Emojli, an Emoji-only social network by Matt Gray and Tom Scott

Emojli is an emoji-only social network by London-based tinkerers Matt Gray and Tom Scott. Interested users can reserve their usernames — which must be emoji — for when the social network launches. Emojli is scheduled to come to iOS first and others platforms later.


Filmmakers Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold share a Season 3 preview of “Video Game High School” on ‘Conan’

On a recent episode of Conan, award-winning independent filmmakers Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold sat down with host Conan O’Brien to talk about the upcoming third season of their successful action comedy web series, “Video Game High School,” and share a quick preview with the audience.

The dynamic filmmaking duo then went on to shoot Conan’s “super-serious” cameo for Video Game High School and recall their experience with hiring professional stuntmen to film a scene where a car flips.


A Multitrack A Capella Cover of the ‘Overworld 1′ Song From Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario Bros. 3′

YouTube entertainer Max “Smooth McGroove” Gleason created a multitrack a capella cover of the “Overworld 1” song from Nintendo’s 1988 video game Super Mario Bros. 3.


Japan unveils Kodomoroid, a lifelike news-reading android

Kodomoroid is a lifelike Japanese news-reading android created by robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. The android, whose name is a combination of the Japanese word for child and android, was revealed today during a event hailing it as the “world’s firstnews-reading android.

Kodomoroid is scheduled to work and gather data in Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.


Côte&Ciel skates Hong Kong with its Coral Isar Rucksack

Known for its innovative conceptual backpack designs, Côte&Ciel looks to the oceans with its new Coral collection. Inspired by the colorful reefs and rich sea life inhabiting them, the line introduces two new editions of the brand’s iconic Isar Rucksack. Crafted out of durable but sustainable Eco Yarn, the simplistic rucksack offers adjustable sizing thanks to its brightly colored straps and quick access to its notebook pocket that can accommodate laptops up to 15”.

Taking to the streets of Hong Kong, Côte&Ciel rolls out its latest city-focused short film that highlights the Coral iteration of its Isar Rucksack. Filmed throughout the bustling city’s crowded streets and wet markets, the Isar Rucksack is captured through the lens of Nigel Ong, and features a plethora of slow motion footage as well as shots of the bag in action.

Available in two styles, the first boasts a black/white geometric print that is reminiscent of enlarged fish scales and is accented with turquoise and royal blue webbing. The other option, inspired by the reflections caused by fish surfacing around the reefs, features an iridescent weave that and is appropriately paired with green webbing. The Coral Collection is currently available both online and in-store at select retailers.


“Blackboard War II”: A stop-motion animated video of two Japanese students battling with chalk-drawn characters & brooms

In the stop-motion animated videoBlackboard War II,” uploaded by YouTube user Daiki Ikeda in 2011, a Japanese high school student attempts to clean a chalkboard while another student engages him in battle using all sorts of chalk-drawn characters. They then take the stop-motion war to the hallways as they fly around on brooms and leap through windows.

This is sequel to their first stop-motion video, “Blackboard War,” from 2010.


8-Bit Cinema – Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 Retold as an 8-Bit Animated Video Game

CineFix has released a new episode of 8-Bit Cinema that retells Quentin Tarantino‘s action films, Kill Bill Volume 1 and Volume 2, in the form of an 8-bit animated video game. It was written and animated by David Dutton of Dutton Films with music by Henry Dutton.

“Today we present Kill Bill in the form of an 8 bit video game! You get both volumes in one convenient video cartridge, packed with action and awesome finishing moves.”


Frozen’s songs in regional Japanese dialects somehow work amazingly well

It all started with the Japanese version of “Let it Go”, the hit song from Disney’s latest animated movie Frozen. But that wasn’t the only song to be localized, and now amateur singers are getting even more local with creative versions of Frozen’s songs in their own regional dialects.

Dialects in Japan are serious business. It’s not just a matter of accent or pronunciation; the grammatical structure and vocabulary can also both change dramatically, to the extent that sometimes people born in the same country and supposedly speaking the same language can’t even understand each other.

The Japanese release of Frozen went so far as to dub the songs with original Japanese-language versions, but for some people that just wasn’t native enough.

Osaka-ben is arguably the most famous dialect in Japan, spoken by people in the Osaka region and often heard from the lips of famous comedians. The song has been produced single-handedly by Osakan singer/songwriter Kanna.


Toledo Museum of Art presents “The Art of Video Games”

The Art of Video Games shows the striking visual effects, player interactivity and creative use of new technologies in games. By focusing on four game types—action, adventure, target and combat/strategy—the exhibition reveals the emergence of video games as a means of storytelling and audience engagement.

Visitors will be able to connect with the content of the show across generations, from those who remember classics such as Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers to those playing more recent games like Flower and Super Mario Galaxy 2.

The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Mark Lamia, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, Rose Family Foundation, Betty and Lloyd Schermer, and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

The showing in Toledo is made possible through the generous support of Toledo Museum of Art members. Free admission.