Sunday, July 28, 2013

Alternative Entertainment to 'The Wolverine'

Plans fell through to see the new X-Men movie, 'The Wolverine' starring Hugh Jackman. I felt a bit pessimistic to doing my usual original creative writing attempting to write a novel. Screenplays haven't been panning out so far. These were the television shows that I found to watch in replacement for the movie I desired to see.



UNDER THE DOME -

Friday, July 26, 2013

An Introduction to an Artist-Writer

Hi everyone! I'm Nicole Hubbard, an author and artist.



I have been doing both since I was very young, my first memories of drawing being when I was four. Since I was reading by that age as well, my story-writing adventures started soon after. I have always loved adventure and fantasy stories, such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien and the Redwall by Brian Jacques. More recently, I've also gotten into manga and anime. So far, I think my favorites in that world have to be Fullmetal Alchemist and Code Geass.

What Makes a Hero and What Makes a Villain?

Recently, I was watching an anime called Vampire Knight with one of my sisters (of which I have two). It's an interesting and deeply moving story, if not slightly creepy. Two major things are going on in this story. First, there are those in the story that are trying to make it possible for humans and vampires to coexist. Second, the main character, Yuki, has her own battle to fight. Her friend, Zero, is slowly reverting into an E-level vampire after having been bitten by a Pureblood. What he is turning into is a lower class, one that eventually loses all humanity and craves only blood.



Vampire Knight Wallpaper: from the left - Zero, Yuki, Kaname

Long overdue anime reviews (part 4)

I only vaguely remember the order of animes that I watch by splitting them into pre-trip and post-trip animes simply because I downloaded all the OPs, EDs and OSTs of the animes that I watched and put them into a trip playlist. I could have developed a habit of recording down the dates that I start and finish my anime (MAL has this function) but I guess I myself am too lazy to do so.



On a sidenote I just got criticized yet again by my father for watching anime, for he deems it soulless. This comes from a person who is a big fan ofand. (Both Taiwan soap operas and the worst form of entertainment available which anybody would agree. Anybody.) I have nothing to say to this except that firstly I am used to it and secondly I just pity those who will never be able to appreciate this genre of entertainment. It's fine if you don't watch; but do not repeatedly criticize me unless you are bent on distancing yourself away from me. More importantly, since I love watching anime so much I think its fair to say that its already a part of my life such that if you ignore it, you would never be able to get to know the real me. If you don't bother understand and accepting this that means you deem that I am not worthy of that basic level of respect as a person...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

I've been a bit spoilt for choice with my anime lately. After finishing Code Geass and Cowboy Bebop (expect reviews on them in the near future) I drifted away from anime for a bit to catch up on other TV shows. Then I began searching for another anime that I could really sink my teeth into. The draw was too much. Watching good anime can be really addictive. After doing a bit of research, I decided that the next anime I watched would be Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.



I didn't really know much about Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood before watching it, other than two facts. The first fact was that the series was adapted from the same manga upon which the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime series was loosely based on. The second fact was that Brotherhood is critically praised. That was all I really needed to know before watching it. I always prefer to know next to nothing about an anime series before watching it, so that I can get completely engrossed in its characters and world.

Materialistic Dreams aka how I spent my pay

After hearing of getting a summer job this year, I gladly started to write a list of the things I wanted to buy with my pay (though most of it was saved for a while). As told before, I'm pretty stingy, even though at the same time I really do love shopping, not still feeling ashamed for my materialistic love at all. So this time I gathered here the things I bought and tell a bit about them. Please mind my greediness.~

As told before, Code Geass is still one of the best anime series I've ever seen. Now I finally decided to buy the second season of this wonderful series and thus own the complete collection.

I had known for a longer while that a wig head would be pretty essential help with caring my wigs - how the heck could I even brush them, when I only have two freaking hands? Anyway, I've been really pleased with my styrofoam wig stand, it's served me well so far. I decided to name her "Ritva", but one friend of mine dared to claim that this arrogant lady doesn't supposedly look enough like Ritva and gave her another name. However, since I was already so attached to the name and had managed to forget her "more suitable" name (she was reputedly supposed to be "Tyyra", just checked a while ago), I decided to continue calling her with the name I had picked. Ritva is the only product on the post that came straight from Finland.

A Study on Anime-Traits in BBC Sherlock

The attempt of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat to retell the story of Sherlock Holmes in modern-day London turned out to be a tremendous success, so tremendous indeed that the series gained popularity all over the world and the hype didn't leave Japan out. On the contrary, a manga series was announced on October 4, 2012 covering the first case "A Study in Pink". Personally, I'm not an expert when it comes to western TV-Series, but as an Anime-addict, I noticed some traits in BBC Sherlock many fellow Otakus are quite familiar with. (I don't think that the series is in any way inspired by the Anime I'll mention later on, yet I found the similarities worthwhile enough to appreciate in this article.)

First: Take a look at some characters and you notice the use of trademarks, for example, Mycroft's umbrella. It is not a rare case to see Anime-Characters that are defined by a certain trademark, a catchphrase ("You see, but you do not observe") or a pose and it is the same in Sherlock. There is, for example, Mycroft's female assistant who is glued on her smart phone almost for her whole screen time. She is no three-dimensional character since her whole character is defined by her smart phone-affinity. Of course, this doesn't apply to Mycroft's penchant for umbrellas. Yet, he is also more of a two- than a three-dimensional character. As Sherlock describes him, "he (Mycroft) practically is the British Government". This means, Mycroft is the representation of governmental authority, the incarnation of the concept of power. Similar characters can be found in Mohiro Kitohs terrific manga "Narutaru" where Naozumi Sudo is the embodiment of nihilism whereas Takeo Tsurumaru represents chaos.One could criticize those characters for being unrealistic, but on the other hand, this is exactly what gives them their iconic value.

The previous description applies to another character, the criminal mastermind, Jim Moriarty. Sherlock once calls him a "spider" in the web of crime. He is able to manipulate it at his will, making him the most dangerous of all criminals. Sounds familiar.In Naoki Urasawa's manga "Monster", the angel-faced psychopath Johan Liebert is the mastermind behind an invisible web of crime that he solely holds in his hands. His character and his objective might differ from Moriarty, but the idea of an invisible web of organized crime created and manipulated by an embodiment of absolute evil is present in both works.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Pacific Rim (2013)

In a world where Gundam, Evangellion and Code Geass exist it's somewhat weird to me that the US has never done this idea before. They've mined almost every other port of popular culture over the last century of cinema why not Japan? Maybe it's due to the ever more present importance of the Asian markets in the financial return of the film. Having had to create differing cuts to appease those markets as well as even having a number of films co-produced with Asian film companies to allow for the insertion into those markets quicker. All I know is that I got a big ass mech vs. alien/sea creature monster film and it was awesome.



