Thursday, September 25, 2008
As I dig up my research (and wiki page links) for this post…
This past week, my project released its complete design of the system to the government. Along with the system design review, the software group also briefed their software design. After listening to software’s boring presentations, I thought to myself: “There needs to be a better way to teach some of this dry stuff.” Remembering that I once wrote about tsundere state machines, I thought of the various ways I can teach computer science/engineering theory with anime again. Here’s the topic pairing I came up with for today: harems and operating systems. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, March 21, 2008
Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on
She’s all I want and I’ve waited for so long
Stacy, can’t you see you’re just not the girl for me
I know it might be wrong but I’m in love with Stacy’s mom
So I’ve kinda disappeared from blogging for a while as bro and sis have taken over a bit (with the exception of my kyonko-love post). The reasons are many (work, mom acquiring a new car and a recent Atlantic City trip) and I kinda don’t feel like going into all of that. I’m back (along with $90 of AC winnings) and ready blurt out my random thoughts once again.
Last week, I’ve stumbled upon CCY’s interesting post on the convenient disappearance of parents in anime over at Mega Megane Moe. That is certainly a solid read worth at least a look (as I am willing once again to prop my fellow anime blogger’s article and thus saving myself from rewriting stuff already said). My thought on it is that anime centered on teenagers and young adults is kinda a given with anime’s target audience often pointed at that direction. It is also makes things alot easier for storytelling since teenagers unsure of themselves often makes a good starting palette for character development. However, anime with the child-parent dynamic is usually a really intriguing element and I kinda wish anime explores it more often. As long as it doesn’t get too angsty (another good article in the anime blogger community).
Also last week, I just had the opportunity to watch True Tears episode 9 (again, I’m behind on my anime as well). And in the various scenes we see her character in this episode, one of the things that I randomly come to my mind: Shin’s mom is quite hot. After reading the non-existence of anime parents post, this has me asking: Where are all the hot anime moms? This is the question I’ll explore somewhat this week. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, March 20, 2008
You know it’s a tough week when this fella up here isn’t even in the top 3 for most emo for the week.
So if you caught the first edition of this weekly, you would know that I had an idea of what I would be writing about this week. Well, was I ever wrong. With the way most of the anime I caught this week turned out, you would think that White Day didn’t exist in Japan. Anyway, let’s get this show on the road. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Salutations, blogonauts. Time for me to come out of the woodworks and write something. Primarily because, hell, bro-ham (koneko) is giving me hell about it. Anyway, this is going to be the first of (hopefully) a weekly segment for me regarding a recap of the anime that I had time to see during the week. We’ll see how it turns out with college work occupying time and my frantic search to find an internship. Anyway, let’s get started.
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Sunday, March 2, 2008
Kyou’s stroking it like it’s hot… err… I mean stroking three pointers and not that kind of stroking… you sick freaks…
With March already here, sports fans in the United States are preparing for one of the special multi-week events in sports: The 2008 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament. 65 college mens basketball teams will face each other in one of the largest single-elimination tournaments in all of sports for the NCAA Division I College Mens Basketball Title. The large event structure draws millions of viewers and office bets each year.
There are two ways a team makes it into the tournament field of 65 teams. The first is the automatic bid where each conference selects one team usually determined by winner of the conference tournament (the Ivy League has no conference tournament so the automatic bid goes to the winner of the regular season). The second method into the tourney is through an at-large bid. The NCAA Selection Committee looks at the remaining spots and selects teams from the remaining field by looking at a team’s key selection items such as record, strength of schedule, quality wins, bad losses and the slightly controversial figure of the RPI. Once the field is filled, the committee seeds them and selects the first round match ups in each region on the Sunday of the end of the conference tournaments (Selection Sunday). The first round games of the tourney usually begin on the Thursday after.
Up until Selection Sunday, a number of sports analysts make projections as to which teams would make the tournament. Since about more than half the field is filled by at-large teams selected by the NCAA Selection Committee, pre-Selection Sunday analysis often becomes an interesting topic on ESPN or for water cooler talk. There are a number of sports analysts who write and discuss solely on the pre-Selection Sunday analysis such as Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology which attempts to predict the entire tournament field, seeds and match ups. Most analysts compile a team’s key tournament selection information into what is usually called a tournament resume and they predict the possible seeding or non-entry for that team.
Below are both mine and bro’s attempts at taking the pre-Selection Sunday analysis idea and combining it with this season’s shows. Now after rethinking a few things (the comments after bro’s Clannad X’s and O’s post, the international nature of anime blogging and the [lack of] athletic ability among anime blog readership), I tried to lay out as much information on this topic as I possibly can. To be honest, analysis about this tournament can be a bit tough for the casual onlooker. Below are some definitions for the terms we plan to use and how we intend to relate them to anime. For more information check out the wikipedia articles on the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship and the NCAA basketball tournament selection process. Read the rest of this entry »
Saturday, March 1, 2008
They made my Koyori cry… How dare they…
On Bandai Visual USA
Last Monday, Bandai Visual USA made headlines on various anime news sites and blogs when their website included information about a region 1 DVD release of the animated television series, sola. Later, they confirmed the rumors making the pickup of the title official and they defined some details on the DVD releases. The first of five volumes will be available June 10th with each volume to be sold for $49.99 and containing 3 episodes each.
So when I first heard this story on Monday, I had to actually refrain from blogging about this initially because I was quite pissed off that they picked up another title I liked. That post would’ve contained alot of expletives deleted which would’ve gone against my mantra of posting relevant thought-provoking articles (allegedly). Now that a few days have passed and I’ve cooled off a bit, I can go back and attempt an objective well-defined blog post… maybe. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
“Here’s 10 for horse number 4.”
Gambling in the United States is a multi-billion dollar industry. It takes on many forms and shapes which can be both good or bad (many times it’s bad). One form is casual sports betting and one type of game in that form is a score table (or i think that’s what it’s called). Score tables have numbers on the top and the side ranging from 0-9. Score tables are used for a few people to guess the final result of a game. The better selects a few squares for a certain bet per square (usually agreed upon in the beginning) before the game beings. When the game is finished, the person who chose the winning square usually receives the total pot of everyone else’s losing bets. The winning square is usually defined as the last digits of the final score. For example, if the final score of a basketball game was 52-48, then the winner is the person who placed a bet on the square where winning team is 2 and the losing team is 8.
This game came to mind after watching the 7th episode of True Tears. After watching the 8th episode last night, it seems like a few combinations are tough to occur now. But considering that I watched Canvas 2, True Tears can still throw enough curve balls in the last few episodes to really mess things up. Plus, the character camps have gotten very distinct over the past few episodes and I’m very interested to see how the anime blogger world selects here. Being the casual gambler I am, I kinda wish opportunities to do this kind of fun post come more often.
Below is a table with a list of names on both the top and left. The top names (letters) represent the proposers and the left names (numbers) represent the accepters. Each square is a couple combination. Selecting A2 means that “by the end of the series, Shinichiro and Hiromi will be together by Shinichiro proposing and Hiromi accepting.” Selecting any equal name matching square (A1, B2, C3, D4, E5, F6 and G7) means that the character will be with no one at the end of the series.
*Spoiler Alert!* Before going any further, if you haven’t seen the series yet, then chances are the following information will end up revealing a bit too much information. If you are watching the series, I’m going to make assumptions about the show after episode 8 so catch up if you are behind. If you really don’t care too much about the series yet you want to participate, then read one of the many blogs covering the series to catch up. I am not responsible (most of the time) to possible harming of your viewing experience. *Spoiler Alert!* Read the rest of this entry »