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I’m listing some good URLs that I use for SEO. They are as follows:

Check Redirection Code – For best SEO results, it’s best if you use a HTTP code of 301 when redirection one page to another. 301 is “permanent redirect.” This tool tells you what code the page you submit returns. Useful to troubleshoot pages in your site you have created already. Another tool to check Redirection is from SEO Logic.

Link popularity check – is one of the best ways to quantifiably and independently measure your website’s online awareness and overall visibility. Simply put, link popularity refers to the total number of links or “votes” that a search engine has found for your website.

Search Engine Saturation – simply refers to the number of pages a given search engine has in its index for your website domain. Not all search engines report this information but enough of them do to create some meaningful benchmarks for your search engine marketing campaigns.

Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard

Just saw this on ThinkGeek. Hot stuff. A little pricey though.


Product Features

* Connects to PDAs Smartphones and Computers using Bluetooth
* Projects a full size keyboard onto any flat surface
* Allows the convinence of regular keyboard typing in a tiny form factor
* Rechargeable battery lasts for 120 minutes of continuous typing
* Tiny size only 3.5 inches high
* Compatible with PalmOS 5, PocketPC 2003, Windows Smartphone, Symbian OS, and Windows 2000/XP. Limited Mac OSX Support.

Although, I’d like it to be embedded, like from this image from QJ.NET.

Virtual piano turns any surface into a keyboard

I will definitely get this when it’s in stores… ^_^

Source: PinkTentacle

Digital Information Development (DID) has developed a highly portable virtual piano that is played with a keyboard consisting of projected laser beams.

The box-shaped device measures about 10 x 3 x 3 cm (4 x 1 x 1 in.) and weighs about 100 grams (3.5 oz.). Using a red semiconductor laser module and holographic optical element, the device projects a 25-key 2-octave keyboard onto the surface in front of it (black surfaces don’t work because they absorb the light). A CMOS camera module and infrared (invisible) red semiconductor laser module detect which keys are touched, and the corresponding notes are emitted from speakers built into the device. Chords can also be played, and DID claims it is technically possible to reproduce weighted notes (but presumably not with this version).

The keyboard has 3 other voices in addition to piano — organ, pipe organ and harpsichord. It is scheduled for release in Japan in November 2006 and is expected to cost around 15,000 yen (US$130).

DID says that a virtual 88-key grand piano can be created by increasing the size of the device.

Shopping Cart Basics

There are actually two parts to a shopping cart application. The first consists of the actual shopping cart (where the users search and buy items from) and the other is the administrative portion where tasks such as setting price, adding/deleting items to the database are done.

Shopping Cart

An Internet shopping cart actually consists of many subparts. These are the basics:

  • Catalog
  • Session Tracking
  • Search Engine
  • Security
  • Payment
  • Return/Exchanges

Catalog

A catalog is information about goods. Customers can browse the catalog (web pages) and see what there is in stock. Each good will most likely be composed of the name, picture, and price. Rather than assigning an item to each web page, the items can be generated dynamically from a database on to one page. Instead of listing all items on one page, a customer can browse through page by page. (All the items will be browsed page by page. For example, if there are 20 items, then it’s broken down into 4 pages. If there are 100 items, it will be broken down into 25 pages, with links that say Next/Back so they can go to the next page. In a catalog, it’s preferable that items be listed in categories.

Session Tracking

While a customer is browsing a catalog and looking for items, there has to be a way to keep track of what items he/she clicks on (so it gets sent to the customer’s shopping bag). This is done through session tracking. On check out, the check out process will tell them to register (fill in their information and pick a username and password) before checking out. The information, after they register, is saved in the database so they can login next time they enter the site and not have to reenter it again (all except credit card information).

Search Engine

This is closely related to the catalog. Rather than browsing and clicking links to find the item the customer wants, they can go to a search textbox and search for an item. This will be located on a visible spot on each page. After the customer submits the search, it will display the results like a catalog with Next/Back links.

