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Ramblings from the Marginalized » 2006 » September

September 2006


Social Bookmarking September 29th, 2006 by HMTKSteve

I recently posted a link back to my blog on both Digg and Netscape to see what would happen. The results were not as shocking as you might think... until you factor in StumbleUpon!

The entry I linked to with both news aggregators was The Three Letters. I did not know what sort of result to expect but I was overwhelmed by the response of the Diggers and underwhelmed by the response of the 'Scapers.

Once the story hit the front page on Digg I was seeing over a thousand hits per hour. The story has gotten well over 1,000 Diggs since then yet, on Netscape, the same story has only ever received 1 vote, mine!

I wasn't exactly surprised by this turn of events. Everyone knows that Digg is the big dog in terms of social book marking sites and that Netscape is nothing more than a cheap attempt at riding on Digg's coattails but... not a single vote on Netscape?

At then end of the week I checked my web server statistics to see where my traffic came from in regards to this and I saw something very interesting:

Day One: Digg 15K hits, Netscape 3 hits, StumbleUpon 898 hits.
Day Two: Digg 8K hits, Netscape 1 hit, StumbleUpon 1,205 hits.
Day Three Digg: 1K hits, Netscape 0 hits, StumbleUpon 1,423 hits.

This trend continued until after a week’s time I was averaging below 100 hits from Digg and 1K hits from Stumbleupon. This led me to a very interesting conclusion:

Digg brings in the hits, but StumbleUpon has the legs.

In the end, Digg had brought in the highest number of hits, but they were fleeting. A massive wave of people will go from Digg, to your blog and then never return. Netscape? Do I even need to linger on that one? StumbleUpon... there be the long tail for a blogger!

I'm not going to go into anything to do with advertising revenue in this article so don't expect a treatise on how StumbleUpon effects your advertising revenue!

I do not know if this story would have gotten the legs it acquired if it had not appeared on Digg. I do not know who first gave the link a thumbs up and thereby caused the Stumble stampede. The only thing I do know is that Digg and StumbleUpon are a great team!

Just as MS has been recently known to say that you should ignore the PS3 and buy an X-Box 360 and a Wii I must say to ignore Netscape and go with the powerhouse of Digg and StumbleUpon!

Stories September 28th, 2006 by HMTKSteve

This is a very old joke, but still funny...

A Mathematician is on a boat and someone falls overboard.

"Help me, help me," cries a woman in the water.

The mathematician quickly grabs a life preserver and throws it to the woman. Once she grabs a hold of it, he pulls her in. Grateful at being rescued, she gives him a big hug.

The very next day the same woman falls overboard and begins to yell, "Help me, help me!"

The mathematician runs over, sees that it is the same woman and mumbles, "I've already solved this problem," as he walks away...

Programming September 27th, 2006 by HMTKSteve

A few years ago I took over webmaster duties for a very active community forum. About a month into the job the unthinkable happened, we lost the table that contained all of the posts!

I had backups (7 day rolling system) but the backups were a good 24 hours old and the server kept dropping lines while it was chugging away at restoring the database table.

I needed to go into the sql file and pull out all of the lines for the post table but I had one very large problem; The sql file was 524MB and my computer only had 128MB of RAM!

I tried to cajole my computer into opening the file but it was simply too big. Rather then curse my poor under-powered computer I got an idea.

Since I knew the structure of the sql commands I could write a program to open the file, line-by-line, and take the lines I needed and put them in a new file.

Now, it is important to note that I was unaware of the program Grep at the time. If I had known of Grep back then I would have just used that…

So, using some very simple C programming language functions I built a program that would search any text file for a given search string and output it all to a new file. Even though the post table itself was still huge, the shear number of sub-forums allowed me to break it down into files for each sub-forum.

Now I had about 124 sql files, one for each area of the forums. It was a simple process to load each one up onto the server and load the table data back into the mySQL server. Then I had only to a do a quick check of the number of items in the table compared to the number of lines in the file to be sure all the statements were executed.

