The official stance of GeekStuff4U has always been that of complete neutrality - we’re Switzerland! - in matters of worldly events and social debate, such as homosexual marriage, NSA spying, religion, government oppression, and the cookie or filling on Oreos.
This reblog is an opinion piece written by one of our staff on his own personal time regarding some questions he has about the burden of responsibility of one’s ancestors’ actions. He says he didn’t start with the intent of churning out such a controversy-stirring post, but it just turned out that way the more he wrote.
As a disclaimer, the views expressed in his blog post do not reflect the official stance or views held by GeekStuff4U.
Today is the sixty-eight-year anniversary of the Hiroshima A-bomb event during the final days of World War II, and the annual Peace Memorial Ceremony was held this morning at the Hiroshima Peace National Park, an expanse of land that includes the Genbaku Dome in central Hiroshima City. I was…
National Holiday in Japan
It’s Monday morning here in Japan, but it’s a national holiday so the office will not be operating! Our website, of course, will still be accepting orders.
The second in the series of 1,000JPY limited edition hamburgers at McDonald’s Japan - the Black Diamond! A quarter pounder patty with sliced mushrooms, truffle sauce, and Emmental cheese.
As with the other limited edition Quarter Pounder last Saturday, the gold-colored paper ring that keeps the burger from falling apart in the box doubles as a paper crown, a la Burger King.
By the way, although we can’t ship Japanese Quarter Pounders by international post - however limited edition or only-in-Japan they may be - GeekStuff4U currently does not have any food on sale on our webstore. Please let us know if the likes of Japanese Kit Kats interest you!
The special one-day-only Quarter Pounder in Japan, called the ‘Gold Ring’. The health of our digestive system and any promise of a long life were sacrificed for science.
It came in a faux-jewelry cardboard case, complete with a yellow <strike>breast cancer</strike> ribbon on the otherwise minimalist white bag. The burger itself comes with a couple slices of thick, juicy bacon, as well as a slice of pineapple - the Gold Ring’s namesake, we guess - along with the quarter-pound patty.
This reviewer is against cooking fruits as a principle, and the natural sweetness of the pineapple slice plus the tangy quarter pounder flavor (plus the juicy grease) was not a good mix.
The Evolution of Design
This is a mockup of the top menu-and-slides assembly on GeekStuff4U.com circa 2011. You’ll notice that everything is flat - the black bar at the top, the slides, and even the half-transparent logo-and-menu bar gimmick looks visually on the same three-dimensional plane as the slides (and the black bar); not to mention the white background. We received a couple emails from friends and acquaintances who each had their two cents to offer, the most oft-occurring of which was to blast the flat, uninteresting and visually unappealing look of the front page.
So we added shadows.
Well, shadows and a little pseudo-curved menu bar a la the iOS lockscreen clock. Now it’s got depth! It’s got pizazz! You could almost reach out and feel the elements with your fingertips! Later, we added the dark background to turn it into what you see today:
Then, then then thenthenthenthen, infuriatingly, Microsoft has to come and bring
sexy flat back, punting the only good thing about Windows Vista - Aero Glass - into the deep, dark dredges of history.
And, as we all know, Apple followed suit.
So, to recap, it turned out the when we thought the design of our website was backwards and full of shtako, we were in fact ahead of the entire design race! Then, of course, we had to go and frack it up and devolve a few years worth of designy goodness.
For the time being, we’ve decided that the shadows and the pseudo-curved menu bar on our webstore are going to stay - although there may be a large redesign in the near future, the least of which is to enable a responsive design to accomodate smartphones, tablets, and other devices. If you have any comments about the looks of our webstore, such as color schemes, element positioning, usability, or UX design, please feel free to let us know! We love feedback.
GS4U Blog Reboot!
Welcome to the new, rebooted official GeekStuff4U blog!
This blog originally resided on tumblr.geekstuff4u.com, but we decided that the Wordpress setup that was originally here at blog.geekstuff4u.com has to go, and this old Tumblr blog that was lying around defunct was a good choice as any for the platform that takes its place.
Going forward, you’ll see news from GS4U’s Tokyo operations team, including news from the office, giveaways, sweepstakes, campaigns, note-worthy new products on our catalog, and interesting news from Japan! Keep your eyes peeled, because you’ll be served abundant helpings of word splurge and pictorial goodness from your favorite country! Whether you’re a Japan fan, a tech geek, or an anime nerd, you’ll find something of interest here.
Come Over for the GeekStuff4U Elecom 9nove Giveaway Contest!
GeekStuff4U is holding a contest for the best, most imaginative, most hilarious, or most thoughtful response to the question:
What would a person with a nine-computer setup use it for?
The winner will win an Elecom 9nove Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, which can retain pairing with up to nine computers without needing a manual re-pairing every time you want to switch PCs!
Elecom Ultra-Compact USB Memory - now available!
We have been having problems procuring enough of these thumb drives for all our customers, but we just received word that our next shipment, scheduled for the 26th, is coming in ahead of schedule in just a few hours! We’re jumping up and down in excitement at the prospect of finally fulfilling all our pending orders - especially because this shipment wasn’t supposed to be able to cover all of the orders we have right now. (Go to our blog post for a brief on the background of this whole mess.)
Still, we only have a limited amount of stock from this shipment, and the next one is a month away. Come order now if you want one right now!