Security

This is vital when processing credit cards and keeping customer information safe. Information submitted by the customer will be encrypted and stored in the database. Also, when submitting information so credit cards get processed, it will be submitted under an SSL secure connection. A logo can be shown by whomever company handles the SSL to make it shown that there is in fact security.

Payment

Directly connected with session tracking and security. Before checking out, customers will have to submit valid information about themselves. They will be sent to a form page under SSL where they must put valid information. After they submit, the data will be validated then sent off to a gateway where the funds will be sent to a merchant account. All done securely. An automatic e-mail will be sent to the user when this process is done.

Return/Exchanges
Done as secure as Payment. The customer will pick which item he wants to return, put all the necessary information from the invoice they received, and the return/exchange will be processed.

Administrative

The administrative portion consists of two basic subparts:

  • Content Management System (CMS)
  • Data Inventory

Content Management System (CMS)
There will be pages on the web site that have significant importance. For example, the home page and the catalog pages. These are pages that will constantly be changing. (The home page can contain items on sale, popular items, “just in,” etc. It might also be a good idea to include some of this home page information on the catalog pages because they are constantly browsed.)

Instead of changing the pages manually (opening up the page, changing the source code of each page), it will be faster and safer (changing the source code has to be done carefully so no errors occur) to do it through an administrative feature. You can go into an administrative panel, and just change that portion of the page that you want to update. There would never be a need to look at any code, just a click, type, and submit. Everything will be done through options. This is what a CMS does. Manages the content of pages.

Data Inventory

There will be a section under the administrative feature where company employees can insert/update/delete information from the database. This information can be customer, item, purchase information. They can also check out a queue of the items customers have purchased.

Shopping Cart Application Add-ons


Contingency Plan

A plan that’s executed if something fails or is performing poorly. For example, if the host goes down, there’s an error in the application, or there’s a hacker break-in.

Automation

Schedule content through the content manager. Can assign by date when something will be on sale, for example. When the date comes, it will display the new information on the page automatically.

Forum/Message Board

This will create an online community.

Chat

Where people can interact in real time.

Rating

Each item can have its own rating. For example, 1 out of 5 stars.

Reviews
Users can critique each item. Contains language filter.

Reports

Stats can be generated according to customer’s habits. What they click on, what the buy, etc. Reports can be generated according to this information. As an option, automated actions can be taken upon reporting information. For example, if a customer has bought purely shoes in the past from the site, then show shoes on the home page.

Advanced Search

Search not only by item name, but by price range, date range, and any other related information.

Data Export

Export information from the database as text files, XML, Access and Excel.

Mailing Lists

Send customers e-mails with news on prices, offers, new items, etc.

Portals

A page that contains links and other related information about other sites.

Gift Certificate

Gift Certificates can be bought online so it can be used in-store or online.

Site Map

Will contain a list or a map of all the sections and pages of the web site for quick navigation.

Other Online Marketing Options:

  • Affiliates
  • Web Rings
  • Forums
  • Search Engine Submission
  • METATAG creation

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5

Just got the “Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5.” Purchased it from my bro and pretty pleased with the purchase. What’s great about this camera is its obvious size – so friggin’ small. Quality is excellent as well… at least during the day. Very easy to use and battery is very durable (at least it lasts more than my other two cameras). The two things I’m not a fan of are the weak Flash in dark places, but that goes pretty much for very small camera like this. (I use my Olympus C-5050 for night time pictures and more professional captures.) The other issue with this is its sensitivity when taking a picture. Because there’s no image stabilizer, you have to hold it very steady – again, typical of most digital cameras out there of this size, but would’ve been nice. Overall though, I’ve learned to use it and I love it.

Here’s a pictures of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5.

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This was my Minolta DiMAGE Xt that I gave away. The Sony Cybershot is replacing this one.