I give the following code to you to use, modify, etc… I ask only that you follow my Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

It would be a very easy modification to change this program to search an entire directory of text files for a given string. I imagine some of those “spy on your kids” program do just that…

Please note that this was thrown together in about 5 minutes and is not optimized nor does it have any safegaurds written into it.

#include <fstream>
#include <iostream>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdio.h>

using namespace std;
const int MAX_LEN = 102400 ;
int main(int argc, char *argv[])

{
    int i = 0;
    if(argc!=3)

    {
        // give info on how to run program
        // Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License
        printf("sqlquery copyright 2005 Stephen De Chellis \n");
        printf("sqlquery takes 2 arguments\n\n");

        printf("sqlquery [filename] [search string]\n\n");
        printf("[filename]      = name of file to open for searching\n");
        printf("[search string] = string to search the file for\n\n");

        printf("sqlquery will search the file line by line and store the results\n");
        printf("in a new file named [search string].sql\n");
        return 0;

    }
    char line[MAX_LEN];
    char filename[256];

    char filename2[256];
    i = 0;
    strcpy(filename2,argv[2]);

    strcat(filename2,".sql");
    strcpy(filename,argv[1]);    

    ifstream infile;

    ofstream outfile;
    infile.open (filename, ifstream::in);

    if(!infile)
    {
        printf("unable to find file: %s",filename);

        return 0;
    }
    outfile.open (filename2, ofstream::out);

    if(!outfile)
    {
        printf("unable to create file: %s",filename2);

        return 0;
    }
    printf("\n working");
    do

    {
        infile.getline(line,MAX_LEN);

        if(strstr(line,argv[2])!=NULL)

        {
            outfile << line << endl;
            i++;

            printf(".");
            strcpy(line,"");
        }

    }while(infile.eof()==0);
    printf("Found %i matches",i);

    infile.close();
    outfile.close();
    return i;

}
General September 25th, 2006 by HMTKSteve

An interesting question has come up in regards to a woman charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence of alcohol) in Brookfield CT.

Peg Roth, a 41 year old resident of Brookfield CT, was charged in 2005 for DUI while driving on Orchard Drive, which is part of a private lakeside community in Danbury CT.

Her lawyer is appealing the conviction based on an interesting legal point. He contends that the area in which Roth was arrested is part of the Pleasant Acres Homeowners’ Association and is not a public road! The prosecutor and jury agreed, at trial, that it was a public road.

Her lawyer states that in order for a road to be considered a “public road” it must fall under the control of the state, town or other “political subdivision” of the state. The road on which Roth was arrested lies under the control of Pleasant Acres, not the state or city and thusly he hopes to prove that the police had no jurisdiction in arresting his client.

Not only that but… She was arrested in a *parked* car while *sleeping* ! The road on which she was arrested also bears no speed limit sign and according to state statute, “in order for a DUI to apply it has to be a public road or a private road with the posted speed.”

I would be remiss to not tell you that the woman charged does have a history of DUI. It is also important to note that when the police arrived the car was running with it’s lights on. The woman also refused to take a breathalyzer test and was still charged with DUI .

The core of this case is not as to whether or not Roth was guilty but as to whether or not the police have jurisdiction to arrest someone for DUI when they are on a “private” road.

Source - New Milford News Times

Internet September 25th, 2006 by HMTKSteve

Earlier this week a Belgian court ruled that Google News could not use material from "Belgian publishers of the French- and German-speaking daily press" without paying a copyright fee. The ruling followed a case brought by Copiepresse, an association of French- and German-language newspaper editors in Belgium, challenging the right of Google to run their news aggregator under the current copyright laws.

Source - wikinews.org

I’m not sure I understand this one.

Several media outlets in Europe sued Google for including their news articles and photographs in Google News. Google only puts up the first sentence or two and a photograph and then allows the reader to go directly to the media outlet’s web site.

The media companies claim that even putting a single sentence on Google News is a violation of copyright law.

In response to this Google now displays the following message when a user searches for news from these media sites:

"In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 1260 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org."