PACIFIC RIM is the epitome of"summer blockbuster" in my mind at this point. There are so many things that can go wrong, so many things that are probably wrong, but the film so gosh darn entertaining that I can't help but ignore those things.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai

Ah, this is a series best appreciated (?) by those with a chuunibyou past. For those who don't know what chuunibyou () means (perhaps you are in its throes) - it refers to that period around the second year of middle school when you are obsessed with some imaginary world beyond all rationality - perhaps analysing the meaning of Anno Hideaki's crack-fueled screen-vomit, wishing that sparkly vampires exist, or writing fanfiction online and arguing about "shipping" (I have no idea what that means beyond it being a fanfic term) - and becoming an obnoxious know-it-all. Yes, the Special Snowflake years.



This Kyoto series concerns everyone's favourite melodramatic know-it-all with magical eye powers Fukuyama Jun (Lelouch from Code Geass, Itsuki in Rental Magica, Watanuki in xxxHolic) trying to put his embarrassing past behind him and live a normal high school life. Unfortunately his secret is discovered by a delusional girl (still living the dream), who possesses the "Tyrant's Eye" and forces him to go along with her (including having him declaim his identity as the "Dark Flame Master" in his famous voice).

Saturday, July 20, 2013

"Code Geass: Akito The Exiled" OVA Gets New Anime Promo

WITH THE SERIES GETTING LICENSED IN AUSTRALIA BY MADMAN, THERE'S A LOT OF HOPE WE'LL SEE SOME NEWS THIS SUMMER FROM NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTORS ABOUT CODE GEASS: AKITO THE EXILED AND ITS POTENTIAL FOR AN AUDIENCE HERE, ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL SERIES AS WELL. AS THIS NEW OVA SERIES ROLLS OUT AND GETS ITS DELAYS, NOW WITH NEWS THAT THE SECOND INSTALLMENT WILL HIT IN SEPTEMBER, A NEW PROMOTIONAL VIDEO HAS ARRIVED TO AT LEAST TEASE IT AND MAKE IT AS DESIRABLE AS POSSIBLE.



PLOT: THE STORY TAKES PLACE IN EUROPE IN THE YEAR A.T.B. 2017. A KNIGHTMARE UNIT MADE OF BOYS AND GIRLS FROM AREA ELEVEN ARE THROWN INTO A MILITARY OPERATION WITH A 5% CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. THEY MUST RESCUE AN ALLIED UNIT LEFT BEHIND ON THE EUROPEAN WAR FRONT.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Finally Anime C3-Bu Disclose Animation scene Through TV Spot

TV station TBS has shown 30-second TV spot for the anime series STELLA JO-GAKUIN C3-BU (Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3). This ad finally shows animated scenes, and accompanied with the opening song "Shape My Story" sung by Anna Yano.



The anime adapts the manga Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jo Gakuin Koutou-ka-C3-Bu works tomomoka Ikoma and Midori. The manga started when Yura Yamamoto had just arrived in the high school division of Stella Girl's Academy, Sonora Kashima then invited to join a club called "C3." Sonora is a third grade student who became chairman of the club's survival game. Other members are the two people grader two (karila Hatsuse a mix of Japanese and Honoka Mutsu using G36K) and two new students (whose families have Rento Kirishima Japanese pastry shop and Hinata Yachiyo very short). Cast for this anime series is Yui Makino as Yura, Miyuki Sawashiro as Sonora, Ai Kayano as karila, Chiwa Saito as Honoka, Rima Nishizaka as Rento, and Madoka Yonezawa as Yachiyo.

ANIME MUSTS!

These are the few animes that you just have to watch!1. Steins GateSummary:- Steins;Gate is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN, who has been doing their own research on time travel, tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.Read more at

If you are a ardent anime fan then you must have at the very least heard of Steins Gate. If you haven't then you need to watch STAT!! There are only a few animes that i truly enjoy and love and Steins Gate is one of them.It has everything any anime fan could ask for nice art, interesting and non cliched characters, truly funny punch lines and of course, THE MOST engaging, exciting, heart wrenching, mind boggling storyline of all time!! Normally most animes would have your classic fan service but not Steins Gate. The other amazing thing about Steins Gate is that even though the hero isn't your usual super good looking hero, the more you watch, the more you get to like him and honestly admire him. Basically i don't think i will find another anime that can rival Steins Gate anytime in the near future. STEINS GATE EARNS INFINITE STARS FROM ME.

2. Ano hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai(a.k.a Ano Hana)Jinta Yadomi and his group of childhood friends have become estranged after a tragic accident split them apart. Now in their high school years, a sudden surprise forces each of them to confront their guilt over what happened that day and come to terms with the ghosts of their past. Read more at

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Beginner's Guide to the World of Japanse Anime

Sorry about the huge gap between postings! I got distracted with other things and I didn't have anything that I thought was post worthy yet. But apparently I'm still on an anime kick. I thought of this post after talking to people and realizing that many people don't know much about anime. Since Japanese anime is an extensive category, many people get a little lost when they're first venturing into this genre. So this post is a guide for those who are interested in Japanese anime, but don't know much about it, or aren't sure where to start in watching anime. I'll be giving you a series of tips that will help you understand better the genre of Japanese anime and know what kind of shows you would be interested in watching. Here are the following tips when immersing yourself in the world of anime.



1. UNDERSTAND THE CULTURE OF ANIME

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Long overdue anime reviews (part 3)

There's this stretch of time at night where I can't retreat to my own room to watch anime since my parents would be all "What are you doing in your room?" and where I am stuck in theirs since its customary for as much people to stay in one room as possible so that we can save our electricity bills by switching on only one fan and one room's lights. Hence I decide that its probably the best time to blog and review anime since I am uncomfortable with watching anime in the same room as my parents'; I don't like them to see me laughing or crying while staring at a screen. Besides they would tend to criticize my unproductive way of life and I would literally feel my blood rushing to my head. And they still believe anime is cartoons a.k.a for kids so...I don't even want to start.



I believe I watched SAO after Toradora.

Interview with SmallRiniLady

It's time for another interview, this time with SmallRiniLady! She's a lovely cosplayer from Washington, who has been doing this hobby for over a decade now!



SmallRiniLady as an original Victorian Puppet

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Seasonal Anime Podcast

Hello, hello! Welcome once again to our monthly Seasonal Anime Podcast. Today with me is my good friend and co-host Juno, our returning veteran and replacing Scamp, because he's off in America, is Slashe from the and Sushi from umthe internet. Today we go over the Spring Season and our thoughts. Some of us were having problems with our microphones and it's really noisy at first, but the noise get quieter. Anyway, enjoy! Here's the and if you're interested in joining our podcast just email me at deadlightanime@gmail.com

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Predictable Reactions Dept.: Alan Moore Rips 'LOEG' TV Series

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Summer 2013 Anime 1st Look

Kingdom 2

More changes in the art style zz and the OP is not doing the series justice. A more mature sound is needed. The ED is ok =) I HATE how the art is being presented at a number of angles and instances. Why is Xin always wearing those rags zz.