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This is my Olympus C-5050 I use for better quality pics. Good Flash for dark areas.

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Awesome Phone: Motorola Q

I’m talking about my Motorola Q. I got this three months ago and been using it non-stop. I encourage everyone to get the EVDO unlimited internet plan. Here’s a screenshot:

Here’s a list of what I do with this SmartPhone:

Make calls… duh?
Browse internet
Check Email
Sync with computer
Sync with Exchange (Calendar, Contacts, Email)
Listen to online Radio FM/XM (via Speakers or Headphones)
Watch full movies (AVI, DIVX, MPEG, WMV)
Play games/emulators (NES, Genesis)
Write text documents
View Word, Excel, and PDF files
Personal Organizer
View pictures and animated GIF
Use the phone as broadband modem
Navigator via Google maps
Check news
Event finder
Camera
Record video clips
Flashlight
Portable drive
MP3 player
Chat AIM/Yahoo/MSN

Portable Consoles I’ve Bought This Year


I’ve bought three portable consoles this year: The GP2X, the PSP, and the NDS Lite. A while back I made an entry about the PSP vs the GP2x. Well, since then, I’ve purchased a Nintendo DS as well.

Here’s my impression of the three:

GP2X

I bought this from Lik-sang, which recently went out of business because of Sony. Pretty much, right out of the box, this was a piece of garbage. The manual was something that seemed printed from a cheap laserjet. It was stapled together. It didn’t have the gloss of the PSP and looked dull. When turned on, it took like 15+ seconds to boot. There’s no sleep mode like the PSP/NDS. There’s no commercial games, just cheap open source which are always buggy and crash the GP2X often. No wireless technology like the PSP/NDS. Directional pad very uncomfortable. Interface laggy. Out of the box, it was practically non-functional because it was so buggy that you have to upgrade the firmware immediately. Now mind you, that this was a few months ago, so I’m sure there’s been more development from the makers and the community. However, the PSP beats it hands down as far as homebrew, which is suppose to be its strength. There’s more momentum in the PSP homebrew community, because more people own it. What’s good, and probably the only good thing (the reason why I bought it), is that the makers encourage homebrew/custom apps, aside from the piece of shit that is Sony, who block it on every firmware.

Here’s a pic:

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PSP

Better graphics than the GP2X and NDS, but the games suck. I don’t understand why Sony/Game makers don’t make better games. Like 90% of the games stink. No innovation like the NDS. True that you can play MP3s and Videos on it, but I have my iPod for that. And I don’t want to carry this clunky thing as a portable media device. It’s sleek and sexy, sure, but its power and functionality isn’t being used. The UMD discs are worthless. Sony won’t let you play the movies in UMD format on anything else but the PSP. As far as homebrew, Sony restricts it. THAT would be the only good selling point as the PSP shines for homebrews. However, to run it, you need old versions of the firmware. However, if you run older versions of the firmware, you won’t be able to play recent PSP games. At least it’s got wireless, like the NDS.

Here’s a pic:

Nintendo DS Lite

– I just got this and I love it. The games are awesome. Sure, it’s not a swiss army knife of multimedia like the PSP, but the games are outstanding – and at the end, isn’t that what it’s all about? About having fun? It also contains a stylus for touching the screen. It’s got wireless like the PSP. There’s a homebrew community, but I’m not familiar with it yet. The graphics aren’t as great as the PSP, but there’s better innovation as far as add-ons. Out of the box, it doesn’t play MP3s, or watch videos, or view pictures like the PSP or GP2X, but again, I have my iPod or Morotola Q for that.

Here’s a pic:

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Anime About Cooking

Just goes to show the versatility of Anime. “Cooking Master Boy” is about Mao, and his adventure to follow the footsteps of his mom and become the best chef in China. Taking place in 19th century China, he goes through the hardships of becoming a master chef. Being only 13, he goes through constant discrimination of his age and his culinary talent is always questioned at first.

