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Making commutes wonderful for 500 episodes! 

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I want one of these to come live in my fridge. 
Well hello, weird little rain frog.

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This is a very cool music video by the god of Japanese indie.

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Great blog for some reading practice and clear explanations of bits of Japanese.

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Californian power companies send you pretty graphs every month that compare your electricity usage to similar houses around you. I wish we could get something similar here in South Africa.

Also, someone should give me a pie chart breakdown of what is using most of my electricity (i.e. is it the dishwasher or the washing machine or my neon Hello Kitty princess castle?).

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So many problems have obvious solutions and yet no apparent way to reach those solutions. Boo!

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I made a game! It's just a silly game that you can finish in about 10-15 minutes (only 11 levels!). So please try it if you've got some time to kill.

Disclaimer: It uses some html5 stuff, so a modern browser is required. I've only really tested it in Chrome. If you're on Windows and you've got a decent graphics card, that helps too.

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One thing is for sure: if the game industry of the 90s enjoyed litigation as much as today's mobile manufacturers, Warcraft never would have been. In turn, there would be no Starcraft, and what kind of world would that be?
Videogame legend +Patrick Wyatt writes about his experience creating Warcraft.  Looking forward to part 2.

H/T +Steve Martin.

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It's true what they say, we (English speakers) have the emoticon vocabulary of a 2 year old...

Here are some random examples of Japanese emoji:

confused: ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶
fish face: ミ[°°]ミ

melloooow dude: ヽ(´ー`)┌

Flipping over a table in anger: (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
Putting the table back nicely: ┬──┬◡ノ(° -°ノ)
Throwing the guy who put the table back nicely: (╯°Д°)╯︵/(.□ . \)

And there are SO MANY MORE! 

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I figured the new "Spider-Man" would be bad, but I had no idea it would be this bad...
Spider-Man depicts a strange, alternative world where Apple and Google don't exist.

Sony is using the new Spider-Man movie for shameless promotion of its own consumer electronics gadgets. It's a world where everyone uses Sony devices, and Apple doesn't exist. 

A spectator films Spider Man catching a crook using an Xperia phone. Students watch an online video of Spider-Man's exploits on a Sony Tablet S. And Spidey's enemy in the movie uses a Sony Vaio laptop connected to a Sony monitor and records his evil science with a Sony Handycam.

Google gets shafted, too. When Peter Parker searches for information about his father, and also spiders, he uses Bing instead of Google. 

Gimme a break.
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