Archive for April, 2009


Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

From Yume Miru Kusuri, illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura

On April 27, H.C.Staff was hacked for the second time. Getting a hold of my FTP password, which I hadn’t changed in over a year, a malicious individual was able to attach scripts to the ends of my HTML files and WordPress templates, scripts which contained words not normally discussed outside of H-games. And folders containing HTML files with unmentionable names appeared in various web folders. Google got word of this and blacklisted my site, resulting in “This site may harm your computer” in Google, and “Reported attack site” in Firefox.

After changing my password, I was able to purge the web directory and database, and restore them both from backups. Then I submitted a request via Google Webmaster Tools to have my site removed from the blacklist. They confirmed the removal of the “badware”, and now Google and Firefox have stopped warning visitors.

Two posts were lost: the Tsumugi Love post, and the post about Magic the Gathering player Yuya Watanabe and his profession, light music (軽音楽, “keiongaku”, or “kei-on” for short.)

Hopefully the hacker doesn’t have the means to get my password again with a snap of the fingers. I tried to ask my webhost’s support about how a hacker could have gotten my password, but they weren’t of much help. The only information I got was from my CPanel web stats analyzer, and while there was information that pointed to the FTP use of the unauthorized party, there wasn’t any sign of SQL injection or other exploits. Of course, I may just be looking in the wrong places.

From now on I’ll back up more often and change my password more often, but I don’t know what else I can do.

Now this is a light music band

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Take the K-On! light music band: bassist, castanet player guitarist, keyboardist, and drummer.

Replace all the moeblobs with 40-year-old Big Texans from Outer Space. (This video, from G3 1996, is over 10 years old, and Eric Johnson is almost 55 years old as of this writing.)

You know how Ritsu said that when it comes to guitarists, there’s Jeff Beck and there’s everyone else? While it’s true that Jeff Beck is an influential pioneer and virtuoso in a class of his own, he isn’t the only such virtuoso on earth.

Eric Johnson’s unmatched guitar skills blow the mind in a way that moe can’t. And his band is every kind of elite. Even after Yui and company get good, they won’t be this good. Hell, Krauser isn’t this good. Even Yuki Nagato isn’t this good, and she’s already cheating.

J.C.Staff Spring Shows

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Hayate the Combat Butler 2nd Season

First Love Limited

Here’s how to watch good anime:

1) Find out what shows J.C.Staff is running this season.
2) Watch them.

Works for me!


Love in Space: Final Character Sketches

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

The plan was for a series of character posts, complete with detailed descriptions, character quotes, and design process descriptions, but we felt it was better to spend less time advertising and more time creating content. So all you get are the sketches, just enough to show that I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing these last two weeks.


Made in the USA

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Visit popular online Japanese goods and anime shop JBOX and take a look at the buttons on the left hand side.

Take a look at the button called Calendars.

Could it really be that image?

I am honored and embarrassed in equal measure, to be sharing the sidebar with Kagami Yoshimizu and Domo-kun.

Sweet Blue Flowers

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

As you know, the schoolgirl yuri drama manga Sweet Blue Flowers by Takako Shimura is getting an anime adaptation by J.C.Staff. The manga so far has struck me as slow, low-key, sweet, charming, but not particularly awesome. Still, every show J.C.Staff makes has a chance of rocking like a mother.


Worlds connect @ your library

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

National Library Week is an American Library Association event celebrated on the second full week of April; April 12-18 this year. Tuesday of National Library Week is National Library Workers Day, and the Thursday is Support Teen Literature Day.

Don’t make the loser choice.