A transit map aboard a Chicago 'L' train.

The FAQs, or Frequently Asked Questions, are meant to address some of the more common or recurrent questions that I get here at Nephrus. Please use the contact form for any questions that have not been answered below.

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About the Owner

Site Related

Why Nephrus?

Nephrus gives me a place to share my experiences, trips, and reviews along with anything I may find interesting or informative. It also gives me a spot to upload photos and other stuff so that I can share them with friends and strangers. This is my home online.

Where do you get the pictures in your header from?

The photographs used in the header are pictures taken by me over the years. They range from a selection of scenery from places I’ve travelled to and events. A selection of previous header images can be found here.

Why doesn’t the site work in Internet Explorer?

Previous versions of Internet Explorer, including version 4, 5 and 6, have trouble handling some of the styles and images used on the web site. It is recommended to use Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to view Nephrus as these browsers are able support current web standards.

Can I view the site on a mobile device?

Yes, Nephrus is compatible with most mobile devices! It takes a few seconds to load but other than that, the site is fully functional. I have tested using a BlackBerry Curve 8520 and iPhone 3G. An easier interface for mobile devices is in the works.

QR barcode

Use your smart phone’s camera function to access this QR barcode.

How come the images don’t load?

Visitors who browse the Internet from behind certain proxies or firewalls may encounter some issues with the images used on the site. Nephrus uses server-side technology to prevent images from being “hot linked” on other sites, which under certain connections, will appear as broken images. This is not an issue with the site configuration, but how your proxy or firewall is setup. Please contact your service provider or network administrator for assistance.

What theme do you use for Nephrus?

Nephrus uses “Arcadia,” which was a standards compliant theme that is loosely based off of the Kubrick theme that comes packaged with the base installation of WordPress. Arcadia also incorporates a number of custom designed plug-ins for additional support.

There are no plans for any advertising options in the conceivable future. Please do not contact me regarding your company’s ability to boost my search engine ranking — it’s quite annoying.

How do I post a comment?

Comments can be posted by anyone, however they are moderated before appearing on the web site. The best way to make sure your comment appears is to put a little thought into it — don’t use profanity, overtly antagonize or attack anyone, and try to use proper spelling (mistakes are allowed!). Your e-mail address is required, but will not be made available to anyone who views your comment, nor will it be used to solicit services or other unwanted messages.

Why don’t I see my comment?

Not all comments will appear on the site – it might have been caught by the spam filter, there was a technical issue, or it was removed for violating the site policies.

Sharing tools available on Nephrus

Sharing tools available on Nephrus

Nephrus is able to provide short links, like http://wp.me/PJ6Dz-12, for Twitter users. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a way to easily implement the short codes for all content pages as these codes are only obtainable within the content management editor. You can check the Nephrus Twitter page for short codes on some of the more popular or recent articles.

Alternatively, you can click on the “Share” icon under each content post for a link to Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and other popular social media web sites.

Is that your logo on an itasha?

If you’re in the south-eastern United States, you may have passed a My Hero Academia-themed car and noticed a Nephrus logo on the front bumper. Yes, that is accurate as I do sponsor my partner’s vehicle by covering some of the cost of the wrap, insurance other expenses. It’s his way of saying thank you to me. You can follow the vehicle on Instagram under @toyota_deku.

Photography Related

Gallery is a collection photos taken by myself (see below) that I have organized based on location or event. There’s no registration required to view the photos.

Why don’t you use Flickr?

Free accounts on Flickr are limited to 200 of the most recently uploaded photos unless a professional account is purchased. In an effort to consolidate expenditures, all photos are displayed on Gallery which has relatively unlimited resources and control. This is not to say that I don’t like Flickr, but that their service does not suit my requirements at this time.

Who takes all of your photos?

For the most part, the majority of the photos posted on the site (and all photos on Gallery) have been taken by me with my equipment (although I may ask a friend to take the shot if I’m posing in it). It’s always nice to see a different angle.

What kind of camera do you use?

I use a 12.3 MP Nikon D5000 digital SLR camera, a 10 MP Canon Powershot A640 camera, and originally, a 4.0 MP Olympus D-580 camera. For a full listing of all my camera gear, visit the Photography page.

I’m in one of your photos!

If you had your picture taken by me at one of the various anime conventions I attend, you’re more than welcome to use the picture (see below) or request the original copy.

Do you edit your photos?

Aside from contrast and colour correction, cropping and rotation, I do not alter the photograph any further. I do not airbrush, touch-up or modify any images — each image uploaded is as close to the original subject as possible. I also use Google’s powerful Nik Collection to help improve colour and impact.

Can I use your photos?