It is also important to note that Google offers all media companies an "opt-out" option if they do not want their articles to show up on Google News.

The real question is why? Why would a media company not want to have it's articles on Google News? It has been said that many news sites get between 40% and 60% of their hits from news sites such as Google News. It will be intersting to see how the drop from Google News affects this Belgian company.

The heart of the matter looks to be about money. The media company is looking for Google to pay a "copyright fee" to be able to link to the media company's articles. In the court room, Google News was given the status of a portal site rather then a search site. Google has pointed out that it does not profit from Google News as it does not put any advertising on Google News.

Google can obviously not pay this "copyright fee" for if it did, it would have to pay every news site it linked to a "copyright fee" or put Google News to rest.

I'm not familiar enough with European copyright laws but I do know in the USA we still have *some* elements of *Fair Use* which allows for excerpting from materials that are under copyright. It is *Fair Use* that allows book and movie critics to write their reviews.

You can read the english translation of the court order Here.

Apple September 22nd, 2006 by HMTKSteve

I have a 30GB video iPod that I got late last year. I love it! I take it everywhere with me and use it for listening to music and podcasts. Heck, I've even purchased a few videos for it and have the link cable to watch them on my TV!

Recently, Apple did something to earn my disdain...

What did Apple do? Why they forced me to upgrade my version of iTunes and to upgrade the firmware on my iPod!

I am the type of person who does not upgrade until several months pass by. I like to let others experience the bugs of new software upgrades. This time, Apple would not let me wait.

It started simple enough with the usual "There is a new version of iTunes, want to upgrade" message popping up when I ran iTunes. These are easy enough to ignore and I did so.

Then, one day, I was trying to transfer a video podcast to my iPod and I got a new message, "the firmware on your iPod is to old for this media. Please upgrade."

That got my attention! Especially since I was putting some files *back* onto my iPod that had previously resided there with no problems!

So, being the fool, I upgraded iTunes and the iPod firmware. Everything seemed to be OK and I could now put the video podcast back onto the iPod...

Everything went well for a few days as I caught up on recent podcasts then... I tried to play a podcast I had put on my iPod *after* the upgrade and it crashed and rebooted!

I tried again, same thing. I thought, "well, maybe it was a bad download?" but even after downloading the file again I still had the problem of the iPod crashing...

This is when I started searching the 'net for answers. what I found was a lot of people complaining of bugs with the new iTunes...

I'm running the 1.2 version firmware on my iPod now and here is a short list of feature "changes" I have experienced:

1) Certain podcast mp3 files, when played, cause my iPod to crash.
2) All my photos are suddenly gone.
3) All of my "recently xxx" play lists are gone.

I did find a fix for number one. It involves going into the info section of your mp3 file and telling iTunes to start the track at 00:01 rather then 00:00. Annoying, but it now works.

I do not know why number two erased all my photos, but I do not use that feature much anyways...

Number three is the most annoying one to me, and really bugs me.

I have used the "recently xxx" play lists since I got my iPod. I rely on these play lists so that when I add some new songs I can quickly find them! I listen to a ton of podcasts and have a ton of singles from various artists so the only way to find what I have added (in regards to music) is by using the "recently added" play list... Now it's gone...

What's the deal Apple? And, as long as I'm on the subject, why is it that if I add an mp3 file that is from a podcast, but do not add it via the podcast tab using the "update podcast" method it does not get added to the podcast page?

When I was trying to figure out if I had downloaded corrupted version of my podcast files I deleted the one that were in the podcast page and download them fresh to my hard drive. when I went to add them into iTunes they ended up under music! I have no idea how to get them to appear on the podcast tab... A little help anyone?

Pokemon September 20th, 2006 by HMTKSteve

NOTE: If you are looking for information on the new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game than you want to read the What Pokemon are you: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of time and Explorers of Darkness article.

Well, I got my copy of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team last night, my daughter gets her copy of Blue Rescue Team today and later on I will publish an article about what questions to answer to get each of the different starting pokemon.

