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News & Updates for January 2010

News & Updates in February 2010

Madlax (from Madlax)
Sunday, February 21, 2010

Posted the anime profiles of Astro Boy, Project Blue Earth SOS, Kiddy Girl-and. Posted the character profile of Semmerling (from Riding Bean).

What a knockabout of pure fun that was! And by that, of course, I am referring to Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which I've played through twice completely now and am working on my third time through, in addition to Xbox Live online play. That game is a lot of fun, though it is awfully short and is void of any side jobs. I would have loved to been able to accept jobs at various locations in the city that were not part of the linear story line. Maybe they'll add that in the sequel.

So this has been a busy couple months. Back in December my wife, Treese, had her hip replacement surgery. She went in on the 21st and came home only two days later. Everything went great and she is healing nicely. My parents then came to visit about a week and a half later, and one of the days while I was at a dentist appointment the three of them went out to Turtle Bay, where Treese walked all the way across the Sundial Bridge and back, something she wasn't able to do before.

Oh, there was a 6.5 earthquake near Eureka on January 9th which both my wife and I felt. I've been through earthquakes before but that's the first one I really ever felt.

I bought a game called HeroScape on eBay which turned out not to be as much fun as I was expecting. I was thinking it would be similar to Hero Quest, but unlike that game there is little adventure or exploring or story. HeroScape is basically just a battle between opposing forces. I used to have Hero Quest, but have no idea where it is now. I'm pretty sure I left it at my parents house when I moved, but I've looked for it several times when I've visited and still haven't been able to find it. I would just buy a new one if they weren't so dang expensive. That was a great game and really deserves to be back in production.

Had an oil change done on my wife's car one night at Toyota (gotta love that free lifetime oil change!), and as soon as I got the car inclined on our driveway heading into the garage, the check engine light came on. So I took it back the next morning where one of the guys told me it was just a coincidence (yeah, right), but that they fixed it for free because it was nearby where they were working on the fluid changes the previous night.

So that was actually on Treese's car, which also needed new tires so I started looking into that. Eventually decided on American Tire because they were the cheapest by far from any of the other places, and their website had customer reviews on many different tires that would fit our vehicle.

On the 24th of January, I finally got around to replacing the fan in Treese's laptop. It's a huge pain in the butt to do since I basically have to take the entire thing apart, but the fan was just getting way too noisy. It took a few hours, but once it was back together the real pain started, as in the middle of booting up into Windows the main hard drive experienced a complete failure. Luckily, most of the data was on the secondary drive, so we didn't lose much, but I then had to back up all that stuff to my hard drive so that I could wipe it and make it the primary drive. Re-installing Windows and getting it all updated and re-installing all of her frequently used software literally took all night. I went to bed shortly after she had woken up. The sun had already started to rise, but thankfully we have blackout blinds in the bedroom.

Four days later we got a surprise visit from my Aunt Cherri and Uncle James. They had been visiting my parents and were heading home, so we all went out for breakfast and talked. This was like only the second time they had been to our house. The new hard drive for Treese's laptop arrived the same day, so I got that put in and all her data put back, which made her happy.

The following Sunday we went to visit my parents. It was kind of a spur of the moment thing, because someone had bought my 300 disc DVD player that I was selling on Amazon, and they just happened to live within a 30 minute drive of my parents' place, so we figured we could hand deliver it and not have to worry about FedEx being too rough with it. We had a nice visit and even stayed a day longer than initially planned.

I mentioned in a previous section that we had gotten a TV from my aunt to replace the one in our bedroom. For some reason, this TV would have strange color fluctuations when composite wires from various sources were ran through a switchbox into an RF modulator and out to the TV. Remove the switchbox and everything looked fine, or replace the RF Modulator with a very long 50ft composite cable and again everything looked fine. So what I ended up doing was running a 50ft cable through the attic so we could toss out the RF modulator. tested it before putting it in the attic and it looked perfect, but after I was done we now get a little big of line crawl on the screen. So either I bent it incorrectly while I was installing it, or there's some kind of minor interference happening only in the attic.

We didn't do much on Valentine's Day, but on the 17th it was a beautiful day outside so we went to the nearby park and took a walk. Can you believe we lived here like 10 years and never walked around there before? Besides the open fields and various ball courts, there's also a really cool wooden jungle gym-type play area for kids and a water fountain area, though the water play area was closed for winter. Definitely a nice place to take our kids, when we have them... which will hopefully be sooner rather than later.

