magic touch sushi

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Magic Touch Sushi presents the latest reincarnation of conveyor-belt sushi restaurants: order your items from an iPad and they will be delivered via Japanese bullet train.

Magic Touch Sushi

Magic Touch点争鮮 信義ATT店
ATT 4 Fun, 5th Floor
No. 12 Songshou Road
Xinyi District, Taipei

Impact Hub Taipei Mannequin Challenge

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In case anyone wanted to see what the inside of Impact Hub Taipei looks like! Also featuring the Gogoro battery-swap station… I didn’t know this was going to happen today, but kudos to the videographer, because we did it after only one trial run.

conflict diamonds video

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I don’t usually write about work, but there has been a small project that’s been fun lately: I’ve been putting together videos for three projects as a test pilot in profiling different kinds of research.

Here’s the first one, which is the simplest: a slideshow based on some great photos by my colleague Jason for his work on conflict diamonds:

It was a great crash course in using Premiere Pro, and now I’m on my second: creating kinetic typography using After Effects. 😮

norwegian advertising

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Sometimes I don’t think I’ll ever understand Norwegian mass culture. This ad for vanilla sauce, for example:

endelig skrukork

NYHET! Endelig med skrukork! (“NEW! Finally with a screw cap!”)

It doesn’t market any other feature. No great taste, no new recipe, just… a screw cap. Read More

cycling in hanoi

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actually, this is me cycling on my way home from work. traffic is the number one thing travelers to Hanoi notice most, and it took me a month of cycling before I got the guts to go for the motorbike.

this is fairly light traffic, but gives you an idea… note the lack of traffic rules and the liberal use of the horn. my roommate makes the apt analogy with downhill skiing: just mind what’s in front of you, not what’s behind you (signaling is rare, and lots of people actually remove the rearview mirrors because they just take up space on the bike). heck, people don’t even follow traffic lights when there are any. and they don’t look down the road when shooting out of alleyways: a colleague claims this is a remnant from the French, who had some weird traffic law giving right-of-way to those coming out of side streets. some advice: don’t ask yourself questions like, “why is the car parked horizontally across the road,” or “isn’t this a one-way street?”–you’ll just confuse yourself endlessly. and never, ever get road rage. no one else cares.

and not a drop to… shower with

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it’s been raining for the past 2 days, apparently the worst since 1984. and by murphy’s law, I of course live on what seems (to me) the worst-hit part of the city. this video is from early in the day, when I first tried to get to work:

it only got worse later. nowhere to stand without being submerged, and all the shops busy trying to sweep water out of their businesses. those who had given up just stood around watching the chaos. I’m amazed at the number of people who still insisted on driving their completely submerged motorbikes, only to be stranded minutes later.

(I did make it to work in the afternoon, but when I made it back in the evening, there was a taxi floating down the street, with drunken on-lookers laughing)

it's better to walk
it’s better to walk

this would all be a bit more tolerable if weren’t for the fact that we now have no running water in the house. not such a great thing after wading in, well, everything you can imagine is on the streets of hanoi (ahem, I saw a big rat float by my house this morning).

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