I recently just inherited all the 52 episodes and just watched eight episodes. I’m very intrigued by its originality. “What… an Anime about cooking? Could this work?” So far so good I say. Has good humor, and the action is deliveried by chefs constantly competing. The episodes I have are in Cantonese, so it gives it more of a Chinese touch, rather than Japanese, which is mostly what I’m used to hearing when watching Anime.

Like most Anime, the characters are obsessed with what they do. Mao knows foods and ingredients down to a science. The characters he competes with are masters in their line of work – from knife handling to wok acrobatics. Competitors are usually willing to do anything to win, and yes, this includes violence and sabotage.

I’ll keep watching this for its uniqueness. Good so far!

Screenshots from the Series
Episode Summaries
Review

Update from May 13, 2006:

Having watched 20 more episodes, I’m beginning to like this series. When I first started watching this series, I just believed that being a chef is about cooking food that tastes good. So far, the message in the series is that there’s more than just that. Through what’s happened in the series so far, being a chef means:

  • Being proud and confident about what you cook
  • Making the person trying your food feel other emotions rather than just taste. Make them feel happy and excited.
  • Having skilled taste buds – be able to pinpoint all ingredients used in the dish.
  • Be able to tell something you’ve never seen, exactly how it was prepared by a simple examination.

Also food isn’t just about taste. It’s about:

  • The meaning of the ingredient – what ingredients represent love, joy, happiness, etc.
  • The history of the dish you’re preparing.
  • How genuine you are in preparing your dish.
  • Utensil Acrobatics
  • The healing effects of food. Food can clear out toxins and cleanse the body of pain.
  • Be able to work with whatever utensils and ingredients are available.

Emerging Technology in Web Development

This is a paper that I wrote for an Information Systems class in 2002. It gives a basic overview of web applications – the language and how data is transmitted across the Internet from the user to the server (the web site the user is trying to view) and back to the user. It uses ColdFusion as an example. Also talks about Flash, a multimedia technology. This essay was written in 2002, so it is a bit outdated, however, the principles of web technologies are still the same.

Google Sitemaps

Background

Google Sitemaps do not replace Google spidering your site. Google will still spider using its current methods. The Google Sitemap can only help the crawler do a better job because URLs to pages can be listed manually and tagged with other important information.

Benefits of a Google Sitemap

  • Could contain URLs that would be otherwise unreachable via the Google Spider – e.g. if there are pages with no links to them – they can be placed manually.
  • Can list the last modified date of a page.
  • Can list how often each individual page gets modified (e.g. always, hourly, daily, weekly, etc.)
  • Set a priority number (from 0.0 to 1.0) to each page. The priority you assign to a page has no influence on the position of your URLs in a search engine’s result pages. Search engines use this information when selecting between URLs on the same site, so you can use this tag to increase the likelihood that your more important pages are present in a search index.
  • You can have multiple Sitemap files that are referenced via a Sitemap index file.

Limitations

  • Each Sitemap file must have no more than 50,000 URLs and must be no larger than 10MB (10,485,760 bytes). You can compress that file using gzip (http://www.gzip.org/) but the original file must be no larger than 10MB. To list more URLs, you must use a Sitemap index file.
  • Each Sitemap index file may not list more than 1,000 Sitemaps. Therefore, currently, the maximum number of URLs per site are 1,000 x 50,000 = 50,000,000 URLs.