Monday, July 15, 2013

ACF 1957: Sentai Filmworks licenses second season of HAKKENDEN: EIGHT DOGS OF THE EAST

Those who live by the sword may very well die by the sword in Sentai Filmworks' newest acquisition: the second season of Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East. The 13 episode follow up to the popular first season features the return of Chief Director Osamu Yamasaki (Hakuoki: Dawn of the Shinsengumi), Director Mitsue Yamasaki, Character Designer Hiromi Kato (Needless), Sound Director Hozumi Goda (Vampire Knight) with music by Hitomi Kuroishi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion).



Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East will be available in July through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow in 2014.

Summer 2013 Anime Episodic Review Round 2!

This time we talk about the first episodes for Kiniro Mosaic, Fantasista Doll, Love Lab and the second episode of Free!



KINIRO MOSAIC 1:

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Thoughts on: Current State of Anime

Big colored eyes, Crazily designed hair, Accentuated features,



This is the type of stuff I live for! It pretty much comes to no surprise; but if you are still wondering, I'm a big fan of anime. I grew up on the Toonami block watching heavyweights like Dragonball Z, Gundam Wing & Yu Yu Hakusho. (My personal favorite)

Do you know why snow is white?

A year and a half, this time. It's funny, I never think about this thing...



I'm taking Human Anatomy and Physiology this summer. Pretty sure I bombed the last test I took over epithelial tissues. Those slides were annoying as hell to try and identify. We start carving up kitties this week. Kind of excited for those labs... It'll be the first time I've dissected anything since eighth grade, I believe. This time I'll actually know at what I'm looking, unlike then. I've just got to keep bones straight and remember muscle groupings... shouldn't be too hard, right?

Code Geass: Akito the Exciled Episode 2 This Spring

The release date for the second volume of Code GEASS: AKITO THE EXILED entitled, "Torn-Winged Dragon" was announced. It will be released this SPRING 2013 but they move the release this SUMMER 2013.



The date was announced at screenings of the anime's first installment, "The Wyvern Has Landed". The first episode opened in theaters on Saturday, and is scheduled for home video release on August 26. The series is planned for four episodes.

Over the weeks.

Headed down to Funan Anime Matsuri over the last weekend, I would say that it was kinda like a prelude to Cosfest or an after-event of AFA, since most of the schedule and programmes were similar to that of AFA's.



Shops were the same. Nothing much in particular. The AFA shop makes a return of the madoka movie goods again. While Latendo this time had a pretty small booth, rather limited products too. The other booths were like the cafes and booths selling confectioneries. All in all, it was quite cramp walking in between the shops, area was small, so other than staying for the stage events, I would say that you won't quite enjoy walking around the event area too. I stayed in Rapidculture's shop at Level 5 for most of the time, didn't actually went down to see the activities since it was basically all cramped and hard to walk about... But boy did I heard those screams when Kaname appeared.

Valvrave: A shaky journey

KAKUMEIKI VALVRAVE, THE END TO ANOTHER BEGINNING



Honestly, this had a rough journey, from the moment it began and up to the end of its 1st season.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Valvrave the Liberator (Season 1)

Directed by tired jj abrams joke



I ended up watching Valvrave this season entirely by whim. Someone on my Twitter kept pointing out the seer oddity of it, so I decided what the big deal was. I was unaware at the time that the series was from Sunrise and the main writer of Code Geass, and that explained a lot. What I'm trying to get at here is that Valvrave genuinely surprised me, even more so than Attack on Titan. Whether that's a good or bad thing is up in the air since it has only just started, but I'm leaning on the good side right now. See, this isn't exactly just a giant robot show, no. It follows a similar style to Code Geass and throws in a mythical element, but it brings with it a sense of camp and drama that doesn't quite mesh in the same way Geass did. Geass was a tragedy, while Valvrave seems to be trying to be...well, I have no idea what it's trying to be. Which I kind of like.

Anime

This is a post dedicated to my growing love for anime, in order from smallest to biggest.



INUYASHA

TFAW: New Superman Series Unleashes a Heroic Summer

With Man of Steel debuting June 14 and Superman's 75th anniversary coming up, we're set to have a SUPER summer, and DC Comics is adding to the excitement!



Scott Snyder and Jim Lee are launching the new ongoing comic book series in June. Scott Snyder has headlined some incredibly popular series, including and , and Jim Lee is a modern legend, so this is a series with some serious buzz.

[RANDOM][ANIME] The Warping Penguin's Top 5 Anime Openings

I've been thinking lately, about my favourite opening songs in anime.I don't personally watch and listen to anime openings, because I'd rather watch the anime straight away, so I'd usually just skip it.

However, there are some times where the anime opening is just so overly awesome, that I just getawestruck the first time I'd hear it.Either it's because the opening song goes visually well with the opening scenes, or that the opening song is just so upbeat and catchy that I grew into liking it.

The following I guess, are my top 5 anime theme songs from a variety of anime titles I have seen.I guess these opening songs would "indicate" the type of Japanese music I'd like to listen to in my free time :)

An Opinion: Walk on In

While I know that it's from the anime (obvious), it's the closest thing to what we have to the love triangle in the fanfic (the boys in love with each other albeit they are oblivious to love LITERALLY and Shirley to Lelouch and she doesn't know about the recent addition to the Lamperouge household.)



Let me just give you a brief review of Code Geass as a whole (yes, that includes R2): It's good but not great. The melodrama didn't flow well (much like Death Note) in my opinion and sometimes very contrived. The series is as subtle as an elephant dancing ballet to Swan Lake, wearing a tutu. They had some very interesting ideas that carried through. While the politics in the series can be a bit stuffy (a very nationalistic show), it's an alternate universe that they took good use of. It's very hammy and very hopeful which is the point that contrasts it from Death Note. This also carries through to the spin-offs.

Tales from the Toon Trenches Saturday Morning Fab Four Flashback

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Maoyu

, as Maoyu Mao Yusha (Demon king and Hero) is more commonly known, is an anime that also takes the time to teach its viewers some real world concepts, and as such this post will be the first of the three "Mind Expanding Anime" posts, and all three happen to have portraying a main role in. Maoyu at its base is a tale of changing the world through technological and mercantile advancements, about the side-effects and benefits(!) of war, and is a romantic comedy show, of sorts.



"Hello! I don't want to fight" said the Demon King to the Hero

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hot Trailer: 'Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel

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Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally

AKA: The dream of every kid in a wheelchair ever.



As a bird now.

Summer 2013 Season Preview

As the season winds down and the shows you love turn into the shows you hate, it's time to turn to the siren call of the next season! This summer season is packed with good-looking shows, and it looks like there's something for everyone!

Disclaimer: The following is my personal (and sometimes embellished) opinion based on the information available and is subject to change throughout the upcoming season. None of the opinions expressed are directed at any individual. You are welcome to express your opinion in the comments section, but anything overwhelming negative (name calling, abusive trolling, etc.) will be deleted.


New 'Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' Trailer Hits

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Mazinger Z 2013/06/17

Let's Search Manga in Japanese !



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DC Entertainment Introduces DC2 Interactive Comics

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AFA12 Signature Acquisitions

Yup, 'signature' as in 'autograph', not 'outstanding'.



