5 Things I Learned From Detective Conan

For most of us, reading manga and watching anime is just a past time, well that’s the same for me. It entertains us and keeps us away from the mundane and boring routines in life. While majority of the people thinks that these otaku items are plainly for leisure and probably not help us be better person, well, I used to agree.

Detective Conan is a manga by Gosho Aoyama (青山 剛昌) serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday since 1994. The story focuses on the adventures of the protagonist Shinichi Kudo (工藤 新一), whom at the age of 16 is already a child prodigy. He dreams to become a detective like his idol Sherlock Holmes. He’s a son of a famous mystery novelist and a famous actress, Yusaku and Yukiko. The story began when Shinichi encountered two men in black after solving a murder case in an amusement park. Later in the story, it was revealed that these two men were part of a large organization operating on various illegal activities. After knocking him unconscious, they forced him to take a newly developed experimental drug called APTX 4869, which has the effect of killing the person without a trace of the poison. Unknown to them, it has a very rare side effect of shrinking the person and making them 10 years younger. After being shrunk as a kid, in order to conceal his identity and to protect the ones around him, he used the name Conan Edogawa (江戸川 コナン). He abandoned his house and lived with his childhood friend Ran Mouri (毛利 蘭) and her dad Kogoro Mouri (毛利 小五郎) who owns a detective agency. But to bring back his body to normal, he has to find the elusive Organization that shrunk him. In order to do so, he has to raise Kogoro’s detective fame by secretly solving the cases for him in the hopes that one day, they would encounter a case involving the said Organization.

The series’ main selling point is how Shinichi or Conan, in this case, solves every murder case, every mystery, every puzzle and every trick using his curiosity, his wit and his advanced logic that even exceeds the analyzing power of the whole police force. But he has to do it in secret so as not to be found out that he’s really Shinichi, so he gives hint to the police inspectors and even uses Kogoro secretly in order to reveal the secret of murder cases.

After reading around a hundred chapters, somehow I noticed that I have set a different frame of mind. Although most of the time, the story is about a murder case, and the opening of the plot will be too familiar. Usually a case will open up by showing Conan with the other casts such as Kogoro, Ran, Sonoko or the Detective Boys going on some place, meeting the suspects before the crime has been executed. Most of the time, the suspects are part of a single group, they’re either colleagues or guests and most of the time one of them will act suspiciously. And usually a murder will happen in a closed chamber. Conan will therefore look for clues, analyzing the tiniest of details and would not reveal the criminal until he discovers all of the details of the crime scene, and sometimes when a trick has been used to mislead the investigators, he reenacts this by setting up and performing the trick used, demonstrating that seeing is believing. And almost all the time, when it’s time to reveal the murderer, he has to use his tranquilizer watch and shoot Kogoro to make him sleep, then uses his voice changer bow-tie to imitate his voice and explains the case in detail.

As I have said earlier, my mind automatically shifts from a different frame of mind when reading the manga. And thus after reading it too many times, it becomes second nature. And even when not reading the manga nor watching the anime, I usually have this frame of mind on. And due to this I learned a lot and here are some of them:

  1. The tiny details are important. Most of the time I pay attention to the tiniest of details of the plot. As the police says, “…Everything you say or do can be used against you…” Everything the characters say and their action must be taken into account. And most of the time, the most suspicious characters are not the perpetrators, but the most unlikely suspects are. When I’m taking a stroll outside, I don’t usually pay attention to my surroundings. But now, even when staring blankly outside, I take notice even the tiny details of every passersby, the color of their dress, how big their nose is, the shape of their eyes, their skin complexion, the earrings they’re wearing, etc. I don’t why I’m subconsciously doing it, but I think it’ll be a big help if a murder scene appears instantly. I’ll be a super detective!! nyahaha~ +10 points for my ego!!
  2. Not everyone is who they seem to be. In Detective Conan, the most unlikely suspects are usually the murderer. Everyone is not who they seem to be. In real life, yes it is true, not everyone is who they say they are. Very handy if you are always a victim of scams or even ponzi schemes.
  3. Not everything is what they seem to be. Aside from the suspects themselves, objects are usually rearranged and plotted to mislead the investigators in solving the crime. But rest assured, the truth shall prevail! Well, I always apply this in real life. I usually remember how I keep my things, so I should know if someone has been using them without me knowing. Well, remember Yagami Light from Death Note? On how he knew that someone entered his room by inserting a piece of paper between the door? If you do, then you got the point.
  4. Different people have different behaviors. This part is where the cases vary. Since every characters act differently based on such situations. Each one of us have different habits, different ways to do a single thing. It’s like taking a bath, others wash their faces first, while others, the hair. We mustn’t box other people based on our own behavior. If other people do things differently, then we can only accept it. It’s also like being a chef, if a customer orders a well done steak, we cannot force them to eat a rare steak instead just because we prefer it.
  5. Treat everyday as if it were your last. In Detective Conan, most murder victims are unaware that they would be killed. In general, nobody knows when we’ll die. We also don’t know when our loved ones will die, nor know exactly how they’ll die. Because of this series, I have fully appreciated the moment I spend with my dear ones, and treat them with uttermost gladness. Gladness that I have lived another minute and shared it with them. I don’t want to regret anything, but I think neither do anyone of us.

