larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
Links, links, links -- always with the links. Have to keep myself entertained somehow. It's that or post origami:

Why we can't just throw all our trash into volcanos. (via)

Why didn't I know The Toast did summaries of Byron poems? Behold the accuracy of "On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year." Bonus link: Portaits of Byron rated by how Byronic they are.

Get to Know Your Japanese Bathroom Ghosts. (via)


Subject quote from "Lamia," part II, l.39, John Keats.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (spirals)
A question in the All Knowledge Is Contained On The Internet Somewhere Department:

Is there an equivalent to Lafcadio Hearn for China?

(Bonus points if they are as good a writer as Hearn.)


Subject quote from "The Ash Grove," Edward Thomas.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
What it looks like to land on Mars. If you were Curiosity, that is -- someone compiled the photos from its final descent into a short video. (via)

USGS is using Twitter to find earthquakes in places without detectors. (via)

Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" covered on shakuhachi and koto (ETA: video gone). Smooooooth. (via)


Subject quote from "MacArthur Park," Jimmy Webb.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (curlicues)
Okay, back to less weighty linkage:

Buzz Aldrin's expense reimbursement form for the Apollo XI mission. Spoiler: $33.31. (via)

The Electric Mayhem feat. Sam the Eagle covers "Jungle Boogie" (via)

The Great Sushi Craze of 1905. No, that date is not a misprint, though it is overly specific. (via)


Subject quote from "I Know What I Know," Paul Simon.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant office and was turning her head to speak to the girl at the next desk. At that same moment, Dr. Masakazu Fujii was settling down cross-legged to read the Osaka Asahi on the porch of his private hospital, overhanging one of the seven deltaic rivers which divide Hiroshima; Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, a tailor’s widow, stood by the window of her kitchen, watching a neighbor tearing down his house because it lay in the path of an air-raid-defense fire lane; Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, a German priest of the Society of Jesus, reclined in his underwear on a cot on the top floor of his order’s three-story mission house, reading a Jesuit magazine, Stimmen der Zeit; Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, a young member of the surgical staff of the city’s large, modern Red Cross Hospital, walked along one of the hospital corridors with a blood specimen for a Wassermann test in his hand; and the Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, pastor of the Hiroshima Methodist Church, paused at the door of a rich man’s house in Koi, the city’s western suburb, and prepared to unload a handcart full of things he had evacuated from town in fear of the massive B-29 raid which everyone expected Hiroshima to suffer. A hundred thousand people were killed by the atomic bomb, and these six were among the survivors. They still wonder why they lived when so many others died. Each of them counts many small items of chance or volition—a step taken in time, a decision to go indoors, catching one streetcar instead of the next—that spared him. And now each knows that in the act of survival he lived a dozen lives and saw more death than he ever thought he would see. At the time, none of them knew anything.
For the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, The New Yorker has put John Hershey's "Hiroshima" online for free -- it was originally published as the entirety of the 31 Aug 1946 edition, displacing even the "Talk of the Town" section. (via)

(I've other links to share but none that could possibly work with that, and that's enough post as is.)


Subject quote from "A Perfect Day, Elise," PJ Harvey.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
More fun with the Cascadia subduction zone: "The Really Big One." "A grown man is knocked over by ankle-deep water moving at 6.7 miles an hour. The tsunami will be moving more than twice that fast when it arrives." (via)

For more pre-disaster worries, here's a long piece on confronting the New Madrid seismic zone: Part 1, Part 2. (via?)

Photo of Anandibai Joshi of India, Keiko Okami of Japan, and Sabat Islambouli of Syria while students at Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1885, before going on to become the first licensed female doctors in Western medicine in their respective countries. Make sure to click See More. (via)


Subject quote from "Never Look Away," Vienna Teng.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
A map of Pluto by New Horizons.

An account of surviving the bombing of Hiroshima by Tomiko Matsumoto. Content warning: graphic descriptions of radiation sickness. (via lost)

"I Could Not Sleep for Thinking of the Sky" by John Masefield.

Subject quote from "Black Eyes," Shearwater.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (curlicues)
Three related links from MetaFilter:

Kickended, a website that redirects to a random Kickstarter project that ended without attracting a single backer. A random grazing will usually make it clear why each one failed (this seems particularly dire, I must say).

Shinto is very much an animistic religion, and a loved toy like a doll or plushy is considered likely to have gained a spirit as a result of being much loved -- and so when it's discarded, a ceremony is needed to lay that toy's spirit to rest.

tl;dr version of the Bible.

Well, *I* think they're related. If you squint slantwise. Through my brain.


Subject quote from "Desert Hymn to the Sun," Bayard Taylor.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba & clover)
Breaking Cat News. (via several)

Not quite a timelapse, though it does use a ton of slo-mo: January in Japan, a seven-minute travelogue. (via)

Online random worldmap generator, or if you prefer, there's a download that gives you even more options. It's fun to center a map on a coastline and zoom down to the kilometer scale. Might even be useful for an RPG or a fantasy novel. (via danged if I remember)


Subject quote from "Always," The Mercy Bell (with a teenage Butterfly Boucher rocking out on bass).
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Iceland)
Fashionable adventure photographer Lucinda Grange perched on one of the eagles of the Chrysler Building. More photos of her and her partner in unexpected places.