I'm unequivocally late in posting these, but as the adage goes, "It's better late than never!". So, here are some of the signatures that I was fortunate enough to acquire at last year's Anime Festival Asia 2012.

New 'Wolverine' International Trailer

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- Watching new anime

It's been ages updating this blog, due to the final exams I wrote about last time and also due to a lot of catching up with friends and relatives. My younger brother finished and passed his highschool finals last week so we had to throw a party also, holidays are coming up pretty soon and I've been making plans with friends and family.



As for today's conent. I haven't been adding too much new material to my Kanji Decks but I have been watching a ton of anime and reading some manga. I normally use animefreak.tv but since Im quite the graphics-admirer I started downloading HQ versions. As for Manga, the sites I use for raw downloads areor . Unfortunately, getting to the download link is quite a hassle but the database is vast and overall good quality scans. Worth checking out. Last week I added some anime to my collection:

Celebrating Enter the Dragon's 40th Birthday!

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Dark Horse Exciting New Comics Feature Thrilling Superheroes

is building incredible buzz with superhero fans--Check out these exciting Dark Horse titles Innovative series and big debuts will make this an unforgettable summer, so get on board now!



First, Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood craft a gritty, fast-paced drama with After stealing an Aboriginal mask from a museum, John Lincoln realizes that the spirits of the vengeful dead are possessing his body and mind while he sleeps!

Nominations for Anime Music Tourney

Oh look! A post about anime. Taka here! Yes I have risen from the depths to once again place a post upon Digitalboy's humble little blog about Ponies.



Gasp! The light of the viewer's gaze chars my flesh. I shall be with you but a moment.

Vertigo Schedules Gaiman 'Sandman'

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Best Anime Series of 2009

Now that I have just over a month of free time before I start working again, I finally have some time to write a few more articles for my blog. Since we are still have a year away from a 2013 anime review, I am going back in time and catching up with earlier years, which brings us to 2009.Here are the top ten anime series based on composite scores from different anime websites:10. EDEN OF THE EAST ()



No. of episodes: 11

Tamayura More Aggressive

No doubt the series was anticipating the most this summer season is , sequel to the "Tamayura ~futatose~" original anime and the "Tamayura" four episode OVA.



Absolutely love the "Tamayura" franchise, it's a wonderful slice-of-life show like "Aria" or "Sketchbook ~full color'S~" that is filled with heartwarming moments and tales of the characters leisurely daily lives, my favorite style in this genre.

Top 10 Anime You Should Watch

I come from a time when anime was actually foreign and mysterious. The only way we could ever see it, without buying it, was to enter Blockbuster's special interest section and convince your parents it wasn't some weird type of pornography. Although, sometimes it was! Anyways, this is my top 10 list of some of the best anime ever, in no particular order.



ATTACK ON TITAN:

New to Blu: July 10-16

THE FIRST PART OF BREAKING BAD'S FIFTH SEASON LANDS THIS WEEK ON BLU-RAY JUST AHEAD OF PART TWO'S PREMIERE ON SKY'S SOHO CHANNEL.

"As always, the video quality is as Walter White's blue meth

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally

[1]AKA: The dream of every kid in a wheelchair ever.



[2]

New ‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer Hits

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Mazinger Z 2013/06/17

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DC Entertainment Introduces DC2 Interactive Comics

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AFA12 Signature Acquisitions

Yup, 'signature' as in 'autograph', not 'outstanding'.



I'm unequivocally late in posting these, but as the adage goes, "It's better late than never!". So, here are some of the signatures that I was fortunate enough to acquire at last year's Anime Festival Asia 2012.

New 'Wolverine' International Trailer

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Best Anime Series of 2009 - Meta Ranking & Analysis

Now that I have just over a month of free time before I start working again, I finally have some time to write a few more articles for my blog. Since we are still have a year away from a 2013 anime review, I am going back in time and catching up with earlier years, which brings us to 2009.Here are the top ten anime series based on composite scores from different anime websites:10. EDEN OF THE EAST ()



No. of episodes: 11

AniMegaCon 2013

Hello there fellow anime lovers! I recently decided to attend AniMegaCon 2013 after attending AD Sabakon 2013 and loved it...even though I was sick as a dog!



I was able to meet many cosplayers and speak with fellow anime lovers from across the nation and world!

Celebrating Enter the Dragon's 40th Birthday!

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Dark Horse Exciting New Comics Feature Thrilling Superheroes

is building incredible buzz with superhero fans--Check out these exciting Dark Horse titles Innovative series and big debuts will make this an unforgettable summer, so get on board now!



First, Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood craft a gritty, fast-paced drama with After stealing an Aboriginal mask from a museum, John Lincoln realizes that the spirits of the vengeful dead are possessing his body and mind while he sleeps!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nominations for Anime Music Tourney

Oh look! A post about anime. Taka here! Yes I have risen from the depths to once again place a post upon Digitalboy's humble little blog about Ponies.



Gasp! The light of the viewer's gaze chars my flesh. I shall be with you but a moment.

Vertigo Schedules Gaiman 'Sandman'

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#ThrowbackThursday – Code Geass

ANIME EXPO 2013 is here! And so are we! And what do we do for it? Showcase more anime! This week we're taking you back for CODE GEASS!



Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion

Darker than Black

Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha, literally "Darker than Black: The Black Contractor" is an anime television series, created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It premiered across Japan from April 5, 2007 on MBS, TBS, and its affiliated broadcast stations, with its satellite television premiere in Japan on Animax in May 2007. The music for the series is composed by Yoko Kanno. The series has also been adapted into two manga series, which are serialized in Monthly Asuka and in Young Gangan. The anime also was awarded Best Original Anime of The Year by GoGoplex, a popular magazine for teens.

Darker than Black was conceptualized by Tensai Okamura and produced by Bones and Aniplex. The series premiered on Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System's Thursday late night anime broadcasting timeslot, replacing the Sunrise series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion on April 5, 2007, and similar to Code Geass incorporated corporate sponsorship of Japan News Network partners Pizza Hut and Nifty, where episodes of the series was streamed every week during the series' broadcast run. It completed its initial run on September 27, 2007, and received its broadcasting satellite premiere on Animax from May 8, 2007 to October 23, 2007. The series was also aired in English on Animax Asia, Animax's English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia from December 2008 onwards. The series has also been released in Japan by Aniplex across nine DVDs, each containing three episodes, except for the first DVD, which had only two. The ninth and final DVD included an original video animation, which expanded upon the romantic relationships between characters. The DVDs were released between July 25, 2007 and March 26, 2008 by Aniplex. FUNimation received the license for the series in Region 1 and has released one DVD compilation with two more coming in the future. The first English DVD was released on November 25, 2008 and the second and third DVDs were released on January 20, 2009 and March 10, 2009 respectively. Volume 4 was released on May 5, 2009 with Volume 5 released on June 23, 2009. Volume 6 was released on August 11, 2009 and is now available. In May 2010, Funimation released the entire first season in a complete box set; it was originally released in March, but was recalled due to a defective disk.


