Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Where my search box would lead you to now

How this thing is works is like a mystery when I first put them on my blogs about half a year ago. I noticed that people had used it, but less than 1% of them had clicked on it as it works the same way as the most popular search engine. People were expecting things relating to my blogs, but they saw things from all over the web instead.

Just a while ago, I went to the search settings and saw this option highlighted in red below:

It was on "The entire web" option... no wonder. I entered the list of site people might be searching for below and it works! Reason why I didn't notice this earlier was that I never used it myself! :P

PS. This post wasn't planned, so this is my actual final post for 2008. The previous was the Autumn 2008 review on my main blog.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Japanese Main Blog URL changed

The URL for the main blog in Japanese has been changed as follows

New: http://虹を追いかけて

Alternatively, you can use or to go to the website. The old URL will now redirect you to the English version.

Friday, December 12, 2008

rejected version of "Alternate Dimension (Part 15)"

I was going to finalize part 15 of this story and post it today, but I found it unsuitable to post as the finalize version. Here is the storyline that was rejected in quotes below:

(continued from part 14)

With the events that happened during the summer break behind us, I found myself at the little known scientific research & development building at the college area of the school campus. I don't know how long ago that was, but I'm wearing the winter uniform already. Saeko had went to the music club for practise, so I'm now all alone by myself in the testing room, lying down on the soft floor, filled with electrical devices of some sort. I don't know why I'm here, how I got here, or what to do with these devices. There appears to be a mirror on one side of the wall, but I strongly suspect that it is a one-way window with someone watching me on the other side.

I'm seem to be somewhat more energetic than what I thought I normally was. At one end, there is what seemed like some kind of a cord plugged into a computer at one end of the room. I looked down and I seem to be sitting on it. I got up, but to my horror, I found out that the wire was plugged into me, somewhere through my bottom. I tried to unplug it at either end, but no matter how hard I tried, it won't event budge. Jumping around the room like crazy doesn't help either as the computer I'm connected to doesn't even budge, although strangely, I was able to carry it around without difficulty. Did someone, with this, program me in such a way that anyone but myself would be able to remove this? The idea of me being programmed is scary.

Giving up, I went there and check if there's anything on it. Let's see... Oh! I see a drive that goes into several petabytes! And there doesn't seem to have a limit on it! But what drive is that, and why is it so big? Most of the stuff I see in there looked awfully familiar, but not sure where I saw it... Hey, my favourite music by The Clip Files is there! Let's play it!


The music player appears to be playing the song as I can tell from the visualization, but I heard nothing. I unmuted the audio and then increased the volume. Next thing I knew, the song came out of my mouth in my voice, as though I was singing that song. Musical instruments were completely absent, but if there are multiple voices saying different things at the same time, I would also hear those multiple voices at the same time too, but in my voice. I can't stop singing until the song ends or when I hit the stop/pause button. What was that?

At that moment, I heard myself in a monotonous voice (unlike when I was "singing" just now) saying "as Mamiko utters to herself". I find that part rather annoying, why can't I get rid of it?! ("as Mamiko shouted in frustration"). Gaaaa!!!!!

After calming down, I checked what else is on there. What's this "adjust settings"? Let's see... change language to this. それに… あれ? 私はなにをお話?この言語はなに?なぜこの言語は私に知ってるの?あぁー!もどて!もどって! Hmm? Oh, I didn't know changing the language would affect the language I speak in. Ha ha. Video capture shows exactly what I'm seeing, judging by infinite tunnel I see on the screen. Oh look, I see a recently created file in this very large drive. Let's move to another drive!

I found myself sitting at the computer in some room. What was I doing earlier? Let's hit the undo button and see what happens.

Woah, I didn't know moving that file would make me forget what I was doing earlier. I checked myself, it seems I am wearing something underneath this unifrom. Oh, it that "swimsuit" I was forced to wear, and my bottom is where on my body this cable is connected to, though it looked as though it was pierced through. I want to remove it because I would easily slip off when I try to sit down. I tried to remove it, but can't. Even stabbing or shooting myself would leave the knife or bullet bouncing off without a scratch. Not even a grenade exploding in my hands can harm myself. Wahahahaha! Even restraining or injecting stuff to me doesn't work! I then run around like crazy all over the room, though I can't go far because of the stupid thin cable attached to me that I can't remove.

Next thing I knew, I was knocked out. I find that a relief as I was going crazy.

Ever since my clone reappeared after she went missing during the summer vacation, she has been behaving rather strangely, sometimes to the point that it even scares me. Her eyes however, tells me that she's pleading me for help as she can't control her body. I wonder if that colleague of mine intentionally did something to make her go crazy, or did something wrong happened?

I find it hard to restrain her as she keep messing up the house like an animal and easily break stuff around the house. However, the easiest way was to just connect any kind of plug, string, pin or wire onto any part of the "swimsuit" she's wearing (but can't remove). That way, she can't remove the ends of the wire, and devices it's attached to (as long it's not hanging in the air after doing so), herself and the distance she can move is restricted to how short the wire is.

The person in charge of the place I was cloned has been away for a long time as he's involved in something with the world health organization at one of the poorest countries in the world. Sounds like he's doing a good cause there by helping the poor there with their health problems.

I typed up to there before I gave up. I know I it's long and spent a lot of time writing this, but I find it too sexually suggestive and doesn't really go anywhere storyline-wise. I tried to fix it by putting the alternative point of view below that horizontal bar (above the image in the middle), but it doesn't really help. I could put up the corrected version, but I'm thinking of a dramatic change to the storyline or starting another (3rd) story from scratch.

Excuse me while I do the v0045 vector.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Outlines of vectors to be added

Outlines of my vectors starting from v0001 will appear in the drawings blog quite soon. Exceptions are v0014, where there are no outlines at all, and v0007 to v0010, which are rejected.

When doing the ones before v0014, I would have to separate the outline from the colour by placing it in a separate layer. As the way I do the vectoring in those are more complex than recent ones, it's quite hard and time-consuming to make changes.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Technology blog layout changed

(Note: Image is 0.99MB)

I have changed the blog layout of my technology blog to what you see in the picture. The code used to make this is the same as all my other blogs, but with several changes to the code here and there.

The font used you see is "Myriad Pro", which is also used on some versions of iPod and used as Apple Inc.'s corporate font. This font is included with recent versions of Adobe Reader, but it's not installed on the PC. To do so go to a directory like "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Resource\Font\MyriadPro-Regular.otf" and copy it to "C:\Windows\Fonts". "Segoe UI" works fine too.

I'm not yet done with this yet as you can see the header from the English version of my Anime blog in the middle of the screenshot. Other than that, the blog does look nice.