More Information about Google Sitemaps

From Google:

A Sitemap provides an additional view into your site (just as your home page and HTML site map do). This program does not replace our normal methods of crawling the web. Google still searches and indexes your sites the same way it has done in the past whether or not you use this program. A Sitemap simply gives Google additional information that we may not otherwise discover. Sites are never penalized for using this service. This is a beta program, so we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if your URLs will be crawled or added to our index. Over time, we expect both coverage and time-to-index to improve as we refine our processes and better understand webmasters’ needs.

https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/docs/en/about.html

Example of a Sitemap index file (see that it points to the gzip files):


  
  
    http://www.example.com/sitemap1.xml.gz
    2004-10-01T18:23:17+00:00
  
  
    http://www.example.com/sitemap2.xml.gz
    2005-01-01
  

Sitemap Protocol – released by Google in June, 2005 (still Beta)

Quote from Google:

“Please note that the Sitemap Protocol supplements, but does not replace, the crawl-based mechanisms that search engines already use to discover URLs. By submitting a Sitemap (or Sitemaps) to a search engine, you will help that engine’s crawlers to do a better job of crawling your site.

Using this protocol does not guarantee that your webpages will be included in search indexes. (Note that using this protocol will not influence the way your pages are ranked by Google.)”

http://google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/docs/en/protocol.html

Sitemap Protocol format

The Sitemap Protocol format consists of XML tags. All data values in a Sitemap must be entity-escaped. The file itself must be UTF-8 encoded.

A sample Sitemap that contains just one URL and uses all optional tags is shown below. The optional tags are in italics.



  
    http://www.example.com/
    2005-01-01
    monthly
    0.8
    
 

Also, it is possibly to NOT use the XML format for the Sitemap file and just list the URLs per line. You can name the text file anything you wish. Google recommends giving the file a .txt extension to identify it as a text file (for instance, sitemap.txt). You have the same limitation of 50,000 URLs as before.

Location of Sitemap Files

The location of a Sitemap file determines the set of URLs that can be included in that Sitemap. A Sitemap file located at http://example.com/catalog/sitemap.gz can include any URLs starting with http://example.com/catalog/ but can not include URLs starting with http://example.com/images/.

If you have the permission to change http://example.org/path/sitemap.gz, it is safe to assume that you also have permission to provide information for URLs with the prefix http://example.org/path/. Examples of URLs considered valid in http://example.com/catalog/sitemap.gz include:

http://example.com/catalog/show?item=23

http://example.com/catalog/show?item=233&user=3453

URLs not considered valid in http://example.com/catalog/sitemap.gz include:

http://example.com/image/show?item=23

http://example.com/image/show?item=233&user=3453

https://example.com/catalog/page1.html

URLs that are not considered valid are dropped from further consideration. It is strongly recommended that you place your Sitemap at the root directory of your web server. For example, if your web server is at example.com, then your Sitemap index file would be at http://example.com/sitemap.gz. In certain cases, you may need to produce different Sitemaps for different paths e.g. if security permissions in your organization compartmentalize write access to different directories.

Step-by-Step Guide How to do a Google Sitemap

http://www.sitemaps.your-tips.com/ – This is a site that shows you a video of a step-by-step guide on how to create a Google Sitemap.

Google Sitemaps (BETA) Help: Creating a Sitemap

http://google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/docs/en/overview.html

Another Example of a more thorough Sitemap file:




	
		http://www.google.com/BUILD
		2005-04-30T03:45:08+00:00
		
			http://www.example.com/catalog?item=74&desc=vacation_newfoundland
		2004-12-23T18:00:15+00:00
		0.3
	
	
		http://www.example.com/catalog?item=83&desc=vacation_usa
		2004-11-23
	

Sitemaps Third Party Programs & Websites

http://code.google.com/sm_thirdparty.html

Additional Resources

Google Sitemaps (BETA) page
https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/docs/en/about.html

Google Sitemap Video Tutorial
http://www.sitemaps.your-tips.com/

How to Create a Google Sitemap
http://www.ryangrant.net/archives/how-to-create-a-google-sitemap

Create a Google Sitemap for your Web Site
http://www.developertutorials.com/tutorials/xml/google-sitemaps-050811/page1.html

SiteMapXML – How To Create and Submit Your Google SiteMap XML
http://www.sitemapxml.com/free-info.php

Google Sitemap
http://www.ecompal.com/resources/GoogleSiteMap.htm

Create Google sitemaps
http://www.likno.com/google-sitemap.html

Google Sitemap Tips
http://feeds.feedburner.com/HowToCreateAGoogleSitemapVideoTutorial

Inside Google Sitemaps
http://sitemaps.blogspot.com/

Arguing, Changing, and Making Friends

These are the three recent audio books I’ve listened on the train. One is about the basics of arguing. One is on dealing with change. The last one is what you can accomplish by being friends with people.

