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Gaming, LoTR and New Media: Interview With Professor Jay Clayton

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jay Clayton - the man behind "Online Games: New Media, Literature, and Narrative; a course taught primarily through Lord of The Rings Online - to talk about his thoughts on video games, literature, and the future of narrative fiction.

Pull Out Your Pocket Protector For Seductively Sexy Pen Art

Juan Francisco Casas is an artist that creates life-like works of art by using just a blue Bic pen.

Poo-pourri Traps Embarrassing Bathroom Odors- No Sh*t!

Poo-pourri stops foul bathroom emissions before they have a chance to permeate their surroundings. Talk about a new idea that’ll really make waves!

10 Fun Ads That Only Foot Lovers Would Love

Marketing firms will stop at nothing to get the attention of consumers. This being the case, it should come as no surprise that they will play with any fetish (within the legal boundaries), no matter how bizarre, to turn heads. Today we'll explore a few ad campaigns that focus on the southernmost parts of our bodies: feet.

The New Perspective: Art is Everywhere

Albert Einstein once said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Turkish artist Sakir Gokcebag tweaks that slightly with his common object art installations, clearly stating that there are two other ways to live your life, as though nothing is art, or as though everything is art. You can probably guess which perspective he holds.

Rolls-Royce Wraith: Rich & Powerful, Just Like Its Owners

One might say the new 2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith is the “sporty” member of the esteemed Rolls-Royce automotive family but to do that would ignore the many superlative technological features of this most enviable ride.

Artificial Intelligence Could Replace Humans In As Little As Five Years

According to one technology engineer, machines could take the place of humans within sales, call center and customer service positions within the next five years. That's a scary thought, isn't it? Do his predictions hold water, though?

AbleGamers Launches Consultation Lab To Help Disabled Gamers

The fine folks over at the AbleGamers Foundation - an organization devoted to improving the lives of the disabled through video games - yesterday announced the opening of their first game lab, geared specifically towards gamers with special needs.

 

We Are Plastic People: Bizarre Living Sculptures

The next time a trendy hipster next to you says that they are "really into art", ask them if they would like to be inside some art. If so, they might be the perfect model for Marie-Lou Desmeules' fascinating and slightly disturbing Living Sculptures, which take a shot at society and our standards of 'beauty' with their plastic facades of celebrities on top of actual people.

What Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Can Teach Us About Video Game Design

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs - the long-awaited sequel to The Dark Descent - finally released yesterday. After playing, I got to thinking - it does some innovative things with the survival horror genre; it uses techniques that I think any video game designer would do well to note. Let's look at those.

Japanese Prison Introduces New Cute & Cuddly Mascot

Meet Katakkuri-chan, the official mascot of Japan's far-northern Asahikawa Prison! The cute, cheerful, smiling character is spearheading the jail's efforts to warm up their chill and forbidding image. Maybe this is an idea other prisons can try, such as designing a canary wearing a striped jumpsuit to represent Alcatraz.

Hey DJ! Amazing Vinyl Portraits

Movie stars and the Gods of Rock 'n' Roll are used to seeing their faces plastered all over the world, but Alejandro de Antonio has put their faces somewhere they have probably never been. Depending on their particular artistic field, this talented Spanish artist creates their likeness on a canvas that makes sense, including old-school vinyl records and the metal canisters that film reels used to be stored in. His work is about as close to art imitating life as you can get!

Google Glass To Make Visionaries Out Of Small Business Owners

While Google hopes to launch Google Glass by Christmas, there's a lot of speculation as to its acceptance in the business world. Surely with an anticipated price tag of slightly under $1500, at first glance (pun intended), one would think only larger brands would be able to afford this innovative new device.

Google Play Introduces New Restrictions

Google Play is introducing two big changes to its policies that any Android app developer will need to be aware of. If you or your company has an app for Android, make sure you fully understand these changes.

The Art of Advertising

The world of art and business have been crossing paths and overlapping for hundreds of years, and from Parisian Absinthe Art to Wall Street Warhol crazes, there has been a powerful connection between art and marketing. Although this ad campaign by Guido Daniele is a few years old, it exemplifies the change in that relationship which has occurred in recent years. Our hyperconnected, light-speed generation, coupled with our throw away culture, might render certain forms of art as nothing more than a disposable tool to sell a product, rather than a lasting statement about the world at the moment of its conception.

Squigz Is A Building Toy That Really Sucks (In A Good Way)

Squigz by Fat Brain is a whole different building toy experience! Like other building toys, Squigz are brightly colored and are made to stick together. That’s basically where the similarities end.

Hello Kitty Safety Helmets Put Cute Cats On Hard Hats

The Hello Kitty Series of head-protecting helmets from Japan's Tanizawa Safety Products are just as tough as those worn by hard-as-nails New Jersey construction workers... not that they'd ever allow themselves to be seen wearing them.

LED Color Changing Showerhead Brightens Up Your Bathing Experience

I'm not quite sure why I want one of these.  Maybe it's because I have a hard time waking up in the morning... But this LED showerhead would definitely brighten my day.

Photography 2.0 - Time is A Dimension

When it comes to art mediums, photography is traditionally the most controversial, and the one that raises the most questions about where the limitations and boundaries of artistic creation begin and end. For more than 150 years, photography has been limited by its two-dimensional form, but Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei has found a way to break out of that narrow structure and play within a new dimension of photography - Time.

The Esky Mini HD Camera Pen -- I Suspect James Bond Would Like This; Product Review

I'm not sure exactly what situation I would find myself in where I would need the Esky Mini HD Camera Pen... but I want one, just in case.  I dunno... Ninjas or something?  Or maybe because there's a monster in my closet...