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21 May 21:49

Police Report Says 12-Year-Old's Crime Was "Abated by Death" (After They Shot Him)

by Kevin

via Luke.stirling

also, jesus christ

You hopefully recall the case of Tamir Rice, the sixth-grader killed by a Cleveland police officer last November even though the 911 caller who reported that the boy had a gun told the dispatcher it was "probably fake." This is the case where the police pulled up right next to the kid, hopped out and shot him within two seconds of stopping, and then knocked down and handcuffed his 14-year-old sister when she tried to run to him. All captured in the first two minutes of this surveillance-camera video.

This doesn't make it worse, I guess, because how could it? But it's awful.

Shaun King originally posted the document below on May 20, saying it had been recently obtained from the Cleveland PD. It appears to be an incident report completed on November 29, a week after the shooting (the 5/20 date in the top right is presumably when it was printed). Some reports describe this as a charging document, but it seems unlikely that anyone would actually have considered charging Tamir Rice with anything, if only because he had been dead for a week. This is probably just a bureaucrat filling out a form, but it is still a chilling if no longer very surprising look at how police view incidents like these.

Here are the takeaways:

  • The incident, in which a police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old who had a fake gun, is described as involving one offender (the 12-year-old) and three "victims": the State of Ohio and the two police officers. Maybe "the State" is being used here to represent "the people," but still it is hard to see how it/they could be considered "the primary victim" of any crime. More baffling is how either officer, especially the one who did the shooting, could be classified that way. (But that's apparently the way it's always done—as I wrote a while back, Officer Darren Wilson was also described as "the victim" after he killed Michael Brown. Though he did have that bruise.)
  • In fact, the officer who shot Tamir Rice is described here as having suffered "minor injuries" for which he was treated and released. Unless he hit himself with a ricochet, these "injuries" could only have been incurred while he was helping his partner handcuff a 14-year-old girl. (He's not even the one who tackled her.)
  • The offender is said to have potentially committed two offenses: "aggravated menacing" and "inducing panic." Now, the idea that he "induced panic" in the officers is ridiculous, but that's not what the charge would have been. These offenses are defined broadly enough that if there was reason to believe the kid had been threatening people in the park with a real gun, they might fit. But since it was apparent within 30 seconds of the cops' arrival that those weren't the facts, why does an incident report created a week later still say this?
  • Possibly worst of all is the "case narrative" at the end, which isn't a narrative but rather looks like a list of key phrases or terms that might be used in a database. This "narrative," for example, includes "Aggravated Menacing," "Inducing Panic," "Facsimile Firearm," and "Juvenile Complaint," and it concludes by saying, apparently, that the matter pending against the offender has been "Abated by Death." Well, I guess he got lucky there.
  • Note that there appears to be no key phrase in their database even remotely equivalent to "Shot by Officer." Or if there is, they didn't bother to include it.

21 May 23:33

justice4mikebrown: May 21As requested by the Brown family,...


May 21

As requested by the Brown family, workers resurface the parts of Canfield Drive where Mike Brown’s memorials stood for over 9 months.

The dove and plaque inserted in the sidewalk will serve as permanent memorials for Mike Brown now.

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21 May 22:30

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Alana Dee Haynes

21 May 07:58

Take a Free Course on Film Noir; Then Watch Oodles of Free Noir Films Online

by Ted Mills

summer plans

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Cinephiles, if you have some spare time in the coming months and feel like watching, say, over 100 film noir movies from the Turner Classic Movie (TCM) vaults, then you will be delighted with Summer of Darkness, which will devote every Friday, from June through July, to 24 hours of noir classics and rarities. And suppose you’d like a reward, like a certificate that proves you not only watched those movies, but properly studied them? Well TCM has that covered too, offering a free nine-week course in “The Case of Film Noir” to run concurrent with the series. It’s free to sign up, and the course runs June 1 – August 4. Says TCM:

This is the deepest catalog of film noir ever presented by the network (and perhaps any network), and provides an unprecedented opportunity for those interested in learning more to watch over 100 classic movies as they investigate “The Case of Film Noir.”

The course is being taught by Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D. who co-hosts the Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir podcast and also teaches at Ball State University in Muncie, Indianapolis.

