This is a followup to my last post about needing some help financially.  In the comments on that post, and also in a post on Hinano’s blog a few people have misinterpreted things.  So please let me clarify this for record:

  • Making donations is not required if you’re hosted with us, or if you wish to be hosted with us in the future.  If you can’t make a donation that’s fine, you’re welcome to enjoy our hosting the same as it’s always been.  We are merely asking those that can and who would like to help out to make a donation.  We’re not going to think poorly of someone if they don’t or can’t, and this policy is not going to change in the future.  Donations are not mandatory.
  • It will not help financially for anyone we host to move to other hosting.  We’re in no danger of going over our bandwidth or disc space quotas, and are unlikely to get anywhere near hitting those quotas in the foreseeable future.  In fact we’re still happily accepting new bloggers and will continue to do so.
  • The site is not going to go away, period.  I’m just having a bit of a tough time financially and need some help covering the hosting bill for a few months.  This isn’t a permanent situation.  There are also contingency plans in place for others to take over the site if I become unable to for any reason.

I hope that helps clear things up a bit.  We appreciate everyone’s concern but we don’t want people worrying needlessly. :)  If you have any questions about anything please don’t hesitate to E-mail me and ask. (Note: you will need to remove the obviously extra text from the address before you can send.)

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Filed Under (, Site News & Info) by Maestro on 05-12-2006

Let me start off by saying that the site’s not going anywhere, I know that some people are going to (justifiably) worry when the read the rest of this.  Some things will change, nothing really drastically, but the site is not going away.  In the absolute worst case I’ll turn it over to someone else to maintain.

With that said, I’m writing this to let everyone know that on July 1st of this year, I lost my job.  Technically my position was just eliminated and my contract not renewed, but the real reason was because of my health problems.  Nothing can be done about this, I live in an “at will” employment state anyway and they made sure to do this in a way that they don’t look like they were discriminating against me because of my health.

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Filed Under (, Site News & Info) by Maestro on 27-10-2006

When I first set up my blog my original intentions were to review older anime series.  I quickly found out that I didn’t have 1. the time, and 2. the desire to do proper reviews and so my blog has been rather disused.  In fact I think most of my traffic of late is from spambots trying to post comment spam.  After thinking about this for a while I’ve decided on a new direction for the blog.  Since has grown so much since I started it back in February 2005, I think it’s important for there to be a way for me to communicate with the anime/manga/gaming blogging community in an “official” capacity as the founder/owner of  While official announcements about the site will be made to the site announcements mailing list and the forums (and eventually to the main site), here I’ll be able to provide further insight into the reasoning behind them.  This doesn’t mean I’ll completely stop reviews, there may be the occasional one that I do, especially if there are cases where I’m requested to review something.  It just means that my main focus now is not on doing reviews but on communication.  That and doing more regular posts (every 6 to 12 months isn’t working too well. ;) )
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Filed Under (Site News & Info) by Maestro on 16-03-2005

Just a heads up, I know the comment popup is behaving odd, mainly it wants to reload the main page after submitting.  I’m working on it but it’ll be tommorrow before I can fix it.  In the meantime, just close the window after your comment submits. :)

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