ShoeHorn cover

Wanted a portable shoehorn for a while, but did not find the right one.

Finally found one at Loft, so decided to cover it with leather and hang on my bag.

Quite surprised how fast I finished this one, but I obviously did not spend too much time designing.

Shoehorn after detached from the holder

Marked the outline on the leather

Made holes on the contour +2mm

Attached another leather on the back, punched holes again (a mistake) and started sewing.

 

What the other side looks like

Cut the leather to match the contour

Did not completely close the leather, but still completed sewing to create a nice shape.

Putting it all together

Complete

Albert Camus , Tuxedmoon , The Stranger

Definitely not a new song, but a song that accompanies me for many years.

One of the best books I have read (multiple times) and one of the best songs I know.

The song actually starts from bullying and being a stranger, with a clear reference to Albert Camus at the end.

MOTHER died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure.

But then it cuts off to

At the funeral they expected me to cry
Well I didn’t

Trying to bring the conclusion or more “strangeness” into the song.

 

Japanese Television – fluff

Watched FujiTV this morning. Every Saturday morning they have their regular show which has a “travel abroad” corner. It is usually a way to promote a specific airline or travel services. This time it was Polish Airlines, destination Amsterdam.

Let’s ignore the fact that there are direct flights to Amsterdam, and focus on contents.

Amsterdam – What comes to mind?
Kracht, boat tour, museums, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Anne Frank and more.

Now what did the TV show presented. Steak Fondue, Sweets, and Miffy  (which is actually in Utrecht).

Make me wonder who is the target audience of this TV show and are they so shallow that Art and history is not important, just Instagram opportunities.

TV shrinks your brain.

Tumi Bag customization, part 3

3rd customization/change I am doing to my Tumi bag.

As I realized the leather on the handle is breaking and looking bad, decided to replace it. Taking the old leather out was easy, stitching (by hand) another one was a pain and I broke 3 needles in the process.

Before:

Old Leather after I took it out. Had glue and some other material

Used the old leather to create the shape.

Marking and cutting the leather

Preparations for sewing

Painful process of sewing

Most difficult part. Needle had trouble going through two layers

Results

Wake up call from North Korea

While waking up at my hotel in Singapore, received notifications about missile Launch from North Korea.
Areas that may be affected did not include Tokyo.

Took 7 minutes from the initial warning, which I understand was 3 minutes delayed, till I got the second notification that the missile has passed Japan.

Did it really take 3 minutes from Launch till I got the alert?
Is it because it was Yahoo based and not local Cellphone towers alert?
3 minutes is a long time, 7 minutes is even longer.

 

Paterson -by Jim Jarmusch

Feel free to read reviews or the plot online.

Loved the movie which also encouraged me to read more about the poet, William Carlos Williams.

It is a slow movie, which flow is a bit repetitive yet changing . Found myself captured in the movie flow which lasted for a while after I left the movie theater.

As I was taking the escalator down from the movie theater, I felt like I was in the movie, but as I walked in Shibuya d¥towards the station it slowly disappeared.

Netflix Million Yen Women

In Japanese, it is 100万円の女たち  。 

Watched it almost back to back and finished within a week. Loved the story and characters, except the main male character who is obviously not a good actor.

Without spoilers it is difficult to explain further, but I definitely liked the first several episodes over the last.

5 women pay a writer a Million yen every month, no explanations and no questions are allowed. We learn a bit about each character as the story develops and experience also the writing process, the publishing world and the success that ensues.
The women are committed to assist the writer with his writing and make him successful.

Especially liked the character of 白川美波 (Shirakawa Minami) played by the model actress Fukushima Rila. (福島 リラ)