Thursday in Santa Fe

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Rain was promised for noon and then for 14:00, but it’s not happening…

Since returning to Santa Fe this week I have written one new piece per day. I think I am up to eight now. I record new ideas into the iPhone, using the iProRecorder from BIAS (((I should order this Mikey or maybe I should wait for the new Mikey?))), or my 722 recorder, so I don’t forget the melodies. Hm, maybe we will have a new album out by the Summer.

Jason Goodwin writes mystery novels set in Istanbul, staring the eunuch detective Yashim. I have read all three and am eagerly awaiting the fourth one this Spring…

Authors in the Kitchen » Jason Goodwin
In and Out of the Kitchen with Jason Goodwin

How people stay warm in Japan. But, doesn’t kerosene reek?

click opera – The fashionable sekiyu heater
This is a good time, then, to talk about a set of particularly cheerful heating devices I’ve been “collecting” on my travels. The sekiyu sutobu is a kerosene stove-heater with a kettle sitting atop it. It warms the room, and keeps the water for your tea constantly hot.

One step closer to ordering food as seen on Star Trek…
Although chefs like Ferran Adria at El Bulli would undoubtedly create memorable dishes with this:

Projects Details — Cornucopia: Digital Gastronomy | fluid interfaces
Cornucopia’s cooking process starts with an array of food canisters, which refrigerate and store a user’s favorite ingredients. These are piped into a mixer and extruder head that can accurately deposit elaborate combinations of food. While the deposition takes place, the food is heated or cooled by Cornucopia’s chamber or the heating and cooling tubes located on the printing head. This fabrication process not only allows for the creation of flavors and textures that would be completely unimaginable through other cooking techniques, but it also allows the user to have ultimate control over the origin, quality, nutritional value and taste of every meal.

Must go to Onomichi. Ozu filmed there.

click opera – The Pirandello house at Onomichi
Hisae, Yoyo and I spent Monday being shown around some extraordinary buildings in Onomichi, a port town on the Inland Sea sometimes used by Ozu for his films (it escaped bombing in the war), and dominated by an eerie temple pagoda perched on a rock. We spent Sunday night in a slightly spooky old house occupied by two university students, then, after a breakfast of bread from a tiny and excellent bakery, artist Kiyohito Mikami guided us through the warren of hillside pedestrian streets to look at some art projects he and Tamaki Ono have set up in some of Onomichi’s 400 unoccupied houses. His project is called AIR Onomichi (AIR stands for Artists in Residence).

If you go to Flickr and enter the tag Onomichi, you will find lots of interesting photos. Many stairs…

Here is something Bruce Sterling linked to today. A trippy timelapse on Vimeo:

(Via Beyond the Beyond)

Duct tape use 4,526: Repair plane after bear destroys it | Crave – CNET

Not sure how believable that is, but the photos are pretty interesting nontheless.


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