The Great Geek Manual » Japan 101 Japanese find sleep, shelter in cyber cafes May 9 2007 0 Comments 530 views More proof that I should have been born Japanese. I turns out the there are a growing number of impoverished youth dwelling in the cybercafes of Japan, rather than paying rent on an apartment. Takeshi Yamashita does not look like a homeless person.From his carefully distressed jeans to his casual-cool navy striped T-shirt, he is every bit the trendy Tokyoite.Yet the 26-year-old has been sleeping in a reclining seat in an Internet cafe every night for the past month since he lost his steady office job and his apartment.It’s cheaper than a hotel, offers access to the Internet and hundreds of Manga comic books, and even has a microwave and a shower where he can wash in the morning before heading off to one of his temporary jobs ranging from cleaning to basic office work.Asked how long he plans to go on living like that, Yamashita smiles and shrugs.
Beautifully Offbeat Photography (13 photos) Samuel Bradley's photos cannot be neatly categorized. Wonderfully offbeat and somewhat quirky, they truly span the spectrum. As he tells us, "I'm battling with two different ways of working and I don't know which one I prefer. I think most people follow my work and blog for the more quirky, interestingly processed and sometimes a bit 'cliché vintage' photographs. They're accessible to a wider audience, they don't require a lot of explanation and invite people to make their own assumptions and construct their own meanings." Another 20 games that make you think about life First we gave you five. Then we gave you ten. Now we are giving you 20 games that make you think about life. If you have developed a taste for games of a philosophical nature, then you should be in for a treat - we have some seriously innovative games here, everything from Elude, a game that explores the nature of depression, to Ulitsa Dimitrova, a tale about a street-urchin in Russia. As with our previous lists, we have focused mainly on free games that you can play in your browser.
Games (of Death?) [ Turf Wars | Battle Ninja | Nin-Ja-Toe | Ninja Name | Job Quiz | Seppuku | Ninja Delivery ] Defeat the evil samurai from Samurai Burger by capturing more of the neighborhood turf than they do! Click any two dots to secure a perimeter along that point; be the one to secure the final perimeter around a city block and you capture the block for Ninja Burger! You are blue, Samurai Burger is red, like the blood that will flow freely through the streets as you decimate their numbers. SUBNORMALITY! All content copyright Winston Rowntree, 2015. Museum previously seen here and then here. What's The Difference Between Game Mechanics in the Enterprise and Good Management? We covered the emerging trend of gamification - the application of game mechanics outside of games - in November. A few enterprise vendors, such as Moxie and Rypple, are starting to incorporate elements of gamification into products. Constellation Research analyst and co-founder R "Ray" Wang has identified five engagement factors for gamification in the enterprise: intrigue, reward, status, community and challenge. But aren't these common elements of a good workplace, with or without the idea of "gamification"? First of all - why apply gamification principles in the enterprise? Wang notes the following applications:
Tron Legacy (2010) Year: 2010 Tron Legacy permalink I spent a half year writing software art to generate special effects for Tron Legacy, working at Digital Domain with Bradley "GMUNK" Munkowitz, Jake Sargeant, and David "dlew" Lewandowski. This page has taken a long time to be published because I've had to await clearance. Kidrobot's Blog, The KRonikle UK designer, Aled Lewis crosses the streams of reality and 8-bit with a fun new photographic series. Aled is best known for his clever t-shirt illustrations on Threadless, but his latest project superimposes your favorite pixelated video game characters of yesteryear with photographs of real life scenarios. via fubiz
Ten games that make you think about life - StumbleUpon At the start of this year, we decided to come up with a list of Flash casual games with a philosophical bent. To be honest, we struggled. After days of research, we could only find a handful of games that had the thought-provoking depth we were looking for. Our list (which you can view by clicking here) was therefore only five games long. Creators - Dedicated to inspiring designers, inventors & the creative spirit in all of us. August 22, 2013 Artist’s Work Paints a Beautiful Picture Animations Tyrus Wong, a 102-year-old artist’s work influenced the visual direction of Bambi in 1941.
12 Classic Movie Moments Made Possible by Abuse and Murder Director Werner Herzog was a Weapon of Mass Destruction German director Werner Herzog is best known for being crazy. As for his actual work, in the U.S. he's known for his documentary Grizzly Man, about a man so obsessed with bears that he ends up being eaten by one. Oddly enough, Herzog's own obsessions have led to equally dangerous situations -- except that the ones in danger were usually his cast and crew. And himself.
The Art of OaKoAk Some of the best street art has humor built into it. In the case of French street artist, OaKoAk, they take what the city gives to them and creates a witty street piece. Who hasn't wanted to turn a tile doorstep into a piano, or a sewer cover into a Viking's shield? A lot of these pieces are simple statements done very well.
10 Cool Modern Gaming Tables Collection of creative modern gaming tables that make games such as ping pong, pool, and table football more exciting. LED Pong Table Designed by Moritz Waldemeyer, this table comes with 2400 LEDs and 2 trackpads that turn it into a modern version of the 1972 Pong game. [link]
7 Alternatives to Pandora and Last.FM Whether you are annoyed by the ads on Pandora, the limited number of skips, or the abyss of cruel 30-second song teasers from Last.FM, many online listeners are growing weary of mainstream methods of hearing new music. While the Pandora algorithm is strong, and the Last.FM related artists tool is pretty useful, don’t fool yourself in to thinking that there aren’t other great ways to expose yourself to new music in the depths of cyberspace. Here are 7 alternatives to Pandora and Last.FM that will infuse your day with an uninterrupted stream of music that large record companies haven’t managed to squash under their thumbs yet. StumbleAudio