interlocking.

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a couple of enterprising 5-year olds

create the raised walkway

 many 3s, 4s and 5s

try it out

for quality control 

 offering their suggestions

when

they

or

the boards

fall down

rebuilding as they go.


“in most vital organizations, there is a common bond of interdependence,

mutual interest, interlocking contributions, and simple joy.”
—max depree

scent.

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and what exactly does 3am smell like?

i imagine a pungent blend of

stale liquor

smoke

 24-hour diner grease

sweat

breath mints

and

marker ink from a phone number hastily scrawled onto a cocktail napkin?

“the fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.”

-ramakrishna

how to wash ‘n roll away your winter blues.

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Japan’s Hot Tub Rollercoaster Takes Water Parks to a New Level

A city in Japan is teasing plans of the world’s first spa-themed amusement park.

In a concept video, Beppu City on Japan’s Kyushu island showed off an idea for a new “spamusement park.” The video featured visitors at typical amusement park attractions—a carousel, ferris wheel and roller coaster—but instead of seats for each ride, there were hot tubs.

In the video, visitors entered the rides wearing only a towel—which begs the question: Are visitors to the potential site supposed to walk around in wet towels all day? Also: How does the water stay inside the ride and off electrical equipment? And how are we keeping all these rides clean?

Despite many logistical questions, the spamusement park could become reality.

The mayor of Beppu declared that once the video reached 1 million views (a somewhat low bar in 2016 for a video of people in towels riding roller coasters), the city would begin working on the onsen (hot spring) amusement park. The video has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was uploaded last week and the mayor announced in a statement that work has begun. However, it’s entirely possible that the rides shown in the video will not actually happen.

“We are still discussing safety issues, for example, whether we could actually run hot water inside a roller coaster,” a spokesperson for Beppu’s tourist department told The Japan Times. “But the rides will be something fun.”

Beppu is already an onsen tourist destination—there are more than 2,000 hot springs for visitors to choose from. However the city recently launched an initiative to become the “spa city of the world.” Last year, Beppu welcomed 437,764 foreign tourists.

No completion date for the project has yet been announced.

credits: travel and leisure magazine, cailey rizzo, bravo

“the limits of my language means the limits of my world.” -ludwig wittgenstein

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grandie b

read her book to us

out loud

proud and confident

while

younger grandie j

watched and listened

and

when she was done

he said

 he was happy she could read the words

but he seemed 

a

little bit

envious 

and

sad

because he wasn’t sure how to read yet

until

suddenly

he had an idea

and

i saw

the lightbulb go on

just before

he announced 

that he would 

‘read his book to us in spanish’.

and

he proceeded to 

show us the cover

as he

read us the title

and then

patiently

read

each and every page 

in his version of spanish

taking his time

nodding and facing the book towards us 

turning the pages

at appropriate times

pointing out the pictures

all while 

happily smiling

 confidently

 chattering away

in a his brand new version of spanish

that was so very, very advanced 

that we

the listeners

didn’t even 

know the translations

but we understood

that he was proud

and

he was reading

and

when he was finished

he snapped his book shut

and said

in english

“that’s all.”

brilliant.

muy bien, and gagglesmithjong kipisanlomita paskajonti to you!!

 

“if you want to talk about something new,

you have to make up a new kind of language.”

-haruki murakami