#ThrowbackThursday SPECIAL – Code Geass R2

Special delivery! Another anime edition of #THROWBACKTHURSDAY. CODE GEASS R2 picks up the madness where the first season leaves off. However, traveling down the rabbit hole becomes more chaotic than ever



Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

Tamayura More Aggressive

No doubt the series was anticipating the most this summer season is , sequel to the "Tamayura ~futatose~" original anime and the "Tamayura" four episode OVA.



Absolutely love the "Tamayura" franchise, it's a wonderful slice-of-life show like "Aria" or "Sketchbook ~full color'S~" that is filled with heartwarming moments and tales of the characters leisurely daily lives, my favorite style in this genre.

Oh my, that #Free_anime series

Every few years, a powerful, disruptive force enters the anime realm that shakes its very foundations to the ground. It'd be hard to shake foundations anywhere else, mind.



Now that I've got your attention with a buzzword laden unintroduction, let's discuss Kyoani's latest smash hit, Free. A series exploring the antics of four high school girls, Free eschews (gesundheit) the familiar Japanese classroom setting to exploring the high-pressure world of competitive swimming.

I want to see itachi lay the smack down on sasuke again sasuke: you may believe that my ninja way is

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Making the RSS Feed From the web site Discoverable

After adding the RSS feed to our I noticed that the feed was not discoverable by Internet Explorer.  That is, the little RSS Icon on the toolbar was not finding it.


After a little searching around, I discovered that a header tag was needed.  Further searching found a .
 

 

Then, all I had to do was add that tag to my master page and the page is now discoverable!
 

1: <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
2: <head id="Head1" runat="server">
3: <title>Silicon Valley Codecamp 2008</title>
4: <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml"
5: title="Code Camp Rss Feed"
6: href="http://www.siliconvalley-codecamp.com/Rss.aspx" />
7: </head>

Lines 4-6 are the header tag created by the autodiscovery tool listed above.
That’s it. Hope this helps. I did not include it in my because it seemed kind of a small point.

RMP 2/n table

BREAKING the RMP 2/n Table CodeAuthor Breaking the RMP 2/n table code has been an important project for historians. By decoding scribal 2/n table methods scholars are learning 1650 BCE and earlier arithmetic methods. In 2006 and 2011 scribal thinking was broken and confirmed by demonstrating that rational numbers n/p were always scaled to mn/mp. The conclusion was reached by decoding every line and shorthand note recorded by the scribe Ahmes in . The attested scribal  methodology selected  the best least common multiple (LCM) m before red auxiliary numbers, divisors of denominators mp, were recorded in concise unit fraction series.During the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries the hard-to-read scribal shorthand was required to be parsed by looking for omitted initial and intermediate steps. Peet applied the Latin name "" to denote required and proposed studies, the last of which may be the above 2006 and 2011 studies. Scribal shorthand did not reveal pertinent scribal details nor needed decoding keys easily.. The hieratic unit fraction system was proposed to anticipate modern finite arithmetic by F. Hultsch in 1895. Hultsch's suggestion was confirmed by , but usually ignored by the larger scholarly community. Several 20th century scholars also proposed finite arithmetic and number theory as decoding keys to read aspects of  scribal arithmetic. For example, .By 2006, attested historical details began to appear. The actual scribal facts were parsed by adding back actual missing initial and intermediate factual steps mentioned in RMP 36. Fully decoding RMP 36  and other RMP problems in historical context have exposed previously unknown scribal encoding keys.By 2011, using the new decoding keys it is clear that a LCM m method was used by Ahmes that facilitated conversions of  rational number n/p in a multiplication context. that may soon end the 1879 to 2011 debate.The paper describes hieratic arithmetic that scaled n/p by m/m to mn/mp in steps that allowed Ahmes to inspect the divisors of denominator mp for the purpose of listing the best set of divisors that summed to numerator mn. Red numbers were used by Ahmes to denote the importance of the additive set of divisors that summed to mn. Ahmes then wrote out concise unit fraction series representations of rational numbers n/p within a scribal method that considered number theory (that were close to F. Hultsch's  117 year old, and Kevin Brown's 17 year old suggestions).Scribes like Ahmes outlined the information in once hard-to-read shorthand notes.  Ahmes' notes revealed that LCM m method selected the best divisors of denominator mp summed in red auxiliary numbers to mn. Breaking the 2/n table code is allowing all 87 RMP problems to be decoded as well as other Middle Kingdom mathematical text problems.In retrospect, the resultant Egyptian fraction system was reported in 2006 and 2011 by showing that concise unit fraction series had corrected an Old Kingdom Horus-Eye binary infinite series notation reported as:1 = 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 + 1/32 + 1/64+ ...

Best Practices for Building an asp.net quality web siteBuilding the New Code Camp Web Site (Part 1)

(That’s right, Code Camp is coming!  11/8 and 11/9 again at Foothill College)
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So, first, a little background.  As many of you know, I’ve been the ring leader of here in northern California for the past 2 years.  Since Code Camp is a limited budget, 100% volunteer effort, the most important thing is to have efficient communications between everyone.  Attendees, Speakers, Organizer, Sponsors and everyone else involved in the event.  To that end, the first code camp web site was created.  It was based on CSS provided by Microsoft.  Check out the post I made two years ago about it titled .



This year, we are planning on a different format.  I don’t want to give too much away because we have not formally announced the changes, but if you look carefully at the designs, you might get an idea what these changes are going to be.  I’m getting slightly off topic.  The purpose of this series of articles to take you with me, step by step through building the web site.  This time, we are going to do it right.  Professional Designer (volunteer) and Professional CSS Implementer (not me, but we do have some budget for this from last year).
So, here are the steps.
Decide on what changes need to be made
Work with a professional designer to make mock ups (photoshop, fireworks, etc.)
Create css and html pages from the designers work
Implement the css and html in asp.net
Test
Publish
So far, we have done steps 1,2 and are working on step 3.  I’ve alluded to the requirements above, but don’t want to spoil too many surprises.  Suffice to say, that is done already.  Step 2 is also now complete.  The professional designer gave us very detailed PSD files that we can turn over to a css wizard.  First, let me show you some of the designs and peek into fireworks to see what is actually under the covers.
First, here are some screen shots of what pages will look like (png files created from the PSD files)




Include is also a PDF file.  It allows the person doing the css and html to really do a good job of pulling the pieces apart to make great web content.

(notice the detailed names for all the layers!  this kind of consistency makes it much easier to implement in html and css).
Step 3 is to hand this over to a designer.  I did not have someone to use locally, so I decided to take a shot at using .  I posted a detailed specification which you can see on that site if you navigate to this url:   
Notice the detailed specifications as well as the 13 bids that have been made ranging from $100 to $1000.  I posted a question on the forums asking if anyone had used any of these services and the response was yes, but don’t take the lowest bid and also make sure you use someone with lots of experience.  I haven’t decided next steps yet (that is who to choose), but I will keep posting as I build this web site.
Stay tuned!