Monday, November 10, 2008

English main blog theme changed (Nov 2008)

I have changed (again) the theme of my main English-language blog from Autumn to Winter. Reason why I'm doing it early is that I would foresee not having the time to do so when the time comes. Right now, I have changed mostly everything except the header image and blog title & description, since I have yet to decide on a suitable image and can't change the colour of the text there until I have chosen the image beneath it.

22:32 edit: I have found the images for the banner. The concept you see now is not new: it was used back in April this year, but now I know how to easily position the images that are not positioned to the left.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New top navigation menu

I have redone the top navigation bar of the Japanese-language version of my main blog a while ago. Even though it looks complete, I still need to check for alignment problems on Trident and WebKit-based browsers. Speaking of Trident-based browsers, I won't be fixing problems that only appears in IE6 as that is, by today's standards, outdated.

As the links in the new navigation menu are carried over from the earlier version, I need to remove some codes (eg. background image) in order to fit in nicely. Currently, the links are aligned towards the left. I want it to be at the center. The search box has been moved from the other navigation menu and on to the new one.

I'm thinking of applying this to the English-language version too, but seeing that I am going to change the current autumn theme to winter somewhere between the end of this month and the beginning of the next, maybe later.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

progress of vector v0029

I started doing this on the night of 30 October and normally be able to complete it within 24-48 hours from the starting time.

What is taking it longer than usual is that, apart from distractions not relating to this, is that you may have noticed that the outline closely matches the nearby colour region instead. On my earlier vectors, I would use the default black (#000000) instead for the outline. But that was until I discovered this feature, along with the blurring effect. I should get around to complete this soon. When it's ready, it should appear at the "My Drawings"/"自作絵" sections of my main and anime blogs, along with a post on the drawings blog, with a resolution much larger than what you see here..

Speaking of blurring, you might have noticed that v0022 had been edited closer to the source image with the pink shadow effect. I wanted to do that effect via radical gradient, but it did not turn out well. So I had instead used a 25% transparent pink as the background instead until I fixed it. Another is the shadow part of v0011: It didn't look nice on shapes with angular lines and flat colours overlapping each other. The solution was to blur it.

You might have also notice in both cases that a white non-transparent, background has been used instead of a totally (or semi) transparent one. It's not noticeable if the colour underneath it is white, but when placed against black or orange background, it wouldn't look nice.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

some minor changes

I have change the layout of the drawings blog to a version that I had used back in August or earlier (based on the fact that my latest drawing when I retrieved it was at v0013) on my main blog. Previous layout for the drawings blog was "Minimalism", one of the default Blogger XML layouts. Do note, however, that the current one uses the older classic template.

With winter coming around the corner, about a month away (December), I have yet to decide to use a new layout or just modify the existing one. The latter looks messy at the current state, but the former is difficult to edit from the "Fonts & Colors" layout settings, though that was what the latter was at the beginning.

I have also edited the Japanese-language version of my main blog. I have reduced the sidebar header font size, eliminated the weird empty spacing surrounding that and the sidebar contents. Overall width of post has been reduced from 100% to 96% (at about the same time I did the layout fix) and now 80%. This is so that more of the background can be seen.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

anime blog layout replaced

As mentioned yesterday, I had problems with the blog layout with the English Anime blog layout. It's based on the layout on my main blog, but has been modified to look like the layout that was replaced.

As a result, the weird empty spaced is removed, the text now flows more nicely. Stuff that didn't get carried over from the old one includes:

  • background for blog title
  • imaged-based borders (replaced by CSS of the same colour)
  • background for blog title and description (as above)
  • tab-like navigation links
  • background of the sidebar
  • sidebar header font, colour, size
Not much noticable difference actually, more of under-the-hood stuff. Might apply this layout on the Japanese version, but looking at the current state, that might not be necessary.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

navigation menu updated

(see also; older ver)


Profile and Blog Updates
日本語版 | 英語版 | 更新 | 技術 | アニメ(日本語英語) | ゆかりちゃん
Japanese | English | Updates | Technology | Anime (jp/en) | Yukari-chan


Profile and Blog Updates
Japanese ver
English ver
Anime (jpn)
Anime (eng)

(may look different due to the blog template and CSS codes that may overide the ones used here)

I have updated the navigation menu to what you see above. The older version by itself is based on an even earlier version which, if the width is insufficient, would go onto the next line, whereby distorting the alignment of the menu. Before planning to do the new one, I tried to make the text scroll and make it stop if hovered over on my main blog, but it doesn't look right. Sure it prevents from text from going to the next line unless the break rule (br) tag is used, but it just doesn't look right and in fact, even worse.

On top of that the older one, apart from what was mentioned earlier, faces compatibility issues. For example, a strange empty space appears in IE6 and IE7. For the former, the transparent areas of PNG images becomes white-ish blue instead. This problem does not appear in other browsers.

I tried various background images for the new one at first, but it appeared difficult to read. Then I remembered the style I had used on my anime blog recently and applied that to it (along with references to other sites) to become what you see now.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Minor changes to display of drawings

Due to the increasing number of vectors done, I would remove pencil drawings that I already have done a vector of in the "My Drawings"/"自作絵" sections of my main and anime blogs. This is mainly because the pencil ones contain outdated/incorrect information and are difficult to change. The vectored ones look better anyway. All are arranged by when it was done, with the most recent one being the first.

To deal with this increase, I have already created a new blog that displays vectored that I had done so far, including the versions when I made it in their original resolutions and what are the images used to make it, including ones that I had rejected. However, unless a vector version is done, pencil drawings will not appear here. Except for v0005, all vectors are in numeral order.

Do note that I may put up a vector suddenly without mentioning about it, though there are some exceptions, but only if I had difficulty doing it or made noticable changes.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

IMEEM & Blogger profile theme changed

The profile at IMEEM has been changed. The previous theme looked plain and had not been changed in a long time.

If you had been there before the change, which has a blue background with an image at the bottom right and a banner with words that I had used on my Japanese main blog, you would be in for a surprise if you were to visit again now.

The new one features a lot of pink and a revamped banner. If you look carefully at the bottom right of that banner, you might be able to see my name and the URL of my English main blog. The display image is now of a schoolgirl on a chair playing the violin.

For the Blogger profile, there are no major changes. Just that I have added the names of recent anime in the interest field. Random question has also been changed.

PS. I noticed that over a thousand people had viewed my profile. The average profile is about 5-10 times less than that...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Re-arranging of photos

I am doing a massive re-sorting of the photos across all the albums at Facebook as they are increasing and are hard to tell what's inside without looking through it.

The images were previously sorted according to when they were taken (eg. October 2006). Now, I sorting images based on the event or what was in the image.

