Saturday, October 2, 2010

New server on TsukiIRC

Just linked earlier today to TsukiIRC was Gorfnets, bringing some old friends of mine and fellow opers onto the IRC network. With that, we now have 8 servers spanning multiple locations in the USA, along with servers located in the UK and Austraila.

Here's the current list of the top five channels now:
  1. #Hades (36 users)
  2. #chats (23 users)
  3. #Darkstar (14 users)
  4. #Blogspot (13 users)
  5. #hurr (11 users)
We're steadily growing and getting close to averaging 100 users on the net now. It's pretty exciting with what we're doing. Also, if any irc server operators are looking to maybe link up and become part of a growing network, feel free to connect to the server and talk to me on #help

And for those who want to visit and don't have an IRC client, hop onto choose TsukiIRC for the server, and fill out the rest of the info.

Hope to see you there soon!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Chatting and so on

As someone who's used various internet chat mediums over the years, I've found that I prefer using MSN messenger once in a while, while I use IRC for pretty much everything else. Here's what I've used over the years-

  • AIM - My very first chat client dating back to early 2004. Haven't had much use for it for the past few years from all the changes that were made to the interface
  • Yahoo Instant Messenger (now Y!) - My second one that I really don't use anymore. This is how I discovered voice chat back in 2004. On a 33.6kpbs modem. (yes, it was painful and full of static). Don't use this one that much anymore
  • ICQ - I briefly used this one, and it just seemed..."meh"
  • IRC - Internet Relay Chat. I've been using this one since late 2004 and I got hooked over how public chat is so useful for stuff. I could go into the various clients for IRC, but that's best for a different article
  • MSN Messenger (Now Live Messenger) - I've really took to a liking to this one back then and I've consistantly used this one since then and well, I just like it lol.
  • Teamspeak - I've used it a few times and I didn't feel that it was that special
  • Skype - Voice chat on a grand scale. If it weren't for my horrid connection, I'd use it more
That's pretty much it for this one tonight. If anyone wants to chat me up, they can use IRC and point their server connection to and join #blogspot
There's also the option of going to and select TsukiIRC from the server list, choose a nickname, and use #blogspot for the channel name. AJAX for easy connections, ne?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Monetizing your website. (also known as "how does i shot webmonies lol")

Here's something I've been wanting to write up for a while but haven't had much chance to do so. I'll be covering three different money-making programs with their advantages and disadvantages.
*Well, four...but two of the companies are owned by the same group.

First off, you'll need some sort of tax id (SSN works if you're a US resident), a mailing address, and a website of some sort. Then, you'll need the next set of things: time, and content.

First up- Adsense
It's Google's powerhouse for advertising on search and on other websites. It's good for just about anything, as long as your content is considered "safe for work". The minimum threshold for cashing out is $100USD (rates are different for other currencies), and when your account hits that amount for that month, it'll be processed and sent before the end of the next month. That can be seen as a disadvantage for people that might be looking for a quick payout.
Adsense has a good amount of customization for ads to be displayed on your site, from various sizing options, to color customization to match your site desgin.

Next- Linkbucks.
This one is a bit different in the way it serves ads: in-line ads, or commercial-style (intermission) ads. It allows safe for work content and non worksafe content. You'll have to setup your links as Adult or Clean when you do make the links so you can generate better money for relevant content. This ad system requires PayPal, and has a minimum payout of $5.00, so this can be seen as the quick-and-dirty way of trying to make some quick money. Be careful though, intermission ads can get on people's nerves really quick, so unless you have something like an established gallery or the like, it may not be the best idea to do.

Finally- Adbrite and Black Label Ads
I call this the "Adsense Alternative", the interface is different, but the concept is pretty much the same. Adbrite is the "safe for work" component, whereas Black Label Ads is the adult component of the ad network. Accounts between the two are shared, but your ad campaigns are not. You have the option of setting your minimum payout, to as low as $5.00. At the end of the month, your earnings go into a waiting period for two months to "mature" and then your payment is processed and you'll usually get the check by the middle of that month it's been processed. This is the longest of the three, so you will *really* need some patience for that first check.

I currently use all three on different websites, and earlier in the month, I finally received my first check from Black Label Ads for $14.25. For my Linkbucks account, I've withdrawn a total of $45 so far. Adsense on the otherhand...I just hit the half-way point for the payout, so it's taking a _long_ time. Hope someone found this informative~

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day in the Life of a Vocaloid Contest

Something for Mikuchan, it's a little writing contest to win a whole bunch of Vocaloid stuff.

Rules, info, and entries can be found here.

While you're there, take a listen from the music player, I'm sure someone will appreciate the tracks.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

20 posts later...

...and this is still a small blog. (not that I'm complaining anyways)

I wanna thank everybody who's been lurkin, commentan, an followan because it makes me want to post moar. I'm at a cool 38 followers now, something I really didn't expect when I decided to make this blog, and it's meeting my exptations of what I want to write about. WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT. So I do hope you guys enjoy reading my incoherent thoughts at times, it's fun making entries.

With that said, as I mentioned yesterday, the Sacrifice Comic, part 3 for Left 4 Dead was released today. I haven't had a chance to read it, but it goes a bit into Francis' backstory. Should be an interesting read.

