The Digital Vegetable (“Digi Vege” as its known locally) is a fun greenhouse pavilion filled with seven different kinds of veggies. The tags on the veggies invite visitors to gently touch the plant, which is connected digitally to a programmed system that immediately triggers a series of vibrant lights and ambient sounds that run though the pavilion.
The forthcoming MoMA book Design and Violence collects blog posts from the museum’s interactive online experiment of the same name. Read Bruce Nussbaum’s story about design and genetic modification via Co.Design.
Second character design for my upcoming comic project on Hades and Persephone: Demeter, the goddess of agriculture and harvest a.k.a. the anxious&hyper-protective mom.
This said, in my comic she wont be depicted as oppressive and manipulative as many like to describe her. She certainly has flaws, but so does every other greek god. She may be a literal force of nature, but she’s not perfect.
When did local toku heroes become a thing? What is the first of them like?
From the information I can find on Japanese websites (the English language info on Local Heroes is seriously lacking) the trend began in the mid-2000s with the arrival of Choujin Neiger in the city of Nikaho in Akita Prefecture.
Choujin Neiger was the brainchild of Tamotsu Ebina, a former Univeral Wrestling Federation wrestler and gym manager. Choujin Neiger’s true identity is Ken Akita and is the protector of agriculture and is designed to resemble a local oni called the namahage.
In the above picture, he is wielding his Buriko (Sandfish) Gun though his other weapons include the Kiritan (named after a traditional local food) swords:
His preferred method of transit is a vehicle named after a sauce for fish called the Shotstar, which transforms into his ride from a combine harvester.
Neiger transforms into his heroic form thanks to the mystical Gōshaku Jewel though he is not the only one to harness this power. There are several local heroes of Akita Prefecture, all of whom draw their powers from this gem. They include:
Neiger Geon the defender of forestry:
Aragemaru defender of fisheries:
Neiger Mai the defender of local industry:
Choujin Neiger became so popular that he spawned spin-off media including radio drams, manga, TV specials and a few songs about him, including one by the legendary Ichiro Mizuki!
Now, he might not be the very first Local Hero but from what I can find Chouin Neiger was the first to really get the trend started. Of course, a lot of this information is based on Japanese sources badly translated so it may not be entirely accurate.
Still, I hope this helps answer your question and introduce you to a new Local Hero!
Okay, so recently, I’ve been feeling a bit love/hate thing with France’s character and how people see him. I’ll admit though, that I’m coming to love him and all that, but what I don’t understand is WHY DOES MOST OF THE FANDOM THINK FRANCE IS SOME SORT PERVERT? Just why?
Guys read his character profile!
He loves ‘manipulation activities’? Hell, not only that but he likes sketching and singing, agriculture and fashion design-? He’s pretty talented and smart, if you ask me. And yeah sure, he gets touchy with the others but if he’s given a firm ‘no’, he stops.
Stop making him out to be the pervert or rapist! And yes, there’re strips that show him doing this and that, but it’s because nobody told him to stop
Not only that but he’s pretty responsible; it just doesn’t show.
Because he keeps his attitude light and carefree, so it’s hard to know whether it’s serious or not. But looking at it with a different perspective, France said something pretty philosophical.
We all know France isn’t someone to take on seriously, but at least once in a while, look at him from a different angle than what you’re used to.
The NCGA is the nation’s largest user of the H-2A guest worker
program, which is designed with agricultural workers in mind. Under that
program’s regulations, Clemens explains, NCGA “must submit an
application to the US Department of Labor proving that it has actively
recruited US natives and native workers will not take NCGA jobs.”
data is interesting, because it describes the labor market before any
immigrant workers are recruited. That, as Clemens says, “allows us to
assess the willingness of native workers to take farm jobs before they
can even be offered to foreign workers, meaning that this study does not
miss any impact caused by people who self-select out of an area or
occupation because of competition with foreign workers.”
willingness, he finds, is basically nonexistent. Every year from 1998 to
2012, at least 130,000 North Carolinians were unemployed. Of those, the
number who asked to be referred to NCGA was never above 268 (and that
number was only reached in 2011, when 489,095 North Carolinians were
unemployed). The share of unemployed asking for referrals never breached
When native unemployed people are referred to
NCGA, they’re almost without exception hired; between 1998 and 2011, 97
percent of referred applicants were hired. But they don’t tend to last.
In 2011, 245 people were hired out of 268 referred, but only 163 (66.5
percent) of the hired applicants actually showed up to the first day of
work. Worse, only seven lasted to the end of the growing season.