28

Aug

behindthebloom:

In the heart-wrenching reverse-dystopian novel by Jillian Cantor, Searching for Sky, a teenage girl is yanked from her seemingly blissful life on a desert island where she was raised, and into a hostile, modern world—ours! We asked some of our staffers in the U.S. office to bring in some items that they insist they need to survive in the modern world. Here are the things they say they can’t live without!
 (clockwise, from top left)
 1. Emily Ritter (Trade Marketing Coordinator): “What can’t ice cream do? It’s the perfect balm for when you’re feeling down and the ultimate way to celebrate success. There’s no way I could live without my biggest, most delicious, life-motivator!”
 2. Caroline Osborn (S&L Marketing Coordinator):  “Sometimes, I like to make my own music. Other times, I leave it to a professional. Either way, my trusty ukulele represents the thrill and catharsis of the accessible live music that I enjoy in New York City, whether it comes from a favorite band on tour, a street performer encountered by chance, or myself alone in my bedroom.”
 3. Courtney Griffin (Publicist): “I can’t live without lipstick because different shades can reflect different moods. It can be neutral on any old day, bright if you’re feeling bold, and dark if you’re daring or even feeling a little sad. Or, it doesn’t have to mean anything—it can just be lots of fun (and sparkly!).”
 4. Sarah Shumway (Senior Editor): “Who needs paper or plastic at the store when you can carry a cute and compact bag like this? It’s green, it makes a statement, and it’s also handy for hauling snacks and books. This one is from my hometown indie bookstore, DDG .”
 5. Linette Kim (S&L Marketing Manager): “This little card is amazing. Monthly unlimited public transportation to the office, to church, to my favorite museums and libraries—even the beach? YES PLEASE. It’s my ticket to everywhere in NYC.”
 6. Hali Baumstein (Assistant Editor): “My sweet tooth cannot be ignored. A little chocolate goes a long way to keep me going each day!”
 7. Brett Wright (Associate Editor): “I can’t operate as a human without coffee. It’s simple, really: After one sip, I feel better instantly. After two sips, I feel normal. After three, I’m ready to be productive and social. If I was on a deserted island without coffee, I’d probably just stay there forever, unable to think of a way off without a caffeinated system.”
 8. Derrick Kennelty-Cohen (Marketing Designer): “I can’t imagine life without a pen and paper. There are too many ideas that need to be jotted down before being forgotten, too many plans that need to be drawn out so they can be realized, too many funky-fresh rhymes that need to be rehearsed before your next rap battle. Write a note in the sand and the wind and surf will wipe it away. Write it in a pocket-sized notebook and you’re good to go. Unlined, preferably, because where we’re going we don’t need rules.”
 9. Laura Whitaker (Associate Editor) cannot live without hot sauce because it keeps her taste buds happy. And considering that she just (potentially incorrectly) learned from a commercial that the life span of a taste bud is ten days, she would like to treat hers to the fine life while they are around. 
 10-13. Mary Kate Castellani (Senior Editor)*:
 10. “This one is pretty obvious. Headaches happen. Be prepared.”
 11. “Crayons always make me think of fresh starts and simpler, easier times. The smell of crayons just brings me back to that first day of school when things were exciting and new. I hardly ever make time to color, but when I do it’s amazingly therapeutic.”
 12. “I am obsessed with fresh breath! I chew gum after every meal, every cup of coffee, every snack. I would be totally grumpy without gum.”
 13. “My piano teacher insisted that all her students keep their nails short and trim so there was no clacking when we played. So I’ve always felt the need to keep my nails perfectly filed and short, and now that I sit at a computer all day typing away it’s nice to look at pretty nails as I go!”
*Mary Kate is the editor of Searching for Sky and therefore has thought a lot about surviving life in the modern world!
 
What’s one item you can’t survive without in the modern world?
 

I’ve got a lot of quirky sketches, half-written song lyrics, and interview notes in that particular notebook.

behindthebloom:

In the heart-wrenching reverse-dystopian novel by Jillian Cantor, Searching for Sky, a teenage girl is yanked from her seemingly blissful life on a desert island where she was raised, and into a hostile, modern world—ours! We asked some of our staffers in the U.S. office to bring in some items that they insist they need to survive in the modern world. Here are the things they say they can’t live without!