That's all from me tonight, hope you all have a good night.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Grabbin Pillz

Four Survivors, looking for the next safe zone and eventual escape. Between them: hordes and hordes zombies.

Left 4 Dead begins in Pennsylvania, following an outbreak of so-called "Green Flu", a highly contagious virus causing extreme aggression and loss of higher brain functions.
Two weeks after the infection of Patient Zero, four immune survivors of the outbreak (Francis, Zoey, Bill, and Louis) make their way through the city of Fairfield, only to discover that the virus is creating new, even more dangerous mutations. After narrowly avoiding these new infected, along with hordes of others, the survivors are alerted to the presence of an evacuation point at the nearby Mercy Hospital by a passing news helicopter. Fighting their way through the city's streets, subway and sewers, the survivors are rescued from the hospital's roof by the pilot, only to discover that he is succumbing to the infection. ("No Mercy") With Zoey forced to kill the pilot, the helicopter crash lands in an industrial district outside the city. Finding a delivery truck that has been armored by other survivors, the group decides to use it to make their way to the town of Riverside ("Crash Course"). Before arriving in the town however, they find the road blocked, and are forced to travel the rest of the way on foot. Following an encounter with an infected madman in the local church, they discover that the town is overrun, and decide to head to a nearby boathouse for possible rescue. Contacting a small fishing vessel, they manage to reach the city of Newburg on the other side of the river, only to find much of it in flames ("Death Toll").
Seeking cover in a large greenhouse, their rest is interrupted when a military C-130 Hercules passes overhead, leading the survivors to travel through the city's business district towards Metro International Airport. Upon arrival, the group is shocked to see that in an attempt to contain the infection, the military had bombed the airport; the runway however is largely intact, allowing the survivors to fuel up and escape in the waiting C-130 ("Dead Air"). Despite this apparent rescue, the survivors once again find themselves alone on the outskirts of Allegheny National Forest. Following a series of train tracks through the area, the group find themselves at a functioning, but abandoned, military outpost. After answering a radio transmission, the survivors make their final stand against hordes of infected, before a military APC arrives to transport them to Northeast Safe Zone, supposedly the only location in the area yet to be overrun ("Blood Harvest").

Now that the previous tidbit of information is out of the way, it's a perfect game for co-op or vs online with friends. You can go at it yourself, but you won't get full support of the AI since it doesn't use throwable items, or the usefulness of communication with others.

The infected can get pretty brutal when there's a horde running at you and it gets worse when special infected show their ugly mugs to reign down terror on your fellow survivors, especially with Hunters trying to pounce you and tear you apart, Smokers trying to entangle you to death, or even the malicious Tank that will crush anything in it's way.

To help you out along the way, you'll get weapons like Molitovs, fully automatic M16A3 assault rifles, and scoped Ruger Mini-14 hunting rifles. In addition, you can blow stuff up like propane tanks to give additional damage to the infected. Health packs and pain pills can go a long way to keep your team going.

Having five campaigns to go through, it can take a a short time or well over an hour to go through each one, depending on the difficulty and the effectiveness of your team. If you've ever joined a game with a shoddy team, it'll may take quite a while, and this is speaking from personal expierence. This game came out probably at (my guess) the start of the big zombie craze of this time and it became a hit.

For those who are looking for information that bridges Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, there's the upcoming DLC The Sacrifice, but there's also the free comic that can be found here! Tomorrow they're releasing Part 3 of the comic and I can't wait. While I was writing up to this part, I took a look at L4D's site and saw that they just posted information about the The Sacrifice

“The Sacrifice” is the prequel to "The Passing," and takes place from the Left 4 Dead Survivors' perspective as they make their way South. You may read the comic to find out the official version of events or this October 5th you may play the game to choose your own ending.

In "The Sacrifice" for Left 4 Dead, gamers receive the complete Sacrifice campaign with maps playable in Campaign, Versus, and Survival. There are 5 new achievements, a new style finale and plenty of places for devastating Hunter pounces.

For Left 4 Dead 2, gamers receive “The Sacrifice” campaign and L4D1’s “No Mercy” both playable with the L4D1 Survivors. This version also offers 5 new achievements. In the L4D2 version of “The Sacrifice” each campaign is playable in Campaign, Versus, Survival, and Scavenge modes, and both "The Sacrifice" and L4D2 version of No Mercy feature the Left 4 Dead 2 Special Infected, items, and weapons. Yes, Zoey with a chainsaw!

"The Sacrifice" will be available as two separate packages on Xbox Live for 560 Microsoft Points each and free to all PC gamers.
 Now for those who may not understand why PC gamers are getting the DLC for free while X-Box 360 users have to pay for it, it's because the Microsoft corporation is a group of moneywhores, that's all. Hope you enjoyed reading this update~

Sunday, September 26, 2010 is now alive once again!

Launched today is the restart of my *chan hosting service, TsukiBoards. I also redid my old backup portal to reflect this and the new-ish irc network, TsukiIRC. The hosting services goes as such, if I like the idea and it's unique enough, I'll likely pick up hosting for it. If not, try to rethink your ideas a bit. Currently listed are my main site boards with a link to the portal, and Negimachan

As for IRC, I mentioned it a few posts back and it's turning into a nice little network. The popular channels are linked on the main page, along with the servers and current staff.

For those who want to check it out, head over to