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In case you guys haven’t realized this yet, this blog is on hiatus till I can get a functional computer, you can speed up this process by donating to my paypal or waiting a few months and I may be back. A big thanks to all the followers on here since 2011. Thank you all for your support and I’ll be back.

Ancient Alien Computers and Workloads

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It seems everywhere I turn these days, I’m finding bad news here and there. My posts have also diminished to almost 1 post a week due to a broken computer and minimal screen space. Worst comes to worst, I can at least take a few months off this blog and work on real world matters. I had honestly hoped to keep this blog updated till at least 2020, if not further. Well, one can dream can’t they? We might as well move on.

Here’s some tits and animation.

Queen’s Blade Rebellion Sexy Sauna Anime

Author: Leon

 

 

When not pulling each other’s clothes off in battle or struggling to escape the amorous attacks of tentacles, the buxom heroines of Queen’s Blade Rebellion apparently need to spend large amounts of time bathing one another – not that the average Queen’s Blade fan would have it any other way.

-> Read rest of shit here <-

 

Anyway, while I was browsing for this next article btw, I stumbled upon a toothbrush sex the anime…Ya, I’m not gonna go into that….Japan never ceases their WTFs at all.

 

 

Starbucks, Japanese Style

Author: Artefact

The “harmonious” design of a Starbucks outlet located at one of Japan’s top Shinto sites has outraged the architectural sensibilities of many Japanese, although pleasurable feelings of violation at the hands of corporate America are sadly complicated by the fact it was designed by Japanese architects…

The design for the Dazaifu Tenman-gū (a sprawling Shinto shrine complex in Fukuoka, built to honour the grave of deified Heian period poet and court schemer Sugawara Michizane – although rather more pertinently, it attracts 2 million visitors a year) branch of Starbucks was created by architectural firm Kengo Kuma & Associates.

As the branch is positioned on the traditional approach to the shrine, the Starbucks and their architects naturally felt they ought to “harmonize with the townscape,” resulting in the unmistakeably traditional application of scores of wooden sticks to the interior:

Along the main path to the shrine, there are traditional Japanese buildings in one or two stories. The project aimed to make a structure that harmonizes with such townscape, using a unique system of weaving thin woods diagonally.

The building is made of 2,000 stick-like parts in the sizes of 1.3m – 4m length and 6cm section. Total length of the sticks reached as far as 4.4km.

[…]

Piling up of small parts from the ground was highly developed in the traditional architecture of Japan and China. This time the method was greatly improved in combination with state-of-the art technology so that people are brought further into the architecture. It is a fluid, cave-like space.

As might be expected of such a daring and avante garde architectural creation, most non-architects seem to think it is terrible:

“This is a lumber yard?”

“More like a pile of disposable wooden chopsticks.”

“However you look at it, it’s a warehouse.”

“Looks like you could get a nasty injury.”

“You would not want to fall over in there.”

“I bet all the staff are covered in bruises…”

“Pretty creepy design. Wouldn’t like to see a fire in a place like that.”

“Must be a devil to clean.”

“Another worthless piece of architectural onanism.”

“I’m familiar with the architect and they do some nice stuff, but this really is just onanism.”

“Creepy. But what’s scarier is that some people actually have tastes which lead them to think this is stylish.”

“I’m more interested in why Starbucks thought they should open a store in a location like that.”

“It’s one of their ‘concept stores’ – they have a bunch all over the country.”
“They have some in China at traditional sites as well:”

“These are much better, they are in tune with the environment.”

“It looks like it would fall down. How can you be at ease there?”

“I think the idea must be to stop people from relaxing?”

Oh boy, butt-hurt people. To be fair, I can kind of understand it. Japan isn’t every smart with some of it’s financial decisions, but what are you gonna do.

Oh right, Russia mentioned something about immortality.

 


Hang On. Immortality 33 Years Away

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Researchers in Russia have an ambitious goal…they want to make you immortal. They’re developing an android they hope will eventually be able to house an artificial brain which would contain your mind, memories and all.

It’s still theoretical; they haven’t exactly figured out how to transfer your mind into their robot, but they’ve come up with a prototype that can mimic your actions.

They’ve set a timeline of creating a functioning android that could act as your “human proxy” by 2020.  Five years later they hope to be able to transplant a human brain into their robot.
The goal is to have a hologram-like avatar that could contain an artificial brain that would house a real person’s thoughts, memories and personality.  They think they could do that by 2045.  Hopefully, they’ll also be able to do something about those spooky eyes.

 

 

 

 

Good night, everybody.

Guest post-Random Futomi news, go!