For those who don’t have TCM, or even cable, don’t worry. The network promises to post links to online public domain films. Or, better yet, you could jump right into our collection of 60 Free Noir Films Online, which features public domain classics by Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, John Huston, and many more.

Have a hazy, dangerous summer and watch out for femme fatales!

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25 Noir Films That Will Stand the Test of Time: A List by “Noirchaelogist” Eddie Muller

Watch Scarlet Street, Fritz Lang’s Censored Noir Film, Starring the Great Edward G. Robinson (1945)

Kansas City Confidential: Did This 1952 Noir Film Inspire Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs?

Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts who currently hosts the FunkZone Podcast. You can also follow him on Twitter at @tedmills, read his other arts writing at and/or watch his films here.

21 May 17:00

‘Psycho-Spiritual Surgery': A Look at Vincent Castiglia’s Haunting Blood Art

by Prachi Gupta

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'Psycho-Spiritual Surgery': A Look at Vincent Castiglia's Haunting Blood Art

Every artist has a preferred medium, and Vincent Castiglia’s happens to be human blood. In fact, for the past 12 years, that’s all he’s used to create his monochromatic, sepulchral paintings of hooded figures, crucifixes and skulls. The 33-year-old Brooklyn-based artist has painted for Margaret Cho (with her blood), hosted a solo exhibit at H.R. Giger’s museum in Switzerland, and will be the subject of a Kickstarter-backed documentary by John Borowski.

Castiglia began experimenting with bodily fluids in 2000, and focused exclusively on blood three years later, searching for a way to deal his abusive childhood. “I was seeking a ‘release’ from what was happening in my life and inside of me, and using blood served this purpose so perfectly and completely. A pain was involved, and blood issued, but something beautiful and true was born,” he says. The implication, of course, is that his art evolved from self-harm, but that’s not how he sees it. “I wouldn’t consider it harming myself,” he says. “I’d liken it to psycho-spiritual surgery.”

“[My blood is] collected intravenously,” he says, explaining the work that goes into creating his special paint. “It’s’ collected into vacu-container tubes such as you would use when giving blood for a blood test, and I usually collect about 15 tubes at a time.” He refrigerates them and the works from the batches, maintaining 5 different consistencies ranging from “straight opaque blood” to watered down blood. “I feel like collecting the blood is just as much of a rite in working with it as in painting with it.”

Though it’s certainly what’s made him famous, the blood isn’t a gimmick. He says that, when he first started showing his work, he’d rarely mention the controversial medium because he didn’t want it to overshadow the intricate art pieces themselves. “The imagery is still what it is,” he says, “And I don’t feel like it should compete. They’re essentially two separate things we’re talking about.”

Recently, however, he’s been considering how much the medium reflects his life. “My reality, my physical reality is so different, I means its 180 [degrees] different from a former life I used to know. And I came to question: do I need to? Is the necessity there anymore?”

He has decided, however, that regardless of his circumstances, “The body of work in its totality represents the progress of my human experience.”

“I would feel like I were lying if I worked in another medium because this is what so fully committed to, and connected with,” he says.

(Video: Ilie Mitaru/ANIMALNewYork)
(Images: Vincent Castiglia)

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21 May 15:00

Japanese version of Game of Thrones comes with badass manga-style covers, because, Japan

by Joan Coello

The fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire has been a tremendous hit across the globe, and the television adaptation of the series, titled Game of Thrones, simply pushed its popularity to newer heights.

On this site, we’ve previously seen the Game of Thrones characters get the Disney treatment, now check out the characters done up in manga-style glory!

Just like how movie posters get redesigned in different countries to appeal to the visual tastes of the local audience (though sometimes in not so successfully), books, too, often have different cover designs across the international markets.

The award-winning series by George R. R. Martin, which was first published in 1996, has been translated into various languages, including Japanese, and these manga-style illustrations created by digital artist Noriko Meguro grace the covers of the Japanese version of A Song of Ice and Fire published by Hayakawa.