Anyway, so right now my mother-in-law is visiting. This morning we all went to see Wolfman, which was just alright. Had some good stuff, but overall I felt it was kinda boring. Anyway, so that's what has been going on. Probably forgot some stuff but oh well. I'll post it later if I think of anything.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Posted the character profiles of Akira Takano (from School Rumble), Yujiro Hanma (from Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter).

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Posted my review of Dante's Inferno.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Posted the character profile of J (from Heat Guy J).


News & Updates in March 2010

Madlax (from Madlax)
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Posted my review of Ponyo (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Posted the character profiles of Cutty Flam (from One Piece), Kaito Kuroba (from Case Closed), Bouquet (from Blue Dragon).

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Posted the character profile of Andropov (from Blue Dragon).

Monday, March 8, 2010

Posted the anime profile of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Posted the character profiles of Mikoto Minagi (from Mai-HiME), Barasuishou (from Rozen Maiden Traumend).

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Posted the character profiles of Bo (from Shin-Chan), Ai Suotome (from Shin-Chan), Nene Sakurada (from Shin-Chan).

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Posted the character profile of Signum (from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A).


News & Updates in April 2010

Madlax (from Madlax)
Sunday, April 4, 2010

Posted the character profile of Jiro (from Blue Dragon). Posted the anime profile of Yumeiro Patissiere.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Started a new blog at Blogger.com: Ken's Blog.

Friday, April 2, 2010

My wife and I are still missing one Xbox Live achievement for the game Earth Defense Force 2017, the one where you need to collect all the weapons. We're only missing one weapon, but seems like no matter how much we play, the game just does not want to drop that one last weapon. We've beaten every stage on every difficulty so now we're just playing the second-to-last level over and over again on the highest difficulty until it gives us what we need. It's a fantastically fun game, but the monotonous nature of only trying to collect weapons can really become numbing. It's why we stopped playing it, but now enough time has passed that we decided to give it another shot. I really hope we'll be able to do it before getting sick of it once again.

Let's see, what's been going on... I guess the first thing since my last blog entry is that on February 26th, my wife and I went to a school play that the daughter of one of my wife's friends was in. It took place during the prohibition era and was enjoyable. Danielle didn't have a major part but I still think she did a great job. It had been a long time since I had been to a live play, and I think the last one I went to was also a school play. Oh, and we forgot to bring our tickets with us so when we got there we had to buy two new tickets :(

That brings us into March, where on the 1st we went to see Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief. It was alright, though I had been hoping for a bit more from the plot than basically just a search for three pearls. Oh, and the board game called Dark World arrived this day. I had sold the boring HeroScape board game and bought this new (used) one, which was supposed to be more similar to Hero Quest, but still just was not quiet as fun as there was no actual story and the rooms of the dungeon were pretty much always the same (except for random monster placements) as was the goal. What made Hero Quest so fun was that each stage had a story and rooms would be build differently and hallways leading to the rooms would be different for each story. And building the rooms when the door is opened was much nicer than spending a lot of time getting everything set up at the very beginning. So I sold that game as well, and replaced it with yet another game called The A-maze-ing Labyrinth. This game is much simpler than any of the others, though I haven't actually played it yet so can't say how enjoyable it is.

Apparently the next day, police came to the door looking for some guy who supposedly lived next door to us. I was sound asleep when it happened, so my wife was the one that answered the door, and she said that they were canvasing the whole neighborhood looking for this guy. We knew our previous neighbors, but after they moved out we still haven't gotten around to meeting our new ones. I know, that's terrible, isn't it!? I should go introduce myself tomorrow....

On the 4th, Treese's friend who had moved to D.C. but was in town visiting came over to visit and had me fix up her laptop. Then afterwards we went over to visit another of my wife's friends at their place because their computer had that stupid fake antivirus thing on it plus a bunch of other malware. It took until like 2 in the morning but I got it spic and span! Luckily they are both night owls like me. Their house is pretty cool too, decorated with all this Gothic horror stuff.

On the 6th we went to see Alice and Wonderland in 3D together with several of my wife's friends. I was really shocked by how boring it was. Felt like there was absolutely no story at all. I was also shocked that afterwards, my wife completely agreed with me! The 3D effects were nice and the film looked gorgeous and Johnny Depp made for a great Mad Hatter but my god the thing was just so dull I actually laid my head back and rested my eyes several times, nearly dozing off in the process. I don't think I have EVER done that with a movie in the theater before.