This can take some time to complete. In the meantime albums may be created/renamed and filled to the maximum (60 photos) to accommodate the unsorted images so that I have lesser albums to look through when sorting.

Note: Some photos may be deleted as I don't want them or are duplicates.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

updates to imeem playlist

Looks like I need to update my IMEEM playlist as I had come across songs I don't like (or liked it when I added it but not later on) when playing the songs randomly. With song count in that playlist currently at 384 (I know, that's a lot), I should go and remove that song as soon I hear it.

For your info, that playlist is featured across my main and anime blogs. However, my KOTOKO playlist seems to be quite popular. So popular that if you were to just type "KOTOKO" in the searchbox there under "Everything" or "Playlists", mine would be the first thing in the results that you would see.

Monday, September 15, 2008

problem fixed somewhat

As mentioned previously, I have only manage to make the post having the same length across all the browsers I use (IE7, Firefox 3.0, Safari 3.1, Chrome 0.2). I can't seem to get rid of that empty space mentioned without facing positioning problems in Firefox.

I don't know if I should apply this theme to the Japanese version of the anime blog due to problems faced and the fact that this language requires larger-sized fonts, but I have already applied the background images and colours to it and it looks better than previously.

As some of the widgets contain tables of unspecified width or elements like images that are percentage-based (%), the height of area where these widgets takes up varies.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Major Makeover

(originally posted here)

I spent most of my time today doing a makeover to one of my most neglected blogs. It's based on the "Ocean Mist" template I found somewhere. The HTML code for it is for the Blogger XML version (newer one, where you can move widgets around).

If you were to look at at the above link and the above screenshot, you would notice very little resemblance. That's because I made the images of the template myself and edited the code so that it would fit in nicely. However, it's still not complete, because I can't seem to find the code for the width of the post as I had increased the overall width from 750px to 1000px. Because of that, widgets that are supposed to appear directly below the posts would appear in the empty space between the post and the sidebar on the right. (The area where you see "Yukari Takahashi's network" in the screenshot above) So far, this only happens in Mozilla Firefox.

Because this code involves selecting the "Expend Widget Templates" checkbox, unlike other blogs with the same codebase, existing widgets have to be deleted and have to start over. Of course, you can still copy the widgets code from the old one (with the checkbox enabled), but with such long complicated code, only an expert would bother. The alternative is to copy the HTML code of each individual widget and paste them to somewhere (like notepad) and then put them back after inserting the new layout, but you would have nightmares if you have a very long link list (the non-table version of my "New Anime" list is an example), unless it was entered as "HTML/Javascript" or "Rich Text" in the first place (for the latter, you would need to view it as HTML when copying). Stuff like blog archives and "About Me" can be added easily though.

If you were wondering what the same blog looked before the makeover, here's a screenshot that was taken less than 2 weeks ago:

Yes, it was that terrible. Too much pink/red everywhere. So terrible that I, as one of the authors of that blog, would not even want to look at it. You wouldn't even believe that this screenshot is of the same blog as the one at the top.

I should be doing the same for the Japanese version, but only after trying to fix the problem about the blog posts mentioned above and backing up stuff there.

PS. There also seems to be something wrong with the vector I did yesterday.

Friday, September 12, 2008

change of colour scheme

(there has been no progress on updating of my old links)

For no particular reason, I have changed the colour scheme of my main blog to match the seasons. I have no plans to do the same for the Japanese version which uses the same layout.

The current one is for Summer (green, blue), which is from July to September, but since summer will be ending in less than a month, the autumn colour scheme (yellow, orange) will be made around 22 September. Winter (early December) and Spring (pink, blue; April) too. I might do the same for Halloween (orange, black ; end of October), Christmas (white, green, red; end of december), and New Year's too (black, white; 3 days before to early January).

I don't know if I should also do a banner for each to match. The current one seem more suitable for winter.

Monday, September 8, 2008

update of links (update 1)

With due respect to what was mentioned here, I have changed the URLs linking to here and the Japanese version of my anime blog
at all the posts that was posted at where I had changed the URL of, including one of my earliest post.

This would also mean that the sites mentioned at a post linked from all of my drawings that I had put up would also change. To know about some history about what were the URLs used across all my blogs, please refer to this post. With this, I am now left with 323 posts to look through, down from 435.

Links to other places like YouTube or Friendster are unchanged unless it was mentioned as the nth account.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

navigation bar changed


ネヴァエンディング・ニュー・ビギニンッズ(英語版) Neverending New Beginnings (English Version)

日本語版 | 英語版 | プロフィルとブログの更新 | 技術 | Anime (日本語・English) | ゆかりちゃん

Neverending New Beginnings (English Version)
日本語版 | 英語版 | 更新 | 技術 | アニメ(日本語英語) | ゆかりちゃん
Japanese | English | Updates | Technology | Anime (jp/en) | Yukari-chan

Note:May look different from actual ones due to the border that came with the blog template layout that is applied only to images in posts, and the availability of specified fonts installed.

As you might have noticed, I have changed the appearance of the navigation bar across all my blogs. (except for the English Anime blog, which will happen when I do a major makeover of both of the anime blogs: they still look ugly despite the 2-3 layout changes) This one looks a lot better than the older version.

The changes are to relocate it to the area between the blog header and the posts instead of the very top of the blog (even above the blogger's navigation bar). Since it's already a table, I would just change the background from some kind of pink (#FFEEF4) to some kind of orange (#FFEFE2). Colours for the names of the blog (based on the original name and may not reflect the name you see in the title bar) remain unchanged, though I did notice that I had forgotten to include the # sign. Size of the image in the navigation menu has been changed from 50px to 80px. Links in English are added. If you were to hover over a link, a tooltip showing the full description would appear in the language you were hovering over.

As the colours for the links area varies with each blog (black, green, blue, etc.), the background for that area has been changed to white. The colour for non-links there has been changed to closely match the link colours but still distinguishable from links. Under the old colour scheme, the colours would look like a terrible mismatch if the colour of the link was not pink. Also, the fonts used in it (Meiryo, MS PGothic & Sans-Serif) are standardized throughout. I would like to put in some Mac OS X and Linux fonts, but I don't know what the fonts are and getting to use those OSes on a regular basis are are like next to nil.

Due to the length of the title for some of the blogs, the font size varies from long names like "ネヴァエンディング・ニュー・ビギニンッズ(英語版)" at 2px to short ones like "Injuration" at 3/4px to make sure it doesn't go to the next line at the size I view it at (full screen @ 1280*800). Same applies for the links.