How to Argue & Win Every Time by Gerry Spence- This teaches the very basics of arguing. You have to know what you’re talking about well so it gives you confidence. Prepare what you’re going to talk about. Put emotion behind your words to make them powerful – some people tend to give into, not because of the logic and facts of your argument, but the tone and feeling you put out, and how you make them feel. Spence discusses the importance of having rhythm and tone (singing helps) when delivering your message as well as how to argue with an angry person. Good book overall, but I don’t think it stresses enough that sometimes arguing is an art, and you need to be a good communicator and listener first – which can be complicated just by themselves. What good is it if you can argue, but you fumble and mutter every other word? Then you can’t argue because your argument doesn’t carry the same weight. Overall, good intro.

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard – Great book that discusses predicting change, getting ready for change and dealing with change. This is a quick listen that took less than 2 hours. The values taught here can be applied to any profession. I think one misconception that people have when they read/listen to this, is to believe that that the book is telling you to accept change and not fight it. This is anything but. By “change” it means you doing something about it – whether it is accepting the current situation and making the best of it, or moving on and doing something completely different – it doesn’t matter – but doing something after you release your fear of the unknown and doing something that you’ll benefit from.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – This book is gold. This is the second time I listened to it to remind me of the principles. If you need to work with people, whether you’re a salesman, in management, or even tech, I HIGHLY recommend this.

The Power of Influence

A while ago I listened to the audio book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. This book is gold. It goes over many techniques to apply to your every day life in order to influence someone and make them like you, therefore getting what you want and making yourself feel good and the other person about it. The techniques from this book cannot only be applied to your personal life, but in the workplace too, especially if you work in sales and management.

Here’s a summary of the techniques.

The Book
The Audio Book

Dragon Ball vs Naruto Comparison

Similarities in the series. Some similarities may be stronger than others. Some may be vague, but still something both have in common.