 (clockwise, from top left)

 1. Emily Ritter (Trade Marketing Coordinator): “What can’t ice cream do? It’s the perfect balm for when you’re feeling down and the ultimate way to celebrate success. There’s no way I could live without my biggest, most delicious, life-motivator!”

 2. Caroline Osborn (S&L Marketing Coordinator):  “Sometimes, I like to make my own music. Other times, I leave it to a professional. Either way, my trusty ukulele represents the thrill and catharsis of the accessible live music that I enjoy in New York City, whether it comes from a favorite band on tour, a street performer encountered by chance, or myself alone in my bedroom.”

 3. Courtney Griffin (Publicist): “I can’t live without lipstick because different shades can reflect different moods. It can be neutral on any old day, bright if you’re feeling bold, and dark if you’re daring or even feeling a little sad. Or, it doesn’t have to mean anything—it can just be lots of fun (and sparkly!).”

 4. Sarah Shumway (Senior Editor): “Who needs paper or plastic at the store when you can carry a cute and compact bag like this? It’s green, it makes a statement, and it’s also handy for hauling snacks and books. This one is from my hometown indie bookstore, DDG .”

 5. Linette Kim (S&L Marketing Manager): “This little card is amazing. Monthly unlimited public transportation to the office, to church, to my favorite museums and libraries—even the beach? YES PLEASE. It’s my ticket to everywhere in NYC.”

 6. Hali Baumstein (Assistant Editor): “My sweet tooth cannot be ignored. A little chocolate goes a long way to keep me going each day!”

 7. Brett Wright (Associate Editor): “I can’t operate as a human without coffee. It’s simple, really: After one sip, I feel better instantly. After two sips, I feel normal. After three, I’m ready to be productive and social. If I was on a deserted island without coffee, I’d probably just stay there forever, unable to think of a way off without a caffeinated system.”

 8. Derrick Kennelty-Cohen (Marketing Designer): “I can’t imagine life without a pen and paper. There are too many ideas that need to be jotted down before being forgotten, too many plans that need to be drawn out so they can be realized, too many funky-fresh rhymes that need to be rehearsed before your next rap battle. Write a note in the sand and the wind and surf will wipe it away. Write it in a pocket-sized notebook and you’re good to go. Unlined, preferably, because where we’re going we don’t need rules.”

 9. Laura Whitaker (Associate Editor) cannot live without hot sauce because it keeps her taste buds happy. And considering that she just (potentially incorrectly) learned from a commercial that the life span of a taste bud is ten days, she would like to treat hers to the fine life while they are around.

 10-13. Mary Kate Castellani (Senior Editor)*:

 10. “This one is pretty obvious. Headaches happen. Be prepared.”

 11. “Crayons always make me think of fresh starts and simpler, easier times. The smell of crayons just brings me back to that first day of school when things were exciting and new. I hardly ever make time to color, but when I do it’s amazingly therapeutic.”

 12. “I am obsessed with fresh breath! I chew gum after every meal, every cup of coffee, every snack. I would be totally grumpy without gum.”

 13. “My piano teacher insisted that all her students keep their nails short and trim so there was no clacking when we played. So I’ve always felt the need to keep my nails perfectly filed and short, and now that I sit at a computer all day typing away it’s nice to look at pretty nails as I go!”

*Mary Kate is the editor of Searching for Sky and therefore has thought a lot about surviving life in the modern world!

 

What’s one item you can’t survive without in the modern world?

 

I’ve got a lot of quirky sketches, half-written song lyrics, and interview notes in that particular notebook.

‘Cyberstrike ft. Sabrepulse’ by Shirobon is my new jam.

I am freaking the flip out about this pomeranian who holds the world records for both running on his hind legs AND for running on his front legs. SO CUTE!

27

Aug

whywhitefriendswhy:

elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.

