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  1. Panel 1:
    <No, I have no idea where she is.>
  2. Panel 2:
    <She said she was goin' to the little girl's room but never came back. No, she's not answering her phone. What do you mean it wasn't a total disaster? I'm gonna have a heart attack here! I know, Mumu is a pro, she ran with it. That doesn't matter, I gotta get Nanasawa back here so she can apologize.>
  3. Panel 3:
    <Yeah, yeah, I know she apologized to both of them on the show, but she's gonna have to do more than that. Oh hell. Mumu's here. I gotta do some damage control. I'll call you later.>
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  4. Panel 4:
    <Mumu-chan! Hey, Sayuri-san was sayin' that this was the first time a guest has ever left you speechless on your show! No one even thought that was possible! Heh, heheh... heh...>
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  5. Panel 5:
    <Oh boy. Uh... look, I really had no idea Nanasawa was gonna do that. She's always been so quiet and reserved and stuff, I... uh...>
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  7. Panel 7:
    <I like her. Bring her back next week.>


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< Piro >

Natsume-chan! ... kamo.

"server harem"

Wednesday - June 22, 2005

[Piro] - 17:08:00 - [link here]

Well, i finally went ahead and ordered a pair of new servers for the Megatokyo server harem. Saki and Natsume, both of whom will be dual 3.0ghz Xeon, 2mb cache machines, should be here sometime next week.

Why am i breaking with the "name the servers after Kanon girls" schema? Because, i'm an obsessive otaku type and i can do things like that. Also, it helps mix things up, and puts a timeframe for when the servers came online. We'll still have to feed them - but both will work for Umeboshi. Also, I have a bizzare idea for a future Grand Theft Colo story...

Anyways, enough of my bizzare obsession with naming computers properly. :) Saki and Natsume will soon be helping Nayuki and Makoto serve up MT pages and keep the forums running smoothly. Makoto and Nayuki are handling things ok for now, but they really are starting to get to the point that they will need some help. Here's what the Megatokyo server harem will look like as soon as the new girls arrive:

Makoto: - main HTTP server for MT site
Natsume - mySQL server for Makoto
Nayuki - main HTTP server for the forums
Saki - mySQL server for Nayuki
Mai - old Megagear server, currently goofing off.
Sayuri - visible only to Mai (secure connection)

Mai and Sayuri will be re-assigned to other tasks sometime in the near future, something that i'm sure will make the girls happy. They don't have quite the horsepower to help Makoto and Nayuki, which is why i needed to get Saki and Natsume. A few months ago i put out a call for support to help in getting new servers, and sent people to the megagear store if they wanted to help... thank you, the influx of orders did indeed help with the cost of getting the two new servers. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Before you ask, I have not forgotten about the new Megatokyo site and backend - much of the work is already done, there are just a few things that i need to do before Larry can finish up... that is, if he remembers who i am when i finally do get back to him :) I'm thinking that with the new servers online, it's time for me to dust off the partially finished site and see what i can do to finish my part. it's been over a year since we started working on it, so it's way overdue.

In other news, Seraphim and I will be attending the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Chicago this weekend. We'll be doing a signing at the Dark Horse booth on Saturday from 3pm to 4pm, and will be spending the rest of our time giving seraphim a chance to hang out with members of her chosen profession :) Actually, it should be a nice break for us, a mini vacation of sorts. Also, remember the Megatokyo "@ Your Library" poster? According to the ALA, the poster is even holding it's own against the Orlando Bloom READ poster... hah! Take that, you bastard. :P

Rather than go on and on here, I'm going to save some stuff for my next rant. One of these days i'll actually get to the point where i'll be posting twice a week, like *I* want to post.

Ya, like that 'll ever happen. :)

< Dom >

Only when you have mastered crack-monkey skills will you be able to survive this barrage, my son


Wednesday - June 22, 2005

[Dom] - 09:30:00 - [link here]

While the Summer Comic Market isn't for a few months yet, I was in the midst of gearing up for Anime Expo when a friendly local Bradleg pointed out that the latest shooter by Shanghai Alice had a demo version out, downloadable here (it's the second link).

And you may remember that I've ranted previously on Shanghai Alice shooters, and have nothing but praise for their work.

Well, they've mixed up their formula again, stealing from good ol' Twinkle Star Sprites to make Phantasmagoria of Flower View (I swear they pick up a dictionary and throw darts at it to get these names) a two-player versus shooter.

And hot damn, is it fun. You can find a very good explanation of the game system at the Classic Gaming link above, but all I have to say is--if you like shooters at all, or have ever even thought about liking shooters, try out PFV. You owe it to yourself.

Full version comes out in two months or so, and I'll have my contacts snooping around for copies of the game as soon as possible. (BitTorrent, you say? Faugh, these people deservev my money...)


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