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Monday, January 28, 2008

Posted my review of Turok: Son of Stone.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Posted the character profile of Wentzel Ahbe (from Black Lagoon).

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Rokuro Okajima (from Black Lagoon), Rosarita Cisneros (from Black Lagoon), Balalaika (from Black Lagoon), Rebecca (from Black Lagoon).

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Posted my review of Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 3: Fire, Volume 2.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress - Volume IV: The Bewitching Countess and Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress - Volume V: Erotic Exhibition.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Added some images to profiles that lacked any, and made various corrections. Not many updates were made these past since the new look and forums were unveiled as I've been fixing bugs and tending to the forums, adding features and templates.

So we went to see the midnight showing of Cloverfield on Thursday... and what a disappointment that turned out to be. It was shown entirely from the point of view of a single handheld camera, which meant a lot of shaking and a lot of looking at floors and ceilings. While we waited for the disaster to start, which seemed to take forever, it was like watching someone's home movie... BORING! Throughout the film you get glimpses of the monster but you really don't learn anything about it. So basically, it was dull and annoying.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!! Today I'm officially launching the new style for Absolute Anime. It's been in beta mode for several weeks, and since then I've made a whole lot of various corrections and tweaks. The new style has rounded edges and softer colors, so hopefully it's easier on the eyes. It also has a new side navigation bar which provides better access to not just other pages on the site, but also to sections within the current page. Behind the scenes, the new style does away with tables for the purpose of formatting... well, at least for the most part. There are some circumstances that pure CSS just cannot handle, and so tables become the only solution. I hope you like it, and please let me know if you find anything wrong with it.

Alcohol is evil! I rarely drink, as I'm just no good at it, but last night was New Year's Eve and we were over at a friend's place for a little party, so I decided to try my luck once again. I had taken a Zantac beforehand, hoping it would prevent the stomach I tend to get after drinking, and at first it seemed to work. My wife poured some Jägermeister and Red Bull mix in a little cup and it tasted pretty good. Soon after I started a second cup, the dizziness began to set in, but at least there was no stomach pains.

So when they opened a bottle of champagne, I partook in a glass, though by this time the room really seemed to be swaying, which made it hard to concentrate on conversation. The lady of the house suggested I try laying on the floor, and since I was feeling kinda dumb sitting there in the chair rocking back and forth for no apparent reason, I figured I'd give it a shot. Well, it didn't stop the dizziness, and I can't say if was any better than the chair or not, but what I can say is that once I was down, I knew there was no way I would be getting up under my own power. So yep, I laid there until it was time to leave.

On the ride home, I had to concentrate on breathing to keep from hurling. When we got to the house, I crashed on the couch, fully dressed, with a little waste bucket near by just in case I spewed. My belly was still aching this morning, and I ended up not even eating anything until like 3AM in the afternoon. But at least I new blew chunks! Despite all this, I still had a good time at the party, and so did my wife. It was WAY better than staying at home watching those boring New Year's television specials that run for like 10 hours straight.

Now, for Christmas, my wife and I went to visit my parents. That was fun too. We all got to go to my cousin Scotty's ceremony for becoming an Eagle Scout. Normally I find ceremonies boring, but this one was really cool to see. I actually paid attention the entire time, which is EXTREMELY rare. The next day we had lunch at my grandparents, with everyone sitting around the table with a nice big KFC spread, except that I opted for a sandwich instead. It's been a long time since I worked at KFC, but I still have no appetite for it yet. Perhaps someday.

That evening I spent working on my cousin Thera's laptop, which had gotten seriously messed up. For starters, there was this McAffee alert box that would pop up and never close, which made doing anything on the computer difficult because it was always on top so everything else was hidden behind it! After I finally got that removed, I ran virus scans and spyware checks and un-installed a whole bunch of garbage. And then I had to find some specialized malware removal programs to wipe out some of the really stubborn ones. I was up 'till like 3 in the morning working on it, and had to continue on the next morning! We were having Christmas dinner at my aunt's place, and I had just got everything finished as we were walking through the door that afternoon.

Christmas dinner, or I guess it'd probably be considered lunch, was nice and peaceful. We ate and talked, but we weren't able to stay very late since my wife had to work the next morning.


