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January 27, 2003:
My condolences to the people on keenspace. It seems that something catastrophic happened late last week. I'm really glad we're not hosted with them, but they are a "free" service, so I guess one can't complain too much (I know that it affected our hit count because we get a fair number of referrals from comics that are hosted on keen). When I think about it, I really like the concept of what they're trying to do. The world can always use more creativity, and what better way to do it than to provide resources at little or no cost. I really hope the keen guys manage to put everything back together again. It would be a shame if all those works became homeless.
well I'm trying to keep my new years resolutions... well at least some of them. I actually updated the links page (links in no real particular order). So check it out. I think I got everyone who's linked to us. If I missed anyone, or if I messed up the URL (or anything stupid like that), just send off an e-mail.
In other news, I finally got a working 22 inch LCD monitor for Ishtori (my new dual 1.25Ghz G4). The repair slip said something about having to fix the cable or something. Now all I need to do is get a new USB MIDI interface, a decent multi-channel A2D converer, and a time machine to go into the future to get the OSX version of Mark of the Unicorn's Digital Performer. DP is the main reason I bought a Mac in the first place. The MOTU web site says that it'll be out "in early 2003", but that coule be May for all we know. If there are any MOTU employees reading, I'd love to beta test for you guys.
Which brings me to my next question... How much interest is there in Radical Dreamers related music? I know I'm no Yasunori Mitsuda or Yoko Kanno, but would people still be interested in hearing some of my humble compositions? If the answer is yes, I have to start thinking of how exactly to put stuff up. MP3s eat up a lot of bandwidth. I did a quick guesstimation and if a quarter of our hits downloaded a 4 meg file that would add up to about 200 megs a day ... and about 6 gigs a month... that's unacceptable with our current hosting plan. If anyone has any suggestions I'd be open to them.
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Laura: January 27, 2003:
So I did not watch the Superbowl yesterday. I do not like football. I watched every highschool football game there was while I was in highschool because I was in marching band, and I still don't understand it. Also I was a nerd and the natural order of things demand that nerds be adverse to jock-related events. Unfortunately, there was hardly anything else on TV to watch. Apparently because all the testosterone is focused on this one event, all the other channels are overrun with chick flicks, which I dislike even more. I'd rather watch football than a romantic, weepy movie. At least the commercials are cool. I heard they finally showed the Incredible Hulk. Anyway, the one movie that was on that I did like was The Love Bug, which I loved as a kid and haven't seen in a while. Herbie is so cute! If I could fit in a smaller car, I'd get myself a bug.
Anyway, I checked my BMF e-mail today. It used to be that the e-mail people sent to my pangaea address would get forwarded to my regular e-mail address but when we signed up with a new e-mail service, I got to checking my mail less. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were a decent amount of e-mails from readers praising the efforts of Radical Dreamers. It made me feel good that people are enjoying our comic. I know Joe is usually the one to reply to most of the messages we get from people. I call him the Marketing Department, becasue I know he's really into spreading the word about Radical Dreamers and communicating with the "fans". I'm kind of bad about responding to people, I guess partly because I never know how to. But I just want everyone to know that I do appreciate the kind words and praise, and the constructive criticism that people have extended. :)
And so lastly, I am happy because I saw this weekend that Cartoon Network has acquired the .hack anime and will start showing it February 3rd. That was fast. I'm quite keen on getting the video game, and now I'll be able to see the anime. But most importantly, a question that has been lingering in my mind for the longest time has been answered. The main character of the .hack anime is, in fact, a guy. First I thought it was a girl, then I started to think maybe it was a guy, then back to a girl, then guy and so on. It's just that the character design seems to be a little...ambiguous. But I wonder now if I've missed something because when I saw the commercial for the anime on Cartoon Network, the voice of the main character seemed a bit high? I know he's only a video game personification of a real person. Did I miss something. Is it a guy playing a girl? A girl playing a guy? Bad dubbing? I guess I'll find out soon enough. See you next week.
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