Hiking for Emails

One man's dream to modernize his town in the Annapurna Region.

 

Some people including myself feel that technology is an evil thing, that it removes the humanity in human connections, from our lives, but I guess that comes from a very middle class point of view; a view that comes about during the free time, which is an unknown luxury to most. For some people, the internet is a means to improve their lives. It can help them set up their businesses to improve the poor economy, or allow them to practice medicine, that would have been too advanced for them to achieve if done alone in the dark. It's important to know that things like technology can either be abused, or embraced for good. The question is, when does it spill over from a good thing, to something that becomes toxic?

 

Colossal Media: Up There

Billboard style advertising is a somewhat of a dying thing compared to all the ads that appear on all our online streamed videos, in our social media apps, our games, etc. Even when it does happen, it's usually done with vinyl. Luckily there exists a company called Colossal Media, who still do meaningful ads, ads with soul, ads that take proper time and energy and life. This short film documentary shows the warriors that show up each day, rain or shine, extreme heat or frigid cold, rig up and paint giant paintings on the sides of the tall buildings around America, but mostly in New York City.

I was walking around Brooklyn to check out a potential studio space to work out of and there these guys were. Doing their thing.

It's slow going but the results are worth it. If another advertisement didn't cover it up, these paintings will last a lifetime. It'll wear, but it'll last.

Cut Brooklyn: Joel Bukiewicz

There's something about Joel Bukiewicz's harsh words that's refreshing to hear when it comes to making things. I don't mind the flowery way that a lot of folks describe their love for creating but a lot of times the process is incredibly frustrating and rightfully so.

Carl Sagan, an insightful astronomer, said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

So to make an apple pie, you need the apple, you need the apple tree, the seed to make the tree, the soil, the person to plant the tree, the tree planter's parents, the tree planter's parent's parents, the person to make the oven, the person to make the steel to make the oven, the earth to make the steel, the universe to make the earth... you get the point.

So when it comes to making things, I believe that each thing that is made should matter, it should be worth the universe to make.

I feel that Joel does my belief justice with "buckets of blood sweat and fucking work to get there..."

Watch this video and get amped to do something that matters.

 

Ikaho, Japan

This weekend my family and I went for a quick trip to Ikaho, which is about 2 hours north of Tokyo. This quaint mountain town is known for udon, a thick type of noodle, and hot springs. Unfortunately, I didn't take my camera into the restaurant(one of what seems like hundreds of udon restaurants that are all based right next to each other), but I can assure you that the udon place we went to was totemo oishi(very tasty).