Lest We Forget

At exactly 8:15 a.m. on August 6th, “Little Boy” was dropped by the United States B – 29 Enola Gay. It detonated directly over a hospital, about 2000 feet up. Around 70,000 – 80,000 people were killed instantly — only 20,000 of whom were soldiers (including 12 America POWs) — or about 30% of the Hiroshima population. Another 70,000 were injured to varying degrees. The bomb was considered very inefficient, with only 1.7% of its nuclear core fissioning. Even so, it was enough to destroy 70% of the city and damage most of the buildings spared — many of which were destroyed anyway by the resulting fires. Over 90% of the doctors and nurses in the city were killed so there was little initial help for the survivors. In the years since the bomb, over 290,000 have died from effects of the radiation they were exposed to in that instant.

Adorable 8-Bit Gifs Depicting Daily Life In Japan

Tumblr user 1041uuu creates really cool 8-​​bit scenes of daily life in Japan. Even if you aren’t a fan of the recent 8-​​bit trend[1], you may like these pieces of art. They are all really well done.

  1. Basically pixel art, or in other words, art that looks like it could come from an NES game.  ↩

Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Program

Parden the interuption in posts these past several weeks. Unavoidable private business kept me away. Now that it’s mostly cleared up, things should return to normal.

Back in business.

Japanese Twitter Users’ Creative Anti-Theft Measures

But there are still minor cases of theft that bug the local residents, especially when the rainy season comes showering by. Instead of expensive items such as wallets and cars, what’s getting taken are things such as umbrellas, which are inexpensive but highly valuable when it is raining cats and dogs. To fight such petty crime, the citizens of Japan have come up with their own unique ways of fending off such petty thieves

My solution to combat Japan’s high umbrella-​​theft rate has been to buy a handful at a time at the ¥100 store and just use them until they are gone, then repeat. Yes, they are kind of crappy umbrellas, but they disappear so fast it doesn’t matter. I may try this Japanese Twitter idea instead going forward!

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

Adobe announced a major update to its Creative Cloud subscription service today, bringing a large number of improvements to the entire Adobe family of 15 CC desktop apps. Here’s a look at what’s new for photographers in Creative Cloud 2015.

Calling it a major update seems a stretch, but it is another solid update. Be sure to watch the video to get a nice overview.

Tilting The Streets Of San Francisco

A cool video by Ross Ching & Karen X. Cheng using some clever tricks to pull off a neat illusion.

The hardest part was coming up with ideas that made the gravity illusion look good — we tried lots of stuff that we thought would look good but didn’t work for various reasons (balloons got blown away, pouring water wasn’t visible enough on camera, moonwalking looked weird at an angle). Our favorite effect is the pendulum!

From The Archives: Orange Sky Over Busy Street

Back when I first posted this photo, I wondered if the orange sky was caused by more water in the air than normal. Since that time, I have received a few emails suggesting that the true cause might be air pollution. Oh… swell.

Vending Machines

Vending machines seem to be everywhere in Japan, where they account for more than ¥5 trillion of sales each year. Because they are rarely vandalized or broken into, they are seen by some as a symbol of the country’s safety.

If you are interested by the vending machines that are everywhere in Japan, this is a good overview.