If you're living in England, especially near the town of Bath, Future Publishing could be looking for you.
They need a Staff Writer for ImagineFX. It's a six month contract, but you'll be working "at the heart of the fantasy, sci-fi, video game and manga art community."
Here's what they expect of you: "You’ll write and plan artist interviews, reader galleries, book and comic reviews as well as exhibition reviews and convention reports. Also you will be responsible for daily and weekly updates to the website as well as managing and moderating the 8000-user ImagineFX.com forums and galleries."
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It’s a scary Internet world out there. Edward Richardson of Staffordshire, England, checked out his wife’s Facebook page. That by itself is fairly common, we suspect, but when he realized that she had changed her status to single he freaked. She wouldn’t answer any of his text messages at her parents’ house, so he went there, broke a window out of the front door, went in and killed her. He tried to off himself as well but failed. He was given 18 years for the murder and Detective Inspector Andy Wall said that the wife had wanted to end the marriage but that Richardson couldn’t accept her decision.
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The UK claims that up to 10 users a week are being hospitalized because of their Wiis. Dr. Dev Mukerjee of Broomfield Hospital, Essex, claims that there has been a 100% increase of patients with “Wii-itis.” Ailments such as shoulder or wrist inflammation have been reported as well as “Wii-knee” after playing Wii-Fit, which may involve 3 months of treatment to cure. So remember, before you head into heavy gaming mode, do some stretching exercises first.
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Microsoft, in a clever move, located an “I’m a PC” recording kiosk outside an Apple Store in Birmingham, England. By the way, if you really are a PC, you can upload a photo or video online and you might find yourself in one of their commercials. The company has already selected several of them in ads that are airing on network TV and are part of a $300 million advertising campaign. We’re all for any idea that doesn’t feature Gates and Seinfeld.
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Bobbies in the UK must be pleased with their new acquisitions of head-cams. Approximately £3 million worth of the devices are to be given to police in England and Wales. Tested in Plymouth, the cams replace written statements omitting the need for paperwork and can be used as evidence. Able to store up to 400 hours of footage, officers are instructed to wear signs that say “I am video recording you.” Excuse us, but wouldn’t that be obvious to all except the overly-inebriated?
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Sometimes, we think the folks at Rockstar Games are crazy like a fox, as each year they enjoy a little free publicity when they release a controversial game, from just about every “Grand Theft Auto” (including the upcoming GTA IV), to “Bully”, which did not turn out to be “Grand Theft Auto“-in-a-school as uninformed politicians feared. Anyway, this year’s controversy surrounds “Manhunt 2”, which has been banned by the British Board of Film Classification due to it‘s extreme violence. Due to be released on Nintendo Wii and Playstation 2 on July 2, the game is about an escaped mental patient who embarks on—you guessed it—a killing spree. How gruesome is it? One of the “death moves” involves sawing someone in half. Ouch. Rockstar has six weeks to appeal. The game is not yet rated in the US, but rumor is that the game will earn an “Adult’s Only” rating from the ESRB, while Rockstar is hoping for the somewhat lighter “Mature” rating.
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If you’re a gamer, you know that Sony’s Playstation Portable has an incredible amount of uses: UMD movies, music player, photo viewer,
internet access, and, oh yeah, video games. Well, instructors at Holyhead Secondary School in Birmingham, England are about to test a new use: teaching aid. Over the past 2 months, Holyhead teachers have been learning how to create podcasts, download media, upload pupils’ schoolwork, and more with the PSP. Lorna Diprose, whose departure from Sony Marketing to teach French at Holyhead led to this test run, feels the PSP is “...just like a mini-computer…you can use it to tailor-make lessons for pupils who need support or stretching.” The PSPs start their new job right after Easter break and will last until the end of the school year.