Bizarre Ways to Die

Death by Video Game
A representative of the market research firm The NPD Group made a startling announcement at the video gaming industry's 2009 DICE Summit in Las Vegas. Gaming industry insiders knew that their product was undergoing some serious growth, but the revelation that 6 million new potential customers began playing video games in 2008 came as a welcome surprise. The conference also revealed that online gaming, when gamers play against each other via the Internet, rose two percent in 2008.

All this activity on the gaming front has led to concerns over video game addiction. These concerns were validated in 2005 when a young man from South Korea passed away after a long stint playing the online version of the game Starcraft. The game is popular in South Korea, and popular gamers are revered. The 28-year-old man in this tragic case had been playing the game for nearly 50 hours straight at an Internet café in Taegu, taking only short breaks to nap and use the restroom. He was rushed to a hospital after collapsing, but died shortly thereafter. Police believed that the cause of death was cardiac arrest brought on by severe exhaustion.

Death by Deodorant
In 1998, a 16-year-old boy in England passed away from a heart attack after being exposed to too many deodorant fumes. At the time of his death, the BBC claimed that more than 130 people had died after purposely inhaling aerosol deodorant products since 1971, but the boy's death was the only accidental case on record [source: BBC]. It seems that he was obsessed with personal hygiene and smelling fresh, so he'd spray his entire body with deodorant at least two times per day. It got so bad at times that the family of the boy could taste the fumes downstairs. In spite of this, they never thought he was in any danger. An autopsy revealed that he had 10 times the lethal amount of butane and propane in his bloodstream. It turns out that the boy used the deodorant in a relatively confined space even though warning labels recommend using it in a well-ventilated area.
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Linux Live USB

What We Need...???
  • Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux is an operating system for computers. Other well-known operating systems are Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX, and MS-DOS. Puppy Linux is based on GNU/Linux. It is completely free and open source software. why puppy?
  1. Small size, usually less than 100MB! This lends itself to some very useful and unique features
  2. 'Live' booting from CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives, and other portable media.
  3. Runs from RAM, making it unusually fast for older or modern PCs and netbooks with solid state CF drives
  4. Very low minimum system requirements
  5. Boot time, well under a minute, on most systems 30-40 secs
  6. Usability and Compatibility
  7. Includes a wide range of applications: word processors, spreadsheets, internet browsers, games and image editors. Extra software in the form of dotpets. There is a Puppy Package Manager included
  8. Puppy is easy to use and little technical knowledge is assumed. Most hardware is automatically detected including analog modems for those using dial-up.
  • UNetbootin
UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without requiring you to burn a CD. You can either let it download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you've already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn't on the list.
Requirements :
  1. Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista, or Linux. If you are having trouble with the Linux version, try the Windows version, it usually works better.
  2. A broadband internet connection to download the distribution's .iso file (unless you're using pre-downloaded files)
The current version has built-in support for automatically downloading and loading the following distributions, though installing other distributions is also supported:
"Ubuntu (and official derivatives),Debian,Mint,openSUSE,Arch Linux,Small Linux,SliTaz,Puppy Linux,gNewSense,FreeBSD,NetBSD,Fedora,PCLinuxOS,SabayonLinux,Gentoo,MEPIS,Zenwalk,
Slax,Dreamlinux,Elive,CentOS,Mandriva,FaunOS,Frugalware,Linux,xPUD"

Let's build this stuff...!!!
  • Download Puppy Linux ---> Here
  • Download Unetbootin ---> Here
  • run UNetbootin, then supply it with the appropriate ISO (CD image) file, floppy/hard disk image, or kernel and initrd files when prompted (see screenshot). Check your distribution's download page to find the appropriate file; if in doubt use the ISO file.
  • If you're loading an ISO file or floppy/hard disk image, that's all that's required (just press "OK" to start installing); otherwise if you're manually specifying kernel and initrd files and you'd like to specify special booting options, check the distribution's boot configuration files (usually after the "kernel" line in either isolinux.cfg, syslinux.cfg, menu.lst, or grub.conf) and supply them on the "Option" line.
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Studying In Japan

Active international exchange is now taking place throughout many parts of the world, and there are now said to be more than 1.5 million foreign students studying around the globe. Of them, 121,812 (as of May 1, 2005) are studying in Japan. What is it that attracts these students to Japan?

