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Hi everyone! There are 3 things I want to say...

1. I will be removing all ads from Jappleng. There's no point to them if Jappleng is going to become a foundation. But feel free to PM me if you wish to donate and help form the foundation. I'll accept help, equipment, and funds in any way possible.

2. I spent a few days trying to fix my car, tonight will be the last day to fix it (hopefully). It started with misfire in the engine, and it got worse from there. Now there' still some RPM trouble and vibrations and break pads need replaced. I think I can resolve this tonight.

3. I made no progress on finding staff because of my broken car. I couldn't go anywhere obviously but i have 2 leads right now and there's an Asian festival happening next month which might help finding more volunteers. Except, once I find the initial board of directors and establish as what we need to become, there will be many resources open for us. I'll elaborate on this later.

So there you have it, kinda stuck without a car but once the car is fixed I'll be able to go meet with these leads and go from there.
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Mark says
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I got my new bed yesterday. I finally slept all night. I hadn't done so since around February. My back also already feels 80%, looks like I'll be able to work on Jappleng again sooner than expected :D
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やった!Good to hear! I'll be sure to find all the lil quirks I can for you to fix then. ;P
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I'm not dead, I'm just very busy with a broken back and establishing a company (or two). Explained --->

My bed broke, caused my back to warp weirdly, had to buy a new bed and it didn't arrive last week like it should have. It's coming tomorrow. Supposedly this will fix my back so I can sleep well for once in how long?

I'm also still working on Jappleng, it's just a different kind of work. Jappleng has zero funding and zero staff other than myself. I found out that there's a way to make Jappleng into a non-profit kind of organization thing but the legalities are crazy and there are many requirements.

I need to find 3 local staff members to take part of the organization. But I'm also starting up my own web development business so I'm now doing two things but mostly focusing on my web business since I need income really bad now that this new bed cost a whopping $3400. Plus legal fees and all that for the web company cost about $800 and then to register Jappleng will cost about that as well. When I say I was only focusing on Jappleng, that's really the truth, I wasn't making income elsewhere. Now I need monies to survive and I believe Jappleng should remain free so I need to somehow establish Jappleng as a foundation of some sort.

I'll need the rest of the week to finish setting up my web company, then next week I will hustle after receiving my business cards. While I wait, I can focus on finding help with Jappleng which shouldn't be too difficult now that it won't be a for-profit company. I already have one prospector who knows Japanese. Let's hope a board of directors can be found soon smile
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Jappleng at a fork, big decision on what to do
I have taken some time off from Jappleng to improve my health and also reflect on what to do next with Jappleng. For the most part, Jappleng is complete and rea
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I look forward to seeing how this works out for you and Jappleng. I'd like to see the site grow and watch my feed overflow, so I'll be sticking around for sure. Good luck with your consultants!
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My bed is a week delayed unfortunately. The bed we picked got discontinued so a different manufacturer had to be chosen. Now waiting til the 13th for a good night's sleep :(

But that won't sway me away from Jappleng. Despite my lack of online appearance this past week, I have been training and doing things to make Jappleng full of user activity. I may only be at 30% efficiency now considering I don't remember when I last slept right but there's progress. Next week I will return, for now I have to do a lot of paper work related stuff.  But, despite this, Japppleng is basically complete, activity is based off of what you make of it. If none of you post, nobody else will. Makes sense?
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Hope things start looking up for you and you start feeling better, Mark. I will likely be putting up another review soon. Watched Koe no Katachi recently and it was pretty damned good. Pretty grounded in reality and brings to light a lot of negative emotions that we've all dealt with in the past. Plus the art style is gawjuss.
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Sweet! Can't wait to read it, I haven't heard of that anime(?) before.  Also take a look at the latest news item, there's a big fork in the road but I think that my decision to possibly make jappleng a B-corp is ideal
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Mark says
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Just an update on my health and Jappleng:

My new bed frame came in yesterday but the bed mattress itself will arrive on the 5th. I take NSAID 24/7 because otherwise I'll be in a lot of pain. I really can't wait to come back though!

During my absence, I developed a strategy to improve the amount of visitors and new members coming to Jappleng. In theory, once I'm back and done implementing these changes, there should be a drastic increase of 4 (+/- 1.7) new members per day and this number should increase exponentially. Hurray for statistical math?

When I come back with this new bed, I'll be able to rest well during the night and wake up like I've had 8hrs of sleep. Presently they are spurts of 30 minutes as I've said before and to do anything, even keeping my eyes open is painfully difficult.

I'm also going to begin treating Jappleng like a serious project and do proper planning, and development cycles for everything. I was winging it before but winging is just chaos and hard to really fix things that need it. I will also be hiring staff when I get back and do many other things. Like I said before, since February I would only be able to work for maybe 4hrs a day on Jappleng. That's at least half of the amount of time I did last year and why I couldn't make deadlines. But even with just 4hrs, if you look at the development logs, I would release a tremendous amount of updates in that time-frame despite being tired.

Hopefully you will all learn from my mistakes, don't buy a crummy bed, save up for latex. It will pay for itself when it outlasts every other mattress type and a good night's sleep is incredibly valuable. I'll be back on Thursday of next week to work on Jappleng full-time. Happy long weekend if you're in Canada or the US!
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Greetings everyone!

