June 1, 2012

JAL, Personal Ad, Eclipse Follow-Up Video

Japan Airlines (JAL) is really cool, and not just their new tail logo design.

The arm-rest on our Narita-Kansai flight had a somewhat old-school channel/volume controller.

But it got interesting.

Those four coloured buttons mean the same thing in any language.

Your bumpy flight is going to pass much quicker.
There were about 15 different games, in glorious 8-bit colour.

This little package had nothing to do with JAL, but we fell in love with its triple-entendre. Is it a snack? Or the best personal ad we have ever read?

Here is a follow-up on our last post: some video of the pin-hole cameras in the courtyard, waving their images of the eclipse in the morning breeze.


  1. The footage of the eclipse patterns oscillating on the wall is incredible. What a delight to witness here - how fantastic it must have been to see it in person.

    Thanks so much for sharing that.

    - Rob

    1. Glad you liked it, Rob! After running around, trying to set up the mirror/pinhole, it was kind of stunning to just see it happening naturally outside on the wall.

  2. Seriously, it would have blown my mind. Who knew the trees could create tiny pinholes like that? Organic camera obscura, man...

    Anonymous Rob

    1. My mother is a big fan of that natural camera obscura effect, happily pointing out perfect images of the sun when walking under big-leafed, shady trees.

    2. Thanks baby! Well I remember the last eclipse I saw; we went out on to the street and were suddenly captivated by the crescents - all identical - on the sidewalk; we watched carefully as the moon moved in front, bit by bit, changing the bright little crescents from one side to the next, and then back to circles again. It was fantastic. As the sun rises and sets the angle gives ovals which change at mid-day to perfect circles, then back to ovals again. The ones I see everyday on the sidewalk also rivet me, and I often take photos of them. Tiny little perfect sun images! John M is an expert and has taken incredible pin-hole photos, some done with three pinholes and competing images overlying one another. Brilliant.
      Thanks K & A.

    3. Someone finally pointed out to me that the image of the sun is upside down and backwards, which explains why it looks so weird.


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