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.

July 25, 2014
Ameyoko Market, Ueno, Tokyo.

Ameyoko Market, Ueno, Tokyo.

July 16, 2014
"In a world where we are running out of fresh water, making artificial fertilizer from fossil fuels and approaching peak phosphorus, it is idiotic and almost criminal that we pay huge amounts in taxes to use drinking water to flush away our personal fertilizer and phosphorus and dump it in the ocean. In the future, they should be paying us."

Now there’s an idea: literally getting paid for our shit. 

Lloyd Alter on rethinking the design of our bathrooms, for The Guardian

July 12, 2014
Barcelona, Here I Come

The last time I was in Barcelona, I didn’t enjoy the city. That was mainly because I couldn’t get my mind off Madrid! But this video makes me want to go back to the Catalan capital.

Barcelona GO! from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

July 2, 2014
The Orijins of Emoji

Apparently, these are important in modern communication. But just exactly where do emoji come from? Appropriately enough, we can thank the Japanese! 

Where do emoji come from?

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