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Hello, all~ At Full’s request, here’s some quick news for today.

Where Are Facebook’s Friends? Stock Slide Deepens

NEW YORK May 22, 2012, 12:01 pm ET

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s newly public stock is sliding further on its third trading day as investors reconsider how much the social network is worth.

The company’s long-anticipated initial public offering of stock raised $16 billion, valuing the company at $104 billion — more than Amazon.com Inc., at $98 billion.

But Facebook’s stock has plunged after the IPO. It fell $1.09, or 3.2 percent, to $32.94 in late morning trading Tuesday, after dropping as low as $30.98 earlier in the day. The latest price is 13 percent below the IPO price of $38 and values the company at about $91 billion.

Google Inc., meanwhile, is worth nearly $200 billion.

The downward spiral has left some people sitting on big losses and others scratching their heads. After all, nothing fundamental has changed at Facebook in the days since the much-hyped company came to Nasdaq Stock Market with a ticker symbol of “FB.” Facebook still has more than 900 million users, its 28-year-old founder Mark Zuckerberg controls the company, and it is still one of the few profitable Internet companies to go public.

Facebook’s IPO — like Netscape’s in 1995 and Google’s in 2004 — was billed as a milestone moment. Netscape’s offering ushered in the era of the Internet browser. The company’s stock more than doubled in its first day of trading. Google’s IPO heralded the age of search. It posted an 18 percent gain in its stock market debut. Facebook was supposed to offer proof that social media is a viable business and more than a passing fad.

But investors don’t seem convinced. Facebook’s stock closed Monday at $34.03, down 11 percent from Friday’s closing price of $38.23. The investment banks that arranged Facebook’s offering set a price of $38 on Thursday. Although many investors had hoped for a big first-day pop, Facebook’s stock opened Friday at $42.05 and fluctuated between $45 and $38 throughout the day.

For a host reasons, Facebook’s falling share price shouldn’t have been a surprise.

— Its IPO occurred the same week that the markets posted their worse performance so far in 2012. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 4 percent.

— Meanwhile, Europe was trying to avert financial disaster.

— At the same time, the American public’s love affair with the stock market continued to wane. People have yanked more than $400 billion from U.S. stock mutual funds since 2008.

— Banks are being cautious, too. All this is happening in the backdrop where banks are under pressure from regulators to become more conservative after the financial crisis. “Regulators want banks to take less risk,” said Larry Tabb, founder and CEO of Tabb Group, a markets research firm. “To support a $100 billion offering can be challenging in this environment.”

— Investors were also spooked by the trading glitches at the Nasdaq on Friday. Some people weren’t sure if their trades had been executed. Trading of the stock was delayed by a half-hour.

“It was like trying to get a jumbo jet to take off in turbulent weather,” said Kathleen Shelton Smith, principal at Renaissance Capital, an IPO advisory firm. “It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

With all of these factors in place on the day of Facebook’s IPO, some people may wonder why Facebook’s stock didn’t do worse.

The answer: Facebook had some help. On Friday, Facebook only got as low as pennies above the offering price of $38 per share but never fell below. The banks that arranged the IPO, the deals underwriters such as Morgan Stanley and others, put in enough “buy” orders at $38 to keep the price from dropping below that level.

It’s a customary gesture from underwriters to support the company they helped bring to market, explains Jay Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida. It’s a way to save face and show that the company and the bankers gauged an appropriate level of demand from investors and valued the company correctly.

Pulling off a successful IPO means properly gauging supply and demand. The underwriters work with the company to decide how much stock to sell and at what price. Facebook sold 421 million shares. That was a lot of stock to sell. It is one of the largest IPOs on record.

Investors and the technology industry are closely tracking the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company’s shares. In the same way that Netscape ushered in a new era for Internet darlings in 1995, Facebook may have done the opposite for similar companies waiting to go public today. There are 168 companies in the pipeline trying to raise $41 billion through IPOs in the U.S.

“Facebook has raised cost of capital for all the companies that come with an IPO in its wake,” said Smith.

Facebook’s falling share price may be a sign that investors are taking a rational look at the company’s financial performance in comparison to its peers.

Though there are many ways to judge if a stock’s price is too high or too low, one popular method is to compare it to earnings. The so-called price-earnings ratio, divides a company’s stock price by the company’s annual earnings per share. A higher ratio suggests a stock is expensive because, in a sense, it takes more years of earnings for investors to get back they paid for it. A lower ratio suggests it is cheap.

