two playable characters, a male who can operate vehicles and a female who can fly via jetpack. Between levels, each player gets to select two weapons from their arsenal which they can then switch between during the battle. Personally, I like the gatling gun/missle launcher combo.

I don't know how fun the game would be on single player mode, but it's really a blast to play with a friend. It does have a few problems, though, such as slowdown when there is too much action taking place, and the very annoying way it shifts your camera angle when you destroy some giant objective, causing you to then become overrun by attackers since it's forcing you to look at the thing you just destroyed instead of letting you look at who's trying to kill you. But even with these issues, the game still rocks! There are like over 70 missions, and you can play each one on five different skill levels, receiving a metal each time you complete one. So to collect them all, you'll have to play every stage on every skill level. Talk about replayability! But sorry folks, you won't be seeing this gem brought over to the US. Victor says that Sony rejected it because of the slowdown. Thanks, Sony, for reinforcing my belief that you are completely retarded!

Oh, and I finally wrote about How I Got Hired at Working Designs.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Posted the character profile of Kon (from Bleach).

Friday, October 27, 2006

Posted my review of Speed Racer - Volume 5.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Tak (from Invader ZIM), Gaz (from Invader ZIM), GIR (from Invader ZIM). Posted the anime profile of Kannazuki no Miko.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Posted my review of Transformers Armada: Season One, Part Two. Posted the anime profile of Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century. Posted the character profile of Kalluto Zaoldyeck (from Hunter X Hunter).

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Posed my review of the book Pick Me Up. Posted the character profile of Exodia (from Yu-Gi-Oh!). Posted the anime profile of Masquerade. Fixed a small problem with the forum: when editing a message for the first time, it would fail to store the previous version of the message.

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

I realized recently that I haven't yet mentioned anything about "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album, Straight Outta Lynwood. Well... it's great! Yes, it's true that I have enjoyed all of his albums, but I also freely admit that some are better than others. For instance, I didn't think that his previous album, Poodle Hat, was among one of his best works. But this new one is just fantastic, there wasn't a single song on it that I didn't enjoy. And apparently I'm not alone, because it's his first album ever to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. So there's no reason for you not to go out right now at this very instant and pick it up! Store closed? Try one two towns over!

Straight Outta Lynwood also happens to be a hybrid CD/DVD, meaning one side of the disc is a CD and the other side is a DVD. I had never heard of such a thing! What an age we live in.... The DVD side contains the entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound, a behind the scenes featurette of Al in the studio, and six 6 animated videos, one for each of his original songs (and each created by different artists). The animation for the Close But No Cigar video struck me instantly as being done by John Kricfalusi (that dude who did Ren & Stimpy), 'cause it just felt so much like his style. Afterword I checked online and sure enough, it was him. The only disappointment I had was that the video for White & Nerdy wasn't included, because that thing is hilarious.

Well, this past week has been pretty uneventful. My wife and I finished off Lego Star Wars II. And I mean completely finished it. We found everything there was to find and bought everything there was to buy. The only thing we couldn't buy was the ability to load saved data from the first Lego Star Wars game, because our previous game was on the PlayStation 2, not the GameCube. What does that even give you? More money or something? There are time trials that help with the replay value... except they're for an ENTIRE episode, not just one stage. That kind of ruins it, 'cause then you have to play for like an hour straight, only to find you missed the best time by 2 seconds. I believe a typical reaction to that would be "screw this!", rather than "damn, let's try again" which is what the developers should have been aiming for.

Oh, I called DirecTV today. Everybody recall how the UPN and WB networks merged into the CW network back around September 20th? Well, ever since that happened, our Channel 10, which is listed as (and is supposed to be the home of) CW, has been showing the Reelz network. I wrote an email to DirecTV to find out what was going on, and they told me to try restarting my DirecTV receiver (as if that's somehow going to stop DirecTV from beaming the Reelz network to me), and if that doesn't work (which it didn't) then call tech support. So I called (and had to go through the reset procedure again), and after being unsuccessful in tracking down the problem, the lady put me on hold to contact a supervisor. Upon her return, she notified me that it was a known problem in the Redding area and that they are working on getting it resolved. So at least for right now, no CW for us! Not that we really care all that much, 'cause after all, merging two piles of crap really only gives you one big pile of crap.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Posted the anime profile of W.I.T.C.H..

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Miyu Kozuki (from UFO Baby), James Darren Emerson (from Eureka Seven), Eureka (from Eureka Seven), Ritsu Kasanoda (from Ouran High School Host Club). Posted the anime profile of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon.

Some individual keeps sending profiles dealing with an anime called "Ayumi". This individual, however, never provides a valid e-mail address so that I can contact them to find out more information. My need for more information stems from the fact that I can't seem to find anything about this anime online. Typically, this means that the anime was just made up, though the possibility does exist that it is just a rare, unknown anime. And so, if you are this individual, please provide me with a way to contact you or please stop sending these profiles. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Setsuna Sakurazaki (from Negima), Mikan Yamamura (from UFO Baby).

Monday, October 9, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Baby Lu (from UFO Baby), Nanami Tenchi (from UFO Baby), Aya Konishi (from UFO Baby).

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Karen, Aura Battler Dunbine, Space Runaway Ideon. Posted the character profile of Goren of the Stone (from Zatch Bell).

It was such a nice day out that we decided to go outside and snap a few photographs of yours truly. Normally we don't think about it until after dark, which makes for not-so-great lighting. It was the standard "try this pose, try that pose" kind of thing, but I think we got a few descent shots out of it. Definitely better than trying to take them inside the house at night where the flash is always required. And afterwards, I got the camera and snapped a few of my wife real quick. Anyway, you can check out the photos on the Posing Outside The House gallery.

You might notice that one of the pictures features my wife with stunningly little hair. Well, that's because on the Sunday before last, Treeses decided to take the plunge and shave her head just like I did. After seeing me bald for a few weeks and how much I loved it and how nice and easy it was to take care of it, she just couldn't stand how happy I was and she wanted to be that happy too. So we did it and I shaved it all off. It took her a little while to get used to it, and to get over the initial embarrassment such that she would take off her head covering in public, but now she loves having no hair just as much as I do. I don't think she intends to keep it completely bald, though. I think she wants to grow it out a little bit, but I don't see her going back to long hair anytime soon.

Oh, I found this website called Game Trading Zone, where you can list videogames, movies, music, and books that you own and that you would like to own. Then it lets you look at matches of people that want your items and have items that you want. Kinda like the popular trading site Zunafish (which I also tried out before I found Game Trading Zone), but much MUCH better. For one, Game Trading Zone is free. You don't have to pay a dollar per trade like with Zunafish. Also, you can make customized trade offers and converse with the person, unlike Zunafish which doesn't give you any contact information until AFTER you do the trade, and only allows you to trade 1-for-1 of the same type (for instance, 1 DVD movie for 1 DVD TV box set... doesn't really sound fair to me). So yeah, Game Trading Zone rules!

Friday, October 6, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Sheeta's Grandmother (from Laputa: Castle in the Sky), Blair Flannigan (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Don Wei (from Oban Star Racers).

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Disgaea, Mahoraba ~Heartful Days~, Deus Machina Demonbane, Club to Death Dokuro Chan, He Is My Master, Mirmo!, Avenger, Bastard!!, Project ARMS. Posted the character profiles of Tokagero (from Shaman King), Anemone (from Eureka Seven), Kaname Tousen (from Bleach), Ishida Uryuu (from Bleach), Mayuri Kurotsuchi (from Bleach), Yukari Hayasaka (from Paradise Kiss).

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Posted the character profile of Takashi Kawamura (from Prince of Tennis).

News & Updates in September 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Thursday, September 28, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Train Heartnet (from Black Cat), Nouva Shenron (from Dragon Ball GT), King Yemma (from Dragon Ball Z), Li Yong Fa (from Battle B-Daman).

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Mighty Orbots.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of There Beyond The Beyond, Invincible Poster Girl. Posted the character profiles of Mine Kuramae (from Fruits Basket), Ooji Karasuma (from School Rumble), Makino (from One Piece). Posted my preview of Age of Pirates – Caribbean Tales and my preview of Disney's The Little Mermaid - 2 Disc Special Edition.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Baki the Grappler.

I recently stumbled across an article at J@pan Inc Magazine titled Anime in America. I mention it only because I was interviewed for this article like four years ago, and then completely forgot about it. So I figure, since my memory is so awesome, why not tell you all about it. It started with Deborah Gardner, a New Zealander who stumbled across my pathetic little website that you all know as Absolute Anime. Debbi, by the way, also had lived in both San Francisco and Japan for several years. She wanted to know if I would be interested in being interviewed for the article she was writing. Why me? Apparently because I was an adult working in the gaming and high-tech industry. Well, that second part is true, but I think many people would disagree with the whole "adult" concept.

Debbie was going to be back in San Francisco only briefly, and wanted to set up a time to meet... though apparently she wasn't quite aware of where in California Redding was located. In her article, she says that I live near San Francisco... which is true in relative terms I suppose, as Redding is definitely nearer to San Francisco than say Colorado... or Japan. But personally, I don't consider a four hour drive to be very "near". Anyway, I said of course she was welcome to come by, but suggested that instead of making an 8 hour round trip drive to interview me for 10-15 minutes, why not just do the interview through an online chat.

Well, she thought that that was an excellent idea... damn, I hate the whole "that that" thing... there's gotta be a way to reword that... hmm... ah, I got it, she thought that my suggestion was an excellent idea! So we set up a time for about 9-ish in the evening on October 21st and had our chat on Yahoo! Messenger. Everything went quite smooth. She asked questions, and I answered the questions. We both made minor typos, but they mattered not to us. We had a connection, a real connection. We laughed. We cried And then, after we said our goodbyes, I never heard from Debbie again. She didn't call. She didn't write. And thus I was left with a little piece of my heart missing for always and forever. Or not.

Anyway, back to present day... on Wednesday (which I guess technically is still the past), Treeses and I volunteered to put stickers of numbers on the bottoms of rubber duckies. Yeah, I'll just give you a minute for that to sink in.... Okay, now, in Redding we have this thing called the Ducky Derby, where basically they throw thousands of ducks in the water and watch them race to a finish line. The fastest rubber duckies are the winners, and whomever holds the numbers that are located on the bottom of the winning ducks wins... something. I think it's a car this year. Anyway, you can check out the official Redding Ducky Derby website if you really care, which you probably don't.

When we arrived, we learned that the other part to putting stickers on is taking the old ones off. They handed out those flat sticks that you stir paint with (AKA "paint sticks") to help in removing the stickers. I wasn't too sure why, as my fingernails seemed to work just fine. Then I started to understand. At first, it went very quick and really wasn't too difficult at all, but every once in a while a sticker would jab under my fingernail. As you probably are aware, that HURTS! Pretty soon, every finger was sore from this torture, and the use of an external device, although not as convenient or as quick as fingernails, became essential to keeping my sanity.