A Game of Thrones Part 1 – Jon Snow

a game of thrones 1-jon snow

A Game of Thrones Part 2 – Daenerys

a game of thrones 2-daenerys

A Clash of Kings Part 1 – Arya

a clash of kings 1-arya

A Clash of Kings Part 2 – Sansa

a clash of kings 2-sansa

A Storm of Swords Part 1 – Margaery

a storm of swords 1-margaery

A Storm of Swords Part 2 – Tyrion

a storm of swords 2-tyrion

A Storm of Swords Part 3 – Samwell Tarly

a storm of swords 3-samwell tarly

A Feast for Crows Part 1 – Jamie Lannister

a feast for crows 1-jaime lannister

A Feast for Crows Part 2 – Cersei Lannister

a feast for crows 2-cersei lannister

A Dance with Dragons Part 1 – Daenerys

a dance with dragons 1-daenerys

A Dance with Dragons Part 2 – Bran Stark

a dance with dragons 2-bran stark

A Dance with Dragons Part 3 – Jon Snow

a dance with dragons 3-jon snow

The Game of Thrones TV series has done a great job bringing the characters to life, and they may have somewhat influenced our impression of how the characters look, but these manga-styled interpretations of them look just as awesome, don’t you think?

Source/Images: Dorkly via Zhaizhai News

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21 May 02:51

Gov. Sam Brownback and aides still consult with ex-staffer, now a lobbyist, records show



Kansas is the worst.

Emails show that David Kensinger, who was once Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff and now earns a living as a lobbyist, continues to influence the Kansas chief executive’s schedule and decision-making.

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21 May 13:16

St. Louis suburb rejects license for professional snuggling



A St. Louis suburb didn't get the warm fuzzies when a business owner wanted to bring snuggling to the city, The Associated Press reports. The Maplewood City Commission recently rejected a license application for "Embrace Me Now," which charges for snuggling sessions. The business, which currently operates in St. Louis, is geared toward helping people feel less lonely through human contact. Customers can pay for half-hour cuddling sessions all the way up to all-night sessions. "I mean, 'professional…
21 May 07:01

Why Kraft dropped the fight

by Dave Rappoccio

football, tumblr, and shipping. a good comic.


To my older, more put together readers who don’t come in contact with the stranger parts of internet culture, Shipping is a term coined in the deep recesses of the internet. It essentially refers to fanfiction, usually romantic, where someone wants two characters to hook up. So like, Kirk and Picard getting hot and heavy. The internet is a weird place.

So Kraft and Goodell hugged it out and Kraft dropped his fight against the Patriots punishments. He will not attempt to regain the lost draft picks or the 1 million bucks. (Tom Brady’s appeal still goes on, unrelated, through the Players union, so his can still be reduced). Frankly he probably just realized this fight was getting bad and he had little chance of winning so he backed down to keep the peace. It was a little surprising considering the fight the Pats were putting up. Most teams when hit with accusations seem to pony up and admit things pretty fast, take the punishment and move on. The Pats were the only ones I’ve seen fight so vehemently as they did (Which might be due to the magnitude of the punishment, among other factors). But, whatever. Now some Pats fans think Kraft betrayed them or whatever and the tears just keep flowing. The scandal that keeps on giving.

21 May 08:57

"Unlearn...Privacy" cards (1970s)

by Scarfolk Council

During the 1970s, the Scarfolk Education Publishing company produced packs of cards which taught children about society and its expectations. In particular, the cards focused on eradicating any false notions that children may have picked up from prohibited books, unauthorised wise people and illegal time immigrants (a flood of which materialised in 1979 to stockpile cake following a devastating pudding famine in the future).

In addition to the 1979 'Unlearn Privacy' pack, examples from which can be seen below, other series included 'Unlearn Altrusim', 'Unlearn Democracy' and 'Unlearn Contentment'.

The aforementioned time immigrants claimed that, by the year 2017, surveillance and the invasion of privacy become so ubiquitous that citizens' brains are connected to a central network. No thought, conscious or otherwise, is permitted expression unless it has been approved by a state computer programme nicknamed 'Brain O'Brien'. However, a backlog quickly accumulates, and many people go without a thought of their own for months, if not years at a time.

Fortunately, the government predicted such an emergency and prepared in advance a series of standardised thoughts, ideas and opinions which it inputs directly into citizens' minds. No doubt it is this considerate civic gesture which leads to the overwhelming majority vote for the incumbent party in many subsequent elections.

The bonus card above comes from an earlier pack, 'Unlearn Compassion', which was published in 1971.

20 May 04:00


by Jennie Breeden

Twerk from the Heart

The Doubleclicks are awesome! For a spoiler, check out their video.