By this logic, Facebook looks expensive compared with some companies. It is trading at 74 times its earnings in the past year, according to FactSet, a research firm. That compares with Apple at 13.7 times and Google at 18.6 times. The Nasdaq index of technology stocks trades at 20.8 times.

“There must have been some sober second thoughts about this,” said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group who was first to come out with a “Sell” rating on Facebook’s stock on Friday.

It’s not that he believes the world’s largest online social network is a bad investment. But at $38 per share, it’s just too expensive considering the risks associated with Facebook’s brief history and unproven advertising model, he says. His fair price, or “target price,” is $30.

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, who came out with an “Outperform” rating on Facebook before its IPO, said he believes the investment banks that arranged the offering overestimated demand for the company’s stock.

Facebook originally set a price range of $28 to $35 for its IPO, which would have valued the company at $95 billion at the high end. Last Tuesday, though, it increased the price range to $34 to $38 per share, valuing the company at as much as $104 billion.

Then, responding to extraordinary demand from prospective investors, the company announced on Wednesday that it would add 84 million shares to the offering. The shares came entirely from the company’s early investors — such as Goldman Sachs and venture capitalist Peter Thiel. The fact that these investors were offloading more stock instead of hanging on to it may have served as a warning sign to new investors.

“The late addition of 84 million shares to the offering overwhelmed demand, limiting the first day price,” Pachter said in a note to investors.

Aside from rational risk calculations, some investors “un-friended” Facebook for emotional reasons on Monday. Alper Aydinoglu, a student at DePaul University in Chicago sold all 50 shares that he got via E-Trade at $38 last week. He took an 11 percent loss.

“I’m not willing to stick through the volatility,” Aydinoglu said.

So, to sum up, Facebook picked a really bad time to launch its stocks. That said, they did a decent job of holding things together, so good for them.

Weekend Quickie: Loyalty Highligiht

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I’ve decided to highlight some music this weekend.

 

I’m sure  many of you guys heard this already, but I’m, highlighting it anyway. As a songwriter, this kinda gave me some inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, that’s  for today, cya on the work week.

A Filler’s End: the depressing epilogue

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My break from blogging has officially ended so here’s your lengthy news post. It’s recently come to my attention that summer is approaching and the load of work needing being accomplished is slowly filling up. So as I take another yawn and wave of my hand to these bothersome workloads I’ve been dealing with, and assume the position of bitching about how the world sucks so goddamn much, once again.

So without further ado, let the bitching commence.

So Google News tells us once again the Euro has been dropping again. You know what, I’m getting sick of this. Seriously…2011 gave us an entire year of bad news…but I’ll leave the article for you guys.

REFILE-FOREX-Euro slides to 4-month low as Greek fears persist

* Greek uncertainty continues, euro could test 2012 low
    * ECB stops operations with some Greek bank-sources
    * Dollar climbs to 2-week high vs yen after US data

    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss	
    NEW YORK, May 16 (Reuters) - The euro dropped to a
four-month low against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, sliding for
a fourth consecutive session and likely to face more losses on
fears about a Greek exit from the euro zone.	
    News that the European Central Bank has stopped providing
liquidity to some Greek banks as they are severely
undercapitalized weighed on the euro. These banks have now been
moved to the ECB's emergency liquidity assistance program.

    The news briefly sent the euro below $1.27,
approaching its session low of $1.2679, according to Reuters
data. It was on track to test the January trough of $1.2623,
below which would mark the euro's lowest level since August
2010.	
    "I think the ECB is playing hardball," said Mark McCormick,
currency strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. "I
doubt they want to get too involved in EU politics, but I think
they're trying to show Greek policymakers what their banking
sector would look like without support from the ECB."	
    Whether that's enough to persuade Greek politicians and
voters to stay inside the euro zone won't be known until the
June 17 election, he said. But the uncertainty should keep the
euro below $1.30 over the next month. 	
    The euro last traded at $1.2725, slightly down on the
day. The session low of $1.2679 was the weakest since
mid-January.	
    In the options market, one-month at-the-money implied
volatility jumped to a 2-1/2 month high on Wednesday of 11.30
percent, while the cost of protecting against a euro
decline as shown in the 25 delta risk reversal data rose to 2.25
percent, approaching the highs seen on May 9.	
    The euro also hit a three-month low versus the yen before
recovering to trade little changed on the day at 102.06 yen. .
.	
    Expectations that Germany and France will act together to
keep Greece in the euro zone helped support the common currency
earlier in the session, though it remained pressured with
investors not convinced Greece will not chart its own course. 	
    Germany wants to stabilize Greece within the euro zone but
Athens must stick to its agreements with international lenders,
a German government spokesman said on Wednesday. 	
    Greek political leaders, meanwhile, meet on Wednesday to
form a caretaker government that will lead the country into its
second election in just over a month, with Greece's euro
membership at stake in a growing crisis rocking world markets.