All in all, this mystery-packed manga gains its notoriety as having a popular mind-bending, logic-twisting story. But I don’t think the author anticipated that such story can be life-changing and somehow and inspiring in a very different and odd way. I don’t know about you, but what anime or manga has a peculiar effect on your daily lives?

One Piece Gets a 3D Movie

The popular manga franchise One Piece is set to have a 3D film. A YouTube video surfaced featuring a trailer of the Pirate-action anime in full 3D with the inclusion of another Weekly Shonen Jump manga, Toriko, which will be also adapted into a 3D film. The films will be released on March 19, 2011, but details are still unknown about the story of the film.

Mixed reactions from the fans emerged after viewing the trailer. Some are excited to see One Piece in another media, while some “purists” are not so happy about the change into a different format other than 2D. Although it is quite noticeable that the quality of the film is only comparable to the PS2 game with a little enhancement of the graphics. We’re still not sure if the final output will be similar to the trailer, it could be better. The aforementioned trailer below:

One Piece is a shonen manga written and drawn by Eiichiro Oda. The story revolves around the boy named Monkey D. Luffy and his crew as the Straw Hat Pirates and how they travel to find the One Piece.

Reference: SankakuComplex

2 Become 1 [Opensked Practice Cover]

Recently, I wrote about how our bassist added the song 2 Become 1 by Paul Gilbert was added to our playlist on an upcoming gig. We had a few runs and “tried” to cover the song. There were some errors here and there, but I’m sure we’re getting there. The drummer still hasn’t studied the song, but he got the groove going by listening to the song a couple of times. The final guitar solo was terrible, yes I know! Here’s a video of the bastardized version of 2 Become 1.

20 Things The Chrome Developers Want Us To Know

The Google Chrome Team recently released an online guidebook titled, “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web.” This guidebook discusses technical topics about the technology that we use today, the internet, TCP/IP, browser securities and DNS, but in a children’s book fashion. Well, sort of. It explains the what, the hows and the whys of these technologies in a near layman’s term, with examples and analogies in the real world such as “a plug-in is to a browser as a pepperoni is to a pizza”. The illustrations by Christoph Niemann, provides a refreshing approach and breaks the ice when the topic seems too technical for the uneducated reader.

Below is the table of contents of the online guidebook:

Table of Contents

  1. What is the Internet? or, “You Say Tomato, I Say TCP/IP”
  2. Cloud Computing or, why is it ok for a truck to crush your laptop
  3. Web Apps or, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Appiness”
  4. HTML, JavaScript, CSS and more or, this is not your mom’s AJAX
  5. HTML5 or, in the beginning there was no <video>
  6. 3D in the Browser or, browsing with more depth
  7. A Browser Madrigal or, old vs. modern browsers
  8. Plug-ins or, pepperoni for your cheese pizza
  9. Browser Extensions or, superpowers for your browser
  10. Synchronizing the Browser or, why it’s ok for a truck to crush your laptop, part II
  11. Browser Cookies or, thanks for the memories
  12. Browsers and Privacy or, giving you choices to protect your privacy in the browser
  13. Malware, Phishing and Security Risks or, if it quacks like a duck but isn’t a duck
  14. How Modern Browsers Help Protect You From Malware and Phishing or, beware the ne’er-do-wells!
  15. Using Web Addresses to Stay Safe or, “my name is URL”
  16. IP Addresses and DNS or, the phantom phone booth
  17. Validating Identities Online or, ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?’
  18. Evolving to a Faster Web or, speeding up images, video, and JavaScript on the web
  19. Open Source and Browsers or, standing on the shoulders of giants
  20. 19 Things Later… or, a day in the clouds

What’s so good (or not so good) about this is that it is built on HTML5. The good thing is that, it utilizes modern features of the browser to display and present it’s content as interactive as it can be. With this, it can show an actual flipping of the pages as if you were reading an actual book. The presentation is superb with a simple, and neat design that highlights the book more without any intrusive graphics. I haven’t checked the page source but I think it also utilizes CSS3, which is evident by the box shadow around the book and some opacity changes to buttons and images. What’s not so good is that it must be viewed with a browser that (nearly) supports HTML5. Since HTML5 is not yet final, there are some discrepancies on which HTML5 tags are implemented on browsers. So, the best bet is to use updated modern browsers especially Google Chrome.

I think this online guidebook can be a great reference for people who are just starting to learn the technologies behind the technologies that are apparent now. A basic explanation to the complex terminologies is what newbies need in order to start learning in-depth concepts such as the internet. This may serve as a good foundation to those are a bit technophobic but wants to learn more.

Lotto 6/55 Still No Winner! And What Your Real Chances Are?

Reputable sources from Twitter state that there are no winners for todays draw. The jackpot prize for tonight was ₱452,527,096.40 with a number combination of 43-13-29-44-04-20. The trend of the rate of increase seemed to drop from ₱40M to about roughly ₱28M. This may be attributed to the recent victory of the Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao against The Tijuana Tornado, Antonio Margarito. The Filipinos are pre-occupied by their celebration for their champion that their interest in the Grand Lotto were temporarily set aside. But rest assured that because of the recent result of the lottery, everybody will be back again and buying tickets for the next draw.