I'm sad to say that I will be going AFK for a whole week. While I won't be completely absent and I will update Jappleng by a bit here and there; I will be taking a week off until July 5 or 6 to recover.

If you've been following my Sensei Mark's Random Blog I've been complaining that I haven't slept well since February and my back has been hurting tremendously. Well, the funds were acquired and I will be getting a new bed delivered by next week. Until then I need to do physical therapy to fix my back problems which was caused by both sitting too long in front of a computer (working on Jappleng) without stretching / exercising and a bed that broke and sunk 4 inches (never buy a spring mattress, at least the ones that aren't made of titanium springs). The end result is that I'll be able to work on Jappleng at least 8hrs a day when need be and be efficient the whole time. Presently I'm in a constant state of tiredness and pain since February and it has to stop.

With that said I will be able to sit back and analyze Jappleng and see what really needs improvement. The UI needs a lot of work, and I know some features aren't working well or aren't implemented. What I really mean is what can I do to make Jappleng more interesting so people are willing to register and be an active member.

J-Spot is Broken, might need lots of work
It seems that J-Spot is broken and it might need a lot of work to get it working right.  This is also something I will need to tackle but a lot of thought will need to be put into this. If I can't really release a patch for it then I might have to do something more tedious and I hope it doesn't come to that. I'm pretty confident I won't need to resort to those measures though.

Hopefully this break will help a lot
This break should give me time to heal and prepare for the next wave of updates. Last week I didn't work much on the site because I was in too much pain. When I come back I expect updates to release like a waterfall as it did before this whole trouble became to be. I know many of you enjoyed how fast updates were being released back then and I promise you winter is coming updates are coming!
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Mark says
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So, on Friday I had gone out to buy a bed. Met this really nice bed shop owner too, he wasn't your typical car salesman so to speak. The bed in question is a latex-based mattress and king size to make it even better.  The unfortunate part is that it won't arrive here until the 5th of July but until then I'm going to be taking anti inflammatory medicine which seemed to have helped over the weekend.

Overall what this means for Jappleng is that I will be able to feel well rested and have energy throughout the day to work without worry. Presently I'm not really getting much sleep and it's been the case since around February so every day is a constant struggle. Even with anti-inflammatory pills I wake up at least twice a night and apparently roll around a lot meaning I probably don't achieve deep sleep, ever.

I'll update Jappleng as much as I can despite being so tired but until July 5, I might be very tired and not terribly productive. To put it into perspective, it always feels like I'm experiencing the last hour of the night (like 10-11pm for most people).

Got any topic that you want me to talk about? Suggest it in the comments below and I might just do that!
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Seriously, this back pain is terrible! Some days I hardly feel it but on other days I can't even sleep and then when I get out of bed it feels like I was shot in the lower back and it hurts a lot until the pain killer kicks in. I don't remember when was the last time I had a full night's rest, I think it was around February?

This past week I had no real sleep. The best I could do is forced meditation and that's pushing it since I'm tense the whole time. The side effects are pretty bad because it's not just the pain but the outcome of that pain that really upsets me.

Side Effects of not sleeping (what I'm experiencing)
  • I become inefficient
  • I have issues writing because I can't sleep / too tired
  • I can't remember the simplest things, even what I ate earlier in the day
  • Keeping a schedule is almost impossible, deadlines are hard to make
  • Quality of life in general sucks really bad
  • Depression, mood swings, lethargy
  • Poor decision making
  • Constant pain, recently it's been getting a lot worse and the feeling of being tense / suffocating all the time when the pain killers aren't in my system in the morning is like someone is trying to kill me

I thought I could bare this pain but it's gotten to the point that I want to buy chloroform and use it on myself. The agony is just too much sometimes. I need a new bed but a new bed that is meant for my bad back is expensive (100% latex or at least 97%) and anything that they sell at retail is usually terrible and breaks after a year or two with no real warranty (the warranty is a scam usually).

I could go to the doctor, get an X-Ray, CT or MRI scan but that costs money that could be used for a new bed. I can't take out any more loans, Jappleng cost too much money as it has to develop. I could start building other people websites and fixing computers but that takes time away from Jappleng but at this point I'm being driven to madness by the pain and every day now I worry about my good health.

Essentially the reason why I couldn't meet deadlines as I would normally have is because of my back, terrible bed that broke after 2 years and the lack of funds to pay for proper medical care and a proper bed. This past year was terrible :/

On the plus side I've developed strategies to make Jappleng more fun and engaging but I need rest. I'll explain this further in the Jappleng dev blog. That's all the rant that I have for today.

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Mark says
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I haven't slept in days, back has been killing me @__@ But, I think I've developed a decent strategy to improve discussions and interactions here. The question is, can I stay up or will I fall asleep before I even start? lol Hopefully I'll have the strength to do this.
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SEGA releases SEGA Forever for mobile devices allowing people to play SEGA games for free. Get the details inside.
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Fun little new feature:
When you post a new news item, it also posts it in the Chat Lobby now. This way, your news will get more exposure! Also, today I'm trying to improve the overall usability of the site rather than finishing the clubs section etc... There are many people coming but not many participating, this has to change.  ɾ⚈▿⚈ɹ
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Big brother is listening, at least many governments of the world do and they are part of a global surveillance initiative claiming to combat terrorism. Your cel
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