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Surrounding Taipei Main Station is a maze of underground markets with stores selling a menagerie of cheap merchandise, from traditional Chinese clothing to fake cosmetics. But a little exploring reveals more than just the standard goods.
Welcome to Taiwan's underground geek culture paradise.
The shops are largely frequented by the growing population of immigrants coming from the Philippines, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries who are finding jobs as maids, construction workers and waiters or waitresses across the country.
A nearby Catholic church attracts hundreds of Filipino immigrants who travel on Sundays to the station, which, in addition to subway access, has bus and train services.
However, hidden amid the small stalls selling low-cost imports from the region is a strip of stores that has become infamous among a growing subculture of Taiwanese students and young adults obsessed with action figures, dolls, comic books, animations and video games, particularly from Japan. FULL POST
When Nicholas Brendon walked into the room for our interview, he did not look like a nerd. He was wearing sunglasses, a fashionable shirt and a fedora. Not the nerd uniform one would expect - not even a nerdy Tshirt. And yet, Brendon has made a name for himself in Hollywood by playing a geek.
For seven seasons on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Brendon provided many of the funniest one-liners (courtesy show creator Joss Whedon, of course) that fans still quote to this day.
"It seems to be more popular now than when we were doing it," Brendon said about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". FULL POST
The video game “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” features Adam Jensen, a cop who was forced to undergo electronic augmentations after he was injured. Some of his augmentations allow him to do things like see through walls or fall unhurt from great heights, things that normal people can’t do – yet.
That’s where Will Rosellini, CEO of a medical device research company called MicroTransponder, comes in. He was a fan of the first “Deus Ex” game and wanted to help make the game believable. His company works on developing electrical implants to control nerve impulses in the human body.
Rosellini’s insights into human augmentation and his predictions for the future of prosthesis ended up lending credibility and authenticity to ‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s’ world said Mona Hamilton, vice president of marketing for Square Enix Inc. Eidos Montreal and Square Enix are the companies who create "Deus Ex" and they enjoy a fruitful, ongoing relationship with Micro Transponder. FULL POST