Category Archives: TRAVEL
About the project by Fred Nerby –
A conceptional and systematic design approach encouraging user behaviour and a greater control of data within a responsive grid.
The overall concept was created with a systematic design approach encouraging behaviour and a greater control of user data. Facebook is a natural part of peoples lives today and it’s well known that a part of the platform’s psychological success is caused by targeted and personalised information. This concept draws upon that theory by giving more control back to the user of what they want and don’t want to see, creating a greater and more personal environment when interacting with the UI.
I approached the platform from a user perspective and focused on targeted & personalised data while maintaining a visually appealing UI. Facebook has done a good job with this for a long time but we’re still not seeing the full extent of what’s possible within this platform.
I believe the future of digital production, design & development in general lies within personalised or targeted information. Every day we’re bombarded with advertising and other media who’s desperately trying to get our attention with more traditional (narrative) campaign strategies. I believe in focusing on the platform itself and adding value that’s personal and actually useful for the end user.
Legendary Kazuo Yamagishi is known as “The God of Ramen” in Higashi Ikebukuro, Tokyo. For more than 45 years, there was always two-hour wait line to partake his Ramen noodle, but he says “There is more important thing than just Ramen.”
Filmed over the course of two years, this incredible “Forest Ski” segment from the highly-acclaimed ski film Valhalla shows skiers doing backflips through old growth trees, and huge airs over raging summer creeks, all without any snow.
Adrianne Ho recently launched a new lifestyle website, Sweat The Style, dedicated to fashionable fitness, natural beauty, positive health, and real food.
Ruyi Dumpling & Wine Bar opened its fabulous Hecker Guthrie designed doors earlier this month in Melbourne. The 56 seater restaurant is a union of beautifully presented contemporary Chinese food, exceptional design and modern restaurant culture. Translating literally to ‘as you wish’, the name Ruyi derives from a Chinese heirloom symbolising power and good fortune.
The interior palate by Hecker Guthrie is a very specific nod to traditional Chinese crimson and jade colours, in a modern context which utilises oxblood accents and sage tones. The restaurant’s design is a contemporary approach to traditional Chinese colour palettes and textures, with restrained and sophisticated spaces. “Dumplings are such simple fare and so the fit out needed to have a sense of simplicity and earthiness to compliment this. We didn’t want the design to scream China; instead we wanted to subtly hint at the distinctly Asian influence” says Paul Hecker, principal of Hecker Guthrie.
The innovations contained in the upcoming BMW i8 extend even to the key fob, which is made with eco-friendly materials like biopolymer (made with castor bean oil and glass fiber). But what’s really unique about the device is its built in functionality, featuring a high-resolution LCD display showing measurements like charge levels, time on charge or the distance the vehicle can travel before needing to recharge. Another feature will allow the i8′s pre-conditioning to be turned on or off. More than just a key fob, it’s something of a small smartphone for your car. The BMW i8 is scheduled to launch in the first half of next year.
Created by Amsterdam-based designer Ruben Pater, the Drone Survival Guide(big pic) is, on one side, a rough bird watcher’s guide to the modern robot at war. The other side is a short section of printed survival tips, and the guides are available in Pashto, Dutch, German, Italian, Indonesian, Arabic, and English.
“Our ancestors could spot natural predators from far by their silhouettes. Are we equally aware of the predators in the present-day? Drones are remote-controlled planes that can be used for anything from surveillance and deadly force, to rescue operations and scientific research. Most drones are used today by military powers for remote-controlled surveillance and attack, and their numbers are growing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicted in 2012 that within 20 years there could be as many as 30.000 drones flying over U.S. Soil alone. As robotic birds will become commonplace in the near future, we should be prepared to identify them. This survival guide is an attempt to familiarise ourselves and future generations, with a changing technological environment.”
How much time do you have left?
Time makes sense in small pieces. But when you look at huge stretches of time, it’s almost impossible to wrap your head around things. So we teamed up with the awesome blog “Wait but Why” and made this video to help you putting things in perspective with some infographics!
This video has been a collaboration of KURZGESAGT & WAITBUTWHY!
WAIT BUT WHY: AN AWESOME BLOG that shows you new perspectives on your life. Visit them, tell them hi from us! 😀 Trust us, it is worth your time!
Masaaki Homma of mastermind JAPAN
New York City, United States.
Photographer: Youngjun Koo/HYPEBEAST
HYPEBEAST Road Trips Japan –
Figuring Out the Real Deal
Kobe is a very specific breed of wagyu which translates to Japanese cattle or Japanese cow. Wagyu itself is not a breed, but rather an overarching term for breeds of cattle that originate from Japan. The breed of Kobe beef is known as Tajima-gyu, of which there are only 3,000 heads of certified cattle in the world and none outside of Japan.
Ironically, Kobe beef isn’t even considered the best beef in Japan. For a lot of connoisseurs, the Tottori Black and Kumamoto Red bulls, both Wagyu class cows, are considered superior.