News & Updates in February 2008

Madlax (from Madlax)
Friday, February 29, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Tamaki Kousaka (from To Heart 2), Bikky McLane (from Fake), Barda (from Deltora Quest), Jasmine (from Deltora Quest), Lief (from Deltora Quest), Maiku Kamishiro (from Please Twins), Karen Onodera (from Please Twins), Lightning (from Teen Titans), Dark Ace (from Storm Hawks), Brick (from Powerpuff Girls Z), Amu Hinamori (from Shugo Chara), Nekki Basara (from Macross 7), Sheena Fujibayashi (from Tales of Symphonia), Hiroe Ogawa (from F3 – Ménage a Trois), Luak (from Black Lagoon), Chin (from Black Lagoon), Eda (from Black Lagoon), Chief Watsup (from Black Lagoon), Layla Hamilton (from Kaleido Star), Simon Trent (from Batman the Animated Series), Junichi Asakura (from D.C.), Riku Miyagusuku (from Blood+). Posted the anime profiles of Transformers: Zone, Shrine of the Morning Mist, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Perman, Appleseed: Ex Machina.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Family Guy, Kirari. Posted the character profiles of Dr. Ben K. Shinobi (from My My Mai), Cyberdoll May (from Hand Maid May), Mariko Kurama (from Elfen Lied), Megumi Hanajima (from Fruits Basket), Gray Michael Vincent (from Battle B-Daman), Himeko Katagiri (from Pani Poni Dash), Rebecca Miyamoto (from Pani Poni Dash), Tubalcain Alhambra (from Hellsing Ultimate).

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Helia (from Winx Club), Princess Stella (from Winx Club), Brandon (from Winx Club), Sky (from Winx Club), Seiji Sawamura (from Midori Days). Posted the anime profiles of Pumpkin Scissors, Tekkonkinkreet.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Nagasarete Airantou, Dragon Ball: The Path to Power. Posted the character profile of Solomon (from Blood+).

Monday, February 25, 2008

Posted my review of 101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Reiji (from Gravitation), Guano (from Kappa Mikey).

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Changed the JavaScript code for the image on the home page to use AJAX, so now your browser no longer has to download a giant JavaScript file full of image filenames and titles, and you don't have to click to open a new window in order to view additional information about the contents of the image. Also, you can now click on the left half of the image to view the previous image in the chain, or the right half to view the next image.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Posted the character profile of Rock (from Metropolis).

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Eri Sawachika (from School Rumble), Lilirara (from Shaman King), Miyako Todaiji (from Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne), Marucho (from Bakugan Battle Brawlers), Alice Gehahbich (from Bakugan Battle Brawlers), Runo Misaki (from Bakugan Battle Brawlers), Julie Makimoto (from Bakugan Battle Brawlers), Shun Kazami (from Bakugan Battle Brawlers), Daniel Kuso (from Bakugan Battle Brawlers).

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Ren Ichimoku (from Hell Girl), Dr. Black Jack (from Black Jack), Solty Revant (from Solty Re), Talho Yuuki (from Eureka Seven), Mikaze Honjou (from Stratos 4), Jamil Neate (from After War: Gundam X), Mikami Teru (from Death Note), Mojo Jojo (from Powerpuff Girls Z), Koyuki (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance), Konata Izumi (from Lucky Star), Kippei Katakura (from I Love Baby), Konan (from Naruto).

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Aquarion, Rebuild of Evangelion, Superbook, Uninhabited Planet Survival, King Fang, Hitohira, Kurau: Phantom Memory, Green Green, Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, Magical Angel Sweet Mint, Dinosaur King, Twin Princesses of the Mysterious Planet, Moonlight Mile. Posted the character profiles of Sweet Stuff (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Master Green (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Efreeti (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Mr. P. Umpkin (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Captain Stitch (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Haboki (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Dark Matter (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Photoron (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Heimdall (from Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok), Ohjiro Mihara (from Angelic Layer), Wally Kisagari (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Epsilon (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Alejo (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Rock (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Penelope (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Skunk Kusai (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Tobio Tenma (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Abercrombie (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Kennedy (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Denko (from Astro Boy (2003 remake)), Kaoru Kaido (from Prince of Tennis).