Alright, enough about that. So, is everyone out there enjoying their copy of Lego Star Wars II? Yeah? Of course, how could you not! Is it fun? Hells yeah! Is it buggy? Hells yeah! And this is exactly why I hate hard-set deadlines! You know that the developers were fully aware of these bugs, and yet were still forced to release it anyway just because of their deadline. Personally, I'd rather wait another week than have my speeder bike all of sudden break out into spontaneous and continuous back flips. I'd prefer to wait another month rather than have to restart levels because I can't push something that needs to be pushed in order to move on.

Of course, I guess I can't really complain about the bug that gave us 11 out of 10 mini kits in one of the stages. And apparently there's 11 in another stage too, because our mini kit detector still says we have one more to get even though we currently have all 10 out of 10. Oh, what's that? You say it won't let you get off of the little vehicle? Try dropping out of the game and coming back... nope, it just put you right back on the vehicle. Okay, well drop out and then I'll move on to the next area and you can just join me there.

I suppose you could look at these bugs as additional challenges to overcome in the game... but still, I'd rather have a game that works the way it is supposed to. And from what I hear, the Nintendo DS version is even worse. Yeah, I know, they want to release all the different versions at the same time. I do understand. What a pain that must be. But still, if at least two out of six version are buggy, I'm willing to bet that at least some of the other four versions are buggy too. So just push back the release date and fix the things!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Kimagure Orange Road, Locke the Superman, Futakoi Alternative, End of Summer.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Kappa Mikey. Posted the character profiles of Ryuuku (from Death Note), L (from Death Note), Remu (from Death Note), Kougaiji (from Saiyuki), Lirin (from Saiyuki), Ken Kitazawa (from Powerpuff Girls Z), Himeko Shirogane (from Powerpuff Girls Z), Professor Utonium (from Powerpuff Girls Z).

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Posted my review of Queer Duck - The Movie. Posted the anime profiles of Battle Athletes Victory, Battle Athletes, Alice 19th, Dallos. Posted the character profiles of Mrs. Wheeler (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), Sesshomaru's Mother (from InuYasha), Tallest Red (from Invader ZIM), Tallest Purple (from Invader ZIM), Dib (from Invader ZIM), Jean Louis Bonaparte (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Titan (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Seishiro Natsume (from Princess Nine), Izumi Himuro (from Princess Nine), Yuki Azuma (from Princess Nine), Hikaru Yoshimoto (from Princess Nine), Yoko Tokashiki (from Princess Nine), Nene Mori (from Princess Nine), Shinsaku Kido (from Princess Nine).

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Posted the character profile of Molly (from Oban Star Racers). Posted the anime profiles of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society, Submarine 707R.

Well, it's official... my wife, Latrice, is awesome! As I'm sure anyone can attest, I've been saying this all along, but now a third person, whom she met for only a single evening, has put it in writing for the entire universe to see! But don't just take my word for it, head on over Old Grandma Hardcore: E3 2006 Part 4: Vic Ireland Enjoys Steak and see for yourself. We all had a great time that night hanging out with Timothy and Barbara, as they seem to be such friendly, good-natured people.

Oh, and Timothy's mention of the guy known only as "the boyfriend"... that's not me, even though the reference does come directly after Latrice is mentioned. Nope, I haven't been known as the "boyfriend" for nearly five years now. That was the boyfriend of the daughter of... dang it, what's his name... that one guy... oh great, now I'm never gonna be able to get to sleep tonight. And when the name does slam into the front of my brain, I'm sure it'll slip right out again as soon I try to update this.

Hey, Lego Star Wars II came out today! Did you pick up your copy? I picked up mine at Costco, which had it for only $34.99. The first Lego Star Wars game we got was for the PlayStation 2, so this time I decided to get the GameCube version. We played it a little tonight, and so far it doesn't disappoint in the slightest. My wife and I are both looking forward to many happy hours spent on the game. Too bad the same can't be said for the Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith DVD. We picked that up yesterday, not because we actually enjoyed the movie, but simply because it was the only one in the saga that we didn't have. What is it in our brains that makes us feel like we absolutely need to complete a collection? Obsession sucks.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Our old pal Chris Hoffman, who used to be part of the Working Designs team, is now working for the big N. He is currently a writer for Nintendo Power, which... wow, wait, I remember that magazine from my Junior High days... has it really been that long? Damn... I used to love that magazine... that, and others like Gamepro and Electronic Gaming Monthly. Of course, now that everybody and their stuffed animals have Internet connections, I don't really see the point of them anymore. But shhhhh.... don't tell the magazine publishers!

Chris Hoffman & Mr. TAnywho, so upon conversing with Chris via that wonderful method known as e-mail, I come to find that in April of last year, Chris got to actually hang out and have lunch with his long-time idol at an IHOP near Los Angeles. How cool is that? Isn't it something that just about everyone dreams about... er... I mean the hanging out with your idol part, not the IHOP part. Ah, but who is this mystery person that grips Hoffman's thoughts? If you guessed Chuck Norris, you'd be wrong! Stupid! Sure, that's what Wikipedia stated, but as I have to constantly tell those people who email me stating Wikipedia as an official source of information... it's not! Wikipedia is written by fans, and for some odd reason, often times fans seem to get facts flat-out wrong. No, Chris's true obsession is for none other than Mr. T! I went ahead and fixed the Wikipedia article, so lets hope some other dumbass doesn't change it back.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Hey, guess what? I've been reading! Yeah, really... and I'm talking about books here... real books. Weird, huh? I used to read a little bit... a real little bit... pre-college. After college, however, I just never would have pegged myself for the book-reading type. Too many other things to hold my interest, like videogames, anime, TV, and that whole relationship thing. But then not too long ago... well, I was noticing that my imagination isn't quite up to what it used to be. And so I figured, maybe, just maybe, I could start exercising it by reading. And so I did.

I started off easy, with three Star Trek: The Next Generation books (Metamorphosis, Boogeymen, and Survivors) because I already knew all the major characters. After a few of those, I moved on to some unknowns. And it wasn't easy, let me tell you. Each book started out being boring, as I didn't know anything about these characters or what their environment was like. The first was Volume 1 of the DarkSword Trilogy. Unfortunately, I didn't have the other two volumes, so it kind of ended on a cliffhanger for me. Next I moved on to fantasy, The Black Knight by Connie Mason. This was a nice change from the Sci-Fi genre. I followed that up with another Sci-Fi book called There is No Darkness, by Joe Haldeman & Jack C. Haldeman II, which both my wife and I enjoyed very much.

Now, I can't say for sure whether this is working or not, but it does seem to be getting easier to start new books, so I'm optimistic. Of course, who knows if I'll end up continuing to read once I start a full time job again. But, at least for now, I sure am enjoying it.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Posted the character profile of Eichi Sakurai (from Full Moon wo Sagashite). Created a MySpace Blog to echo the personal life updates posts that I make here. That way, people who don't care what's going on with the website will be able to read what's going on in my life a little easier.

Hello everybody. Would you like to hear a little tale about how a big business steals from its customers? I'm sure you've read these types of stories before, but this one here just happened to us a couple days ago.

A while back, my wife picked up a new cell phone, a Nokia TracFone model 2600B, and gave me her old cell phone, a Nokia TracFone model 5180iP. Well, a few months ago we were unable to find her 2600B, so we went out and picked up a new one, a Motorola TracFone model FC139B, and had her account transferred to that. Shortly thereafter, I had her transfer all of the minutes my phone had to her phone, since I never ever use the thing and had built up a whole ton of minutes, like 2000+. For those of you not familiar with the TracFone system, you need to buy minutes to keep your service going, but you get to keep any and all unused minutes you had previously. So my wife's new phone had a ton of minutes on it, more than she could ever use.

So where am I going with this story? Well, just recently, my wife's cell phone said it was no longer active and had no time one it. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. After messing around on the website a bunch, and then calling and punching in numbers on their automated system for 10-15 minutes, she finally moved on to speak with a real person. Eventually, this person said that they've been having problems with that model phone losing people's time, and were going to send her a new one. Sounds like a happy ending, does it not? Well, unfortunately, it was not. You see, all but the most recent 400 minutes she put on the phone are now gone.

The lady said that she only had a record of my wife added 800 minutes, and then 400 minutes, but that she couldn't give back the 800 minutes because she had no way to tell if my wife had already used them or not. WTF?! We paid for those minutes, but we don't get them because your record keeping sucks? We gave them money, not only for those 800 minutes but for all the minutes built up before then, and in return for our money we get squat? Psst... hey guys, you know what that's called? STEALING! Yeah, we have credit card statements that can prove that we bought minutes all these minutes, and their phone records should be able to prove how much the phone was actually used, so there's absolutely no excuse for this!

Oh, and my wife discovered that she can't use her current cell anymore, so now we're just waiting for the new one to arrive. What kind of company is this? A quick Google search for TracFone will answer that question, as the first link to come up after the official www.tracfone.com site is Consumer complaints about Tracfone. Wow, that's really telling you something right there! Bascially, it's saying never ever buy or recommend that someone buy a TracFone.

Monday, September 4, 2006

Posted the character profile of Tamaki Suoh (from Ouran High School Host Club).

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of The Gokusen, Kashimashi ~ Girl Meets Girl ~. Posted the character profiles of Kaede Nagase (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Yue Ayase (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Evangeline A.K. McDowell (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Nagi Springfield (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Meyrin Hawke (from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny), Hanatarou Yamada (from Bleach).

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Professor Shino's Classes in Seduction. Posted the character profiles of Chao Lingshen (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Kaoru Matsubara (from Powerpuff Girls Z), Miyako Goutokuji (from Powerpuff Girls Z), Momoko Akutsutsumi (from Powerpuff Girls Z), Karin Maaka (from Chibi Vampire). Posted my review of The Tick Vs. Season One.

Friday, September 1, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Aqua, Babbo, Ash (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Bokuseno (from InuYasha), Daisuke Yamamoto (from Paradise Kiss), Zim (from Invader ZIM). Created an HDLoader Game Submission Form for adding games to the HDLoader Game Compatibility List.

News & Updates in August, 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Thursday, August 31, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer, Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu. Posted the character profiles of Jimmy, Cathy, Dr. Gaia, Atlas, Achilles (from Cyborg 009), Sensera (from Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School), Holland Novak (from Eureka Seven).

So as it would happen, we decided to go out last Sunday to see if we could find a reasonably priced, comfortable, swiveling, rocking recliner. The first place we went had only one... and boy was it ugly! It was some kind of strange looking off-white texture and the design of the chair back looked like it had a butt coming out of it. The only thing good about it was the price, $399, which isn't bad at all... but we decided to continue looking. The next place had none in stock that rocked and swiveled, but they had one and only one model that they could order. It wasn't bad looking, but it was the typical recliner price of something like $600-$700.

