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A Japanese Photographer’s View of Life in His Family’s One-Room Home

A Japanese Photographer’s View of Life in His Family’s One-Room Home

Meoko Fujii at The New Yorker has posted an incredible collection of the photographs of the Japanese photographer Masaki Yamamoto that are part of his new photo book: Guts.

Guts documents his seven-person family’s life in a one-room apartment in Kobe, Japan. This is a gritty but fascinating glimpse of a kind of life that few of us will ever experience but it’s not so foreign that we can’t imagine it. This is amazing work and once the book is in wider circulation I hope to get it.

Remembering Gary Burden

Gary Burden, who was part of the birth of American rock and roll in the 1960’s has passed. The New York Times has a remembrance:

Gary Burden, Designer of Famous Album Covers, Dies at 84

Here’s a fantastic video of Gary Burden being interviewed while driving up Laurel Canyon Boulevard as well as Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles.

[via Gary Sharp]

Welcome Home(Pod)

This video has been making the rounds and I’ve watched it numerous times; it’s brilliant. Director Spike Jonze put together a great music-video ad for Apple’s HomePod (speaker) featuring FKA Twigs (an English music star and dancer).

She’s an excellent dancer with serious modern dance training and the choreography is brilliant. Notice how she moves walls (and other things) the way we pinch, spread our fingers, and swipe to move windows and objects on our hand-held devices (iPhones, iPads, etc. this is an Apple video).

I posted about another fantastic music-video commercial Jonze did for Kenzo World (perfume) in 2016 here.

Here’s that video saving you a click (grin).

Jonze is amazingly good. His movies include Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Her, and many others. When you think about his work, it’s all high quality but definitely outside the box.

More Lost Arrow Spire fun

A few interesting things I forgot to put in my post on Climbing the Lost Arrow Spire. If you hunt around on the internet in various nooks and crannies you’re bound to find a lot more.

Lost Arrow Spire, Tyrolean Traverse from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.

Mark and Janelle Smiley doing the Lost Arrow tip and Tyrollean traverse back. The Smiley’s are an adventurous couple and worth following: Blue Square Productions.

Here is a collection of their excellent videos.

Here’s a blog post by ? And Shirley Choss that documents this couple’s climb of the Lost Arrow Spire and Tyrollean traverse to get off. It’s 2004 so not super up to date but a lot more up to date than my 1976 climb: Lost Arrow Tip.

They’ve done a lot of climbing all over the world over many years: Choss climbing images.

Joy Brown off Broadway

Joy Brown On Broadway from Wheelhouse Communications on Vimeo.

From May 2017 through yesterday, February 22, 2018, Joy Brown's
(http://joybrownstudio.com) sculpture exhibition of 9 bronze works has been on display on the Broadway Malls of the Upper West Side up to Washington Heights.

This exhibition was organized with the cooperation of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the Morrison Gallery of Kent, CT in conjunction with the Broadway Mall Association (http://www.broadwaymall.org).

These huge sculptures have been a delight to see during the last three seasons. To call them gigantic is an understatement, but that belies the warmth and tenderness found in them. To see them calmly lording over unruly Broadway pedestrian and automobile traffic, always brought a smile.

Evan Fairbanks took his camera to artfully document them, intrepidly, in rain, snow and occasional sunshine.

Great video.

Here’s my post on the installation of the pieces last May: Joy Brown on Broadway.

Hillary Diane Andales explains relativity and frames of reference

This is brilliant.

How do you explain something complex in three minutes? Let twelfth-grader Hillary Diane Andales from Tacloban City, Philippines show you in this prize-winning video on the theory of relativity and the equivalence of reference frames.

Incredible!

Here’s an interview with her: Meet The Winner Of The 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

A lot of work goes into making something simple.

[via Core77]

Andy Weir on The Martian, Artemis and more

Andy Weir on ‘The Martian,’ ‘Artemis’ and when we’ll live on the moon

This is a terrific interview by Edmund Lee with Andy Weir who wrote The Martian which was turned into a film and has now completed a new novel, Artemis.

Weir is a science fiction writer but he’s very much into the real science: he writes about a possible future but the current laws of physics apply, and for me, not a great fan of sci fi, this is a big piece of the appeal. His stories feel possible, even probable.

If you missed my post on Weir’s talk to a group of scientists at Lawrence Livermore Labs, I highly recommend watching it first as it goes into more detail about his writing process and the history of The Martian project.

Andy Weir talks to Lawrence Livermore Labs