I am also thinking of standardizing the image in the navigation menu to what you currently see at the english version of my main blog.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

changed layouts

The layout of the main blog English and Japanese version has been changed. The new layout features a 3 column layout. The former layout at the japanese version would be used for the anime blogs. The new layout is compatible with Blogger's XML (newer) layout format. This would make things easier to update.

Due to the space it takes up, if you are viewing the blog at resolutions smaller than the width of 1280px (1280*720, 1280*800, 1280*1024), widgets may be cut off and you may find the text next to the images going to the next line after just a few words. Maybe I should reduce the size of the images...

On the English blog, you might have noticed that I have added the new "People following this blog". Since it's at the experimental stage, it's not available on all blogs, including my other blogs.

Friday, September 5, 2008

redesigning of the anime blogs

Even though I had made changes to the anime blogs around the same time as the time I change the urls of some blogs, just last month. The layout actually looks ugly and I don't have the motivation to bother posting it. It's time for a major makeover! And again, I will be using one of the default (non-classic) blogger layout like what I have done before for easy organization and modification. (To view a sample that looks nice, go to my main japanese-language blog).

I may also try to make it look like the blogs hosted at Wordpress like what you see here in terms of the fonts, colours, and clean layout. However, the one here is using the classic coding and I have no idea how to create the modern blogger edition as I can't make heads or tails as to what to do other than codes for the fonts and backgrounds (sometimes, positioning of layout elements too). On top of that, if there are errors or omissions in the code that would not make it appear correctly, I wouldn't be able to save it and the error message does not explain how to correct it other than a general explenation.

Monday, September 1, 2008

upload of photos

I have recently uploaded images that I have taken between November 2007 to January 2008 (2007/09-2008/01) and September 2005 to December 2005 (2005/10-2005/12). Images that are taken in between have already been uploaded between January and July this year (2008/01-2008/07). The ones taken in October 2007 (2007/10), however, are not yet uploaded due to the massive amount of photos and the 60 photo per album limit at Facebook.

More images will be added later in the reverse order from September 2005 (2005/09) until October 2003 (2003/10) before moving on to February 2008 (or October 2007) onwards until the month before the month I upload it at. (eg. now is September. I would uploaded images up to August) Some months may be skipped as either no photos were taken or too few were taken and had been merged with the neighboring months.

All of these photos are to replace the ones currently appearing at Friendster and to compliment the ones at my Windows Live Spaces blog photo gallery (what a mouthful name).

Saturday, August 30, 2008

reducing size of tables mystery solved

I have figured out on how to reduce the font size for tables. It has been bothering me when editing my main blog where it would appear correctly in the preview, but not on the actual one even after saving the changes as though I never entered it. In case you were wondering what exactly, it's "Anime watch list", "New anime" and "NewType Anime Rankings (June 2008)".

At first, it was something like:

[span style="font-size:80%;"][table]..........[/table][/span]

But it worked properly when I changed that to just:

[table style="font-size:80%;"]..........[/table]

(due to formatting issues, the regular angular brackets had to be replaced with square brackets)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Background for main english blog

After remembering the codes on how to insert my background and not have them tiled from the top-left corner, I am faced with a problem on what image to place there.

I have about 37000 images that add up to 12.2GB, not counting the ones I have already burned to DVD discs, but finding the one out of that many is so difficult that I would only bother with the recent ones (unless I can't find good ones there). I do try to delete the lower res if higher res are available, but I sort them if the higher res version exceeds 3MB. Sometimes, I need to crop or resize images, but since they are save elsewhere, those are not reflected in the above figures. When saving, the option to enter tags for images in Windows Vista seems to be missing.

I had put up a full sized background before, but this would cause people with mobile devices or slow connection take some time to load. Nice images that would fill up a 1280*800 screen without exceeding 200KB is quite rare.

With the current layout, I think that no background image with a colour that matches the theme would be best, though I would see images that would only use a corner of the screen, preferably with a transparent background.


The reason being that I rarely check my message inbox at Friendster, was that I keep receiving pointless messages faster than I can read them that genuine messages got mixed with them. On top of that, I have moved on to Facebook and my blogs that I hardly even log into it, including my main account there.

Anyways, I received this message from a Canadian guy in Japan who is about 15 years older than me. It's made me sad...

Title: _____ has sent you a smile
Message: _____ wants to brighten your day with a smile. Check out _____'s profile and send a reply.
A message from _____:
At first I was going to say: great photos!! And: You're a great photographer.
But as I looked through them, I realized: you didn't take these photos yourself; you just stole them from the Internet. I was very disappointed.
You're one of those: ganbare Nippon! / Utsukushi Nippon! types. And you lack morals that we have in the West. If you look at my photos; all of them I took myself.
Did you ask permission to use other people's images?
People like you make Japan ugly. Utsukushikunai!

Hmm, I kind of was expecting this kind of message, and it could reflect what other people who viewed that profile but didn't say anything. And what the hell does he know about me? So, to not make myself demoralized further, I'm going to not think about it and ignore this joker, but will remove images from where he might have see it when I feel like it. Those images will be at the photo albums in Facebook and are sorted by the month they were taken. In the meantime, some albums at friendster will be made private.

Monday, August 18, 2008

URL changes

Seeing that I am having trouble remembering the URLs of "Profiles and Blogs Updates" (updates regarding all my blogs and profiles, mostly here at blogger) and "Neverending New Beginnings" (English version of my anime blog), I have already changed the URLs of those blogs.

The changes are as follows:

Profile updates:

Anime (English version): ----->

URLs for other blogs remain unchanged. The navigation bar that appears at the top has been updated accordingly. Old posts may still point to the old URLs and may not be updated.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

dropping compatibility with mobile devices

Seeing that I was unable to make my blogs mobile-friendly (eg. mobile phone, portable game consoles) at the current state due to the multimedia-heavy nature of my blogs, I don't see the point of trying to optimize for them.

However, I do try to support people who can't install external plugins like flash and the following internet browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 6 for Windows ME
  • Internet Explorer 6 SP2 for Windows XP SP2
  • Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista SP1
  • Safari 3.1 for Windows and Mac OS X operating systems
  • Firefox 2.5 for Windows ME
  • Firefox 3.0 for Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 and various Linux distributions
(the ones in bold are the ones I use frequently while italics are rarely used, but should appear correctly)

The following resolutions are also supported (the ones in bold are the resolution that I would normally optimize it for):
  • 800*600 (4:3)
  • 1024*768 (4:3)
  • 1280*720 (16:9)
  • 1280*800 (16:10)
  • 1280*1024 (5:4)
  • 1600*1200 (4:3)
  • 1920*1080 (16:9)
In addition, I would be resizing the posts that appear on the main page to medium from small. Images that are hosted outside Blogger/Picassa remain unchanged.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

layout changes

The layout for this blog has been changed to that previously used on my main English blog, which has now changed to a newer layout that I had been working on lately.

