So much Spam, youtube

Went to see Slowdive live in Akasaka Blitz.

It was amazing, but this is not what I am writing about.

Assuming someone took a short video and posted on youtube, I went there and searched for “Slowdive 赤坂” , but all results seem to be spam of live streaming services.

Whatever happened to youtube?

Brompton Bicycle

Bought Brompton P6R.

Ordered them last week and got them on Saturday. Was thinking of riding them half way and take the train, but ended up riding all the way home.

Maybe I am stating the obvious, but riding a bicycle is better than riding the train. Found interesting places, parks, beautiful streets.

The only question is, how often will I use them and make sure they are maintained well.

 

Netflix “The Sinner” – Frustration (Beware Spoilers)

While I enjoyed most of “The Sinner”, and definitely liked the atmosphere and acting, the last two chapters left me really frustrated.

Totally agree with the comments in “What Started our Strong ended All Wrong” .

While in 5 or 6 chapters we are dragged into a dark world of uncertainty. Of mystery, we are left with a simple story with huge holes in the plot.

Want to add some more frustrations:

  • When listening to the song, Cora attacks and inflict injuries in the same pattern as the murder.      Does not make sense, so why the script spent so much time around it.  She was not repeating a previous pattern, as there was no such pattern
  • Frankie’s parents –  You just can’t drop it out of the blue.  At least give us a scene of which the parents are confronted with Cora in a way that gives a hint that they know her.
  • Why was JD limping ? No reason?  – no connection to that night ?
  • Maddie disappeared , but not really as JD kept in touch with her

 

Nakaya Fountain pen

My Nakaya Fountain pen has disappeared.
Have no idea how and when, but could not find it in my bag this morning.

Either I lost it while taking out something else in my bag, or stolen.
A strong feeling of loss and disbelief.
If stolen, how possible and where. In a Cafe where I was working ?  Is it possible ?

If lost,  how did it happen?

Anyway, it is gone.

As much I enjoyed it, the loss is strong, so I don’t think I will buy a replacement.

 

Help Megumi

First time to see such an ad in Japan, and obviously not in the most expensive ad spaces in Shinjuku.

Assume it coincides with President Trump visit to Japan and the media interest in the abduction story .

 

Blade runner 2049

Watched the movie over the weekend.

As I left the movie theater, heard a couple complaining about the movie. From what I heard they felt it was too long, story was too slow.

Well, I loved it.

Obviously the story is rather simple, but the movies is not about scene twists or complex stories, but about visuals, about some fundamental questions of Robot usage and their place in the world.

If a replicant can love and reproduce, is it still a replicant ? Movie shows replicants being killed as something almost obvious, but also shows murder of human by a replicant. is there a difference? Can a replicant fall in love with a virtual figure ?

As a trivia fun, it was interesting to see Coca Cola add in Hebrew as well as Atari.

Visuals, visuals, visuals. Go to see the movie and sink slowly into the atmosphere.

 

 

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