20 May 01:00

Sweatshirt that gives your pet a special cuddle pouch is half cat, half kangaroo, all adorable

by Casey Baseel

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If you’re the doting owner of a dog or cat, odds are you think it feels pretty great when your animal companion saunters over for a snuggle. Still, there are times when you want to keep your hands free for other activities, like reading a book or surfing the Internet, and don’t want to have to worry about knocking your pet off your lap every time you shift in your seat or change your posture.

So even if your animal-loving heart only belongs to your kitty or pooch, consider taking a page from the kangaroo playbook with this hoodie that features an oversized pocket on the front perfect for letting your cat or dog cuddle up against you.

Unihabitat, the maker of vegetable-themed pet beds and kotatsu for cats, is back again with the Nyangaroo Parka, officially called the Mewgaroo Hoodie in English.

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Combining the cuteness of a cat with the functionality of a kangaroo, there’s a wedge-shaped pocket that sits at stomach height and gives your pet a place to curl up inside.

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▼ The Mewgaroo Hoodie in action

Obviously, that compartment is going to fill up with hair pretty quickly. Unihabitat has taken this into consideration, though, and designed the pocket with two layers, allowing you to unsnap the one that’s in direct contact with your pet in order to thoroughly clean it and remove any shedding.

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There’s actually quite a few clever ideas packed into the sweatshirt. Aside from the pet pocket, there’s a separate space to put your own hands, and the hood’s drawstrings have fluffy tips and are purposely extra-long to give you cat something to bat at while it relaxes in its fabric suite.

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Sadly, only the medium-size Mewgaroo Hoodie, shown above, has the cat-eared hood. Buyers of the large version, recommended for male customers, will be happy to know that it does at least include the cat paw-style cuffs with finger holes, just like the medium-size sweatshirt has.

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As a matter of fact, you might want to skip the cat ears if you’re buying the Mewgaroo Hoodie to enjoy with your pet dog, since smaller breeds seem to love the unique garment just as much as their feline counterparts.

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The Mewgaroo Hoodie goes on sale May 26 for 7,000 yen (US$59). It’s only available in gray, which might make it a little hard to coordinate with some of your outfits, but really, you’re not going to be paying much attention to the fabric when you’ve got this sort of view to look at.

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20 May 00:47

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19 May 20:39

'True face of Shakespeare' appears in botany book



Shakespeare image
The portrait was engraved by William Rogers in 1597

A 400-year-old botany book contains what could be the only known portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime, according to an academic expert.

Botanist and historian Mark Griffiths cracked an "ingenious cipher" to identify the playwright in an engraving in the 16th-Century work.

"This is what Shakespeare looked like, drawn from life and in the prime of life," he said.

Details of his discovery are revealed in this week's issue of Country Life.

Mark Hedges, the magazine's editor, hailed it as "the literary discovery of the century".

Speaking at London's Rose Playhouse, he said the Shakespeare portrait was the "only known verifiable portrait of the world's greatest writer in his lifetime".

He added that the engraving showed the Bard aged 33 and "in his prime".

"He's written Midsummer Night's Dream and he's shortly to write Hamlet. He has a film star's good looks."

Historian Mark Griffiths holds a copy of The Herball book
Historian Mark Griffiths holds a copy of The Herball book

But Professor Michael Dobson, director of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, said he was "deeply unconvinced" by the theory.

"I haven't seen the detailed arguments but Country Life is certainly not the first publication to make this sort of claim," he said.

"One has seen so many claims on Shakespeare based on somebody claiming to crack a code. And nobody else has apparently been able to decipher this for 400 years.

"And there's no evidence that anybody thought that this was Shakespeare at the time."

It is not the first time such claims have been made about a Shakespeare portrait.

In 2009, a painting known as the Cobbe portrait was put on show by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The trust said it was convinced the artwork - thought to date back to 1610 - was an authentic portrait, but some critics said the picture was not of Shakespeare.

Portraits 'decoded'

Griffiths made his discovery when he was researching the biography of pioneering botanist John Gerard (1545-1612), author of The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.

The 1,484 page book, published in 1598, is described as the largest single-volume work on plants that has been published in English.

Griffiths said on Tuesday that he was aware of only 10 surviving copies of the first edition that contained the title page with an engraving by William Rogers.

