I found this house visiting Tarragona (Spain). After living the M9 quake of 2011 in Tokyo I cannot even think about living in such a house. Maybe I’m wrong and this house is perfectly safe, I doubt it…
I found this link quite interesting. Basically, thanks to nanotechnology this research opens the door to cheap and fast water desalination filters. The most important here is “politics”. I wonder who is going to be really interested in financing or supporting a technology that makes desalination easy, cheap and fast.
We are actually under a huge global water speculation abuse from main water supply companies. Water should be almost free but little by little water is becoming a luxury good, not only in underdeveloped countries but also in “developed” ones.
Pollution and a lack of investment from governments to improve water supply infrastructures help in this water-is-already-a-luxury process.
For example, in Italy, tap water is almost undrinkable. There were better aqueducts infrastructures in roman ancient times than today. So people is so dumb that they see as a normal thing to buy water instead of drinkinf tap one, nobody really complains and things are just getting worse. It should be exactly the opposite. There are cities were tap water is still drinkable and some of them have an amazingly clean tap water, like in Vienna for example.
To avoid this tendency, the only thing common mortals can do is just spread the word about these researches, so they get noticed outside the academic or industrial circles going to mainstream communication channels.
This is a funny song made with stations name.
More info about Yamanote Line.
If you want other people to test your app before releasing it in the app store, you can use the Ad-Hoc distribution system. It’s not well documented but it’s very easy to setup. Your beta testers and clients will be very happy because from now on they can just download the app from a link without the pain of connecting to iTunes, neither dealing with the app store. They can download the app directly from their devices.
I was always interested in photography, but it was in Tokyo where I really got myself into it. Tokyo is a special city and Japan, in general, is an amazing country. Not the amazingness that you can expect from a merely touristic point of view. Japan is special in so many ways: culture, architecture, language, food, design… The list can run endlessly.
I matured my photography mainly in Tokyo, using the environment, the streets, the night. I did this so many times per week during so many years. I trained my mind to dig into the landscape in front of me and find those particular details that inspired me to take a picture and tell a story.
After spending a couple of months in Europe I realized that I’m not trained, I’m quite lost. My brain searches using a pattern that doesn’t work in EU. Why? Well, the only conclusion I came out with is that I matured my skills and experience in photography in an environment that is unique. I didn’t start photography traveling, working on assignments or for money. I just started doing it as a hobby and it became a passion.
Why Japan is so special for photography:
- Security!! This is the most unique characteristic. It’s safe to go everywhere, at any time. It doesn’t matter if the streets are dark, empty or crowded. People don’t bother you, everybody ignores everybody in the streets. Even if you are surrounded by people, you can feel perfectly alone.
Security let me total freedom carrying the equipment I wanted. I could go beyond what I really needed. It is very important to learn what you really need and what you really use. I moved from carrying a huge bag to just a couple of selected lenses. I didn’t have to hide my equipment, I didn’t have to cover the camera maker or serial number to avoid calling attention. I didn’t have to choose a bag that is hard to be stolen. I could choose a bag thinking in my convenience first.
- You can find 24h convenience stores or drink selling machines in every corner, which makes it so easy to eat or take a refreshment in a photowalk. I didn’t have to bring any food or bottle with me
- It’s so easy to buy any kind of photo gear ever made on earth. Second hand shops are amazing and electronic department stores let you play with every new camera. It’s possible to experiment with almost everything!
- Architecture in Tokyo is so disruptive at every corner. You can find a huge modern building followed by an old wooden one. There is no architecture order which I find fascinating, specially for an European point of view. We are so used to “normalization”, that the architecture landscape in Europe looks the same at every corner. There is no freedom to build whatever the heck you want, everything has to “conform” with that cylon-like-”perfect”-architectural design that, sooner or later, becomes tremendously boring. I find architecture in Tokyo amazing, like many other mayor cities in Japan, and it shows the difference between Japanese gardens and European ones. In Europe we have beautiful gardens but they are obviously fake. I mean, everyone can understand that the garden didn’t grow in that way naturally. Everything is perfectly shaped, ordered and geometrical. Japanese gardens, on the other hand, express their beauty while keeping a natural design. The line between artificial and natural is so blur. The same happens with architecture. Even if many Japanese friends of mine say that Tokyo is an ugly city, I find it fascinating because the concrete jungle evolves as a living being, with disruptions, discrepancies, and lack of order and geometry, typical of natural environments.