Today my wife got the promotion she was going after! Congratulations!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Croagunk (from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl), Mr. Mime (from Pokémon), Muk (from Pokémon), Blaine (from Pokémon), Sissy (from Pokémon), Madam Boss (from Pokémon), Professor Felina Ivy (from Pokémon), Miu (from DearS), Ren Ikuhara (from DearS), Nia (from DearS). Posted the anime profiles of Shugo Chara, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Amaenaideyo!!, Amaenaideyo!! Katsu!.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Claymore, Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho, Zegapain, My Pico, Yes! Precure 5, Psychic Force, Seto no Hanayome, Heavy Metal L-Gaim, Ookiku Furikabutte. Posted the character profiles of Misao-maru Kanonji (from Bleach), Neliel Tu Oderschvank (from Bleach), Shuhei Hisagi (from Bleach), Zangetsu (from Bleach), Sayoko Shiranagatani (from Spiral), Cordelia (from Romeo X Juliet), Lord Capulet (from Romeo X Juliet), Tybalt (from Romeo X Juliet), Antonio (from Romeo X Juliet), Conrad (from Romeo X Juliet), Lord Laertes Montague (from Romeo X Juliet), Francisco (from Romeo X Juliet), Curio (from Romeo X Juliet), Romeo Montague (from Romeo X Juliet), Juliet Capulet (from Romeo X Juliet), Rude (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Reno (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Iyo (from Animal Lane), Suki (from Avatar: The Last Airbender).

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Transformers, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Tide-Line Blue, Macross Frontier, Macross: Flash Back 2012, The God Family, Super Mario Bros.. Posted the character profiles of Teo (from Avatar: The Last Airbender), Hiya-n (from Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin), Giyan (from Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin), Ippo Makunouchi (from Fighting Spirit).

Friday, February 15, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Mega Man. Posted the character profiles of Clay Bailey (from Xiaolin Showdown), Dojo Kanojo Cho (from Xiaolin Showdown), Marshall D. Teach (from One Piece), Pell (from One Piece), Chase Young (from Xiaolin Showdown).

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Posted my review of Beowulf (Unrated Director's Cut).

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Posted my review of Medabots - The Complete First Season. Posted the anime profiles of Venus Versus Virus, Mega Man Star Force, Baccano!. Posted the character profiles of Shizuma Hanazono (from Strawberry Panic), Chizuru Naba (from Magic Teacher Negima!).

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Inuyasha: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass. Posted the character profiles of Nana Osaki (from Nana), Nobuo Terashima (from Nana), Junko Saotome (from Nana), Yasushi Takagi (from Nana).

Monday, February 11, 2008

Posted my review of The Aristocats (Special Edition). Posted the anime profiles of Nanaka 6/17, I Love My Younger Sister, Devil May Cry, 10 Tokyo Warriors, Idolmaster: Xenoglossia, School Days, The Five Star Stories, Strawberry 100%, Tokko, Inuyasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, The Powerpuff Girls, When They Cry - Higurashi, Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time, 009-1, Sonic the Hedgehog, Deltora Quest, Gargoyles, Lovely Complex, Red Garden, When They Cry. Posted the character profiles of Genis Sage (from Tales of Symphonia), Lloyd Irving (from Tales of Symphonia), Karen (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Prince Manic The Hedgehog (from Sonic Underground), Princess Sonia The Hedgehog (from Sonic Underground), Nina Wang (from My-Otome), Beast Boy (from Teen Titans), Henry Makaa (from Chibi Vampire), The Joker (from Batman the Animated Series).

I changed the background of the site from that dark, gloomy blue to the light-gray texture used in the previous site design. My thinking for using the dark blue when I redesigned the site was that darkening background would make viewing the screen easier on the eyes. But after a while, I noticed that it was really just bringing me down. I much prefer the lighter textured background. The one downside is that Internet Explorer 6 users won't get the translucent dropshadow.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Posted my review of Royal Tramp. Posted the character profiles of Kakuzu (from Naruto), Ibiki Morino (from Naruto), Tobi (from Naruto), Sai (from Naruto), Pein (from Naruto). Posted the anime profiles of Transformers: Animated, Pokemon 4Ever.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Storm Hawks. Posted the character profiles of Sumire Shoda (from Alice Academy), Ruka Nogi (from Alice Academy), Natsume Hyuga (from Alice Academy).

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Posted the character profiles of The Doctor (from Hellsing Ultimate), Lt. Col. Matsuda (from Black Lagoon), Dutch (from Black Lagoon), Benny (from Black Lagoon), Ryoko Asakura (from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Mikuru Asahina (from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Itsuki Koizumi (from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Kyon (from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Yuki Nagato (from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Pinoko (from Black Jack), Abraham Van Helsing (from Hellsing Ultimate), Walter C. Dolnez (from Hellsing Ultimate).

This past weekend I created another website, this one for the organization Friends of the Vallejo Public Library, to which my father is a member. Coming up with designs takes way longer than I'd like, and can be quite frustrating when encountering browser bugs where content doesn't display as it should. Yeah, you hear me Internet Explorer 6! Some bugs I didn't even bother to work around, like the translucent PNG dropshadow or the centering of the translucent PNG title. I figure most people have upgraded by now. And those who haven't deserve what they see. But anyway, at least when I'm all done I feel like I've accomplished a major victory!