The main reason for the change on the main blog was that the old layout got quite messy.
On this layout, the old one had to go due to formatting problems that made it hard to read.

When the new layout was made, the Technology blog was used as I had to see what elements are to keep and modify on the main blog at the same time.

I do have plans to do the same to the Japanese version, the Anime blogs (both), but I don't plan on doing that now...

Note: The title banner and links that was at the top in the old layout has been moved to the bottom, though there is already an all-in-one drop-down list at the top containing all the links. It's colour coded (as mentioned here) and categorized so as to easily find the link without cluttering the rest of the blog.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Comment moderation

I have now enabled comment moderation for all of my blogs. Previously, only this blog and my main English language blog had it enabled. However, anyone can post a comment.

This means that anyone who posts comments of posts on my blogs would have to wait for the authors of the blog to approve (or reject) the comment. The only exception is myself and in the case of the Anime blogs, Yukari too.

The layout of the technology blog has been changed. This is one of the few blogs where I would test new layouts on in the current blogger format. For classic ones however, I can just do it on any blog, especially on the blog I want to apply the layout to. However, I only use it if I just want a text-only blog or base on website layouts I had visited to and make some changes to remove/modify stuff that would work at the site I copied from. Nowadays, I don't even use the classic layout despite most of my friends still do. The layouts you see on my blogs are heavily modified versions of the default layouts of the current blogger layout. (I still leave the credits of the layout I modified from in it intact by the way.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

making some changes

Realizing on how large the file size the images are on my main blog, with the blog title image alone taking up around 500kb, I don't think it would be practical if it would to view it on a portable device as by the fact that, on my PSP internet browser, the chase keeps running out of memory despite the memory conservation turned on. On my prepaid mobile phone the amount zoomed from 1120 to 8 in a short time.

As a rough guide, the image you see at the bottom corner of my blogs, would fit on the PSP screen nicely. I also started by replacing the memory-hungry image and temporarily put up an image. Changes to the Japanese version would take place when the English version is done.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Changes to colour theme

I have changed the colour theme for both the English and Japanese versions of my main blogs.

Both: Created links to my other blogs above Blogger's navigation bar. Currently viewing blog would have the name in English instead of Japanese and would not have any links for it. This replaces the earlier link lists (except "More profiles and blogs"). The title immediately below the navigation bar would have the links removed (replaced by the above), image resized and changed to the icon you had already seen next to the address bar (IE7, Firefox & Safari only) instead of the standard one.
All of this changes may apply to the other blogs.

English version: The colour theme has been changed to various shades of pink/red from the previous maroon/white/black. The sidebar and post titles remains largely unchanged as there wouldn't be much of a difference if I had. Background and text colour of some of the 3rd party widgets (like the music player) are changed to match the new theme.

Japanese version: Colour theme has been changed from maroon/white/black (same as the above) to various shades of blue/cyan. Colours for 3rd party apps (except for like the chatbox which is shared with other blogs that has themes with pink/red/white) are also changed to match the theme.

Known problems: The new links at the top faces difficult-to-see colours due to the colours used for links throughout that blog. (I don't want to use #fffffff (white) or #000000 (black) at all) It's hard to find a colour that is close to the theme and still be able to see it with different background colours.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Made slight changes to profile layout

I have upgraded the layout of the Japanese version to the newer Blogger layout to match the English version. On top of that, I have removed the background image of the post and sidebar widget and replaced it with a solid colour. The font size of the header has increased (even larger for the Japanese version) and has been un-bold. Replacing the RSS link is a smilar one currently only found on Blogger Draft. Alternatively, you can also lookout for the RSS logo that appears in your browser (it's normally absent or greyed-out if there are none).

The HTML of the layout had to be modified from one of the original Blogger layouts (Sand Dollar). Examples include changing of colours, adding background images, adding of the list of fonts used for this blog (like Segore UI) and creating new colour allocation areas that wasn't included in the original.

I had created a Malay language version, but deleted shortly afterwards. My command in that language is very poor compared to other languages and I want to replace what I have known about it with Japanese and English. The freakingly long sentences like "Pintu Kechemasan" (Emergency Exit) and compare it with just "非常口" in Japanese. I just don't want to blog in a language that I want to forget.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ancient website front page updated

I have made some changes to the index page of my website that predates my earliest blog post (here actually) by several years.

  • increased the width of the page from 800px to 1000px.
  • added image background
  • rearrangement of page elements
  • added links to my blogs
  • modified info at the bottom
  • deleted links to Neopets pages and
I currently have no plans to make changes to the other pages. However, I am thinking of putting up something relating to anime that I had watched since 2006. I'm going to use a HTML template from "somewhere" instead of the outdated and user-unfriendly page editor that came with it.

As the capacity has a total of 15MB (compared with todays 1GB), images are mostly to be hosted off-site like photobucket.

Of course, I can't gurantee that I would actually do that with my time commitments to other things.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

myspace updates

I'm currently making some changes at MySpace as I haven't been logging into it since February (5 months ago).

For now, I shall only change the display image, anime watch list, and maybe the background image too (the ones you see now are either unchanged for months or are previously used elsewhere). Other changes will come sometime after MySpace have done their major revamp.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Constructing a new blog

Technically, it's not a new blog. It replaces "Archives of the School Papers". No point letting it rot but create a new one from scratch.

The current template is of the classic type previously used here, so to modify stuff, I have to go to the lengthy HTML layout. I currently have no clear idea on how the blog will turn out though.

Unlike the English and Japanese anime blogs (or Yukari's), the blog's post will not have any direct translation of what appears on the main blog (and vice versa) which will appear randomly. I don't want to be preassured on doing both to the point that I don't post anything at all.

As the URL of that blog will most probably change somewhere along the way, I shall not bother linking to it here. Just look out for the Japanese name of this blog listed in my blogger profile or click on the old link under the old name and hope it's still there.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Condition of my PCs

Note: This post was originally on my main blog but was moved to here 6 hours after posting as it was unsutable.

