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I found out about 10 Questions With YOU from BlogsWeLuv, recently, and it looked like a barrel of fun so I decided to submit – twice since I screwed up the first time, but my dyslexia sometimes gets the better of me. Here are my answers for those interested:

Describe your blog in five sentences or less:
Shibuya 109‘s my place to relax. I can say whatever I want, whenever I want and generally do. I’ve never been the type of blogger to blog about everyday things, for some reason the peace and simplicity of my hectic days are best left by the wayside, or I’ve always thought so. I’m not here to entertain, but I do think I have a bit of an entertaining writing style, and I manage to say horrible, judgemental things and get laughs in my comments, that’s something I’ve always been proud of. Shibuya is Zen.

Link us to one post from your blog that best defines who you are:

http://shibuya-109.in/2007/08/10/asatru-the-religion-of-the-nazi-party/

What sets you apart from other bloggers:
I’m an odd mixture of mean and sympathetic, and I tend to be slightly aggressive. My blog usually isn’t “I ate this today” or “The mall was fun”, it ends up being “This is why I have to kill Mel Gibson” or “I’ve found a plothole in your holy book!”. I don’t mean to be mean, it just sort of comes out that way, lol.

When and how did you first discover blogging:
I think it was 1997, a friend of mine who frequented Buffy.com back in the day decided to open a blog and I annoyed him to no end with questions about what it was, lol. It took maybe a year before I got my first blog started, updated by hand.

What is your biggest pet peeve related to blogging or the internet:
At the moment bloggers who are up their own asses annoy me. I’m sure you’ve run across the Gods Gift bloggers, who decide that if you don’t code the way they code, design the way they design, talk about the things they talk about and kiss their bungholes, you’re automatically some kind of idiot who doesn’t deserve a website. I’ve seen these people devour other sites publicly, on forums and their blogs, trying th eir damndest to gain reputation and status by shattering other bloggers self esteem. This is a made-up world, people, we can decide in this internet box how we’ll act towards eachother – why start up little wars and be all school yard? What I don’t get is why they never attack me, because I can’t wait to bite their heads off, lol.

Name one plugin, blogging widget, or service that you can’t live without:
Netflix by Albert Banks, I just love this thing, it’s one of the best plugins I’ve ever run across.

If you could choose anyone, living or dead, to write a guest post for your blog, who would it be and why:
One person? That’s hard…Walt Disney, Jack Kerouac, Kevin Smith – would love to hear from all or any but I think if I had to choose just one person it would be the late, great Hunter S. Thompson, who had this insane way of saying things – where he’s dead right or dead wrong, but for a second you’re like, “Wow, that’s exactly right – wait, what? Did you just say you were shooting at evil?”. I miss Hey Rube every year, it was flooring to hear about his passing, he’s always been one of my favorite authors if not one of the greatest voices in literature.

How has blogging made you a better person:
It’s given me an outlet for my directionless rage, lol. Now I don’t have to take it out on people I come across in daily life – I do, but I don’t *have* to. There’s nothing like being able to express yourself with 100% freedom and really get your feelings about something out, it’s very calming.

What are your tips for becoming a better blogger:
Write what you feel and don’t censor yourself, there’s no point in curbing your tongue for others. What’s the point of having a blog if you let other people tell you how to run it? You don’t need a dictator, your blog is your outlet, it’s your ‘show’, if you will, maybe the only place on earth where you can say exactly what you feel.

Name one great blog that you read on a regular basis. What makes it unique:
Just-Nick.net, Nick is hilarious and fabulous and ultrafabulous. He’s got such a unique sense of humour and a lot of honesty, you can’t put a price on that.



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Server Move

Oct. 9th, 2007 01:56 am
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Wonderful, because my old host no longer accepts echecks via paypal I have to move two of my domains ( both fairly big ones, too ) to a new server so I’ll probably end up on BangGraphix again, which isn’t too big a deal since I get a discount for working there.

The only problem I’ve got is that I’m afraid of losing info when I move to the new host, which almost always happens, because new hosts like to try and kill me with a knife. At least I’ve been on BG.biz long enough that I know the ins and outs and don’t have to worry about relearning a new control panel, since they use good old cPanel, and they’ve been really reliable since we all switched to a new backend. I just don’t want the hassle, on account of I’m lazy, lol.



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WordPress is giving me a hard time because it *hates* me. I’m seriously starting to think it’s hiding around the corner with a knife and a vile of poison, ready to strike, but I swear upon all you hold dear that this layout will change if I have to stab and poison WordPress before it can do it to me, lol.

I’ve sharpened my coding skills a bit since this ‘episode’ of Shibuya 109, and hopefully the next layout will be better all around. If anyone knows how to validy use image maps, though, in a way that actually works I’d love to hear it and I’d give you a dead/stabbed/poisoned WordPress carcass that I just found one day and didn’t murder, lol.



