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09 Feb 21:30


08 Dec 17:15

Learn Survival Skills from the 340-Page Tokyo Disaster Preparedness Guide

by Melanie Pinola

Learn Survival Skills from the 340-Page Tokyo Disaster Preparedness Guide

This massive, informative guide on survival basics from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will teach you how to turn pants into a backpack, how to make an emergency lantern with a plastic bottle, and much more.

The “Disaster Preparedness Tokyo” guide (subtitled “Let’s Get Prepared”) was designed for Japanese residents to prep for an earthquake and other potential disasters hitting Tokyo. Nevertheless, it offers universal things you can do to stay safe in an emergency, wherever you are. The well-illustrated survival tips also cover basic first aid, emergency supplies, and clever uses.

Download PDFs of the guide’s chapters for free at the link below. There’s even a bonus Manga comic, Tokyo X Day.

Disaster Preparedness Tokyo | Tokyo Metropolitan Government via The Guardian

09 Feb 08:01

Barking Dogs

by Doug
04 Feb 07:27

This is easily the most entertaining Japanese history video we've ever seen

This video might not help you ace a final, but it will definitely help you get motivated to study Japanese history.

Japanese history can be pretty complicated and detailed when you start looking at all the specifics, but if you’re looking for a quick review from pre-history to modern times, this video will certainly get the job done!

Titled simply and directly “history of japan,” this nine-minute, highly stylized YouTube video, complete with 90s-style animation and musical highlights, features humorous narration that will help you remember everything you learned (and then forgot) in class.

But our description can’t do it justice — you’ll just have to watch it to get the full enjoyment!

05 Feb 16:10

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05 Feb 14:41

Shipwrecks and Deep Ocean Scenes Encapsulated Inside Translucent Whale Sculptures

by Kate Sierzputowski

Image provided by Isana Yamada


Image provided by Isana Yamada

Japanese artist Isana Yamada' s project Samsara is composed of six translucent whales mounted on thin pedestals that give each of the sculptures an illusion of movement. The whales, illuminated from within, provide a window to strange worlds locked inside their resin-coated bodies: churning submarine volcanoes, fluffy white clouds, and even polar bear skeletons that float within. The project, staged at Tokyo University of the Arts, references the circle of existence found in Buddhist traditions with each whale displaying a separate scene. The whale that represents the human dimension contains a sunken sailboat, imagery that symbolizes a difficult voyage or plight.

Yamada’s work will also be shown in an exhibition of sculptural works at the Artcomplex Center of Tokyo from March 1st through 6th. You can see more of his work on his Facebook page here. (via My Modern Met)


Images by @muzintansaki


Image provided by Isana Yamada


Image provided by Isana Yamada


Image provided by Isana Yamada

29 Jan 13:08

Caixinha de areia

by Will Tirando

gato praia caixinha de areia necessidades nojo humanos

18 Jan 19:26

Adventures of God 8

by itsthetie


The post Adventures of God 8 appeared first on It's The Tie!.

17 Jan 15:48

One Magical Instant

by Blog Import

At one magical instant the page of a book –
that string of confused, alien ciphers – shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; At that moment, whole universes opened.
You became, irrevocably, a reader.
– Alberto Manguel

We read to know we’re not alone.
–  C.S. Lewis


Hong Kong, China

Havana, Cuba
A great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought,
deep freighted with truth and beauty.
– Pablo Neruda


New York City, New York

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
– Anna Quindlen

Hong Kong, China
Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily,
often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
– Joyce Carol Oates

Rome, Italy


Reading is everything.
Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,
learned something, become a better person.
Reading makes me smarter.
Reading gives me something to talk about later on…
Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
– Nora Ephron

Paris, France
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges


New York City, New York



14 Jan 21:13



16 Jan 00:00

Lech Walesa

"I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things. "
07 Jan 15:20

tastefullyoffensive: (photo via CharmingHippopotamus)

07 Jan 20:32



01 Nov 22:09

Portraits of Immigrants Arriving in the United States in the Early 1900s

by Michael Zhang


Ellis Island in Upper New York Bay was the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States at the dawn of the 20th century, with millions of immigrants arrived in the United States via the island by boat.

