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Dec 29 | Japan’s Star Wars train

It turns out there is a Star Wars train in Japan. Unfortunately, it isn’t the interstellar kind. At least not for now. The train, which runs on the Nankai Railway line between Namba station and the Kansai Airport (KIX), had been painted black with Star Wars characters emblazoned on its side, in anticipation of the […]

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Dec 5 | Tips to buying cameras at flea markets

In building up my collection of Canon cameras I often get the asked how expensive a hobby like that can be. It turns out — not so much — since I go to flea markets and second-hand stores to find camera bodies. It is true that camera bodies are cheaper than lenses, so your mileage […]

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Nov 14 | Swiss travel brochures

You need only perform a Google image search for “Swiss travel brochures” to understand how much artistry and thought has gone into the historic leaflets now adoring postcards and posters around the world. So you can imagine my glee when visiting the Zurich flea market I snagged a bunch for 20CHF. Aide from Giessbach I’ve […]

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Oct 23 | A review of the Nexus 6P

I’ve had the Huawei-built Nexus 6P for two weeks now and I feel like it’s just enough time to get a good handle on the device and whether or not it’s the device you might want to buy. I haven’t read any other online review of this, though I’ve heard they’re fairly favorable. My verdict? […]

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Jun 20 | Too good to be true: the story of the Nationwide Ponzi scheme

It’s somewhat depressing to see how many Ponzi schemes are unravelled every month. According to a LexisNexis compilation in October of 2014, there were “8 guilty pleas with 10 newly discovered schemes involving more $500 million in the aggregate”. Nationwide Automated Systems claimed it “offers custom-designed wood cabinet options, designed to match the visual feel […]

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May 2 | Design details of the Tokyo subway ticket machines

I’ve been a big fan of the Germaphobe’s Guide to Buying a Metrocard in it being an elegant exercise of understanding the design decisions behind the things we use every single day. I decided I’d take a similar exercise to the Tokyo subway ticket vending machines, which in some shape form the backbone of the […]

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Feb 8 | The Diary

Background: In 2013 I traveled 30,000 miles across Asia and New Zealand. I kept a web-based and paper-based diary, which was only recently recovered. This post will grow day by day as I add one new entry for each day I traveled. 2/7 Hong Kong Has it ever occurred to you how it might feel […]

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Jan 31 | Diving deep into an app: Yahoo Norikae Annai

Everyone knows Japan is a transit heaven, a carefully coordinated orchestra of trains and buses that shepherds what amounts to the entire population of Switzerland on any given day. Having moved from Switzerland, the other transit heaven, the one thing that I miss the most is a nationally unified transport structure that, coupled with an […]

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Nov 30 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Review

I’m a card carrying member of the heavy, bulky DSLR Canon fanboy group, so getting my hands on a Lumix DMC-CM1 was something that took a bit of warming up to. But at the end of the day, it’s what camera you have in your pocket that matters most, and this has turned out to […]

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Sep 23 | Naoshima Trip Report

Naoshima’s art museums feel like a cross between a hidden concrete paradise and an asylum. Tadao Ando is a genius, and Naoshima is an odd but deeply satisfying testament to his vision. Naoshima sits about an hour north of Takamatsu by boat, 3 hours south of Tokyo by train, and is more or less a […]

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