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Back to Mangas

After a long while, I've gone back to reading mangas -- or "scanlations" (scanned translations) of mangas.  I rediscovered my favorite, Masashi Kishimoto's "Naruto" and the story's getting quite interesting recently, now that Kakashi's Team 7 has been reunited in fighting the 10-tailed monster, the Juubi.

I've also discovered a new one, Yasuhisa Hara's "Kingdom", whose theme is about a young orphan's dream to become a great general.  In a way it's a bit like Naruto's dream to become the Hokage.

So, if you like crazy, gutsy, and funny characters with lots of fighting action, I highly recommend these two titles.  Cheers!

New Team, New Challenges

Since the beginning of this year I have moved to a new team at work. In my previous team, while we did have new services (back-end servers) to create, we were more or less in maintenance mode.  That is, we get to fix bugs on the existing infrastructure and make incremental improvements, adding new features too (and new bugs) from time to time.

In my new team, however, it's very different. We're creating completely new product, and so we have take care of things that developers in maintenance mode don't even get to think of.  We have to interact with operations teams to prepare new hardware, new databases, new network setups, new code repositories, etc.

As it is a new product, we also have lesser inputs from marketing and product definition teams, thus, we have more freedom in implementing our vision for this product.  I find this really exciting and empowering.

I can't say much for now (as it's a bit hush-hush), but anyway, this should be a very interesting year!