British-Indian sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor’s “Descension” exhibition at Galleria Continua (Italy)

visvim (Japan) 2015 Spring/Summer MALISEET-FOLK Delivery 2

NetDragon’s ‘Star Trek’-inspired Chinese headquarters

Chinese game developers NetDragon might be in the running for coolest office space in the world with their recently completed headquarters building. Commissioned by executive Lui Deijian, television network CBS gave official permission for the building to be modeled after the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E, which many will recognize from the classic television series Star Trek.

The 260-meter-length structure took four years to complete, at a price of 600 million yuan ($98 million USD), and is said to be the only licensed Star Trek building in the world.

NEIGHBORHOOD (Japan) x Dinex 2015 Spring/Summer Campany/P-Mugs

Produced in the USA by renowned homeware purveyor Dinex for NEIGHBORHOOD’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection comes a small 2-pack capsule of P-Mugs. Designed from an insulated thermal plastic, the cups feature classic NBHD military inspired branding in two alternate colorways.

The Dinex P-Mug’s compact design has been a steady part of American camping culture for many years now, so aligning with its usual stance on the integration of classic elements into each collection, it is no wonder NEIGHBORHOOD has chosen the American stalwart for the upcoming season.

The Dinex 2015 Spring/Summer Campany/P-Mugs are now available from Haven for $49 USD.

Vancouver high school student, Raymond Wang’s invention would decrease airborne germs by 55% in an airplane cabin

Inventor Raymond Wang. Photo courtesy of Kathy Wolfe and Intel.

Inventor Raymond Wang. Photo courtesy of Kathy Wolfe and Intel. 

Audrey Magazine:

The worst area to contract germs is when you’re stuck in an airplane cabin, breathing air that is essentially being recycled by you and the other passengers. Bacteria found in the common cold, e.coli and listeria have all been found in airplanes.

Thankfully, this may soon change! Vancouver high school student, Raymond Wang, recently shared his invention at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. According to, Wang’s invention would improve and produce fresh air flow by nearly 200% and decrease airborne germs by 55% in an airplane cabin. His inspiration for research came from the scary Ebola outbreak from last fall as well as the shocking statistic he found from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

“If a passenger has a disease such as H1N1 and walks into a plane’s cabin, he has the potential to spread the disease to as many as 17 other passengers on the flight.”

A project that would help promote clean air sounds like quite expensive, but it’s not! Wang’s prototype only cost him $10 to create and he estimates that it would cost $1, 000 to update an entire plane and it can be installed quickly. The airplane will be able to produce a clean airflow the very next day.

Wang has already applied for a patent on his currently unnamed invention. Fingers crossed, we will soon be breathing comfortably while traveling! In the mean time, we should all be extra careful and courteous about washing our hands and staying clean.


McDonald’s Japan founder explains why Japanese people are ‘Short and Yellow’


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Every now and then, we revisit a part of history that some companies would rather be kept swept under the rug. This story comes from the Japanese entrepreneur and self-made billionaire that brought the first McDonald’s to Japan, Den Fujita.

Fujita fell in love with McDonald’s the first time he ate it in 1967 — he was amazed by how popular and efficient the burger chain was. When he saw the opportunity to bring the franchise to Japan, he opened the first Japanese McDonald’s in a Mitsukoshi department store in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1971. It was an instant success, particularly because of their Japanese-styled Teriyaki McBurger and Chicken Tatsuta.

But perhaps Fujita’s love for the American burger chain extended beyond just the burgers. On his strategy for selling McDonald’s to Japanese people, Fujita is credited as saying:

“The reason Japanese people are so short and have yellow skins is because they have eaten nothing but fish and rice for two thousand years … If we eat McDonald’s hamburgers and potatoes for a thousand years we will become taller, our skin become white, and our hair blonde.”

Does McDonald’s food secretly hold the key to creating a master race? I guess we won’t find out until the year 2971.

It was Fujita’s dream to see 10,000 McDonald’s in Japan by 2010 — as of 2013, there were only 3,164 McDonald’s in Japan, the second most popular country for the fast-food chain after the U.S.

Den Fujita retired in 2003 and died of heart failure in April of 2004 at the age of 78, two days after McDonald’s then-CEO Jim Cantalupo died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 60. It is unknown whether McDonald’s food played a contributing factor in their deaths.