- I can find a lot of old things which are not ancient ones. There are ancient constructions that survived the pass of time, but they are few and located in specific areas. Cities renew themselves very quickly, so you won’t find a stone building from the XIV century still in use. Anyway, in Europe you can not really travel in time. You can realize that an ancient building is from another era, but just that building, not the whole atmosphere around. In Japan people wait until something really breaks before trashing it out. So it’s very easy to find places frozen in the 50′s or 70′s. That contrast gives a lot of opportunities to get interesting photographs. You can literally travel in time. Some restaurants or some areas in old train stations, didn’t change during the last 30 or 40 years while others are just ahead in the future.
- The night in Tokyo is magic. The lights, colors, specially after the rain, are awesome. The lights reflected in the streets, or those that appear through those transparent umbrellas, or the taxis, or the small ambulant shops selling ramen… or the infinite other fantastic places that inspire you out to take a picture, those are Tokyo’s magic.
- Districts in Tokyo change so much in terms of atmosphere, people, ages, style. It’s totally different walking in Shimokitazawa or in Shinjuku, Shibuya or Shinbashi. Each zone has its own different urban culture.
These are the main reasons I think enjoying photography in Japan is so different and unique respect other countries. Security and a strong civic sense are the main ones by the way.
Beautiful time-lapse video of Tokyo. I specially like the different approach from other timelapses that I saw until now. The mirror effect, the different cameras used and the non conventional view points. It’s really amazing, ++++
Created for the Tommy Hilfiger store gallery wall 2012. Shot on Nikon D700, Canon 5DMII, GoPro HD Hero 1 and 2, Ricoh Digital GRIII.
Created by Remo Camerota, Edited by Hisako Emura, Music By The Rapid Ear Movement (Remo Camerota)
I got the new iPad last week. I was waiting to get this device mainly to test my apps on it, due its huge resolution. I was a little afraid about the need to resize all my graphics to match the new iPad resolution, but fortunately it scales well and the loss in quality is not a big deal. I can wait to update on a future release.
I read complaining reviews saying that the only improvement is the screen. Some people expected “something else”. I wonder if they understand what’s the meaning of a tablet and mainly all mobile devices. The screen is the device!. The new iPad resolution is a beauty to read on, the quality and definition is far beyond of any monitor I’ve seen before. For photography it’s one of the best screens to appreciate colors, contrast and details. The screen is one of the most important things on a tablet. It even surpasses common desktops and HDTV. This really improves the user experience.
It’s quite a long time since I started using instagram on the iPhone. I really love this app and the concept behind it, but I still don’t understand, why it lacks of some very simple improvements that would make it better. No big stuff, just small tiny changes that would change the experience of using this nice social app.
- If I write a comment on a picture, I don’t get a notification about new comments, only if the new comment mentions me. This is stupid. Specially on mobile devices, the philosophy is to get done as much as possible with the minimum effort. So why not just notify me that a new comment has been added to the picture that I previously commented?
- When I go to a friend’s profile to see his/her pictures, I cannot use a swipe gesture to slide them. I can only tap one, and then come back to the thumbnail view again and tap on the next picture. Wouldn’t it be easier to just swipe your finger and go to the next picture? I know there is a thumbnail and a list mode view button, but the natural way iPhone users are used to, is to swipe your finger and go to the next picture.
- Why I cannot select the text on other people comments? It doesn’t prevent me to copy that text, because if I want, I can just read and type the text again. So, eliminating the selection of text is just pointless. People select text for many reasons. To translate a word, to mention parts of a comment on your own comment and so forth. It just makes no sense to avoid text selection.
- Cropping vertical pictures… Is it too hard to just let the user resize the picture within the square? I understand that the square size is fixed, ok it’s the app design and I won’t say anything about it. But if I take a vertical picture and I want to put that inside the square, why not just let me do it and fill the remaining space with a black background? To avoid a painful cropping now I always take every picture in horizontal.
This is a useful portable instrument to have an approximate reading of radiation levels. It’s not for scientific purposes but it’s enough for safety. If the readings are too strong, just run away from that area. Basically with this instrument you can avoid radioactive hot spots.
This instrument is not meant to measure food or water, as explained in their web site: http://www.st-c.co.jp/air-counter/index.html but you can use it to have an idea of the radiation level on that area.
Personally I see this useful only in areas close to the delimitation zone, but quite pointless in Tokyo or other places with no danger. Basically because big cities are constantly monitored by many national and independent organizations with much more precise instrumentation. Anyway this is not a toy. If you are in an area with a potential radiation risk, this product could be very handy. I got it in Yodobashi camera for 6000 yen. Unfortunately the design looks like a pregnancy test machine or something related to vaginal hygiene… So you could look a little hentai using this on the street (^^)
Fortunately I got this before traveling to Europe, so I can get radiation measures in several places around the old continent. Currently Vienna seems to be close to Tokyo levels or even higher, but I need to take more measurements, let’s see :)