New Anime Series: Nobunaga The Fool

First Episode(s) Review for: Nobunaga The Fool
Summary:

I gifted young girl and a brave Nobel lord feel each others presence from across the world, while the young man is involved in a war to determine the fate of Japan, will his love from far away be able to reach him and avert the death of millions….oh and here come the Mecha, Yus!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Animation:

Lovely, really detailed and nice, with lots of shine, one of those anime that you show to people as an introduction to what quality animation looks like

Plot Potential:

I love a good Japanese steam punk battle, this one is totally epic, and wonderful to behold, the plot is growing with lots going on and if it is half as good as the visuals we will be in for a treat

Music:

Good operatic battle music, made me what to call out Guards, Knights, Squires Prepare for battle!!

Reminds me of:

Bits of Fate Stay Night, bits of samurai gun with characters from the Lotus Wars series

Overall:

Conflict, fire, battle, betrayal and love across boundaries, its a sort of Arthurian Legend with knights of the round table from both Europe and Japan all beating the hell out of each other, Its the first epic Anime of the season, bring it on!!

 

 

 

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!!

New Anime Series: Hozuki no Reitstsu

First Episode(s) Review for: Hozuki no Reitstsu
Summary:

The bureaucracy of hell is over worked and filled with incompetents, only the second in charge knows what’s going on and can keep control of things, in what is essentially a Japanese Carry on series set in the nether world.

Animation:

Bouncy, colourful with a wide mixture of styles representing the various moods of the different scenes.

Plot Potential:

It’s like an office sitcom, just in hell, there was much laughing from the other house residents

Music:

Upbeat traditional Japanese accompanying music.

Reminds me of:

Its a lot like XxxHolic with the humour from the underworld section of Dragon Ball Z and shades of plot from the Black Butler

Overall:

Gibbering insanity but good fun, with loads of WTF 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!!

Finding Me at IBM Connect 2014

Right!! I’m just getting on the plane for Connect 2014, and I am on a mission the meet everyone that I know and make a few new friends, if I keep missing you, please find me ๐Ÿ™‚

Contacting me

Skype

Twitter

Mobile US Land line redirecting to Skype or UK mobile: (315) 215-3250

Email: Mark@londc.com

Finding me

At My Sessions

Bald, Saturday afternoon

ESPN, Saturday Night (end of the board walk)

Pool party Sunday evening

Great Geek challenge

Sometimes at OpenNTF booth

Find me, tell me your troubles, let me buy you a beer (or even a proper drink)

Collaboration Stack Event

All the smart Notes/Domino and Connections people I know have multiple arrows to their quiver. All the way from Salesforce though node.js to hard and dark programming and high availability admin on totally none IBM technologies, and while we whisper this knowledge to each other we never really present on it or yell it to the wider world, so when some of these said people introduced the following idea to me, I nearly bit the top off my can of Red Bull in excitement.

Collaboration Stack Community Networking Event

Do you work with collaboration platforms? Meet your peers at an informal, technical get-together. Whilst making valuable new contacts, you can share ideas, debate best practice and explore emerging technologies.

March 21st – London

Somewhere we can talk about all forms of collaboration, from the Biggest project Like IBM’s down to Kickstarter projects based on open source

We are just setting up and searching for more speakers that will present on subjects that leave you stunned and needing a stiff drink.

So if you have something that you have been inching to tell the world about see any member of LDC or The Turtle Partnership

URL: http://cscevent.com

MAIL: event@cscevent.com

TWITTER: csc_event

 

 

New Anime Series: Hamatora

First Episode(s) Review for: Hamtora
Summary:

A group of down on their luck (cash poor) super powered bounty hunters go about their daily business…..well that’s it really…problems with money, comedy shouting, revealing of super powers…

Animation:

Normal Anime Quality, but they have pushed up the brightness on the primary colours a lot to give it some ‘pop’ makes it look a bit like an American 80’s comic book.

Plot Potential:

At first sight there is nothing new here not even the super powers (though I was surprised to find sound as the primary characters super power as that is normally a bad guy type of power), I suspect we will have to wait a few episodes to see if it improves.

Music:

Nothing leaps out, its suitable for content but that’s it

Reminds me of:

This is totally a Get Backers knock off

Overall:

Its fun, and a pleasant background, but it fells like it is not the work of one persons vision, which I always feel is what sets out the great Anime/Manga, a brief net search revels it to be a constructed anime or “mixed-media project” well lets give it a few episodes.

 

 

 

 

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!!

Commuting tip for Developers

Something that I’m getting used to again with the freelancing is venturing back onto public transport and although I don’t mind it, its not exactly billable, there is only so much email and such you can sort, also as they are not long train trips (30 mins between connections) its not worth getting out your laptop even if there was space, so what to do??

Well write java docs and do code reviews actually,

I’m not kidding, all that documentation and stuff you are supposed to do but never do because it bores the hell out of you and you never have time for, is actually less boring when the alternative is staring at the sweating armpit in front of you, also you would be amazed how much clients love it when your code has proper java docs for all its functions (not to mention that they are a major deliverable in a big project Matt White and I are doing)

The next question is how?

