I got this from Daring Fireball. It’s such a feel good video.
These are the both the most expensive and the best grapes I’ve ever had.
They are best known in Japan. But Taiwan and Korea have them as well. If you look at the packaging in the picture below, the price is correct. S$85 for a small box of them. That’s nearly $60 USD. So about 1-2 dollars A GRAPE!!
The best way to describe them is to describe them in terms of candy they sell in the US. Imagine the flavor of Japanese chewing gum crossed with the texture of gummy bears.
They have a very thick skin and have a seed or two each. But they are worth every dollar. You can pick up some of the cheaper varieties for about 1/4 the price. But, the difference is astounding.
This story from the OC Register had me about to burst into tears.
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing – a movie.
From the minute Colby saw the previews to the Disney-Pixar movie Up, she was desperate to see it. Colby had been diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, said her mother, Lisa Curtin, and at the beginning of this month it became apparent that she would die soon and was too ill to be moved to a theater to see the film.
I thought this was a great commercial. In this commercial a group of 300 dancers took over Liverpool station and started dancing. It was unannounced and unexpected for everyone else in the train station. They didn’t shut down the station to film it nor did they block off a section of it. They didn’t even use big film cameras and opted for mostly small to medium sized cameras or DSLRs in video mode. They managed to get over 1000 people to join them by the end. Simply amazing. Life’s too short. Seize it.
I attended Songkran a few days ago. It’s the Thai New Year’s Water Festival. One word.
Traditionally it is the hottest period of the year. And it started out as a way to cleanse yourself during the new year with water. Now, it’s just an all out urban war. You can’t walk more than 50 feet outside of your house without getting totally soaked. Here’s the layout..
In a “normal” part of the city every 100 ft or so you’ll find a water station. (Basically anywhere that a hose can attach to) And around that water station will be 10-15 people with super soakers, buckets and pails. Anyone that walks down the street or drives by is fair game.
Someone walking down the street towards you… SPLASH..
Someone on a motor cycle… SPLASH..
Someone in a taxi.. SPLASH..
Someone in a Tuk-Tuk.. SPLASH..
Someone in a Bus with the windows open… Yup.. SPLASH..
At bars and nightclubs.. You know the buckets used to hold ice water for bottles of beer and wine.. Not anymore..
The best part is the roving Pickup Trucks. In the back of each of these will be 8-10 people and two or three huge barrels of water. They have their super soaker tubes dunked into the barrels of *ICE WATER* and go around spraying anyone that is within spitting distance.
And that’s a “normal” part of the city. In the more intense parts of the city, it’s every three to five feet that there is someone with a hose with your name on it.
I had a massively great time. I wasn’t quite prepared for it this year, I didn’t have enough zip lock bags to keep my gear in, And I should have worn flip flops and shorts, So my new iPod got trashed. But, I would do it again in a heart beat.
Here are some links.
This is an ad for a new game from EA. Undoubtedly some of the balls are CG. But shaolin soccer be damned if it doesn’t look awesome.