“What about those Kobe sliders I ate in Vegas?” Bogus beef. “The $250 Kobe beef steak I ate at that celebrity chef’s restaurant?” Faking the funk. Due to lenient food laws around the world, people are allowed to label things as “Kobe” without them having to actually be the real deal. In fact, in the U.S. they can call things Kobe if the cow is crossbred and modified with Japanese cattle. From 2010 till August 2012, no one in the U.S. was eating any Japanese beef, which was outlawed due to an outbreak of foot and mouth amongst Japanese cattle. The law has been relaxed allowing limited import, but none that is Kobe beef. Also, “American Style Kobe Beef” is altered to be more palatable for the U.S market as the Japanese version has been deemed “too rich.” So what you’ve been eating and paying a serious premium for is most likely an imitation of the real thing.
Since the United States as a whole apparently doesn’t display the same level of OCD as Portlandia portrays, we really don’t know what we’re eating, and we rarely seem to question it. Real Kobe beef sold under Japanese law comes with a 10-digit identification code so customers know what particular Tajima-gyu cow it came from. American Kobe… not so much.
“THE BREED OF KOBE BEEF IS KNOWN AS TAJIMA-GYU, OF WHICH THERE ARE ONLY 3,000 HEADS OF CERTIFIED CATTLE IN THE WORLD AND NONE OUTSIDE OF JAPAN.”
The Original Teppanyaki
In Kobe, the beef is produced under some of the strictest food standards in the world. It not only requires a pure bloodline – no cross breeding – it must be born in the Hyogo prefecture and raised locally its entire life. It must also be a bull or virgin cow, which takes longer to raise, causing the rise in price, and is processed in a Hyogo slaughterhouse – none of which are USDA approved – then pass a strict government exam, which involves trademarks and patents.
So we did what any food-obsessed group of friends would do: we went to Kobe to splurge on the real deal.
We found ourselves at the Misono building to dine at Steak Misono: The Original Teppanyaki, which overlooks Kobe’s cityscape out onto the harbor. Established in 1945 by Shigeji Fujioka (1909-1999) as “the first iron plate grill steak restaurant” – the iron plate’s 20mm thickness enhances the beef’s taste with even cooking and due to the lack of open flame ensures no flare-ups when cooking the fat-rich beef. It also holds the title as the first place to “pair garlic rice with steak.”
Our beef was “carefully selected beef, genuine Japanese black cattle, less than 24 months old” and was graded by the Japan Meat Grading Association. At Misono they use short loin cuts as they deemed them to have “better nutrition and taste” and of course, extensive marbling, which practically melted at room temperature.
Considering most of us could easily polish off 400g on our own, and Eugene could probably inhale 1,000g in his sleep, we showed incredible restraint as we decided to start slow. The party of four ordered a total of 400g (approximately 14 ounces) of Kobe beef sirloin steak at ¥9,450 JPY (approximately $91 USD) per 100g (approximately 3.5 ounces), 400g (approximately 14 ounces) of the Misono special fillet steak at ¥5,250 (approximately $51 USD) per 100g (approximately 3.5 ounces), one order of chilled sliced beef, and two portions of garlic rice to share.
“IT NOT ONLY REQUIRES A PURE BLOODLINE – NO CROSS BREEDING – IT MUST BE BORN IN THE HYOGO PREFECTURE AND RAISED LOCALLY ITS ENTIRE LIFE. IT MUST ALSO BE A BULL OR VIRGIN COW, WHICH TAKES LONGER TO RAISE, AND IS PROCESSED IN A HYOGO SLAUGHTERHOUSE”
The sight of the raw beef alone made me salivate. It looked vibrant, almost alive in a surreal way as the white marbling popped against its bright red hue. When it hit the hot iron grill, it was game over. My jaw went slack and my eyes glazed over once I caught a whiff of that succulent beef. I looked over at Nicole (That Food Cray!!!) and we both silently agreed that it smelled like heaven, only better.
Our chef gently and quickly cooked out beef with precision while constantly basting it in a puddle of its own heavenly fat. He also utilized a kettle-shaped lid, another Misono invention, which used heat convention to make sure the meat was perfectly grilled and tender.
As he sliced and divvied up our portions, we hungrily reached for our first bites and almost in unison, let out a sigh. I immediately wanted to eat the whole cow. Who could ever mock the Japanese again for their ways which may or may not included them feeding their cattle beer, massaging them down with sake, and making them listen to classical music in order to create such unbelievable marbling after having tasted genuine Kobe beef? Not me.
We greedily and happily devoured each piece in silence as the chef continued to prepare the different elements of our meal. The Kobe was delectable – like nothing I had ever had before – but the special filet was equally mouthwatering and possibly more flavorsome, and the crispy slices of garlic that accompanied it were perfect. The cold beef was also a pleasant surprise.
By the time we had finished our garlic rice, the rich beef fat had lined our stomachs and we were remarkably full. Turns out our table of seasoned eaters were easily satiated with just 200g per person. Although matters of taste are always subjective – especially when it comes to food, with our wallets noticeably lighter – our bellies full of meaty goodness, and a bucket list item successfully checked off of all of our lists, we left Misono already plotting our return for lunch the next day.
