Month: June 2007

In Tokyo? Otaku march tomorrow!

Are you ready for the Akihabara Liberation Demonstration June 30th? – JapanSugoi This is truly amazing. A coalition of Otakus from 3 hilariously named groups will be marching through Akiba tomorrow (1.5km) to reclaim the territory that is rightfully theirs. All walls between the disparate disciplines of cosplay, manga, computer geekery, and flat-out weirdness will be torn down for this historic event. Check out the pictures!

WOTID: Penguins

And thus begins a new, and possibly-shortlived chapter of this blog. A new daily post entitled, Word on the Internet of the Day (Wotid). It lends itself very well to funny Cockney accents. Without further ado, Wotid is today is Penguins.

Afro Samurai DVD

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Afro Samurai DVD, originally uploaded by sangsara. Pirated DVD with blurb for another movie, Ghost in the Shell:Innocence. Makes fantastic claims of “Final Fighting!!!” and implies entertainment AND resonance, unlike Innocence.

Charlie Brooker at Glastonbury

‘Oh good, it’s raining again’ | Glastonbury 2007 | Guardian Unlimited Music Here’s an entirely random list of things I hate. Mud. Rain. Inconvenience. Any form of discomfort whatsoever. Loud noises. People. People’s friends. People standing next to other people, with yet more people in between. Drunks bumping into you and being sick down your leg. Poorly maintained public toilets. Camping.You’ll find all these things and more at the Glastonbury festival, which is why it has always struck me as heck on earth. A man after my own heart! If you think it sounds like fun, then the next paragraph should discourage you from ever trying to get me to go someday after we save up enough money, maybe next year, maybe just before we get married and have kids – the answer now and forever, is NO. On top of that, I’d heard my share of off-putting Glastonbury myths. Tents bobbing in a mud-slide. Widespread trench foot. A man on ketamine eating his own hand. One of my friends swore blind she knew a …

Charlie Brooker on Facebook

The Guardian’s funniest columnist has joined Facebook, despite being bad with people and small talk. I think just about every major news outlet now (The Straits Times included, oh my) has covered Facebook in a major feature section. Afterwards my friend asked how the party had gone. I complained that the key to small talk had merely opened a door on a world of tedium. “Well, duh,” they said. “No one really cares what anyone else is getting up to. Why do you think it’s called small talk? It’s just shit you say to make things less awkward.” What, just a pointless noise you make with your mouth? “Precisely,” they said. “Cows moo. People small-talk.” And I thought: I hate this world. This stinking, unbearable world. Link

Japanese Schoolgirl Watch: Coin-Op Aerobics

Any article with “Japanese Schoolgirl Watch” in it, you can be sure I’ll link. Wired has a photo and mini-story on the new konbini fitness fad. Which is taking the ubiquitous locations of convenience stores and adding them to the ADD bursts of videogame arcades for a new kind of urban gym. Users pay ¥500 (SGD$6.20) to exercise for 10 minutes on a new kind of balance-challenge workout machine that lets you do aerobic activity without breaking a sweat. Awesome. Link

Would you?

Slashdot | When Does Technolust Become An Addiction? Would you give up the use of a mobile phone (for life), for £1 million? Apparently 1 in 3 young Britons wouldn’t. Wow. I think I grossly underestimated the technophilia of the English. When I was there, people were happy to live without the internet for weeks on end. Some *gasp* didn’t even have email addresses. This was around the same time that the Koreans declared “email is for old people.” Surprisingly, I think I’d take up that offer, depending on what the definition of mobile telephone was. Would an internet tablet count?

DS to be in 89% of Jap homes

Handheld console market maturing A report from Screen Digest projects 89% penetration of Nintendo’s DS portable console system by 2011. By comparison. the Game Boy Advance (probably the most popular handheld ever) maxed out at 56%. Japanese people of all ages have stopped seeing the DS as a game machine, removing barriers to adoption. Right now, it’s an electronic cookbook, a web browser, a brain stimulator, a pet, an English teacher, and so on. Come on, Nintendo, make us a phone already.