The most popular post on Slowlane has been Ceramics Destinations in Kyoto, this post seeks to provide the same information for a Tokyo visitor. Mingeikan Also known as the Japan Folk Crafts Museum. Soetsu Yanagi 1 created this museum to display his collection of mingei items (daily necessities made by common people using local materials)It displays a collection of mingei pottery, textiles and lacquer ware. Feature exhibitions are also held regularly.
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Following a link from Fine Woodworking I came across an inspiring collection of videos featuring a group of traditional craftspeople who live in the US state of Arkansas. The state has sponsored the production of a movie series featuring each craftsman talking about their work and practising in their studios. Something that stands out is the advanced age of some of the artists who are still practising. Chair maker Dallas Bump is 94 and fiddle maker Violet Hensley was still making well into her 90’s.
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Daily Rituals

Great infographic post at infowetrust via the Huffington Post and macademic that shows the daily ritual of interesting historical figures. Smoking, coffee and beer appear frequently.
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A Vision of the Future

Wolfram at SXSW The link above is to a transcript of Stephen Wolframs SXSW talk, a mind boggling run down of the incredible computational power that his firm of rolling out. The potential to harness these capabilities into new types of software is enormous. Worth reading right through for a glimpse of the future.
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These are my links for December 15th through January 7th: Fukushima Crisis Goes Global - Gloomy assessment of the Fukishima cleanup operation and a valuable reminder of how under prepared the world really is for nuclear power. The Tale of the Hammer - If you have ever wondered about the Japanese name for hammer, here is a fascinating exploration, complete with ghosts and tricky foxes.
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These are my links for October 13th through December 8th: Frank Chimero × Library - Frank has relegated this website design and is moving on, I really like the minimalism. This page is a simple and clean way to present and interesting selection of books. Check out Franks own book recently re-issued at http://bit.ly/1d3OtEz The Most Effective Way Of Visualizing Funnels Why Microsoft Word must Die - I hadn’t thought about Wordstar for ages, great article about the history of Word and its many failings
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These are my links for September 18th through October 9th: Rewild the Child - Reading this I realise how lucky I was to grow up where children roamed about freely and at a time when there was still plenty of nature to be found not far from the back door. The Internet Is a Surveillance State - “Maintaining privacy on the Internet is nearly impossible. If you forget even once to enable your protections, or click on the wrong link, or type the wrong thing, you’ve permanently attached your name to whatever anonymous service you’re using.
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