Multi Level ASP.NET Menu with CSS Friendly Control AdaptersBuilding the New Code Camp Web Site (Part 2)

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(Source Code Available in Article 6 Below – (Added March 2009))
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Introduction

If you have complex styling issues involving ASP.NET we are experts and might be able to help. This technique is fairly old however newer methods could be used for similar results. Contact Peter Kellner and his associates .

It’s often the case that brilliant designers will make interfaces that are hard to implement using standard frameworks like ASP.NET.  As Software engineers striving for consistency, we always want to do the best we can with the standard tool kits to take advantage for built in functionality.  built in menu system is a perfect example.  If you use that menu system, you get to make very simple declarative site maps by simply using the
The requirement faced today has to do with building the web site for our .  We have that brilliant designer I mentioned above, and he has made a design that just seems too perfect to compromise.  Here are some screen shots of how the designer envisions the sight looking and working after it is completed.



 

 

 

 

 
Notice the interesting behavior of the top menu (REGISTER;PROGRAM;NEWS;ABOUT AND WIKI).  Unselected, the bottom line strip is the same as selected.  When selected, the background of the selection changes to a different shade of the same color as the bottom strip.
Also notice the interesting behavior of the secondary menu. that is, when ABOUT is selected from the top menu, notice that the secondary menu shows: Contact;Venue;Organizers;Sponsors and Previous.  As you can see above (on the bottom of the 5 pictures), when Venu is selected, it is highlighted to in bright white to indicate that you have selected that.  The really cool part here is that the ABOUT on the primary menu stays highlighted when you choose different  secondary menu choices.
Why Go Through The Trouble, why not just do it with HTML and CSS directly
So, a reasonable person might say that since you can’t easily get this behavior with the asp:menu control and the site map provider (OK, at least I couldn’t figure it out), why not just code this up with simple list items, button clicks and a pile of code to react to those things?  Well, the answer is you can certainly do that.  The problem is the next time you want to do something similar you will find yourself doing a lot of cut and pasting.  Personally, whenever I find myself cutting and pasting a lot I know I should probably think about how to refactor the code to make it more reusable and therefore more reliable.
What Are the Benefits of Using asp:menu and the site map providers
I mentioned that there are benefits to using the asp:menu and site map providers.  What are those benefits you might ask.  Well, let me first show you what you have to do to set up a simple menu system using these, then list the benefits of what comes out.
The Web.SiteMap
First, you need to create a web.sitemap file in your web directory.  Here is what a simple one looks like similar to what will create the pictures above.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
 
<siteMap xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/AspNet/SiteMap-File-1.0" >
 
<siteMapNode url="Default.aspx" title="HOME" description="Silicon Valley CodeCamp 08">
 
<siteMapNode url="Register.aspx" title="REGISTER" description="" />
 
<siteMapNode url="News.aspx" title="NEWS" description="" />
 
<siteMapNode url="About.aspx" title="ABOUT" description="">
 
<siteMapNode url="Contact.aspx" title="Contact" description="" />
 
<siteMapNode url="Sponsors.aspx" title="Sponsors" description="" />
 
<siteMapNode url="Previous.aspx" title="Previous" description="" />
 
</siteMapNode>
 
</siteMapNode>
 
</siteMap>

The Web.Config
You need to declare which sitemap provider you are using. In our case, we are simply reading from a file.  Then, you should (do not have to) declare a section for each web page you want to provide role access to.  Here is an example of my web.config. This first part says give access to any logged in user for Sponsors.aspx

<location path="Sponsors.aspx">
 
<system.web>
 
<authorization>
 
<deny users="?"/>
 
</authorization>
 
</system.web>
 
</location>
 
</configuration>

The Second part defines the Site Map Provider and sets securityTrimming to true to only show pages the user has access to.

<system.web>
 
<siteMap defaultProvider="XmlSiteMapProvider" enabled="true">
 
<providers>
 
<add name="XmlSiteMapProvider"
 
description="SiteMap provider which reads in .sitemap XML files."
 
type="System.Web.XmlSiteMapProvider, System.Web, Version=2.0.0.0,...

Creating a Theme For Each Year of Code Camp Using Skins in ASP.NETBuilding the New Code Camp Web Site (Part 3)

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Introduction
Creating themes for ASP.NET 2.0 is very easy if you follow the standard guidelines Microsoft gives us.  Microsoft gives a pretty good discussion in the MSDN article .  I’ve read it several times but since I don’t do this very often I keep forgetting the simple things.  Recently, asking how to have an image automatically come from the correct theme directory.  As usual, Dave Sussman gave me the perfect answer.
"You should store the images under the themes and set the ImageUrl in the skin file. Give the control a SkinID in both the skin file and in the page. When the theme changes the appropriate image will be used."
In this article, I’ll basically explain his answer with an example using the code camp web site.

Code Camp Site Structure
The Code Camp project has a very standard directory setup.  In Visual Studio 2008, the solution explorer looks like this:
Notice that I have two themes defined, Gray2008 and Gray2009.  The reason for this is so when 2009 comes along and we want to change certain images that contain things like the Code Camp Date and Year, we don’t have to do surgery on the asp.net pages, but simply change to the new theme and update the files there.  This also keeps the code base intact so we don’t have to branch our code for next year.  All in all, a very clean solution.
The Mechanics of Theme Changing and the Skin Definitions
First, you have simple mention in your web.config file the name of the default theme you will be using.  By doing that, it references the correct App_Themes sub directory. Our web.config looks like the following for this year which means we will be using the Gray2009 theme directory.

Second, you need to mention a SkinId in any control you may use.  In our case, we want to have the image on the upper right side of the code camp web site display the correct year.  That is, on the home page we have something like this:

The tag in the master page looks like this:

Notice the SkinId circled in green.  Also notice that there is no ImageUrl defined in this tag.  What happens next is that web site will look in the default theme’s SkinFile.skin file (see the solution explorer above for this).  In the App_Themes/Gray2008/SkinFile.skin file there is a reference that finds the actual image file that will be used.  It reference it from the App_THemes/Gray2008/Images directory as follows:

And, that’s it!  Just by changing the theme in the web.config file, the correct image file will be displayed in the master page.  The other nice thing is that design time support works also.  You will see in the Visual Studio 2008 Designer the correct image based on where your web.config points.
Conclusion
In this article, we’ve shown the details of how to have a flexible design that supports multiple theme files.  Something we will use for years and years with the new Code Camp web site.  We also may decide to have different themes for different types of users.  That is, admin’s may have a different theme than normal users.  We could also let users pick there own color styles by having different themes.  Lots of possibilities.
I hope this helps you.
 

Creating a Modal Login Window Using the Telerik Modal RadWindow ComponentBuilding the Code Camp Web Site (Article 4)

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Introduction
This article shows how to create a modal windows (not a popup) that displays a login windows (asking for username and password) in the middle of whatever page you are viewing.  It uses the control.  At the end of a successful login, the login dialog redirects the web user to some page designated by the author.  It requires no programming by the programmer.  Just simple method calls in the page.

How it Looks to the Web User
When the user press the login button in the upper right corner of the , below is the screen they see.

