Steampunk Teapot!

techno steampunk teapot sculpture

This Steampunk Teapot was created by Richard Symons a London based artist. It’s available on Etsy for just over £80! It’s also pretty cool…

Thanks to @WantonItalics for sharing it on Twitter.

Richard seems to spcialise in sticking stuff to things to make them look Steampunk, there are some pretty cool masks on his Etsy page…

Slumber Party Cafe in Akihabara

Soineya

Just when you thought Japan coudn’t get any weirder, in comes the Soineya ‘co-sleeping specialty shop’ a cafe in Akihabara (Where else…) where you can fork over $80 for “sleep” with a girl. I assume coffee is extra?

From the website via Google Translate (Because it’s funnier that way):

 Japan’s first! ? Ya “lying” from Akihabara shop of lying. I spend the time that you just feel the skin loose. Provides you with a simple and ultimate healing of lying.

Apparently they are opening another one in Shinjuku soon.

And just in case you were wondering:

The shop is strictly prohibited sexual act and adult services. If you were forced, there is the case you will be leaving the way.

Interested? Want a break down of the prices?

3000 yen admission fee ?
? 3,000 yen for 40 minutes the first time only

Usually
3000 yen for 20 minutes
40 minutes 5,000 yen
6,000 yen for 60 minutes
120 minutes 11000 yen
16 000 yen to 180 minutes
for 4 hours 20000 yen
25,000 yen 5 hours
6 hours 30 000 yen
50,000 yen for 10 hours (service fee nomination)

(500 yen per hour) $ 10 nomination fee
* The nomination fee will not be applied except for this nomination.

? Options
Customer third arm pillow 1000 yen a girl
$ 10 to break even in three minutes the girl you
3 minutes ¥ 1,000 customers to the head of the girl Iikoiiko
look at each other one minute 1000 yen
1000 yen one wearing clothes
3 minutes reflexology 1,000 yen
2,000 yen reflation thirds reverse
¥ 1000 3 minutes Hizamakura
2000 yen 3 minutes Hizamakura reverse

? There is also the option can not be by girl

I don’t even know what some of the options mean…

The site has a list of profiles for the girls but it’s all just placeholders, and it looks like there is a Google calendar where you can schedule ahead. My Japanese isn’t good enough to make out much more from this site, but colour me bemused.

Interested? Want to follow then on Twitter? Well you can do that too! @akibasoineya

Their twitter feed is a bit odd, I did find this on it though…

Hat tip to Lost at E Minor

It’s Not F*cking Profound!

I posted the above quote to Facebook because I was annoyed at the number of people that had put up complete and utter crap superimposed on a pretty picture in the interest of looking or feeling deep and meaningful and someone replied with that image. Fair play to them but my point still stands.

It’s not profound! It just isn’t, I hate the practice, it’s all over the internets clogging up the tubes! Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest all of them have people guilty of this. I want to rant about this but it annoys me so much I actually can’t be bothered expressing the vehement hatred I have for this practice. So I’m just going to shut up and let you get along with your day…

 

Take This!

This awesome epic take on the “It’s Dangerous to go alone” meme is pretty well epic… No wonder The artist behind it Jerry Nowlin goes by the name its truely epic on Tumblr and @trulyepic on Twitter. It’s available for $10 on  shirt punch today and today only…

Maybe this would be a good time to mention that tomorrow is my birthday…

In fact screw it I’m getting this as a birthday present for myself…

Bought!

 

A Ditty Thanking Internet Trolls For Their Hard Work And Due Diligence

Anyone who has ever posted anything online has met the internet troll, that lovely creature that passes judgement on your hard word with scathing words. These people are the highest caliber of internet users, they do no wrong and everyone else is inferior. Their sole creative output may be an incomprehensible stream of insults, but lets be fair abusing the English language with the mastery that they possess takes years of dedication.

I don’t know if this song by Isabel Fay is in response to a particular troll or dedicated to trolls everywhere, but it’s quite amusing…

Found via @Glinner on twitter

I expect a stream of insulting comments questioning my sexuality and wishing chronic diseases on me, but I expect that wont happen…

Fail whale Cake

The “Fail Whale” is a fairly iconic image that anyone who’s used twitter has probably seen at some point, unless you never use the web interface or have been really lucky. This cake was created by Mariana Pugliese a cake designer from Buenos Aires.

Interestingly the Fail Whale was designed by a Chinese illustrator Yiying Lu and was originally an elephant:

elephant

You can learn more about how this iconic image came about by watching the following interview with her:


Cake via Gadget Sin

Is Liking Something On the Internet a Meaningless Gesture?

It occurred to me just now that one thing that FaceBook and Google+ do that Twitter doesn’t is have a mechanism to show passive approval of something. On FaceBook you can “Like” a post and on Google+ you can “+1” it, Twitter has no equivalent. On Twitter you can either comment on a post by replying to it, or you can share it by retweeting.

I think the like is an empty gesture, it holds no meaning, and it serves only to boost the ego of the poster, also it’s prone to ambiguity, if someone posts a status update saying something like “My dog died today, he was a lovely hound” and someone likes that what does that mean? does it mean that you like the fact that the dog died or that you are being sympathetic to the person for their loss?

If you are being sympathetic and all you can be arsed doing is clicking a button then you are a pretty lazy, a person who was actually sympathetic would say something passing on their condolences, if you like the fact that their dog died because the dog ate your hat well maybe you shouldn’t be sharing that fact.

What do people think is liking a status update an empty gesture?

Note: I’m not talking about liking things on services like Pinterest, StumbleUpon or Last.FM where your likes are actually stored, that’s more curating things you like rather than silently expressing that you agree with/approve of a statement.