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Unlimited TYPE-MOON Works

Panel Title: Unlimited TYPE-MOON Works (SC-13) Presenter: Philip Peng (Keripo) Location: Sakura-con 2015, Panel 4 (4C-4) Time: Sunday, April 5th 2015, at 1:45PM – 2:30PM Description: Finished watching this season’s Fate/stay night and craving for more? Or ever wondered why there are so many different Sabers and where they did they all come from? And who is this Nasu guy anyway? Join us for a whirlwind tour of TYPE-MOON’s anime adaptations, games, books, visual novels, and spin-offs. Kara no Kyoukai, Tsukihime, Fate, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru, and everything else to do with the Nasuverse. Downloads – Unlimited TYPE-MOON Works V2.pptx …

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Beats 1.7.5b and Android Fragmentation

Android: The Story of A Fragmented Platform (src) So even though I wasn’t planning on it, I just published yet another minor update to Beats 1.x as Beats 1.7.5b. Changelog? Added Amazon Fire TV support (Beats-style only), add more speed multipliers, removed AdMob, and fixed a few crashes. Interesting, not-so-obvious question: What do all these changes have in common? Answer: They are all related to the problem of Android fragmentation. Actually, so was most/all of the changes in Beats 1.7.4b and 1.7.3b. So here’s a rant about why. How fragmentation lead to Beats 1.7.5b Lets look at the root causes …

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Maid Cafes in the USA

Yesterday, a friend of mine living in New York linked me to a new maid cafe (website here) opening in downtown Chinatown. While I’ve been to Japanese maid cafes in my previous travels, I’ve yet to visit a permanent one in the US. Which got me thinking, why? And yet, I also knew the answer; Japanese-style maid cafes cannot be successful businesses in the US. And here’s my long rant about why. Cute maids at the newly opened Maid Cafe NY 17,210 total views, 5 views today

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How game hacks work and why they usually aren’t fixed

This post was originally written for Guild Wars 2 (specifically in explaining why ArenaNet hasn’t stopped fly hackers stealing orbs in WvW yet), but applies to pretty much any and every online game with damage/fly/wall/aim-bot hacks. In this post, there are two sections: “How does game hacking work?” and “What kinds of hacks are there?” I’m reposting it here after hearing about the recent Final Fantasy XIV hack as it is a “how-in-the-world-was-this-even-allowed-to-happen” example of a network connection hack described in the last section, although technically no game client is even needed in FFXIV’s case and no decryption is necessary …

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The World of Hatsune Miku

This is an essay I wrote while in university, titled “The World of Hatsune Miku – A brief overview of the VOCALOID phenomena”. The complete PDF version of this can be found here. Published under CC BY-NC-SA. Just under 6 years ago, while wandering around the somewhat unknown video-sharing website called YouTube, I came across an interesting 3D animated music video: The first YouTube reprint of the 3DPV for Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru? / “【初音ミク】3DみくみくPV” It caught my interest because not only was the 3DCG pretty impressive (this was still during the time when Flash animations were still popular) …

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A Look At Top Anime, Now and Then

This was a weekly discussion topic post I made for my language studies class, EALC 169: Advanced Japanese Popular Culture (i.e. the anime studies and analysis class). The original topic was the discussion of the book, Beautiful Fighting Girl by Tamaki Saito. The following is a rant comparing the top voted animes of 1997 and 2011 and how Saito’s “beautiful fighting girl” theory fits in (or doesn’t) today. 4,206 total views, 2 views today

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99 Root Beer

You and I in a little root beer shop, Buy a case of root beer with the money we’ve got. Popping tabs at the break of dawn, Til one by one, they were gone Back at base, cream floats everywhere. Flash the message, a shortage’s out there! Drink it down in the summer time, 99 root beer cans go by… 99 root beer cans, Cooling down the summer heat. Panic bells, its shortage alert! There’s no root beer somewhere out there! The Rootbeer Store springs to life, Opens up to waiting eyes, Quenching thirsts as 99 root beer cans go …

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A Free Digital Society – Speech by Richard Stallman

On April 20, 2011, Richard Stallman was invited by STWing and Dining Philosophers to the University of Pennsylvania to deliver a speech, titled “A Free Digital Society” . Below is a video recording of the speech, recorded by myself (Philip Peng): Your browser does not support the video tag. I apologize ahead of time for the shaky first few minutes (I was trying to securely attach my cellphone camera on my laptop using masking tape) as well as the few sections where video were accidentally cut out (due to either the phone falling off my laptop or my cell phone’s …

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Rant on Optimizations -> Faster Beats 1.5b?

Warning! Long, random, technical rant ahead! Read at your own risk! I may also misuse a few words incorrectly here and there – I apologize in advance for any incoherence within my rant 1,301 total views, 2 views today

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Flash playback on the iPod?

A user on the iPodLinux forums posted that they had started working on a Flash player port to the iPod. I was skeptical, and here’s why: Keripo wrote: Here’s my two cents. Keep in mind that this is just my speculation/rambling/etc. so don’t take it to heart/seriously. I’ve looked into getting Flash playback on the iPod before in the past and the only suitable project I found was Gnash. Gnash is an open source, GPL’d replacement for Adobe’s web browser flash player. Its written in C++, uses GTK+, and can be cross-compiled. I’ve ported simple GTK-to-hotdog before so that’s not …

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