In Focus: Japan’s Green Olympics

June 28, 2009 § 8 Comments


In its bid for the 2016 Summer Games, the land of the rising sun unveils an ambitious plan to actualize history’s first Green Olympics. Designed by the famed Tadao Ando, the proposed Olympics stadium is an attempt to recreate Nature’s harmony.

The architecture is intended to be one with nature, literally. The giant solar roof will allow the stadium to operate mostly on solar power. The stadium will be surrounded by thousands of trees and greenery making it truly one with nature. As the planned structure is adjacent to Tokyo Bay, stadium spectators will be able to enjoy melodic waves and pleasant sea breezes in addition to friendly competitions between the world’s greatest athletes.

Chicago is likely to win the right to host the 2016 Games, but Tokyo should be given an award for its creative vision. More images can be found at the official site of Tokyo 2016.

[Simon N.]



Eye Opener: Super Penalty Kicks (PKs)

June 23, 2009 § 2 Comments

Who would have thought taking a penalty can be so casual and tactical! These PKs are brought to you by deadball specialist Yasuhito Endo (soccer player).

Simple Art: Origami Boat and Ship

June 22, 2009 § 4 Comments

origami ship and boat



Fresh Kumquats!

June 17, 2009 § 4 Comments

Isn’t it nice to start one’s day early, take a stroll around the garden and enjoy some fresh fruits? Life could not get any better.


fruit03Type: Citrus

Use: fruits (raw or jam), festive tree/bonsai

ID: evergreen shrubs, small white flowers, orange edible fruits (80-100 per year per tree)

Characteristics: Survive in most climates and temperature


[Simon N.]

Technology: Don Quixote’s Dream

June 14, 2009 § 2 Comments


I believe the future of green energy lies in the development of micro wind turbines. These turbines require very little wind to generate energy and work well in an urban setting. As the technology becomes more advanced, micro wind turbines can be used to power small systems such as traffic lights. Just imagine having small wind turbines installed at every traffic intersection. Aesthetically, it would be quite an eye-pleasing experience. I do reckon that the cost and the noise generated by these turbines could be a problem.

[Simon N.]

Culture 101: Suicide in Japan

June 10, 2009 § 7 Comments

With an annual average of 32,000 suicide deaths, Japan is the suicide capital of the developed world. The typical victims tend to be highly educated and financially well off. This is not a major surprise since committing suicide is deemed a honorable act by many Japanese. The most recent high-profile case was the self-hanging of Japan’s agriculture minister.

Jumping off buildings and hanging are the two most popular suicide methods in Japan. As one recent survivor of a suicide attempt admits, the Japanese love to experience a flying sensation on their way to the afterlife. I wonder if skydiving in Japan is as fun as jumping off buildings.

[Simon N.]

Technology: Project Natal

June 2, 2009 § 6 Comments

If you are anti-social and are in need an imaginary friend, this is something you should definitely look into. Otherwise, it is wise to stay away from this technology.

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