Some of my favorite things on the interwebs this week:
- If you saw last week’s Parks & Rec, you’ll love TomHaverfoods.com
- This photo of tulip fields in the Netherlands is just too too beautiful (via That Andy Cohen)
- From XKCD, it’s a movie guide to making other people feel old. It also made me feel old… le sigh.
- Speaking of feeling old, I have my 10 year high school this weekend. I LOVE going back to Baldwin.
- Finally, Kelly is getting married, so here’s a special pre-wedding message to her:
I think getting dressed up for Wal-Mart is a wonderful thing — this country is losing its sense of formality…
Via Best Roof Talk Ever
Honestly, I can’t pull enough passages from this one to do it justice, but major kudos to Aidan for finding this story about 2-D love in Japan. Basically, men and women in their 30s and 40s in Japan have relationships with 2-D anime characters (typically resembling girls in their early teens):
Nisan is part of a thriving subculture of men and women in Japan who indulge in real relationships with imaginary characters. These 2-D lovers, as they are called, are a subset of otaku culture— the obsessive fandom that has surrounded anime, manga and video games in Japan in the last decade. It’s impossible to say exactly what portion of otaku are 2-D lovers, because the distinction between the two can be blurry. Like most otaku, the majority of 2-D lovers go to work, pay rent, hang out with friends (some are even married). Unlike most otaku, though, they have real romantic feelings for their toys. The less extreme might have a hidden collection of figurines based on anime characters that they go on “dates” with during off hours. A more serious 2-D lover, like Nisan, actually believes that a lumpy pillow with a drawing of a prepubescent anime character on it is his girlfriend.
According to many who study the phenomenon, the rise of 2-D love can be attributed in part to the difficulty many young Japanese have in navigating modern romantic life. According to a government survey, more than a quarter of men and women between the ages of 30 and 34 are virgins; 50 percent of men and women in Japan do not have friends of the opposite sex.
Seriously, read the rest at the NY Times.
I really can’t stop staring:
And very nicely found me not one, but TWO awesome umbrellas to add to my imaginary umbrella collection.
The LED umbrella has a nice geek factor because you sort of look like you’re holding a light saber.
The cloud umbrella, which may set a record for weirdest/least practical umbrella yet, inflates on the go: