Considering that every city, town, prefecture, small company, large company, kid’s baseball team and knitting circle has its own cute cartoon mascot, it’s not hard to see why confusion ensued when it was rumored last week that the above winged egg named “Fukuppy” had been poorly chosen to rebrand the destroyed district of Fukushima, Japan. It’s not true, however… Fukuppy has for a long time been the mascot of Fukushima Industries, though the name is still unfortunate, at least in English. The name is an English language portmanteau of “Fukushima” and “happy”.
Music, culture and why you’re an idiot if you think you can quit your day job to be a rock star these days
It’s not like quitting your day job to be a rock star was ever a safe bet or a good idea for hardly anyone, but in the 21st century, it’s damn near impossible unless you’re already established or the impossibly and stupidly lucky few like Justin Bieber who sell their souls to make not music, but rhythmic Big Mac products. The problem is not that music sucks these days, it’s just the opposite… there’s some absolutely brilliant music and art out there, probably more than ever, and that’s the problem. There’s so much of it with no end in sight, and the costs of creating, producing and distributing music are so low, it’s created a gloated and bloated market where if you don’t give your art away for free, there’s thousands that will.
Yesterday evening in New York City, Google’s Glass team threw a party. It brought together “Explorers” and “Influencers”—the lucky few people who got to try out the computerized glasses Google is developing. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the diverse crowd gushed about the joys and dissected the drawbacks of the device, which they’ve been wearing for the last few months.
The so-called ‘sex boxes’, which officially opened on August 26, are located in a former industrial site just outside the city centre. They will station up to 40 prostitutes and will have nine ‘sex-boxes’ that they can entertain clients in.
Earlier today, Microsoft announced that long time CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down within the next 12 months. Even though Windows 8 hasn’t been a big hit, the company is still making bank on its business and server software, so it’s not that Ballmer is mad you didn’t like his tiles, he’s just been with the company for a long damn time.
Hair stuck in your teeth… right? No, not eating out… dining out would have been a better choice of words. The food is good, the service is good, but then when you’re ready to leave, and you feel like you need a harpoon gun to get your server to bring your check over so you can leave. OpenTable wants to change all that, by letting you pay your bill with your mobile phone.
Right now across the country, McDonald’s employees are protesting low wages and McDonald’s shitty “just get a second job” attitude. But if McDonald’s raised its wages to $15/hr as many are demanding, how would that affect the price of food? As it turns out, your Big Mac would only cost $0.68 more and everything on the Dollar Menu would cost 17 cents more. I think we as a people can deal.
Most of us realize that consumer demand has causes the US to import millions of smartphones, TVs, computers, action figures, shoes, pieces of cutlery and dildos every year. What many of us do not realize is that our chief export to the People’s Republic isn’t iron, pork, wheat or corn. It’s garbage.
In response to Texas governor Rick Perry putting out radio ads across the country to try and get businesses to move to the Lone Star State, Lewis Black launches his own anti-Texas campaign. It’s truly a thing of beauty.
AdBlock is an incredibly popular browser extension for Firefox and Chrome and for many, it’s the most sane way to browse the web. But as it turns out, Google and some other companies pay AdBlock decent money to be on a whitelist of ads that do make it through to viewers.
In the over-saturated coffee market of the pacific northwest, some buxom baristas have found a way to get a leg up on competition by dressing in bikinis and handing out handjobs for tips. These small (often drive-through) dens of caffeine and sin sport such colorful names as: Java Jugs, Twin Peaks Espresso, Moo-Licious, Lace’n’Lattes and (I wish I was making this up) Brewlesque Espresso.
After Hostess had to declare bankruptcy, Twinkies and other Hostess cakes were removed from stores, prompting a much larger internet outcry than most of the other real news going on at the time. Fortunately, Hostess is back and Twinkies are back… or they will be as of July 15th, sporting the slogan “The Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever”.