So then we moved on to the next place, and they had a whole bunch, like 20-30 to choose from. Out of them all, we found two that we really liked. And as luck would have it, when we checked the price we found that one of those two was marked as a special, which was even cheaper than the first one we saw. So we decided to get it. Unfortunately, that one required a special swivel base, not one of the three standard sizes that all the other chairs took, so they had to special order it and said when it came in they would come by and put it on... for no extra charge! Well, it came in today and sure enough someone came over and put the sucker on. So now Treese has a nice, new fan-back microfiber swivel-rocker-recliner.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Animation Runner Kuromi 2, Debutante Detective Corps, B'tX.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Posted the character profile of Bisuit Kruger (from Hunter X Hunter).

Friday, August 25, 2006

Posted my review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Volume 5.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Posted the character profile of Hayate Gekkou (from Naruto). Posted the anime profile of Spirit of Wonder.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Seira Morimura (from Princess Nine), Lilica Evette (from Burn Up Scramble), Rio Kinezono (from Burn Up Scramble), Maya Jingu (from Burn Up Scramble), Fantine Valjean (from IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix), Suboshi (from Fushigi Yûgi), Dante (from Fullmetal Alchemist), Ribitta (from Megaman NT Warrior). Posted the anime profiles of Paradise Kiss, Invader ZIM, Welcome to the NHK, Bomberman Jetters, The Transformers: The Movie.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Nazca, Digimon: The Movie. Posted the character profiles of Mao Daidoji (from Princess Nine), Ryo Hayakawa (from Princess Nine), Kanako Mita (from Princess Nine), Lady Bat (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch).

Friday, August 18, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Astro Boy, Pretty Cure, Raimuiro Senkitan, Magical Doremi Mo~tto. Posted the character profiles of Tobigera (from Outlaw Star), Muta (from The Cat Returns), Goku Jr (from Dragon Ball GT), Suzu Edogawa (from Tactics), Rosalie (from Tactics), Muu (from Tactics), Sugino (from Tactics), Yoko (from Tactics), Haruka (from Tactics), Ichinomiya Kantaro (from Tactics), Kyoya Ohtori (from Ouran High School Host Club), Prince Kakashi (from Howl's Moving Castle). Kirbyfan106, dude, I don't know what's up with your Nintendo e-mail address, but every time I reply to it my emails get bounced right on back to me with the message "Recipient address rejected: No such recipient". So... either some e-mail server hates you, or that's not a correct address.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Wow, look at all the updates already, and the month is only a little over half way through! Looks like I've been jammin', getting updates done every single day this month up until last Monday. So then what, pray tell, have I been doing since last Monday? Well, if your web browser happens to wider than about 900 pixels, then you can just take a gander over to the left and set your sights on the new navigation bar I came up with. The main inspiration behind creating this was to get a way I could type in the anime or character I wanted to look up in the index without having to first go to list pages. It took a little doing to find a layout that I liked and that still fit with the current look of the site. I finally finished it off this afternoon and uploaded in the evening.

Of course, when I came back later and actually started using my site, I began to realize that having those large colorful icons over to the side were actually quite distracting. My first thought was to make them smaller, but I really didn't want to go through and redesign the whole thing, so that led me to come up with the little header at the top where you could toggle the menu on and off. And obviously it had to remember the toggle state between pages, as I didn't want to be toggling it off on each and every page. Once that was implemented, I realized that it got kind of annoying to toggle it on and then toggle it off again after I clicked a link and arrived on the next page. So that led me create a temporary state where the menu would display just by running the mouse cursor over the top of its header. So now it seems to work pretty good.

The only thing I'm not happy about is the jerkiness of the menu when scrolling the page in Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, there isn't much I can do about this. Internet Explorer just plain sucks. It doesn't recognize the "position: fixed" CSS property like every other standards-compliant browser, so instead I have to use a hack. The first hack I implemented worked great, with no jerkiness at all, but I then discovered that it had other consequences... namely, my tool-tips no longer worked. So I used another hack, one which basically just re-adjusts the menu's position when the page scrolls, and this re-adjustment is quite visible. It's not as bad as some of the JavaScript workarounds, but still a bit annoying. At least Internet Explorer 7 won't have that problem.

My wife and I finished watching Jim Henson's The Storyteller Collection, which was one of the gifts I got her for her birthday. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but they were actually pretty good. They mix live-action with muppet-like creature in very stylistic settings, and the stories they tell are ones that I've never heard. Most even keep you thinking about them after the show ends. I'd recommend anyone looking for some good fantasy entertainment to pick up this DVD. It's currently under $10 at Amazon.com.

So, I've been bald for about a week now, and I still love it! I had forgotten how nice it was to not have to deal with the hair everyday. The last time I had a buzz cut was my final semester at Solano Community College. By the time I met Treese, which was about 3 years later, it had all grown out again. I'm not sure why I let it grow out... probably just never got around to cutting it. Well, this time I think I'm going to keep it short for a while.

Hm... what else has been going on... oh, I set our TiVo to once again use the serial cable to change the channels on the Sony SAT-B55 satellite receiver. We were previously using the IR blasters, but it messed up twice this month, so I decided to switch and give the other method a try. We originally switched from the serial cable to the IR blasters because they serial cabled failed change channels correctly a few times. I'm hoping now that I have the satellite box outside of the stereo cabinet with much better airflow all around it, that the original serial cable problem will not rear its ugly head again.

We've also been having some problems with our Yahoo/SBC/AT&T DSL connection. For about a week there it would just constantly lose the connection, and our router would come back with a "Can not get a IP address from PPPoE server" message. Rebooting the router never made any difference, but rebooting the DSL modem almost always works. Of course, "almost" isn't "always". At first I thought maybe it was the heat, even though the modem never felt hot, or even above average warm. Even so, I took it out of the closet and moved it to the desk so it could have better air flow. The problem still persists, but at least it's more convenient to reset the modem now. I think it must be a problem with SBC, but I have no idea how to find that out. Their customer service is absolutely horrible... absolutely... so I don't even bother with it anymore. Perhaps we'll just switch to cable internet next time our contract period runs out.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Granny (from I'm Gonna be an Angel!), Miss Shinobu (from I'm Gonna be an Angel!), Raphael (from I'm Gonna be an Angel!), Fuyuki (from I'm Gonna be an Angel!), Chaser (from One Piece), Sena Kobayakawa (from Eyeshield 21), Leilong (from Outlaw Star), Alv (from Kiddy Grade), Dvergr (from Kiddy Grade), Armblast (from Kiddy Grade), Viola (from Kiddy Grade), Cesario (from Kiddy Grade), Kansuke (from InuYasha). Posted the anime profiles of Magical DoReMi #, Victorian Romance Emma, Ben 10, Basilisk.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Wrath of the Ninja. Posted the character profiles of Shigi Taishiji (from Ikki Tousen), Sousuke Aizen (from Bleach), Umehito Nekozawa (from Ouran High School Host Club), Ryoji Fujioka (from Ouran High School Host Club), Renge Hoshakuji (from Ouran High School Host Club), Kaoru Hitachiin (from Ouran High School Host Club), Hikaru Hitachiin (from Ouran High School Host Club), Yuzuru Suoh (from Ouran High School Host Club), Haruhi Fujioka (from Ouran High School Host Club).

Friday, August 11, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Chief Eclipse (from Kiddy Grade), Rick Thunderbolt (from Oban Star Racers).

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Tasuka Nandaba (from FLCL), Swanzo (from Outlaw Star). Posted the anime profiles of Tenamonya Voyagers, WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3, Wicked City, Samurai Gun, Salamander, Ayane's High Kick, MAPS.

Well, this evening I finally did it... I shaved my head! I just got really tired of it all, and felt like my scalp needed a change, so off it came. I washed it and my wife braided it beforehand so that we could snip off the braids and donate them to Locks of Love. Hopefully they can make a good wig out of it that'll make someone happy. Anyways, after those were bagged up, Treeses took the scissors to the rest of it, and then followed up with the razor. I've never been bald before, had a buzz cut a couple times, but never bald, and Treeses had never seen me without hair, so I was concerned that she might not like it... oh yeah, and she was concerned about that part too. Thankfully, she actually loves the new look!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Akasun Sasori (from Naruto), Orihime Inoue (from Bleach).

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Witchblade, Air Master, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Voogie's Angel, Uta~Kata, xxxHOLiC, Sol-Bianca: The Legacy, Sol-Bianca, Otaku no Video, Samurai Jack, Zaion ~I Wish You Were Here~. Posted the character profiles of Leon (from Kaleido Star), Nanashi (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Phantom (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Boss (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Alviss (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Dianna (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Rolan (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Tenma Tsukamoto (from School Rumble), Martin Mystery (from Martin Mystery), Steven Stone (from Pok�mon Advance).

Monday, August 07, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Yuka (from InuYasha), Eri (from InuYasha), Ayumi (from InuYasha), Juzo Hasegawa (from Cyber City Oedo 808), Dominic (from Fullmetal Alchemist), Kiyotaka Narumi (from Spiral), Madoka Narumi (from Spiral), Tweedledee (from Kiddy grade), Tweedledum (from Kiddy Grade).

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Bubblegum Crash, Future GPX Cyber Formula, Gear Fighter Dendoh, School Rumble, Whisper of the Heart, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. Posted the character profiles of Ryuga (from Fist of the North Star), Tatsuki Arisawa (from Bleach), Merill Yanagawa (from Cyber City Oedo 808), Chachamaru Karakuri (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Ayaka Yukihiro (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Asuna Kagurazaka (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Ako Izumi (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Jii (from Miami Guns), Chumley Huffington (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX).

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Renji Abarai (from Bleach), Saki (from Steel Angel Kurumi), Kyouichi Saionji (from Revolutionary Girl Utena), Nanami Kiryuu (from Revolutionary Girl Utena), Wakaba Shinohara (from Revolutionary Girl Utena).

Friday, August 04, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Barefoot Gen, The Legend of Black Heaven, Batman Beyond. Posted the character profiles of Yoichi Hiruma (from Eyeshield 21), Avatar Kyoshi (from Avatar: The Last Airbender), Rangiku Mastumoto (from Bleach), Yachiru Kusajishi (from Bleach), Akira Okochi (from Magic Teacher Negima!), A-ou (from Kiddy Grade), Dextera (from Kiddy Grade), Bastion Misawa (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Baron (from Whisper of the Heart), Nodoka Miyazaki (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Kenpachi Zaraki (from Bleach), Yoruichi Shihouin (from Bleach), Shunsui Kyouraku (from Bleach), Jack (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance).

