Sunday, 30 March 2008

Anime: Shigofumi

Episodes: 13
Rating: C
Strong points: Original plot
Weak Points: Slow start, strange ending

Shigofumi's main character, Fumika, has the job of delivering letters which dead people can send to the alive ones, which are called "shigofumi".

The first episodes show Fumika doing her work, and somewhere by the middle of show it starts to enter in some interesting details of Fumika's life: What is her past? Why she's the only "postal worker" which ages, as all "postal workers" are already dead? What are her relationships with her father?

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Blogger and comments

To my surprise, I've recently discovered that Blogger doesn't defaults to sending the comments to the blog owner (ie, myself) by e-mail.

This means I've missed a lot of good feedback during my SoC project last year. Thanks for everyone who has posted comments, and sorry for not noticing/using/answering them before.

/me wonders if it's time to think about moving to some other blog platform... maybe a free one...

Sunday, 23 March 2008

H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~

Just finished watching the last episode of the H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~ anime.

H2O's plot goes around the main character, Hirose Takuma, which is blind but gets to see (or not? ...) thanks to the powers of wind's spirit Otoha; Kagura Hinata, whose family is the most influent on the village and Kohinata Hayami, whose family is hated by everyone.

Takuma undertakes the hard task of making everyone on the village get around together, while also fighting against his dark past.

At first, it seems to be one of animes with average story and pretty graphics which are getting somewhat common. However, the plot gets more interesting and full of twists (and WTF moments) later.

Recommended watching :)

Oh, by the way, I've watched the 720p fansub from the BakaWolf and m.3.3.w guys. It's pretty high quality stuff, thanks guys.

Friday, 21 March 2008

Dear Itautec,

Please don't glue the processor on the heathsink with tape.

Thanks.

PS: If you ever get something like this, take the processor/heathsink out of the socket before trying to separate them, or you might end up pulling the processor out of the socket with it locked (like I did), which means a lot of bent pins.

PPS: It was an ancient computer (Itautec Transglobe 1001; AMD K6-II 450), they most likely don't do it anymore - I guess it would mess the heat dissipation on modern processors. Anyway, I don't think it was a great idea back then also...

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Mennoch the Devil

I've finished reading Anne Rice's Mennoch the Devil (released as just Mennoch in Brazil... I guess devil is a word too strong by here...), the fifth book in her Vampire Chronicles. I haven't read The Tale of the Body Thief yet, so some references where a bit puzzling, but it was readable nevertheless.

The book was very interesting, particularly Mennoch's version of the history of the creation (it probably can be quite offensive for the religious though). Roger's history also wasn't bad, but I feel that Dora's could've been better. I find her reactions after getting the veil to have been very strange and out-of-character. I also wonder if Lestat shouldn't have accepted Mennoch's proposal...

All said, I would recommend the book to anyone looking for a good fictional history which haven't problems with some blasphemy and have already read the previous book. For those who haven't, I would recommend reading them instead, as it would make more sense and AFAIR* they are better anyway.


* For the non-initiated, AFAIR = As Far As I Remember