=========================================================================
  ===         POKEMON MYSTERY DUNGEON  -  PERSONALITY TEST GUIDE        ===
  =========================================================================
                                     v1.00

                   by Terence Fergusson 


Pokemon Copyright 1995-2006 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Mystery Dungeon Copyright 1993-2006 CHUNSOFT.

This document is entirely my work, and was written and is owned by me,
Terence Fergusson.  All copyrights and trademarks are acknowledged where not
specifically mentioned.  If you wish to reproduce this document AS IS, you
may do so without having to ask my permission, providing that the entire
document including this copyright notice is left intact, preferably in ASCII
text format, and is done so for non-profit purposes.  I do, however, reserve
the right to revoke permission and ask for it to be taken down should I feel
it necessary.

Please do not e-mail me about this guide.  If you have questions or
submissions to the knowledge base, please post on the GameFAQs message board;
the information will get to the correct people quicker this way, and you
have a far better chance of getting an answer expediently.






=============================================================================
                       V E R S I O N   H I S T O R Y
=============================================================================

v1.00 : 20/09/06 : Original Conversion of Fushigi no Dungeon Guide
                     into English







=============================================================================
                        A B O U T   T H E   T E S T
=============================================================================

To determine your starting Pokemon, you will be given a personality test.
This will involve a random question from 8 out of 14 Categories, with each
Category leaning towards a particular personality type.  Once you have been
asked the full eight questions, you will be given a final question that
simply asks for your gender.  Once this has been answered, the results are
all tallied and your final personality and resulting Pokemon is determined.

You will be given a Pokemon relating to the personality type you scored
highest in.  In the event of a tie between multiple personality types, one
will be chosen randomly out of those you scored highest in.  Finally, your
choice of gender dictates which of two Pokemon you will get for that
personality.


                              Male               Female
               Hardy:      #004 Charmander    #025 Pikachu
               Docile:     #001 Bulbasaur     #152 Chikorita
               Brave:      #066 Machop        #004 Charmander
               Jolly:      #007 Squirtle      #158 Totodile
               Impish:     #025 Pikachu       #104 Cubone
               Naive:      #158 Totodile      #133 Eevee
               Timid:      #155 Cyndaquil     #258 Mudkip
               Hasty:      #255 Torchic       #300 Skitty
               Sassy:      #252 Treecko       #255 Torchic
               Calm:       #258 Mudkip        #001 Bulbasaur
               Relaxed:    #054 Psyduck       #007 Squirtle
               Lonely:     #104 Cubone        #054 Psyduck
               Quirky:     #052 Meowth        #252 Treecko



Note that this gives a choice of 16 possible Pokemon, with 6 of them unique
to a particular gender.  Cyndaquil, Machop and Meowth are only available to
males, while Chikorita, Eevee and Skitty are only available to females.



Once your Pokemon has been chosen, you will be given a choice of partner.
The available partners are:

                     Bulbasaur   Charmander  Squirtle
                     Chikorita   Cyndaquil   Totodile
                     Treecko     Torchic     Mudkip
                                 Pikachu

You are unable to choose a partner that matches the Type of your own Pokemon.
Hence, Bulbasaur, Chikorita and Treecko cannot choose a Grass Type partner;
Charmander, Cyndaquil and Torchic cannot choose a Fire Type partner; and
Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip and Psyduck cannot choose a Water Type partner.
Furthermore, if you get Pikachu as a result of the personality test, you
obviously cannot also choose Pikachu as your partner.



=============================================================================
                              S T R A T E G Y
=============================================================================

If you're looking to try to get a particular Pokemon, you should keep the
following in mind:

   * Remember that six of the 16 possible Pokemon are available to one
     gender only - you will not be able to get them if you pick the
     wrong gender.

   * Keep in mind the personality of the Pokemon you're trying to get.
     You want to always answer questions that increase that personality
     trait.