On January 23rd my dad came up for a visit. He brought a nice armoire that my aunt was getting rid of, which fits nicely in the spare bedroom. We worked on the McCune Collection website while he was here, and talked about creating another site for the Friends of the Vallejo Public Library. We went out for dinner when Treese got home from work, and he stayed the night. So it was a nice visit.

I found out that my good friend from junior high, who lives in Arkansas, was in California a couple weeks ago for some job training. Unfortunately, it was in central California, which was too far for a visit. Andy Winemiller is his name, and he is now a certified Mac Genius! He works the bar repairing computers and all that fun jazz. I don't know much about newer Macs, as I've only used the older ones, and then only briefly. But the commercials sure make them sound awesome.

Lets see, what else has been going on... I cleaned the gutters last week. Big fun there, especially since it was FREEZING outside. But it needed to be done, and there were a couple days which had periods of no precipitation, so out I went to freeze my fingers off. While up there I noticed that some of our concrete tiles had come loose and were sliding into the gutter, so on Friday we had a guy from Wait Roofing come over to fix that. It was very minor repair work, as it was only the bottom ridge caps that had come loose, so there was no need to remove or replacing anything.

Okay, so before I wrap this thing up, I'd just like to say one more thing... on Monday of last week I started working on a new project. Let your imaginations run wild!


News & Updates in March 2008

Madlax (from Madlax)
Monday, March 31, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Eriru (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Yuri (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Febronia (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Kurogane (from Tsubasa Chronicle), Su (from Shugo Chara), Miki (from Shugo Chara), Ran (from Shugo Chara). Posted the anime profiles of Touka Gettan, Mnemosyne, Aoki Densetsu Shoot!, Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Backdrop Kirby (from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!), Starling (from Storm Hawks), Carver (from Storm Hawks), Ravess (from Storm Hawks), Garcia Lovelace (from Black Lagoon), Leigharch (from Black Lagoon), Shenhua (from Black Lagoon), Mr. Chang (from Black Lagoon), Captain Matthews (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Shelly Godwin (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Mary Godwin (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Sakura Mizrahi (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Joachim Mizrahi (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Lt. Louis Virgil (from Xenosaga: The Animation), chaos (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Shion Uzuki (from Xenosaga: The Animation). Posted the anime profiles of Vexille, Denno Coil, Glass Fleet, Dragonaut - The Resonance, Blue Dragon.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Gretel (from Black Lagoon), Hansel (from Black Lagoon).

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Posted my review of Sam & Max: Freelance Police - The Complete Animated Series.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Posted the anime profile of The Invisible Stud.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Variable Geo Neo, Flag. Posted the character profiles of Barret Wallace (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Marlene Wallace (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children).

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Posted the anime profile of The Powerpuff Girls Movie. Posted the character profiles of Boris (from Black Lagoon), Sister Yolanda (from Black Lagoon), Ringo Akai (from Mew Mew Power).

Monday, March 17, 2008

Posted my review of GRΣΣK - Chapter One.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Juli Mizrahi (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Gaignun Kukai Jr. (from Xenosaga: The Animation), MOMO (from Xenosaga: The Animation).

I was totally beat last night by the time I arrived home from the Microsoft Heroes Happen {Here} event that Victor and I attended earlier in the day. We woke at 6AM that morning so that we could be out of the hotel by 6:15. We arrived almost an hour before the event officially opened, though we were still able to check in. Good thing we got there early, because it didn't take long for the lines to grow. We walked around before the keynote was to begin, feigning interest in the various booths in order to get free swag. This mostly involved various pens, but it also included items such as a booklight, flashlight, AC/USB charger, and a stress-relief squeeze ball. Oddly enough, the only booth I was genuinely interested in had the best giveaway, a 2 GB USB flash drive bracelet... only they didn't actually have any because their stock hadn't arrived. Bummer. But I was able to help the dude figure out how to set his password.

Anyway, we intended to stick around to the end for the raffle, but a combination of getting up early, uncomfortable chairs, and boring speeches quickly got that plan chucked right out the window. So after the second presentation, we bolted and found our way to Fisherman's Wharf, where we each endulged in a clam chouder bread bowl at Boudin's, followed by a visit to Musee Mecanique to lighten our spirits with various games. Then it finally came time to head home.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Posted my review of Bee Movie.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Posted my review of Enchanted.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Girl's High. Posted the character profiles of Maria (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Eva (from Devil May Cry), Dante (from Devil May Cry), Mary (from Devil May Cry), Trish (from Devil May Cry), Master Cyclonis (from Storm Hawks), Junko (from Storm Hawks), Stork (from Storm Hawks), Finn (from Storm Hawks), Aerrow (from Storm Hawks), Piper (from Storm Hawks).

