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I was wandering around Safeway on the weekend - as one does - and I noticed something interesting. Now, I don’t know much about fruits, but I’m pretty sure someone missed a spot check here:

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Auto-suggestion goodness

Scanning through my folder of various screenshots and I found this beauty. For some context, GitHub will automatically suggest a name when you create a new repository; this typically takes the form of a two-word combination that is both memorable and likely to be unique. Most of the time, the suggested name doesn’t have much to do with the actual aim of the project, but in this case, GitHub was smart enough to suggest a highly appropriate name for me.

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Friendship is Magic!

Not quite anime today, but anyone who knows me will know that I thoroughly enjoy My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I’ve watched up to season 4, though I’ll admit that I have fallen off the horse recently (so to speak); I think the show is up to season 9 now and I haven’t kept up to date. So, I wouldn’t consider myself a “brony”, but I can sympathize, because it is genuinely a good show. It’s got, you know, friendship. And magic. And the voice of the incomparable Tara Strong. At some point, I even knew the opening song by heart, and I am ashamed to admit that I have forgotten most of it.

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The many faces of Ishtar

According to Wikipedia, Ishtar is an ancient Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, justice, and political power. Emphasis mine, so if you’re thinking this post is going to be a little NSFW, you’re probably right.

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NFSW conversations

I recently had this conversation with a colleague. I don’t remember the exact words, but it went something like this:

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Anime code review - Null Peta

Anime studios seem to love showing a bit of code on the screen to emphasize how smart the character is. And when this happens, I can’t help but pause the screen and perform a code review. This example is courtesy of Null Peta, a show about a young girl genius building a robot to replace her dead older sister. Her attempt doesn’t go too well, and she’s inspecting the code to see where she stuffed up:

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Girls and WWII-era military assets

There is a subgenre that can be accurately defined as “girls and military machinery from World War 2”. It need not be said that this is a very popular category that consists of a number of well-known shows. Broadly speaking, there are three classes that I have listed below with some examples:

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Coffee, moe and statistics

If you follow my GitHub account, you may have already seen my homage to one of my most-rewatched series, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? (i.e., GochiUsa). It’s another slice of life show about several girls working as waitresses in a European-style town with rabbits. The plot is the usual: making friends, overcoming not-so-dramatic challenges, etc. And lots of rabbits. Half the jokes are about rabbits. I guess that’s to be expected from the title. Light-hearted fluff, but as we’ve already established, that’s what I’m all about.

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Annoying YouTube ads

People who know me will know that I greatly enjoy my “slice of life” (SOL) anime. No plot, no drama, nothing - I don’t have to think or process complex emotions, which allows me to properly unwind at the end of a long day. I have a couple of favorites that I enjoy rewatching, but I’ve gotten through quite a few of MAL’s top SOL hits, and sometimes I go for some of the less appreciated ones for some variety.

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