Naruto Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z
Plot starts with Naruto as an orphan.
Plot starts with Goku as an orphan.
Naruto can unleash a monster with great strength called Kyuubi.
Goku can unleash a monster with great strength called Oozaru.
Gaara, at first seen as the antagonist (then later helps Naruto and company) turns into a giant monster while fighting Naruto.
Vegeta, at first seen as the antagonist (then later helps Goku and company) turns into a giant monster while fighting Goku.
The great being Kyuubi was so powerful that he had to be sealed into a container. The technique involved the user to give up his life in order for it to work. Yondaime, a great fighter, died
because of this.
The great being Piccolo Daimo was so powerful that he had to be sealed into a container. The technique involved the user to give up his life in order for it to work. Mutaito, a great fighter,
died because of this.
The number Four has significance to Naruto – The
Fourth (Yondaime, a great fighter) was the first to show any compassion for Naruto, saying that he did not want the carrier (Naruto) to be
ostracized while growing up. He wanted him to be nurtured.
Goku has a Dragon Ball with four stars as the only remembrance of his Grandfather. His grandfather (a great fighter) was the first to ever show him love.
Rock Lee can initiate different levels of “Gates” where in each level, his strength and speed is increased dramatically.
Functions as a double edged sword: the higher he goes, the greater the inflicting damage is.
Goku can initiate different levels of Kaioken where in each level his strength and speed is increased dramatically.
Functions as a double edged sword: the higher he goes, the greater the
inflicting damage is.
When Lee fights Neji, Neji says that he is a genius and that there’s a wall that no ordinary person can climb, no matter
how much they work. Lee replies to him that with hard work and training, it’s possible.
When Goku fights Vegeta, Vegeta says that he is a genius and that there’s a wall that no ordinary person can climb, no matter how much they work. Goku replies to him that with hard work and
training, it’s possible.
When Lee powers up with the Gates, we see an aura of wind circle around him.
When powerful Dragon Ball fighters power up, we see an aura of wind circle around them.
Naruto characters have inner energy called Chakra.
Dragon Ball characters have inner energy called Ki.
Jiraiya, a mentor to Naruto, is an old pervert. The series has other perverts as well: Sarutobi, Ebisu.
Muten-Roshi, a mentor to Goku, is an old pervert. The series has another pervert as well: Oolong.
Sakura, the main girl in the series, likes someone that treats her like dirt (Sasuke).
Bulma, the main girl in the series, likes someone that treats her like dirt (Vegeta).
Sasuke, Naruto’s fighting partner, tries so hard to get ahead of Naruto, but Naruto is always one step ahead of him at the end.
Vegeta, Goku’s fighting partner, tries so hard to get ahead of Goku, but Goku is always one step ahead of him.
“InoShikaCho” serves as an abbreviation for Ino, Shikamaru, and Choji.
Dragon Ball has a pig monster with butterfly wings called the InoShikaCho.
Choji, when he eats his final pill, unleashes great power and gets butterfly wings.
The InoShikaCho, a fat pig-like monster, has butterfly wings.
Naruto has his Kage Bushin No Jutsu where he multiplies himself.
Agent Purple (a Ninja), the first ninja that Goku fights, has the same technique.
Naruto, in episode one, uses a cloth (blanket) to hide himself.
Agent Purple (a Ninja) uses a cloth (flag) to hide himself.
Different fighters in Naruto eat pills to power themselves up.
Different fighters in Dragon Ball eat Senzu beans that give them their energy back (thus their power).
Lee (name presumably taken from Bruce Lee, a martial arts expert) applies his drunken boxing technique while fighting.
Muten-Roshi, under the name Jackie Chun (name presumably taken from Jackie Chan, a martial arts expert) applies his drunken boxing technique while fighting.
Ino has a technique where she can take over the opponent’s body.
Captain Ginyuu has a technique where he can take over opponent’s body.
Lee’s air attack on Gaara, where he disappears in a blink of an eye, and attacks from all sides in mid air is similar to
Dragon Ball Z battles.
Lots of Dragon Ball Z battles take place in mid air where fighters are so fast, they disappear.
Lee’s bandages are released from his wrists and arms and wraps around his opponent.
Myra’s bandages are released from his wrists and arms and wraps around his opponent.
You need Chakra to apply powerful non-physical techniques.
You need Ki to apply powerful non-physical techniques.
When Jiraiya introduces himself, he does a little dance and the background starts blinking with the design of sun rays.
When one of the Hell twins introduces himself, he does a little dance and the background starts blinking with the design of sun rays. He does the same dance as Jiraiya and you see the same
blinking sun rays.
Chouji, a portly person who loves to eat, is a fighter who carries pills as a power-up.