Launched this weekend at the new Dover Street Market in New York, Nike releases a limited edition verison of their LunarTerra Arktos SP. The boot combines a sneaker design with the insulation and traction of a winter boot. For this version Nike added a TPU toe and heel overlay that has a diamond-shaped, goth-inspired pattern.
The BlinkerGrips are cool bicycle grips with integrated LEDs which can be used at night, as side markers or indicators when turning corners. Simply slip them in to the end of your handlebars and your are ready to go. When you are about to turn press the button and use BlinkerGrips as direction indicator
Dutch company Weltevree’s the new Dutchtub Wood, a wood fired outdoor hot tub: a fire in the coil warms the water in the tub. With an interior made from high-quality polyester, and the outside made from preserved wood, this tub is weatherproof, and lightweight(weighing only 17lbs(85kg)).
Built on an area that was once farmland in Kamperland, The Netherlands, Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects is a completely energy neutral house that is built around sustainable living. The house sits on an estate that is reached by a deserted road leading to the house. Initiated by the government, the estate forms a program that aims to connect regional ecological zones throughout The Netherlands, with permission to build granted only on the condition that the land was returned to its pre-agricultural state. In 2006, roughly 71,000 six-year-old trees were planted on the plot of land to help achieve this goal, one day leading to a villa in the woods.
Entered via a sloping underground driveway, the parking, storage, and a workspace are situated underneath, while the living area, kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom, and a patio are encased in the floating glass box above ground, overlooking a man-made pond. With a complete glass facade, the technical modern design contrasts with the natural setting of the surrounding landscape. In order to be self-sufficient the house features a climate-facade that creates its own ventilation system, and is powered by electricity generated from PV-cells on the roof and a soon-to-be-built windmill. Villa Kogelhof was the recipient of the prestigious Dutch ARC13 Architecture Award.
“The Phantom Corsair is a six-passenger coupé prototype automobile built in 1938. Designer Rust Heinz planned to put the car into limited production. However, Heinz’s death in a car accident in July 1939 ended those plans, leaving the prototype Corsair as the only one ever built.”
In the depths of Australias Southern Ocean a Great White Shark is savagely attacked by a far larger mystery predator. An electronic tracking device attached to its fin records a high-speed underwater chase before the shark and its tag are devoured. Two weeks later, after being carried in the belly of the unknown killer, the still functioning tag is excreted and washed ashore, withholding clues that could reveal the identity of the sharks super predator. This is the story of a super predators underwater attack that leads investigators to a mysterious natural phenomenon that attracts the oceans most fearsome predators.
This documentary remains the property/combined work of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and other parties therefore I do not take ownership of it. Video contains some graphic footage of animals both hunting and deceased.
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has the technical capacity to crack the most commonly-used cellphone encryption technology, and in doing so it can decode and access the content of calls and text messages, according to a Washington Post report published Friday.
Citing a top-secret document leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the report states that the agency can easily break a technology called A5/1, the world’s most common stream cipher used to encrypt cellular data as it transmits to cell towers.
SEE ALSO: Will Obama Rein in NSA Surveillance Powers?
Privacy and security researcher Ashkan Soltani, co-author the Post‘s report, explains that encryption experts have long been aware of the weakness of A5/1. The technology makes use of decades-old 2G GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) cellular network technology.
The so-called “summer of revelations” on NSA surveillance tactics, fueled by Snowden’s leaked documents, has brought to light the agency’s vast data-collecting capabilities. The NSA’s considerable abilities to collect and decode cellular data would seem to allow it to track private conversations on a very wide scale.
Of course, it would be against the law for the NSA to use these capabilities to spy on Americans without a court order. But experts believe other nations have probably developed many of these same surveillance technologies.
Here’s how the NSA responded to the Post‘s inquiry about the topic:
Throughout history nations have used encryption to protect their secrets, and today terrorists, cyber criminals, human traffickers and others also use technology to hide their activities. The Intelligence Community tries to counter that in order to understand the intent of foreign adversaries and prevent them from bringing harm to Americans and allies.
NSA phone spying got the NSA in a bit of diplomatic hot water in October, when reports surfaced that the agency may have spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conversations.
Global cell service providers have been slow to update their networks because it would be an “expensive, time-consuming undertaking that likely would cause interruptions in service for some customers,” according to the Post, though this is less true in the U.S. and “the wealthiest nations.”
The top-secret document does not indicate whether or not the NSA can infiltrate newer 3G and 4G GSM networks, nor does it say if the agency can break another cellular encryption technology called Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA, which Verizon, Sprint and some foreign companies use, according to the Post.
AT&T, the largest GSM provider in the U.S., is in the process of upgrading its networks to what’s called A5/3 encryption, the Post reports, which requires 100,000 times more computing power to break compared to A5/1. T-Mobile told the Post that it is “continuously implementing advanced security technologies in accordance with worldwide recognized and trusted standards,” but the company did not go into specifics.