While adding the Girl's High anime profile, I visited the Media Blasters/Anime Works website... and it sucks soooo hard! You'd think a professional anime company could afford a decent web designer. Seriously, I would be incredibly embarrassed if I was running that website. First off, it has a front page which simply says "Enter Here". But clicking that link doesn't bring you into their site, it pops open a new full-screen browser window that you cannot resize and that does not contain any of your browser buttons, menus, or toolbars. And inside that window is one giant Flash-based page, which is broken down into several smaller sections. One section contains a video preview, which just starts playing... with sound. I guess they don't care that I was already listening to my own music and now have to hunt down where that strange audio is coming from so I can put a stop to it.

Anyway, to see more of a certain section, you gotta hold your mouse cursor over an arrow and wait for it to scroll to the part you want, then yank your mouse away so it will stop. Of course, in the lists of anime titles, determining which one you want is kind of difficult seeing as how they're using a white font on a light blue background, with a small aliased Times New Roman font which would be difficult to read even if where black text on a white background. Clicking on a title causes a thumbnail picture of it to load directly to the left, but this picture isn't actually a thumbnail, it's the full sized picture that is being scaled down to a thumbnail size. What's wrong with that? Besides the fact that it looks like crap (thumbnails should be re-sampled, re-sized), it takes like 3 seconds to load with a DSL connection. A true thumbnail would load pretty much instantaneously.

So then I spot ads scrolling by along the top, one of which has something to do with Voltron. So I try to click on that, but it scrolls away off to the left before I can click on it. I then notice that the scrolling slows when my cursor is over the ad area, so I move my mouse to the left, press the mouse button, and move to the right, hoping that I can grab the ad area and manually move it to the right in order to get the ad back, but this doesn't work. Whatever I clicked on pops open in a new window, and the scrolling goes faster than before. I then learn that when I hold the mouse over the left side, it scrolls faster to the left, and when I hold it over the right side, it scrolls faster to the right... so in order to get the ad that went off the left side, I have to hold my mouse cursor on the right side until the ad comes back, then quickly move my mouse over the ad before it scrolls of the screen again.

So I got the ad and clicked on it and yet another non-resizable button-less flash window opens with some Voltron content. Problem is, the right side is cut off, so I don't have access to any of the flash navigation buttons. Sighing, I switch from Firefox to Internet Explorer, which displays scroll bars so that I can access the navigation... where I see a button that says Trailers. Curious, I click on that, and it pops open yet another unresizable buttonless window. Damn Media Blasters, what's with the window fetish? Why do you like crowding up my task bar so much? Do you hate me or something? And when I tried to write them to inform them of mistakes I found, guess what... no contact info! I'm thinking they know it's super crappy and just don't want to field all the emails asking why their site sucks so much.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Tseng (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Elena (from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children).

Friday, March 7, 2008

Posted my review of Lil' Bush - Resident of United States - Season One. Posted a promo page for 3 Pigs and a Baby.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Masane Amaha (from Witchblade), Mitsuki (from Kappa Mikey), Gonard (from Kappa Mikey), Yes Man (from Kappa Mikey), Bao (from Black Lagoon), Ucha (from Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode). Posted my review of No Country for Old Men.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Posted my review of South Park - Imaginationland.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Tama and Friends. Posted the character profiles of Anti-Gnosis Humanoid Fighting System #00-00-00-00-1, Development name KP-X (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Koi Miyanaiya (from School Ghost Stories), Rock'n Lovin' (from Sugar Sugar Rune).


News & Updates in April 2008

Madlax (from Madlax)
Thursday, April 24, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Nephilim (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Jin Uzuki (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Albedo Piazzolla (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Pellegri (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Jan Sauer (from Xenosaga: The Animation), Child Onion Alien (from Gantz). Posted the anime profiles of Persona -trinity soul-, Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Tadase Hotori (from Shugo Chara).

Monday, April 21, 2008

Posted my review of How She Move. Posted my review of Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Chipmunk Adventure. Posted my review of Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Posted my review of SpongeBob's Pest of the West.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Posted my review of Cloverfield.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle. Posted the character profile of Knuckles the Echidna (from Sonic Underground).

