Anime Alert: Serial Experiments Lain

ABe imagined Lain cutting her own hair and making a ponytail of what was left.

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I was just browsing the internet when I came upon a 13-episode anime called “Serial Experiments Lain“. It is a very deep anime, with much more under the surface than explained outright. I guess it would be classified as a cyberpunk anime, with elements of horror.

Serial Experiments Lain involves a middle school student named Lain Iwakura, the main protagonist of the series. The general plot is VERY hard to describe, as it requires watching and re-watching to fully understand.

The series starts out with one of Lain’s classmates committing suicide after finding that she could move her consciousness to “the wired”, a hyper-advanced form of the internet today. Some of Lain’s other classmates start to receive email from the dead girl, thinking it is a mean prank by someone. Lain’s curiosity is piqued, and she logs on to her “Navi”, which is pretty much a PC. She hasn’t used it in a while, and isn’t very interested in “the wired”, or computers in general. She checks her email and finds that she also has an email from the dead classmate. Lain opens it and the girl talks to her through the email, saying that Lain should join her in the wired, stating that she found a god in it.

I’m not going to ruin the series for you, but this is a very good anime for anyone who likes to philosophize, or just likes a good cyberpunk/horror anime.

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House Automation

Sorry about the lack of posts lately, school is about to end and I’ve been busy studying my ass off trying to make a good grade on my End-of-Course tests.

So here is another post that just has a link to some tech news somewhere else ­čśŤ

Funny Post

Sorry for the lack of posts for the last several days, I’ve been busy. Here is a funny blog post I found while just exploring wordpress.
A Brazilian dude has invented a lightbulb that uses no electricity or batteries

Xubuntu Testbed

Right now I’m posting this from my old laptop that I’m going use as a testbed for my programing stuff.┬á I’m just bored right now………………….and had nothing better to do ­čśŤ

C++ Binaries In Linux: A How-To

I have been trying to learn C++ for quite a while now. It has finally started to click with me. I guess I just have to read over the SAME things over and over and over again until I finally understand. I figured out how to use g++, and how to make binaries execute system-wide in Linux.

Now I know these are sort of n00bish discoveries, but to me they really helped in the understanding of the C++ language, and the way Linux works.

I found some resources online for learning C++, and will include them at the end of the post.

Ok, now on to the tutorial:

  1. Write your C++ program.(links at the end of the post will show you how)
  2. compile it by running
  3. g++ /path/of/source/file -o /where/you/want/binary/to/end/up

  4. Step 2 generates a binary at /where/you/want/binary/to/end/up. Of course you change this path to wherever you want your binary to go.
  5. Now that you have your binary generated, name it something meaningful and run this command:
    sudo cp /where/you/want/binary/to/end/up /bin
  6. Step 4 copies your binary to where Linux stores all it’s binaries: /bin

Now you have a binary that you can call from the command line!
call it like this:
It’s that simple, all you have to do is type in the program’s name and it will run. Cool, huh?

Learning C++ Resources:
C++ wikibook

New Mountain Bike Tires

Yesterday my dad got some new kevlar mountain bike tires and some super thick smart tubes from slime. The tubes have the slime in them that stops air leaks by filling in the holes. So far they work great, no noticeable difference in weight or performance. This is a good thing, because I go through a pair of tires about once a week ­čśŤ

Maybe this will get some more life out of my tires.

Super Thick Smart Tubes  Super Thick Smart Tubes

Dragon Drive

I found a new manga I love: Dragon Drive. I was just browsing through, and remembered that there was a preview back in shonen jump a couple of months ago(it might have been years, I can’t really remember since I’ve been reading it for the last 5-6 years or so). At the time of the preview, I didn’t know about manga scans on the internet.

Before I get a million comments about copyright law, (like I’ll really get comments anyway) I realize that reading manga scans on the internet is stealing. But, I have a few good reasons why I read them on the internet: Most manga are not translated into English yet, or I just want to preview before I buy.

I try to buy all manga that I like, even though that is a lot of manga to buy. I read online scans of manga that hasn’t been commercially translated yet, so I can know what’s popular in Japan while it is being translated. Once it is shipped to the US, I try to buy it to support the author.

Anyway, after that rant about copyrights, I’m back on topic. Dragon Drive is about a middle school student named Reiji Ozora who fantasizes about being the protagonist in a video game. Soon he meets Maiko Yukino who shows him the virtual-reality game Dragon Drive where he gets his own dragon that fights other people’s dragons in the game.

I don’t want to spoil anything for you, so I’ll end the summary there.
Read it at, it’s really good.

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