Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the […]

A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your nostalgia reflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.


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Instapaper, simple social bookmarking +

InstapaperWhile there seems to be no shortage of social bookmarking sites scattered across the internet today (mine included), while browsing the BuzzFeed new stories, a new site called Instapaper caught my eye. Its simplicity is the first thing that stuck me as odd considering today’s gradient filled, eye pleasing designs. It reminded me of how simple McDonald’s website used to be, sigh, the 90s. The front page tells you everything you need to know about the site in 3 sentences. The creator, Mark Armet scores 2 points for usability, because Instapaper cant get any simpliar than it currently is.

So I decided to give it a shot, and clicked “Register”… or what I thought was register. Again, something else that caught me offguard was the fact that when it asked for your password, below the box is states, ” If you didn’t set a password, you don’t have one.” Who doesn’t set passwords now-a-days? After filling in my email address and clicking on the register button it hit me… I didn’t put in a password! It was then that I realized the simplicity of this site really is its strongest point. With passwords having to be complex to prevent unwanted intrusion, it’s sometimes can be a pain to remember them. So Instapaper gives you the option to allow you to set a password or not. If you want to set one, after logging in, click the “Password” link next to your user name. However, be careful because if you dont set a password, and you have a popular username, someone can log into it, set a password, and its their account now.

So onto the bookmarking. Again, it couldn’t be simpler. Just click the “Read Later” you dragged to your bookmarks, and you get a little window saying it was saved. After that I went back to the Instapaper site and noticed a customized version now that shows you what’s unread. I am really impressed with Instapaper. If you are looking for a simple bookmarkingsite, but don’t want to go through the hassles of some of the bigger ones, I know you will be happy with Instapaper.

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