On the 9th my wife went in for wrist surgery to remove a ganglion cyst. Thankfully everything went well. The operation only took about 30 minutes, then had to wait around for another 30 minutes. Flash forward today and the stitches are out and the scar looks to be healing nicely. It's still tender but that's to be expected. She is going back to work on Monday, but only half days for now, so we'll see how that goes with the typing. I know she's eager to put her mind back to work.

Not much happened after that until the 19th, when I started to fix up our poor neglected gazebo. I did a few minor fixes, then started scrubbing the whole thing down in preparation for a whole new stain job. Started working on it in the evening before it got dark, then the next day until we were invited over to another of my wife's friends' place for a BBQ of oysters, shrimp, and steaks. (This is the same friend who's kid was in that play I mentioned earlier.) As usual I fixed up the computer, and the meal was delicious... well, the shrimp and steak. I'm not a fan of oysters. Danielle tried one, which was surprising, and turns out she's not a fan either!

The next day I finally finished all the scrubbing of the gazebo, but it was too late to start on the staining. That night we went over to her friend's place again (the goth couple this time) where we just hung out, watched TV and talked. We didn't get home until like 4am! I figure next time we should just bring sleeping bags. Anyway, so I didn't get an early start on staining the next day, plus I had to exchange the stain I had bought previously for a different color to more closely match the ceiling (which didn't need re-staining). I was in a hurry because my wife needed the car back to get to her doctor's appointment to get her stitches removed, and of course that's when I hit every light red on the way there and the way back, and can't find the color stain I'm looking for and nobody can find the person who is supposed to be manning that department! In the end, I made it back just in time.

Two days later and I finally finished staining the gazebo! And just in time too, because it was supposed to storm that night... and it did. That was the 24th, and the next day we actually had a hail storm! The hail lasted for about five minutes and luckily didn't seem to damage anything. Though I did notice some rotted wood that needed replacing on the gazebo, so still need to get around to fixing that.

On the 30th we went to see How to Train Your Dragon in 3D, and I really enjoyed it. I mean, the movie itself was good but the 3D effect was done really well, like it felt extremely natural, not gimmicky, especially during the flight scenes. So this new 3D definitely has it's place in movies, and it sounds like a lot of new movies are going to be using it, which actually has me a bit worried. Yeah, it works great on some of these, but does every movie need to be 3D? Standard 2D movies are great too, you know. And I really don't want to be shelling out these higher prices for every movie I go see. Ah well, guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Posted my review of Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2 Disc).


News & Updates in May 2010

Madlax (from Madlax)
Monday, May 31, 2010

Posted the anime profiles of El Cazador de la Bruja, Kampfer.

Thursday, May 10, 2010

Posted my review of X-Men Volume 5.

Hey, it's my birthday! Sure had fun too, starting out with returning something to Lowe's, then on to getting an oil change, followed that up with a trip to the post office, then a quick stop at Walmart to return something, and when I got home... I went out and dug more holes in my backyard as I'm still trying to find those damn sprinkler control valves! It was overcast and drizzling occasionally, but that just made it more fun. Good times, good times.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Posted my review of Iron Man - The Complete 1994 Animated Television Series.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Posted my review of The Drawn Together Movie - The Movie.


News & Updates in June 2010

Madlax (from Madlax)
Monday, June 14, 2010

Updated the Happy Lesson description.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Posted the character profiles of Rolo Lamperouge (from Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion R2), Mighty (from Bomberman Jetters), White Bomber (from Bomberman Jetters).

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Posted the character profile of Computer Society President (from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya).


News & Updates in July 2010

Madlax (from Madlax)
Friday, July 30, 2010

Posted the character profile of Ms. Serina Yamada (from Alice Academy).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Posted the character profiles of Arthur Jones (from Victorian Romance Emma), Al (from Victorian Romance Emma), Colin Jones (from Victorian Romance Emma), Eleanor Campbell (from Victorian Romance Emma), Emma (from Victorian Romance Emma), Grace Jones (from Victorian Romance Emma), Prince Hakim Atawari (from Victorian Romance Emma).

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spent the last few days reworking the HDLoader Game Submission Form so that submissions could have separate information for each specific HDLoader version and other HDLoader-like devices. Also, now the compatibility modes can be set with form checkboxes rather than having to specify in the notes area.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Posted the character profiles of Akiza Izinski (from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's), Nekane Springfield (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Anastasia Yurievna Cocolova (from Magic Teacher Negima!), Lancer (from Fate/Stay Night), Rider (from Fate/Stay Night).


