Classic ShindoTV

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As much as I like the Colors Idea template, I’ve gotten a bit tired of it. I’ve been wanting something closer to my old website design from 8 years ago. This photo, done by my brother, was a part of that. I can always crop it to fit the title banner. Now I need to find another template. The basic criteria is that it has a minimal Helvetica aesthetic, complete with white background.

I have a copy of the Andreas template handy. A little tweaking and it’ll do the job. However, I’ll have to create my own template some day if I want to get it right.

Can’t Get You Out Of My Head

No, it’s not about Kylie, but the subject makes me want to mindlessly sing “Lah la la, la la la lah…” Ever since I found out about Shindy.TV, it’s frakked with my head. To make matters worse, it’s not pronounced Shindy dot TV, but ShindyTV. It sounds a little too similar to website name of yours truly.

What is Shindy.TV exactly? It’s a website that gives information on the various happenings in San Diego. You can get info on restaurants, nightclubs, and some superfun events. Being true to the .TV domain name, ShindyTV goes out into the field and has correspondents give us mortals the skinny on what’s going on.

As for the name, it gets to me for the reason I’ve mentioned above. In all fairness, they are Shindy.TV and my website is ShindoTV. Two different entities altogether. Shindy simply is a synonym of shindig, an event or happening. Strange thing is, one of my older nicknames was Shindig. When your name is Shin, the nicknames seem to come without end. Shindo was another one I had, one that I’ve used as a pen name to this day. I’ve never been a Shindy, but it’s a little too close for comfort.

Now that Shindy.TV has a presence on Twitter, no doubt some confusion will arise. Keep in mind they are Shindy_TV and I am shindotv.

That all said, name confusions aren’t always bad.

真堂TVは奇麗です!

I’ve been wanting to render ShindoTV in Japanese, so here it is: 真堂TV

My name in Kanji is written as 真一. 真 = Shin, 一 = ichi. Unfortunately, in a sans-serif font, the one stroke for ichi resembles an em dash, which it is not.

For my website title, I’ve chosen to “spell” ShindoTV as 真堂TV. 真堂, from what I understand, is not a conventional rendering of Shindo, but I liked the combination of characters. 真 is the same as in my name, of course, but it also means True. 堂 (do) means brilliant, extraordinary.

I could spell TV テレビ, but adding TV to 真堂 has more visual punch.

Now, all I need to do is to have some Engrish on this blog, but I don’t think my mind is that Japonic.

Resplendence Teaser

She is the one Supreme Being.

The Gold Sutras

She is a saint and much more.

Leaf 6

She is style.

Gold Lady's Magazine Spread

She is timeless.

Ever since I’ve seen a picture of the Gold Lady, I think about her all the time.

You will too.

Resplendence premiers on September 1, 2008, and will air every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on ShindoTV. Stay tuned.

Teaser will remain on Resplendence page until September 1, when a list of episodes will be posted.

Note: Some content NSFW.

Shindo.TV

For the longest time, I thought Shindo.TV was unavailable. It was about 8 years ago. It was probably one of those domain names that Dot TV was sitting on. However, I found out a few days ago that it was indeed available.

One thing indeed leads to another, basic cause and effect. I had a bizarre discovery: Shindy.TV. It was very bizarre and disconcerting to say the least, because it sounds a little too much ShindoTV. It then got me to remembering how I never could get Shindo.TV as a domain name and how frustrating that was because it was so perfect. This time, just for the hell of it, I checked to see if it was available. This time, it was.

I was so stoked. I quickly registered Shindo.TV. That’s all I wanted.

Now comes the part I’m not too crazy about: Dot TV itself. With the domain registration, one gets a website kit if one chooses to use it. So far so good. However, Dot TV is a little too MySpace‘ish and it seems like that’s what they’re shooting for. Despite having two profiles on that social networking site, I hate MySpace. All I see my profiles as are antennas to point the way to this channel and that’s it. The Dot TVtemplates look better than what’s on MySpace, but there’s still something god-awfully gawdy about them.

While I’m all for keeping things simple to make things easy, the user interface is simply too dumbed down. It was more difficult to find the function to redirect my newly registered domain to a website, and the help page really didn’t offer that much help. In fact, the help page was the shortest one I’ve ever seen on a website. I couldn’t find the information I needed to redirect the URL, and I only found the function through trial and error.

I initially directed Shindo.TV to this blog, but I decided to use it for the podcast. which is still in development right now. I’ll bring up the Dot TV domain name when it’s time to launch.