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Dorothy (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Ginta Toramizu (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Alan (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Miyu Yamazaki (from Super GALS! Kotobuki Ran), Kureno Sohma (from Fruits Basket), Satorious (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Tyranno Hassleberry (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Lu Amano (from Miami Guns), Kyuzo (from Samurai 7), Morté (from .hack//Legend of the Twilight). Posted the anime profiles of The Adventures of Mini-Goddess, Shakugan no Shana, Black Jack, Digimon: Digital Monsters, Zoids: Genesis, Oban Star Racers, ex-Driver, Death Note, Air Gear, Elemental Gelade, Tokyo Godfathers, Super Atragon, Moon Phase, Z-Mind, The Boondocks, Princess Princess, Ah! My Goddess: Everyone Has Wings, Rozen Maiden, Powerpuff Girls Z, Tomorrow's Nadja, Spider Riders, KamiChu, Black Cat, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Hell Girl, Lamune, Ginga Legend Weed, Omishi Magical Theater Risky Safety, Martin Mystery.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Byakuya Kuchiki (from Bleach), Soi Fon (from Bleach), Jyuushiro Ukitake (from Bleach), Yao Sakurakougi (from Miami Guns), Ririko (from Legendz). Posted the anime profiles of Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin, Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman, MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance, Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, Sensual Phrase Phrase, Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach, Tristia of the Deep Blue Sea, Megazone 23, G-On Riders, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Munto, Wandaba Style, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shambala, Labyrinth of Flames, Star Ocean EX, Street Fighter II V, Texhnolyze, Kaze no Yojimbo, Mermaid Forest, Legendz. Posted my review of Beavis & Butt-head Vol. 3- The Mike Judge Collection.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Posted my review of Ultimate Avengers 2. Posted my review of The Pusher Trilogy. Posted the anime profiles of Transformers: Victory, Beast Machines: Transformers, Mobile Suit Gundam F91. Posted the character profiles of Koharu Hotta (from Princess Nine), Raimundo Pedrosa (from Xiaolin Showdown), River Marque (from IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix), Binka (from Shinzo), Gooley Andrew Francis (from Dirty Pair: Project Eden), Keel Lorenz (from Neon Genesis Evangelion), Ken Kaizaki (from Legendz), Leo (from Legendz), Jean (from Gunslinger Girl), Jose (from Gunslinger Girl), Rabello (from Gunslinger Girl), Yazoo (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Gai Shishio (from King of Braves: GaoGaiGar), Takashi Morinozuka (from Ouran High School Host Club), Mitsukuni Haninozuka (from Ouran High School Host Club), Sherry Bellmond (from Zatch Bell), Kei Kishimoto (from Gantz), Sara (from I'm Gonna be an Angel!), Silky (from I'm Gonna be an Angel!), Tomo Takino (from Azumanga Daioh), Hervé Pichon (from Code Lyoko), Commander Zhao (from Avatar: The Last Airbender), Toph Bei Fong (from Avatar: The Last Airbender), Momo (from Avatar: The Last Airbender), Monk Gyatso (from Avatar: The Last Airbender), Jet (from Avatar: The Last Airbender), Avatar Roku (from Avatar: The Last Airbender), Cain (from Bleach), High Priest Aknadin (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), Chuuei Totaku (from Ikki Tousen), Genjo Kakoton (from Ikki Tousen), Kouha Kannei (from Ikki Tousen), Kouro Enjutsu (from Ikki Tousen), Gakushu (from Ikki Tousen), Moutoku Sousou (from Ikki Tousen), Koudai Chinkyu (from Ikki Tousen), Genpou Saji (from Ikki Tousen), Housen Ryofu (from Ikki Tousen), Coop (from Megas XLR), Saga (from Saint Seiya).

On Saturday, Treeses and I went to see Superman Returns. Based on the previews and commercials, I really had no desire to see it in the theater. But Treese wanted to go, and I wanted to see it eventually, plus I like watching movies with my wife, so there was no question that if she went, I was going with her. Anyways, so we went and saw it... and it was a little bit more crappy that I was expecting. If you haven't seen it yet, save your money and wait for DVD so you can rent it. It's looong, and mostly boring. There are very few action sequences. Lets see... there was the airplane scene from the previews... then a short little montage... and then near the end with the whole earthquake thing. That's about it. So yeah, wait for DVD. Trust me, you'll probably want to hit the pause button several times to get up and do something else.

News & Updates in July 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Monday, July 31, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Mu (from Saint Seiya), Aldebaran (from Saint Seiya), Meene (from Shaman King), Yuri Killian (from Kaleido Star), Akito Hayama (from Kodocha), Demon Lord Dante (from Demon Lord Dante), Karei Hirosaki (from Maburaho), Dr. Haruaki Akai (from Maburaho), Gabimaru Rikiya (from Cyber City Oedo 808), Sengoku Shunsuke (from Cyber City Oedo 808), Isuzu Sohma (from Fruits Basket), Naoto Saki (from Desert Coral), Cyber TuTu (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Aster Phoenix (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Kagemaru (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Atticus Rhodes (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), Kimiko Tohomiko (from Xiaolin Showdown), Omi (from Xiaolin Showdown), Zazie the Beast (from Trigun), Taro (from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki), Galaxina (from Sonic X), Cabaji (from One Piece), King Wapol (from One Piece), Kyoko Honda (from Fruits Basket), Diaboromon (from Digimon the Movie), Kana Sohma (from Fruits Basket), Miina Miyafuji (from Please Twins), Witch of the Waste (from Howl's Moving Castle), Yuzuyu Sakashita (from I Love You, Baby), Loki (from Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok), Lord Yupa (from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind), Kiyone Masaki (from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki), Mukotsu (from InuYasha), Enju (from InuYasha), Royakan (from InuYasha), Mushin (from InuYasha), Princess Abi (from InuYasha), Sadaharu Inui (from Prince of Tennis), Takeshi Momoshiro (from Prince of Tennis), Shukaku (from Naruto), Mizuki Touji (from Naruto), Kin Tsuchi (from Naruto), Dosu Kinuta (from Naruto), Deidara (from Naruto).

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Monster, Batman: The Animated Series. Posted the character profiles of Kanata Saionji (from UFO Baby), Layla (from Winx Club), Flora (from Winx Club), Feitan (from Hunter X Hunter), Anita (from Hunter X Hunter), Hitomi Yuki (from Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School), Shizuma Kusanagi (from Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School), Luchia Nanami (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Ayaka Usami (from Gravitation), Yuki Kitazawa (from Gravitation), Potato (from AIR: 1000th Summer), Haruko Kamio (from AIR: 1000th Summer), Michiru (from AIR: 1000th Summer), Minagi Tohno (from AIR: 1000th Summer), Yukito Kunisaki (from AIR: 1000th Summer), Misuzu Kamio (from AIR: 1000th Summer), Mint Blancmanche (from Galaxy Angel), Forte Stollen (from Galaxy Angel), Takuto Meyers (from Galaxy Angel), Milfeulle Sakuraba (from Galaxy Angel), Mitsuomi Takayanagi (from Tenjho Tenge), Kitty (from Hello Kitty and Friends), Nabuca (from Now and then, Here and There), Shuzo Matsutani (from Now and then, Here and There), Lala (from Fancy Lala), Kasumi Tonime (from Alien Nine), Tachiji (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Yaimao (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Child-Taker (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Oil-Taker (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Blood-Taker (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Liver-Taker (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Oni (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Yanku (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Inmu (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Suku (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Noshiga (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Sorincha (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Hikora (from Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek), Oyuki (from Urusei Yatsura), Lina Touin (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Shin (from Fist of the North Star), Takeshi Jin (from IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix), Amy Stapleton (from IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix), Liz Ricarro (from IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix), Michiru Satomi (from IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix), Andrei Rubley (from IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix), Mark Ramsey (from IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix).

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Kenichi Kurokawa (from Mezzo Forte), Freedert (from D.N.Angel), Megumi Kurogane (from Gate Keepers), Ruriko Ikusawa (from Gate Keepers), Takeya Ikuhara (from DearS), Mai Tokiha (from Mai-HiME), Kiddy Phenil (from Silent Möbius), Soujiro Arima (from His and Her Curcumstances), Hideaki Asaba (from His and Her Curcumstances), Mikan Kurenai (from Grenadier- the Beautiful Warrior), Miss Akari Kamigishi (from To Heart), Chrono (from Chrono Crusade), Yucie Gunbard (from Petite Princess Yucie), Akira Sakura (from Shadow Star Narutaru), Hoshimaru (from Shadow Star Narutaru), Shiina Tamai (from Shadow Star Narutaru), Hiroki Takasugi (from Princess Nine), Hitomi Aasu (from Puni Puni Poemy), Nanase Aasu (from Puni Puni Poemy).

Friday, July 28, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Yumi Yoshimura (from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi), Mr. Knight (from Duel Masters), Toru Kamiya (from Duel Masters), Hilde Schbeiker (from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing), Aya Hoshino (from Super GALS! Kotobuki Ran), Yuya Asou (from Super GALS! Kotobuki Ran), Ran Kotobuki (from Super GALS! Kotobuki Ran), Jing (from King of Bandit Jing), Jet Siegel (from D.I.C.E.), Hajime (from Pretear), Takako (from Pretear), Mannen (from Pretear), Kei (from Pretear).

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Hakuryu (from Saiyuki), Peppo (from Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo), Haydée (from Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo), Unico (from Unico), Alastor (from Viewtiful Joe), Uura (from El-Hazard), Princess Fatora (from El-Hazard), Shuji (from SHE, The Ultimate Weapon), Lucy (from Elfen Lied), Mistress Altena (from Noir), Dita Liebely (from Vandread), Don Patch (from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo), Gasser (from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo), Beauty (from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo), Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo), Spinner Sun (from Card Captors), Elk (from .hack//sign), Reki (from .hack//Legend of the Twilight), Geo Metro (from Magic Knight Rayearth), Zazu Torque (from Magic Knight Rayearth), Yutaka Watari (from Descendants of Darkness), Vegeta Jr. (from Dragon Ball GT), Lorelei (from Magical DoReMi), Mirabelle Haywood (from Magical DoReMi), Reanne Griffith (from Magical DoReMi), Dorie Goodwyn (from Magical DoReMi), Patina (from Magical DoReMi), Dexter (from Hamtaro), Lunamaria Hawke (from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny), Dearka Elsman (from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED), Stellar Louisser (from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny), Neiz (from Dragon Ball Z Movie 5).