Monday, April 7, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Musumet, Shonen Onmyouji, Vampire Knight. Posted the character profiles of Mimi (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Sheshe (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Azule (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Alala (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Lanhua (from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch), Joichiro Nishi (from Gantz), Takuma Ichijo (from Vampire Knight), Kaname Kuran (from Vampire Knight), Zero Kiryu (from Vampire Knight), Yuki Cross (from Vampire Knight), Iraga (from Outlaw Star), Hitoriga (from Outlaw Star).

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Pucca. Thought I'd try rotating the colors of the leaderboard-sized ads found at the top and bottom of the page.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Posted the character profile of Nadeshiko Fujisaki (from Shugo Chara).


News & Updates in May 2008

Madlax (from Madlax)
Friday, May 16, 2008

Posted my review of National Treasure 2 - Book of Secrets (Two-Disc Collector's Edition).

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Baldr Force EXE, Special A, The Tower of Druaga: Aegis of Uruk. Posted my review of Oban Star-Racers Volumes 1 & 2. Posted the character profiles of Kurumu Kurono (from Rosario + Vampire), Lavi (from D.Gray-man), Sigma (from Zoids Fuzors), Moka Akashiya (from Rosario + Vampire), Tsukune Aono (from Rosario + Vampire).

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Rosario + Vampire, Speed Racer.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Akatsuki Kain (from Vampire Knight), Hanabusa Aido (from Vampire Knight). Posted the anime profile of Blassreiter.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Soul Eater. Posted my review of Indiana Jones - The Adventure Collection. Posted the character profiles of Ikuto Tsukiyomi (from Shugo Chara), Yaya Yuiki (from Shugo Chara), Bob Makihara (from Tenjho Tenge), Lt. Shigeru Aoba (from Neon Genesis Evangelion), Lt. Makoto Hyuga (from Neon Genesis Evangelion), Frederica Sawyer (from Black Lagoon).

Friday, May 9, 2008

Posted my review of Drawn Together - Uncensored!: Season Three.

Tuesday, May 8, 2008

Posted my review of The Muppet Show - The Complete Third Season.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Kiseki (from Shugo Chara), Suzu (from Nagasarete Airantou), Ayane (from Nagasarete Airantou), Ikuto Touhouin (from Nagasarete Airantou).

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Posted my review of Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 3: Fire, Volume 3. Posted the character profile of Light and Darkness Dragon (from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX). Posted my review of Saludos Amigos / Three Caballeros.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Posted my review of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones - Volume Three.

My wife and I went to see Iron Man yesterday... and it was awesome! I'm really glad, too, because it was a needed escape. I was in Vallejo for most of the week, visiting my mom after she had an arterial spasm (which is like a heart attack). Don't worry, though, as she's doing fine.


News & Updates in August 2008

Madlax (from Madlax)
Friday, August 29, 2008

Posted my review of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (2-Disc Collector's Edition & Digital Copy).

Wednesday, August 28, 2008

Posted my review of Son of Rambow.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Posted my review of John Oliver: Terrifying Times.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Posted my review of The Best of Comedy Central Presents II Uncensored. Posted my review of Chicago 10. Posted my review of Wayside School - Season 1.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Variable Geo Neo Volume II - Fighters Clash.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Posted my review of Dexter - The Second Season.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Cornelia Hale (from W.I.T.C.H.), Masahiro (from Shonen Onmyouji). Posted my review of Transformers: Animated - Season 1. Posted my review of Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Posted my review of South Park - The Complete Eleventh Season. Wow, I haven't posted any personal news since early May! Guess I've been keeping pretty busy. Where do I even start? Well, back in May I was supposed to take my mom's place on a trip to New York with my dad, aunt, and a bunch of other people, but that didn't happen because the airline wouldn't allow us to change the ticket to my name. Then on Memorial Day, Treese and I went to a little BBQ at a friends place, which was a lot of fun. We actually ended up staying the night as neither of us was fit to drive home. I remember waking up once during the night and there was some Roger Corman show on cable about werewolves and vampires and naked chicks....

In June, Treese and I got the Lego Indiana Jones game and had a blast playing that. I don't think it was quite as fun as the Lego Star Wars, but it was still better than a lot of games. On the 13th we went to see the midnight showing of The Incredible Hulk, which was pretty good for the most part. I didn't really feel the romance that they tried to have going on, but the overall story was well done, and the action scenes were fantastic. Infinitely better than the previous movie. On the 22nd we had a major thunderstorm. Thick, bright lightening and deafening claps of thunder were constant. It rained, but not hard, and there were occasional hail storms, even though it was actually pretty warm out. Apparently all the lightning started a bunch of major fires. A couple days later, ash fell from the sky pretty much all day. It was hard to see with the naked eye until it piled up on a car or something. Soon after that, the whole town looked, felt, and smelled extremely smokey, like the entire town wass having a BBQ.