You may use the photos, so long as you’re not recreating an album (either partially or in its entirety), claiming it as your own work, modification (including obstructing or removing the watermark) of the photo or directly linking to the image file on my web site. If you do want to use a picture or two, I would appreciate a link back to Nephrus. If you want to link to a photo, use the full address of the page it is on, rather than to the image itself. Modifying or altering any photo for use in a commercial publication, another web site’s design or for any other purpose is not permitted unless you have written permission from myself.

Why are some of your photos missing titles?

For most of the photos that were taken at anime conventions, many of them are missing titles, or are defaulted to IMG_xxxx or DSC_xxxx (with x being some random number). With the sheer number of pictures I take, it’s not possible for me to label everything, because sometimes I don’t know what characters/series people are masquerading as, and because it’s time consuming to look up and validate all these names and characters. Nothing is more embarrassing than incorrectly labelling someone’s cosplay.

Your photos cut off someone’s head!

I can certainly assure you I haven’t decapitated anyone, but it may appear that way based on the thumbnails in Gallery. Recently, I had changed the type of thumbnails from a scaled down size of the original image to that of a more uniform square shape. As its not practical to manually create thumbnails for dozens and dozens images, the result looks like the person’s head is missing or cut in half. If you click on the thumbnail, you’ll be able to see the full image, head and all.

Can you photograph my event/family/etc?

I am not accepting requests to photograph weddings, family or corporate events, personal portraits and so forth at this time. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

Can you remove a picture that you’ve taken of me?

If I have taken a picture of you and you would like it removed from Gallery, please copy the image URL into the contact form to request its removal. I will take it down as soon as possible.

Content Related

Do you have anime downloads?

Nephrus does not offer downloads at this time. I prefer to obtain my anime and manga through legitimate channels, so any scanlations or subtitled episodes, including any resources to download or find them, will not be offered. I’m not trying to be a self-righteous or pompous prick by saying this, but it’s something I believe in. You can always watch anime legitimately through sites like Crunchyroll.

How come some words like “center” are misspelled?

Being Canadian, I use the Canadian English spelling of words as opposed to American English. However, if the proper name (town, street, product, etc) is written in American English, I will maintain the correct spelling. Other than that, you will see colour, centre, favourite, and so on throughout the site. However, if you do notice a spelling mistake, please let me know.

How do you capture your screen shots?

Some of the articles feature screen captures taken from games which appear vastly different than officially released images. These captures were obtained using an older model ATI TV Wonder tuner card and taken a few years back. Unfortunately, these images aren’t of great quality since they were connected via RF or S-Video cables.

What happened to Zelda Planet?

Running a single topic web site for ten years gets a little boring and repetitive after a while. In the early years when there was an overabundance of Zelda news, it was easy to post daily updates. However, since Zelda is waning with the series drawing on larger gaps between games, it’s hard to keep motivated. That and no-one had answered the repeated call of assisting me with running the site, so I’m not going to keep running a site where there isn’t much interest left. The site will still remain available online though and news releases will still be posted whenever possible.

About the Owner

Why choose Nephrus?

Not 100% sure, but since I used to be deep into Egyptian history when I was younger, it seemed to make sense. The name has been kicking around since at least late 2000 and sounds far better than ZeLdA_FrEaK. It’s in no way related to the character from Marvel Comics (I actually discovered this about maybe three years back).

How do I contact you?

You can use the contact form or direct message @nephrus on Twitter to get in touch with me. You can also find me on Instagram.

How long have you been doing this for?

I’ve been running web sites for over ten years now, with Zelda Planet since July 1999, and Nephrus since October of 2004.

Why do you attend so many conventions?

I try and attend three to four anime conventions a year. The “Big Three” are Sakura-con, in Seattle, Washington, Anime Central, in Rosemont, Illinois, and Anime Evolution, in Vancouver, British Columbia. If I have enough money or vacation time left, I will attempt a fourth convention, which is usually one that a friend will invite me to. Anything more is usually too expensive, unfortunately.

Willis Tower

The Sears Willis Tower

What’s up with Chicago?

I know quite a few people in Chicagoland. It’s a beautiful city filled with lots of stuff to see and do, amazing architecture, a rich history, expansive transit system, and a couple of anime conventions. It’s always fun to visit. I love the pizza too.

Is this the year?

Of course it is!

Fail Naruto

Fail Naruto

Are you a Narutard?

Yes I am, dattebayo! I do read the manga, watch the anime, have the shirts, plushes, and cosplay as Naruto (I’m not perfect). With that said, I’m not one to run around screaming “OMG SASKAY!!11” and try to shove the series down the throats of others. Some people think cosplaying (in general) Naruto is stupid, but whatever; these people hide far worse things from the public than me so let’s leave it at that.

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