Appreciation Post: Slack

I am a huge fan of online collaboration. Even though I am not in the IT industry, my lifestyle needs it and heavily depends on it. It was on college where I learned to use them mostly for backup and collaboration with people for academic and student org purposes. I have tried a lot of productivity apps and all that techniques just to find which ones suit my lifestyle. I have lost track that sometimes I only remember the sites I registered to when I receive promotional e-mails from them! Right now, I still use those tools sometimes for work, but most of the time for my organizations whose members live far from each other. In the Mozilla Philippines Community, we have been using MoPads (Etherpad), Google Drive & Calendar, Facebook, IRC, Hangouts and Trello to do our planning sessions without having to meet up. Imagine the clutter of having to always check multiple sites and having to bookmark a lot of links just to keep a project together! We usually talk on Facebook, then when an idea pops up we take note on a certain Etherpad and so on. We sure have a hell of a hard time backreading.

A friend introduced me this new service, Slack, which was on preview release when I signed up. It was love at first sight.

Slack is an online communication tool, which aims to bring everything together in one place. If your organization is like ours who uses a lot of different services just to work on a single project, you’ll love how Slack brings all of those in such an organized place where you can easily browse and backread.

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First Impressions: Geeksphone Keon running on Firefox OS

A sweet little thing arrived in the mail when I got home from work! Hello, little orange phone, Keon!

The packaging is quite unique from what we are used to with smartphones. It a square box which opens upwards to reveal the phone.

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And when you lift it up, it will reveal the manuals and accessories.

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At 199g it is slightly heavier than an iPhone 5 and lighter than the S4. The back has a neat matte surface similar to the Kindle Fire HD.You can find more specs here.

Yes, the phone gives you a familiar feeling with only a circle button and three hardware buttons on the left side. The UI doesn’t give much confusion for smartphone users, as they are almost the same as most UIs currently available. The round icons are quite familiar too.

It has the usual connectivity features like WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, Internet sharing and 3G. The battery life is quite impressive. I have tried leaving it with WiFi on for more than 24 hours and have left it on stand-by for 3 days.

Keon is not really a powerful phone, but if you just want to have the basic features with Internet connectivity, with an expected price tag of Php3-5k, this is a good choice. Especially if you are a mobile apps developer or you plan to become one.

Firefox OS was built using open web technologies and is of course, entirely open source. What makes me say it is perfect for developers? Well, for starters, developers don’t need to pay anything to submit an app to the Marketplace AND Mozilla doesn’t intend to gain anything from their earnings, if they plan to sell their apps. Talk about using and marketing a phone plainly for developing the Web and exploring its capabilities, instead of the usual capitalist thinking.

The OS and the device still have a lot of areas to improve on. However, I must say that I have a huge trust on the open community about developing for the sake of the craft and not merely to heartlessly earn from it.

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App Appreciation Post: Spotify

This is currently my top favorite app. Spotify is a music streaming app with a wide selection of tracks! And I mean WIDE. REALLY WIDE.

Anyone?

With Spotify, I bid goodbye to downloading pirated music and having to store music in my HD! (though I only have around 5GB worth of music and well, I can really use that space) I am only a free user though, so I have to endure commercial messages but well, it’s cool.

It is not available in the Philippines so I used a proxy (which is from Germany, lol) to sign up and use the application 😛

My favorite Spotify feature is sharing your music with friends! My Spotify account is connected to Facebook and I get to connect to my friends who are on Spotify! I can see what they are listening to right now, which I can choose to listen to as well. I get to discover a lot of new artists because of that. ;_;


I stalk your playlists, bitchazz.

So we have here my org mates on Spotify…

and we create party music playlists that we play in the org room! In freakin loud speaker.

We also have this Japorms playlist where we add songs from our childhood. I love the Aqua songs here, haha.

In Spotify, you can create your own playlist and share it to your friends. People can subscribe to it. You can also create a collaborative playlist which allows anyone to contribute music to the playlist.

And because it is online music streaming, I can access my playlists anywhere. *eyes sparkle*

There is a Spotify mobile app for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Symbian. I think only Spotify Radio comes with it to free users. You must be a premium user to use Spotify on Symbian and Windows Phone.

And I also use Flutter with it. Very neat.

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Gintama 236

End of the Renho arc and as usual, end of arcs, not really funny and more drama. The Renho gained their freedom and Elizabeth erased the memories of the characters because he will not return to Earth. 

