Daily Archives: Thursday 31/07/2008

Blisters for Bread My Life | Sport & Health 31 JUL 2008

Rejoice Dean and Zania, we have finally faxed our entries in, officially making us part of this year’s Blisters for Bread 5km charity fun walk in aid of the Peninsula School Feeding Association.

So on the 31st August Dean, Zania, Chantelle and I will be donning our walking shoes and tackling the hardly challenging 5km walking route for charity (and to sample the various refreshment stations of course).

So if any of you slackers (no, not people wearing slacks) out there want to join us in this worthy cause, feel free to sign up. Entries close on the 15th of August and will set you back a paltry R25 – which apparently is enough to feed 21 kids for a day!

Blisters For Bread

The Last Day at Home My Life 31 JUL 2008

Office WorkerSo, today marks the last day of working at home for me as starting tomorrow, I’m back in the office full time, following the withdrawal of this ‘privilege’ of mine.

As you may or may not know, the existence of this very blog caused a couple of problems at work and proved to be the perfect hook that the boss had been looking for to use in reeling me back into the office. He had been against the idea of me working from home from the very beginning, only giving into it in the end because a) the higher authorities cleared it and b) he didn’t feel like the effort of replacing me just yet.

Look, the only reason I even suggested the possibility of continuing in my position and working from home is that following my move to Gordon’s Bay, driving into Cape Town everyday on the salary I receive is simply not worth my while. It is economically unviable if you consider the high price of fuel, the wear and tear on my car or even the actual time consumed just by making the trip in to Cape Town in the first place!

And quite frankly, this working from home gig is actually working out pretty nicely. My work rate has remained unaffected and the calls are being resolved at the same rate and at the same efficiency that they always have been. If anything, I’ve actually been working more than what I used to thanks to the fact that I now often find myself working outside of work hours (much to the frustration of C of course), just to ‘get that last e-mail handled’ you know!

Anyway, so the economically unviable position of working in the Cape Town office hasn’t changed and just like I stated when I first approached the boss to inform him about my imminent move to this part of the world a couple of months ago, if I have to continue working from there then I’m going to have to start looking for a new job.

And so I am. Okay, so my first interview hasn’t worked out it would seem (Ryan can now breathe a sigh of relief!) but the market for programmers and web developers isn’t looking too bad out there at the moment, despite the fact that the country seems to be heading for a so called ‘economic slowdown’. Seems like I picked a good industry to be in then! :)

In any event, there is a chance of a different approach to the problem that I want to pursue first before making any hard progress into the job market, so I guess I’ll have to tackle that one first.

Other than that – anyone remember how to type up a good CV? Mine needs a little dusting off!

Galaxy Angel Anime | My Reviews 31 JUL 2008

Galaxy AngelThe Angel Brigade, an elite branch of the Transbaal Empire military is currently assigned to search for the Lost Technology, mysterious items from the past that hold vast but unknown power and could spell unrivalled might for the Empire should they be found.

Led by the decorated Colonel Volcott O’ Huey, the Angel Brigade is made up of the trigger happy, gun fanatic Forte Stollen, the enigmatic and stoic Vanilla H, the crafty but ever so cute cosplaying Mint Blancmanche, the scheming, man-hungry Ranpha Franboise, the airheaded but oh so lucky cake-baking Milfeulle Sakuraba, and Normad, the AI chip harvested from an intelligent missile which is now housed in the body of a plushy toy.

This rag tag group of soldiers currently undertake all sorts of missions, from finding lost cats, dealing with suicidal missiles to delivering long lost student cards – and all the while priding themselves in seeing each and every job through and hopefully finding that Lost Technology in the process…

…even if they have no idea what it is.

The original Galaxy Angel series was first released back in 2001 by Broccoli and Bandai Visual, with animation provided by the perennial powerhouse of Japanese animation, Madhouse Studios. The 26 episode, 12 minutes a show long series is directed by Morio Asaka and Yoshimitsu Ohashi.

If you think cute, utterly madcap, random joke after joke and fan-favourite, Brocolli’s previous hit in Di Gi Charat immediately springs to mind and as with this particularly unique show, Brocolli continues the trend by following it up with Galaxy Angel – a show that carries that same madcap sense of humour but is just better executed with a lot nicer animation to boot.

Just looking at the character line-up and you know that you are in for a parody-laden show, with Galaxy Angel shooting straight for the most stereotypical types of female characters available in anime and then pushing their characteristics just that little over the top to ensure that you know that they are being made fun of.

From there you are pushed straight into 12 minutes of madness, with the show shooting between different types of scenarios, jokes, tones and focus at light speed pace and ends up delivering you a show that is almost entirely impossible to neatly put into any genre except in one entirely of its own. At a push we can go for space/mecha/girls/comedy, but seriously, that’s the best that I can come up with.

The animation is pretty clean and nicely detailed when it matters, but thanks to the show’s nature, there is a lot of switching between different art styles and a lot of exaggerated facial expressions, poses and super-deformed characters littered about for good measure. The animators aren’t afraid of reusing animation either, but with the beautiful and professional way this show is presented anyway, you can’t really accuse them of being budget constrained by a long shot.

Character designs all lean to the cute with hints of fan service, and just as with the backgrounds, everyone is colourful, vibrant and energetic.

In terms of the music and voice acting, Galaxy Angel doesn’t get the formula wrong and all the voice actors suit their respective characters to a ‘T’ and the music follows suit by being extremely cheesy and extremely energetic – all in an ultra cute kind of way.

Overall, Galaxy Angel is one of those little throwaway series that you watch guilt free when you want a little entertainment break from the more serious or dramatic stuff and is guaranteed to pull a laugh or at least leave you with cute, happy thoughts once you’ve finished with it.

Thoroughly worth wasting some of your time on!

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