How Japan is dealing with an aging population. tl/dr: The situation is better than you (and many politicians) think. (via)

And your clickbait: Top 10 tornado videos (at least, per an Outside magazine staffer).

There's an IndieGoGo campaign for the production costs of adapting [ profile] janni's short story "Drawing the Moon" as a short film.


Subject quote from "Instant Photo," Louise Goffin.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba & clover)
Bits of random Japanese music:

Babymetal is what you get when a idol group goes death metal: loligoths headbanging in coordinated choreography. As synthetic as any J-pop idol group, but the agency that packaged them did find a drummer and guitarist who know their stuff, and the lead singer has a voice that can stand up their shredding. Their concert videos are, as is par for the idol course, better than the regular music videos. I think this is the first metal of any sort that's actually earwormed me. Start with "Ijime, Dame, Zetai" ("bullying, no more, ever") and "Gimme Choco(late)". (via)

tricot is a math rock quartet, which is kinda like the intersection of alt.rock and experimental jazz -- filled constantly changing oddball time signatures. I like it myself, and these guys are tight in performance. Best entry song is probably "Ochansensu-su" -- if you like that and the next song on the linked playlist, "POOL," randomize the rest. NB: I find this stuff good for de-earworming Babymetal. (via, which also has "if you like them" recs) is an electro-rap duo -- yes, the "dot com" is part of the band name. Start with "HATE" (alternate version with lyrics, less violence, and doofy studio prancing). If you like that, randomwalk the sidebar. (via).

Subject quote from "Tennis Court," Lorde.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (disappearance)
This was supposed to be a post with three links about traces of the past. However, comma, one link has succumbed to the ravages of time (or, more likely, a zealous delete key). Which is, itself, as useful an example as any. Sic transit is a glorious manatee, and all that.

"Ghosts of the Tsunami" -- it has not been easy to be a priest in the Tôhoku region since March 2011. Nor, indeed, anyone spiritually aware. (via lost)

Timelapsing again: the year in global weather, with commentary rather than soundtrack, sorry. (via)


Subject quote from "A Toccata of Galuppi's," Robert Browning.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba & clover)
Sometimes the YouTube random-walk takes you from koto to taiko: a kids' troupe sends off a cruise ship in Nagasaki part 1, part 2. Bonus link: a high school troupe winning a national competition despite being afflicted with bad camerawork. (Hello, intensity. If anyone admitted to crushing on the young woman in the front center, I wouldn't judge.)

Gustave Doré's illustrations for Poe's famous bird poem. (via)

"Because" because reasons. (via)


Subject quote from "To Marguerite: Continued," Matthew Arnold.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba runs)
Origami workshop went well. I need to practice not just folding while holding the model up in the air, but while holding it facing away from me, but a butterfly, a peacock, and a mouse were successfully learned by all at the table. Which is as good an excuse for linkage as any:

Video artist and wiz music editor Kutiman (creator of Thru You) has a new video created for PBS: Thru Tokyo. Do I get street cred for recognizing the guys from Hifana (from this) when they came on? (via)

Links to videos of train rides around the world. Not time-lapse -- full-length. As Making Light noted, very calming.

Apparently prehensile-tailed porcupines have muppet noses. Who knew?


Subject quote from "Œnone," Tennyson. Some texts read "slopes" instead of "floats."
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (curlicues)
Did I know that the band Corvus Corax was a neo-medieval group? and that they teamed up with some taiko drummers to play at a heavy-metal festival in Germany? and that the set is on YouTube? I mean, if I'd known these things, I could have predicted the concert would be awesome. Even those times the taiko drummers leave the stage. Especially since some songs are their own settings from Carmina Burana. But no, I labored, alas, in ignorance ... (via)

Dating advice for the straight monogamous cisgendered feminist man. (via lost)

Beautiful Japanese manhole covers.


Subject quote from "Long Hot Night," John Coinman.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba runs)
Belated realization: the music from my childhood that I mentally label "traditional Japanese music" is almost all shinkyoku ("new music") compositions for shakuhachi flute and koto composed in the early 20th century with conscious Western influences. That last may be why recordings are available in the West, being partially adapted to the classical music listener's taste -- but that's armchair sociology. I've no idea why I imprinted on this style in particular, especially instead of traditional sankyoku ("trio") music for a three-instrument ensemble of shakuhachi, koto, and shamisan. My parents' musical tastes may be involved.

Some examples:

"The Sea in Spring" (warning: autoplay) is a classic by Michio Miyagi -- link is to a 1930 recording with the composer on koto.

Another by Miyagi. More are available here and here.

A recent concert featuring music of Miyagi, one of his students, and the student's school with a mostly koto focus, but includes two shakuhachi+koto pieces (starting at 23:00).

Many titles linked to from this page have clips, usually 30 seconds long, of available recordings by many composers.


Subject quote from "Dance Apocalyptic," Janelle Monae.

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