August 30, 2014
What China Wants & More

Here are some longform weekend reading. Stumbled on these during the past week or so. 

The Death of Privacy

What China Wants

The Most Amazing Lie in History

What Happened to Motorola 

Understanding Apple’s Master of the Media

August 30, 2014
How You Eat Sushi

August 25, 2014
"The Leica changed all that. Suddenly it was possible to be unobtrusive. The camera fitted in a coat pocket. It didn’t need a tripod and was quick and quiet to operate. So photography became fluid, informal, intimate: the technology no longer got in the way of telling the story."

— John Naughton on why he loves his Leica

August 21, 2014
"Where once the Internet provided a rich field from which to mine, and the platform to push satire out to a wider audience, the Internet is beginning to coddle its users and instead defend against satire as if it’s bad."

Adrian Lee on Facebook’s satire tag in Maclean’s.

My own take is that this Facebook satire tag just proves once and for all that some people really do need to just log off the internet. 

August 17, 2014
Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, August 17, 2014.
Considered one of the 3 great Shinto matsuris. This one is always a lot of fun. But watch the cameras. With all that water splashing about, you’ll want your gears well protected.

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, August 17, 2014.

Considered one of the 3 great Shinto matsuris. This one is always a lot of fun. But watch the cameras. With all that water splashing about, you’ll want your gears well protected.

August 16, 2014
"Japan’s flag is like a pie chart of how much of Japan is Japan."

A tweet by Lydia Botters.

You would never think it, but even in 140 characters you’ll find perfectly crafted gems like that one. 

August 9, 2014
A War Photo No One Would Publish

Kenneth Jarecke captured a photograph of a burnt Iraqi soldier back in the first Gulf War. It was, or rather still “is”, a horrifying image. But except for a couple of notable exceptions (mainly European publications), no one published the photo. 

Kenneth Jarecke: “If we’re big enough to fight a war, we should be big enough to look at it.”

August 7, 2014
Out of the blue I just decided to get this baby, the Seiko SKX009K. It is not exactly a high-end luxury watch, but the for the price, the quality is hard to beat. 

Out of the blue I just decided to get this baby, the Seiko SKX009K. It is not exactly a high-end luxury watch, but the for the price, the quality is hard to beat. 

August 4, 2014
"Yes, the sweetest victory of all, but it wasn’t just one for the true believers, Saturday night was one for the disbelievers too. I defy anyone serious to look at that match, even the leaguies, and say it was anything other than a sporting spectacle for the ages – a vintage performance to put in a bottle and take out in 30 years. Those of us there on the night will boast about it for years to come. And you beautiful blue bastards did that!"

Peter Fitzsimons on the magnificent one-point win by the New South Wales Waratahs over their rivals the Crusaders, a New Zealand outfit. I read this article today and the hairs on my back stood with excitement! For the Waratahs, the win was a sweet reward after almost two decades of trying. 

August 1, 2014
The Dangers of USB

Today, my employer made an announcement: removal media, mainly USB devices, will shortly become a no-no throughout the company. Who would have thought that these ubiquitous, useful devices could turn out to be so harmful? But it is precisely those qualities that make USB devices akin to sharing “hypodermic needles”. Potentially a deadly practice. Here’s why.

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