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Imagine living in a house made of glass. No, not a greenhouse; an actual 3-storey house made of glass walls. The crazy architect built one in Tokyo (The owner must be paying unusually high house insurance in earthquake-friendly Japan). But looking at these amazing photos, I would want one as a sitting room / lounge and it would attach on the side of my main house (I would add a bar, billiards table, and a video games room).

The Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, used modular tables to build this see-through house. I bet it would be awkward if the washroom is also transparent! What about winter, you say? It contains 21 “floor plates”, where some are heated to provide comfort in the winter.

You’ll get an amazing walkthrough of the house by watching the video below.

Click on each of the images to magify

credit: Von Capulong (weirdasianews.com)

April 27-29, 2012, the annual comicon this year in Calgary was a huge draw, so much so that they blew past capacity on Saturday, and many people were turned away. The overwhelming volume of fans was mainly due to the presence of the original cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, all nine of the original cast who had a reunion for the first time since the show went off the air 25 years ago.

Yours truly, onomeister, had decided this was a year not to be missed; and was I right!! With my trusty DSLR in hand, and dressed as Super Mario, I was able to snap up some incredible photos!

Blogged earlier about the Star Trek reunion here.

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Meet Ronald Wayne, a gambling man who is reminded every year on this day of what seems like a cruel April Fools joke, of how he could have been a billionaire if he had chosen to stick it out with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Ronald Wayne, who has never owned an Apple product, recently purchased a Dell computer.  

According to Wayne, Jobs asked for his help in drafting documents, creating the company’s first logo and an operating manual. For his contribution, Wayne was awarded a 10 percent stake in the company. And so, on April 1st, 1976, he became a founding member of Apple Inc.

Why did he leave? He was thousands of dollars in debt for a failing slot-machine manufacturing company, and was concerned history would repeat. “When you’re at a focal point of history, you don’t realize you’re at a focal point of history,” he said.

What is he doing now? “I’m living off my Social Security and I do a modest trade in collectors’ stamps and coins,” he said.

(story credit: CNN Tech)

A tragic story from Augusta, Georgia, where a 12-year old shot and killed a 10-year old. The investigators say that before the shooting occurred, the kids were playing Call of Duty: Black Ops (a game that is rated M for intense violence and meant for 17+ year olds).

The 10-year old boy and another 8-year old boy were playing the game, while the 12-year old boy was waving around his parents’ semi-automatic handgun when it went off.

Child psychiatrist, Dr. Dale Peeples says there are many factors that affect violent behavior in children: their family situation, their peer group dynamic and  if they have witnessed violence in the past.

Do you think playing a excessively violent game like Call of Duty could be a factor that motivates a kid to search for their parents’ handgun and start playing around with it? Obviously, the parents have some responsibility in this tragedy. Was their mistake letting their kids play this game, or leaving the gun lying around the house, or both?

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