Been another busy week – secret plans have been ticking over, plenty to
do at work, and my Japanese abilities are gaining critical mass… or
not. I have however, been learning to tell the time! Ima nan-ji desu
ka? (Incidentally, if you want to see some Japanese critical mass, have
a look at this lovely cartoon, which tells the story behind a new game
called Katamari Damacy in which you have to… gain critical mass, to
replace the stars, which your drunken father has broken. Cartoon is here, and there’s a video of the game here, both via the mighty Waxy)
Meanwhile, it’s come to my attention that I don’t link to a lot of other weblogs from this one – so, here’s The Blog Of Funk, also based in Islington, North London and, one recommended to me by a friend of mine: Autoblography.
Blog Of Funk is very odd and currently has an entertaining look at fish
and dreams. Autoblography is a bit of a contrast: it’s nice, and well
written. It’s the story of an
Englishman in New York (with no Sting references, fortunately), and
involving and evolving. Well worth your time.
Flying Pig is a small UK based firm and they make paper automata: DIY
cardboard machines. They’re often very, very intricate, and incredibly
cleverly designed. They’re fascinating things – when you see one, you
realise how far away from machinery we live most of our lives.
Machinery now – like computers, or cars – is so complex that it becomes
sanitised, and most people let this happen. Unless you’re very
technical, it’s easy to ignore how computers work, how cars work – what
makes things happen around us. And
it’s always a shame to lose curiosity.
Flying Pig’s main site is here, and you can order on-line.