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Tachikoma are awesome

Domo, Afroken, Totoro

I’m slowly working my way through rewatching Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (series 1) and I just had to say, the Tachikoma are probably the best non-human/oid characters in anime, ever! They are kind of shaped like toilets, but that’s okay… I still want one.

Other favorites:
– Totoro
– Domo-kun
– Afroken
– Penpen

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WordPress Automatic Links plugin

Here’s a super simple WordPress plugin that automatically adds HTML anchor tags to plain text links and email addresses embedded in the content of posts and pages (WordPress already does this by default for comments). It also gives you the option to set the nofollow attribute value on all automatically generated hyperlinks.

Download this plugin at WordPress.org.

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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is total crap

Horrible story… check. Embarrassing, lame dialogue… check. Annoying actors and actresses coupled with really bad acting… check.

This was all expected. Look, I don’t go to a movie based on a video game and expect great things. But I do go to a movie titled “STREET FIGHTER” expecting to be ENTERTAINED and to see some CRAZY FIGHTING ACTION!

SO WHERE WAS THE ENTERTAINMENT AND CRAZY FIGHTING ACTION?! NOWHERE I TELL YOU! ALL I SAW WAS CRAP AND IT WAS BORING AND ONE OF THE WORST MOVIES I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!

You see, the original Street Fighter movie was crap too. But it was funny ultra campy crap with a ridiculous story and cheesy dialogue to match, and it had lots of silly action scenes with characters we all know and love from the game. Plus Van Damme was in it, and he is so bad that he is always good for some laughs. So overall it was really bad entertainment that was still possibly worth watching (while heavily imbibing).

This new Chun-Li movie has no Van Damme, no funny campy bits, is missing all of the game’s other main characters, and worst of all has barely any action. Moreover, the little action that is there is super lame and not cool at all! (Come on, Chun-Li is supposed to be ripped and ass-kicking!) In short, this movie is TOTAL CRAP! And because I actually expected it to at least match the low standards set by its predecessor, I am now disappointed and heart-broken! MY EXPECTATIONS WERE SO LOW YET THE MOVIE STILL FAILED ME! HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN, REALLY?!

But there’s the good, although it had nothing to do with the movie itself. While exiting the theater, I was part of a large crowd of people to witness a kid in a headband (I’m guessing it’s the one you get in the SFIV Collector’s Edition pre-order) jump off the railing over the walls, land into a roll onto the grass, and climb back up ninja-like to do it all over again. The thing is, you don’t get to see this kind of awesome dude in real life every day. In fact you probably only get the chance when you do something like go out to watch “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” on the date of its theatrical premiere. So for this, I feel very lucky! Good luck, kid! I hope you grow up to be a real street fighter someday!

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WordPress 2.6 / 2.7 + bbPress 0.9 cookie integration plugin

This plugin is for WordPress 2.6 or 2.7. It enables WordPress to generate cookies that work with bbPress 0.9 so that single sign-on can be accomplished between the two. Follow the usual integration instructions and enable this plugin in your WordPress installation. I also advise clearing your cookies.

The integration is all up and running on my site at BayAnime.com. I’d like to add that I was able to put the plugin together without writing a single line of code! It’s literally all the necessary functions cut and pasted directly from WordPress 2.5.1 pluggable.php, so kudos to WordPress for making it easy!

Download this plugin at WordPress.org.

When you do cookie integration please keep in mind that there are some login hooks in pluggable that might not be called in either WP or bbPress depending on which side your user logged in from. This might affect the functionality of some plugins.

For example, after rerouting all my bbPress logins to WP I realized that the ‘bb_set_current_user’ action hook on a bbPress plugin I used was no longer being called, so I had to incorporate it in on the WP side using the ‘set_current_user’ hook.

bbPress 1.0 users should use this plugin instead.

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WTF is wrong with Google AdSense? Get those evil “Yes on 8” ads off your site!

I loaded up BayAnime.com this morning and to my horror the Google AdSense spaces had “Yes on Prop 8” ads all over it! What is wrong with you, Google?! I am a firm supporter of same sex marriage rights and am VERY OPPOSED to Prop 8, which is both evil and hateful! While I can’t speak for the entire Bay Area anime community, I will say that most people I know who are fans of anime and manga are also very accepting of homosexuality. Either way, the ads are completely irrelevant to my site and I am FURIOUS that they were allowed to end up there!

I’ve submitted a request over an hour ago to block the ads, but since Google was taking its sweet old time to comply I just took them completely off for now. If you have a site that runs AdSense and would like to block the ads too (good luck), these are the steps that supposedly may eventually work:

1. Login to your AdSense account
2. Navigate to: AdSense Setup -> Competitive Ad Filter
3. Enter “protectmarriage.com” in the text box
4. Press the “Save changes” button

More ranting and raving on the BayAnime Forums.

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WordPress Plugin: Separate Feed Comments and Trackbacks

I couldn’t find anything out there that separated comments and trackbacks from the sitewide and post comments feeds in WordPress, so I had to take a peek at the source to figure this one out. Luckily there’s an (undocumented) hook “comment_feed_where” that makes it easy! Woo!

Anyway, here’s the plugin in case anyone else might be interested…

Download this plugin at WordPress.org.

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Greedy Apple threatens to shut down iTunes

Wow! Apple iTunes declares itself too poor to actually pass on its profits to music artists! Gosh, and you’d think the poor press would make them think twice about absorbing this cost. I guess we should all just look for some free torrents now. Or maybe visit an actual music store and buy a real CD, if there are any left…

NME News: Apple to shut down iTunes?

In a statement submitted to the board last year, iTunes vice president Eddy Cue said that Apple would not stand for an increase:

“If the [iTunes store] was forced to absorb any increase in the… royalty rate, the result would be to significantly increase the likelihood of the store operating at a financial loss – which is no alternative at all,” the statement read.

Cue added that Apple would have no qualms about shutting iTunes down if it was not making enough money.

“Apple has repeatedly made it clear that it is in this business to make money,” he said, “and most likely would not continue to operate [the iTunes store] if it were no longer possible to do so profitably.”

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Dragon Ball Live Action Movie?!!!

This looks absolutely terrible!

Dragon Ball – The Live Action Movie

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Revolution

Inspired by the return of my favorite childhood anime (after Dragon Ball), I have finally emerged from my dark foggy underground cave to unleash a brand new website upon this world (wide web): BayAnime.com. Using only the primitive tool known as a “laptop” connected to the “internet” I have so far put nearly TWO WHOLE DAYS worth of work into it. Yes! Almost done!(?)

YAY!

Any local Bay Area anime fans interested in helping out? Let me know!

Oh, and I also finally got a Wii!!!

YAYAY!

Now I’m off to buy a ridiculous amount of accessories and try to track down a copy of Mario Kart. But first I must transfer my Mii to my computer

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Thom Yorke + Yoda = Funny looking, yet it fits…

Morphthing.com, another free web app dedicated to mindless entertainment…

Thom Yorke's Face Combined with Yoda -