Brief summary: My main PC is getting closer to being unusable

Detailed summary: My 2002-era desktop computer seems to be failing as it has lately been making a lot of noise from the processor fan and primary hard disk drive. Also, the on board local area network port has malfunctioned and the only way to get on the network is via the universal serial bus port adapter. (Unfortunately, this also means that the maximum transfer speed is 12Mb/s instead of the intended 100Mb/s due to the USB2.0 limitations) Installing Linux or using another hard disk is not an option as a prompt message appeared saying that files needed to run Windows XP are missing and won't even allow me to boot from the CD. Due to the lack of space and non-standard AT-X power casing, placing it on another casing is out of the question, and I can't put primary or secondary slave drives.
Strangely enough, I was able to install Windows XP SP2 on a PC that came pre-installed with Windows 95 and installed a faster CD reader (that had been replaced by a DVD burner on a PC mentioned earlier) and several larger capacity hard disk drive (14 & 32 GB) on top of the existing one (4GB). I had also installed a sound card and a LAN card (10Mb/s instead of 100Mb/s sadly) too as it did not come with them. Mouse that uses a ball to detect movement, keyboard and display from that era are also use, though it can use the today's wireless USB ones with optical LED/laser detector and LCD display, though not with the DMI connection.

I couldn't think of anything to type at the moment. Sorry for the many technical terms that might have been used. I might also might not be going online until Thursday for various reasons that I might have mentioned earlier. Since I would be not staying at a hotel when overseas, finding an internet connection can be quite tricky, though not so if someone's home network is not secured.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

English edition anime blog: Changed layout

I have changed the layout for the English version of the anime blog to match that of the Japanese version, which has been there for quite some time now. The navigation bar is blue instead of black to tell apart from each other without scrolling down.

In case you were wondering, the layout is a modified version of "Sand Dolar", one of blogger's default layouts. As for the one you are currently seeing on this blog, it is based on "Harbour", another modified default layout of blogger, was originally designed for my main blog. I spent a lot of time editing it until it doesn't resemble the original. However, due to limitations with the layout, I decided, at that time, to change the layout and dump the layout to here, which previously had an unmodified default layout.

Speaking of the above, the current layout is not permanent: I have plans to change the background to something that is nice, but yet readable with the text on top of it. For the header image, I have plans to use a non-anime related image with a layout smillar to the anime blogs: a spillover effect above the Navbar and the sidebar, but on the right instead of left.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Major changes to friendster profiles

If you had visited all of my profiles today, you would have noticed that there are changes to the display images and in some cases, change of name/url.

Do note that the following has been changed (profile no. remains unchanged):
# 西沢雪穂 Yukiho Nishizawa (42670116) >>>>> ᅵ小林春奈 Haruna Kobayashi (42670116)
/nishizawayukiho (4623690) >>>>> /hashimotokonomi (4623690)
/hashimotokonomi (42670116) >>>>> /kobayashiharuna (42670116)

You might have also noticed that ᅵ高橋陽子 (54253582) no longer uses anime images and instead uses photos, somewhat like my main profile (32399691) these days.

Due to growing number of people wanting to add me and the limited time and space to accommodate everyone (as you can tell from me not logging into all of them, except the main account, between February and May), I am going to let you know how I handle them:

  • I only read the 10 most recent testimonials, after deleting duplicates
  • I don't check the message inbox because if I do, I would see forwarded messages making up a large majority of it anyway
  • I am very particular on the primary display image. For all cases, I should be able to see it clearly on both the thumbnail (45x45) and actual size (the latter should be larger than the former), with a face (if any) visible in the thumbnail-size version.
  • For anime images, , and are acceptable, but and are not because they are: a) images are more suitable as wallpapers and are therefore too small as display images, b) for the 4th image: the characters in it are too common, c) for the 6th image: I see it almost everywhere and I don't want all the emo or gothic stuff to appear d) there should only be between 1-2 people in an image and their heads and/or the upper part of the body should make up more than 50% of the image, as you can tell from the first 3 images.
  • I would appreciate if characters from the following anime are not used: Cardcaptor Sakura, Maria-sama ga Mieteru, Prince of Tennis, Naruto, Bleach, Gundam Seed series, Tengenn Toppa Guren Lagann, Shaman King, Pokemon, Digimon, Inuyasha, Detective Conan, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball series, Touhou (game) series, Shuffle!, Jigoku Shoujo. Others, including Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu and Hatsume Miku, are acceptable.
  • For others I would accept , and but not , and . You should get the general idea behind it: The rule mention above, lighting, how people pose at the camera (including how close), decent camera quality (picture taken at VGA quality (0.3MP) is not the same as one taken taken at 7MP and resized to 640x480), text on the image. Borders should also be avoided

Saturday, May 31, 2008

change of display image

I have changed the profile images of Blogger (1, 2), Friendster, and Facebook to several different images that all used to have the exact identical image. Part of the reason is that the replaced image has been there for quite some time. I do apologize for the confusion that may have been caused due to this change.

Profile images elsewhere (eg. imeem, myspace, flickr) remains unchanged.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Review of Spring 2008 anime

(Originally posted here a while ago)

With Summer 2008 anime approaching and have been paying attention to my anime watch list since early April this year, you would notice that those mentioned here (and here) are hardly mentioned under "likely to watch" are currently there and some of "not likely to watch" are actually listed.

For most of them, I would just watch 1 episode and see if it's good. But for some of them, I might watch more and sometime more than half-way through the series before dropping it. For anime that falls into the latter include:

  • Neo Angelique Abyss (just plain boring)
  • Kanokon (far too much intolerable sexual scenes than To LOVE-Ru; character design is decent, but the picture quality is like crap)
  • Kamen no Maid Guy (same as above; storyline doesn't seem to go anywhere; character design and picture quality looks like crap)
  • Wagaya no Oinarisama. (I actually fell asleep watching this)
  • Persona -trinity soul- [Winter 2008] (It looked like it had a lot of action, but there were hardly any; fell asleep watching the episodes prior to dropping it)
  • Special A (storyline doesn't seem to go anywhere; character design and picture quality looks like crap)
  • Vampire Knight (all of the episodes seems to be talking about the same thing with no major progress on the storyline)
[when I say that the picture quality "is like crap", I meant that it looked like it was for Standard Definition TV (640x480 with horizontal black bars), but the so-called HD version is actually an upscale of the SD version. So in the end, the picture is not as sharp. Use the SD and HD of CODE GEASS Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 or Lyrical Nanoha Magical StrikerS as a comparison.]

Anime that was listed as "unlikely to watch" and "some chance of watching" that I ended up watching are:
(those in italics were dropped later with reasons to why I dropped it listed above)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Friendster profile no. 5 updated

As I had an unsually long school lunch break of 4 hours, I decided to check all my emails, do stuff at Facebook and eventually logged into my 5th friendster account, which I haven't logged in for a very long time. In fact, I think since March.

When I last logged in, there were several friend request, messages, and requests comming every few minuites. Multiply that with my other accounts, including another 4 at friendster, well, the number would easily enter into the tens of thousands. Which is one of the reasons why I never logged in for a long time as I have my end-of-year exams around that time.