Apparently, the Elizabeth who left Katsura, is just a substitute of the regular Elizabeth on Mondays, because the regular Elizabeth left for vacation.




Anyway, I’m excited for the next episode! Guess who’s back.

THE SHOGUN IS BACK TO EXPERIENCE SKIING!

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[First Impression] Guilty Crown

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So I stumbled upon this cool-looking anime when I was randomly browsing one boring day at the org room. Opening episode is impressive, the art is great, it has mecha, it has ecchi and it has some sort of girl-given power (like Code Geass). The robots are not like what you see on CG and Gundam though, and they don’t have a name. I hope the story will feature improvements on the robots and its weapons etc. For example, they can add ~*GN particle*~-like stuff, for additional sparkle.

Also, GC reminds me of Code Geass (mehehe, GC and CG), Elemental Gelade and Busou Renkin. And maybe Highschool of the Dead because of the art.

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Ao no Exorcist and Gosick

Out of trying to cope with depression, I finished watching 2 of the anime shows I weren’t able to finish because of school. Feels good to be depressed.

Ao no Exorcist

Ao no Ex is like a shorter version of Soul Eater and apparently, the show ended without a Blue Exorcist and without beating the shit out of Satan and without becoming a Paladin. That was quite disappointing. It seems that they crammed the story, making it end fast and stuff. The plot suddenly reached its climax then ended. :/ The OST and art are great though.

Gosick

I hate ending love stories without the 3 words. Well anyway, Gosick isn’t really about that, but well, I expected something. AND WHAT HAPPENED TO VICTORIQUE’S HAIR? WTF! I like the Victorian atmosphere (but somehow gotten sick of it when I started watching Dantalian no Shoka). It’s not really great, well it used to be with all the mystery stuff that will oblige you to watch every episode in order to fully comprehend, but the ending isn’t really good.

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Random Random Random Stuff

I am not posting stuff lately because I’m not in the mood to do so and heck, I was in despair for no particular reason at all. For the lulz, I’ll just post some stuff I have encountered recently.

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Kimblee is out of jail and he is being creepy with swallowing that stone. UGH. Dr. Marcoh… needs a plastic surgery, many thanks to Scar. You can simply have him undergo a surgery or some alchemy thing you know. What’s with the blasting-Marcoh’s-face act? Oh, maybe that’s the alchemy thing since Scar’s alchemy is all about destruction.

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New Samehada is new. K. Kisame is being creepy by combining with his sword. Ugh.

Bakemonogatari 13

Delayed and stuff and I remember not finding any torrents on Nov. 8 but it looks like it was released on Nov. 3. =_=  It’s the continuation of the Tsubasa cat story. Bakemonogatari’s nearing its end and I need to find a new anime now. Oh crap. 07 Ghost. Gah. I find it really hard to cope with that. Straying away from the topic, oops.

Liar Game 2

Oh joooooooy~
I love this J-drama so much. I’m not familiar with the manga so I don’t know if it’s a continuation of the story or if it follows the manga story so, yeah. Anyhow, I loved the first season so I’m expecting so much from this sequel. Matsuda Shota and Erika Toda! OH NOES. I don’t wanna see that Mushroom guy again. “Nao-chan, kimi wa hontoni.. BAKA DAYO NE?!”
*throws mushrooms at Mushroom guy’s face*

Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Downloading this took super less time so, yeah. Another random comedy anime

Instant fav. I love it. I’m done with the first season and I’m almost done with this one. Finishing Zan will take a while though since there’s school now. ;___; ZETSUBOUSHITA!

The Hunger Games series

I saw a large banner of this and when I saw the description, I instantly searched for an e-book!
Kids killing each other, gore, politics, a love story that is given more emphasis in its sequel, and stuff. Kinda short and full of zzzzzzzzs though. Anyway, KATNISS IS THE MAN YO.

AOF 09

Did not spend much time inside the event for the lulz.
Well, because of this:

Anyhow, some pictures:

I went there with my sister.
We were also with a good friend Robby..
 and Alex. We had a sort-of photoshoot for her debut party invitation. XD

I cosplayed as Senjougahara Hitagi from Bakemonogatari and my sister as Roxanne from Pokemon. Special thanks to pedobear for haunting my sister. XD

So there, finally posted a lenghty post again. Eh, not really. But compared to the previous ones.. meh. Whatevs. Kay, I’ll be online but for a very short short short time only. Maybe just to check my mail. So yeah. Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be EVER in you favor!
Lolz too lazy to check the grammarz and spellingz