   * When you're asked a question that doesn't have an answer for your
     chosen personality, pick answers that increase traits you haven't
     answered for yet and have low increases.  It's often better to
     answer a question with something that increases a bunch of traits
     by 1 instead of an answer that increases a single trait by 2 or
     even 3.


If you can increase your chosen trait high enough and keep the rest below
that, then it's not so difficult to get your chosen Pokemon.  Don't be
discouraged if it doesn't work the first time however - there is some luck
involved with which questions you will be asked.



=============================================================================
                         T H E   Q U E S T I O N S
=============================================================================

Remember that you will only be asked one question out of any Category chosen,
unless your answer to a question deliberately redirects you to another
question within that category.  You will also only be asked questions from
8 Categories maximum before you are given the final question to determine
your gender.



Category #01 - Hardy
====================
  Question #1     A test is coming up.
                  How do you study for it?

  Answers:        Study hard.
                      +2 Hardy
                  At the last second.
                      +2 Relaxed
                  Ignore it and play.
                      +2 Impish


  Question #2     Can you focus on something you like?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Hardy, +1 Docile
                  No. 
                      +2 Quirky


  Question #3     When the going gets tough, do you get
                  going?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Hardy, +2 Brave
                  No.
                      +2 Sassy, +2 Quirky


  Question #4     There is a bucket. If you put
                  water in it, how high will you fill it?

  Answers:        Full.
                      +2 Hardy
                  Half.
                      +2 Calm
                  A little.
                      +2 Quirky




Category #02 - Docile
=====================
  Question #1     You are offered a choice of two gifts.
                  Which one will you take?

  Answers:        Big box.
                      +2 Docile, +1 Naive
                  Small box.
                      +2 Timid, +1 Calm


  Question #2     You broke a rotten egg in your room!
                  What will you do?

  Answers:        Open a window right away.
                      +2 Docile, +1 Hasty
                  Take a sniff first.
                      +2 Naive, +1 Relaxed


  Question #3     A friend brought over something you'd
                  forgotten.
                  How do you thank your friend?

  Answers:        Say thank you regularly.
                      +2 Docile
                  Say thanks with a joke.
                      +1 Naive, +1 Lonely
                  Say thanks, but be cool.
                      +2 Sassy


  Question #4     There is a wallet at the side of a road.

  Answers:        Turn it in to the police!
                      +2 Docile
                  Yay! Yay!
                      +2 Naive
                  Is anyone watching...?
                      +2 Impish




Category #03 - Brave
====================
  Question #1     You're going bungee jumping for the first
                  time.

                  Since it's scary, you decide to test the
                  jump with a doll...
                  And the bungee cord snaps!

                  Will you still try to make a jump anyway?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +3 Brave, +1 Impish
                  No.
                      +2 Docile, +1 Timid


  Question #2     There is an alien invasion!
                  What will you do?

  Answers:        Fight.
                      Do Question #2b
                  Run.
                      +2 Timid
                  Ignore it.
                      +2 Relaxed


  Question #2b    You valiantly fight the aliens...
                  But, you are defeated...

                  An alien says to you...

                  "YOU HAVE IMPRESSED US.
                  IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SEE.

                  JOIN US, AND TOGETHER WE SHALL
                  RULE THE WORLD."
                  What will you do?

  Answers:        Rule with the aliens.
                      +1 Sassy, +1 Relaxed
                  Refuse.
                      +4 Brave


  Question #3     There is a scream from behind a door!
                  How will you react?

  Answers:        Yank open the door.
                      +1 Hardy, +2 Brave
                  Scream in unison.
                      +2 Naive


  Question #4     A delinquent is hassling a girl on
                  a busy city street!
                  What will you do?

  Answers:        Help without hesitation.
                      +3 Brave
                  Help, even if scared.
                      +2 Hardy, +2 Brave
                  Call the police.
                      +1 Docile, +1 Timid, +1 Relaxed
                  Do nothing out of fear.
                      +2 Timid




Category #04 - Jolly
====================
  Question #1     Are you a cheerful personality?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Jolly, +1 Naive
                  No.
                      +1 Sassy, +1 Quirky


  Question #2     Do you like to noisily enjoy yourself
                  with others?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Jolly, +1 Lonely
                  No.
                      +1 Timid


  Question #3     It's the summer holidays!
                  Where would you like to go?

