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Moe Day is on October 10 this year!
What is 'moe'? If you ever visited Tokyo's Akihabara (秋葉原) district you will be confronted right away with moe.
It is not certain where the word came from but it refers to feelings of affection, adoration, devotion, and ... excitement towards cartoon characters of Japanese manga, anime and video games and any other immaterial things that need love.
Moe is also among the new top level domain name extensions and to celebrate our affection (and devotion) to this gTLD we are happy to offer 50% OFF for the first year on new registrations of .moe from Moe Day until the end of November.
For those who are unaware, a brief explanation as to why 10-10 is Moe Day:萌 (from 萌え) is the Kanji Character in Japanese (which is Hanzi for Chinese readers or Hanja for Korean readers).
Deconstructing this character, we can easily see that it is made of the following elements:十 十 (or ten twice, hence October 10) plus 日 which means "Day" and 月 which stands for "Month."
We hope you enjoyed this little Japanese lesson!
Time to register what is .moe to you?
If you grew up there, every other city feels like a town. If you didn't, but live there now it's because you've always felt that magnetic pull.
It's hard to believe that it was already a year ago (and only a year ago) that .nyc launched, but now as a kind of celebration of that first year anniversary, .nyc is offering up some 16,674 previously restricted domains (due to name collision) on a first-come, first-serve basis.
And what are these domains? For one, almost any three-digit number (not 212.nyc, though, sorry), a lot of first names .nyc (like alejandro.nyc or whitney.nyc), and, in true New York spirit, a whole lot of randoms (like xvvfgixsmk.nyc or gq9aogkkh0erpz4dttzktqbzra5xpe.nyc).
This extension is limited to individuals or organizations with their addresses in one of the five boroughs.
But keep in mind: 16,674 isn't even enough to cover the number of people moving to Brooklyn per year, so better act quickly before the hipsters buy them all up and start putting record shops and yarn murals up on them. Some of them seem like gibberish, but you know hipsters will think that's so unique and authentic, not to mention a few that are likely to be pretty high-value, hipster potential aside.
Register a .nyc?
"Like the fella says," quipped Orson Welles as Harry Lime in an ad-libbed line in 1949's The Third Man, "in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."
And we couldn't disagree with him more. The popular image of Switzerland is a country of chocolates, holey cheese, and lonely goatherds, but consider that Dada was born in Switzerland in the early 20th century (after so many years of at least official neutrality), as was Paul Klee and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Not an unimpressive roster of cultural credentials, and we think it shows the Swiss are far more versatile than their reputation suggests (and the cuckoo clock was invented in Germany).
Which is why we're happy to announce that .swiss is entering the Sunrise phase. During this phase, domains will be availalbe to TMCH registration holders for $160.55 per year. We feel that this TLD can be just as versatile. Dare we say, like a Swiss Army knife?
Register a .swiss?
If eighty-seven Oscar award ceremonies have taught us anything, it's that movies are a magical medium that fill us with wonder, transport us to new worlds, and tell us who we are.
And now, if you're one of the people contributing to self-congratulatory .film reels at awards ceremonies, a new gTLD just for you is now entering the GoLive phase: .film.
While the GoLive phase normally corresponds to general availability, in the case of .film, there are still restrictions: namely, you must either be a member of an association, body, or union approved by the .film registry or you need to hold the rights to a film title being used as a .film domain name.
Domains in the .film extension will be available for $118.99 per year at A rates starting October 6th, 2015 at 9:00 AM PDT. So quiet on the set aaaaand ACTION!
Register a .film?
To be honest, it kind of bugs us that there are those who only think about Ireland and the .irish on St. Patrick's Day. As a consequence, all they know about either is shamrocks and leprechaun, "luck-o-the-Irish" and beer that's dyed green.
Well, we couldn't be further from St. Patrick's Day, but we want to show our love for all things .Irish just to spite the types we talked about above. Domains in the .irish extension are available until November 10, 2015 for just $15.00, versus the normal $47.82 at A rates.
So there's no better time than now to get one. Let the ones who only ever think of the Irish in March pay full-price.
Register a .irish?
With .miami now entering the GoLive phase October 2, 2015, we'd like to pitch you our crime procedural we've been working on. Imagine, now, you're transported to a place where every interior shot is bathed in an orange glow, as though the sun were perpetually setting, where every exterior shot is ridiculously overexposed, and where "science" means examining various colored liquids in test tubes.
A strawberry-blond detective in aviator sunglasses confidently strides across the sun-drenched parking lot of the marina.
"What have we got here, Frank?" he asks disinterestedly, taking his sunglasses off and squatting down next to him as Frank zipped the body bag.
"Victim is a 35-year-old female, tourist from Wisconsin, multiple--"
"I heard the report already, Frank," says the detective, not wanting his partner to delve into the gory details he had already heard over the radio on the car ride over, "Any leads?"
"Friends say she came down to catch some sun, drink mojitos, register some gTLDs," Frank says in a tone somewhere between tough-love and outright judgement.
"Well it looks like …" the pink-faced, strawberry-blond detective says, putting his sunglasses back on, "… she should have registered her domain … in .miami …"
[Queue theme song, opening credits]
We kid, but this extension is for all things great about Miami, which is a lot more than what you see on TV. In the GoLive phase, .miami domains are available for $24.99 a year at A rates.
Register a .miami?
Sometimes, when we're feeling lonely and our miniature horses are mad at us, we like to think about the personalities of each of the letters of the alphabet.
There's A, for example: always has to be first in line. Can't let anyone forget it. Type A, 100%, 4.0 GPA, squeaky clean. F which just doesn't seem to care. Poor grades, flunking out, it doesn't give two F-words. Even pronouncing it is like trying to make another, better sound but giving up.
But ever notice all the cool letters hang out at the end of the alphabet? X, Y, and Z are the cool kids. Like hat-backwards-sunglasses-leather-jacket cool kids. Which is why .xyz is so great.
With the end of September we just wrapped up a great promotion on .xyz domains, but don't feel too bad if you missed out on this deal because from October 1 through December 31st, 2015, you can pay just $5.00 for the first year of a new .xyz domain.
Register a .xyz?
Is there a web developers month? Maybe we ought to declare October web developers month. Not only does a great promotion on .host start this month, but another great promotion runs this month that would be perfect for developers: .site.
Whatever type of .site you specialize in (even if you don't actually design sites but just customize templates … shhhh we won't tell), this month's promotion lets you purchase a .site for just $1.99 per year (normally $34.87) at A rates.
The promotion on .site is for the month of October only. So get yours before heading out to trick-or-treat this October 31st.
Register a .site?
Starting in the month of October and lasting until January 15, 2016, domains in the .press extension will be available for $19.90 (normally $94.97) for the first year at A rates and .host domains will be available for $17.99 (normally $124.93) for the first year at A rates.
Despite reports to the contrary, print media is not dead. It just had a near-death experience, went on a spirit quest, and found itself. And like most who go through this kind of soul-searching, it's come back more interesting than ever.
Take, for example, last weekend's Steamroller Printing Festival when a 1924 Buffalo-Springfield Coal Powered Steamroller was used as a printing .press.
And the .press in general isn't dead either. In fact, it's never been more alive. The Internet has now made it possible for anyone to become a citizen-journalist; no steamroller printing .press required.
Well, there's no better extension, then, for the new journalists than .press itself.
If you're more in the hosting game (and we don't just mean your wicked Halloween parties), a promotion on .host starting this month. Whether you're a developer hosting your latest .site or if you are exclusively a hosting provider, this deal is for you.
Register a domain under one of these TLDs?: