Fact # 8: A man married a pillow.

We say that “Love is blind” and “True love can take many forms”. In this case, it has taken the form of a Korean man falling in love with, and eventually marrying, a large pillow with a picture of a woman on it. Lee Jin-gyu fell for his ‘dakimakura’ – a kind of large, huggable pillow from Japan, often with a picture of a popular anime character printed on the side.  In Lee’s case, his beloved pillow has an image of Fate Testarossa, from the ‘magical girl’ anime series Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. 

Now the 28-year-old otaku (a Japanese term that roughly translates to somewhere between ‘obsessive’ and ‘nerd’) has wed the pillow in a special ceremony, after fitting it out with a wedding dress for the service in front of a local priest. Their nuptials were eagerly chronicled by the local media.

His friends said, “He is completely obsessed with this pillow and takes it everywhere.”

They added, “They go out to the park or the funfair where it will go on all the rides with him. Then when he goes out to eat he takes it with him and it gets its own seat and its own meal.”

This is actually part of a broader cultural phenomenon. There is a growing subculture of men in Japan who engage in romantic relationships with pillows that have cartoons on them. People who have difficulty with romantic relationships with real (3-dimensional) people instead find themselves attracted to 2-dimensional anime characters.

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Apple’s WWDC 2012 Summery: New MacBook Pros, SIRI became more intelligent, iOS 6, and more.

After a long time, Apple finally announced few updates in its MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and MacBook Air lines at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). I have tried to keep this post short and simple (since it is only “summary”). This post covers all the summary of the event including what they released and what they promised to release.

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1. Apple unveils next generation MacBook Pro with Retina display and updates other MacBook models. 
Few updates about the New MacBook Pro:

  • 15.4 inch (diagonal) screen
  • Total 5,184,000 pixels or 220 pixels per inch
  • Screen has a 178 degree wide viewing angle with 75 percent less reflection, and 29 percent higher contrast than previous generation
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 with 8 GB of 1600 MHz RAM (upgradable to 16 GB)
  • A GeForce GT 650 M graphics processor with 1 GB of VRAM, and 256 GB of flash storage
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2. Siri to get new features, iPad support with iOS 6:

  • It knows more about sports. For example, you can ask baseball questions like “What was the score in the last Giants game?”, “What are the National League standings?”
  • Siri also knows about basketball and NFL
  • It also knows a lot more about restaurants, including more details like ratings, average meal prices, restaurant styles, hours, reservations (via Open Table), integrated Yelp reviews, and more
3. Mac pro quietly gets first update since 2012.
 Apple offers two standard configuration of the Mac Pro:

  1. The $2499 model:

  • A 3.2 GHz quad-core Xeon W3565 processor, which is capable of a speed of 3.46 GHz using Turbo Boost
  • The processor supports Hyper-Threading for up to eight virtual cores, and has 8 MB of L3 cache
  • 6 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM

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2. The $3799 Model:

  • Two 2.4 GHz six-core Xeon E5645 processors, with Turbo Boost performance up to 2.67 GHz
  • The E5645 also has Hyper-Threading (24 virtual cores) and 12 MB of L3 cache
  • 12 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
Both Mac Pro models come with a 7200-rpm 1 TB hard drive, with the three other hard drive bays open for customization. For video, the Mac Pro comes standard with a 1 GB ATI Radeon HD 5770 PCI Express cards. The 5770 has two Mini DisplayPorts and a dual-link DVI port.
Apple announced other few updates on Mountain Lion, iOS 6 (coming this fall), AirPort Express, and iCloud. Read on Apple.com. What do you think about these updates? Leave a comment below, it helps us and we appreciate it. 

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