December 09, 2005

LinkNews Digest [12/09/2005]

Japanese:When Life Gives You Jellyfish, Make PB&J

Echizen kurage is not an extraterrestrial invader, but a giant jellyfish that is devastating the livelihoods of fishermen in the Sea of Japan. Nomura’s jellyfish, as it is known in English, is the biggest creature of its kind off Japan and for reasons that remain mysterious its numbers have surged in the past few months.

The problem first became obvious in the late summer when fishermen chasing anchovies, salmon and yellowtail began finding huge numbers of the jellyfish in their nets. Often the weight of the echizen kurage broke the nets or crushed the fish to death; those that survived were poisoned and beslimed by their tentacles.

Fishermen on the northern tip of Honshu, Japan’s main island, were forced to suspend work at the height of the lucrative salmon season. In Akita prefecture some communities saw their incomes fall by 80 per cent. In some places jellyfish density is reported to be a hundred times higher than normal. Worst of all, no one yet understands why.

In the meantime locals are making the best of it. Rather than just complaining about jellyfish they are eating them. Jellyfish are an unusual ingredient of Japanese cuisine but are much more prized in China. Coastal communities are doing their best to promote jellyfish as a novelty food, sold dried and salted. Students in Obama have managed to turn them into tofu, and jellyfish collagen is reported to be beneficial to the skin. (LINK )

New Patent: The McDownload

Movie, music or game with your Big Mac, sir? That’s what The Walt Disney Company in Hollywood has in mind. Patents filed by Disney reveal plans to drip-feed entertainment into a portable player while the owner eats in a restaurant.

You only get the full programme by coming back to the restaurant a number of times to collect all the instalments. McDonalds could use the system instead of giving out toys with Happy Meals, suggests Disney’s patent.

Big files, such as a movie, take a long time to capture, so Disney will break the file into several segments that can be downloaded separately and spliced together by the player.

In the future, a dedicated player sold or even given away by the restaurant could help the scheme to run more smoothly and create a new market opportunity for electronics companies (LINK )
Good idea, but one crucial flaw: Who would just HAND OVER their $300+ iPod to a McDonalds Employee???

Acclaim Entertainment's Bankruptcy Sale

Apparently the prodigous video game company has gone belly-up, and you can now buy the content & Distribution rights to its ENTIRE GAME CATALOG, Game by Game. Here's a few:
Alien Trilogy - No Bid
Bubble Bobble - $5,100
Burnout - $5,000
Burnout 2: Impact - No Bid
Crazy Taxi - $5,000
Double Dragon 2 & 3 - $5,000 for the Series
Magic! Gathering Battlemage - No Bid
Mortal Kombat I & II - No Bid
NBA Jam Series - No Bid
South Park Rally - No Bid
Worms 3D - No Bid
WWF (series) - No Bid

1 comment:

  1. The Cthulu slippers were out of stock - I already looked at them - and I will take the "good wife" points for seeing them on Boing Boing a couple of weeks ago.