So, the Bleach anime starts quite typically: Ichigo Kurosaki is an ordinary high school student… except for his ability of seeing ghosts.
He meets a Soul Reaper (Shinigami) Rukia Kuchiki, who gets injured in the battle and therefore has to give Ichigo her Soul Reaper powers in order for him to protect his family.
So, at this point begins the never-ending Ichigo’s battle.
However, Ichigo is not alone, and he is gaining new friends along the whole way.
I’ve been reading the Boarding School Juliet manga for quite some time, once I finished watching the 12-episode anime version.
Romio Inuzuka and Juliet Persia are in love. It’s the type of love that ties these two lovebirds like fate. However, it’s a forbidden love as Romio and Persia belong in opposite sides of society. In their school (Dahlia Academy Boarding School), there are two rivaling countries. They are known as the “Black Dogs” and the “White Cats”. As the respective leaders of their dorms, you can expect a whole load of drama coming their way.
After I’ve watched the anime episodes, the manga really caught my attention, and my overall score for it is 10/10.
At the moment of writing, there are a little over 110 chapters you can read online.
The current arc is likely the final arc, but we’ll see at least a few more chapters as the plot is still going on.
Unlike the original «Romeo and Juliet» by Shakespeare, the «Boarding School Juliet» isn’t sad at all.
On the contrary, it is a romantic comedy that will most likely end well for all the characters.
I tried to avoid spoilers… But here’s a small one, that would be pretty obvious anyway.
Here’s my full «yeard»:
On the photo it’s almost 10 inches (almost 25 cm), measuring from the bottom edge of the lower lip to the bottom of the beard.
Right now I’ve been growing for another couple of months, and the beard has gained another couple of inches.
I decided to make an interview with one of my American friends — Rob Vugteveen. He was working as a FORTRAN programmer back in 1980s, so it’s quite a unique experience.
Rob Vugteveen, Carson City, Nevada, USA
K: Hi Rob. I’ve heard you were working as a Fortran programmer many years ago. Is that right? How the industry was looking back then?
R: Good morning, Kirill.
In the 1980s I made my living as a FORTRAN programmer in the mining industry, primarily in the processing of exploration data and presenting it graphically. We were using VAX minicomputers from Digital Equipment Corporation. This was a time when desktop PCs were growing in popularity, and procedural languages like FORTRAN were being challenged by object-oriented languages. Also, graphics display systems were shifting away from character-cell terminals to X-window-based displays.
FORTRAN (“FORmula TRANslation”) was built for computationally intensive programs, and it did not have its own graphic libraries to display information. There were companies that sold large FORTRAN subroutine libraries to provide that capability. These were not yet designed for the growing popularity of X-window technology.
When we were forced to move from expensive VAX computers to cheaper PCs, we had to write hybrid programs using FORTRAN for computations and C++ for display. It was a bit messy at first. I left that job for something completely different (building a mining museum) and haven’t really done any programming since.
FORTRAN is still used today in scientific research for computationally intensive work, but I’m sure it’s been adapted to work with graphical display systems through external subroutines written in object-oriented code.