In July, we drove down to Vallejo and visited with family for the July 4th weekend. While there, we went to see Wanted, which Treese liked, but neither my mom nor I thought was all that great. The holiday get together took place at my aunt's house, and there were quite a few people. After the BBQ dinner, we all played this game called Bunco. Most of us never heard of it before, and it is completely luck-based, but still it was enjoyable. At the end of the game, I was actually tied with my mom, so we played a tie-breaker game of which I ended up winning. Since everyone put in money at the beginning, winners got cash rewards, so that was able to help fill up our tank for the drive home.

Then on the 28th, my mom and sister came up to visit. The following day we went to Turtle Bay and did the whole walk across the sundial bridge thing and walk around the garden. After a quick snack outside at the cafe, we went indoors and looked around, then finally got to the main purpose of the trip there, viewing the exhibit of preserved bodies. I love horror movies and slasher flicks, but still this was kind of freaky. The rooms were kept cold, which made me chilly since I had on shorts, sandals, and a short-sleeved t-shirt. Unfortunately, Treese wasn't able to come with us as she had to work, but I suspect that I'll be heading back there sometime this weekend to see it with her.

And now we're into August. On the 4th I was made a member of the phpBB MOD Team, so I had to download and learn about TortoiseSVN. My first task was to update the MODX Tech Specs page. After that, I updated the XSL file that is included with all MODs. On the 7th I attempted an upgrade of the Flash Chat chat system for the forums, and ended up accidentally destroying the database, so I spent most of the next day fixing it from the latest backup. On Tuesday, Treese, Victor, and I went to the midnight showing of Tropic Thunder, which was just as good as the commercials made it out to be, so we were all happy about that. Let's see, what else... oh, Treese has been working on building her Lego Death Star, which looks fairly close to completion. I think she may finish it by this time next week. And I guess that's about it.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Posted my review of Comedy Central's Kenny Vs. Spenny Uncensored - Volume One.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Posted my review of Transformers: Cybertron - The Ultimate Collection.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Posted my review of Drillbit Taylor (Extended Survival Edition).


News & Updates in September 2008

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Posted my review of Lewis Black's Root of All Evil Uncensored.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Posted my review of High School Musical 2 Deluxe Dance Edition. Posted my review of 102 Dalmatians.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Posted my review of 101 Dalmatians. Posted the anime profile of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Posted my review of Child's Play (Chucky's 20th Birthday Edition). Posted my review of Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Posted my review of Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Alvinnn!!! Edition.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Posted my review of Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 3 Collection.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Posted my review of Alvin and the Chipmunks Go to the Movies - Daytona Jones and the Pearl of Wisdom.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Posted the character profiles of Vincent Bari (from Zatch Bell), Gustav (from Zatch Bell). Posted my review of The Presidents Collection.

Man, I can't wait for fiber optic internet to reach Redding. Right now we're on DSL, and during the summer we have constant and frequent disconnects. Sometimes it will re-connect right away, while other times it can take hours. Sometimes it works fine all day, sometimes it'll disconnect once or twice, and sometimes it will disconnect continually, all day long. It can be extremely frustrating. We had an AT&T tech guy come out to the house on Thursday (originally scheduled for Friday, but he called to say he has some free time) to check out the wiring, but all his instruments said everything ran fine. I suppose it could be the modem, but it's located in a well ventilated area away from other electronic, it doesn't get hot, and it has never been abused, so I have my doubts.

Everyone have a nice three-day weekend? We had originally planned to go check out some movies, but ended up playing Earth Defense Force 2 almost the entire weekend. We're almost to 90% complete, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I really don't know how we're going to beat several of those stages on the Inferno setting. The weapons we have just don't see adequate enough to accomplish the task, yet the game isn't giving us any new one. So right now we're doing some "armor-farming" to build up our hit points, but I'm thinking it's going to take more than a lot of HP to conquer these stages.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Posted the anime profile of The WINGS of REAN.


News & Updates in October 2008

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Posted the character profile of Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai (from Bleach).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Posted the anime profiles of Blade of the Phantom Master, Best Student Council.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Posted my review of Tinker Bell.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Posted my review of Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Posted my review of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Posted my review of Comedy Central Salutes George W. Bush. On Friday I signed up with a website called PubMatic, which is supposed to help optimize which advertisements are shown on the site in order to get me the most money. Hopefully it will work good enough so that I can actually remove an ad or two, but I'm not going to hold my breath. Anyway, it's picking various color combinations for the ads to see which ones perform better, so be prepared to see some weird colors before it finally has enough data to settle on a decent color scheme. Dang site, why'd it have to become so popular?!