OMG

(Source: lexii5297)

My history with the Ace Attorney/Professor Layton serieseses…s

2007: Had a job that paid well but I hated. To combat the constant sadness, I splurged on weird video games to entertain myself on the train. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All warmed my heart before the job crumbled.

2008: Unemployed and wallowing in games and trivia to keep my mind active between depressing job interviews, I won a copy of Professor Layton and the Curious Village in a logic problem competition at the Nintendo World Store. Burned through the game within three days and started a new job the following week. Celebrating the sudden boom in employment, I finally picked up Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, a game which is still my absolute favorite resolution of a story in any medium ever. My first foray into writing about video games encourages me to really dive into them, so I also pick up Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, which I sing the praises of to anyone who will listen.

2009: Taking my first solo adult vacation ever, I spend two weeks gallivanting about the West Coast with only Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box to keep me company.

2010: Another bout of underemployment and many many unfruitful interviews is bookended by Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, the games in each series that I complain the most about despite their being rather adventurous.

2011: Start of my longest-running (to date) office gig is followed by the refreshing Professor Layton and the Last Specter. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective also comes out this year from the Ace Attorney development team and it is wonderful, but it’s not part of this series so whatever.

2012: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is released one day before my family’s house is destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. I find the game comforting but hard to focus on while crashing on my sister’s couch in Washington DC.

2013: I excitedly download Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and am almost immediately bored to tears. Still have not finished.

2014: Falling back in love with Layton by completing all the downloadable puzzles in Miracle Mask over the holiday break, I run out and grab Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, which also bores me almost immediately. Have not yet finished, but the game card still rests in my 3DS case should I ever be so inclined. Already plan on heading up to the Nintendo World Store this Friday for Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney out of sheer brand loyalty and the hope that maybe it will inspire me to finish the previous game in each franchise.

26

Aug

Adult women are now the largest demographic in gaming

face-down-asgard-up:

glowcloud:

dailydot:

Congratulations, gamer girls—you’re officially at the top of the food chain when it comes to games. A new study released by the Entertainment Software Association has revealed that adult women now occupy the largest demographic in the gaming industry. Women over 18 made up a whopping 36 percent of the gaming population, followed by adult men at 35 percent. 

I cannot wait for men to cry about this

image

now let’s get more women in development

genderphobia:

stuffwhitepeopleask:

If White People Were Described Like People Of Color In Literature

this is the best thing i’ve ever read

I hate to say it, but white people sound fucking delicious.

samuraicinema:

Rashomon - Akira Kurosawa

tinycartridge:

Link, Isabelle, and more coming to Mario Kart 8 ⊟

What. Not sure if this reveal was accidental, but Nintendo UK’s official site posted listings for two upcoming downloadable content packs for Mario Kart 8.

The Zelda pack, coming this November, includes:

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles (is that a Blue Falcon from F-Zero?)
  • 8 Courses (including an F-Zero stage!)

The Animal Crossing pack isn’t due until May 2015:

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses (an Animal Crossing stage, yay!)

Each pack is priced at £7.00 or the UK, or around $11.60. The listings note, “As a bonus for purchasing both packs - as a bundle or separately - you can get eight different-coloured Yoshis and eight different-coloured Shy Guys that can be used right away.”

BUY Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 7, upcoming games

Yes. Yes. Yesyesyes.

Isabelle in the wooden carousel horsey kart please!

Also, the screens show what appears to be an Excitebike course, so eff yeah on that too. I’ve been saying they need to just make Super Smash Kart for years, and this is basically that.

thewomanfromitaly:

pageofmelody:

chesiresailboats:

frostbackscat:

I humanized the Magic School Bus, since it’s Ms Frizzle’s TARDIS equivalent! I mean, she IS a Timelord right? And the cliche of overused references ensued!

wow she certainly is 
busty



this post changed my life forever

thewomanfromitaly:

pageofmelody:

chesiresailboats:

frostbackscat:

I humanized the Magic School Bus, since it’s Ms Frizzle’s TARDIS equivalent! I mean, she IS a Timelord right? And the cliche of overused references ensued!

wow she certainly is 

busty

image

this post changed my life forever

(Source: frostbackcat)