First Episode Review for: Kill me Baby

Summary : Two grade school friends have fun together but one is a paranoid scardy cat assasin and the other is a complete ditz

Animation : Very basic and minimalist but colourful and some how enjoyable

Plot Potential: Not a huge amount as it consists of lots of little set pieces stuck together

Characters: Bouncy 2D characters, entertaining but not memorable

Music: I could not remember the opening theme by the time the cartoon ended, and there is none during the actual cartoon, but the ending theme is not bad

Reminds me of: doki doki school hours

Overall: This is a fun little anime, not one to wait for each week but still entertaining with a few good comedy moments

Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!

Ls12 in review

Now I’m back from IBM Lotusphere/Connect it’s back to work but just to round it up, here is the traditional review of the last week


— The tech was good, real improvements, stuff that I want to use and a worthy opponent to the open source and Microsoft stuff.
— Please finish off killing the Lotus brand, Microsoft’s PR work and the memory of the bad UI have done too much damage, no one will give the new tech the chance it deserves.
— Surprisingly IBM have listened, the Opening General Session was a vast improvement and a lot of other stuff has improved from last year.
— Unfortunately, there are still nutters out there, some members of IBM’s legal team really do need to get out more, and whoever organised the visit to the animal exploitation pond (or Seaworld) combined with “le’ts kill aquatic animals on stage” must be working through some childhood goldfish betrayal issues.
— The session schedule could do with some work, no matter what your interest path was, e.g. Dev/Admin/Manager, there was at least 1 day where you were scrabbling for sessions and another day you could not get to see all you wanted. The sessions themselves on the other hand were very very good.


— Far better brand recognition this year, which is what we were after and I had a number of very interesting conversations that I am hoping will yield results.
— The T-shirts went down a storm, with Mr Woodward’s designs going down the best.
— We spent more than we have done before on marketing and sponsorship stuff, we will have to see if we can follow it up and see what work it generates.


— I finally got one of these, for which I am insanely smug

It’s not an individual one (will try again for one of those next year), as I co-presented with the fine Julian Robichaux from whom I learnt how a true pro prepares and presents

— I think I have found the subject that I can expand to bring the most benefit to the IBM community, so if they get accepted you should see a session or 2 at this year’s lugs (fingers crossed that I don’t screw up my abstracts)
— Time to redouble my connections AKA web sphere + Bolt ons work
— I think I pulled a muscle laughing at the great geek quiz, thanks to Gab Davis, Carl Tyler, Paul Mooney, Tim Davis etc etc for organising it.
— Whatever they are called, the Lotus Community still beats the pants of all the other tech communities that I have met, truly, without them it would suck bad.


— There are people who do the work of 10 people each behind the scenes, people like Gab and Paul.
— For heaven’s sake, open the abstract calls earlier next year, it’s not as if the date is a surprise, you have been doing it for 19 years now!

Old Comments

Mark Myers(23/01/2012 01:13:09 GMT)

Oooo good Idea (s)

Sam(23/01/2012 00:05:43 GMT)

Totally Agree on the scheduling – someone suggested for next year:

1. Open abstracts much much earlier.
2. Include a space for speakers to “Tag” abstracts
3. Once abstracts are chosen, email the registered attendees and have them each select the 40 “top” ones they would like to see
4. Run the data all through Watson and have him/it generate the best possible schedule for everyone with as little overlap of tags as possible.

It seemed like the individual tracks were well managed – but there was little coordination between tracks. Maybe this was a result of the late call for abstracts?

The other issue – wifi. It’s IBM, for crying out loud. Come in and set up a decently managed/monitored service. If a access point gets unplugged, you should have monitoring to know about it – every access point should be accounted for and monitored for problems. If one is unplugged, then you would know, and could go plug it in!

LS12 Slide deck

Hi hi, here is the slide deck and associated files from mine and Julian Robichaux Lotusphere 2012 session (Write Better Java Code: Debugging, Loggin and Unit Tests) HERE and HERE

files can also be found on the London Developer Co-ops goodies page

Old Comments

Michael Ruhnau(18/01/2012 19:59:53 GMT)

Hi Mark,

I haven’t made it to your session but I am very impressed how much you covered. On question that came up to me while browsing through the slides:
Does the agent setting “Compile with debug information” have any (negative) implictions on a productive environment (performance, stability, whatever, … )?

Cheers – Michael

Andrew Magerman(19/01/2012 10:41:19 GMT)

Excellent resource. Thanks for all the effort, and for making it available.

Two or three slides elicited an “aaaah, so that’s how it works!”

Muchos gracias Mark!

Jason Hook(19/01/2012 10:22:07 GMT)

It’s now on my iPad. Looks really interesting! Good job Sir.

Martin Perrie(19/01/2012 14:00:53 GMT)

I second Michael’s comments. I’ve only skimmed through slide deck quickly, but very impressed with the level of detail and there are some tips that I can start using straight away.

Thanks guys.

Mark Myers(19/01/2012 13:37:15 GMT)

@Nick – FAB, really pleased that its useful

Mark Myers(19/01/2012 13:35:08 GMT)

@michael – all the bits we turned on for debugging and logging have minimal impact, any that do have impact are mentioned on the best practices slides

@Andrew – thank you very much Emoticon , i like the “aaaah” bit

@Jason – Cool!

Nick Wall(19/01/2012 13:32:57 GMT)

The Unit testing piece…great info, many thanks.

Mark Myers(19/01/2012 16:30:17 GMT)

@martin – Awesome!

A London contractors guide to Hartford US

Hartford Connecticut is sometimes called the insurance capital of America so a contractor with insurance knowledge stands a good chance of ending up there sometime.

As it’s a good policy to treat your clients money as you would your own,I was doing it on the cheap also like many Londoners I tend to love public transport and dont hire a car unless I can help it (which marks me as a freak to many Americans).

There are plenty of hotels in the middle of Hartford but these tend to not only be a bit expensive but when I tried to book they were also full up, so I ended up in Glastonbury, a suburb town a few miles south with a couple of huge hotels which always seem to have rooms free and surprisingly good Internet access (the Hilton Garden Inn Hartford and Home wood Suites) these suited me perfectly as they have 2 shopping malls within 5-10 mins walking distance, both with supermarkets ( the Garden Inn has microwaves in its rooms and as the homewood suites are grander I assume they have the same or better) as well as a variety of reasonable restaurants and fast food places.

Travel wise your hub is the square round ‘Central Row’ in Hartford, all major clients are walkable from there, all the buses I describe below both arrive and leave from this area, it also contains a large round booth in the centre island that is the ticket office to buy your weekly travel pass from (the buses take cash but don’t give change or a ticket for receipt purposes).

The buses are clean, air conditioned and everyone I met on them was very nice. The ones that you will need are:

30/30x this is the airport bus between Bradford international and Hartford downtown

4/14 this is the park and ride between the two Hilton hotels at Glastonbury and down town Hartford, fast with no stops but very limited running times, you seem to have pay an additional $1.05 per trip if have a travel card (normal price $2.30), it picks you up next to the brown wooden shed on the parking lot opposite Burger king near the outdoor mall on Main street. ( the official stop is called Putnam bridge Part and ride), If you miss the 4 or need to travel on Saturday Then the 95 is the bus for you (if you need to travel on a Sunday you will have to get a taxi into Hartford)

35/64 these are the buses from Hartford to West farms mall which is Apparently the best mall in the area for souvenirs for loved ones

The http://www.cttransit.com/ site is where you will get the the details you will need. and a good set of maps can be found here

1) Hartford dies at 6:30 pm , West Hartford is apparently the place to be (it certainly looked far posher and more residential on the basis the one meal I had there)

2) A taxi trip from the The airport to Hartford is about $30 + tip, from Hartford to Glasbury is just over $20 + tip, a taxi all the way from the airport to the Glastonbury is about $57 + tip, to a Londoner the taxis are pretty naff, not only can they say ‘no’ to your fair (quite gave me a start when one did) but they don’t know where anything bloody is!!, if you need one, pre book it from either your hotel or the little booth at the Airport.

Old Comments

Rajesh Haran(01/07/2012 19:12:22 GDT)

Hi Mark,

I live in E.Hartford let me know if you need any help or assistance. shoot me an email.

Mark(02/07/2012 11:36:59 GDT)

Coool  thank you!

Andrew Magerman(02/07/2012 20:31:39 GDT)

there can only be one Glastonbury.

chris(09/07/2012 13:40:34 GDT)

good article very informative

LDC- The year in review

As a member of LDC I’m re posting its “year in review“, as it basically mirrors my own

“A week before IBM Lotusphere / Connect we realised this was by far our biggest conference yet, with 2 speakers, 3 sessions, 2 sponsored parties and bleeding t-shirts everywhere. So, what have we been up to during the last year?

Well, bucking the global slowdown for one thing, new clients now include one of the worlds largest media websites, another multi-national insurance company, and myriad smaller interesting clients, with some monster projects in the pipeline (fingers crossed).

International clients are now the norm rather than the exception, with contact coming in from all over Europe and the US. To cater to these requirements our skills set has diversified even more. Adding to bleeding-edge IBM and Microsoft stuff, we have had large client implementations using Spring and Spring webflow, PHP and advanced HTML5.

Nearly every new project contains a mobile element and all coding now caters to this as a matter of course.

This was especially true of our XPages work which seemed to really reach a tipping point in 2011. Like other projects, everything we’re doing with XPages also has some mobile aspect to it, but the interesting thing is that there is now a constant stream of new applications being created with XPages (NB: that’s “new new”, not “new upgrades”). And 2012 doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.

2012 will be more of the same, providing more for our clients and keeping pace with the ever accelerating rate of change in both IT and business requirements.

It’s time to kick arse (we’re British) and write / delete code (remember: less is more, and more code means more test cases!).”

Its cool working with you lot, bring on 2012 🙂

Old Comments

Mary Beth Raven(07/01/2012 01:51:13 GMT)

Congratulations on a great year and best wishes for a better one to come! And, I hope to find some time to chat (er, or drink) with you at Lotusphere/Connect

Mark Myers(08/01/2012 11:50:29 GMT)

@marybeth thanks and count on it!