News & Updates in August 2010

Madlax (from Madlax)
Monday, August 30, 2010

Sorry for the lack of updates this past month, most of my time spent working on the site was focused on the redesign, which I feel is finally ready. I'm sure it will need tweaks here and there, but hopefully nothing too major. This design moves the vertical navigation bar from the far left of the browser to directly right of the page's content. I think this looks better on high resolution screens, and it gives priority to the page's content rather than all the navigation links.

Another major change is the addition of background art which hopefully will make this place feel more like an anime site, and I think it's nicer to look at than generic titled backgrounds. I then made the content background semitransparent so that the artwork could actually be seen behind the content. If you don't like the transparency, you can turn if off in the Configuration Preferences.

Another new feature is the addition of a Meebo bar at the bottom of the page which allows you to chat with friends on various chat programs and social networks. This was one of two chat bars I was going to try out, but the website for the other bar, Wibiya, was constantly timing out so I never got around to testing that one.

Finally, I reduced the size of the header area by removing the two rows of navigation links and the top leaderboard advertisement. The navigation links, aside from being available in the sidebar, will also show up in the header when the mouse cursor is moved over any area except the banner. And the top leaderboard ad may have to come back if the revenue drops too much, so we'll have to wait and see on that.


News & Updates in September 2010

Madlax (from Madlax)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Posted the character profile of C-3PO (from Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Did a bunch of corrections and other information updates.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Posted the anime profiles of Gun Frontier, Ga-Rei -Zero-.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Posted the anime profiles of Detroit Metal City, Chu-Bra!!. Changed the behaivor of the side navigation bar so that the navigation list will automatically expand (if it is not already fully expanded) when the mouse cursor is held over it for one second, and will automatically collapse again when the mouse cursor is moved away. This way you don't have to click the "Show More" link to access the rest of the available navigation links.

One other minor change I made to the sidebar was to switch advertising companies for the first displayed skyscraper ad from AdvertiseYourGame to AdBrite. Both ad companies produced about the same amount of revenue so far this month even though the AdBrite ads were shown much less frequently, so I'm hoping that AdBrite will be able to generate much more revenue by being the primary skyscraper ad on every page.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Posted the anime profile of Bamboo Blade. Posted my review of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Posted the anime profile of Hetalia: Axis Powers. Discovered an error that caused the feedback form to function incorrectly, thus anyone who used it to send me a message from approximately July 28 through today, I'm sorry but I did not receive your message. The error has been corrected and the form is once again working properly. I deeply apologize for this inconvience.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Posted the anime profile of Shattered Angels. Added a second description to the Peach Girl profile.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Posted the anime profile of Dogs: Bullets & Carnage. Replaced the Meebo Bar with the Wibiya Web Toolbar. I wanted to try both for a while and see which one I liked better, but already it's clear that Wibiya has many more configuration options. So far, the only thing I don't like is that their website keeps timing out, which makes it difficult to actually configure all the settings.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Posted the anime profile of Fairy Tail. Moved the site search bar from directly above the first section title to directly above the first leaderboard ad. I think this makes the section title stand out a bit more. Added pretty new navigation links to the Site Updates, Archived Updates, and Press Releases pages to help make navigation between them a bit easier.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Added a new press release section.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Added a script from Apture which allows a visitor to easily search the web for any word or phrase they highlight on the page, and it does this in a little popup box without needing to leave the site.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I moved the site search field from the sidebar to directly above the start of the page's primary content. I thought it looked very squished over in that sidebar, so now it has stretching room, and a link to the advanced search page, and an option to search just this site or the entire web.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Posted the anime profile of El-Hazard: The Wanderers.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tweaked the new site design a bit. I added a checkbox to the top of the side navigation bar allowing for a more convenient way to enable or disable transparency. Also tweaked the settings for IE 7 and under to help speed up the page rendering.


News & Updates in October 2010

Madlax (from Madlax)
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Added a link on the Configure Preferences page that will clear the cookies for the site settings, restoring the default settings. Also, if you have not yet noticed, I've begun setting a new default background art for each month. The default can be overridden by selecting a background art from the Configure Preferences page.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Today is my sister's birthday, so Happy Birthday, Sis!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Posted the character profile of Soji Okita (from Peacemaker Kurogane).

Friday, October 1, 2010

Posted the character profile of Mari Illustrious Makinami (from Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance).


News & Updates in November 2010