During the day that I posted my sentiments about OTACOOL 2 (would have been the day after, if I hadn’t published my post at midnight. LOL) I’ve seen a few surprises.
One is that, if I’m not mistaken, I’m banned from DC.com. I’ve been trying to access the site using my Firefox but I keep getting redirected to a PHP documentation site. I first tried those IP masking sites and got into the site okay… then I tried using Chrome and got to access the site too. But, after trying to log in the site, I am once again redirected to the same documentation page. That was really a surprise.
Then again, I somehow expected that it may be because I did criticize Danny in that OTACOOL feature in his blog, but upon checking the comments, my comment was still present. So it made me wonder if it was my latest post that had triggered the ban hammer.
I don’t think that Danny Choo, in his seemingly busy schedule would always stop by the sites where I linked my blog’s RSS to — well, except his own blog and figure.fm — but I doubt he checks each and every blog feed, since he recently automated the admission of new blog feeds on both sites.
Then, I got curious as to who actually blogged about OTACOOL 2 on their own sites, and well, surprisingly, there are very few who did, myself included.
If you run a Google search on OTACOOL 2, my entry is surprisingly on the front page. My entry title is probably eye-catching enough since the tone is so negative — so I’m speculating that Danny saw this — or someone tattled about it — although I think the latter is less likely to be the cause.
I’m not sure if I was banned because he was afraid that I would spam DC.com or figure.fm with links to my entry, or maybe just troll — I’m too lazy to be a troll. All I know is, he’s probably avoiding the bad press. Nobody likes bad press — especially sponsors.
Another surprise is that, on the same day of my post, Danny posted a compilation of all cosplayers who are most likely going to be included in the book, and mentions that: they can fit nearly all valid entries into the book, and a reminder that he will only be choosing a few people for the cover and Koto would be choosing for the rest of the book. I found that a little bit fishy, but I think that’s my inner cynic talking.
Looking through the entry though, even though majority of those picked are, as predicted, poster boys and girls for cosplay, there are those who are brilliant but don’t fit into everyone’s definition of poster boys and girls. Seeing this makes me a bit happier about the direction the book is taking, but of course, there will still be the reality that there are still a lot of people who will have wrong notions about cosplaying.
I’m a bit full of myself because I think that this might have triggered that post, but the possibility is there.
…Or, everything is just one big coincidence.
Oh… and something to ponder about: I’m not a Danny-tard nor am I a Danny hater. I am posting what I have posted in my blog because of what I see and I want to voice out my opinion, no matter how few people read it. I personally like some of the content that DC.com has and it also has a community where I found several bloggers who I’ve more or less become comrades with. Recent posts might seem to make me a DC basher, but I just dislike some details on the things that he posts. If you like Danny, I’m fine with that. If you hate Danny, I’m fine with that too. You can tell me your likes and rant about your dislikes about him but please do not suggest me to make an alliance that is either pro or anti-Danny because making war does nothing good anyway. Besides, there’s more to a person that just his blog. :)