Thoughts, Words, Works

A Fresh Outlook @

It's been just over 5 years since this site's last overhaul, and once again much has changed in that interval. Unlike last time, those events have been catalogued on this very blog, although as always I am not consistent enough in posting. Pleasantly, I find that things here in the world wide web are changing much more rapidly now, and generally for the better. Looking back, I have a great respect for the forces prompting the modern web revolution. Back in 2008 when I last redesigned the site, standards advocates and better browsers had finally ousted the hated tyrant from power, and the concept of a 'smart phone' was barely starting to take hold. HTML5 was a giant soup of diffuse elements trying to consolidate themselves into a standard. The web was slowly crawling out of a dark age.

Thank goodness things have changed.

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Tag! @

Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, as drawn by artist mi of pixiv.

My recent resolution to make time for productive things in addition to fun things has met with mixed results. I would be lying if I said I hadn't relapsed slightly into time-wasting habits. However, I think it has been a good move overall. For one thing, I've found time to get around to all the remaining improvements I had originally planned for this site - limited HTML tags in comments, improved recognition of off-site URLs in comment link fields, and individual tags/categories for blog posts. (For that last one, check the new blue tag icon on the corner of posts.) I also ended up finding time to read through a screenplay a friend of mine is working on (an adaptation of nigh-unfilmable Philip K. Dick novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said).

So, with that out of the way, I'm about ready to move on to my next target: Blame!


Site Redesign! @

Well, well, well. It's been a long time coming, but I've finally decided to revise my site. I mean, seriously, in the years since I last even posted anything, here are some things that have happened since then: Daylight Savings Time was changed (so some of those dates that were PST before are now PDT - not that I knew how to properly differentiate between the two back then!); the United States elected its first black president; I turned 19, 20, and 21 (with 22 looming just days away)... Ryan North created 746 new Dinosaur Comics; all three current-gen consoles (the Xbox360, Wii, and PS3) launched; I made many new friends and spent countless hours with them; I started another possibly-ill-fated project, ReVamped, I worked two summers writing documentation for embedded Linux... Much has happened. So why am I updating the site now? Well, I can't let it remain out of date forever. In fact, lately I've been realizing how much I could use it better. And thus, my rewrite has begun...

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Old Update 20 @

I finally went live with the new version of Planar Strife. It should look the same to you, but it's a lot more convenient for me. Watch out: more than one new chapter has been posted along with the update, so you'll have to read back a page or two. Oh, and I posted a new song, too, an Anime Remix. It's definitely my best song to date.

Old Update 19 @

I updated Planar Strife. You shocked? I think my writing is starting to improve as a I draw on my experiences in English and especially Latin literature. Some of those classics really are classic for a reason, I guess.

Old Update 18 @

So, I've been stalling from updating Planar Strife again. But, in the meantime, I've made 3 new wonderful wallpapers. Check 'em out, if you enjoy abstract stuff. If you're looking for anime wallpapers... you may have to wait. And by "may," I mean "will." Oh yeah, and I've been brushing up on my web design, so I may tweak the site design a bit. Maybe.