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Tales of Symphonia. Posted the character profiles of Emperor Pilaf (from Dragon Ball), Hinoki Sai (from Betterman), Dr. Kureha (from One Piece), Dr. Hiriluk (from One Piece), Miss April Fool's Day (from One Piece), Mr. 3 (from One Piece), Sir Crocodile (from One Piece), Don Krieg (from One Piece), Chef Zeff (from One Piece), Prince Marth (from Fire Emblem), Captain Douglas Jay Falcon (from F-Zero: GP Legend), Caroline (from Pok�mon), Winona (from Pok�mon), Flannery Moore (from Pok�mon), Blue (from Pok�mon), Sabrina (from Pok�mon), Liza (from Pok�mon), Raine Sage (from Tales of Symphonia), Colette Brunel (from Tales of Symphonia), Emiko Niwa (from D.N.Angel), Togusa (from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), Chief Daisuke (from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), Ishikawa (from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), Major Motoko Kusanagi (from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), Makoto Kouzuka (from Paranoia Agent), Shogo Ushiyama (from Paranoia Agent), Maria (from Paranoia Agent), Harumi Chono (from Paranoia Agent), Misae Ikari (from Paranoia Agent), Yuichi Taira (from Paranoia Agent), Kamome (from Paranoia Agent), Fuyubachi (from Paranoia Agent), Zebra (from Paranoia Agent), Old Man (from Paranoia Agent), Vivi Nefertari (from One Piece), Valeria Vertone (from Angel Links), Duuz Delax Rex (from Angel Links), Booster Dragon (from Dragon Century), Carmine (from Dragon Century), Shia (from Pita-Ten), Koboshi Uematsu (from Pita-Ten), Misha (from Pita-Ten), Takashi Ayanokoji (from Pita-Ten), Kotarou Higuchi (from Pita-Ten).

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Posted my review of Deck Dogz. Posted the character profiles of Lady Jagara (from Wolf's Rain), Harmona (from Wolf's Rain), Quent Yaiden (from Wolf's Rain), Saiyuki (from Duel Masters), Arale Norimaki (from Dr. Slump), Akemi Roppongi (from Maison Ikkoku), Mitsuki Koyama (from Full Moon wo Sagashite), Takuto Kira (from Full Moon wo Sagashite), Meroko Yui (from Full Moon wo Sagashite), Bugsy (from Pok�mon), Professor Samuel Oak (from Pok�mon), Giselle (from Pok�mon), Tara (from Pok�mon), Violet (from Pok�mon), Lily (from Pok�mon), Daisy (from Pok�mon), Jigglypuff (from Pok�mon), Roxanne (from Pok�mon), Kamon (from Pok�mon), Erika (from Pok�mon), Jasmine (from Pok�mon), Charmander (from Pok�mon), Hiyono Yuzaki (from Spiral), Kanone Hilbert (from Spiral), Akiha Tohno (from Tsukihime), Chibi (from Dragon Drive), Whitney (from Pok�mon).

Monday, July 24, 2006

Posted character profiles of Sakura Yoshino (from D.C. Da Capo), Tetsunosuke Ichimura (from Peacemaker Kurogane), Noelle Borr (from Trinity Blood), William Walter Worthsword (from Trinity Blood), Sister Kate (from Trinity Blood), Leon (from Trinity Blood), Hugue de Watteau (from Trinity Blood), Tres Iqus (from Trinity Blood), Peter Abel Nightlord (from Trinity Blood), Isaak Fernand von Kampher (from Trinity Blood), Dietrich von Lohengrin (from Trinity Blood), Cain Nightlord (from Trinity Blood), Radu (from Trinity Blood), Ion (from Trinity Blood), Seth Nightlord (from Trinity Blood), Catherina Sforza (from Trinity Blood), Esther Blanchette (from Trinity Blood), Vaclav Havel (from Trinity Blood), Alessandro (from Trinity Blood), Astharoshe Asran (from Trinity Blood), Mashisu Makibi (from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki), Angelina (from Gunslinger Girl), Rico (from Gunslinger Girl), Triela (from Gunslinger Girl).

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Posted a brand new, much more detailed description for Shadow Star Narutaru. Preorder the complete set now at www.centralparkmedia.com/shadowstar to receive a limited edition collector's t-shirt (while supplies last, of course) and free shipping. Posted the anime profile of Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. Posted the character profiles of Fleda Claes Johansson (from Gunslinger Girl), Henrietta (from Gunslinger Girl), Elsa (from Gunslinger Girl), Takuya Inoue (from Vampire Princess Miyu), Madam Suliman (from Howl's Moving Castle), Ginrai (from Transformers: Masterforce), Irumi Zaoldyeck (from Hunter X Hunter), Howl (from Howl's Moving Castle), Sophie Hatter (from Howl's Moving Castle), Hisoka (from Hunter X Hunter), Yoshitaka Waya (from Hikaru no Go), Andrew Waltfeld (from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED), Nicol Amalfi (from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED), Sora Nagino (from Kaleido Star), Jim Morales (from Code Lyoko), Hikaru (from Angelic Layer), Kotaro Kobayashi (from Angelic Layer).

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Resha Valentine (from Rave Master), Reina (from Rave Master), Gail Glory (from Rave Master), Lucia Rareglove (from Rave Master), Glenda (from Petite Princess Yucie), Allen Schezar (from Escaflowne), Dola (from Laputa: Castle in the Sky), Muska (from Laputa: Castle in the Sky), Rosiel (from Angel Sanctuary), Brandon Heat (from Gungrave), Bunji Kugashira (from Gungrave), Pacifica Cassul (from Scrapped Princess).

Friday, July 21, 2006

Posted the character profile of Trigon the Terrible (from Teen Titans). Posted the anime profile of New Getter Robo.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Patlabor 2 - The Movie. Posted the character profiles of Moe (from Love Hina), Miki Koshikawa (from Marmalade Boy), Hikari Horaki (from Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth), Okan (from Rurouni Kenshin), Omasu (from Rurouni Kenshin), Nenji Kashiwazaki (from Rurouni Kenshin), Shin-chan Nohara (from Crayon Shin-chan), Chef-Ham (from Hamtaro), Meimi Haneoka (from Saint Tail), Optimus Prime (from Transformers: Robots in Disguise). Modified the script that builds the profile webpages so that it will automatically add new profiles to this updates page. And it's about fracken time! Why did it take me so long to do this? Now I can finally stop doing it by hand, which is way more annoying than you might think.

I just received an e-mail today from the mother of some girl who had been e-mailing me. In the message, she flat out told me never to contact her daughter again and if I did she would consider me a "predator" and take further action. I understand parents need to protect their children from evil predators, both online and off, but seriously.... what the hell, lady?! There is such a thing as "going overboard". If someone sends me a message, I'm going to respond, it's only common curtesy. It's not like I was asking for her address, phone number, and what she was wearing. The kid gave me some anime information and I thanked her for it. She asked me my name, and I told her... not like it's a secret, seeing as how it's on my e-mail signature. She asked where I live and I told her "California". No secret there either, and it's not like I gave her my address and phone number. Scan you kid's messages, that is truly the right thing to do, but don't go making unjustified accusations and threats to anyone who's ever sent her a message!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Rosette Christopher (from Chrono Crusade), Yuri Tanima (from Wedding Peach).

Monday, July 17, 2006

Posted my review of Ren & Stimpy - The Lost Episodes.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Posted the anime profile for Silver Fang Legend Weed. Posted the character profiles for Saguru Hakuba (from Magic Kaito & Case Closed), Shiho Miyano/Ai Haibara (from Case Closed), Steven, Ian, Eddy (from Beyblade), Mystel, Brooklyn (from Beyblade G Revolution), Remmy Levi-Strauss, Tiki Musicanova, Sofia Galgalim, Dolce Saito, Sergei IV Sneak, Mario Musicanova (from Geneshaft), Mika Morgan, Toni Morgan, Jackson Neil (from Miracle Girls), Fllay Allster (from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED).

Remember how not too long ago I complained about Hewlett Packard's craptacular software? Well, just today, as I double-clicked on Internet Explorer, a dialog box came up attempting to install HPIZplus450, which is Hewlett Packard software, HP Image Zone Plus to be exact. This started coming up every time I tried to open Internet Explorer, and it wasn't just a dialog box asking if I wanted to install it. No, it was actually attempting to install it, and only gave me a dialog box that allowed me to cancel when it couldn't find some file it was looking for. But then you know what happens after I hit cancel? Huh, do ya? Can ya guess? It aborts the current installation... and then tries to install it again! Okay, but what about when I cancel that time too? If you guessed "it does the same thing", then you're right! It tries to install it again. So I went and completely removed all traces of HP imaging software anywhere on my computer, and that got my system back to normal. I'm sorry to have to say this, but I suggest everyone stay away from all HP software, and any HP products that require HP software. It seems HP is becoming a lot like Sony... craptacular.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Posted the character profiles for Ryu Amakusa, Kyu Renjo (from Detective School Q); Syaoran, Fye D. Flowright, Mokona Modoki, Yuuko (from Tsubasa Chronicle).

Sunday, July 9, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Fate/Stay Night. And, as always, I've been making various corrections and additions. I rarely mention that on the updates, as I pretty much do those every day. Not like I have much choice, the emails come everyday and I'm determined not to fall behind again like I did last year.

My wife just had her birthday the other day. Happy Birthday, Treese! Unfortunately she wasn't feeling to well, so we didn't go out and do anything. I got her a new alarm clock, as she was really hating her current one. She said she could hear it just being on, never mind the actual alarm. So this new one seems to run quieter. I also got her a few DVDs, and an MP3 player which will hopefully be arriving soon.

I bought a new keyboard last week, the new Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. Got it off of eBay for pretty cheap, and so far it seems to be working nice. It takes some getting used to, though. My previous keyboard was also one of those split, curved ergonomic types, but even so the key spacing seems to be different. And the "6" key is on the wrong side of the split. You're supposed to hit the "6" key with your right hand, not you left hand.

I love how quiet the keystrokes are (well, all except for the right side of the spacebar, that thing is pretty loud compared to all the other keys, even the left side of the spacebar, which is whisper quiet). I also like having the new shortcut keys up above. The are quite convenient. The padded wrist rest is really nice too, and that plastic attachment that raises the keyboard up at an angle really does make it more comfortable. A downside, I've noticed, is that it's black. Yeah, black looks really cool, but when it's dark, it's very difficult to see the keys.

This week Victor and I went out to the storage area again and pulled out a bunch of arcade machines to clean up and take pictures of. We're selling all the stuff for the guy who owns them, which is helping with the money situation. Unfortunately, it's been real hot here lately, which makes that kind of physical work all the more annoying. Last time I brought home two plastic crates full of manuals that I had to scan in (just the covers, not the entire manual). This time, there was only one crate of manuals that we could reach. It still sucks, but definitely better than two.

News & Updates in June 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Posted a cartoon profile of Lady Death. Posted anime profiles of Ouran High School Host Club, Gunparade Orchestra, Rei Rei: Missionary of Love, Midnight Panther, Private Psycho Lesson. Posted character profiles of Bun-bun, Noelle's father, Mister Dispel, Miruru (from I'm Gonna be an Angel!), Sephiroth (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children).

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Posted aanime profiles of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Kiba, Trinity Blood, Shuffle!. Posted character profiles of Raven, Starfire (from Teen Titans), Eyes Rutherford, Ayumu Narumi (from Spiral), Kadaj, Zack, Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gainsborough (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Ace Hono, Jay, Makoto Aikawa, Taiyou Oozora (from Go! Machine Robo Rescue), B.A.T., Baroness, COBRA Commander, Destro, Duke, Heavy Duty, Kamakura, Long Range, Ninja B.A.T., Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Spirit Iron-Knife, Storm Shadow, Tunnel Rat, Zartan (from G.I. Joe: Sigma 6), Gabriel, Natsumi, Noelle, Yusuke (from I'm Gonna be an Angel!).

