Lazy Summer Wednesdays…

August 24th, 2011

Don’t mind me, just a little bored  on a slow Wednesday.

This post is basically the equivalent of week 5-6 of this season. I’m just going to ramble for a moment about various things, feel free to ignore me and just look at the pretty pictures. It’s just a lull for me as I have no real schoolwork at the moment besides a group project which I need a stunning 60% on to finish with an A and my advisor is off adventuring somewhere in the wilds of Arkansas leaving my thesis in limbo for a little while.

Eternal Lovers is going well. Suspiciously quickly too once I figured out just how much quasi-copy/paste there is between scenes in supposedly route-specific script files. It’s amazing the things you forget by not playing it in four years. *ahem* Or by not ever playing certain routes at all. *ahem* I’ve been making lightning progress on it after finishing up the first couple routes and should be finished with it by the end of September at the absolute latest, although I’m trying for a lot sooner. I could still use some help with the images if you can read at least basic katakana so I don’t need to index and list out some seventy or so buttons myself, especially given Broccoli’s… shall we say… lassez-faire approach to English at times. 


I did start working on something else during the times I needed a break from the saccharine speeches about hearts. Depending on how you measure it, I’m somewhere between 6,000 and 20,000 lines in (and with a very loose definition of ‘line’) and have most of the interface finished, although its scripts have the special quality of not having speakers marked and being sorted by in-game location instead of anything sensical, so any given script will have scenes from across the entire game with random scenes from the middle of other events jammed in at random places. It’s… a special brand of fun, rife with mistakes and misattributions… not to mention full of English 101 level narrative mistakes at times because it’s kind of terribly written… but I do really like the game and the nature of some of the work has let me have a lot of fun completely ignoring what was there to write whatever I want instead, which is new and exciting. And would probably make the fanbase cry for my blood, so ha HA! The game-script itself is only a little larger than EL’s (not counting all the duplication), but given how busy I expect fall will be for me, I don’t expect to be finished before next spring or so.

There have been some site hiccups lately that I’m not aware of the exact cause, but it’s resulted in some slowness and 500 ISEs at times. It was three times as bad on the admin side, but never bad enough to eat a post like the old days, so I was a little lazy about fixing it. I think something about updating to WordPress 3.2.1 was interacting badly with the redirect between blog.seiha and tenka.seiha. I’m not really sure though, I was just tweaking the configuration and .htaccess files this morning to try to figure it out and the errors suddenly seemed to stop for awhile. It seems like it’s better now, but who knows. Let me know if you’re having issues though and I’ll try to figure it out.

Edit: Huh. Looking at the logs closer, various Taiwanese IPs have been hammering this post of all things for a month or so. That’s… weird. Hopefully banning anything that’s generating 120 errors from trying to access 35 different pages at the same time will deal with this then. I guess at least my host’s throttle is working decently.

I am getting the itch again to do something useful with the sidebar, although damned if I know what. Maybe I’ll bring back the News of the Week section from a couple years ago and toss the giant list o’ shows into an archive page. I’d collapse it into a drop-down, but that interferes with a quick search. I’m not even sure how much of it is even worth keeping anyway. This is a blog, not a bloody archive of great thoughts. I kind of wish more people in the general anime-blogging community would remember that instead of getting pumped up on delusions of grandeur about what they’re doing… but I digress. If you’ve got any other suggestions, feel free to make them.

And don’t forget; 17 hours until the Milky Holmes’ special. If nothing else, this is a great season for OVAs. At least hopefully. Carnival Phantasm is a hard act to follow.


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14 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Anonymous says:

    I do use the quick search for various posts (mostly old season previews and recaps, so I can remember what aired when) so breaking it would make me a bit sad, but I would be able to live.

    • Aroduc says:

      It’s more of just having a gigantic textual list like that grates at my HCI side although it is better to be able to just tap Ctrl-F and search instead of having to browse to something. I was more thinking about just the list of shows though, although it could certainly use some cleanup for general changes over the years… like I have no idea why some things are even in there anymore.

  • Anise_Punter says:

    I was definitely checking the countdown site this morning to see when that was, much to my surprise it’s tomorrow! Huzzah!

    Of course, I’m just setting myself up for disappointment with Milky Holmes. Feel the sidebar would probably be best as just [Current Series] – [Last Season] – [Link to page with all completed shows that kind of looks like the sidebar does now].

    It’s strange that there’s no category that takes you to the season-opening review posts where you crown shows. I think that tag might be broken.

  • Nightshadow2239 says:

    Nice work man. Wish I knew Japanese well enough to help out but I guess this is what I get for taking Mandarin instead of Japanese in high school. Not having any Japanese courses in my university does not help as well =\

  • Yue says:

    HOT AND SEXY PICS EVERYWHERE!! O_O *faints in a pool of blood*

    Thank you and may you find Arcueid in a bikini! *consciousness fading incrementally…*

  • Travis says:

    I enjoy your musings on various industry and mythos related things; but I can just site-search the place if I get a hankering for any of that. Change is good – sweet Eris what dwells in Absentia mentions you should give it a try. Feel free to fool around. I’ll let you know if it seems off – but I don’t see that happening.

    As for the IP thing… I got nothing. I will say that lassez-faire is an almost poetic way to covertly say train wreck.

  • tachi says:

    who’s the headphones chick in the cutoff shorts?

  • amyable says:

    Wondering what your opinion on Young Justice is. I know you were a big fan of Justice League, and this show gives off a similar vibe, even without Dini’s influence.

    • Aroduc says:

      Meeeeeh. It’s okay, but it pushes the insecure teens learning valuable lessons waaaay too hard and I want to throttle this iteration’s version of both Robin and Kid Flash. I’m also sick as hell of the whole Light crap, especially now that it’s gone on for nearly a year. It may as well just be Dr. Claw cackling from his chair about how everything’s going according to plan” tacked onto the end of each episode. They need to lay off the SUPER CONSPIRACY that will never live up to an entire bloody year of foreshadowing.

      • amyable says:

        I see your point. I guess I’m starved for a good superhero cartoon ever since SpecSpidey ended. Batman:TBB has its moments, but it’s a little too (intentionally) hokey and Adam West-y for my taste.

        • Aroduc says:

          I do have to admit that it’s better than I originally thought when it started. The corniness has toned down quite a bit from “I’m Batman, I can breath in space and shoot lightning from my Bat-Eyes,” but there’s not really anything western that I’m particularly enamored of at the moment. I have some hope for the upcoming Ultimate Spidey since there are a number of JLU and Man of Action people involved with it, but… we’ll see. I doubt it’ll come even close to living up to Spec Spidey either, which really is the gold standard in recent years.

        • amyable says:

          Dini’s on the staff of Ultimate Spidey! He was one of the central people behind Batman:TAS, Batman:Beyond and JL(U). I think the Spideyverse lends itself perfectly to his vision (especially re: harem-related hijinks). Expect great things. Hopefully you’ll still be blogging then.

        • Aroduc says:

          Hopefully. I have mixed feelings about the trailer they put out recently though.

          The start… ugh. But the rest looks significantly better. I’m cautiously optimistic though.