Monday, December 26, 2005

What I Got for Christmas, 2005

I'm not going to lie. I like getting presents at Christmas. I also like to tell people what I got. Feel free to leave a comment bragging about your Christmas booty.

*Pajama pants (which I thought I could use more of)
*A yellow towel, which I then traded for a green one.
*Off the Deep-End CD by "Wierd Al" Yankovic. (My mother spent hours searching Rasputin Records for a used copy)
*America (the book): A Guide to Democracy Inaction
*Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse: the Official Field Manual for the End of the World (should be the perfect compliment to my brother's Zombie Survival Guide that I've been reading since he got it for his birthday ^_^;)
*A total of $15
*Tales of Symphonia for the Game Cube.

Eshu. I am one of the great wanderers who
spreads tales of epic battles, heroic quests,
and love lost. I travel the world, the
dreaming, and the stars in search of adventures
and a good tale to weave. I know I am
king of my own land, and see no
reason to bow to any sidhe. I follow my own
rules. I am an artist of a dying craft, and
I will spread my tales as far and wide as
possible to keep the stories alive.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

PokeOps Is On-Line! I Guess...

That's one of the link images for Pokemon: Special Operations. It's the Pokemon role-playing board I at least think I mentioned in a previous post. You can click on it now, in fact.

I'm a little disappointed, though. I signed up expecting it to be like an Invision board, but it isn't. For one, you can't upload images to the board. They have to be linked off-site. I can live with that, but there's another feature missing that's really got me scowling in dismay.

You see, Invision and certain other message board types give you the ability to nest forums (I usually refer to these as "sections," but I'm going with this today). This way, you can pretty much make message boards within your message board. Your users could go into one forum and find several more forums. Unfortunately, I put PokeOps up on ezBoard. On ezBoard, I can make as many forums as I want (within reason) and arrange them how I please, except I can't put forums inside other forums. Granted, what ezBoard has given me is fine, especially since its free, but it's just so... simplistic.

But maybe it's just me. Maybe I had my expectations up a little high. For ezBoard, maybe, but Invision is free as well and you can make an Invision board go much deeper than that. As I stated before, assuming I brought it up at all, the only reason I went with ezBoard is because I already had a Global Account there. The Global Account not only allows me to use one username for every ezBoard in existance, it also allows me to create message boards for free. Thus, a liscense to make a message board. Unfortunately, I failed to take into account that there are certain limitations. Granted, the two I mentioned I wouldn't have known about for sure until I actually tried to make the board, but there's kind of a third problem...

Once the trial period ends (in about... *checks watch* twenty-five days), all the premium features I have access to will be replaced by advertisements. From what I can tell, among those features are the ability to stick threads (thus keeping them at the top of a forum forever) and the ability to close threads (thus preventing people from replying directly to them). Now, I don't know about you, but that sounds like a basic administrative ability to me. I mean, if you don't at least have that kind of power, it makes the whole thing seem rather... impotent. You have no control over the flow of information. Well, aside from deleting posts, threads, and forums, but you can't make any of it seem more important short of adding a "READ THIS" to the title.

From what I can tell, ezBoard is definitely easy. "Baby's First Message Board" easy. Granted, I may be new at this, but I'm pretty sure I can handle the big boy toys. I'm going to look into other free, hosted message board services. Meanwhile, I'm going to wait for comments. If other people approve of it, I might keep it and put a little more elbow grease into the presentation. However, I think I'd rather use something else.

I am Hannibal The Cannibal!

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