Major Changes Happening Here

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Yes, I realize the slider is totally out of date when I took this screenshot. Whoops.

There are some major changes happening to the website, both under the hood and design-wise.

The first, I’m sure not many people will notice immediately, as it’s a minor change to the header of the site. In this case, I’ve tweaked it to look somewhat more uniform with the business cards that I’ve had printed from when I went to PAX South.

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Other changes is that the “Wiki” link is no longer on the menu. I am in the process of integrating a WordPress based wiki system into the site, and then I will begin the long and arduous task of transferring the current data from the old, outdated wiki into the new system. There will probably be a bunch of hiccups with it, as well. Once I have something that is workable running for this, the link will return to the menu.

If you want access to poke around with the wiki, though, you can find it here!

Last, but not least, you may not notice this if you’re viewing my site from a desktop, but I now have a mobile version. I’ve begun the process of making iOS and Android icons for if you bookmark my site as well. This will be a test for the time being, but if this works out well, I may upgrade the mobile system to a Pro version to allow me more freedom in its design.

My header is also looking terrible with some new social media icons. I may go through a way to try and fix them, but in the meantime, it will probably be turned off.

While these changes are going into place, there may be some things that break here and there. If you find any errors (especially PHP ones!), please note them in the comments, send me a tweet about them, or an email.

Thank you for your patience with this!

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[Administration] Extra Life 2014 Is Coming Soon

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It’s getting close to that time again. This year, on October 25th, I will be participating in my fifth Extra Life alongside the rest of Sanctuary Crew Gaming. Extra Life is a 24-hour marathon of gaming with the intention to raise money for the Children’s Medical Network hospitals to help combat pediatric cancer.

This will be the one time I will make requests for money extensively, but in this case, it will not be for myself. I will be playing for the Children’s Medical Center located in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. This hospital has done so much for the community here, and many children that have grown up here, like myself, have been influenced by it in one way or another.

I will, most likely, play a number of Falcom games come this year’s Extra Life. There may also be an attempt to stomach Castlevania Lords of Shadow as the Sanctuary Crew seems to absolutely love to see me suffer. This will, of course, be streamed live.

But in the end, it will be worth it. My suffering over a terrible game can’t be anywhere near what these kids that we play for go through everyday.

As we get closer, Sanctuary Crew will probably be running some raffles. My close connections with members of XSEED Games has allowed me to get some codes for the past two years- and it will definitely be something that I try to do again this year. I might even have some codes that are relevant to the interests of my readers~ Stay tuned!

You can donate any amount- though the recommended is $1 per hour of the marathon, totaling to $24. I will not see the money, as it goes directly to the Children’s Miracle Network to be sent to my selected hospital. So there’s no worry about me taking money from you. If you are interested in pitching some money towards the event for me, please check out the link at the top of the sidebar.

I hope to see everyone drop by during the stream! I’ll post more details as I learn more!

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Minor Backend Updates to the Site and Tumblr Integration Completed

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Did I seriously open an account at tumblr? So it seems. Clearly, it seems very empty in the screenshot above, but that should change soon.

In order to further my plans for world domination, you can find my site’s tumblr accouont at esteriornet.tumblr.com. The primary purpose for this isn’t that much unlike twitter- it’s basically yet another place for news notifications, but on a different social media than just twitter.

As a result, I’ve made some new integration changes on the back end to help the site with crossposting to tumblr as well as make the twitter notifications. And I may be getting myself in trouble for this, but I’ve opened up asks there as well. Feel free to keep using ask.fm if that’s your prerogative, though.

My next project should be eventually integration to Facebook and Google+ which will give me plenty of coverage across multiple social media sites, and allow me to maintain some semblance of control over my content and news. It also means yet another avenue to spread the love of Falcom and their games while we’re at it.

As a result, since there’s a completely new system integrated into the website, there may be things breaking here and there. Let me know through any of the places available to contact me!

Endless History Main Site
@EndlessHistory on Twitter
Ask.fm Link
Esteriornet.Tumblr.com

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Addendum Regarding the Chara-Ani Preorders Post

As a note, I made a mistake on the post about the Chara-Ani preorders- as it’s been pointed out to me that I completely missed the ‘2015’ on the date. The pre-orders are currently open and will be for further notice at this point.

I’m about to correct the post and I will remove the tweets I made on this subject.

Thanks for pointing this out to me in the comments! Also, many thanks to everyone for being patient with me with my silly mistakes last week!

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Host Downtime on 2/9 for Maintenence – Website Service Disruptions Predicted

As a quick heads up, there will be a downtime period from 12am to 6am Eastern Time on Sunday, 2/9. The upstream internet provider for my host is going to be doing router upgrades at that point, which can cause for service disruption.

(Thankfully, it’s in the middle of the weekend, and I’m usually on my ‘posting hiatus’ on weekends. Usually.)

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[Administration] Recent Activity on the Website – Security Additions

I may have been seemingly quiet on here for the past week and a half, but this is partially because I’ve recently discovered a major brute-force attack to try to take out the security of my website. Now, this isn’t entirely unusual. Bots are always trying to find wordpress blogs with weak security, and usually going after accounts that technically don’t exist. (It’s a long story to explain, but trust me.)

However, this one was different. Not only did it go after my administration account, but it also attempted to hijack multiple user accounts, by repeatedly entering randomly generated passwords, twice a second for 8 hours total. (Despite my plugin that limits login attempts.)

I’m still cleaning out my activity log (it had over 300 pages, with 100 entries per page. I’ve managed to get it down to 110 so far.), and I’ve banned a lot of IP’s and hosts, and I’ve made some new changes to the wordpress plugins- installed some, reactivated some old ones I used, and uninstalled ones that aren’t working. In the past four to five days, I’ve noticed that things seem to have slowed down and even stopped in some cases.

I will be reaching out to people directly by email if your account was hit. Expect word from me in the next 24 hours. However, rest assured, that nothing was compromised. I just had to rethink my security setup and so forth. From what I’ve seen from the attack, though, be warned that even bots are now using video game names, character names (from anime, comics, games, TV and movies), and pop culture terms and icons. So you know the routine of keeping your password safe and secure.

I’ll do my best to keep an eye on things, and try to pick back up on doing what I started this site for in the first place- writing to keep you up to date on Falcom news.

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