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News & Updates for January 2018

Madlax (from Madlax)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Posted the character profile of Ruka Tsuchiya (from Revolutionary Girl Utena).

The screen back plate for my laptop arrived last Wednesday so I was finally able to get that put back together. I then started preparing to do a fresh Windows reinstall on my main PC because it has been acting up lately. First I had to figure out how to get all of my different development environments set up on my laptop like they were set up on my PC so that after the reinstall I would know how to do it, and in case something went very wrong with my PC I would still have my development environments set up and available. Certain programs had to be installed in a certain order with specific SDK versions and environment variables had to be set and updated at specific points. It was a huge pain but I got it done and documented the entire process so I could replicate it once I finished reinstalling Windows. The Windows reinstall took quite a while with all the backing up and install and updates and reinstalling all my programs, but it went pretty smooth and my PC is up and running again and seems to be working well.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Posted the character profile of Kazuto Kirigaya (from Sword Art Online).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Pokemon DP Galactic Battles and the article Can We Expect an eSports Anime in 2018?. Merged two profiles together since it turns out I had accidentally created two profiles of Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne a while back.

The noticeable lack of updates for the past few weeks is due to a few reasons, one of which is that my laptop is currently disassembled and will remain that way until the new back cover arrives. I put in a new power port the other day since the one that was in there was very loose and the power cord would constantly slip out, but until the back panel arrives which the screen attaches to I can't put it back together.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Vocaloid.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Bolts and Blip.

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great and safe time last night!

News & Updates for February 2018

Madlax (from Madlax)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

I got back from Vallejo on Sunday after three weeks away. I enjoyed my stay, getting to visit with my grandparents a lot and finally getting to work on some phpBB 3.2 extensions that I hadn't had the time to work on before. It still felt good to be home, though. Unfortunately it now feels like I'm starting to get sick :( as I have a persistent headache, constant chills, and my muscles ache for no reason. I'm really hoping it doesn't get too bad....

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Posted my review of Cool Tokyo Guide: Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi and Godzilla.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Posted the character profile of Nanami Momozono (from Kamisama Kiss).

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Posted the character profile of Kotonoha Katsura (from School Days) and the article Why Do You Need To Try Anime Slots?.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2. Set the site to automatically switch to the https protocol.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Posted the article Check out anime-themed games over at Wizard Slots!.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Updated the character profile of Vegeta Jr. (from Dragon Ball GT)

News & Updates in March 2018

Madlax (from Madlax)
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Starvengers. Fixed bugs in my indexing and page build scripts that got introduced when I removed file extensions. Fixed a bunch of typos and corrupt Unicode characters in Japanese names. Found two separate profiles of the same anime so I merged them into one. Found an orphan character profile which I attached to the proper anime series. Fixed the button in the top toolbar that scrolls you to the top of the page when clicked.

I put a new serpentine belt in my car yesterday. I didn't have the correct tool I needed, a 19mm torque socket wrench, but thanks to Nextdoor.com I found a nearby neighbor who let me borrow one. This was my first time changing a serpentine belt and it went a lot easier than I was expecting, taking less than half an hour. Once I was done I started up my car and there was no more squealing!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Dino Mech Gaiking.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Posted the character profile of Alcyone (from Magic Knight Rayearth). Posted the anime profile of Grandizer.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

I removed the file extensions from all the internal links and while doing so fixed a bunch of typos I came across as well as messed up links and various other minor issues.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Great Mazinger.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Posted the article Four Slot Games That Remind Us Of Popular Anime.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Back in August I made an update to the website which allowed pages to be accessed without having the file extension on the end. That seemed to work well, so today I made an update to automatically remove the file extensions when possible. Hopefully this will give URLs a little cleaner look.

Our local Kmart and Sears stores are both closing, which is kind of sad. They weren't the best stores in the world... or in the town... but I enjoyed getting free and heavily discounted stuff with the Shop Your Way program. I would usually play their sweeps games in the evening while watching TV and end up with about $10-$15 every couple weeks, enough to purchase various household necessities. Sometimes they would offer Surprise Points, which they now call Free Cash, that would get me other stuff for free or very cheap. The program wasn't that great and often had restrictions that weren't listed, but it was still nice to get free toilet paper or dish soap or whatever. Twice I even ended up really winning the sweepstakes! The first time I won some exercise equipment like a weight set, mini trampoline, jump rope, kettle bells, an exercise watch, and probably some other things I can't think of. I kept and used some of the things, gave others away, and sold the rest.

The other sweepstakes I won was called the SHC ONLY: FOR THE HOLIDAYS and the prize for that was a $100 in points... except that they never gave me the points and I assume none of the other 4 winners got theirs either. When checking the status of the sweeps it used to say that it was pending as they were contacting the winners, but then it changed to "We didn't get enough completed entries into this Sweepstakes within the time allotted, therefore a winner will not be chosen". The official rules don't mention anything about a minimum number of entries so I call shenanigans! The Shop Your Way (info@shopyourway.com) people said I needed to contact sweeps@searshc.com, so I did. Many, many times. But I never received a response and info@shopyourway.com had no other contact information and wouldn't do anything to help. So that was frustrating and disappointing... kind of like the closing of these stores.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Posted the character profile of Caldina (from Magic Knight Rayearth).

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Posted the character profile of Tamaki Kawazoe (from Bamboo Blade).

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Posted the character profile of Moomintroll (from The Moomins).

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Posted the article The Rise Of Anime Culture In Western Society.

News & Updates in April 2018

Madlax (from Madlax)
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Slightly updated the look of the Add Anime and Add Character pages, and the News page. Added a new title to the PS2 HDLoader Compatibility List.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Added a new page for my phpBB 3.1/3.2 Extensions.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Added a few titles to the PS2 HDLoader Compatibility List.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Added a few titles to the PS2 HDLoader Compatibility List.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Fixed the Google Search bar again. After performing a search, an icon would display to the right of the search field for clearing the search terms and that would cause the search bar to drop to the next line.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Posted the anime profile of sola.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Implemented a new script for processing and displaying all the updates pages. This script reads and processes the data files on the fly. Prior to this I had a local script that built the pages prior to uploading to the web server. Processing data files on the fly means that multiple files can be processed and displayed on the same page, so an entire year of updates can be displayed even if those updates are spread across multiple files. This is one more step in my efforts to get all pages to be built on the fly so I can get rid of the pre-processing scripts I currently use to build most pages. The new updates page also has an nicer, simpler URL: https://www.absoluteanime.com/updates. While I was working on that script I also fixed some HTML errors and some incorrectly displayed UTF-8 characters.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Posted the anime profile of Voltron of the Middle Universe. Fixed some more messed up links and more typos.