Notice that the screen behind actually fades out and is not able to be clicked by the web user.
The Method Behind Creating the Modal Window
OK, so there is a little bit of javascript you need to add to your page.  Basically, what you do is in your master page, around where you have your login control, you put the following code into your aspx page.




1: <asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server" EnablePartialRendering="true" />
2: <table class="headBar" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
3: <tr>
4: <td>
5: <div class="headLogo">
6: <asp:HyperLink ID="HomeLink" runat="server" NavigateUrl="Default.aspx">
7: <asp:Image ID="HeadLogo" SkinID="ImageLogo" AlternateText="Silicon Valley codecamp_08"
8: runat="server" />
9: </asp:HyperLink>
10:
11:
12:
13: </div>
14: </td>
15: <td valign="middle">
16: <span class="headDate">Saturday and Sunday, November 8th & 9th, 2008</span>
17: </td>
18: <td align="right">
19: <div class="headLogin">
20: <div>
21:
22: <script type="text/javascript">
23: //<![CDATA[
24: //show the window
25: function showDialog()
26: {
27: //Force reload in order to guarantee that the onload event handler
28: // of the dialog which configures it executes on every show.
29: var oWnd = window.radopen(null, "DialogWindow");
30: oWnd.setUrl(oWnd.get_navigateUrl());
31: }
32:
33:
34: // Called when a window is being closed. (force refresh)
35: function OnClientclose(radWindow)
36: {
37: window.location.href = "News.aspx";
38: }
39: //]]>
40: </script>
41:
42: <asp:ImageButton ID="IDLoginButton" SkinID="ButtonLogin"
43: OnClientClick="showDialog();return false;"
44: runat="server" />
45: <asp:LoginStatus ID="IDLoginStatus1" runat="server" />
46: <asp:LoginName runat="server" ID="IDLoginName1" />
47: <telerik:RadWindowManager ID="Singleton" runat="server">
48: <Windows>
49: <telerik:RadWindow ID="DialogWindow" Behaviors="Close"
50: ReloadOnShow="true" OnClientClose="OnClientclose"
51: BackColor="Gray" Modal="true" runat="server" Height="250"
52: NavigateUrl="./Login.aspx">
53: </telerik:RadWindow>
54: </Windows>
55: </telerik:RadWindowManager>
56:
57: <asp:HyperLink ID="HyperLinkForgotChangePassword" runat="server"
58: NavigateUrl="~/PasswordIssues.aspx" Text="Forgot Password?" ></asp:HyperLink>
59:
60: </div>
61:
62: </div>
63: </td>
64: </tr>

Line 22 to 40 shows the javascript.  Basically, you are calling the Telerik window.radopen method which is associated with the tag on line 49.  It automatically navigates to the login.aspx page which is referenced in line 52.  When the page closes, the javascript on line 37 tells the browser to redirect to the News.aspx page.  The reason I do this is because if you don’t change pages, I’ve found the the login cookie is not set (Authorization cookie).  When this happens, even though the person is logged in, they do not see that they are until a page refresh happens.  Very confusing to the user.
Conclusions
That is really all this is to adding a windows that displays in the middle of your page.  It’s so much nicer than having to send the user to a separate page to login.  They can see where they are as they are logging in.  I hope this helps you.  I find it a very useful technique I can use in lots of web sites.

Using LINQ to Merge Mailing Lists and Filter Opt OutsBuilding the Code Camp Web Site (Article 5)

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The Problem
For the third year in a row, is happening.  The way I’ve organized the data is that each year I make a fresh new sql server 2005 database catalog.  this means that I have one for 2006, one for 2007 and a new one for 2008.  I want to do a mailing to all people who have registered to previous code camps and who have not registered yet for this code camp.  This way, I can do multiple mailings without worrying about sending to people that who have registered (which would make me look silly for not knowing they registered already).  I do not like when people say things like "Ignore this message if you have registered…".  In addition we will maintain an opt out list so that people who do not want additional emails sent can request that and not worry about us sending more emails.



The Givens
So, since this article is about how to solve the problem with LINQ, I will not go into details of how to create the generic lists of email addresses.  Let’s assume we have methods that give us these 4 lists. They are:
2006 Registered Attendees
2007 Registered Attendees
2008 Registered Attendees
Opt Out Email List
 
The Code
Below is the C# version 3.0 (.Net 3.5 and asp.net 3.5) that performs this function described in the problem above.  The next section "The Explanation" gives more details on what i s happening.
 

1: using System.Linq;
2:  
3: /// <summary>
4: /// shows all non registered users by going
5: /// through past years and making a
6: /// unique query.
7: /// </summary>
8: /// <returns>List of all non-registered
9: /// code campers form previous years</returns>
10: public static List<ListItem> LoadAllUnRegisteredCodeCampUsers()
11: {
12:  
13: List<string> codeCampersCurrentYear =
14: GetEmailsFromPreviousYear("CodeCampSV06");
15:  
16: List<string> emailOptOut2008 =
17: GetDoNotRemoveList("CodeCampSV06");
18:  
19: List<string> codeCampers2007 =
20: GetEmailsFromPreviousYear("PASTSV07");
21:  
22: List<string> codeCampers2006 =
23: GetEmailsFromPreviousYear("PASTSV06");
24:  
25: // Make Combined List of 06 and 07 and unique it
26: // (duplicates are removed in Union)
27: IEnumerable<string> uniqueNamesQuery =
28: codeCampers2006.Union(codeCampers2007).OrderBy(s => s);
29:  
30: var emailListBeforeOptOut =
31: uniqueNamesQuery.Except(codeCampersCurrentYear);
32:  
33: var emaiListAfterOptOut =
34: emailListBeforeOptOut.Except(emailOptOut2008);
35:  
36: List<ListItem> finalList = new List<ListItem>();
37: foreach (string s in emaiListAfterOptOut)
38: {
39: finalList.Add(new ListItem(s,s));
40: }
41: return finalList;
42: }
43:  

 
The Explanation
The first line (1) is required because all the LINQ methods we are using are static extension methods.  This means, that without referencing the LINQ namespace, the methods OrderBy,Except and Union would not be available to us.
Lines 13 to 23 call methods that populate our generic lists of strings.  The reason this is done is because each of these lists come from different database catalogs. This can probably be done in but I thought it was easier to do it this way.
Line 27 creates a list of unique names.  The Union method has the added benefit of eliminating duplicates.  OrderBy(s=>s) simply creates an annonymous delegate that takes in a string and returns a string so that is what gets sorted.  After giving this some thought, I’m not sure the OrderBy really helps us in anyway but this is a tutorial type article so I’m leaving it in.
Line 33 removes all the people who have asked to be opted out of the email.  It uses the static extension method Except.
Finally, line 36 to 40 creates a generic list of ListItems which is what is returned by the method.  ListItem’s are returned primarily because the calling method shows a list of checkboxes and this makes it easy.
 
 
Conclusions
LINQ is a great tool for managing collections.  In this case we demonstrated how to take 4 generic lists of strings (collections), do some simple set operations (union,except,orderby) and produce a list of emails we want to send.  Not only is it simple to code, it’s easy to maintain because the method names are so descriptive.   Hopefully, this will help with your similar programming efforts.  Best of luck.

