Friday, July 30, 2010

Hardcore Bento

An Indonesian entrepreneur runs a bento crafting service that features meals that have quite the level of craftsmanship:


Nothing says Dora like hunks of eel

I love how they locked down the photos of their bentos in Flickr. Does that mean that they've paid licensing fees to Disney,etc. for their food crafts? Or is that...don't ask, don't tell? I know where my money is at!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Over-engineering

Let's see if we can tag the target age group for this product:

It finally occurred to me one day while driving around that it's largely a waste of time for Toyota to spend a bunch of time and money desiging a car for whom it's drivers will not live long enough to see the end of it's warranty....not that I know anyone involced with it's American made manufacturing.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I Wonder Who Obama's Plan Favors?

Big, big surprise here. Hold onto your seats!
While whites disapprove of the [healthcare] law by nearly two-to-one (55% to 29%), non-whites approve of the measure by roughly the same margin (52% to 28%)

Thursday, July 08, 2010

*Chuckle*

From here:
The one-day increase for June 30 totaled $165,931,038,264.30 - bigger than the entire annual deficit for fiscal year 2007 and larger than the $140 billion in savings the new health care bill will produce over its first 10 years.
'Will' produce? Hehehehe!
Maybe there is something to that 'too much CO2' business as there's obviously a lack oxygen in the atmosphere!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Very Late to the Party

Over the weekend a friend inquired what I thought about the highly publicized comments that Roger Ebert had in regards to video games not being art. I never read his actual comments and didn't really entertain a thought that they were relevant because:
  1. Ebert strikes me as the kind of guy who has either never played a video game, or has only ever played Solitare/Tetris (no Minesweeper though, too much pressure!), and...
  2. I figured Ebert's opinions on video games weren't going to be any better than his comments on movies. We're talking about a guy whose idea of good cinema begins and ends with something being subtitled and filmed with black and white film stock.

In (very mild) fairness to Ebert, 'video games as art' adherents usually trot out the same two or three titles to defend their point of view (Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, which were both made by the same team, and occasionally Flower is cited as well, though there's some debate if Flower is an actual game). There are other examples to be sure (including video games in general in my opinion), but I guess it's easiest to point out the flaws in Ebert's argument by pointing out the most obvious examples of where it fails.