10 random images from my stolen images folder with as much context as I can remember… (and I will try to find the source at some stage as well)
20 years after The Matrix first graced our screens, an interesting tidbit has come to my attention. Thanks to Wired for doing a deep dive into The Matrix for there 20 year anniversary, where they have a lot of coverage featuring various aspect of the films you can check out here.
One of the most interesting and memorable parts of the films design was the source code. scrolling green characters that made up The Matrix. I always just thought they would be gibberish, but it turns out that the code is actually Sushi recipes, taken from one of the designers wife’s cookbooks.
“The Wachowskis didn’t feel like the design was old-fashioned and traditional enough. They wanted something that was more Japanese, more manga,” Whiteley says. “They asked me if I’d like to have a go working at the code, mainly because my wife is Japanese and she could help me work out the characters and give me insight into which characters were good and which weren’t.”
So Whiteley went home and began browsing through the “stacks of Japanese cookbooks” owned by his wife, looking for inspiration. One recipe book in particular caught his eye and the recipes therein served as the basis for what would eventually become the film’s iconic falling code.
Over the following weeks, Whiteley painstakingly designed and painted each Japanese letter by hand. These were then delivered to Justin Marshall, now a visual effects artist at Animal Logic, who digitized them and wrote the code to make them cascade across the screen. Originally, Whiteley says, the letters were supposed to flow across the screen from left to right, but when he saw the animation he says it “wasn’t evoking any emotion for me.”
Whiteley returned to the source. Like most Japanese texts, the recipe books were written “back to front” and sentences were read top to bottom. So Whiteley asked Marshall if he could flip the code so it flowed down from the top of the screen—and the rest is history.
If you are feeling nostalgic, you can grab a screensaver based on the scrolling code of The Matrix here.
The monthly post that has my Spotify bangers playlist. These are the songs that I have liked, or loved, or found, or rediscovered over the month. Its my go to playlist for getting ready in the morning and often just has a whole bunch of random rad songs.
Standouts for this month include:
Its hard to not get excited about the olympics. There is so much happening, and the build up to each event grows as the years go by.
I remember being super excited for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, because I was in high school, and we would get extended holidays. But thinking back on it, there was a buzz in the air for a long time leading up to the Olympics. These days I prefer the Winter Olympics, but with the addition of the Skateboarding to the Tokyo 2020 sports list, I felt like I would be excited for these games for a whole new reason.
But it is not the skateboarding that is getting me excited. It wasn’t the massive works being undertaken to the infrastructure in Japan when I was living there. Its not even the fact that the Olympics are in Japan. Its the design. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are the first games in as long as I can remember where the design components that we are seeing are very exciting, and seemingly well thought out.
I do remember there was some controversy revolving around the original logo being plagiarised. I won’t go into it, but you can read about it here. It does seem though that following the feedback from that initial unveiling, every part of the design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been explored to its fullest, and the results I am seeing are super rad. The pictograms for the sports were released a few weeks ago, I have a better look at them here – Tokyo 2020 Pictograms.
Recently though, whooo weee, the Olympic Torch was unveiled, and I have to say that it is an object that I now hope to own one day.
It looks luxurious. It looks light. It looks futuristic. It looks like it is supposed to.
Designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, who also designed some of my favourite mobile phones ever, which often use translucent materials to show the inner workings of the phones.
I designed the TOKYO 2020 Olympic Torch in the wishes for peace and healing of hearts in the disaster-hit area.Tokujin Yoshioka
The cherry blossom emblems I drew with children in the recovering area inspired me. Those cherry blossoms were all vibrant, as if they symbolize the spirit of the people trying to overcome and restart from the disaster. I aimed to convey this power to the world through my design.
What I designed is not merely the form of the TOKYO 2020 Olympic Torch, but the form of Olympic flame itself. The five flames surrounded by the petals become one Olympic flame to give hope to all the people in the world to live in peace.
In 2020, the Olympic flame will traverse throughout Japan like cherry blossoms blooming, and lights our way to hope.
It is inspired by the Sakura, the Japanese carry blossom that is synonymous for both beauty and fragility. The sakura is one of the most beautiful things you can experience in Japan, when you are in an area that is in Full Bloom, there is a buzz in the air. People stop in their tracks to admire the beauty of the blossoms. Busy salarymen pause on the way to the office to breathe deep the sweet air circling the city. Its an amazing time, and I’m very glad for the Sakura to feature so prominently in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Aesthetic.
Its interesting to note that the body of the torch is made from some recycled materials, including aluminium from temporary shelters that were used after the 2011 Tsunami. The recycled materials of the torch are mirrored in the medals, which will be including electronic waste materials that have been upcycled in the various medals.
Total weight: 1.2kg (the torch weighs 1kg, while the combustion component weighs 0.2kg).
Colours: Sakura and gold
Main materials: aluminium (approx. 30% of the torch is made from recycled aluminium originally used in temporary housing units after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster that devastated Japan’s Tohoku region)
You can see more of the torch on the Tokyo 2020 website or on the Tokujin Yoshioka website.
I have an idea for something using protection mapping interacting with live… things.
this demo from Panasonic shows some of the tech in action back in 2017!
Since tumblr’s war on nipples has dropped the once prolifically nsfw microblogging hub’s overall traffic by approximately 30%, a lot of people are wondering why even bother logging in anymore. If there isn’t even a chance of seeing a tiddy then I may as well stay on Instagram…
But, Tumblr has also been a haven for niche blogs and photo streams that had no where else to go. One such blog it Video Game Kicks by by R23X aka VHS Stills (who I have been following on Instagram for years also, just learnt it was their blog as I write this).
Over the past 2 years, Video Game Kicks has been collecting and cataloguing various Kicks from all sorts of videos games, including a shot of the shoes, some commentary, the game name, character name and even video game publisher with release date.
There isn’t a lot of content, VHS Stills runs a number of projects so seems to be a very busy individual, but here are a couple of my faves.
There seems to be some new posts from the last month or so as well. so if you still remember your tumblr login, give them a follow. OR if you don’t have access to your hotmail account for that forgot password email (lel, its a joke) just bookmark the site and check it every so often. Gems like these don’t come around everyday…
Also VHS Stills sells some awesome flight/field bags. Im working on my own for TOKYObodega, but in the meantime, check these out.
This is an ice skating routine set to Joji’s Slow Dancing In The Dark, I think someone has been watching a bit too much 88⬆…
Ive been listening to Joji for a while now, but this video came across my youtube the other week and I must have watched it at leat 33 times.
Its a video by Colours, they do these paired back videos for all sorts of songs, just on a colour field background with a floor plate. I had never heard of them before, but now I’m a huge fan.
This track is the opener for Ballads 1, the Joji’s latest album, which is a whole lot of chill music. Excellent to listen to while illustrating. When I first put on the vinyl for the album, I totally passed over this song waiting for Yeah Right to come on, but I’m glad this was brought to my attention again.
Listen for more Joji when I tear apart my monthly playlist, MARCHbangers, at the end of the month…