Multi Level ASP.NET Menu with CSS Friendly Control Adapters (The Source Code!) Part 6

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I always intended to put the source code for this project online, however I just kept not getting around to it.  In this article, I’m attaching a Visual Studio 2008 Solution that includes both the modified CSS Friendly Control Adapter as well as a sample application that demonstrates the technique in this series.  I’m actually using the Code Camp CSS since that is the site that this solution was written for.  I’ve created a much abbreviated version of the Code Camp Site Project for this demonstration.  Below is the source code (finally).
Visual Studio 2008 Solution
The solution is load out as follows:




There are two projects (actually, one class library and a web site).  The class library really is just the CSS Friendly Controls library with small modifications to the menu class.  The WebSample web project is just a stripped down version of the code camp site to demonstrate the techniques used.  When you run the web site, you should see results like the following.

 

Notice that when the speakers page is shown, the Program menu stays highlighted.
And, the sitemap is as follows:


1: <siteMap xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/AspNet/SiteMap-File-1.0" >
2: <siteMapNode url="Default.aspx" title="HOME" description="Silicon Valley CodeCamp 08">
3: <siteMapNode url="Register.aspx" title="REGISTER" description="" />
4: <siteMapNode url="Program.aspx" title="PROGRAM" description="">
5: <siteMapNode url="SessionsOverview.aspx" title="Session Overview" description="Session Overview" />
6: <siteMapNode url="Speakers.aspx" title="Speakers" description="" />
7: </siteMapNode>
8: <siteMapNode url="News.aspx" title="NEWS" description="" />
9: </siteMapNode>
10: </siteMap>


That’s it!
Good luck with this.

Bravo for ORCSWeb! On so many fronts

Many of you know of either by reputation, or by way of , one of my ASP.NET MVP brothers.  In case you don’t, they are a managed hosting solutions company specializing in Microsoft technologies.  I’ve used their basic services for quite a while and have always been very happy.  It has always seemed that anytime I’ve called them (and it always seems like the middle of the night) one of their tech support staff is always available to help me, and go the extra mile if necessary.
The company I’m now working at is small and we don’t have a lot of resources to maintain hardware and do operating system type support.  We do have a high load requirement so we need a very robust supported solution.  Before this, I’d always been in the under $50 per month type plan with ORCSWeb, but I decided I needed more servers and a higher level of support.  I really did not know what level of support to expect when signing up for the managed servers but decided to go for it anyway.
All  can say is WOW!!!  I am over the top impressed.

We currently have 3 virtual servers hosted at ORCSWeb.  One, we use as a development server, and the other two are in a webfarm configuration.  I’ve always believed that when you go into production with a web site it’s critical you start with 2 servers in a webfarm.  it’s really easy to go from 2 to 10, but can be very painful to go from 1 to 2.   That’s a topic for another post, but suffice it to say, 2 is the minimum.
So, why am I so impressed?  First, the support team they assigned to me is totally awesome.  They all are focussed and competent which is a total relief compared with most hosting companies I’ve dealt with.  Other companies always have good people, but it seems to be the bad ones that really give me cause to remember.  Second, because I paid extra for the full managed support options on our three servers, I’ve been able to ask the things like the following.  Almost all of them I could do myself, but I’m swamped with my technology role in the new company and really appreciate being able to hand stuff like this off.
I’ve pointed my MX record at my .149 server.  Could you please set up email and create the following 7 accounts.
Please Setup a secure ftp server at the following address with the following username and password (and make sure the user is locked down to the root)
Setup DFS Replication between these two directories on .148 and .149
Create a RoboCopy script that copies files from my dev server to the .149 mirrored directory
Please set up web statistics for me on
Please figure out why SqlServer 2008 is not letting me access catalog MyStuff1 from user 3p1 and fix
Please make a replicate of website MyWeb1.com including the sqlserver catalog’s and put it on MyWeb2.com on server .149
Please replace the sqlserver catalog MyStuff3 on server .149 with the bak file I uploaded to my ftp server
I could go on and on, but I think you are getting the idea.
Always with a smile, 24×7, what else can I say.
By the way, if you want to see one of my sites hosted there, go to
Thank you for making things a lot easier for me.

Crunchyroll Adds 'Fantasista Doll' For Summer 2013 Anime Lineup

Crunchyroll has made ir first announcement of day when it comes to new summer series simulcast pickups and this one certainly has quite a pedigree about it. Starting on July 7th at 2:30pm ET, ...

CRUNCHYROLL TO SIMULCAST FANTASISTA DOLL ANIME FOR SUMMER ...

San Francisco, Calif. (July 3, 2013) – Crunchyroll, Inc., has acquired the series Fantasista Doll as part of its summer simulcasts, and is set to broadcast every Sunday starting on July 7, at 11:30a.m. ...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Super Robot Wars Operation Extend's 5-Minute Promo Streamed

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Crunchyroll Adds "Fantasista Doll" to Streaming Anime Lineup

Helmed by producer Goro Taniguchi of Code Geass fame, Fantasista Doll is an original property from Fantasistadoll Project, and is being directed by Hisashi Saito, who also directed Haganai, and character designs by Hiromi Kato from Guilty Crown ...

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Hey, Answerman! Hen-Time

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Anime Expo Announces Voice Actor Vic Mignogna as Guest of Honor for AX 2013

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Second 'Code Geass: Akito The Exiled' OVA Gets New Anime Promo

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Anime Revolution Proudly Welcomes Voice Actor Vic Mignogna

Since then Vic has been in more than two hundred shows and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist , Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club , Dark in D.N.Angel , Broly in Dragon Ball Z , Luciano in Code Geass ...

Astro Toy SH Figuarts Lelouch Lamperouge

I've decided that this month's theme has been “I review toys from series I don't know anything about.” Last time was Oreimo and this time was Code Geass . Yeah, I never ...

Set your DVR – 10 new anime to watch out for this summer!

As if the creepy two-tone bear isn't enough of a sign that foul things are afoot, Dangan Ronpa is based on a series of mystery games for Sony's PSP console in which the school's students try to pull off the perfect murder. Add in director Seiji Kishi ...

English Subtitled Anime Movie "Fuse: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl" Streaming ...

English Subtitled Anime Movie "Fuse: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl" Streaming Online. "Spirited Away" assistant director helms adaptation ...

SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “GODANNAR”

This 26 episode fan favorite is directed by Yasuchika Nagaoka (Banner of the Stars) and features character designs by Takahiro Kimura (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) with sound direction by Jin Aketagawa (AKB0048) and music by Chuumei ...

Crunchyroll to Simulcast Dog & Scissors Anime Series from Summer 2013

The cast includes prolific voice actor Takahiro Sakurai , Code Geass ' Suzaku Kururugi and Bleach 's Kira Izuru, among many others, as the main character Kazuhito, and equally prolific voice actress Marina Inoue , known for roles such as Yoko in Gurren ...