P.S.
I’m stalking quite a handful of blogs now. You should also check them out. You’ll surely have fun. 🙂
And oh, they’re just doing it for the lulz, mmmkay?
Pinoy Cosplay
Anything Butt Ugly
http://annihilationbychainsaws.blogspot.com/

On serious stuff, I’m following:
http://kosupurei.blogspot.com/
http://letscosplay.blogspot.com/
http://weareanime-cosplay.blogspot.com/
http://otaben.blogspot.com/

For the lulz, I’m reading stuff at http://fmylife.com and http://givesmehope.com

Oh, found a winter anime preview:

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Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni + Kai

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (When The Cicadas Cry) started as a murder mystery doujin soft sound novel by Ryukusihi07, turned into a game, and then an anime series. The first anime, licensed by Geneon, aired from April 2006 until September 2006 with 26 episodes. The sequel, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai (When The Cicadas Cry Solutions) aired from July 2007 to December 2007, with 24 episodes. This has also been adapted into two live- action movies, released in May 2008 and May 2009.

PLOT


Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa which is based on Shirakawa, Gifu which has a population of approximately 2,000.
The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryuugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Hojo. Keiichi joins their after-school club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and punishment games for the loser, usually him.) Hinamizawa appears to be a normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro. Keiichi learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro. In each story arc, he or one of his friends become paranoid, and a crime is committed. Usually, the crime involves the murder of one of their own friends.
-From Wikipedia
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
At first, this anime will make you think it’s the usual harem type with cute little girls who are going to get raped. Then, it will become a story of paranoid kids killing each other because of paranoia over “Oyashiro-sama”. Then it’ll become a fight versus fate. Then, you’ll find out there’s a deeper meaning with a political conflict (SRS BSNS) involved.

For starters, let’s have this video of episode 1

The very first scene will already give you an idea of what kind of anime this is. Each chapter kinda show a different perspective of the story. Each character is given a spotlight. All ends the same way- Watanagashi time, someone will be the killer and someone will be killed, Furude Rika will die and all residents of Hinamizawa will die. At first, I thought this “Oyashiro-sama” really has something to do with it. It will be revealed later on that this has a scientific explanation and it is not about the wrath of a god and stuff. There is a survivor occasionally. Then a new story will start. At the end of  the first Higurashi, viewers are given a bit of an explanation of why the heck this crazy story is happening. What I love about this series is that, a mystery in a story will be answered in the next, though the next has no direct connection to the previous. So you need to complete watching it to understand the story better. Pretty hard to explain, really. But all will be answered in Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai. And oh, I suggest you skip the first episodes of an arc if you want serious action. Watch the last two episodes! 😉

Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai

The first episode is pretty boring. It starts with the old policeman (gwah, forgot his name) and Akasaka interviewing the grown- up Rena. Then the usual story will start. The story will develop (and will make more sense) on the episodes that will follow. On episode 11 most especially, the mastermind will be revealed. Episode 12, the kids will discover the truth and on episode 13, they will try to fight fate and the mystery of the death of the Hinamizawa residents will be revealed. They will lose and they will return to a new Hinamizawa and again, they will fight fate. By this time, each of them has memories of the ‘other world’ they were in and they will correct their mistakes in the current world. Too much spoiler already! XD

On other note, I haven’t watched Rei, (the third installment) because I’ve been reading many negative feedbacks about it. In fact, Hitler was not impressed.

Score: 10/10

ART
Hmmm.. Not bad for a violent anime. They are good at showing terrible things but unfortunately, it is usually just a glimpse. Bummer. My favorite is the glimpse of Keiichi’s body with fingers full of nails and stomach cut open. :3 Shion made that episode really epic.

Score: 8/10

SOUND
I love the eerie feeling of Eiko Shimamiya’s voice! Her songs really fit the Higurashi atmosphere. I love Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni above all.

Score: 9/10

ENJOYMENT
I think this is not for weak- hearted people, lol. On the contrary, people who love violence will surely like this. But hey, it’s not all about the violence. It has a deeper meaning! Violence just serves as the appetizer of this show. :3

Score : 10/10

OVERALL
This is a very good anime. All horror stories must be like this! Conventional horror stories usually include ghosts and legends and stuff. Higurashi looks like the same at first, but in Kai, everything will be revealed including the real sense of the story. The ending is perfect. All became clear and there’re no frickin’ cliffhangers (I HATE CLIFFHANGERS).

