Supporting Japan

I’m a French creative in branding living in #France, it’s my second time in Japan.
I arrived 1st March in Tokyo, to reach my final destination: #Oita (by #Fukuoka).

My first time few years ago was to visit #Tokyo, this time I would like to see more “traditional” Japan.
Far to imagine I will be in the place with #earthquake #地震 #tsunami #津波 に負けるな and #nuclear disaster…

Fortunately for me, Oita is in South of Japan and I didn’t even feel any earthquake myself. However, I feel and I felt so deeply sorry for all the Japanese people who died or lost their beloved ones…

I don’t really care of my personal case; I strongly believe in fate… So anything can happen anywhere basically. Of course I don’t think 1 second of blaming anyone or any country for any disaster, what should happen, happen.

I don’t pretend to understand strong Japanese culture and habits in few weeks, but I was touched by the way that people reacted here, all with dignity, calm, courageously. Certainly the culture or behavior played a strong role here.

I should normally go back in France around 22/26 March if planes are available… That will be just an “au revoir”, I will certainly come back in Japan later. As Japan will rise again.

No doubt on it.

My only regrets are to don’t be as “fortunate” as Rupert #Murdoch or Steve #Jobs or some prince in United Arab Emirates… ; ) and to help with a maximum of money. What can I do myself to help? I feel useless, helpless…

My “only” support will be to return to Japan and to consume/buy products as a tourist…

#Ganbare!
#頑張れ日本!

How I died last week.

Sickle Cell disease

Sickle-cell disease (SCD), or sickle-cell anaemia (or anemia; SCA) or drepanocytosis, is an autosomal recessive genetic blood disorder characterized by red blood cells that assume an abnormal, rigid, sickle shape. Sickling decreases the cells’ flexibility and results in a risk of various complications. The sickling occurs because of a mutation in the Hemoglobin gene. Life expectancy is shortened, with studies reporting an average life expectancy of 42 in males and 48 in females. [Wikipedia]


Few weeks ago

Was not feeling very well since I came back from HK. Pain in the chest, back, and ankles. I thought it was a kind of normal because of the sickle cell disease.
HK should be the worst country worldwide to live in for people with this disease because of the rate of humidity, and each time in HK is kind of reducing my life span.

Yes.
As simple as that.
A kind of Russian roulet.

As I found a temporary job, I had to go to work while I was suffering of course. Even when I was already prescribed with the patches of morphine.
Even with the strong pain killers, I’m taking them on a daily basis.

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iPhonArt?

I am crazy. Mad. About iPhone. And I shoot almost 10 pictures everyday with it. For some ideas, textures, graphics design I will use after, it’s basically my Trends Books…; ) Then I transform the pictures, I remix them with one of my 100 photo Apps… : )

It’s about Art.

iPhonArt precisely. The tool: your iPhone; What to do: Art… Create, recreate, unusual shots, think Gallery, think Museum, do your piece of art could be there?

It has to be created with the iPhone, then… Sometimes magic happens. With a little help from the Apps… • SATROMIZER • ADDLIB • PIXEL • Buro Destruct • Art Remix • Toonpaint • Etc, etc…

ReMeMbeR: Creativity is NoT about the Tool… ; )

See them comfortably in my FLICKR account : http://www.flickr.com/photos/10dier/sets/72157623596724538/ (And Be a Member)
• On Friendfeed: http://friendfeed.com/iphonart – (and Post yours too)

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___-*APPS*-___

• SATROMIZER
• ADDLIB
• PIXEL
• Buro Destruct
• Art Remix
• Toonpaint
• Animotos Videos
• 1:2-tone
• QuadCamera
• TiltShift generator
• iArt Mosaic
• myFilm SLR-like
• BeFunky FX
• LensFlare
• EffectsLab
• Format126
• Polarize
• FILM LAB
• Camera Genius
• MiniDraw
• Spica – Super Monochrome
• Chromocam dots
• Absolute vintage
• BlurFX
• eScrap App
• Fotomecha
• Pro HDR
• iMotion
• Fisheye
• Mon Collage
• Simple Frame
• Action 16
• PhotoTropedelic
• ArtCamera
• Focusoid
• FX PhotoStudio
• Vintage Video Maker
• ClassicTOY
• ClassicSAMP
• CAMERAtan
• CameraBag
• MoreMono
• Cross Process
• Diptic
• Plastiq Camera
• Color Splash
• Iris Photo Suite
• Irodori
• Pic Grunger
• Andigraf
• Hipstamatic
• Swankolab
• Little Planet
• Photo fx
• Cool fx
• BlendCamP
• AsciiMe
• Lofi
• RetroCamera
• ClassicPan
• Montage
• DXP FREE
• FotoMuse

•••ETC… ; ))

Summer 2010, Arcachon (Near Bordeaux), France.

WIKIPEDIA:

Arcachon (Arcaishon in Occitan) is a commune in the Gironde department in south-western France. It is a popular bathing location on the Atlantic coast 55 kilometres (34 mi) southwest of Bordeaux in the Landes forest. It has a fine beach, and a mild climate said to be favourable for invalids suffering from pulmonary complaints.

Panorama_Arcachon-2010

Arcachon is known for the “Arcachonnaise”, the local name for an Arcachon villa, which is the architectural style of many of the older houses built there. It is a type of Victorian architecture, and was criticized for generations, but is now considered to be charming and deeply human.

The town of Arcachon is only 150 years old. Not long before 2 May 1857, when Emperor Napoleon III signed its official “birth certificate”, it was just a forest of pine trees, oaks and strawberry trees (arbutus), with no road links, and home – mostly when the weather was expected to be warm, and more in wood huts than in real houses – to fewer than 400 people, mostly fishermen and peasants. In earlier years, when some hygienists began to recommend sea bathing, three sea establishments were laid out by some entrepreneurs especially for the Bordeaux bourgeoisie and other wealthy people. This was the beginning of a new lifestyle, and some of the locals got the opportunity to claim their independence from La Teste-de-Buch, which owned their properties, in order to found a “free” new town, Arcachon.

At its southern entrance from the Atlantic ocean, Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe’s largest sand dune, the Dune de Pyla (or du Pilat), nearly 3 kilometres long, 500 metres wide, reaching 107 metres in height, and moving inland at rate of 5 metres a year.

The area is served by Bordeaux Merignac Airport and the TGV Atlantique.

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My Moleskine.

Let’s discover a new trend. Coming back from digital to paper ages.
The revenge of the Ninja! Almost. At least the revenge of paper.

Few times ago I have re-discovered  the pleasure of opening a notebook.

Smelling the paper, the ink. Something that I can touch, feel, remember. I always have a dozen of notebooks following me all the times. Empty. I just love the object. In all sizes, material.

But I must admit the ones I love the most are the Moleskine ones. Suddenly, one day, I decided to buy some and USE them. But as a creative, I HAD to customize them! No Sir, I don’t want the same notebook as yours. I want my version. Of course I think the best material to do it is leather, but this time I wanted a “Baroque” stylish one. For the first try.

Red Velvet. That’s it!

Of course it’s a first try, stay tuned…

I will soon make one in leather.
The problem is: what to put inside! : )

Picture of my 2 Moleskine before customization, selected in Moleskine website:

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