Monday, June 26, 2006

Posted anime profiles of W~Wish, Yugo the Negotiator, Jewel BEM Hunter Lime, I'm Gonna be an Angel!. Posted character profiles of Roan, Yuufa (from Ragnarok The Animation).

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Posted anime profiles of Gestalt, Beat to Death Angel Dokuro-chan, Another Lady Innocent, Alice Academy, Aishiteruze Baby (update: I didn't realize I already had a profile for this when originally posted, so I have merged the two together). Posted character profiles of Kafka Sunbeam, Koko, Zofis/Milordo-Z, Won Lei, Reycom (from Zatch Bell); Anissina von Karbelnikoff, Cecilie von Spitzweg, Lord Conrad Weller, Lord Gunter von Christ, Gwendal von Voltaire, Josak, Ken Murata, Lord Wolfram von Bielefelt, Yuri Shibuya (from Kyou kara Maoh).

Last Sunday was Father's Day, so I hope all of you out there remembered that! I drove down to visit my parents on the 6th, the Friday before Father's Day, because my cousin, Thera, was having her graduation party on Saturday. I made it to Vallejo in time to go out to dinner with my parents, which was nice. My grandpa had previously asked if he could hire me to come over for a couple days and help him out with a whole bunch of computer stuff, so I figured this would have been as good a time as any. Of course, I would have done that for free, but he knew that we kind of needed the money since I haven't been bringing in much yet. So the next morning I went over to his house, since the graduation party didn't start until that afternoon.

I looked over his computer as he was telling me all the things that he wanted to accomplish. So once we had a tentative list of things to do, it was time to get started. The first step was getting Windows XP installed over the existing Windows 98, so we had to go out and buy that. We found it at Office Max for about $100, and also picked up a pack of three 512 MB USB Flash Drives for about $50 to help simplify the backing up of all his files, since floppy discs don't hold nearly enough and CDs can be a pain. When we got back, I started the XP install, and then we left that going as it was time to head over to the graduation party.

There weren't too many people yet when we arrived, and the food wasn't going to be served for like another, so after about 15 minutes we decided to head back to the house to pick up my grandpa's digital camera... since it was determined that nobody else there had remembered to bring their camera either. Back at the house, I found that XP was waiting for the answer to some question, and shortly after answering it, XP re-booted the machine, and then it crashed with the blue screen of death. After a little fiddling and it continuously failing to complete the installation, I just gave up and started the installation from the beginning. And back to the party we went.

There was a lot of food laid out, and everything I put on my plate was pretty good. We all ate outside, but it was kind of hot out so I didn't stay out there for too long. Now I said the food was good, and it was, but the cake and ice cream were great! It was marble cake, with chocolate inside, chocolate frosting, and vanilla ice cream on the side! I sure do love cake... anyway, after desert Grandpa and I headed back to the house to continue working. It took most of the day to get XP working with all of his hardware. I thought that it would have just gone online and downloaded all the drivers it needed, but it turns out that XP couldn't really find what it needed online, so we had to dig out all the CDs that came with the hardware... even the one that came with the motherboard! Until we were able to find that, the resolution wouldn't go higher than 640x480 in 16 colors.

After I finally got all the hardware set up and working smoothly, then we went and started to attempt to organize his files. Now, anyone whose ever tried to organize anything knows how frustrating it can be. Do I put all my pictures in the folder called "My Pictures", or should I put the pictures in a folder that has documents relating to the pictures? There are so many different ways to classify and organize, all I can say is thank goodness Microsoft has the ability to create file shortcuts! Still, why in the world did they decide to call the main data folder "My Documents" instead of "My Files"? The word "documents" doesn't really bring to mind music or images, it makes you think of word processor documents, or maybe even PDF files. And yet Microsoft also wants to put "My Music" and "My Pictures" inside the "My Documents" folder. Talk about a source of confusion for people who lack experience with computers!

So anyway, the next day we continued with organizing files, and getting rid of some duplicates. Then we moved on to other things, like looking at his new genealogy software, and trying to find some good freeware that would take the GEDCOM file (a standardized genealogy file format) and convert it into a nice website. We tried out a bunch, and each had their advantages and disadvantages. Unfortunately, I didn't see any that used a template system (so we could put our own headers and footers on the files), and only a very few would link to any pictures that were specified in the GEDCOM file. Of course, on those that did, I discovered that it really didn't matter anyway as his genealogy software didn't output the links to pictures in the GEDCOM file.

Other things we did was go through all his old manuals and throw out ones that were no good anymore. We dumped the real old 5-inch floppies, and all of the single-sided 3-inch floppies. He showed me how he scanned pictures in, which alerted me that this one folder full of Word documents were actually just pictures, because when he scans he selects "send to" and then "Microsoft Word". No wonder those files were so huge! Each one of the hundreds of Word documents was really just a giant PNG file. So I went and converted all of those over to images, which took some time. I showed him how to use the new USB Thumb Drives to back up his data, and how to export the GEDCOM file so that it could be used to make a website (either by e-mailing it to me or uploading it to one of the genealogy websites). We accomplished pretty much everything he wanted to do, so on I headed back to Redding Tuesday evening.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Posted anime profiles of Fire Emblem, Bottle Fairy, Master Keaton, Karin, F3: Menage a Trois, Hikari No Desetsu. Posted character profiles of Bull Borgnine, Lienna Vincent, Wen Yong Fa, Yamato Delgato (from Battle B-Daman); Caska, Conrad, Corkus, Gambino, Judeau, Pippin, Princess Charlotte, Ricket, Slann, Ubik, Void (from Berserk); Clow Reed (from Card Captors); Danny, Rops, Megumi, Dr. Riddles, Kido (from Zatch Bell).

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Posted anime profiles of Eureka Seven, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Photon: The Idiot Adventures. Posted the character profile of Susie (from Digimon).

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Posted anime profiles of Once Upon A Time, A Journey Through Fairyland, Maetel Legend. Posted character profiles of Momo Hinamori, Rukia Kuchiki, Chad, Kisuke Urahara, Toushiro Hitsugaya (from Bleach); Kousuke Asazuki (from Spiral).

Monday, June 12, 2006

Posted character profiles of Duck/Princess Tutu, Fakir, Mytho, Rue/Princess Claire (from Princess Tutu).

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Posed the anime profiles of Dragon Ball Z- Fusion Reborn (Movie 12), My Brother's Wife, and Sexy Sailor Soldiers. Added the character profile of Janempa (from Dragon Ball Z- Fusion Reborn). Posted our 2005 Mexian Cruise photos.

Saturday, June 3, 2006

Posed the character profiles of Shino Akai (from Maburaho); Cloud Strife (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children).

Friday, June 2, 2006

Introduced a new field called "debut" to the character profiles. This specifies the episode of a character's first appearance in a series (or in the case of a movie, it can refer to how far into the movie that they are introduced). Posted a cartoon profile of Totally Spies. Posted character profiles for Appa (from Avatar: The Last Airbender); Elle Ragu (from Shadow Skill, the TV series).

Last week, on the 23rd, I drove down to my parents for a visit, and to paint my grandparents' house. My wife did come, as she was just starting her new job. I had picked them up a 17" ViewSonic computer monitor from someone on Craig's List to replace their 15" HP Pavilion M50, so I hooked that up shortly after I arrived. Those couple inches sure do make a big difference!

Since my parents signed up with SBC Global (now known as SBC/Yahoo!/AT&T) for their DSL a couple years ago, they have had nothing but problems, the most common being dropped connections... which wouldn't reconnect until the entire computer was shut down and rebooted. In an attempt to help put an end to all their problems, I was going to hook up my old LinkSys router... unfortunately, the DSL modem that SBC Global had originally provided was a super-crappy USB-only Alcatel Speed Touch USB. Well, a USB modem wasn't going to hook up to the LinkSys router, so I called SBC/Yahoo!/AT&T to get it replaced with a standard DSL modem. Seems like an easy enough request, does it not?

Apparently, SBC/Yahoo!/AT&T isn't set up to handle easy requests. I was told by three separate people that I would have to buy a new modem because the Speed Stream modem was out of warranty. Yep, you read that right, they said SPEED STREAM. All three people! And even after I corrected them! They don't even look anything alike! A Speed Stream looks like your typical modem, while the Alcatel Speed Touch looks like some kind of stingray. No, it's not a Speed Stream, it's an Alcatel SPEED TOUCH. If I had a Speed Stream, I wouldn't need to be calling you guys. And what does the warranty even have to do with anything? The modem we have isn't broken, it just doesn't have the ability to be connected up with a CAT5 cable.

You would think that after all my explaining, they could have gotten it. Even after I told them that I wasn't going to buy a new modem, and that if they didn't replace our current USB-only modem with a standard CAT5-capable one, then we would just switch to cable internet because Comcast would give us a free modem upon installation, they STILL refused! I thought for sure that would get them, but apparently they just don't care about having your business.

So my dad and I went out to Circuit City and picked up a DSL modem, and a wireless router so my mom would be able to have access to the Internet on her laptop while around the house. After I hooked it all up, guess what? Everything worked! For the rest of the week that I was there, they had no more DSL problems at all. So for two years and all the tech support they went through with SBC (who couldn't find the problem and eventually just said too bad, we give up, you'll have to live with it), it all came down to the crappy modem that they originally provided, and refused to replace.

Oh yeah, and I also tried submitting an email to SBC/Yahoo!/AT&T about this whole situation, but discovered that it can't be done. In order to contact them through email, you have to log in. But we can't log in, because the username/password combination that's used for the DSL connection doesn't work on any of the SBC/Yahoo!/AT&T websites. I called the number on the monthly statement, and we had got the password changed, and was told that this was also used to log into the website where you could access your account information, but it just simply doesn't work. What a horrible, horrible company! Anyone want to take bets as to whether my parents will be switching to Comcast Cable Internet once their SBC/Yahoo!/AT&T contract is over later this year?

Anyway, the painting of my grandparents' house went good. My dad helped out a lot, and we only had to do the second story. Luckily, most of the house had a roof that we could stand on. There was only one side where we had to paint while on ladders. It took two days, with one coat of paint for each day. I totally forgot about sun screen until we got finished the first day, so I ended up with a pretty nasty sunburn. It's only now just starting to look like it was a tan.

News & Updates in May 2006

News & Updates in April 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Thursday, April 27, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Kazuki Shikimori, Kuriko Kazetsubaki, Yuna Miyami, Elizabeth (from Maburaho).

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend. Posted the character profile of Sana Karuta (from Kodocha).

Monday, April 24, 2006

Posted character profiles of Minaho Masaki (from Tenchi Muyo! GXP).

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Posted character profiles of Kazuki Yotsuga, Mitsuki Sanada, "D" (from Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure).

