While Elon Musk is helping to combine hyperloops and space travel, the Russian architecture firm Dahir Insaat wants to build a hybrid train and plane that transports 2,000 people at a time.
The flying trains reach speeds up to 300mph, not much faster than the speediest train in the world, the 267 mph Shanghai Maglev. Even if it looks like a giant lego piece, most people would still rather ride in it than sit in traffic.
Furthermore, I wonder how we'll look at any concept of transportation once SpaceX's vision to fly people across the globe in 30 minutes becomes a reality.
James Mollison of TOPIC ventured into one of Tokyo's animal cafes where you can sip your coffee with your animal of choice (cats, dogs, and rabbits). But this coffee shop was a little different.
Tokyo’s Pakuchi Bar is apparently one of eight owl cafes in the big city. The owner, Tomo Nanaka, owns 30 of them which she allows in public on the weekends and on special holidays. Even more, she's named them after musicians and bands.
Below are a some of my favorite.
From left to right: Kurt Cobain, The Chemical Brothers, Beck, and The Cure.
[bha size='120×120′ variation='01' align='alignright']The Pas-de-Calais department hired a creative agency to promote travel to Northern France.
After taking 350,000 photos, the result is a beautiful look in both timelapse and hyperlapse formats at the diversity of the Pas-de-Calais region's environment with an emphasis on architecture, landscape, and sport.
This video project was commissioned by the Pas-de-Calais department to promote its territory. While waiting for an original and creative idea, we opted for a dynamic video only realized in timelapse and in hyperlapse.
Through various themes (nature, memory, sport, …) we have, for two months, crisscrossed the Pas-de-Calais to capture the best of this beautiful department.
3 intense minutes to make you want to discover or rediscover this space so rich, conducive to change of scenery and the meeting of a marked culture.
A few weeks ago, I blogged about a trip through New York City in 1911. This week’s archival videos goes back in time to San Francisco, 1939.
The cable cars ran on cables because the city’s hills were so steep. They also required ‘turntables' (first time I've heard the term not in reference to hip-hop) to flip them around the other way. Both the cable car and trolleys (slightly different) are both staples of SF to this day.
The SF Mint factory not only produced US coins but also those for the Philippines. As they said about the California Gold Rush in 1849, “If you want to make money in a gold rush, sell shovels.”
I wonder if those golf courses looking over the Golden Gate still exist?
The seals of SF still lounge like royalty and sure run the show
Heed the motto: “San Francisco by the Golden Gate. City upon memories and visions of progress for tomorrow.”
The Bajau sea nomads are people from the Malay Archipelago (Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia).
Aquatic life is literally in their DNA. According to a study from the journal Cell:
They are renowned for their extraordinary abilities, diving to depths of over 70 m with nothing more than a set of weights and a pair of wooden goggles (Schagatay, 2014) and spending 60% of their daily working time underwater (Schagatay et al., 2011).
They’ve evolved to harbor extreme breath holding capabilities with up to 13 minutes underwater. For over thousands of years, the Bajau people have developed expanded spleens due to their dependency on diving underwater for food.
No one knows what originally compelled the Bajau to dive other than their need to survive and feed entire families.
“I shall go even further: my freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint, diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the chains that shackle the spirit.”
—Igor Stravinsky, [easyazon_link identifier=”0674678567″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons[/easyazon_link]
Time is to clock as mind is to brain. The clock or watch somehow contains the time. And yet time refuses to be bottled up like a genie stuffed in a lamp. Whether it flows as sand or turns on wheels within wheels, time escapes irretrievably, while we watch. Even when the bulbs of the hourglass shatter, when darkness withholds the shadow from the sundial, when the mainspring winds down so far that the clock hands hold still as death, time itself keeps on. The most we can hope a watch to do is mark that progress. And since time sets its own tempo, like a heartbeat or an ebb tide, timepieces don’t really keep time. They just keep up with it, if they’re able.
— Dava Sobel, [easyazon_link identifier=”0007902506″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time[/easyazon_link]
Can you imagine having to haggle over everything you bought in a store?
But as businesses got bigger in the 1870s, shopkeepers needed a way to streamline pricing for both sales clerks and customers alike. Two department stores helped pioneer the price tag: Macy's in New York and Wanamaker's in Philadelphia.
They adopted the Quaker's concept of one price on all items, no questions asked. Price tags thus removed the hassle for both stores and the customers.
The price is right, usually
Dynamic pricing still exists though. Whether it's an Uber surge or last-minute airline tickets to Tahiti, we churn across the internet looking for the best price.
Labeled the most beautiful river in the world, the Caño Cristales or Cano Crystals gets its blend of colors (orange, red, blue, green, and yellow) from the way light and move over the macarenia clavigera plant.
Tourists were told to stay away from the river in the early 2000s because it was a guerilla haven. It appears to be open today.
If you want to remember a vacation, you're almost better off framing a picture rather than just posting it on your Instagram feed.
According to recent research, owning a physical photo is more likely to encourage someone to share their experience with others. It turns out that digital images are terrible cues.
“Back in the old days, we’d wait until we finished a roll of film and then bring it to the store to get printed. So waiting for the pictures kept the experience top of mind. Then, we’d take the pictures around to our friends one by one (or group by group) and get to share our experience over and over again. Now, we simply post it on social media once and we’re done.”
However, it's not all digital media's fault. It's also our dwindling attention spans driven by the urge to consume what's next. To echo Om Malik in a recent New Yorker piece: “We have come to a point in society where we are all taking too many photos and spending very little time looking at them.”
Apps like Timehop and Facebook's “One year ago today” feature attempt to revitalize old posts to conjure up past memories. I personally recommend reviewing “On this Day” in Day One journal, not just for vacation recall but also to gain perspective on all life's milestones, ups, and downs.
Whether it's in the form of a framed photo, a souvenir, or relived Facebook post, you can extend any fond memory with subtle reminders.
Let’s start off with the least significant photo of the year.
I shot the below soap bubble pool party while on vacation in the Dominican Republic.
While it’s my most downloaded photo on Unsplash, the only thing it reminds me of is the period where I was trying to finish up my book. Stuck in writer's block, I remember walking around the hotel looking for inspiration when I heard party music and noticed large bath bubbles floating through the air. The 90s MTV-esque ‘spring break' foam party was the perfect distraction from the agony of the unfinished manuscript.
What’s popular isn’t always what matters
However, my most meaningful photo from this year had to be the time my wife I and walked up Machu Picchu mountain. It was a true test of fitness, a devious mountain that tricked you into thinking the top was always closer than it was. It took an hour to go up and another hour to go down. But when you finished, we got to write our names in the logbook.
From the masks of Mexico City's cheeky lucha libra wrestlers to the walls of art in dive bars and parks, to the boyhood fervor of an old man in his special puppet, Mexico City is very much a lived experience. To quote Edward Burnett Tylor:
“Taking it as a whole, Mexico is a grand city, and, as Cortes truly said, its situation is marvellous.”