My chair, a glider recliner with glider ottoman in microfiber midnight black broke today. Actually, it was just one screw that snapped, but it was an important screw. Fortunately, I have a backup screw... unfortunately, I cannot get the second half of the old screw out of the hole. I'll probably try drilling it out tomorrow, as it be a shame to waste a perfectly good chair just because of one stupid screw.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Today is my sister's birthday. Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Posted the anime profile of Strait Jacket. Posted my review of Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars (Graphic Novel). Posted my review of My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Posted my review of Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead. Posted my review of The Happening. Posted my review of Lil' Bush - Resident of United States - Season Two.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My wife and I are back from our one week vacation to Lake Tahoe! Actually, we've been back for like a week now, as we left on September 26th and got back October 4th. We went with my parents, and it was a great trip, very different than most vacations we take. Usually we end up going out each and every day to see sights and partake in activities, but this time we really only went out every other day, so we actually got a lot of time to just lay back and relax. It's easy to forget that this is an important part of taking a vacation.

You may notice that I've posted a lot of DVD reviews recently, and not a whole lot of anime updates. This has a lot to do with all the free time we had just chilling in front of the television, as well as the convenience and availability of my wife's laptop for writing up some first draft reviews at night after everyone else was settling into bed. And I'm truly glad they had a DVD player also because they sure didn't have that many channels. Maybe like around 20-30 all together, and a bunch were in various states of static.

We were able to get wireless internet where we were staying, but even so I still choose not to check my e-mail for the entire time we were there. I was on vacation after all! Of course, that meant I had a ton of it when we finally got home. What's worse is that I was already backed up with e-mails before we left. If you sent me a message and haven't heard back yet, I'm terribly sorry! I will definitely read every message eventually, but I'm pretty confident that there's no way I can reply to every single one. If your message requires a response, then I'll hit you back, otherwise just know that I either have or will at some point read your message, so thank you for sending it.

Once we were back at the house, we soon realized that something was wrong with our television programming, as some of the shows TiVo tried to record actually turned out to be shows on a different channel, or of a black screen saying we didn't receive the channel. After a few days, we figured out that certain channels would be dropped from our DirecTV lineup, only to reappear later on. I called DirecTV's tech support, and we went through and tried a bunch of stuff to fix it, but nothing worked. Then I was told the next step would be to send a tech person out, for which I would need to cough up $70....

Wait a sec... so you want me pay a bunch of money to have someone come over to the house and find a way to get the channels that I am already paying for but not receiving? How does that make sense? Shouldn't you be refunding me money because I'm not getting what I'm paying for? So I said "no thanks, I'll just switch to cable". She then said she could waive the $70 fee if I subscribed to some kind of protection plan for $5.99 a month. Uh... again, that'd be me paying more money just to ensure I'm getting what I'm paying for. No thank you.

Thus, we signed up for Charter cable a couple days ago. We did one of those package deals where it's cheap for six months and then the price gets jacked up, so we'll be saving some dough for a little while. After the six-months is up, the price is still about the same as what we were paying for DirecTV, so that's fine, though I'll probably call and see if I can't negotiate a better price. Anyway, the installer should be here tomorrow sometime between 1-3 to get everything set up, and since the house is already wired for cable, I don't expect it will take much doing.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Posted my review of Iron Man (Ultimate 2-Disc Edition).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Posted my review of South Park: The Cult of Cartman - Revelations.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Posted my review of Sleeping Beauty: 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Posted my review of Schoolhouse Rock: The Election Collection. Posted my review of 101 Dalmatians II - Patch's London Adventure.


News & Updates in December 2008

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Posted my review of The Cheetah Girls - One World (Extended Music Edition).

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Posted my review of Horton Hears A Who!.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Posted my review of Power Rangers: Jungle Fury - Into the Jungle & Way of the Master.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Posted my review of Transformers Energon - Ultimate Collection.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Posted the character profile of Toto (from MAR: Marchen Awakens Romance). Posted my review of The Day The Earth Stood Still (2-Disc Special Edition).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! My wife and I went to visit my parents, where we had a nice turkey dinner. My sister couldn't be there because she's in Florida for the month, but at least we got to chat on the phone a little. It was a pleasant, relaxing trip. Oh, and we all went to see Quantum of Solace while we were there, which I had been wanting to see.


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