Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
A Korean man has caused a stir with his cuddly choice of bride: a large stuffed pillow.
Lee Jin-gyu has fallen for his 'dakimakura', a kind of large huggable pillow from Japan, reports the UK Metro.
And his beloved cushion, which has an image of Fate Testarossa from the 'magical girl' anime series Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha printed on the side, is now his wife after a special ceremony.
Lee, 28, even fitted out the pillow in a makeshift wedding dress for the nuptials before a local priest."He is completely obsessed with this pillow and takes it everywhere," a pal of the otaku (Japanese for an anime obsessive) tells the newspaper.
"They go out to the park or the funfair where it will go on all the rides with him. Then when he goes out to eat he takes it with him and it gets its own seat and its own meal."
The service for Lee and his pillow is not the first unusual union; last November anothere otaku married his virtual girlfriend Nene Anegasaki, a character who only exists in a Nintendo DS game.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
A 19-year-old Taupo man convicted of causing a life-threatening head injury to his three-month old baby was today jailed for 16 months.
Taupo District Court was told that forestry worker Chevy Benjamin Leeward Cashell threw the child from chest height approximately one metre across his living room in August 2009. The child landed on a sofa.
Cashell, who had been frustrated at not being able to stop the baby from crying, then abandoned the baby where he lay and left the room to go to the toilet.
The baby's mother, who was not in the house at the time, returned shortly after the incident and found the child pale, floppy and gasping for breath.
At the time Cashell denied having anything to do with the injury and made no attempt to resuscitate the baby.
The child was unresponsive on arrival at Taupo Hospital and was transferred to Waikato Hospital by helicopter for urgent treatment.
At Waikato Hospital the baby was found to have a subdural brain bleed, consistent with having been being shaken, or suffering a blow to the head.
Paediatric staff noted the child had two previous head injuries -- a subdural bleed to the front of his head and a torn upper lip which hadn't healed.
Had it not been for the quick actions of the medical staff the child would have died, Judge James Weir said.
Cashell had shown limited insight into the seriousness of his offending and displayed a troubling lack of perception regarding the seriousness of his offence against an innocent and completely vulnerable victim, Judge Weir said.
New Zealand had an appalling record of child abuse and death and it was a disgrace that child victims were killed in their own homes, Judge Weir said.
Cashell and his ex-partner have two children together, both of whom are now in care.Cashell pleaded guilty to reckless disrespect for the safety of a child in December.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
If made for the grave was a mexican wrestler its name would be-La Cobra Ridiculoso (The Cobra Autumn)
The rules of lucha libre are similar to American singles matches. Matches can be won by pinning the opponent to the mat for the count of three, making him submit, knocking him out of the ring for a pre-determined count (20) or by disqualification. Using the ropes for leverage is illegal and once aluchador is on the ropes, his opponent must release any holds and he will not be able to pin him.
Disqualifications occur when an opponent uses an illegal hold, move (such as the piledriver, which is an illegal move in lucha libre and grounds for immediate disqualification, though some variations are legal in certain promotions), or weapon, hits his opponent in the groin (faul), uses outside interference, attacks the referee, or rips his opponent's mask completely off. Most matches are two out of three falls (dos de tres caídas), which had been abandoned for title bouts in North America and Japan in the 1970s.
A rule unique to lucha libra applies during tag team matches, which is when the legal wrestler of a team touches the floor outside the ring, a teammate may enter the ring to take their place as the legal competitor. There is essentially no need for an actual tag to a team mate to bring them into a match. This often allows for much more frenetic action to take place in the ring than would otherwise be possible under standard tag team rules.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
This from a project I am working on with a group of young artists, we communicate via a blog, www.lofproductions.blogspot.com. The intention of the project is to facilitate an environment where the participants create artwork as a group working to a theme that changes every fortnight. They post their thoughts, sketches and providing feedback for their peers and then create a finished product on the wall of the Eden Quarter complex (on Ewington Ave). The project has been funded by the Creative Communities Fund. As they build the blog, they are also learning how to research and reference other artists, they are also learning how to justify their artwork and to treat it and their practice as valid. The artists involved do not get to paint in the mural section unless they post sketches of their ideas, research and articulate their concepts.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Graduates of the Chicago School of Economics, Made For The Grave Investment Group aims to make good on the new movement that is the " Internet" and the "Retro".