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Campus Hookup Culture- How much sex do students really have?

An interesting lecture by Prof. Lisa Wade of Occidental University on her research into hookup culture on College Campuses in the US. The short version is that students are having more sexual encounters, but less actual sex in the current cultural environment on campus. You can’t see the powerpoints in the video, but you can see them here.



Common Hour: The Promise and Perils of Hook-Up Culture from Franklin & Marshall College on Vimeo.

Making Visual Novels

An interesting article about making (and selling) visual novels by someone whose been doing it a while. I even tried doing this myself years ago with FLASH, although mine didn’t have any interactivity and was a poor first effort.

Although both visual novels (VNs) and dating sims have been gaining popularity in western markets, many people still don’t know exactly what they are or, more likely, have the wrong idea about them.

Visual novels are a graphic novel of sorts with flat or basically animated tableaus and a story with optional paths the reader can follow. Dating sims are very similar in that the reader chooses from on-screen options but the purpose is to develop personal relationships with in-game characters. These games can have rather complex paths with multiple endings.

To be clear, they originated in Japan and, while many visual novels or dating sims are erotic (or at least sexy) in nature, it’s not true that all dating sims have erotic content.

It’s really a shame that people automatically label these games as “adult only” because, in most of cases, is not true. In the case of indie developers, few include racy themes or art as they are often trying to appeal a more family-friendly audience.

Full article here.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-19

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  • House made of bookcases – Boing Boing #
  • RT @1stpost The beached white male: an American nightmare | News & Politics | News & Comment | The.. #
  • Saw Kung Fu Panda 2- Liked the first one, but this one left me cold. Looks beautiful, but if there's a "plot" it's a sound effect. #
  • I just saw something near my house I've never seen before- a weasel ran across the bike path in front of my dog and I. #
  • Exploring an abandoned Russian Embassy in Thailand- Lots of secrets, right out of a Bond movie. #
  • Has just assembled his first gas BBQ! Let the Summer of grilling begin! #
  • Today's college students less empathetic – #
  • Happy Father's Day to all the Dads on my list! #
  • This looks neat. If I was still there I'd try to find it- Taiwan's cursed retrofuturistic resort that never was – #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-06-12

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  • The 4 Blockbuster Videos in London that are closing are 70% off everything as of today. Just bought $180 worth of stuff for $45. #
  • Yay! New season of Murdoch Mysteries! #

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