Notebook Cover

Decided to have a notebook cover to my notebook cover.
Something that will carry my notebook, a pen and a few business cards.

Design is straight forward, the result is amazing (in my opinion).

 

 

 

 

 

On Headlines – Cisco Declines, Arista Gains

The following headline from Network Computing is accurate but misleading:

“Ethernet Switch Market: Cisco Declines, Arista Gains”

From just the headline one can assume Arista is getting close to Cisco Market share and about to gain the lead, but reading the article reveals more information.

Cisco is indeed declining, Market share dropped to 55.1% from 59%. This goes inline with global trend of having an option and Open Ethernet.

While Arista is gaining, 5.1% from 3.9%  . An impressive gain, but no where near Cisco.

A more important detail and maybe a catchier headline would have been Huawei. 6.3% from 3.9%.   Yes, Huawei surpassed Arista in Market share, yet the headline discusses Arista.

Not Fake news, but interesting interpretation.

Laptop bag

Finished making a new bag, this time a laptop bag.

Realized that my bag is heavy and if I could split the weight it would be much easier (although more cumbersome) and will also allow me to use my handmade leather bag.

Very proud of this one, as made the handles by myself and designed it from scratch.

Actually, design has changed in the middle as I decided to add a zipper, which destroyed the intended curves I planned, but overall happy with the results

 

New Leather

Bought a large piece of Crocodile pattern embossed leather at Tokyu Hands.

Have plans for a Laptop carry bag, but still thinking on new products.
As I am too busy, I expect it to take a while till I can complete this one.

 

Study Kanji with Bowel movement

A new hype which was shown on TV and now accompanies with ads in the train is a Study book for children.

How to motivate kids to study the Chinese Characters, Kanji?   Obviously うんこ, feces, bowel movement, or whatever you want to call it.

https://unkokanji.com/  is the website which promotes the books and has several examples of sentences to remember the Kanji.

 

Does not work for me, but definitely caught the attention of the media

 

Dirty Lens

Update May, 31, 2017

According to Ricoh service center, it will cost up to 20,000 Yen to fix this issue. To investigate further they need to ship the camera to the factory, disassemble and clean.  There is a chance that the lens will require replacement. Now, do I want to pay so much money to fix this, or can I still use the camera  ?  Need to decide

 

 

 

 

Did not process my Ricoh GR photos for a while, and what a disappointment to find that the lens was dirty.
I am sure I can fix it with Photoshop, but I don’t like doing it.

Should take care more and check the lens more frequently.

 

Sydney

 

Waterfall

Young men, on rudeness

I know it is natural for older people to complain about the younger generation. “In my days, it was different”.

As I did not grow up in Japan, I do not know how it was 20 years ago.

But three incidents this morning make me feel like there is a problem.

  1. Guy in the train, standing behind me, watching his cell phone. Head down, does not try to support himself, but just create pressure on me and other people around
  2. Boarding Marunouchi line, a guy pushed me brutally from behind and then asides just to get a better place to stand in the train
  3. A young man in Tull’s ordered coffee, but eating bread from a plastic bag he purchased somewhere else. Really?

 

Is it the season ?  is it that I am less patient today? Is it the generation?

Ricoh GR Camera case

Got tired of the camera case I bought and wanted to change the design a bit.

As always, used paper to design (not in the photos), and thought carefully which parts to sew first.

Could complete it quite fast.

30 minutes for the design, 30 minutes for cutting the leather and varnish. + 1 hour to sewing it all together.

(And time to go to Shibuya to buy some parts)

 

Watch pouch

As I lost my previous watch pouch, I believe it was during a business trip in Seoul, decided to make one.

Used バネ口  (literal translation from Japanese, spring mouth), clasp (?). Glued silk to the inner parts to protect the watch and sewed it together.

Overall quite simple, with a very good result.