The four figures depicted in the engraving were assumed to have been imaginary.

However, Griffiths revealed he had decoded decorative devices around the figures - such as heraldic motifs and emblematic flowers - to reveal their "true identities".

They are the author Gerard, Rembert Dodoens, a renowned Flemish botanist, and Queen Elizabeth's Lord Treasurer, Lord Burghley.

The fourth man holds a fritillary and an ear of sweetcorn - plants which Griffiths says point to Shakespeare's poem Venus and Adonis and his play Titus Andronicus.

Below the bearded fourth man - who wears a laurel wreath - was "an ingenious cipher of the kind loved by the Elizabethan aristocracy" which, when decoded, confirmed his identity as "William Shakespeare".

Edward Wilson, emeritus fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, explained said that he and Griffiths had spent five years consulting Latin and Shakespeare scholars before going public.

"We do not think anyone is going to dispute this at all," he said.

Griffiths writes in Country Life: "The Fourth Man is not cartoonish or stylised. It may be monochrome, in fancy dress, and just 3.5 inches tall, but this is something that has been sought for centuries."

He goes on: "By the time that portraits of Shakespeare were at a premium, the significance of the Rogers engraving had faded from memory. Its camouflaged figures, coded plants and ciphers proved too clever for its own good.

"The title page, one of the richest and most important artworks of the English Renaissance, came to be seen merely as a bibliophile's rarity and a fine, if stereotypical specimen of Elizabethan decoration. Nobody dreamed of finding Shakespeare in it."

19 May 15:20

Facebook Group For Black Lesbians Forced To Shut Down AFter Racist and Homophobic Abuse

by Amy Walker


There is a popular new trend amongst Facebook users where people click that they are attending events they have no intention of going to in order to raise awareness of certain events or individuals. This practice has had some positive outcomes, Californian student Azeem Ward received Internet fame following the sharing of his flute recital, with thousands pledging to attend the event only intended for one hundred.

Unfortunately, like everything else on the Internet there is a darker side to this new trend. When thousands of Internet users, mostly white men, clicked to attend an even in Claifornia for Black Lesbians United, the group was quickly over run by racist and homophobic abuse.

The group were subjected to comments such as people asking if they can attend because they ‘know a black guy’ and offering to ‘bring the KFC’. Some Facebook users posted links to hardcore lesbian porn, whilst one individual commented ‘I’m a straight whit boy having ambitions to one day be a black lesbian.’

Following the massive amounts of abuse the group were subjected to they chose to remove the events page from Facebook, though the event itself is still planned to go ahead.

To be honest though, I’m not shocked that the group were subjected to this kind of abuse, we all know that there are a lot of very nasty and very narrow minded people on the Internet, and social media especially. What does shock me though is that once again Facebook is allowing people to get away with posting abuse of this level.

There are so many people and pages being reported every single day for spreading hate speech and abusing other Facebook users that you’d think the company would be quicker to step in when situations like this occur. Facebook needs to address these kinds of issues. They need to employ more people to stop this kind of thing from happening and they need to shut down the accounts of users that engage in these kinds of acts, not waiting for the victims to leave because they can’t take anymore abuse.

Fortunately not ever person who left comments on the Black Lesbians United page was there to cause harm. One commenter wrote, ‘To the black lesbians who only came to this page to find happiness and acceptance in their sexuality I want to give a sincere apology for the twisted sick people who have written racist or homophobic comments to you.

‘Nobody deserves to be treated that way, no matter how fucking funny those idiots think they are. Keep being proud of who you are and don’t listen to the insecure people below. One again I am truly sorry.’



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19 May 16:26

Punk is for the ‘burbs: The oppressive banality of Hardcore Architecture


suburban punk homes as scouted by maximum rocknroll

Women in Drag: The address given for their untitled cassette, in Albuquerque, NM 87123. Source: MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, issue no. 29, October, 1985. Street view date: June, 2014. Sample quote from the review: “Sun-baked punk, thrash, Egypto-crypto-weirdness.”-Tim Yohannan
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19 May 16:13

Today’s Gender of the Day is: Tired

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18 May 19:55

An Eighth Grader’s Yo Mama Jokes for Unitarian (Universalists)

by James Ford

'Yo mama so Unitarian, she’s offended that these jokes don’t include “Universalist” '

Yo Mama Jokes for Unitarian (Universalist)s by Jack Killilea Presented at the Coming of Age Service at the First Unitarian Church of Providence May 17, 2015 Yo mama so Unitarian, she feels guilty about her Prius Yo mama so Unitarian, she buys junk food at Whole Foods Yo mama so Unitarian, she brings vegan lasagna [Read More...]
19 May 13:00

We tried Tokyo’s “rent a middle-aged Japanese man” service, and it was awesome!

by Scott Wilson


You can rent pretty much anything in Japan. Even people, it would seem.