    "European officials want Greece to remain in the euro zone
and will provide support, but Greek officials are saying a lot
of different things and it is not a surprise they will have
(new) elections," said Eric Viloria, senior currency strategist
at Forex.com in New York. 	
    Investors also remain concerned about the knock-on effects
of a Greek euro exit for economies like Spain and Italy. World
Bank President Robert Zoellick said as much, noting that
Greece's exit could undermine confience in the euro zone trigger
another liquidity crisis. 	
    Greek concerns overall have helped bolster the perceived
safety of the dollar and the yen in recent months.	
    The dollar rose to a two-week high against the yen of 80.55
yen, more than a yen above the 2-1/2 month low touched
last week, after data showed U.S. housing starts rose more than
expected in April.	
    It last traded at 80.24 yen, up 0.1 percent. The dollar
trimmed gains after minutes of the latest Federal Reserve
meeting suggested that some members of the bank's policy-making
committee considered more stimulus for the economy.

    The dollar touched a four-month high against the Swiss franc
 of 0.9471 franc and was last up 0.1 percent at 0.9433
franc.	

    Sterling underperformed after the Bank of England issued a
weaker growth outlook in its quarterly inflation report while
Governor Mervyn King warned that the turmoil in the euro zone
posed a risk to the UK economy.  	
    This helped the euro recover from a 3-1/2 year low
against the UK pound. The euro was last 79.94 pence, up 0.5
percent. Against the dollar, sterling fell to a four-week low
and last changed hands $1.5917, down 0.5 percent.	
    Risk aversion and worries about slowing global growth
weighed on higher-yielding currencies like the Australian and
New Zealand dollars , which fell to five-month lows
against the U.S. dollar.

This is not the kind of news I wanted to hear, and frankly I’m tired of seeing this kind of shit on my goddamn blogs anyway. After spending 6 months of daily posts about dropping coinage in Europe and the Americas, I’ve frankly had enough of this.

 

Let’s move onto something different.

 

Let’s talk about gas prices. What the hell is up with gas prices these days, it drops once then raises once. Economists, Y U NO predict better prices for the rest of us?

Gas Prices Get Screwy, Dropping 14¢ in One State, Rising Over 14¢ in Others

By Brad Tuttle

A week ago, a federal agency announced its latest forecast for gas prices, which are expected to remain stable through the summer, averaging under $3.80 nationwide. While the overall average may indeed stay fairly flat, prices in individual states could fluctuate dramatically. That’s just what’s happened in the past week, with prices in one state dropping 14¢ per gallon—and rising over 14¢ in others.

For the country as a whole, gas prices have kept up a slow, steady decline over roughly a month’s time. According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the current national average as of Tuesday was $3.727, which is about 4¢ less than the week before, and 17¢ cheaper than a month prior. By late April, gas prices had decreased to the point that they were cheaper than the year before, and at this point last year, the average gallon cost nearly 25¢ more than it does right now.

This isn’t to say that gas prices are dropping everywhere. Not at all. Consumer Reports’ weekly gas price roundup notes that gas prices have declined in every region of the country with one notable exception: the West Coast. For the whole coast, gas prices have increased 12¢ per gallon over the past week.

A GasBuddy post reports that the average per-gallon increase in California registered at 14¢ during the last week, and that prices rose as much as 17¢ in spots such as Santa Barbara and Orange County. Gas prices in Washington also increased 14¢ in a single week’s time, and Oregon drivers have gotten hit the hardest, with prices that are 17¢ per gallon more expensive than one week ago.

The post explains that while prices at the pump are tied to the price of crude oil—which has been decreasing—there are still explanations for why the West Coast drivers have been paying more:

If refineries aren’t processing enough oil, there won’t be enough gasoline. That’s the case here- supply has tumbled as refineries suffer various small blips, reducing the amount of gasoline available, thus causing some panic amongst traders, boosting the value of the gasoline that is available.

Analysts cited in the Los Angeles Times, which lists the one-week rise in gas prices at 15.4¢ and the latest statewide average at $4.367 per gallon, also place the blame on refinery problems.

The story is quite different in much the country, especially in the Midwest and states such as Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reports that prices in Michigan have fallen 14¢ per gallon over the past week, bringing the statewide average to $3.69—or 45¢ cheaper than prices were a year ago at this time.

