rambling of a girl who has nothing better to do

May 14, 2014
by Ivy
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The Road to AngularJS Mastery

Angular JS LogoIn my spare, spare, spare time, I’ve started learning AngularJS to continue my path of learning (along with NodeJS but that’s later). Out of the three popular JavaScript frameworks, I picked this one since like there is way more resources to learn from than the other two (EmberJS and Backbone). Plus, it was the first one that I saw and kept seeing everywhere.

Of course every starts by Googling the best place to start, and I stumbled to a StackOverflow (of course) post which details a plethora of links to learn about this framework. I picked the first link ( which contained with a really (extremely) long guide to learn – A Better Way to Learn AngularJS and accompanied by another tutorial to build your first web application.

Coming from a slightly-above-novice Ruby on Rails development background, I understood the MVC framework pretty well. The biggest pro to using a JavaScript framework seems to be the built in AJAX functionality that you don’t need to rely on an external jQuery script to send data back and form asynchronously. I only had to write the following code in order for user input to say hello world:

<div><input type="text" />
<h1>{{data.message + " world"}}</h1>

Probably doesn’t really serve you any functionality when you just bind the input text to the message, but that was how easy it was! It was truly magic in my eyes since I don’t need a separate JavaScript file to mess with jQuery and do .ajax on anything.

The confusing thing (as of writing this post) is binding JavaScript functions directly into the view. I’m so used to separately the logic into the controller rather than it being the other way around. Of course I could be totally wrong on this but that is me learning from these tutorials. (Okay, apparently that is one of the features in Angular. I don’t like how cluttered the HTML code end up looking.)

At this point, I have a learning project in mind after completing the 12-part tutorials (I’m starting the 7th one after this.) and the example web app example.

From all of these learning things, I definitely am more interested in doing front-end development but in order to be a full-stack developer, I’m gonna push forward and get out of my comfort zone. :)

tl;dr this is going to be a long road to mastery but I’m super excited to get there.

May 12, 2014
by Ivy

Review a KDrama – City Hunter (2011)

City Hunter PosterTitle: City Hunter

Synopsis: The story takes place in Seoul, 2011. Lee Yoon Sung is a talented MIT-graduate who works on the international communications team in the Blue House. He plans revenge on five politicians who caused his father’s death with his surrogate father Lee Jin Pyo and eventually becomes a “City Hunter.” (D-addicts Wiki)

Genre: Action, Suspense, Romance

Serious Review:

Where do I begin. It has Lee Min Ho. It is a highly touted drama by online people and my friend. After watching Heirs, I was gung-ho to watch another drama with him in it. Excellent plot. Good female lead.

Great early episodes.

And that’s pretty much the peak of my interest. If you’ve seen me talk about Korean drama online or offline, you know I marathon shows that I like. (I watched Heirs all in one go… There was 20 episodes. Oop.) This series took almost a month, watching one or two episodes at a time to get it done.

There are 5 men for the revenge to be exacted. Yes! We found the first one and dealt with him. Yes! We found the second one and dealt with him. Wait. What do you mean we’re going to repeat this again for twice more? We already know who the fifth person is from the beginning.

Oh god why.

And the crooks are so despicable that you’re just going zzz because we get it, they’re bad people. Womp womp.

Rating: 7/10

Status: You should watch it anyway because everyone else says it’s good.

Up Next: I still have 2 WIPs that I never finished (Sigh.) 2 reviews. Then trying Love from Another Star again.

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March 21, 2014
by Ivy

The Cruelty – S. Bergstrom

The Cruelty Book Cover The Cruelty

Young Adult, Thriller
NuCodex Publishing
February 26th 2014

When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

Sometimes you read the synopsis of a book and you know you want to read it. I found The Cruelty on NetGalley and requested it right away. A plot like this reminds me of the Fearless series back in my teens.

Gwendolyn is your social outcast going to a snobby rich kid private school in New York City. She manages to get in because her father is a politic diplomat. Also that’s why she is an outcast since she doesn’t come from money. And the fact that she’s odd because she doesn’t swim the same way as the rest of the student body.

Everything sucks until she meets a boy who actually treats her like a human being. He is known as “Scholarship” but is probably richer than most of the kids in school. That’s what happens when you’re not a WASP, eh.

It would have been a love story if this was in the romance genre. But life happens when Gwendolyn finds herself with the dark suited people at her doors and being told her dad has gone missing. Oh and that he is actually part of the CIA.

Here’s where the book kicks off.

Gwendolyn being a bad-ass to rescue her dad because the CIA thinks he’s a fugitive and gives up on him.

Literally kicking ass and taking names. Gwendolyn, with the help of the boy she just met and the couple downstairs who were ex-spies, flies to Paris as it is the last known place her father was spotted.

I really hope this book is a standalone because it is perfect the way it is.

5/5. It was captivating and you can’t help but to cheer for Gwendolyn – even if all of this is highly unrealistic and improbable. Or maybe there are kids out there who do this but none of us will ever know.

February 27, 2014
by Ivy

Powerpuff Girls Volume 1 – Troy Little

Powerpuff Girls Volume 1 Book Cover Powerpuff Girls Volume 1
Powerpuff Girls

IDW Publishing
April 29th 2014

The Powerpuff Girls are back in this all-new adventure by Troy Little! There are some strange things going on in Townsville. The villains are villains no-more and are teaming up with the heroes? It's a good thing Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are still around - just in case!

I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. I thought it would be fun to read the Powerpuff Girls comics when I was going through the comics section.

(Then I realized what a pain it was to actually get it. I had downloaded the ASCM file. It was obviously not readable to any eBook app. I had to go through Aldiko, signed up for an Adobe account then downloaded it. It had horrible zooming too so it ruined the quality of the comic. Or maybe it was in low-res anyway.)

To be honest I don’t know what to expect when I requested this title. I mean I like reading comics and I like PPG but reading this was super unenthusiastic. The Volume 1 is good but it’s like 3 stories in a comic and that was it. Or am I getting a shorter version because it says 192 pages on Goodreads.

On a story level I give it 2/5. The drawing is 5/5. I don’t see a worth of getting this comic? Or that short if it’s a volume?

I rate it a 3/5 overall. It’s super cute if you want to revisit the PPG days but only because you ran out of new episodes to watch.