Once upon a time, I though Hewlett Packard was a good, high-quality company. That changed recently when I attempted to use my HP printer/scanner's software to determine how much ink was left in the cartridges. Every time I tried to do anything from the HP Director, the whole thing would crash. Figuring it was probably a corrupt installation, I uninstalled it. Since I could only find the Mac version of the software on CD, I went to HP's site to download it... and found it to be 364 MB!! As a comparison, Photoshop plus the Photoshop elements only comes to 256 MB. At any rate, I didn't have much of an option so I went ahead and downloaded their bloat-ware.

Once it was downloaded and installed, I ran into another problem. Whenever I would attempt to access the scanner settings, the program would lock up, my hard drive light would continually remain on, and when looking at the task manager, I would see a program called "hpqdstcp.exe" taking up a ton of CPU cycles. And this continued even after I used the Windows Task Manager to force the HP Director to close. I contacted HP support via email, but they were no help at all. After a lot of searching on my part, I finally found what was causing this issue. Get this, it's a bug in HP's software that has been known since at least 2003, and has been documented in at least three different places on HP's site:

So it has been known about for at least three years, and instead of actually applying a simple little fix to stop their program from recursing into directories, they instead just tell you to not put any shortcuts to drives on your Windows Start Menu. WTF!? It's my computer and my Start Menu, I should be able to put shortcuts wherever the heck I want! Why in the world does their program have to scan the Start Menu anyway? The only answer I could come up with: because it's crap-ware. Oh yeah, and the default directory that the software wants to install to is C:\Program Files\HP\, which is fine, but then it also creates another directory in Program Files called "Hewlett-Packard", which contains a few DLL files. Uh... so why don't they make "Hewlett-Packard" the default directory?

At the same time I initially reported my issue, I also asked what this "Overland" directory and program was that HP installed on my computer. This question was ignored several times until I flat-out sent a message only asking about this Overland thing, and the response I got was "Overland is a specic module which installs with the HP Software". No sh-t? Really? My follow up question of "Yes, but what does it do and is it safe to remove it from my computer?" was responded with an "we'll look into that and get back to you" type of answer. That was over 10 days ago and they still have not gotten back to me. Well, I deleted it, and so far haven't noticed any ill-effects.

Anyway, so my parents came to visit us this week. They arrived Tuesday, around noon, and stayed until Thursday. It was great seeing them again, as we don't get down to Vallejo very often. This was just one reason I haven't had much updates lately. The other is I've been emptying out all my closets looking for stuff to get rid of. Figured I might as well do it now while I have the time. Some things I've been selling on eBay, while others I've been selling locally. It's kind of amazing how much stuff you end up with when you have the space to shove it away. We would have never had this much stuff had we still been living in an apartment.

And speaking of trying to get rid of stuff, we just recently picked up three bookcases. They're oak colored, and have glass panels that slide out and flip down to cover the front of the display shelves. We've been looking at getting these for Treese's Lego/Megabloks collection so that they we could display them without them getting too dusty.

Sunday, April 9, 2006

Posted the anime profie of Boys Be....

Monday, April 3, 2006

Posted my review of Roger Corman Early Films: Big Doll House.

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Posted my review of Roger Corman Early Films: Caged Heat.

News & Updates for March 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Thursday, March 30, 2006

Posted the anime profile for Bondage 101.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Posted the anime profile for Patlabor The Movie - Special Collector's Edition.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Posted character profiles for Cyniclons Tarb, Cyniclons Sardon, Blue Knight, Mini Mew, Wesley W. Coolridge III, Predasites, Berry, Deep Blue (from Mew Mew Power); Randy "Ryo" Maclean, JJ Adams (from Fake).

We went to see Ultraviolet yesterday because we had two free passes we had to use before the end of the month. I wasn't expecting it to be very good, and I wasn't disappointed... meaning it wasn't very good. I'm sure you'll be able to find it in the $9.99 bargin bin soon, right next to Catwoman, Elektra, and Aeon Flux.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Posted anime profiles for Sadamitsu the Destroyer, Fighting Spirit and Daigunder. Posted character profiles for Hajime Saito (from Peacemaker Kurogane); Akira Akebono (from Daigunder); Flareon (from Pok�mon); Driger (from Beyblade); Sinistra, Un-ou (Kiddy Grade).

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Posted my review of Drakengard 2.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Posted my review of Beast Machines. Went to see the 10:00 PM showing of V For Vendetta last night... and it was good, but definitely needed to be edited down some.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Posted the character profiles for Sago, Mushrambo, Ryuma, Kutal (from Shinzo)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Posted the character profile for Susumu Tsukumo (from Wandaba Style).

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Posted my review of Tycoon City- New York. Changed the way advertisements are placed on the pages. I had a few reports of people occasionally experiencing pop-up ads, so I looked into it and think it may have been due to my using JavaScript to place ads on the pages. The JavaScript would write iframes which would in turn write iframes using JavaScript, and thus I believe that this would sometimes confuse the web browser causing either incorrect or a complete lack of JavaScript information sent to the advertisements. So the ads, confused about what they were supposed to display, would just revert to their default, which is a pop-up. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if my theory is correct.

Treeses went in for surgery on Monday. I don't remember exactly what the procedures were called, but it basically involved burning of sinuses or something like that so she could get enough oxygen when she breathes. Surgery went well and she got to go home the same day, though she had to take a few days off work and then won't be feeling back to 100% for like over a week. Then on Friday we had to go to the ER because her leg started to swell pretty bad. Last time that happened we didn't go to the ER and it went away the next day... but then discovered that it had been a blood clot which broke off and traveled to her lungs, which is how she got and almost died from walking pneumonia. So this time we took no chances. Luckily, it wasn't a blood clot.

Friday, March 4, 2006

Posted my review of C.O.P.S.- The Animated Series.

Friday, March 3, 2006

Posted my review of Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars.

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Posted my review of The Ice Harvest.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

We said a found farewell to our microwave oven yesterday. We bought if from Costco when we first moved to Redding as our apartment had no microwave, and it had served us well over the years. Luckily, we didn't have to go out and buy a new one, since our house came with one mounted over the oven. It's a bit smaller, but it still gets the job done.

News & Updates for February 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Posted my review of First Descent.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Posted my review of Four Muppet Movies- Kermit's 50th Anniversary Editions. Posted previews for C.O.P.S.- The Animated Series, Drakengard 2, and Beast Machines Transformers: The Complete Series... and a contest along with them.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Provided a much needed update to the Vanilla Series page.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Updated the Glossary of Terms & Abbreviations. Posted the anime profile for Rxxx: Prescription For Pain.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Posted the character profile for Palmon (from Digimon).

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Updated the Site Map. Changed the top navigation menu so that the hidden navigation row would pop-up whenever the cursor is held over any part of the visible navigation row. Also, I modified it so that the hidden row would pop up underneath the visible row instead of above it. That change is only for Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, though, as it didn't look right with Opera (because of the way Opera gives priority to an IFRAME) and I don't have any other browsers to test it on to see if it looked okay in them. Thus, all other browsers will still see the old method of the hidden navigation row appearing above the visible navigation row.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Well dress me up and call me Tina, I actually got 50 profiles done in one day! Posted character profiles for Anige, Biggie, Bonkers, Bony, Bouncy Tiff, Chuckie, Crowmon, D-Rex, Dinosaur Army, Dis Walney, Dr. Moreau, Ebifuryaa, Escardroid, Escarsaurus, Fang, Fire Kirbysaurus, Formula Rider, Fryclops, Heavy Lobster, Kirbysaurus, Lead Crow, Maimaigoon, Mosugaba, Mr. Chip, Mumbies, Nagoya, Nekketsu, Paint Kirby, Paint Roller, Red Viper, Rip, Rocket Rider, Shadow Rider, Sir Arthur, Sir Dragato, Sir Falspar, Sir Noisurato, Sleepy, Slicer Dicer, Spark Kirby, Squishy, Star Rod Kirby, Steppenwolf, Trash Basher, Turbo, Twin Nuts, Ultraviolet Ray, Wheelie, Wing Rider, Wing Kirby (from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!).

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Posted character profiles of Para, Dox, Halakti, Legendary Dragon Timaeus, Sir Hermos, Sir Critias, Vivian Wong, Anubis (from Yu-Gi-Oh!). I found another company, NoteBooks4Free, that is also giving away free laptop computers (and it lets you substitute cash instead), so I updated my How to get a free laptop page. Also made various additions and corrections to existing profiles.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Posted character profiles of Red Pine, Starship, Pale Bay Leaf, Yellow Zelkova, Black Narcissus, Froggy, Dark Oak/Luke, Metarex, Vanilla (from Sonic X).

Friday, February 17, 2006

Added a big long huge description to the Dragon Ball Z from some uber-fan who had way too much free time on his hands. Got better pictures for Hauer (from Fatal Fury- The Motion Picture). Corrected and added to many existing descriptions.

I received a surprising e-mail the other day from an old friend, Ivan Jackson. It was a wonderful feeling to get an email from a good friend that I had lost contact with long ago, problem is when I tried to respond, my email got bounced back! Urgh, the frustration!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Posted character profiles for Winged Kuriboh, Lyman Banner (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX).

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Created a separate page detailing the process for getting a free laptop computer as well as other items like an Xbox 360 and flat-screen monitor. Posted anime profiles of Maya the Bee, Brave King Gaogaigar, Very Private Lessons, Dokkoida, Blood+. Added character profiles of Suikotsu, Princess Kaguya, Renkotsu, Master Kyoukotsu, Izayoi, Suzaku, InuTaisho, Buyo (from InuYasha), Taki, Ma-kun, Ken (from Gravitation). Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Posted my review of Ultimate Avengers: The Movie and my review of Doom- Unrated Extended Edition. Posted a preview of Tycoon City: New York.

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Outlanders. Experimenting with posting a list of HD Loader compatible games. When I found out that pumpkin_stew was no longer updating his HD Loader compatibility chart, I obtained permission from him to post it on my site.

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Added button icons to the Additional Links page.

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Added a new section to the Additional Links page, and fixed the page up a little.

Friday, February 3, 2006

Posted the character profiles of Iron Maiden Jeanne, Joco, Pilika (from Shaman King), Tiara (from Shamanic Princess).

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Mokey Magic, Noozles, Hello Kitty & Friends, Hyper Police. Attention atomofish, all e-mail sent to your address have been getting bounced back to me with the message that you're over quota. Please empty out your account or provide an updated e-mail address. If I have a question about one of your submissions and cannot contact you, then I'm going to start just skipping your submissions.

News & Updates for January 2006

Jura Basil Elden (Vandread)
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Posted my review of The War Within.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Posted my review of the RGT: G1 Light Gun from E-Real Games.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

It looks like my experiment for snatching a free high-quality brand-name laptop is going well! I just checked the status page on the account, and it shows that I had successfully completed my one and only offer, and it didn't cost me anything at all. The offer I choose was "MusicNow- Free Trial", for which the only conditions I had to meet in order to complete the offer was sign up for a 7-day free trial with a valid credit card. After I signed up, I could have ended the trial membership right then, but I decided to try it out a little first, and wound up canceling it the next morning.