Score: 9/10

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Bokurano


Bokurano is a 24-episode anime produced by the studio who fancy dark stories (like this), Gonzo. It is an adaptation of Moshiro Kitoh’s 10-volume manga. This anime has mecha and lots of drama.

STORY

While on a summer nature school in Mitomi Island, fifteen kids discovers a cave by the sea. They meet a man, who claims to be a programmer, named Kokopelli. He persuades them to try his game by entering a contract. The game is about defeating 15 alien invasions using the robot which the kids named Zearth.

The first pilot, after successfully defeating the first enemy, “accidentally” falls from the robot. The kids discover that Zearth runs using life force, meaning, a pilot will die after every battle. KAY, survival tiem.

The story is sort of sadistic. The children entered the contract, terms are not explained. The chosen pilot fights and wins, then dies. The pilot loses, his Earth dies. The pilot will not fight, his Earth dies. The kids have no option, and there’s no way to escape the contract. And heck, the fights usually occur in a city so there is a great deal of wrecking and destroying involved.

Each story in Bokurano centers on the life of the current pilot. I was moved by each story, as it usually centers on the thing each kid has to face- death. Bokurano’s drama is extraordinary unlike the usual love story we usually encounter in a show under this genre. Each story reflects real- life situations we are experiencing today. Bokurano teaches many lessons too.

Score: 9/10

ART
I’m not impressed plz. However, the style they used on the robots is awesome. Unfortunately, the robots here are very lame and not that kickass type we see on Gundam. I was really disappointed. Since it is sort of mecha anime, I was expecting good animation.


Score: 5/10

SOUND
Nothing special.

Score: 6/10

ENJOYMENT
I was really affected by this show. Actually I was thinking about making my last will because I realized there’s really no way to know when you’ll die. Hahaha. I enjoyed this show because of its lessons and excellent portraying of real life.

Score: 9/10

OVERALL
The sound sucks, the art sucks, THE ROBOTS SUCK. However, this show gives many life lessons. Plus, [WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD] the seiyuu of Ushiro Jun (the last pilot) is Junko Minagawa! Yes, yes, the woman behind Ryoma Echizen’s voice! Anyway, Bokurano is a must- watch if you are into dark, serious, deep, twisted and crazy stories.
Score: 7/10

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Naruto 453


This week’s Naruto will surely cause fangasms all over the Internetz! Sasgay’s back and all over the place! There’s even Gaara at the end.

Team Taka heads to Konoha. Then, Tobi (who is definitely not a good boy anymore) appears.
Team Taka was like “Oh shi-” and stuff.
Suigetsu: Shit, bad timing. We are very tired and we’re about to rest, you know.
Sasuke: How did you know where I was?
Madara: Don’t underestimate my hunk radar, idiot.
Sasuke: Damn it, why am I always being followed by these frickin’ rapists? First Orochimaru, then Naruto, then this Madara!
Then Tobi tells them how stupid they was for being tricked by that Kirabi (Killerbee, the gangsta jinchuuriki of the hachibi).
Tobi: Now, that’s one big epic fail gaiz.
Team Taka:
Tobi:
Team Taka:
Sasuke:Tobi:

Tobi Madara tells Sasuke that Konohagakure no longer exists. Zetsu appears, telling them that Danzou is the new hokage.
Sasuke:
Madara:Just as planned.
Madara tells him that the five kages will hold a meeting.

Meanwhile, Naruto meets Killerbee’s gangsta friends and asked them to tell everything they know about Saskay.
Sakura:
Karui: Damn, your crying won’t bring Killerbee or Yugito back!
Sai: Er.. you know, now that the order has been sent out to kill Sasuke, I’m sure the village will provide you with all the information you need. There’s no need to pressure these guys.
Naruto: Yeah right. You’ve said the “S” word many times already.

Team Samui:
Team Samui: B-b-b-b-but we just thought we’d see if we could find more info (like what’s his favorite color and type of girl, lol.)!
Naruto:
So there, they decide to find Killerbee instead. I miss that guy, btw.
On the other hand, the Akatsuki guys found that Naruto defeated Pain. Yes. I can understand them if they can’t believe it. You’ll never believe how Pain was defeated, really. Read Sasuke’s reply? Good.
(YOU FAILED NARUTO, LOL)

Kay, change of plans. They’re going to kill the kages! FFFFFFFFF
O WAAAAAI.
Yeah, Danzou will be targeted and hopefully, killed (>:D OH JOY). BUT, it just happened that..
…ONE OF OUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS IS ALSO A KAGE, GODDAMMIT!

Well, that’s it for this week.

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