Spring is starting to sproing…
I’ll be out for a bit, back in a few weeks!
How could this not be an Everything, Everywhere, All at Once appreciation post? Whatever meaning the Oscars may or may not have, it won big, and deservedly so. It is an astounding, excellent, inventive, powerful, heartfelt, inspiring, insightful, transformational, and a storytelling tour de force. A real display of passion by all those involved, that, with what might be considered modest means in today’s movie-making complex, shows what’s possible when authenticity is unleashed and aligned. 10000% fabulous.
And while it’s only gotten one philosophy highlight here so far, there will be more to come once I can put it into words…
Until then, if you haven’t seen it, I highly, highly, recommend it, and then watching it again, and again, and again. I certainly have.
— fanart poster by Daria Kalashnikova
There’s something just so iconic about the green and white bi-level GO Train cars, especially the older riveted ones (you can also see one of the newer welded ones in the background). It always amuses me to see them operating with different different livery on other services… they look so familiar yet also so not quite right? (But I’m always happy that their design is standing the test of time and providing so much great transit!)
photo by me
A little ambient, a little acoustic, and a little uplifting…
These are mesmerizing x-ray-like illustrations of the major train stations in Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Tokyo central)… all the more incredible as they were done in ballpoint pen!
It also calls to mind how amazing the those rail stations are, with multiple services and intricate schedules (as illustrated here just a few weeks ago) and how they’ve interwoven themselves with the urban fabric as they’ve grown, and in doing so integrated themselves into the city, becoming mini cities in their own right.
Wild, wonderful work by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Happy year of the rabbit everyone!
Cool illustration by Hawberries
This music might not be everyone’s cup of tea (and not sure if if other of its type would entice me either) but I have really dug this track for years!
(It’s certainly got the complex layering that I love so much in music, especially where each layer is brought in one at a time, then played in various overlapping ways, then stripped back down to the simplest bit at the tail end of the song…)
This is both amazing as well as mesmerizing… the Tokyo Shinkansen train station serving all eastern routes, with a super busy schedule and only four platforms, and the amazing and hyper-precise dance of incoming and leaving trains, nearly once every 4 minutes, with the incoming train often passing the outgoing mere moments after it leaves the station! Astoundingly well run.