The greatest appeal of studying in Japan is its academic environment where one can study state-of-the-art technology and acquire the knowledge that enabled Japan's phenomenal postwar economic growth. Whether it is electronics, Japanese literature, medicine or international business administration, Japanese universities and other institutes of higher education can offer course studies or research programs of virtually any field. The ratio of students who go on to universities (undergraduate level) and junior colleges (regular courses) is also very high in Japan at 48.6% (Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) "Statistical Abstract 2002 edition"). This figure is indicative of the high standard of education in Japan. Many institutions of higher education, such as universities and junior colleges, are well equipped with fine research, computer, and library facilities and enable students to carry out their research in an excellent environment.

Japan has produced many outstanding researchers in diverse fields. Still fresh in our mind is the awarding of the Nobel Prize to two Japanese scientists in 2002. Mr. Masatoshi Koshiba, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, received the prize in physics for the detection of cosmic neutrinos, a "mystery" elementary particle. This discovery had a major impact on the elementary particle theory. Meanwhile, Mr. Koichi Tanaka was awarded the prize in chemistry for the development of ionization methods that became the basis for the analysis of the structure of protein molecules, opening a way to the development of new pharmaceutical drugs as well as the early diagnosis of cancers. As of 2001, 10.4% of published academic papers were produced by Japanese researchers (Source: MEXT Statistical Abstract; Original source: Institute for Scientific Information, "National Science Indicators, 1981 - 2001").

Many leading figures who are playing an active role in the world today have the experience of studying in Japan. The network of coursemates that you can build in Japan will undoubtedly become an invaluable asset for your future career.

Modern Japanese culture and society consist of a diverse mix of the old and new, the East and West, and the natural and artificial. These seemingly contradictory elements coexist in harmony in Japan. For example, it is not unusual to see an old Buddhist temple and a modern skyscraper standing next to each other.

With age-old Japanese traditions - as typified by those nurtured from the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (late 16th to early 17th century) to the Edo Period, which lasted nearly 300 years - at its foundation, Japan flexibly assimilated the culture of Western civilization later introduced to its soil. However, even with the rapid growth of Japanese economy and the development of advanced technology after World War II, Japan continued to retain its original culture as well. That is to say, the old and new have coexisted until today. This is what brought about Japan's diversity and fascination which still attracts many foreigners.

Japan is also a country with rich nature, diverse topography, and beautiful turns of the seasons. Haiku verse which has blossomed by absorbing the natural essence of each season is an example of a very unique Japanese literary culture. The country's rich variety of local festivals, annual events, and folk entertainment are also most likely the result of Japan's nature and topography.

If you have been in Japan, you might say that you are a big fan of hot spring resorts, "Onsen", a unique Japanese version of the spas. Others may know about J-Pop, Japanese films, or even the nail arts. Even those who have never been in Japan may be interested in the beauty and delicacy of Japanese cuisine - some says that it must be enjoyed with both the eye and palate - as well as Japanese culture represented by in Kimono, tea ceremony and Ikebana flower arrangement, or traditional sports such as Judo, Kendo and Naginata.

Foreign students can enroll in one of five types of institutions of higher learning: universities (undergraduate courses), graduate schools, junior colleges, special training colleges (post-secondary courses) and colleges of technology. Because each student may have a different reason for choosing to study in Japan, you should clarify your objective before selecting a school.
  • Do you want to earn a degree or conduct long-term research?
  • Do you want to acquire proficiency in the Japanese language through study at a Japanese-language institute or preparatory Japanese language courses established by private universities?
  • Do you want to acquire a certain specialized skill?
Once you have clarified your objective, you can then find the educational institute that is most suitable for attaining your goal.

  • JASSO provides, both within Japan and abroad, a wide range of information related to studying in Japan. JASSO also responds to a wide variety of inquiries and offers consultation as well.
  • Various information related to studying in Japan can be found at JASSO web site.Here
  • Organization of Japan Education Fairs:
In order to make it possible for prospective students to select an educational institution that matches his or her objective and achieve a fruitful study abroad in Japan experience, JASSO organizes Japan Education Fairs with the participation of Japanese universities and other educational institutions. It is an opportunity for prospective students to directly acquire information related to Japanese circumstances as well as the various features of the education or research offered by individual universities. The fairs are held in such countries and regions as China, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. The content of the fairs include the following:

(i)Overall explanatory meetings, seminars (includes lectures by former foreign students)
(ii)Individual guidance sessions
  • Prospective students are provided individual consultation by universities and other institutions at booths set up at the fair site
  • Booths for individual consultations are also set up for general issues related to studying in Japan
  • Video presentations about Japan, Japanese universities, etc. are given

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