They stand motionless for hours, waiting and watching. Then, they come to life at the drop of a coin. They’re living statues—dressed and painted to look like the real thing. Take a trip inside the life of a statue at the unofficial world championships in the Netherlands.
I brought this old film camera with me through #India. It forced me to slow down, frame a shot and then take the pic. And of course I couldn’t just look at a screen immediately after to see the image. Actually, I still haven’t developed the rolls yet. The camera is an Ihagee Eza-1a. It was made in the DDR in the 50s and it’s built like a tank. All metal. Pop-up viewfinder that shows everything in reverse. Very difficult and sometimes frustrating but also beautiful. Just like India. #TTV
I took a walk during lunch at work today. There are three huge office buildings shouldering each other along the Rhein. Probably at least 8,000 employees total. I never thought about where all their kids go during the day until I saw these guys.
500 year-old Chinese fishing nets in Fort Cochin #India. The nets are lowered into the water and then raised by pulling ropes by hand. The hope is that fish will be caught inside. But it’s now more of a tourist show. The catch is so low that the birds fly away with most of the fish before the fishermen can collect them.
Bridge to nowhere. They are dismantling the #BayBridge very slowly - might be taking longer than building it - but you can get a great view of the gap they’ve made from the new bridge’s bike path. I also forgot how perfect the weather in the #BayArea can be. Good to be home.
Paul, a 25-year-old product designer, was bothered by all the deposit bottles he saw being thrown away, so he came up with a brilliant idea that’s been catching on, not only in Cologne, but across Germany.
Thought this might interest you. Tomorrow we’re launching Blendle: the first iTunes for journalism in the world. All publishers in the country join forces with us (27 year old founders and ex-journalists).
Working on a story in Köln about a young inventor hoping to improve the way Germany handles its bottle deposit system. His invention will make it easier for people to leave their glass bottles at trash cans for scavengers to pick up and redeem. Sometimes small things can make a huge difference.
The world’s first 3D printed house has started construction. Will we all eventually download blueprints then click to print our own homes? The WSJ’s Carl Nasman introduces us to the Kamer Maker and architect Hans Vermuelen.
My story for the Wall Street Journal about the world’s first 3-D printed house. Architects in Amsterdam have built the biggest portable 3-D printer out there and they’re using it to print the building blocks of what will eventually be a 50-meter tall Canal House. The future is here.
I finally walked the bridge the right way, starting on the far side of the #Rhein and going back towards the Cathedral. Such a nice view. Just like in NYC, where the best way to cross the Brooklyn Bridge is starting in BK and heading back into Manhattan. After a false start, spring is here in #Koln
"Truc Troc" means "thing-swap" and that’s exactly how art is purchased at this unique art event, one of Belgium’s largest. Artists are offered trades in exchange for their work: an item, service, or maybe a vacation. Anything that is, except money.