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One Cent

p So why does Lincoln face to the right on the U.S. cent while the other presidents face left? Do you know?

A Vending Machine Dress

p p " On a narrow Tokyo street, near a beef bowl restaurant and a pachinko parlor, Aya Tsukioka demonstrated new clothing designs that she hoped would ease Japan's growing fears of crime. With a deft motion, Tsukioka, a 29-year-old fashion designer, lifted a flap on the front of her skirt to reveal a large sheet of cloth printed in bright red with a soft drink logo partly visible. By holding the sheet fully open and stepping to the side of the road, she showed how a woman walking alone could elude pursuers - by disguising herself as a vending machine. The wearer hides behind the sheet, which is printed with a life-size photo of a vending machine. Tsukioka's clothing is still in the developmental stage, but she has already created several versions, including one that unfolds from a kimono, and a deluxe model with four sides for more complete camouflaging. These elaborate defenses are coming at a time when crime rates are actually declining in Japan. But the Japanese, attuned to the slightest signs of social fraying, say they feel growing anxiety about safety, fanned by a sensationalist news media. Instead of pepper spray, though, the Japanese are devising a variety of novel solutions, some high tech, others downright quirky, but all reflecting a uniquely Japanese sensibility. " - International Herald Tribune more photos here

Happy 2008!!!

Happy New Year to all! Wishing you lots of surprises, fun, excitement, and good fortune this new year! Here’s wishing everyone the best year ever.

Hedgehog in the Fog

pic Yozhik v Tumane, Yuri Norstein, 1975 – an award winning Russian animated short about a little hedgehog, on the way to visit his friend the bear, gets lost in a thick fog, where horses, dogs and even falling leaves take on a terrifying new aspect.