A million Japanese boys, hiding in their rooms

A million Japanese boys, hiding in their rooms.

Teenage boys in Japan’s cities are turning into modern hermits – never leaving their rooms. Pressure from schools and an inability to talk to their families are suggested causes. Phil Rees visits the country to see what the “hikikomori” condition is all about.

A hollow voice says “plugh”

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the game Adventure, or as I knew it in my early CP/M days when I started high school, ADVENT.

I spent close to 120 man-hours on ADVENT plopped in front of a GNAT System 9 equipped out with the famous Lear Siegler ADM-3A terminal, dual eight inch floppy drives, running on CP/M. Somewhere in one of my various droppings of stuff I have printouts of two complete Adventure runs along with some hand drawn maps of Colossal Cave and the two mazes (all alike, and all different)

And here I thought that XYZZY was a nonsense word, but it turns out there’s more to it.

Missile silo house up for auction

Anyone need a lair? Buy-it-now on eBay and get a bonus house and airplane along with it.

ATLAS-F MISSILE SILO HOME FEATURES (above ground house) Open floor plan home w/ kitchen, island fireplace and wrap around covered porch, a large garage which has a secret escape hatch to the underground. The surface home doubles as an entrance to the Launch Control Center (LCC) and Silo below. See photo of keypad entry locking steel doors.

LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER (LCC) (below ground living quarters) Two story 3ft. thick epoxy resin formulated concrete reinforced walls with stainless steel mesh. Structure is 42 ft. diameter containing 2300 sf luxury home with full kitchen, dinning, entertainment center, with two private suites and exquisite marble baths with Jacuzzi. Contemporary fiber optic effect lighting along with natural sunlight rendition back lighting. Has escape hatch leading directly to surface home garage above. High circulation venting (two 18″ vent tubes.)

[via Boing Boing]

A British Guide to Pub Etiquette

It’s not just a guide to pub etiquette, but etiquette in general. Must read double-bag item.

Our first task in the preliminary research for this project was to find out how much tourists knew about pub etiquette. Not surprisingly, given the lack of information available, we found that what tourists didn’t know about pub etiquette would fill a book. This is the book.

Sign of the times: Booming Market for White-Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys

Wondering what to do after you finish law school? Get into white-collar crime!

“You definitely have a need for advice from criminal lawyers,” said Robert Sims, a Latham & Watkins partner and white-collar criminal specialist hired in February from San Francisco’s McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen. “Over the last few years, you’ve seen increased government focus — and resources being focused — on sophisticated financial crimes.”

Los Angeles-based Latham is just one of a handful of law firms that have bulked up on criminal defense lawyers in recent months. Other firms that have hired white-collar crime specialists are Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich; L.A.’s Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, and Chicago’s Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal.

“Almost every firm is getting into that in some fashion,” said Walter Brown Jr., a white-collar crime specialist who joined Gray Cary in March from New York-based Thelen Reid & Priest.

[via Red Rock Eater]

Time-Travellers Mutual Fund

While it’s up there with the ineffectual International Star Registry, the Time Travel Mutual Fund is a fun way to burn ten bucks. The idea is that you pay in $10 and through the magic of compound interest that money will become billions of dollars after 500 or so years. Multiply that by the number of people who pay in, and you got a good chunk of capital to invent time travel and/or pay off the people who invented time travel to come back in time and bring forward the people who paid into the fund. Just watch out for the Morlocks.

Q: Will they still be using money in the future?

A: We don’t know, however, it is logical to assume there will still be some form of currency used, although it will probably be electronic and not physical. We expect the fund to be converted into whatever form of currency is in use, just as all those different European currencies were turned into the Euro.

Q: What if they outlaw time travel?

A: Good question. One provision built into the fund is that it must be not only technically feasible, it must be legal as well. A maintenance fund that part of your membership fee goes to can be used to pay whatever it is that passes as lawyers in the future to try and make it legal. Laws can be changed.

[via Boing Boing]