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~ TCJ (The Comics Journal)

"A couple years of experience in the Otaku circle have taught me at least one good lesson--to trust Adam."
~ myO member

"Adam is actually a decently accomplished troll."
~ Allamorph

"The scale of Adam's cunning genius is truly frightening."
~ TimeChaser

"About Time" Improvement Launching Soon

Guessing game time.

We're soon unveiling an improvement to theOtaku that:

  • A lot of major sites utilize (including deviantArt)
  • Affects every member on theOtaku
  • Helps browse/find/promote member pages more easily
  • We've wanted to do **forever** but just never got the opportunity

What improvement is it??

Charity Thoughts

I have a few ideas for how to leverage the community to help raise money for charity. I'm going to be spending some time working out the details/partnerships/etc.

Of course taking care of our team, growing the community, improving the site, and taking care of business are high priorities, but I think we can do great, great things.

I'm also trying to figure out how to make it to Washington DC for the HUGE cherry blossom festival there without spending too much money.

Rapid Notes

-- I'm not sure if SomeGuy can physically post the new podcast, live from Sakura Con, so I'll post it tomorrow

-- I moved the 'hot box' to the top of the main page...some of you are correct that when we re-create a news type page it'll take over the hot box

-- To be honest and I know it's unhealthy, I'm annoyed that a slimy site like CrunchyRoll can survive, let alone make a deal with Gonzo. A lot of people will say "Yeah but I'm a member there and..." which is fine. My vantage point is that my team and I have worked insanely hard to grow our audience legitimately and with the highest ethical standards and all they've done is throw up fansubs and licensed content that other groups make on a poorly designed site. It's hard being the good guy and watching bad guys do so well; studying hard for a test and seeing someone cheat and end up doing better than you.

-- It's been 3 weeks since we've launched Version Vibrant. We're evolving rapidly and still have a long way to go...

-- News I think will be big. My philosophy is that most people, for news, care more about the discussion than reading the entire story. I'm thinking of pursuing a model that is mainly about headlines, brief descriptions, and then links to other sites, like Fark or Digg. What do you think?

Reporting, Ads, and Mail

Since I'm not at Sakura Con partying with everyone else, I'm here alone slaving away...

I partially launched a new reporting interface to flag repeat works, plagiarized works, etc.

We're going to take a much stricter approach to ads now moving forward in Version Vibrant. We're cutting out a vast majority of the 'junk' ads from the site. No more punch the monkey ads, for example. It'll all be fandom ads, Google ads, and the occasional corporate ad.

I've also been working on getting a separate server setup for mail, so that we can reliably send updates/notifications for you via email and send out the newsletter once again...

Adam Meets Alton

I was taking a walk today when, past my local Borders, I noticed that Alton Brown from the Food Network was doing a book signing. I rushed in and bought a copy of his book to meet him, since I'm a big Food Network fan.

I introduced myself and we talked briefly. As I was leaving I turned back to him and said "Hey can I get a picture??" One of the people who worked at Borders said "all right, but hurry! He has to leave soon"

I only had my awful cell phone camera. I threw it out of my pocket, handed it to the Borders girl, and posed with him for the photo. Then, the awful happened, my cell phone powered down in the person's hands!! I had forgot to charge it last night!

Alton scolded me for not bringing a real camera and, head hung down in shame, I left defeated, no photo, only a signed book that says: "To Adam, Cook Smart."