Gas price hikes related to refinery issues are expected to be temporary, so, in theory, relief at the pump will come to West Coast drivers sometime in the near future. Based on how screwy gas prices have been this year, though, by the time prices should be decreasing in California and Oregon, it wouldn’t be surprising if some other issue(s) arose causing prices to rise for some reason or another, to the dismay and confusion of drivers everywhere

 

Oh joy, let’s ruin more people’s lives. Really? Sometimes I honestly wish the real world can go fuck itself.

 

 

12-year-old put in jail by mistake

Child mistaken for older brother

Krista Henery

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – From the waiting room to a jail cell. A case of mistaken identity leads to a 12-year-old who said he was wrongfully jailed.

Now the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

“He was holding his belt in one hand and had tears coming down his face and I said, ‘Jacob, where were you,’ and he said, ‘I was in jail,” Michelle Magruder said. “I said, ‘what do you mean, did you ask for them to show you’ and he said, ‘no.’ ”

12-year-old Jacob Magruder said it all happened as he was sitting alone in the lobby while he was waiting for his family at the Jasper County Jail. Jacob said his family was upstairs with his 17-year-old brother who had just been arrested.

“I saw a police officer and he had a phone and he goes, ‘is this the boy I’m supposed to take,’ and the lady goes, ‘yeah,'” Jacob said.

Jacob said he was then asked to stand up as the officer patted him down.

“He said, ‘can you put your hands on the wall and spread your legs,’ and he checked me and he was like, ‘just to make sure you have no weapons on you,’ ” Jacob said.

The boy said he was then taken behind a closed door and put in a holding cell.

“This lady came and said, ‘can you get in this cell for me,’ and I was like, ‘sure,’ ” Jacob said. “They locked the door and it was cell number 1206 and they locked it.”

Jacob said he sat in 1206 for several minutes until officials realized they took him, thinking it was his 17-year-old brother.

“They said, ‘I’m sorry, it was just a misunderstanding,'” Jacob explained. “They said, ‘you can give your brother a hug,’ so I gave him a hug and he started bawling and I started bawling.”

Jasper County Sheriff Terry Risner said an on-going internal investigation is being conducted at this time.

“The incident involved a possible miscommunication and wrongful identification of a person that was at the sheriff’s office when the incident was reported,” Sheriff Risner said.

“He had his radio. He should have called up there to check because he should have known that a 17-year-old does not look like me,” Jacob said.

Sherriff Terry Risner would not say if anyone involved in this incident has been disciplined. Meanwhile, the investigation into how this happened continues.

And our last story, cause frankly I’ve had enough of depressing shit from this fucking world as it is.

Justice, China Style

Author: Artefact

The severe theatre of Chinese justice has been impressing Chinese and international audiences alike, although perhaps for different reasons.

The pair shown allegedly used axes to rob a Shaanxi province jewellery store of valuables worth some 600,000 yuan ($95,000), but were caught 4 days after the robbery.

Both shackled criminals and heavily armed security forces were all on display to local citizens in an effort to thoroughly cow the perpetrators and discourage the public from following their example:

 

Sankaku is famous for making really big image posts and this isn’t any different.

 

That’s all for my first day back. I’ll have something bigger up next time.

 

This is Grass signing out.

Weekend Quickie: The end of the FPS Reign

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It’s a fucking miracle folks, I never thought it’d happen, but it finally happened. Here’s some real game news.

Ubisoft Employees: “I Can’t Continue To Make Shooters Over And Over Again”

 

Jade Raymond the Managing Director of Ubisoft Toronto has stated that a number of her employees approach her and confess that they no longer feel passionate about creating yet another first-person or third-person shooter. Raymond firmly believes that it’s now time to “give our teenage medium a kick in the balls.”

“More and more people come to me at Ubisoft and say, ‘I love games. I came into this industry with so many ideas. But I can’t continue to make shooters over and over again. I’m not even in line with the messages.’ I have that meeting a lot these days. Yeah, it’s time to give our teenage medium a kick in the balls.”

“I don’t know when we decided as an industry that in order to sell five million copies of a game you have to make a Michael Bay film. There are other options.”

 

The world has hope and the tyranny of FPS has hope to come to an end.

Weekend Quickie: Final Chapter of Kawamichi

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It’s basically done as far as the 7 chapter preview to the series.

DA link goes here.

Keep up on tumblr for the full story.

 

 

So I’m probably going to be dumping a new series on DA, maybe if I can get away from the whole Kawa series, I might finally be able to write something else and not beat a dead horse like george lucas, HA HAA!

Till next time.

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