That was 8 days ago, and now my offer is shown as completed. So now the only thing left is to convince 20 other people that they could really get a laptop for absolutely free. Friends and family should be easy to bring on board, which means I probably need to convince about 10 other people. So go try it out! Oh, and I should point out that if you do sign up and are about to click on an offer to check it out, make sure you disable any pop-up blockers you may have running, because the website pops-up a little window explaining the terms required to complete the offer.

Monday, January 23, 2006

My bright-green G1 light gun from E-Real Games arrived today! It's been a long time since I've been able to play a light-gun game at home, so you'll have to excuse me if I don't do a whole lot of updates this week. I have four PlayStation 2 light-gun games that I plan on playing into the ground, both because I love light-gun games and because I want to be able to give the most in-depth review possible for this product. E-Real Games has links to a few other reviews, but after reading them I have to say that I don't really trust them. All they really do is go on about how awesome the gun is, while we all know there is no such thing as a perfect product. Everything has flaws, and any reviewer that doesn't mention those flaws isn't doing their job.

My wife and I went to see the first showing of Underworld: Evolution today. The theater was far from packed, but there were a good amount of people scattered about. So everything started out as normal, but then midway through the film the projector stopped and the lights dimmed up. After about a minute, all of in the theater began to wonder if anyone even knew there was a problem, and I believe someone near the back was actually getting up to go tell someone just as the projector awakened from it's slumber. So like half a minute went by with the movie playing from where it left off, and yet the lights in the theater were still on, making the screen very difficult to see. So now we were all wondering if they knew the lights were still on, and then pow, the projector cut off again. After another minute, it started up once again, right where it left off, and about a minute after that, the lights finally dimmed so we could actually see it. And what really sucks is that all of this happened during a major exposition scene, so we all missed out on a lot of important information. A little rewinding would have gone a long way to helping us figure out what was going on, but alas, that didn't happen so we had to try piecing it together from actions and information that came later.

Anyway, the film continued fine from that point on until the end of the movie, but once the credits started to roll, the lights failed to dim up like they typically do. Since we prefer not to walk down the isles in the dark if we don't have to, we decided to sit through the credits until the lights came on. Plus, we figured that the projectionist might know something we didn't, such as the film having an extra scene at the end of the credits. Well, the end of the credits came, and there was no extra scene, but more importantly, the lights still didn't come on, so it was even darker in there than it was when the credits were rolling, and thus we had no choice but to find our way out in the dark.

Now, we've had films mess up before, and we understand that technical glitches happen. However, in every other theater we been in where something went wrong during the movie, someone has always come out, apologized, and offered everyone free popcorn and/or soda refills. Unfortunately, since my wife and I rarely eat popcorn or drink sodas, we've never been able to partake in their generosity, but we still alway appreciated the sentiment. During the event today, though, not only did nobody come out and offer us anything, nobody even came out to apologize! It was almost like they figured hey, the audience already paid their money, so what do we care. I know that's probably not true, but we are really at a loss in trying to figure out why nobody said anything. It's not like this was an exceptionally busy time of day.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Added a little bit of info about some of my past and present friends. I'll write a little about my future friends just as soon as I learn how to time travel.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Anime Fiction, The Animatrix. Posted the cartoon profile of Winx Club. Posted the character profiles of Bloom (from Winx Club); Asuma Satutomi (from Naruto); Miho Shinohara (from Fancy Lala); Kimblee, Izumi Curtis, Jean Havoc, Colonel Frank Archer (from Fullmetal Alchemist). Added a new description to the character profiles of Konohamaru, Fourth Hokage (from Naruto).

Friday, January 20, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Haunted Junction, Gun x Sword, Eyeshield 21.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Escaflowne: The Movie. Posted my review of Two For the Money.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Honey & Clover, Katsuhiro Otomo Presents: Memories, Gantz, Spring & Chaos, Final Approach, Younger Sister Juice, Remi the Homeless Girl, Rumbling Hearts, Hanaukyo Maid Team La Verite, They Were Eleven, Go! Machine Robo Rescue, Shadow Star Narutaru, Elf Princess Rane, Popotan, Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Macross: Do You Remember Love?, Speed Racer X, Beast Wars: Transformers, Transformers: Masterforce, Shadow Skill (TV series).

Congratulations to the winners of the Napster Trivia Trek! You just won some free stuff (though I don't remember exactly what). Okay you four, now head on over to the forums and commence bragging!

Rank Name Score
Grand Prizereba hendrickson18630
1st Place Sophie Brown 13600
2nd Place david Nielsem 13490
3rd Place mags 10800
Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Posted the anime profiles of Mighty Space Miners, NieA Under 7, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Xenosaga: The Animation, Xiaolin Showdown, Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Armored Trooper Votoms, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, Rune Soldier, Gate Keepers, Speed Grapher, Millennium Actress, Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek, Hyper Speed Grandoll, Bible Black, Ultimate Girls.

Monday, January 16, 2006

I saw something on a TechTV clip (view clip) recently that peaked my interest, and so I decided to try it out. Now I'm sure you've all seen those websites promising to give you really expensive free stuff just for signing up for "a few" online offers, where "a few" usually means something like 20 and most of the offers end up costing you money. Well, apparently there's this website does something similar, except that you only have to sign up for one online offer! And that offer doesn't have to cost you any money! Of course, there's one more step after that... getting your buddies to try it out as well. Normally, that would be the hard part. But seeing as how this is completely free, 100%, and you can end up getting a high quality laptop, 100% free, there really shouldn't be too much problem here.

Registering was easy, I just headed to the site, filled out my information, went through a stupid survey (just clicked No for everything), and selected my ONE and only ONE offer. The offer I chose was the MusicNow Free Trial. For that offer, all I had to do was sign up with a valid credit card (so that they can charge you if you don't cancel after the free seven day trial). Remembering to cancel was no problem, though, 'cause you can do it as soon as you sign up. Just go into the "My Account" section and click the "Cancel Trial Membership" link. No loops to jump through or anything! Now I just need to convince some friends that it's worth a try, and pretty soon I'll have myself a brand new Sony Vaio laptop and my friends will be well on their way to receiving theirs.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Posted my review of Streets of Legend.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Posted my review of The Return of the Pink Panther. Posted the anime profile of Video Girl Ai.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Posted the character profile of Timaeus Knight (from Yu-Gi-Oh!).

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Posted the anime profile of Ghost in the Shell: Tachikoma Days.

On Monday, CircuitCity.com started a special promotion for a Lexar 1GB JumpDrive Elite USB Flash Drive where it would only cost $29.99 after rebate. Needless to say, I tried to order one. However, as is my luck, it didn't work. The site said that the product was in stock, but when I tried to add it to my shopping cart I received the message:

The quantity you selected for the following item(s):

Lexar® 1GB JumpDrive Elite USB Flash Drive
exceeds the number of items that we have available for shipment. We have adjusted the quantity to reflect the number we have available. Please click Proceed to Checkout to continue.

I only tried to order one, which means that they didn't even have one available... so why was it listed as being in stock? And what kind of error message is that? It would makes sense if there were still some amount that it could add to your cart, but if there are absolutely none available then shouldn't there be a specific message stating that fact? I'm also wondering exactly how many they actually had in stock, because the promotion started on the 9th, and I tried to order mine before it was even noon. I also went back late that night to try it again, and again I got the same message, even though the site still said the product was in stock.

So I fired off a message to CircuitCity.com's customer service, and received a response the next day stating that the item was out of stock and they just hadn't updated the website. Wow. So even though the site knows how much product they currently have, the people still have to manually tell the site whether or not something is in stock? The message I received also said to "let us know if there is anything else we can do for you", so I responded to it asking for a rain check. What I got instead was a bounced e-mail. Double-wow. So tell me, am I supposed to feel comfortable buying technology from a place that seems to be technologically challenged?

Saturday, January 7, 2006

Posted character profiles of Juliet Douglas (from Fullmetal Alchemist); Operator (from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex).

Friday, January 6, 2006

Posted my review of Cry Wolf. Wow, first update of the new year! Happy new year everybody! Sorry I haven't done any updating in the past few weeks, but we were gone on vacation. I'm also sorry that I haven't been updating as much as I used to during these past few months. I've been a little preoccupied. Any hard-core Working Designs fans out there will probably know the basic situation behind that, but for the rest I'll go ahead and explain.

Working Designs is gone. The office has been closed and all the staff has been laid off. If you want to know why, go read the official announcement by Victor. Although I can't give out specific details behind the reason, I can tell you that I blame Sony 100%... and please feel free to do so as well. Anyway, my last day at the office came on Friday, August 26th, 2005, and with that my wife and I had to start planning out an uncertain future. The biggest question we had to ask ourselves is should we move? After all, the only reason we came to Redding was for the job. We had never even heard of the town before that. But alas, we decided to stay.

So that took place just over four months ago. Since then, Victor and I have teamed up to work on an independent project involving a cellphone game, whereby I had to learn how to convert code from the Java 2 Microedition (J2ME) language to Qualcomm's BREW language. That was quite a challenge, especially when trying to make it work with older versions of BREW for maximize compatibility. But I eventually figured it all out and am quite happy with the result. Hopefully we will be able to acquire more independent projects in the near future. The XBox 360 looks pretty cool. I wouldn't mind doing something on that. But until then, anybody out there need to hire someone to convert J2ME code to BREW? Anyone?

While things might not be great right now, at least they're not horrible either. Yeah, I'm currently on unemployment, but my wife is still bringing in a paycheck, and she just got a raise yesterday too. Congratulations, Honey! Victor is working on getting Goemon and possibly even Growlanser Generations sold overseas, so hopefully that will work out. I put a huge amount of time and effort into making Goemon as good a game as it could be, and am really proud of the final result, so I desperately want other people out there to have a chance to enjoy the game as much as we all have.

Anyways, it was only a few days after I finished work on the cellphone game that it was time to head off on our Christmas Cruise vacation. Yeah, I know what your thinking, you're like "hey, he just got laid off, is currently on unemployment, and yet somehow he finds the money to take a 10 day cruise down to Mexico?!" Well, you see... hey, wait a second, I never told you it was a 10 day cruise! And I never told you it was to Mexico! Who are you?! Ahh! No! What are you doing?! Ahhhhh! No! Let go of me! Help! Somebody! Mrphhh....!

Uh... where was I again? Oh yeah, the cruise was a lovely gift from my parents, so we didn't actually have to pay for it. All we had to do was come up with the money to do some of the shore excursions, and those weren't too expensive. We went on the cruise with my parents and my grandparents, so being able to just visit and talk was really great. The actual cruise itself on the other hand... well, lets just say that I don't think our future vacations will involve a cruise. But I'll write all about it a little later, after I've had a chance to get a photo gallery together put update our scrapbook.

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