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Whoo hoo, I didn’t lose any info – I tend to lose info when switching servers, but this time it went relatively smoothly. Which, to me, is a huge surprise, because I spent most of the move thinking, “This is going to fuck up, I know this is going to fuck up, it has to because I only have an hour to do it – that’s the kiss of death.” but I managed to, hopefully, get all of my files moved with the exception of Guestblock, which I’ll be replacing shortly.

Random: I love Thora Birch movies – you don’t have to understand what I’m talking about, lol.



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Ugh! I’ve had it! I’ve been working on a new layout for Shibuya for upwards of three days, of course, no luck. Aren’t I supposed to know how to do this? Pew. I can’t make anything work, I’ve started to blow when it comes to color. The thing is, I want to do something pixel-y, I even went so far as to start single-pixel-drawing an amusement park. Of course, that didn’t work and it would look rediculous if it had.

On top of this, my work sched. has left me moody and sleepy. RAWR.

In the small miracles catagory, Netflix has finally sent Wishing Stairs, a film which I’ve only waited a short four months for them to finally send. It’s been on Long Wait status forever and a day, and I should be getting it sometime today so expect a review of that.



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I’ve been thinking a lot about weither or not I should add visitor content to Shibuya, and I’m tied on the subject. I mean, were I to add anything it would probably just be essays and rants on things that’ll end up making my visitors mad, and while I don’t purposely piss people off, or go out of my way to do so, it’s just the way it is. I don’t think I can bring myself to be part of the Future Soccer Moms of America just to put people I don’t even know at ease.

In fact, when it comes to this site I’m entirely lazy. I used to blog almost daily and now, working as much as I do ( 65-80 hours a week. No, that’s not a typo. Thank the Gods it’s just temporary. ), I don’t have a hell of a lot of time to do the things I want/need to do and write an interesting blog. Besides that, nothing interesting ever happens to me, lol.

On the other hand, there really isn’t anything here for the people who drop by. While I refuse to create something I don’t care about just to keep people entertained, I also realize that a site with no content can’t really be called a site.

So, here I stand, at a full stop, trying to make up my damn mind. Yes, this rant is entirely pointless to everyone reading it and only really makes any sort of sense or difference to me. Enjoy.



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Last PPP

May. 18th, 2007 03:44 am
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Well, hopefully that does it for the PayPerPost ads on Shibuya ( so long as they’re all accepted ), once that happens I can add a non-my-personal-site-blog that has a higher google and alexia rank, and get some cash to move.



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New Layout

Apr. 18th, 2007 09:34 am
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Finally got this layout finished, I think I’m starting to get the hang of this whole wordpress and valid coding thing. I have to admit, I’ve got a seriously long way to go before I’ve got it down, though. At least it’s coming easier now, lol.



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Not a hell of a lot to post, since I’m trying my damndest to get my backgrounds back up and downloadable but Beautiful Sin‘s finally up and running, meaning the brushes are back up, wordpress is themed up and valid ( whoo hoo! ), and I’ve started work on the new templates which, as it turns out, is a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Just a random sidenote: The Riches is farging awesome, and I’m amazed that it’s made me a fan of Minnie Driver again, even though for the past decade I’ve wanted to rip every hair out of her head with my bare hands, lol. And who gave Eddie Izzard permission to be man-sexy instead of woman-sexy? I didn’t say he could do that, and now I’m confused, lol.



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Good Day

Apr. 15th, 2007 03:10 am
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Aside from waking up with a wicked pain in my back, heck and arms like usual, my day thus far has been surprisingly good. I get most of the day off, for once, and due to said free time I’ve had a chance to mess with my CSS, font sizes, colors, ect. I may redesign Shibuya again, entirely. I kind of want to do a pixelled nautical theme with, like, anchors or ships in a harbor and a lighthouse but every time I start working on the harbor water I always instictively want to write “RINGU” in red right smack dab in the middle of the graphic, lol.

I’m working on Beautiful Sin every chance I get and once I get a layout finished for it, I’ll have my brushes and backgrounds back up for you guys because, though almost nobody said a damn thing when they were up, since they’ve been down I’ve gotten loads of nice email asking for them back. While I’m appreciative of the nice comments after the fact, I would have been far more open to bringing them back had anyone so much as commented on them almost at all while they were around instead of linking directly to them and claiming the brushes as their work. So, yes, that would be stealing the brushes, the credit AND my data transfer. Nice! Sunshiney, even.

I don’t want to bring the templates back until I’ve had time to validate them and get a decent, seperate theme for that site. If I don’t do these pretty things, I’ll kick the shit out of myself later.



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SO, S109′s got a new look and it’s got a mind of it’s own, lol. I can’t get it to do half the things I want it to, which means I need to mess with my CSS more and do a bit of extra learning ( which I’m always trying to do, but atm it’s on red alert ).

Have you ever gone to blog only to realize you’ve got nothing to say? I usually can’t shut up but for some reason I can’t think of a damn thing to write that doesn’t have a hell of a lot to do with me not knowing what to write. Avante garde.