Amateur photographer Augustus Sherman was the Ellis Island Chief Registry Clerk for a number of years in the early 1900s, and he used his special access to shoot portraits of many of the immigrants who passed through the station.

The New York Public Library recently published a collection of photographs captured by Sherman between 1902 and 1914. They document both what the immigration station was like at the time as well as special cultural outfits of the new immigrants arriving on US shores.












“It is likely that Sherman’s elaborately costumed subjects were detainees, new immigrants held at Ellis Island for one reason or another,” the NYPL writes. “While waiting for what they needed to leave the island (an escort, or money, or travel tickets), some of these immigrants may have been persuaded to pose for Sherman’s camera, donning their best holiday finery or national dress, which they had brought with them from home.”

















You can find the entire collection of 89 photos in this Flickr set.

(via New York Public Library via Flickr Blog)

02 Jan 23:45

Tiny House Alternative: The Tiny A-Frame Cabin

Tucked away in the Redwood trees of Cazadero, California stands this unassuming A-frame cabin.

It appears tiny on the outside, but the interior tells a different tale.

While one of the original aims of A-frame construction is to easily shed snow—we've previously seen what can go wrong when too much heavy snow is allowed to accumulate on a roof—it's also an efficient configuration to build and live within. Less materials are consumed than with a traditional rectilinear shape, and inside there is less cubic volume to heat or cool.

By placing seating and waist-high appliances against the walls, one can use up the awkward wall-meets-floor space. The main portion of the space offers enough distance from the walls for even tall people to walk upright.

The apex of the triangle is the perfect spot to place the loft bed.

While the second story requires sacrificing the centermost portion of the ground floor footprint with a staircase...

...the owners have made good use of the belowstairs space for storage.

If I was going to join the Tiny House movement, I think I'd opt with an A-frame over the traditional shape.

30 Dec 20:46


by Laerte Coutinho

30 Dec 12:42

Linhas tortas

by Will Tirando
27 Dec 18:46

A Carved Graphite Train on Tracks Emerges from Inside a Carpenter’s Pencil

by Christopher Jobson

All photos courtesy Cindy Chinn

We’ve seen a number of artists working with pencil leads over the last few years, where the narrow dimensions of graphite are carved into minuscule objects. This recent piece by Nebraska-based artist Cindy Chinn is particularly ingenious, an entire carpenter’s pencil is turned into a tiny train, trestle, and bridge. “This piece was designed using straight lead pieces for the rails, with the tiny carved train placed and securely glued on top of the rails,” Chinn shares. “The train engine is only 3/16″ of an inch tall. The pencil is 5-5/8″ long and mounted in a wood shadowbox frame as shown in the photos.”

You can see more of Chinn’s pencil carving work on her website and on Etsy. See more pencil carving fun from Salavat Fidai, Diem Chau, and Dalton Ghetti. (via Laughing Squid)





01 Dec 15:38

Industrial Designer Photographs Everything We Touch in a Single Day

Beginning in the '90s, Karim Rashid famously claimed that we touch, on average, some 600 objects a day. Now another industrial designer, London-based Paula Zucotti, has released a project where she seeks to reveal exactly what those objects are.

To be clear, Zucotti's project, a photo book entitled Every Thing We Touch, was apparently conducted independently of Rashid's original claim. ID'er and ethnographer Zucotti traveled the world "to find people from an incredible array of ages, cultures, professions and backgrounds. She asked them to document every object they touched in 24 hours. Then she gathered those objects together and photographed them in a single shot."

From a toddler in Tokyo to a cowboy in Arizona, from a cleaner in London to a cloister nun in Madrid, Every Thing We Touch is their story told through the objects they own, consume, need, choose, treasure and can't let go.

If the objects in each shot seem to add up to far less than 600, the disparity is no surprise; in his speeches to us at Pratt, Rashid made it clear that the math included every single doorknob, subway turnstile, windowsill et cetera, things that are not easily trucked down to a photography studio.

This is probably too much to ask, but I think it'd also be neat to see a heat map overlaid on the images depicting the length of time each object was touched for. Looking around at the things I touch every day, I'd like to think I spend the most time touching my dogs, fat stacks of cash or a favorite tool. But I know the truth: The object that clocks the most touch time is this computer I'm typing this entry on. Because here at Core77, we work for you, man!

We won't ask you to send in photos of every single thing you touch in a single day, but what are the top five objects you touch the most? Not counting wearables, mine are, in order:

1. Computer
2. Desk surface
3. Office chair
4. E-cigarette to keep me from smoking
5. Dogs

I'm hoping one of you has a more exciting list.

Zucotti's Tumblr page has more images and information on the book. And according to Wired, although the book is complete, she's still actively seeking more contributors. Lastly, she's got a related video on the project that she plans to release in "another month or so."

27 Oct 21:47

Are These Photos of Moons, or Frying Pans?

Earlier this year, NASA's Europa Mission Tweeted the following photo:

"One of these is Jupiter's moon Europa," they wrote, "the rest are frying pans."

We're sure you're trying to guess which of these is the real deal, but before we get to that, where did these images come from? While the photo of the actual Europa was snapped by their Galileo spacecraft in the 1990s, are we to believe that NASA techs are sitting around shooting photos of spent frying pans?

No, they're not. The frying pan shots are the work of Norwegian photographer Christopher Jonassen, who began shooting his Devour and Devour II series—"Still life photography of worn-out frying pans"—in 2010 or earlier.

In 2013 someone on Starship Asterisk, an online forum for astronomy geeks, began posting Jonassen's photos in the APOD (Astronomy Photo of the Day) section alongside photos of the real Europa. They subsequently ran seven "Moon or Frying Pan?" quizzes featuring Jonassen's work, properly crediting him. It appears that this quiz is what whomever handles NASA's EM Twitter account drew from.

In any case, have you figured out which of the photos in the Brady Bunch shot is the real Europa?

It's this one:

It's tough to pick it out from a field of nine, but at least one member of the Starship Asterisk forum found it easier in side-by-sides like the one below—and not by drawing on his astronomy knowledge:

"Speaking as a professional cook," the poster writes, "this one was a bit too easy. If you could somehow parley the sheen of grease into a sense of scope and distance, then you would have a challenge indeed!"

21 Dec 04:52

Spoil Your Appetite

Here is a comic that Norrin wrote.

I appreciate Snake's persistence for eating an entire rotting animal carcass before thinking to complain about it.
20 Dec 06:00

Comic for 2015.12.20

by Kris Wilson

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19 Dec 15:42

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Quantum Mechanics is Weird


Hovertext: And lo, The Lord spake, saying, Let the fundamental equations contain an imaginary component.

New comic!
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Wooh! The "Both Shows" for London tickets sold about 10% on day one :) Please buy soon if you want the discount!

13 Nov 17:00

nubbsgalore: photos by scott h. murray from australia’s...


photos by scott h. murray from australia’s northern territory. note the arcing bolt in the third photo, which appears to travel upwards before looping down and to the foreground.

13 Dec 18:59

Advent Calendar

by boulet

07 Dec 14:49

archatlas: EMERGENCE LAB Thomas Medicus The “Emergence Lab” is...


EMERGENCE LAB Thomas Medicus

The “Emergence Lab” is a hand painted anamorphic sculpture. Its title refers to a phenomenon called emergence. Through a plug system made out of 216 laser cut acrylic glass strips, a cubic framework, which contains layers pointing towards all three spatial dimensions, is created. On each side of the cube there is one anamorphic painting that can always only be seen from one point. Since every figure fills the exact same surface as its counterpart on the opposite side, the rear image is covered while looking at one figure.

Before painting the fragments of the images separately on the strips with acrylic paint, the segmentation has been planned entirely. In order to prevent irritating reflections within the strips and to give it the look of solid glass the sculpture floats in a particular silicone oil that has the same refractive index as acrylic.

Images and text via Thomas Medicus

02 Dec 13:32

God Gave Rock 'n' Roll

by Raphael Salimena

30 Nov 08:20

Getting Older

by Doug

Getting Older

Happy birthday, people born today!

02 Dec 16:00

gifaknet: video: Seagull Does Yoga