Dammit! Seems like my posts are taking longer and longer to assemble, lol. But no worries. It’s worth it. Including this week. Not only do we dive into the wretched world of Wikis, Wikipedia and Wookieepedia, we also float along a WordPress upgrade, and wade through a massive photoshoot of Evangelion Gothlolis, both red-haired and blue-haired. Did I mention Danny Choo too? Yup, no doubt, it’s a three-headed mega-post. But you know why? Ahh, to celebrate something else… My final figure. Interested?
From Wiki to Wookieepedia. Let’s start off with Danny Choo. Back in June 2008, you may remember my Blog 135 or Danny Choo post detailing the April deletion of the Wikipedia article “Danny Choo” for failing to meet certain “notability” guidelines. Well, during my random Wiki clicks over the last week, I found that not only was the article still “deleted”, but it was further deleted from both DOSGuy‘s Wiki pages and from the Deletopedia archives. Gone. Disappeared. Destroyed.
What? Why? Well, I have no clue. But like any decent Googler, I found an older version of the Wiki article saved on Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki, haha. Thank you LtNOWIS for your quick thinking back in April! Luckily, all that was missing were (1) the Trend Day 2008 conference at which Danny spoke and (2) the CNN feature on Danny and his father. So once I added those back in, the article was as good as new. Quite fitting. Saved by the Star Wars Empire, lol.
An Impressive WordPress. Now let’s press on to WordPress, lol. For those who don’t already know, I’ve been using WordPress.org since WP 2.0 in November 2006 [Blog 001] via GoDaddy hosting. But after almost two years, I finally ditched the buggy WP 2.0, and upgraded to WP 2.6 in August 2008 [Blog 148]. It was painless because instead of fiddling with the /toybox/ directory, I chose the one-click GoDaddy installation of WP 2.6 in a new /toyboxx/ directory. Now when WP 2.7 was launched in December, I hesitated because I wanted to avoid another directory. But more importantly, I didn’t want to go through the annoying hassle of backing up, deleting folders and files, then uploading replacements. Ugh. Why fix something that ain’t broke? So I forgot about it.
That is, until a few days ago. Yup, Justin nagged me with the GUI and future-upgrade benefits, haha. Okay, he didn’t nag me, but he did remind me. So I did some Googling. To my surprise, I found that GoDaddy offered a one-click upgrade from WP 2.6 to 2.7! Damn, how awesome is that? In fact, after the click, it only took 15 minutes for the upgrade installation! Here’s the screen-by-screen process below. First, I logged into the GoDaddy Hosting Connection.
Next, I noticed the link “WordPress Update Available”. Beneath that, I clicked the “WordPress” (Installed) link.
My current WordPress 2.6 is displayed. But above it, there’s another notice to “Install This Update”. So I clicked.
Here is the three-step process. I clicked to submit the request.
Here is the notification of my submitted request.
I checked back to see this “Pending Patch” status.
I checked back again to see the “WordPress 2.6.2” with “Pending Patch” status.
Then within 15 minutes, I checked back to see that “WordPress 2.7” was installed!
Finally, I logged into my WordPress.org account to find that it looks identical to my WordPress.com account. Nice.
For a flashback, here’s the old WP 2.6 look.
For an even older flashback, here’s the ancient WP 2.0 look, haha.
There you have it. I am now upgraded to WordPress.org 2.7. As painless as painless can be. By the way, congratulations to Lene-chan and Puppy-Chun on your recent moves to WP 2.7, and kudos to Meimi132, TT-chan and countless others for using WP.com. Umm, sorry to say that Blogger looks like a dying breed, hehe. And if we can believe the hype, upgrading to WP 2.8 and above will be even easier! It’s a beautiful thing. Well, other than anime figures. Speaking of which, lol.
Final Rei of Light. For the third and final part of our show, we come to our main event! The Gothloli Girls of Evangelion, Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley, lol. In fact, the “Gothloli Rei” at the top of this post is my 92nd and *final* anime figure. Yup, final. Final Rei. Final figure. That is, I don’t plan to make any further figure purchases for a long time, if not forever. Obviously, I can’t predict the future, but that’s my current plan until my financial situation blossoms, lol. So to celebrate this *farewell*, let’s bring out all 4 of my Evangelion Gothloli girls in this mega-photoshoot.
Part 1 of 3. Here is the first pair. My 34th figure in December 2006, blue-haired “Gothloli Rei” is in 1/6th-scale polystone-resin, who also appeared in my Blog 042. And my 70th figure in January 2008, red-haired “Gothloli Asuka” is also in 1/6th-scale polystone-resin. Both were sculpted by Suzu (Atomic-bom) and manufactured by Amie-Grand.
Part 2 of 3. Here is the second pair. My 22nd figure in August 2007, red-haired “Gothloli Asuka” is in 1/6th-scale PVC. Haha, in this photoshoot, she is the *genuine* version of the *fake* Asuka who appeared in my Blog 085. And as I mentioned earlier, here is blue-haired “Gothloli (Noir) Rei”, my 92nd and final figure in January 2009 (seven months after I first ordered her!), also in 1/6th-scale PVC. Both were sculpted by Naoki Nishimura and manufactured by Kotobukiya.
Part 3 of 3. Finally, for the final part of our main event, I present “Gothloli (Noir) Rei” by herself. She is undoubtedly exquisite. I don’t even think the hat was necessary, lol.
Well? Got any favorites? Ahh, I love this last photo. But overall, I really like how the black-and-white backgrounds worked out. Yeah, especially the forest background. Complementing both the black-and-white outfits, making the colors pop out, and at times, enhancing a stark or desolate mood. I also used a mix of techniques. Either with the external flash or the in-built flash. Either with a stand or hand-held without it. As well as the multiple backgrounds. In a nutshell, not bad. But if you’re wondering, just because it’s my last figure, doesn’t mean it’s also my last photoshoot, lol. I’ve still got dozens of boxes unopened and figures unpacked. The problem is precious time. As always. ^_^