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This Vintage Japanese Typewriter is Fascinating

 

Check out this rare Japanese typewriter made by Toshiba that types in Japanese and English! According to the Typewriter Collector, this is a Toshiba Typewriter Model BW-2112 and consists of over 1,000 characters. It appears to have been made in the late 1940s.

For those wondering how the characters are sorted, a starred YouTube comment suggests:

 

They’re arranged phonetically by most common “on-yomi” (or kun-yomi in some cases) according to the kana syllabary (many homophones, of course). Can’t see the whole circumference of the cylinder but at about 0:30 it’s clear that the order doubles back at the ring of mathematical symbols.
 
Red characters help parse the readings. Last character to left of equal sign can be pronounced “kin” (exert) and the first character in next row “gin” (silver), then “ku” (suffer) in red followed by “kuu” (sky, empty), “kuma” (bear), “kun” (teachings, meaning [also the kun in kun-yomi]), “gun” (group), then “kei” (system) in red followed many, homophones of “kei”. It’s the same order in which (mostly compounded character) words in a normal Japanese monolingual dictionary for Japanese speakers would appear.

 

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Incredible Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young

 

We last featured the jaw-dropping art of Ben Young all the way back in 2014 (here and here). Since then, the Kiwi sculptor has continued to elevate his craft, combining laminated float glass and cast concrete in an endless ode to the surrounding landscape and ocean that inspire him.

The artist spends his time between New Zealand and Australia, and is a keen surfer and boat builder as well. Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool.

‘The way I use the glass enables me to portray so many different elements of my conceptual ideas’. Lighting plays a large part in the presentation of my pieces. When lit from beneath, the light reflects and gives off the illusion of the piece being brought to life. I hope viewers might imagine the work as something “living” that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being. I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.’

 

We’ve included some of our favourites below but you can find many more at the links listed. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Their Last Photo on Earth Before Life on the ISS for 6 Months

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What would you do on your last day on Earth for 6 months? Going to the beach and listening to the waves with your crew has got to be up there! The four-astronaut team arrived at the International Space Station on April 24th aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule ‘Endeavour’, becoming the first crew ever to be propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight.

The Endeavour capsule, also making its second flight, was launched into space on Friday atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

On board were two NASA astronauts – mission commander Shane Kimbrough, 53, and pilot Megan McArthur, 49 – along with Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, 52, and fellow mission specialist Thomas Pesquet, 43, a French engineer from the European Space Agency.

 

 

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The Shirk Report – Volume 627

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The Sifter is back on Instagram after a 10-year hiatus. Check it out? https://www.instagram.com/twistedsifter/

 

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, WITI, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to [email protected]

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
Pain
Got this on repeat
Real friends know this
Baby steps
When the windowsill is cold, he stands on his tail so his paws stay warm
Holy crap
How different colours absorb heat
Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope
Think of an old roommate memory
This guy’s grandma has poor eyesight, so she uses this giant remote
What has happened in this forsaken place
Caterpillar hides itself from predators before eating the leaf
May I have this dance?
Imagine you’re just driving along and then this happens
Instant justice for this fool
lol I actually googled this and it was the top result
He was so proud he could roll over he wanted to show the cat
Best windshield note ever
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing
Bill Hwang Had $20 Billion, Then Lost It All in Two Days
Winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
Yuri Gagarin: the spaceman who came in from the cold
Conjuring Clairvoyant Kush
Show Your Immune System Some Love
Crew Of ‘Ever Given’ Could Be Stuck On The Big Boat For Years
The very cute, totally disturbing tale of the American “it” dog
17 Notable Chefs on the Essential Items They Always Keep in the Pantry
Welcome to the YOLO Economy

 

5 VIDEOS + why you’re wrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE’S TO MORE WEEKEND PER WEEKEND

 

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Perspective Play with Hugo Suissas (13 Photos)

 

Hugo Suíssas is a Portugal-based artist and photographer that has amassed a large Instagram following for his creative images that often play with perspective.

Below you will find some of our personal favourites, but you can find hundreds more on his Instagram page!

 

 

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