  Answers:        The beach!
                      +2 Jolly
                  Spas.
                      +2 Calm
                  Anywhere.
                      +2 Quirky


  Question #4     A foreign person has started up a
                  conversation with you.

                  To be honest, you don't have a clue what
                  this fellow is saying.
                  How do you reply?

  Answers:        Haha! Yes. Very funny!
                      +3 Jolly
                  Um... Could you say that again?
                      +2 Hardy
                  Right... Well, I gotta go.
                      +2 Timid




Category #05 - Impish
=====================
  Question #1     Have you ever made a pitfall trap?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Impish, +1 Lonely
                  No.
                      +2 Calm


  Question #2     Do you like pranks?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Impish
                  No.
                      +1 Docile, +1 Relaxed


  Question #3     Are there many things that you would like
                  to do?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +1 Hardy, +2 Impish
                  No.
                      +1 Sassy, +2 Quirky


  Question #4     Your friend is being bullied!
                  What do you do?

  Answers:        Face up to the bully.
                      +3 Brave
                  Caution the bully from afar.
                      +2 Timid
                  Heckle the bully from behind.
                      +2 Impish




Category #06 - Naive
====================
  Question #1     Do you like groan-inducing puns?

  Answers:        Love them!
                      +1 Impish, +3 Naive
                  A little.
                      +2 Jolly
                  Spare me.
                      +2 Sassy


  Question #2     Do you tend to laugh a lot?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +1 Docile, +2 Naive
                  No.
                      +2 Quirky


  Question #3     Do others often call you childish?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +1 Jolly, +2 Naive
                  No.
                      +2 Calm


  Question #4     Do you like to imagine things for your
                  amusement?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Naive
                  No.
                      +2 Hasty




Category #07 - Timid
====================
  Question #1     A human hand extends out of a toilet!
                  What would you do?

  Answers:        Scream and run.
                      +2 Timid
                  Close the lid without a word.
                      +1 Hardy, +2 Calm
                  Shake hands with it.
                      +2 Brave, +1 Impish, +1 Naive


  Question #2     Grab any digit on your left hand with your
                  right hand.
                  Which digit did you grab?

  Answers:        Thumb.
                      +2 Timid
                  Index finger.
                      +2 Hasty
                  Middle finger.
                      +2 Jolly
                  Ring finger.
                      +2 Sassy
                  Little finger.
                      +2 Lonely


  Question #3     You are suddenly locked inside a
                  pitch-black room!
                  What do you do?

  Answers:        Kick the door.
                      +2 Timid
                  Cry.
                      +2 Lonely
                  Clean it.
                      +2 Impish, +1 Quirky


  Question #4     Can you go into a haunted house?

  Answers:        No problem!
                      +3 Brave
                  Uh... N-no...
                      +2 Timid
                  With someone I like.
                      +2 Sassy




Category #08 - Hasty
====================
  Question #1     You receive a gift!
                  But you don't know what's in it.
                  You're curious, so what do you do?

  Answers:        Open it now.
                      +2 Hasty
                  Open it later.
                      +2 Calm
                  Get someone to open it.
                      +2 Timid


  Question #2     You win a lottery!
                  What do you do with the money?

  Answers:        Spend it now.
                      +2 Jolly, +1 Hasty
                  Save it.
                      +1 Hardy, +1 Calm
                  Give it away.
                      +2 Brave, +2 Quirky


  Question #3     You come across a treasure chest!
                  What do you do?

  Answers:        Open it right away!
                      +2 Hasty
                  No... Could be a trap...
                      +2 Timid
                  It's going to be empty...
                      +2 Sassy


  Question #4     Your friend fails to show up for a meeting
                  at the promised time.
                  What do you do?