I currently have no plans to update my friendster profiles, except "currently watching anime" and "newtype monthy anime rankings". I have done new drawings, but I haven't uploaded them yet, though some of those that are already uploaded but not edited appears on my 3rd friendster profile's media box (and one of my blogs). Not sure how many there are to edit, but I have done about 2 (3 if you count this in) new ones for this month.

Of course since I found a lot of images since then (namely 2chan and flickr), I have acess to better images and possibly make a major revamp of those never-log-in-for-so-long accounts. It's just a matter of whether I feel like doing so or have the time to do so.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dropdown list links and other changes

I have replaced the regular link list with a drop-down menu with a "Go" button next to it due to an already long list of links (mostly other people's blogs) and possibly add more. This would save a lot of space as the sidebar alone is so long that you can fit 12 (twelve) of my longer-than-average posts in it. Kind of a waste of space actually, especially when you are viewing only 1 (one) post.

I have moved "RSS feeds of the sites I go to", "My Profile" and "IMEEM music player" to the side where the posts normally appear, so less space is used since they are text and uses less vertical (top to bottom) space if there is sufficient horizontal (left to right) space. The height of the music player mentioned above and the "Tagbox" are reduced and the width.

For some of the elements of my content, I have switch to percentage (%) based width, so how big a thing will appear in your browser depends on your browser window. You would notice the size changing if you were to adjust it with the % based element in the window.

The YouTube videos of my friendster media box (an exact copy of it's HTML can be found on my main blog as a widget, though might appear different) are now percentage based so that I can put the exact number in a row and not bother with the pixel-based measurements. The last I looked, it looked fine, except that on my main blog, there is an unusually large empty space in between videos after every 2 videos. Also, adjusting its height using the percentage-based measurements doesn't make any difference.

Seeing that I can't think of a nice title, I just used a French (to make it cool) translation of "Through the eyes of someone" and "Hoping for a better future". The area where the title appears on the blog itself is replaced with an image. Besides the current one, I have yet to come up with another one. Not sure which, but it should be no wider than 1000px and the thing between the IMEEM player and the posts (Due to the rules and regulations, I can't say what it is exactly) should be visible, with an aspect ratio of around 16:9 or wider. Images might need to be resized and/or cropped to meet this requirement.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friendster profile updates (18 April 2008)

(originally posted here a while ago)

The media box at the bottom of my Friendster profile's HTML would also be copied onto this blog as a backup should something go wrong. This has happened before as some malicious software would cause it to be modified after viewing an infected profile. Fortunately, I had offline backup done each time I make changes to it (at that time). Seeing that I would access from another PC, puting it online would be more pratical. I could use removable storage devices or online storage such as gmail (Google Mail in European countries), but it's troublesome to find it, wait for it to load, may be infected by viruses/spyware, and prone to file corruption or drive failure.

By putting it up here, they (Blogger) may also point out to errors in the HTML such as a missing forward slash (/) at the end of tags such as "br" (at the beginning of the end tag if it has a start tag).

Major changes made to the media box include:

  • font size reduced to 5px from 6px for header, 5px to 2px for normal text
  • Resized the width of drawings by adding "width=100%" to the code so it doesn't get cut off if it's too large and ensure that they have a standard width.
  • YouTube videos resized and it's title above it removed. As YouTube removes videos due to legal issues quite regularly, title of the video being hard to find, and the fact that I get bored with the videos after a few months, it would be impratical to have to have the title there or have a large video window (larger than the normal youtube size) just to have the "Sorry. This video is no longer avalable." appearing at the top. The size has been reduced from 800*600 to 300*225. May be reduced further so that friendster, you could fit in at least 2 videos in a row.
Future/regular updates include:
  • Putting up of new drawings. Existing ones may be removed if I don't like it.
  • Currently watching anime (現在観賞中のアニメ).
  • Newtype magazine monthly anime shows and characters ranking. I would update between the 15th and the 25th of the previous month (eg. May issue published in April) if i'm not lazy/busy.
  • Upcomming new 2008 (and 2009) anime. Would update when I feel like it, but I would update the one on my anime blogs first though.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Another new layout

(originally posted at 10 April 2008 on my personal blog)

I know I just mentioned about a new layout just 3-4 days earlier. If you were wondering what happened to it, I used it on my japanese anime blog (the english one still uses the older layout).

If you happen to visit my blog regularly, you may be thinking: "What? Again?". Well, since it's the school holidays (until this coming monday) and am stuck at home with nothing to do, I might as well do some mp3 info, HTML & image editing and organize the files on my PC(s) that on normal school days would not have the time/mood to do so.

Anyways this layout (as at 11 Apr) is based on "Harbour", one of the default blogger layouts. I have done some modification of the same layout earlier on another blog, but kind of abandon on it and replace it with one of the default layouts without editing as it got kind of messy and confusing with all over the blog. Of course, back then, I didn't know that I could move the images around. Anyways, I found out earlier today (10 Apr) that I can make a transparent (not white or black) background with the image on the far left of this post in Adobe photoshop (which I never use) after taking a long time to manually remove the background in MS Paint. Only my main PC has this program installed quite some time ago. The image you see in this post here is the version before the white background was removed in Photoshop. To make sure the transparent background is still there on the final version, I had to save it in PNG (SVG works fine too) and then open it in a vector program (I used Inkscape) and (re-)export it in the specified dimensions as PNG.

The "第(01-11)話" that are not replaced with another image you see are the areas that the "Harbor" layout used an image at, but haven't found/made a suitable image to replace it at it's location. (For your info the 第01話 to 第52話 was originally used for the anime episode numbering at the media box of my friendster profile. When they introduced support for Unicode/UTF-8, I switched to the text version. The image ones still appear on the older ones as the (thousands) viewing that profile (3 out of 5 in total) don't have support of CJK characters.)

It looks like I still have a lot of editing to do with this layout like making sure the background and font colour makes the text more readable and nice at the same time (the current one doesn't). All of my images are hosted at Picasa and Photobucket (though some are elsewhere like Wikipedia). Older images and those exceeding 1024*768 or 1MB are hosted at imageshack.

13 April 2008: The layout is somewhat close to being complete with that image fixed at the bottom right of the window (the one mentioned above has been moved to the bottom left of the blog). I have also added background images for post and sidebar titles. The only thing left is for 第3話 and 第4話 you see on the top left and wondering where 第7話, 第9話 and 第11話 are as I don't see them anythere but are still in the HTML code.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

new concept

If you have been to my personal blog lately, you might have seen an image split into 3 sections. One above the banner (uploaded at photobucket), another is the banner itself, and one as the image at the very top of the sidebar.

