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Matt Alt

Author/Game Localizer in Tokyo

How to Survive a Kappa Attack

PRESENTED ON MAY 15, 2013
IN TOKYO @ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE

Matt Alt is the author of the "Attack!" series of books that so far have introduced the West to the world of yokai, yurei, and ninjas. In this presentation, we learn all about the traditional green creature known as the kappa.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 24, 2013.

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Roleplaying: Monsters, Mayhem and Memories

BY CHRIS PIERCE
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 09, 2012

A Bangor native with a passion for weird and creative things, Chris Pierce has been a star "Dungeon Master" -- the person who directs a session of a role-playing game -- at the annual SnowCon Gaming Convention in Orono for the past 4 years. His enthusiasm and love of tabletop gaming is addictive, and he’s been known to convince many a "noob" to sit in on a game of Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow. (in English)

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Washed Books

BY ANJA KIRKEBY
IN AALBORG

Anja Kirkeby explains the topic of her presentation (in Danish): "I use books as the material in my present work and process them in different ways. I have washed 70 books in my washing machine on different programmes in order to see how paper, binding, soap, spindry and other factors influence the sculptures. I took them out of the machine and dried them exactly the way they came out. Now I know a lot more about the effect of washing in a machine, about the difference between a sculpture and a lump of papier-maché and what soap and fabric softener does to the colour of the items. The proces emphasized discussions on: what is art (and what is not), is changing a book blasphemy or transformation from one artform to another, and is a book only a book when it is readable? By exhibiting my books I have experienced what happens when we meet the unexpected on our way through everyday life, and the necessity of being provoked to see and grasp the ordinary in surprising new ways."

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Let's Get Bookin'

BY TY ALLAN JACKSON
@ VOL 3 ON AUG 14, 2012

Ty Allan Jackson talks about Big Head Books, his children books publishing project, and explains how to him its his way of contributing to the education of all kids, no matter the age or race. (in English)

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An 8-word Case for Green Schools

BY CLIFF ASHBURNER
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 05, 2013

An overview of what green schools are, and what they can do to transform students and communities, as seen through the eyes of a green building activist.

 

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Green Buildings

BY MARK DYTHAM
@ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE ON MAY 15, 2013

Presented as part of a themed's special event that revolved around the color "green," Klein Dytham architecture's Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham share some of their favorite green buildings -- and by this, we mean buildings colored green!

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Stories, not Lectures

BY ADRIANA RODRIGUEZ
@ VOL 1 ON APR 11, 2013

Adriana Rodriguez tells us about México's terrible average of 2.9 books read a year per person. She also encourages us to be better readers,  giving several tips on how to better promote reading and enjoyment of literature in México. (in Spanish) 

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Attack of the 50 ft. Woman

BY LANA BERGMANN
@ VOL 109 ON DEC 04, 2013

One way to see it: Lana Bergmann is 50 ft. tall, and terrorizes the citizens of Japan on a daily basis. Another way to look at it is that she's just misunderstood. Japan's infrastructure, architecture, and culture occassionally clashes with her height. Here Lana discusses the difficulties of being a tall woman in country statistically on the shorter side.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 13, 2013.

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How Books Bring People Together

BY LEAH COSTELLO
@ VOL 30 ON NOV 20, 2013

Leah Costello is founder of the Bon Mot Book Club, which brings community leaders and authoer together to share and exchange ideas. In her presentation, Leah explains how her passion for books and reading helped her become engaged in the socio-political world. 

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When Rice Attacks!

BY MATT ALT
@ コメ展 X PECHAKUCHA ON APR 19, 2014

Resident yokai expert Matt Alt comes at us with yet another fascinating look into the world of Japanese monsters. This time he elaborates on the creatures that lurk between lines of planted rice paddies. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 2, 2014.