Japan

Today's Obsession: Social Disaster Strategies

At PopMatters, there’s a good look at how the current set of social media tools is being used in Japan during the crisis. This post details a utility that began on Facebook as a group, has expanded onto Twitter with a set of hashtags, a shared folder on Dropbox with downloadable resources, YouTube embeds,...

Today's Obsession: Miffies

Going back through my archives of awesome stuff to post here, I found this little freeware font site from Japan, just like they used to make in the nineties! All the typefaces here are pop-culture based, mostly descended from old 8-bit game titles, and they’re not of fabulous quality. The letterspacing’s all over the...

Angry Monkeys and Mechanical Fish Mouths

My friends Mike Abelson and his wife Yuri live and work in Japan. I recently received a package from them celebrating their latest project, the mechanical structures of fish mouths. (Mike built a three-dimensional fish head and wore it at a recent lecture to give a better understanding of how a 4 bar or...