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Tatebanko – Japanese Paper Dioramas...

Do you know tatebanko? Well I’m pretty clued up on Japanese culture, but I had no idea what it was until recently. Apparently it is an almost forgotten art of creating scenic dioramas using paper and clever use of perspective. It was popular in Japan during the 17th Century (Edo Period) till the 19th century and then pretty much disappeared. Now a company in Japan is reviving it, with beautiful little kits to put together your own tatebanko’s. They launched with a series of ones based on famous Japanese ukiyo-e artists – Hiroshige and Hokusai. And now they’ve  got a series based on Tezuka Osamu comics, yes my friends – ASTRO BOY! And they look retro freaking fantastic....

Tatebanko – Japanese Paper Dioramas
posted on: May 12, 2009 | author: Edna

Analogue Camera Hero from Japan: The Blackbird,fly...

In the current world of photography, the old analogue guard are really being crushed by the way of digital. Polaroid ceased production this year, lomo is gettin a little old – it’s not looking great for analogue lovers. Well everywhere, except of course, Japan. Where the awesomely named company called Superheadz – released the blackbird,fly. It’s an antique styled twin-lens reflex camera, and unlike most of those types – it uses standard 35mm film as opposed to (the relatively hard to come by, and more expensive) 120 film. It can even shoot square images on standard 35mm film. Nice! We love square things. The camera itself also looks pretty cool, we love the retro 1920s styling and the...

Analogue Camera Hero from Japan: The Blackbird,fly
posted on: Nov 7, 2008 | author: Edna

Vintage Bicycle / Motorcycle Beauty

You see, I love all things two wheeled. I love bicyles and I love motorcycles. And you’d think, a small engined bicycle would be perfect as a low/no emission transport for the modern urban person. Unfortunately such mopeds are decidedly ugly. Enter Ridley Motorcycles and their Vintage Bike range. They’ve made a series of beautiful 1930’s vintage motorcycle inspired cruiser bicycles – that sport a 50cc or 70cc engine. They come in 24″ and 26″ varieties and are fully specced out with Shimano Nexus Coaster Brake Hub and solid steel frames. These are real beauties. They start at USD$1999, so looking at the exchange rate – I’m not getting one anytime soon. But god I want one. Some...

Vintage Bicycle / Motorcycle Beauty
posted on: Oct 31, 2008 | author: Edna

DIY USB Eraser is simple genius

I hate it when people think of really simple cool stuff that I don’t think of. I’ve been trying to think of a clever original USB drive enclosure for ages. Wood is cool, so is a plush toy and so is a humping dog. There’s a whole bunch of USB thingies we’ve come accross, after the jump. Anyway we love this eraser. Instructables have a good little guide on how to make one yourself. Althought its so obvious you probably don’t even need to see the step-by-step thing. Anyone seen any other awesome novelty USB things? Make your own here. Humping Dog DIY USB Teddy Kool USB Lighter USB Wristband – kinda ugly USB “thumb” drive USB...

DIY USB Eraser is simple genius
posted on: Oct 17, 2008 | author: Edna

New DS. Boringly named DSi.

  When the first Nintendo DS first launched in 2004, we were instantly fans. It was pretty damn groundbreaking, with its touch screen gaming and dual screens. More importantly, it had wireless multiplayer Mario Kart. I believe that sold the entire 20+ male market. Anyway, its been out for a while – and although they released a slimmer, sexier one – not a lot has changed.  So they’ve updated it. It’s pretty much the same hardware except the screen is a tiny bit bigger – the added two cameras and built-in a web broswer. Oh and they strangely changed the name to DSi (what exactly does the i refer to?).  It’s not all that exciting, since its four year...

New DS. Boringly named DSi.
posted on: Oct 3, 2008 | author: Edna

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