The blog layout plays a part of it. When changing the layout, you may need to change it again or edit the html of it. If you need to resize, use paint and not the checkbox that appears when uploading the image. If you know how to edit the HTML of the layout this should be easy, though finding the specific code can be a pain.

For the image at the very top, you need to upload it at a 3rd party site and then put the following code just next to the page title at the very top of the codes like this: < src="(image url)"> (the quotation marks (") and slash (/) are required as omitting them would result in an error when saving it).

Having the same background colour as the image is optional but can make it look better. Do note that when adjusting image for the bottom part, pay close attention to the margins. Make sure the with is fixed (in px) and not in percentages (%) or no border. The width of the sidebar doesn't matter but it's recommended that the width of the image uploaded there is the same as the header image.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Friendster profile updated


I have somewhat updated the 3rd Friendster account.

Changes include removing text that has something to do with colour rendering on the computer in Japanese and in place put up and extract of this post. For the media box here are the some stuff that are updated:
  • removed some of the YouTube videos (not that they removed them, they were just outdated; I never checked if they were removed)
  • testimonial pictures sent by other people on all of my friendster accounts are removed (too tiring to maintain)
  • chatbox removed due to errors (I hardly use that chatbox anyways)
  • drawings done since February 2008 are added (planning to remove some of the earlier ones)
  • NewType rankings, Anime Watch List, and New Upcomming 2008 Anime updated to that as at 6 April 2008. Before the update, it was at 28 February 2008. (you can also go to this blog to view them)
Other changes include:
  • removed text in Japanese mentioning something about how images are displayed in computing terms like 8-bit pixel rendering (mentioned above)
  • display and background image. The display/primary image is of a girl about to throw a paper plane into the blue sky. Background is edited from the box art of the R1 (North America) DVD release of 5 Centimeters Per Second. (That same background is also used on my personal blog and IMEEM profile.)
  • Konomi Hashimoto's display image updated.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Changed layout of this blog

You may have noticed that I have changed the layout of this blog. That was because the old one is quite outdated with content that was there can now be found on my personal and anime blogs. It looks like this blog would have some similarities with the IT news blog.

Speaking of blogs, I have created one not too long ago. I'm not sure if I should continue with it. I created it because I found some of my old school books dating about 6 years ago at that time.
On top of that, the former name of this blog ("My Randomness") is now the current name of my personal blog. Previously, that blog had the name (and layout) changed frequently. Due to the HTML layout of the previous classic blogger layout that has been in use since this blog was created on 30 July 2006, you might have seen names like "[[ORIGINI!!]]" or have "this blog was last updated on

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Spring 2008 anime

As I am lazy to list everything and the fact that complete information can be found online, I'm going to just list what I am going to watch. This post wont appear on the anime blog and it's japanese counterpart, though the links for those listed below can be found there. The finalized version would appear on the earlier mentioned blogs and my friendster profiles

Not likely to watch:

  • Allison & Lilia (it's war themed)
  • Macross Frontier (the characters looked ugly and uses too much use of gundams)
  • xxxHOLiC Kei (not my type)
  • To LOVE-Ru [pronounced as "trouble"] (too much fanservice, as displayed in all of it's trailers)
  • kure-nai (storyline don't seem interesting, character design not good)
  • The Tower of Druaga ~the Aegis of URUK~ (medieval themed)
  • Itazura na Kiss (don't know much about it, website don't seem appealing)
  • Blassreiter (zombies=horror/scarry genre, not my kind)
  • Zettai Karen Children (somewhat like a kiddy show, the visual quality somewhat reminds me of those from 10-20 years ago)
  • Neo Angelique Abyss (reason is the same as "Macross Frontier" and "Tower of Druaga" above, without the gundams)
  • SOUL EATER (reminds me of "Shaman King" and "Naruto". Not that they are bad, but compared to what I may/will be watching, I should skip this.)
  • Monochrome Factor (boring)
  • Kaiba (I give the character design a WTF rating)
  • Junjou Romantica (Yaoi and humor)
  • Golgo 13 (50 episodes long that is based on a manga that started in 1968 with volume 148 out this month. It's too long. "Hayate no gotoku" was 52 episodes long too, but somewhat lost steam by episode 10)
  • Nijuu Mensou no Musume (the character designs made all the women look like men in female clothing. The way the trailer is made is similar to "Crystal Blade" below; full of static images and text)
Some chance of watching:
  • Amatsuki (interesting storyline and good character design)
  • Kanokon (somewhat smillar to "To LOVE-Ru" above but not as extreme)
  • Da Capo II Second Season (the storyline of the 1st season was a letdown, despite everything else being nice)

Will surely watch anime and anime carried over:
  • Persona -trinity soul- (24 episode Winter/January 2008 anime)
  • CODE GEASS Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 (Liked the previous season, which ended as a cliffhanger. Somewhat as popular as "The Depression/Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya")
  • Special A (the setting somewhat reminds me of "Ouran Host Club")

  • Vampire Knight (A show that is based on a shoujo manga that is actually interesting to watch, not like "Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora" aired in Winter 2007 and "Itazura na Kiss" listed above)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Updates to anime blogs layout.

After playing around with the HTML coding of my main blog, I have decided to change the layout for the anime blogs for both the English and Japanese language versions.

Currently, I have only change the colours to the same as what you saw on my main blog (at time of post). I plan to use the same template from the main blog and apply it to here. The problem is that I can't copy directly due to the problems with the header image; you had to manually edit from the lengthy HTML code and have to upload the image at 3rd party image hosting sites.
I plan to change the header image, but have yet to find a suitable replacement despite haveing tons of images. Also, I am clueless on using image editing software, so I might end only cropping, changing the saturation (richness of the colours) and stuff I can do with Paint and Windows Live Photo Gallery. (the default colours in paint for vista is better than the ones found in the earlier versions btw). I may sometimes put up a drawing or vectorised when I feel like it, but unlikely. I don't know how long it would take, but it may take a while.

You may have noticed I didn't post anything there lately. The truth to that is that I am clueless as to what to post there and have to type/edit the same thing again in another language. Kindda stressful to do so frequently, but can help improve language skills, except I don't have the time to do so with all the work around me.

Anyways, I may have changed the colours of my anime blogs, but it looks as though something is missing. It could be the random images. Once I'm done with the layout, I would see how.

PS. As the English version of the anime blog used to be my main blog, you might see some of my personal posts from mid-2007 and earlier and links to my friends' blogs there. Would move them to my current main blog, but can't decide on keeping or deleting the posts there. I might also change the url of that blog too as it's so bloody difficult to remember. (asuan888, the1iam, induration and past-school-assignments are okay but yukarifujimi or fujimiyayuki? Hard to remember.)