  Answers:        Become irritated.
                      +1 Docile, +2 Hasty
                  Wait patiently.
                      +2 Relaxed
                  Get angry and bail.
                      +3 Hasty




Category #09 - Sassy
====================
  Question #1     Your country's leader is in front of you.
                  How do you speak to him or her?

  Answers:        Speak calmly.
                      +2 Hardy
                  Speak nervously.
                      +2 Docile
                  WHATEVER!!
                      +2 Sassy


  Question #2     Do others tell you to watch what you say?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +1 Impish, +2 Sassy
                  No.
                      +2 Calm


  Question #3     Do you think you are cool?
                  Be honest.

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Sassy
                  No.
                      +2 Relaxed


  Question #4     Can you sincerely thank someone when you
                  feel grateful?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Docile, +1 Calm
                  No.
                      +2 Sassy, +1 Quirky




Category #10 - Calm
===================
  Question #1     Do you occasionally consider yourself
                  dull and overly cautious?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Calm, +1 Lonely
                  No.
                      +2 Hardy


  Question #2     Do you dream of lounging around idly
                  without much excitement?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Calm
                  No.
                      +2 Impish


  Question #3     Do you like to fight?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +1 Impish, +2 Timid
                  No.
                      +2 Calm, +1 Lonely


  Question #4     Do you often yawn?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Calm, +1 Relaxed
                  No.
                      +1 Hardy, +2 Hasty




Category #11 - Relaxed
======================
  Question #1     Are you often late for school or meetings?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +1 Sassy, +2 Relaxed
                  No.
                      +2 Hardy, +1 Hasty


  Question #2     Do you get the feeling that you've slowed
                  down lately?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Relaxed
                  No.
                      +1 Impish, +2 Hasty


  Question #3     It is a pleasant day at the beach.
                  How do you feel?

  Answers:        This feels great!
                      +2 Jolly
                  Snore...
                      +2 Relaxed
                  I want to go home soon!
                      +2 Hasty


  Question #4     Do you fall asleep without noticing?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +1 Calm, +2 Relaxed
                  No.
                      +2 Hardy




Category #12 - Lonely
=====================
  Question #1     Do you feel lonesome when you are alone?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +1 Timid, +2 Lonely
                  No.
                      +2 Sassy


  Question #2     Do you hate to be the last person to leave
                  class at the end of a school day?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +1 Timid, +2 Lonely
                  No.
                      +3 Brave, +1 Relaxed


  Question #3     What do you do with your room's light
                  when you're going to bed at night?

  Answers:        Leave it on.
                      +1 Timid, +2 Lonely
                  Turn it off.
                      +2 Calm


  Question #4     It's a weekend, but no one will play
                  with you...
                  What do you do?

  Answers:        Go on a trip.
                      +1 Jolly, +1 Lonely
                  Hang around vacantly.
                      +1 Calm, +2 Relaxed
                  Huddle in a corner.
                      +1 Timid, +3 Lonely




Category #13 - Quirky
=====================
  Question #1     Do you sometimes run out of things to do
                  all of a sudden?

  Answers:        Yes.
                      +2 Quirky
                  No.
                      +2 Hardy


  Question #2     How quickly do you respond to an e-mail?

  Answers:        Reply right away.
                      +1 Hardy, +1 Hasty
                  May reply, may not.
                      +2 Quirky
                  Too much trouble.
                      +2 Sassy


  Question #3     There is a person you like...
                  But there's no opportunity to get close.
                  What do you do?

  Answers:        Bravely declare my love.
                      +1 Hardy, +3 Brave
                  Might say hello...
                      +2 Quirky
                  Pull a prank to get attention.
                      +2 Impish
                  Look from afar.
                      +2 Timid


  Question #4     The road forks to the right and left.
                  You are told there is a treasure on the
                  right side. What do you do?

  Answers:        Instantly go right.
                      +2 Docile
                  It's a trap! Go left.
                      +2 Sassy
                  Choose either side.
                      +2 Quirky




Category #14 - Miscellaneous
============================
  Question #1     On vacation outings, you want to...