And now, you might be wondering why there still is no winner? Is it really that hard? Well, the answer is yes, you have quite a small, tiny, little chance of winning the jackpot. But even if you do, we’re still not sure if you’ll be the only one winning. So, you might be asking, “What are my chances in winning the jackpot?” Well, to know your chances, we need to use math to compute a simple probability. Yes, you heard me, Math! I can explain it to you in detail, but I found that WebMath can explain it to you in layman’s term. I’ve copied the computation, explanation and analogy from the site.  To compute odds for other lottery games, visit their site at http://webmath.com/lottery.html. As for the explanation:

You want to calculate your odds at winning the lottery given:

  • You must choose a sequence of 6 numbers correctly to win.
  • The lowest number you can choose is 1
  • The highest number you can choose is 55
  • A given number can only be chosen once per try (per lottery ticket, etc.)
  1. When you select your 1st number, you have 55 numbers to choose from, and……
    • a 1 in 55 chance of picking the right one.
    • (Mathematically, 1 in 55 is represented by the numerical fraction 1/55 or 0.018182.)
  2. When you select your 2nd number, you have 54 numbers to choose from, and……
    • a 1 in 54 chance of picking the right one.
    • (Mathematically, 1 in 54 is represented by the numerical fraction 1/54 or 0.018519.)
  3. When you select your 3rd number, you have 53 numbers to choose from, and……
    • a 1 in 53 chance of picking the right one.
    • (Mathematically, 1 in 53 is represented by the numerical fraction 1/53 or 0.018868.)
  4. When you select your 4th number, you have 52 numbers to choose from, and……
    • a 1 in 52 chance of picking the right one.
    • (Mathematically, 1 in 52 is represented by the numerical fraction 1/52 or 0.019231.)
  5. When you select your 5th number, you have 51 numbers to choose from, and……
    • a 1 in 51 chance of picking the right one.
    • (Mathematically, 1 in 51 is represented by the numerical fraction 1/51 or 0.019608.)
  6. When you select your 6th number, you have 50 numbers to choose from, and……
    • a 1 in 50 chance of picking the right one.
    • (Mathematically, 1 in 50 is represented by the numerical fraction 1/50 or 0.020000.)

In order to win, you have to pick the first number right AND the second number right AND the third number right, etc. In the language of statistics, AND usually means to multiply.

So, to figure out your odds of winning, multiply together all of the fractional odds of picking a given number correctly, as stated by the red fractions above.

1/55 × 1/54 × 1/53 × 1/52 × 1/51 × 1/50 = 1/20872566000

So, at this point, your odds of winning are 1 in 20872566000. But, since you can choose your winning numbers in any order, your chances of winning are somewhat better than this. Your chance betters by the number of different ways that a sequence of 6 numbers can be written down, which for 6 numbers is 6! (6 factorial) or 720. Divide 20872566000 by 720 to account for this, to get 28989675.

In other words, there are 720 different ways that the 6 numbers you choose can be filled out on your lottery ticket–if you choose your 6 numbers correctly, any of these ways will make a winning ticket.

That’s it! You have a 1 in 28,989,675
chance of winning the lottery you described.
(How do I pronounce this number?)

Here are some other odds for the sake of comparison:

  • You have about a 1 in 2,000,000 chance of being struck by lightning.
  • A pregnant woman has a 1 in 705,000 chance of giving birth to quadruplets.
  • Someone eating an oyster has a 1 in 12,000 chance of finding a pearl inside of it.

Now, lottery odds can be pretty incomprehensible. How can we possibly have any “feeling” for the number 28,989,675? To help you with this, here’s a little experiment you can try to “get a handle on” what a 1 in 28,989,675 chance really means.

  1. Get a piece of rope or string, that’s 55 feet long.
  2. In a wide open area, arrange the rope or string in a circle, end to end, the best you can.
  3. Get a single grain of sand or dirt (use tweezers!) and place it anywhere you wish inside the circle.
  4. Get a second grain of sand. Close your eyes, and “disorient” yourself as to where the grain of sand is that you placed inside of the circle (have someone spin you around or something!).
  5. While you’re inside the circle, drop the second grain of sand from 1 foot up.
  6. Your chances of hitting the first grain of sand with the second is roughly equal to the odds of “1 in 28,989,675.”
  7. If the rope’s length mentioned in #1 is a little unreasonable, for every foot above the circle that you drop the second grain of sand, you can reduce the length of the string by the same amount. For example, if you dropped the second grain of sand from a ladder 10 feet up, you’d need a length of string that is 10 times shorter than the one in #1, or a 55/10 = 5.54671 foot long piece of string.

Good luck! And sorry to say that the only way to increase your chances of winning is to buy more tickets! Choosing birthdays, your age, addresses, years, phone numbers, etc. does not help at all!

I hope that it cleared some of your queries regarding the chance of winning in PCSO’s Grand Lotto 6/55. Well, are you still up to the fight next draw on Wednesday?