With so many people working long hours and not having the time to devote to cultivating real relationships, it’s just easier to hand over some cash and pay someone to act as your boyfriend, girlfriend, or just a friend to hang out with for the day.

But what about when you’re looking for something different? What if you’re in need of life advice that only a middle-aged Japanese man can provide? Well that’s where the ossan (middle-aged/old) rental service comes in!

The idea of hanging out with a 47-year-old Japanese dude and getting sagely wisdom while getting coffee together was so intriguing we had to try it for ourselves.

The first step in renting our ossan was, of course, going to the ossan rental website. There you can rent Takanobu Nishimoto, a 47-year-old fashion producer/stylist. He has worked in Japan and the U.S., in all kinds of places from department store salons to being the executive producer for a major stylist company, and he’s even written a relationship advice column for women at one point.

But now, he just works as a professional ossan – a service that he started all by himself, and is currently the only man available to be rented.

The ordering process was as simple as purchasing anything else online: we added Nishimoto to our cart, selected the time we wanted to meet, and then checked out; that’s all there was to it.

▼ We double-checked to see if there were costumes we could add to our cart for him to dress up in, but unfortunately there was no such option. Yet.


The day of our rental, we met Nishimoto-san at the Ebisu train station in Shinjuku, Tokyo. We’d seen his picture online, but still weren’t sure what to expect in real life.

▼ How would we even find him? Would we have to listen for the guy telling lame dad-jokes?


▼ Or would we have to watch for a teenage girl crossing her arms and going “daaaaaaaad, you’re embarrassing me” every five seconds?


▼ “Excuse me, handsome passerby. Have you seen a rental ossan around here at all?”


▼ “Oh! It’s you. Why, I’d swear you were far more of a niisan than an ossan.”


Since we were budget-conscious, we had only one hour to enjoy with Nishimoto-san, so we went straight to a cafe, sat down for some drinks, and got right down to business. Right off the bat, we asked him why he got into this line of work. “One day I was on the train and some girls nearby me went ‘Ugh, what a gross ossan,'” he said. “So I decided to embrace my ossan-ness and do this.”

▼ Now those same girls are paying him by the hour for relationship advice. Justice?


When we asked how many clients he’d had since starting his ossan rental service in 2012, Nishimoto said that he’s had a total of 1,502 people rent him out to date! Apparently 60 percent of them are repeat customers, who are basically just Nishimoto-san fans at this point and can’t get enough of him.

We were also interested in what he and his clients typically did together during rental sessions. Unsurprisingly, it usually wasn’t too different from what we were doing with him: hanging out at a cafe or bar, chatting, drinking, or getting life advice over lunch.

But, he did say he’d had some pretty unusual requests: being rented out to visit sick people in the hospital he didn’t know, or to announce one woman’s marriage to her family since her father had been looking forward to doing it but had passed away before he could. Of course, he’s had requests for other less innocent things, but he has a strict “no touching” policy that is made clear from the get-go, so don’t get any wrong ideas about what this handsome middle-aged man is prepared to do!

Before we knew it, our hour of ossan rental was up. We couldn’t believe how fast the time went by – Nishimoto-san was just so suave and charming. Before we said goodbye though, he let us know that he’s planning on expanding his ossan rental business and has recently hired two new ossans (out of over 100 applicants!) who will be available for rent soon on his website.

▼ Which is also the place where you can buy his book: Diary of a Rental Ossan. For just the price of one hour with Nishimoto-san, you can get years worth of his experience!


With over 1,500 clients under his belt, and at only 1,000 yen an hour, Nishimoto-san is a bargain hidden away in the typically overpriced Tokyo. Whether you need a tour guide, some social support, a bit of relationship advice, or just someone to suggest a new style for your hair, he’s got you covered.

The next time you’re in Tokyo, make a reservation on his website, and see what hanging out with the most experienced ossan in Tokyo can be like.

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18 May 07:57

Learn to Write Through a Video Game Inspired by the Romantic Poets: Shelley, Byron, Keats

by Ted Mills

Can a computer game teach writing and free up the creative mind? Elegy for a Dead World, a Kickstarter-funded game for Steam PC, Mac and Linux systems, hopes to do so. The creators Ichiro Lambe and Ziba Scott brought the game to E3 last year and debuted it with a brief introductory walkthrough.

The game contains three post-apocalyptic worlds based on the works of a trio of Romantic poems: Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, Darkness by Lord Byron, and When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be by John Keats.

Players explore the world by walking and flying through it like a regular platform game, but encounter writing prompts that begin to flesh out the backstory with the help of the player’s imagination. The developers hope that by the third or forth prompt, the player will be invested in the tale they are telling and perhaps ignore the prompts altogether.

Players can share their stories with friends. They can also print out their finished work through sites like Blurb and Lulu.

It’s hard to know without spending the $14.99 whether or not Elegy really can lead you to some decent writing. Experienced writers may find the worlds too limiting, but perhaps for a beginning writer it might help with the fear of the blank page. A lot was promised in the Kickstarter campaign:

You can read other players’ works, browsing through the most-recent, the best-loved, and recently-trending stories. In our gameplay tests so far, players have expressed a variety of thoughts about what happened in each world — the silhouette of what looks like a telescope to one player looks like a rocket ship to another, and a planet-destroying weapon to yet another.

In a larger context, Elegy is another attempt by game designers to free players from the determination of goal-based, narrative video games. Leave a comment if you’ve played Elegy for a Dead World and if you created something out of it. In the meantime, watch game reviewer NateWantsToBattle for his own experience, and just revel in the beautiful graphics. We’re a long way from Type!

via Big Think

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Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts who currently hosts the FunkZone Podcast. You can also follow him on Twitter at @tedmills, read his other arts writing at and/or watch his films here.

18 May 18:30

Comics Inspired by Waiting For Godot, Featuring Tintin, Roz Chast, and Beavis & Butthead

by Ayun Halliday

Godot Comics

Is Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot funny?

Yes. It’s a comedy about life’s tragedies, great and small.

Are cartoons inspired by Waiting for Godot funny?

…mostly not. Especially when they’re set in waiting rooms (or airport arrivals areas).

Godot’s a hard trope for a cartoonist on the prowl for something fresh. Dogs, psychiatrists, castaways on desert islands are more elastic subjects, universal, but capable of being spun any number of ways.

To wring a comic worthy of The New Yorker out of Godot, you probably have to be an actual New Yorker cartoonist, like Roz Chast, whose instantly recognizable work can be seen above.

Other New Yorker cartoonists who’ve taken a crack include Danny ShanahanJack Ziegler and Benjamin Schwartz.

Not to imply that New Yorker cartoonists are the only source for inspired Godot-inspired comics– the late, great Hergé, creator of Tintin made one.

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(Oh wait, that’s not Hergé, it’s Tom Gauld who illustrates the Guardian‘s Saturday Review letters page, scoring major points by relocating the terminally upbeat boy detective so outside his comfort zone that even Snowy is a negative image.)

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Cartoonist Richard Thompson summoned Godot for a strip within a strip installment of his popular syndicated Cul de Sac. (Click the image above to view it in a larger format.) Will readers get the reference? Alice, his preschool-aged heroine, seems to, astutely echoing critic Vivian Mercier’s assessment of Godot as a play where “nothing happens…twice”.

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I reserve my highest praise for the inspired casting of Beavis and Butthead in R. Sikoryak’s “Waiting to Go.”  (.) Here we find a Vladimir and Estragon who truly embody the final lines of Norman Mailer’s notorious “A Public Notice on Waiting for Godot”:

Man’s nature, man’s dignity, is that he acts, lives, loves, and finally destroys himself seeking to penetrate the mystery of existence, and unless we partake in some way, as some part of this human exploration… then we are no more than the pimps of society and the betrayers of our Self.

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Ayun Halliday is an author, illustrator, and Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine. Follow her @AyunHalliday

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Yeah, whatever, it’s not really Manfeels. I don’t care.

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