Thursday, January 29, 2004

Philips Rollable display

Here is the future I really like to see.

Jobs, Apple, and the Limits of the Innovation

I was thinking about recent innovation from Apple..., iPod mini... No. XM Radio with recordable iPod!! Yes, that's the one I want...well, that's not in their line up... Garage Band...who use this? I love Ableton Live.

Apple has cool stuff like Shake, though.

By the way, the introduction of this article..."Everyone knows Parisians are snobs" is something. I can't confirm this since I don't have Parisian friend. Does the writer thinks many of muslims in Paris are snobs too?

Gesture-Operable Home appliance

I'm trying to figure out what kind of "Home Appliance" operation is suitable for this kind of device. Microwave? I don't know. I think these are made with engineers passion rather than real world needs. Well, I want to lock/unlock my door with special gestures. ;)

Monday, January 26, 2004

Lost in Translation

It's one of the best movie I have ever seen. I watched this movie last October, and was very impressed by Sofia Coppola's sense of capturing the atomosphere of Japan. The atomosphere of the city directly reached to my heart, no matter whether I'm Japanese or foreigner, I thought everyone who were in Japan may have same feeling from the screen. It captures the atomosphere, the city, people, time, all come along with the story that is presenting by two Americans (Foreigners in Japan).

I think the reaction of these two charactors are common experience to many of people, I mean, the person who is from outside of Japan. Since the context of the culture is different compared to many countries, people may find difficult to understand Japanese culture at the beginning, the city may look hyper-illuminated chaos especially if you don't understand the language. (I should say there is an order in that chaos)

Well, I'm not going to talk about cultural things here. What I want to say is: the most beautiful thing in this movie is its atomosphere. I haven't had such a feeling that I'm in the movie, I mean, I was in Tokyo, Kyoto, and many scenes... many scenes overlapped with my memory. I was just feeling and enjoying the atomosphere of the movie all the time.

I found funny in many comical scenes such as conversation between Bob and Japanese people. Some Japanese may find themself it's kind of embarassing things, althuogh, I think those things are lovely, and that's why Japan is so unique. The story is well "Translated" to the people who knows Japan, and who doesn't know Japan as well.

Below is the text from Sofia Coppola's intervew available on the official site. This text made me so happy.

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Q: What would you like audiences to take away from their experience of watching the film? A mood? A moment? A specific emotion?

SC: I can only say why I wanted to make the movie: to convey what I love about Tokyo and visiting the city. It's about moments in life that are great but don't last. They don't go on, but you always have the memory and they have an effect on you. That's what I was thinking about.
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I'm really grad that this film/actor/director took the Golden Globe award this year. They are nominated to Oscar also.

Monday, January 19, 2004

SF Gate: Mars Image

It's funny they named these rocks as "Sashimi" and "Sushi". Fresh!

Saturday, January 10, 2004

[Year 2004]

I made a year resolution for this year. I will stop many of my "favors" that I have been doing for long time. I will do this resolution for some purification of my body, mind, and brain. It must be interesting to see how I'm dependent on these items. I always had this thought after I did Yoga, and have noticed that some of my favors are making my conditions worth.

Like smoking, one of my long time favorite, doesn't make my health better. I know this fact so long, but the realization with my body took a long time. I think, the last time I went to see doctor was at least 5 years ago. The reason was something like I had heavy migrain and couldn't relief it with any kind of consumer selling medicine. Otherwise, I was always recovered from sick easily and never had a thought that I'm an unhealthy guy. Maybe my mind and brain always helped to improve unhealthy conditions, and I'm used to keep it stable. However, I start feeling unbalanced with my "favors". I think I need to have some sort of purification time and keep the condition as my nature.

I want to be more clear than ever. I don't know why. I just feel like that's the way to go.