And somebody down there hates my guts.
Wed, 24 May 2006
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Back in action, baby! Didya miss us? Because, I hope you know, I sure missed all of you. I assume you're all aware that Buttonhole crashed and was down for two weeks or so. What a drag, eh? It wasn't our fault though, honest. As for what did cause the problems; we'll probably tell you more about that soon. Our Forum members (and all those who read our boards, but haven't signed up - cheeky buggers) would already know a bit about it. Here though, I'll just say (for now) that some web hosts are better than others and customer service is not what it used to be.
We've still got a few kinks to iron out (you may well notice some of 'em), but we'll HOPEFULLY have every little thing fixed up before too long. Already the vast majority of the site (as far as being able to access all the content, working links etc) is back to functioning as it should. We can thank Buttonhole's Lead Software Developer and Tech Support, Special K, for getting the site up and running again.
I don't seem to have a whole lot of luck with things like this. I was sick as a dog at the same time too; this illness of mine has always had impeccable timing. Anyway, I am back up now, Buttonhole is (mainly) back up now and hooray for everything. I'm still having a bit of trouble with it, as not everythng has been dealt with just yet. But it shouldn't be long before I'm able to return to posting new reviews and other content at this lovely website of ours.
And good God almighty, what a huge amount of content there shall be. Even though the site itself has been down, there was still a whole lot of stuff happening for Buttonhole "behind the scenes" (I always love using that expression). What that essentially means is that, not only are we back online, we're soon going to be better than ever!
There's been so much going on, it is crazy. I won't give all of that away yet, though, because it is best to leave some surprises. But, for one thing, I could probably bury myself fully under all the products we've been sent to review lately. Games, CDs, DVDs (and a few other goodies) galore, my friends. Just the way I like it! I'm not going to say much more about how I'm way behind with reviews, because I'm sure you all know that by now.
On top of all that stuff, there's been plenty of big news and interesting developments happening with some of the topics Buttonhole covers. Have you heard of that little video game show they hold in Los Angeles called E3? Oh, man, what a sweet show it was this year. I mean, I didn't get to attend (again!) but I followed it fairly closely (the same way I'm sure many of you did) by using this crazy internet thing. Various places online had the full Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo E3 presentations available for everyone's viewing pleasure, along with footage of all the games etc.
I also got plenty of Press Release info, "assets" discs and so on, regarding all the titles our support publishers were showing at E3. There really was a heap of big news, interesting developments and impressive games this year. All up, I'd say it was the most exciting E3 in quite some time. While I won't have time to go into the show in the same amount of detail I did last year, I will try to post some sort of E3 article soon, to at least acknowledge some of the more important and/or interesting parts.
Wrestling too has had some pretty interesting stuff going on. Vince and Co. are bringing back both ECW as a full time promotion and Degeneration X (with Triple H and Shawn Michaels). Those two things are very fondly remembered (by most) blasts from the past for sure. It'll be interesting to see if they can still work and recapture the love of the fans as they did the first time around. One thing is for sure though, it has certainly gotten people talking (amongst the internet wrestling geeks, at least). So, I guess that's a start. Plenty of long time fans have been most unhappy with the WWE's product of late, including Buttonhole's Wrestling Section Lead, The Gimmick. So, let's hope the" E" pulls out all the stops and allows more folks to enjoy wrestling again.
One thing that the WWE is still doing a fine job with is all the sweet DVDs they continue to release. Buttonhole has received several WWE wrestling DVDs in this past week or so. What's even better is that most of 'em aren't actually out yet, as retail releases. Yep, we've been getting 'em nice and early, so we shall try to let you know which ones are worth your bucks when they hit store shelves. Some of them are fantastic; especially for "old timers" like me and Gimmick (we really aren't that old, but it is all relative!). You can expect to see reviews of all those titles in the near future, from both Gimmick and I.
On a final (for now) wrestling related note: I still have to finish the rest of my "in depth look at Bret "Hitman" Hart's career and DVD". I'm looking forward to getting back to that, as I'm now at the part I reckon will be the most enjoyable and interesting to write about (and hopefully some of you people will dig reading it too!).
Something else I should mention, before I forget; now that Buttonhole and myself are (almost) working again, I decided to bring a friend back with me. So, let's welcome our newest reviewer - Tino. He's an old acquaintance of mine (and a few of the other Buttonhole crew). It'll be particularly helpful to have another Buttonholer, who knows his stuff, doing some music reviews for us, because we now get so many CDs to cover. You'll be able to check out Tino's first Buttonhole review real soon. I'm most pleased to add him to the team.
There it is - another long winded "catch up" Editorial from me, after everything went to shit for a while. That feels far too familiar to me. Let's hope that everything is fully back in working order here at Buttonhole really soon (and it probably will be). Let's also hope that, from here on, we don't have any more technical problems (especially the kinds caused by others), get hit by lightning, fall down a well, or cop any other stupid setbacks. I reckon we've already had more than our share by now!
Thanks again to everyone who has been helping get the site back on track. An extra large thanks to Special K; who gets 11 buttons from me for his unflagging efforts. Also, thanks to all of you loyal readers, who stuck with us and kept checking back to see if Buttonhole was back online. You all rule!
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