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soothing pastel wallpapers of japan

How about some nice oriental eye candy? Here are some beautiful pastel Japanese sights from artist Elora Pautrat.
I’m only showing a few of those below. If you want more of those, and in higher resolutions, you’ll have to head over to her Owakita_ Twitter account and get them from the media list. You can also get them from her website, but you’ll have to dig a little deeper there as the images can’t be directly downloaded.
In Firefox, you can get them by right-clicking and choosing View Page Info > Media, or by saving the full page to your hard drive. This last trick also works with Chrome.

Note that these are for personal use only. You’re free to use them as desktop or phone wallpapers, or use them as your Twitter banner. But no commercial use of any kind please.

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paniq is making an album

That’s right. The final goal has been reached, so Paniq & Sylvia now have all the funding they need to can this awesome piece of free music in the next months.
It’s great, it’s awesome and it’s gonna be free for everyone and all over the web (I think). Well it should be at least, so keep an eye open for this one cause this could be the start of a great new (r)evolution in online art and music making (see this post by @Kurreltheraven about it as well)  and it only took 190 folks to donate.

From Paniq’s post:

You people are awesome. I simply don’t know what to say other than: thank you, times and times again. Never would we have believed that it takes only 190 people and a few days to make something good happen.

Wicked. Now go make a smashing album!

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help paniq make his new free album

Here’s an interesting business model for ya. Paniq, which latest free cc-licensed album I blogged about before, is going to make a brand-new album. This time however he’s putting his day-job on hold for a few months to fully concentrate on the creation of his music and see if that changes the outcome (hoping it’ll sound totally awesome I guess). Since this will cut in on his cash-flow, he’s looking at the internet to fund his poor artists’ ass while he’s working on the album.

If you’re thinking, “Hey, I don’t mind chipping in a few bucks or euros for some good free music!” then by all means head over to the album’s website and make a donation. It’s conveniently called, so you can’t miss. If you’re feeling very generous you’ll even get extra benefits, ranging from a thank-you on the album booklet, a physical copy of the album or a stripper coming to perform the album live in your bedroom!

Well, that last one I made up, but there are some cool options in there if you’re willing to lay down the cash, so check it out.

Also, worth nothing for the open source zealots out there. The album will be made completely on free software. Awesome.
So? Is “The Most Remarkable Album On This Entire Planet” going to get finished?

Well. It’s up to us, really.

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zombie mini-comic

Meta-gaming is what happens when people take an online game outside of the game. Typical examples are clans setting up forums to discuss their devious tactics and strategy outside of the game. Wiki’s containing player’s tips and tricks and a deeper insight into the game, or even inventing  a zombie language dictionary for example. A second facet which is quite interesting is when players start role playing in the meta gaming universe and start publishing detailed character bio’s of their game characters or writing fan-fiction based on the game.

Urban Dead is a free zombie apocalypse game which I’ve been playing for a while now, and this browser-based game has a huge amount of this additional meta-gaming information outside of the game. In fact, the wiki is probably the main resource for any beginning and advanced player of the game. Some of the players got into some of that fan-fiction writing I mention in the form of a webcomic, but this one I recently ran into really tops it.

It’s a mini-graphic novel based on the UD game but you don’ t have to play to game to be able enjoy it. The graphics are simply pro-level and the story unfolds nicely. I’m sad to see there are only 2 chapters so far and I can’t wait to read the rest. If you’ve played the game you’ll definitely dig this comic. If you haven’t, but like zombies and some graphic violence, this could be right up your alley.

It’s called Necrophobic by Craig J Spearing, and it’s too damn short. Grrrrr.
Check out the wicked art in the Gallery on the main site as well. This guy sure has some talent.

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belly is the new booty

I have this one sitting in my draft for too long now without posting it, but that’s probably because I don’t have that much to say about it, and I don’t like just posting a link in here. But since this is actually a video, and it will fill up the post I’m going for it anyway. Talk about the easy way out.

So why this video? Well first of all it features a guy rapping on glitchy IDM-ish beats, which I dig. The video itself of course is a bigger reason since it’s all computer generated (yes, geek stuff fits nicely in this blog) and it has full frontal nudity, and some awesome dance routines (from the naked dude again)! Too bad it’s a dude however, so don’t get your hopes up too much. The dude does have a huge belly which makes it sort of funny in a disturbing kind of way, and it’s also a bit of a tongue in cheek reference to all the video’s featuring black girls shaking their big booties in front of the camera to yet another lame RNB tune.

So none of that crap in this video! Enjoy the phatness from Landjugend called “Tween my lips”.