Persistant Contrail over Tokyo

I was walking home late last night through Shinjuku and saw something that I had never seen before in Japan, a persistent contrail.  I've seen this plenty of times in the states, but I thought it was weird. I took some photos of it and decided to upload a movie to YouTube in the morning.

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I can haz cheap Litepanel?

Litepanels are amazing, expensive, and amazingly expensive. However, someone on... some website, I don't remember, found this.NewEgg has a LED worklight for $50 and they calle it "ultrabright, rechargable and cordless." Will this be a suitable replacement for a much more expensive peice of equipment OR will you get what you pay for. You'll have to try it out for yourself until i move home.


Hasselblad Special Edition Stainless Steel - $30,000


But for real, what the heck? I expect high-end equipment to be expensive, but when will we see something on the consumer (read "sane") pricepoint. And I'm talking sub $10,000.

But damn, it's a pretty camera.

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From the Hasselblad Site:

Introducing the H4D-40 Stainless Steel.
A limited production run of 100 unique cameras that are a shining example of things to come. thngs to come.

All H4D cameras are built around a solid stainless steel body - now we've decided to let their inner beauty shine through.

The H4D-40 Stainless Steel (like all H4D cameras) was designed to meet the needs of the most demanding high-end commercial photographers. Photographers who have but one thing in common - a desire to take their photography to the next level, to set themselves apart from the crowd. And now, with the H4D-40 Stainless Steel, it's not just your images that stand out. Now your camera can as well.

The H4D-40 Stainless Steel will be produced in a limited production run of 100 cameras and will be available for a limited time only. Contact your local dealer to find out more.


The New Mac Air OR Why isnt the new Mac Air the iPad?


Here's the deal. The Mac Air has just about all the features that are lacking in the iPad. It has two USB ports, a Mini DisplayPort, and the 13in model has a SD card slot. Its got a front facing camera and can USE FLASH CAUSE ITS A COMPUTER!!

What it lacks is a touch screen and iOS4. oh, did i mention its lighter than the iPad too?

So here's what I want. I'd like to see a Mac Air with an iPad dock where the keyboard would be and the ability to teather one device to the other so that I can use it as a dual screen eBook reader. Best of every world.

Although, I have to say the ClamCase for iPad is pretty rad.

or how about a ModBook Air? (i'm looking in your direction, axiotron)


Its 3am and I'm processing photos from JFW...

its late... not for me, but its late by traditionally standards. I'm editing and batching photos from my last day at Japan Fashion Week that ended yesterday. And I'm listening to This American Life. Ira Glass is possibly one of the most amazing minds on the earth.

And i'm hoping that the mosquito bite on the back of my neck and leg are from outside and not from in my apartment; and it reminds me of a conversation about pressing and X into your bites with your nails to keep the itch away. Something Miho said her grandmother told her, something that Diego told me years ago that his grandmother told him.

I'm listening to "Fear of Sleep," something I can understand. I'm missing her. And then Ira reads a poem by Philip Larkin. Its about fear of sleep, but inasmuch as fear of sleep is the realization of the most rational fear of all, the fear of death and realization of terrible:


I work all day, and get half-drunk at night.
Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.
In time the curtain-edges will grow light.
Till then I see what's really always there:
Unresting death, a whole day nearer now,
Making all thought impossible but how
And where and when I shall myself die.
Arid interrogation: yet the dread
Of dying, and being dead,
Flashes afresh to hold and horrify.
The mind blanks at the glare. Not in remorse
- The good not done, the love not given, time
Torn off unused - nor wretchedly because
An only life can take so long to climb
Clear of its wrong beginnings, and may never;
But at the total emptiness for ever,
The sure extinction that we travel to
And shall be lost in always. Not to be here,
Not to be anywhere,
And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true.

This is a special way of being afraid
No trick dispels. Religion used to try,
That vast, moth-eaten musical brocade
Created to pretend we never die,
And specious stuff that says No rational being
Can fear a thing it will not feel, not seeing
That this is what we fear - no sight, no sound,
No touch or taste or smell, nothing to think with,
Nothing to love or link with,
The anesthetic from which none come round.

And so it stays just on the edge of vision,
A small, unfocused blur, a standing chill
That slows each impulse down to indecision.
Most things may never happen: this one will,
And realisation of it rages out
In furnace-fear when we are caught without
People or drink. Courage is no good:
It means not scaring others. Being brave
Lets no one off the grave.
Death is no different whined at than withstood.

Slowly light strengthens, and the room takes shape.
It stands plain as a wardrobe, what we know,
Have always known, know that we can't escape,
Yet can't accept. One side will have to go.
Meanwhile telephones crouch, getting ready to ring
In locked-up offices, and all the uncaring
Intricate rented world begins to rouse.
The sky is white as clay, with no sun.
Work has to be done.
Postmen like doctors go from house to house.


"The sure extinction that we travel to And shall be lost in always."  I guess its go to know not only can things get worse, but they will. "The good not done, the love not given, time Torn off unused" I'd have been better off without the love, thank you. but i have my beer and my (it's so spicy i call it) death-ramen, and i have photos to go through.


...also, i wonder if i can ever go back to Ghibli.

...heh, i just realized that This American Life is produced at Chicago Public Radio.