On android at least that that is easy thanks to a little program called AIDE which is basically sold as a android dev IDE, but it has excellent GIT and Dropbox integration, meaning that we can just do a simple git clone of your app, then potter though it when you are travelling, updating the documentation to be just as you would want to find it***

In addition I have found and fixed a couple of scaling issues in my code thanks to being able to view it at leisure, so worth it just for that.

 

 

*It shows a commitment to a clients needs and there is no substitution for some face to face time to keep deliverables in focus

**In fact its not billable at all as I have learnt a important lesson from one of my client’s dealing with their own clients, that NOT charging for travel is excellent for achieving long term client relationships

***Yes I know you are supposed to document as you are coding, but if you tell me you document fully in the middle of a coding frenzy, then I will tell you you are a lying bugger. ๐Ÿ™‚

New Anime Series: Buddy Complex

First Episode(s) Review for: Buddy Complex
Summary:

The Schools “nice guy that is nearly super naturally good at everything” is tootling though his life being cool and nice to his friends when a giant mecha suddenly appears driven by a guy with a major hate-on, our hero is saved by a blushing female class mate with her own Mecha (never mind where did she hide it, why is the damn thing pink), it turns out he is something major in the future and that the people with the mecha are time travellers, will he fulfil his destiny? lets us fly to the future to find out!

Animation:

Excellent quality semi realistic, a mix between full realistic such as Ghost in the Shell and semi flat cell such as A Certain Magical Index

Plot Potential:

This has the look of a “a good guy amazingly gifted with mecha who turns to evil, and then is saved from this path by people from the future”… errr…wasn’t this the plot for Megas XLR

Update: The plot does have more to offer which shows it self in the second episode when you see the “buddy complex” in action

Music:

It would appear the directors raided Michael Bays music cast offs

Reminds me of:

Well every Gundam series for a start, but more like Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar with less harem and more shooting

Overall:

I don’t feel that this one is going to be more than a nice background anime, but its been a while since we have have a good mecha battle and the hero is a nice bloke so worth a watch.

Update: episode 2 adds more depth to the the series when the “buddy complex” comes into play.

 

 

 

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!!

My IBM Connect 2014 Sessions

This year is going to be my most hectic to date, with 3 sessions, 2 of which are show ‘n’ tells including my first session with fellow LDC’er Matt White, a pant wetting 5 hours presenting.

SHOW104 – Practical Java (with Julian Robichaux)

Sunday | 13:30-15:30 PM | Swan Osprey

Take a whirlwind tour of the many ways in which Java can make your life better as a developer. We’ll use Java in IBM Notes, Eclipse, and the latest IDEs. And we’ll show you examples of best of breed libraries that can analyze data, create PDFs, and perform image processing on the fly. Get connected to IBM Connections, access relational data, open sockets, and parse feeds. And along the way we’ll throw in tips for testing, performance, and writing good code.

SHOW303 – Proper Connections Development for Proper Domino Developers (with Matt White)

Tuesday | 10:30-12:15 | Swan Osprey

This is a session with a mission: to take a much loved IBM Domino app and deploy it to a client’s new IBM Connections environment. We’ll show different solutions such as the use of iWidgets or creating a REST API to make the application available to IBM Connections users and walk you through the process, from beginning to end. If you’re an IBM Domino developer who knows nothing about IBM Connections, this is the session for you.

BP303 – Empowering ICS Communities for SocialBizUG with IBM Connections(with Wellesley Information Services, Connectria and The Turtle Partnership)

Thursday | 08:30-09:30 | Swan Pelican 1 & 2

Socialbizug.org has evolved to provide a dynamic home for ICS communities and content. It was designed by WIS, hosted by Connectria, built by The Turtle Partnership and developed by The London Developer Co-Op on a combination of IBM Connections and IBM Domino. Attend to see how to pick the right pieces for a successful IBM Connections end user facing deployment. Take a behind the scenes look at the site, from the ground up. We will start from customer design requirements, including both anonymous and secured content. Then dig into server architecture design including the number of servers, staging areas and growth planning. Finally we’ll talk about development decisions as well as server scaling and ease of management in our cloud model.

New Anime Series: Witch Craft Works

First Episode(s) Review for: Witch Craft Works
Summary:

A silent withdrawn lad is picked on all the time for being physically near (same bus, desks near each other) the school beauty and mayors daughter, suddenly he discovers a large school building is being dropped on him from a great height, this surprise is nothing compared to the discovery that the school beauty has been staying near him to protect him, she is a “Fire witch” and that he is her “princess”….. Mecha Bunnies ATAAACK!!

Animation:

Higher than normal quality anime with a little bit of CGI mixed in

Plot Potential:

Its nice to see the gender roles reversed so completely in an anime, rather than a mealy having a bossy girl and the boy being patient with her, I really like the main female character it good to see the strong silent type getting the main role

Music:

End tune is really upbeat and fun (totally worth going on your mp3 player), rest of the music and sound effects less so

Reminds me of:

A gender reversed version of A_Certain_Magical_Index

Overall:

Really nicely paced and very engaging characters, even the main male character does not make me want to kill him which is rare, really looking forward to each episode,

 

 

 

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!!