Yajirobi, a portly person who loves to eat, is a fighter who carries senzu beans to Goku and company as a power-up.
Lee wears weights on his body so he develops speed. When he takes them off, he’s faster.
Goku wears weights on his body so he develops speed. When he takes them off, he’s faster.
Ebisu is a pervert who wears sun glasses.
Muten-Roshi is a pervert who wears sun glasses.
Sarutobi, an elder, has a crystal ball to see other people.
Uranai Baba, an elder, has a crystal ball to see other people.
Sasuke, in order to acquire more power, enough to fight his Uchihan brother Itachi, goes to the side of evil and lets himself be possessed by a curse seal by Orochimaru. The seal is put on
his neck.
Vegeta, in order to acquire more power to fight his Saiyan brother Goku (not literally blood brothers, but of the same
race), goes to the side of evil and lets himself be possessed. He’s branded with a Ma-jin seal on his forehead by Babidi.
Naruto, the main character, symbolizes an animal (the
fox) and has one obvious animal characteristic: the whisker lines of a fox on his cheeks.
Goku, the main character, symbolizes an animal (the monkey) and has one obvious animal characteristic: the tail of a monkey.
Naruto unleashes great strength (unleashes a portion
of the Kyuubi’s power) when his emotion is anger. He shows great strength after Sasuke was believed to be dead.
Goku unleashes great strength when his emotion is anger. He shows great strength when he sees Kuririn die and turns Super Saiyan.
Naruto characters can summon great beings (Gamabunta, Katsuyu, Manda).
Dragon Ball characters can summon great beings (Shenlong, Porunga).
Sakura, the main girl in the series, likes someone (Sasuke) that all girls like.
Bulma, the main girl in the series, likes someone (Yamucha) that all girls like.
A being called King Enma exists that’s a great ape. King Enma has light armor for protection.
A being called Oozaru exists that’s a great ape. He is capable of wearing a suit for protection.
Sakura, the main girl of the series, is book smart and intelligent compared to her peers. She acts loud and obnoxious sometimes.
Bulma, the main girl of the series, is book smart and intelligent compared to her peers. She acts loud and obnoxious sometimes.
The voice acting for Naruto, the main character of the series, is done by a woman.
The voice acting for Goku, the main character of the series, is done by a woman.
Orochimaru has the Sound village, which is composed
of powerful fighters who are all evil. Some use techniques that use musical instruments or have Jutsu names that relate to music.
Piccolo Daimo has powerful fighters, who are all evil. His fighters are named after musical instruments.
The series has a being called King Enma.
The series has a being called King Enma.
There’s a pet dog called Akamaru.
There’s a pet dog called Biru.
Naruto is an orphan and represents an animal: the fox.
Jinku is an orphan and is a fox. Konkichi is an orphan and is also a fox.
Characters test their skills by going against their own peers and friends at the Chuunin exams.
Characters test their skills by going against their own peers and friends at the Tenkaichi Budokai.
Rock Lee, as a small boy, was seen as someone with no
potential and was told that he could not hold his own against talented fighters (e.g. Sasuke, Neji). With extreme hard work and physical training, he overcame obstacles.
Goku, as a baby, was said to be of the lowest class of warriors and was said that he could not hold his own against
talented fighters (e.g. Vegeta, Freeza). With extreme hard work and
physical training, he overcame obstacles.
Naruto did a training exercise that involved a bell with Kakashi.
Goku did a training exercise that involved a bell with Mr. Popo.
Naruto has blond hair.
Goku has also blond hair when he’s a Super Saiyan.
Naruto’s eyes can change color when he is extremely powered up (turns red) when he releases Kyuubi’s Chakra.
Goku’s eyes can change color when he is extremely powered up (turns green) when he turns Super Saiyan.
Naruto can create duplicates of himself (via Kage Bushin No Jutsu) and has a strategy where his duplicates surround the
opponent.
Goku can create illusions of himself (via Zanzouken) and has a strategy where his illusions surround the opponent.
Significance of the number 7. The main characters are part of Team 7.
Significance of the number 7. The main characters go after 7 Dragon Balls

Street Fighter Alpha III Max

Here’s one of the reasons why I bought the PSP. I’m such a big fan of this game that I gave up homebrews for the PSP just for this. It required you to upgrade to 2.5 firmware, but oh well, I’ll get a GP2X for homebrews.

It’s everything that I expected plus more! Tons of game modes and great network play. The only thing that stinks is the control. It takes a while to get used to, like jumping backwards, blocking downward, and forget about doing a dragon punch. Luckily you can set special moves to buttons, so I set the dragon punch to the left side button. You can also get a special dpad from Capcom. Here’s some screenshots: