Mitsukoshi department store employee Risa Nakada poses next to the world's most expensive Hello Kitty doll, priced at 10 million yen (91,900 USD), as part of a celebration to mark Hello Kitty's 30th birthday in Tokyo, 31 August 2004. The platinum made Hello Kitty, 41mm tall and weighing 75g, wears a cloak studded with 205 pieces 4.1 ct and a mace with 0.753 ct pink colored diamond. (Photo: Xinhua/AFP)
"At a Glance: Get out your copybooks, because you can now cross "ballet" off of the "Big List of Things the Japanese Won't Make Porno Out Of". If you are an avid fan of ballet - but, you aren't such an avid fan that you actually have some modicum of respect for the art of ballet dancing - then you are probably the target market for this DVD. It features exciting behind the scenes interviews, some regular and wholesome non-erotic ballet dancing, and then multiple nude and even sex-filled dance sequences. You have not lived until you have seen a Japanese pirate rip a boner out of his leotard and plunge it into the waiting food-hole of a sassy ballerina. " via Something Awful
"MasaManiA describes itself as 'Japanese culture report by MasaManiA with fucking photo & poor English you never seen at boring CNN, Time or major sophisticated jurnalism.' In this entry, he visits a cosplay convention and shows some of the costumes/performers that were rejected by the organizers. The first picture - a sad, rejected robot - sums up everything that is pitiful and sad and surreal and totally hysterical in the world. Hope you like it! "
Danno Bakeron Friday, September 10, 2004
The short version: We're organizing a call-in day to Congress on September 14 to oppose new legislation that would undermine the Betamax decision (INDUCE Act). Sign up on the right.
Here's why: The Betamax VCR died more than 15 years ago, but the Supreme Court decision that made the Betamax and all other VCRs legal lived on. In Sony vs. Universal (known as the Betamax decision) the Court ruled that because VCRs have legitimate uses, the technology is legal—even if some people use it to copy movies. Of course, the movie industry was lucky it lost the case against VCRs, because home video soon became Hollywood's largest source of revenue. And the freedom to use and develop new technology that was protected by the Betamax decision set the stage for the incredible growth in computer technology we've seen in the last few decades.