I suppose it’s better than not writing at all, at least I get this nifty announcement about the new cherry blossom layout – as if the last one wansn’t a cherry blossom layout, lol. OH, speaking of which, does anyone know a good wordpress plugin for a theme switcher? I could just search it, yes, but I’m lazy. Lazy, here having the meaning of busy. *shakes fist at data entry*

SEXY EDIT: I’m responding to some commenters.

Jack: I think you’re right about that. I mostly do fansite designs, and the trend there is going as small and uniform as you possibly can without making it entirely unreadable, but I really don’t think it works on this site. I’ll probably be fudging it sometime today when I tweak my image boards. Ty! :)

Stacy: Yep, I read it properly, lol. It’s a quote from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. ;)

Ty to Emma and Jenny! :)



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To know more about why styles are disabled on this website visit the

Annual CSS Naked Day
website for more information.



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If you’re anyone who’s anyone, and you know you are, then you already know all about the web’s premiere drag artist/hippie/soon-to-be-world-famous Nick, and if you don’t, where the hell have you been?

Since we’ve established that you know of Nick, and are therefore “down” and “cool” and “hip” and “on the ground floor of a major revolution”, then we’ll skip this and go right to the art, sound good?

Nick’s finally selling some art, on account of he’s greedy and wants money of which he currently has none. And it’s FABULOUS. Hence my plugging of it. So, shoo! Go buy FABULOUS ART! And someone by me the bunnies, lol.

Now, onto things of MY life. Far more important than the new Beat revival. Okay, not more important but I don’t want to take the time to explain the new Beat revival, lol.

WATER. Yes, the water in my house is apparently trying to kill me with a knife. It’s this damn town! When the water’s treated, it tastes like pool water and smells like chlorine, and when it’s not treated I’m afraid if I let it hit my skin I’ll turn into a Rat Sensei or something. I wish the city would do their job.



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Well, I have 1 ERROR. 1, from eXentrique.com. Now, normally I’d let this go, but now that I’ve validated this website, I’m anal retentive about keeping it that way since it took me so long, lol. So, no more eXentrique.com link code for me. I’m going to have to use a plain link, here’s to hoping they understand!

Speaking of websites, I’m still messing around with valid xhtml and table-less layouts ( thanks to Jem @ Tutorialtastic ), I’ve decided to try my hand and making valid templates, so look for those in the future. For the time being they’ll be straight up templates, no skins, but if you’d like to see themes for cutenews, wordpress, ect. please let me know, I’d be happy to give it a try! Psst: Please also let me know what subjects ( beside the abstract pixel stuff I’m so fond of ) you’d like to see on said templates.



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Newy new layout! I finally got my ass in gear and validated this sumbitch, which means that my site meter and a lot of my links and whatnot had to go, since the scripts fucked with validation.

Validation, as much as most people who preach it protest, is not an easy business. The basics are pretty simple, but any little thing like, oh say, a script or plugin that isn’t at one hundred percent will fuck your validation up. Now, I like the way the validated xhtml looks and works, and for a first timer with table-less CSS and divs I think I’ve done a bang up job, don’t you? But the facts are that I don’t believe validation is right for everyone, especially if they only run a hobby or blog site. Even fansites shouldn’t be required to use it, but there are purists out there ( loads of them, they’re like Christians, they’re everywhere ), and they’ll disagree. It’s a good thing I don’t know them and don’t have to care, lol.

I will be trying to stay validated from now on, on this site if no other just to have 1 valid link that I can toss at people who think I’m not a validation elitist because I simply can’t do it, lol. Anyway, my rant beith over for now.



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GO, run to Laota and tell her Happy Birthday. :)



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YES, finally, no modified template for Faith. A layout I actually like, what are the freaking odds? lol.



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If it’s not one thing, it’s another. I posted a few days ago about my poor dog and now I know how bad it really was. My stepdad hadn’t bathed her in months, he refused to vaccume and when I went back to gather some things up I ended up covered, and I mean covered in fleas. How can anyone let things get that bad? It’s just one shitstorm after the next here, I’m tired of living from one of my parent’s, or this town’s, self induced dramas to the next. I’m tired of waiting for my own life to start, you know?

At least it’s brought me to the conclusion that I can’t be the ‘fix it’ person for everyone. I know, it sounds martyr-y or like I”m having a pity party which might be true but it’s how I feel. I mean, some shit happens and it’s usually me and Laota that have to clean it up and I don’t think either one of us has it in us anymore.

Now, onto NT. As you might have noticed Next Tuesday has been closed since the first server attacks last month but I’ve got gooood news! I’m working on NT as we speak and we’ll be back with the first eight episodes up as soon as possible! I’ve been working with wordpress there, too, because of my lurve of plug-ins, lol. I’m also looking for focus group people to read the eps when they’re done and say “I like that”, “I don’t like that” about the ins and outs so we can make the eps better. If you’re interested, please let me know!



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