  Answers:        Go alone.
                      +1 Hasty, +1 Quirky
                  Go with others.
                      +1 Jolly, +1 Lonely


  Question #2     It's the summer festival!
                  Do you like carnivals?

  Answers:        Love them!
                      +2 Jolly
                  Don't care.
                      +1 Sassy, +1 Quirky


  Question #3     Somebody calls you "weird but funny."
                  How does that make you feel?

  Answers:        Happy!
                      +1 Naive, +1 Lonely
                  Not happy.
                      +1 Hasty, +1 Sassy




Final Question - Gender
=======================
  Question        Are you a boy or a girl?

  Answers:        Boy.
                      Male
                  Girl.
                      Female






















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Pokemon Dungeon - Personality Test Guide, copyright 2005 Terence Fergusson

UPDATE: Evolution

A lot of people have been asking about evolution in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon.

In order to evolve your Pokemon you must first defeat Rayquaza. After he is beaten a new area will open up in Whiscash's pool. This area allows for evolving Pokemon.

General September 19th, 2006 by HMTKSteve

I admit it, I watch anime. Not only do I watch anime but I even look for the fan-subs of current anime so I will know what I want to buy when it hits the American DVD market.

Some people wonder about the legality of fan-subs and in this article I will discuss the pros and cons of the fan-sub grey market.

Since anime began to air on Japanese TV there have been fan-subs. In the early days of fan-subbing it was often the case of watching a VHS tape of an anime while you read a translated script. This was not much fun for anyone as while you were reading the script you were missing the action on the tape.

Later, people began to use subtitling equipment to subtitle those same VHS tapes. Although this was a huge improvement in the fan-sub culture there was still the issue of the copies being on VHS tape. This meant it was a real pain to make copies for your friends as you had to copy each tape, one at a time. Each copy also looked worse then the original and after a while all copies looked like crap.

The only way to get fan-sub copies was to either know someone in Japan, live in New York City or go to the very few anime conventions in existence.

This carried on in the same fashion until the rise of peer-to-peer Internet file sharing. Once broadband Internet entered the equation it became possible to get HD quality fan-subs on your computer. Each copy was an exact digital copy of the previous one. Great days had arrived! No more swapping tapes and watching grainy shows!

it has become possible (with devices such as the sling box) to get Japanese anime into the fan-sub market just hours after airing in Japan. The Japanese companies who own the shows are in a bit of a bind over this for several reasons:

1) They make no money off of shared copies.
2) They do not want their Japanese customers getting "free" hi-quality copies instead of purchasing the DVD.

At the same time the fan-sub market is a boon for them as it allows for a wide distribution of their product AND if enough interest appears in the fan-sub market an American importer will approach the Japanese company to discuss importing their series into the American DVD market.

See, the fan-sub market continues to perform a very valuable service for the anime creators, it gets their product into the super-market of American consumers. Unlike those who share music and movies on peer-to-peer file sharing networks, the fan-sub market has been known to have the rare quality of honor.

They are honorable in that most sites will drop an anime once it hits the American DVD market.

That's right! Once an anime gets licensed for wide release in the USA the file sharers stop sharing the episodes!

So, to me, the fan-sub market is a win-win for everyone involved for the following reasons:

1) American anime fans get to see the new shows (with subtitles) as soon as they air.
2) American importers can track interest in a show to be sure they don't import any duds (though they still sometimes do.)
3) Anime creators get to see if their show will make it in the American market.
4) Once an anime enters the American DVD market it gets dropped by the sharing sites.

Your comments on this issue are always welcome.

Postscript: Perhaps the MPAA/RIAA should look at this model? They could provide a few new songs for an upcoming album for free via a peer-to-peer service and then see how well received the band and it's songs are. From this they could decide whether or not to release an album of the band's material.

The Podcast Geek Nights Recently ran an episode where they talked about the origins of the anime fan-sub culture in America. you can find it here

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