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28
Nov

In recent years, Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, has become synonymous with a certain trend in food, fashion and design. The influence of Brooklyn is felt all over Tokyo, from stores selling selvedge jeans, to cafes and restaurants serving wholesome, old-style, yet healthy cuisine in stripped back, post-industrial…

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20
Nov

I spent most of October in New York; three weeks, three hotels, three different slices of life in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. A lot happened over those days, so I’ve decided to break the story up into a few blogposts, this being the first of four. Why…

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12
Nov

I recently had an online exchange with a friend who was trying to design a logo for an upcoming project. In a perfect world we would all hire a badass designer for every assignment like this. But, most of us don’t have the money. And, given how bad the lottery…

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5
Nov

One of my favourite photography books is Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs. As the title suggests the book features 40 of Adams most iconic photographs. I love Adams work, but what brings me back to this book again and again isn’t just the images, it’s the accompanying text, where…

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3
Nov

Rotation curation, or RoCur for short, is one of the most fun and innovative ways to use Twitter. A rotation curation account has a different host every week, sharing their experience of living in a country or city. The idea began in December 2011 when @Sweden was launched. https://twitter.com/PeopleofLeeds was…

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2
Nov

Derek Sivers says no better than anyone I’ve ever met. Derek was the founder of CD Baby, one of the first big e-commerce success stories. I met Derek about 4 years ago at MusicMatters, after he had sold his stake in CD Baby and moved to Singapore. I found Derek…

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15
Oct

Yesterday afternoon in Central Park, I saw two folks practicing baseball. It might have been a father and son, or player and coach, but the practice was serious and focussed all the same. After a busy day, there was a calming rhythm to watching the ball being struck, caught and…

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5
Oct

Water and age felt like my constant companions on the Nakasendo Way. In the days leading up to my hike, Japan had been inundated by torrential, flooding rain, and it seemed like every drain, canal, waterfall, grate and dam was bursting with water. The sound of running water was like…

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5
Oct

Lately I’ve been reading Marie Kondo’s much talked about book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  I say lately, because it’s the kind of odd, challenging book you don’t so much read, as wrestle with. In theory it’s about tidying your home. But,…

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2
Oct

As travellers, we humans can be funny sometimes. Folks go from London to Singapore, looking for something fresh and inspiring, while others travel from Singapore to Hong Kong, looking for the cool and fashionable. The planes from Hong Kong to Tokyo are full of people keen soak in the vibrancy…

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