Dec 22, 2011

The View from my House is Unnecessarily Beautiful

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My room is located on the 8th floor in a 11-story apartment building, and the view from it is amazing.
The picture above was taken just after sunset, I thought the gradual change from the evening glow to night (from right to left) looked cool.
This is a time-lapse video of the night view of Shinjuku from my room. The interesting part about it is how the buildings turn off their lights, from the top to bottom.

Dec 19, 2011

This TV ad was Recorded on the International Space Station

A first of its kind, Softbank has released a set of tv ads that have sequences shot in the International Space Station(ISS). Softbank is a Japanese cell phone carrier which, until a few months ago, was the only carrier to sell iPhones in Japan.
These ads featured astronaut Satoshi Furukawa on the ISS. Softbank seems to have used a program that lets people use a part of the ISS commercially(about 10,000,000 yen(128,570 U.S. dollars) an hour, if I remember correctly).

English translation;
Dog(Mr.Shirato)-Love to everyone...(Softbank's motto)
Satoshi Furukawa- Can you hear me, Mr.Shirato? Space is where I am right now, and it's amazing.
Dog- cool!
S.F.- I'm returning to Earth in a few weeks.
Dog- I'd like to go there... Can I? Space...

Cool, huh? The first time I saw this on tv I thought it was filmed on Earth with wires to imitate zero-G or something, but it turns out it was the first ever ad recorded on the ISS.
There's a longer version of it too, where the dog actually goes up there.