Sunday, January 26, 2020
The above video shows some Bo-Taoshi matches. It is a Japanese sport where the goal is to lower the other team's pole to 30 degrees or less. Each team has 150 players, 75 to attack and 75 to defend. It used to be common at high school sports festivals, but is now banned by most, only the National Defense Academy of Japan still does it annually.
The parenthetical quote is from Emily Bluntt in the comments to the video. That pretty much sums it up -- it is the type of rough housing that appeals to the male brain. Looks like fun in a painful sort of a way.
Friday, January 24, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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The pictures, and those after the jump are from Flashbak's The Great White Silence: Herbert Ponting’s Portraits from Captain Scott’s Antarctic Expedition. The are more pictures and details of the expedition at the link.
Monday, January 20, 2020
The above video is of a food court/cafeteria thingy attached to a department store in a small city outside of Moscow. The lady filming it does a nice job explaining the food and what each item costs.
The décor is utilitarian but, as a Floridian, sitting in a heavy winter jacket while eating seems unpleasant. As for the food selection, my grandparents were Slovakian and Hungarian and I share their notion that the farther north you go in Europe the worse the cuisine gets. Then again, your taste buds may disagree with mine.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Monday, January 13, 2020
An older expat and his Thai family run a small cottage industry where they cut bamboo into smaller sticks that are used as skewers for barbequing bits of meat. I liked the sounds of the family talking, the birds in the background and the rain on the tarp. However, the shot of the ants crawling on his legs and feet gave me the shivers.