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Sightseeing in China, Russian Style

The best view in Shanghai. But only for the courageous. The last half of the video should help you work out if you have a head for heights... :-)
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I imagine so +Stephen Frost :) Heights and me...not a good thing.. so that is one hobby I won't be taking up in any great hurry!
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Junk Head I: Astounding Stop Motion Film

Thanks to +Cory Pchajek for pointing me towards this. Junk Head I is a 30-minute stop motion film by Takahide Hori. Shot in his spare time over four years, it is just the first part of a larger project (for which Hori is now raising funds via an Indiegogo campaign - details below). The detail and complexity of the modelling will take your breath away. With a solid story line, I can't believe someone won't step in and cough up the entire US$100,000 needed to finish it. 

Click through to the Indiegogo campaign here: http://igg.me/at/jh2 (make sure to scroll down to see the $50,000 perk - salivating here as I type...). 

Also, check out Hori's Junk Head website here: http://yamiken.jp/e-english.html (click on this if you want to see some photos that really show the details of the model work, and some back story that helps you make more sense of the film so far). 

Hori is an award-winning http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netsuke sculptor, and it shows. 

I wish him all the luck in the world and hope his Indiegogo campaign gets up. I can't wait to see the rest. 
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+Sam Antonio Yes, indeed. Sometimes these little gems float into our field of vision... 
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Hole In 1

Your driver's napping in the front seat. You're parked in a "Taxi Drop-off Only" zone. You're a metre from the curb. But you own a Bentley. And you're a golf master. You can do anything you want. 

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It is indeed, +Tanya Stollznow... 
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Glimpses of Blue Sky, Hong Kong

This glimpse comes via a slender gap between apartment block towers in the district of Wong Tai Sin in Hong Kong. It's a not uncommon view of the sky for many people in this city. Sketched with pencil, and inked with nib and brush. 
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+Sam Antonio The sunrise through that crack can be pretty awesome, dude... :-)
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In a Hurry

Hong Kong has 77 cars per 1,000 inhabitants (in the US it's 797/1,000), so this is a city dominated by public transport and pedestrians. Yet despite our numbers, crossing the road can sometimes be a challenge. 

A version of the events depicted here actually occurred the other night as I walked with my elderly in-laws back to their flat. As we waited at the crossing, a double-decker bus driver gunned his motor to warn us not to step out onto the road, followed by a private car that not only sped up but honked twice. 

The keen-eyed will notice I've used a photograph by +hilary HL as a reference for part of this drawing (bottom right hand corner). Thanks, Hilary! You can see her photo here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+hilaryHL/posts/9PFuHfzTqKV

I used a mix of my own photos and some Porsche brochures as references for the rest. As far as I'm aware, there is no personal plate as shown here. The name of the restaurant (caan teng) on the sign is real.
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+Tanya Stollznow Last night I'd made it half way across one when a taxi approaching sped up and zoomed through. It's getting crazy... 
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Sitting on Top of a Sign

Interesting place from which to view Hong Kong. I think he can see +Dragon Pak from there... 
 
This is what its like to sit on a sign 30 floors up 
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+Tanya Stollznow Yes, isn't it! 
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Very Droll, Google Search. Very Droll...

My daughter showed me this one. When you search Google for "recursion" it asks "Did you mean: recursion". Well, you can guess what happens then. Google appears to be full of wits. 
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And a Happy New Year to you, +Debrah Diva!  
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*Party Beer. It's Green Food"

It must be, because it says so on the can. This is Party by Yanjing, the "official state beer of China".  Design aside, it also declares on the can that this is Green Food. The Green Food logo has been around for about 20 years and is meant to be a signal to consumers that the products is good for their health and the environment. So party on, safe in the knowledge that it's good for you and China. 
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+Rurousha This is not trivia. This is science. No wonder I don't drink... 
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Lot Number 49: The Van Helsing Clock

Van Helsing scholars and vampirologists are calling it the find of the century. Objets Macabres – the premier auction house for macabre art, antiques, books and jewellery – seems to agree, estimating the Van Helsing Clock will fetch USD1.5 million at auction next year. 

The clock came to light after paranormal investigator Nissim Ephrussi was found dead in his Paris apartment in December 2011. With no known relatives, executors for the deceased estate spent the next 18 months cataloguing his possessions, many of which will be auctioned by Objets Macabres in Paris during January and February 2014. 

But it’s the Van Helsing Clock that has scholars, collectors and the general public in a frenzy. 

News of the clock sent shockwaves through scholarly and other interested communities. For years, experts have believed Abraham Van Helsing returned home to Amsterdam after his well-documented pursuit and impalement of Count Dracula. There was no reason to suspect otherwise, despite the lack of historical records to confirm that he ever resided in the Dutch capital. 

The Transylvanian origin of the timepiece sent scholars to the official archives in Braşov, where after months of searching Professor Larry Parmenter confirmed Van Helsing’s residence in the city until his death. He also found incomplete pages from an order and accounts book for Van Helsing’s clock making business.

The main question among many is why Van Helsing retired to Braşov, only a mere 30km from Dracula’s Bran Castle. And why did he turn to making clocks? There can be little doubt that his decision was related to Dracula and vampires in Transylvania, but other than that there is little more than hypothesising and hot air. 

Several aspects of the piece do however provide tantalising glimpses of the truth. The most obvious is the use of fingers for the hour and minute hands. Tests have revealed the human nature of both fingers: the hour hand is a male, left-hand index finger, and the minute hand is a male left-hand thumb. Additionally, the tip of the second-hand is mounted with the claw of a nightjar. Why Van Helsing would use these artefacts in clock making is now the subject of much speculation. Some are suggesting the fingers are from Count Dracula himself, although this calls Stoker’s definitive account into question. Others have conjectured they are from Dracula’s assistants or sycophants. And why the claw of a nightjar?

Another unique addition to the clock are the mandibles of an Odontolabis cuvera (a species of stag beetle) framing the circular opening at the bottom centre of the face. This hole provides access for a clock key and the winding mechanism. In another twist to this already unfathomable puzzle, this particular species of stag beetle is found only in Southeast Asia. 

Incredibly, given its vintage, the clock is in perfect working order. The fingers are in perfect condition. The winding mechanism and key are as new, and the piece keeps accurate time. 

The Van Helsing Clock will go under the hammer at the Macabre Timepieces & Jewels Auction in Paris on 19 February 2014. More details of the item can be found at the Objets Macabres website. 
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+carlos rosales +Debrah Diva All the result of a fevered imagination... :-)
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Jean-Claude Van Damme Meets His Match in Hong Kong

If this doesn't make sense to you, then go and watch the new ad for +Volvo Trucks with Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits. It's here: Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split feat. Van Damme (Live Test 6) (53 million views and counting...).
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Hoho... maybe I should, +Sam Antonio... :-)
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I grew up on a 5,000-acre farm in Western Australia with three other people and several thousand sheep. The nearest location on the map was Marchagee, which consists of exactly one house, one service station, and some very large wheat bins. 

I now live in Hong Kong. It is 273,000 acres but home to about 7 million more people than our old farm. A lot less sheep, though...  

This helps explain why the view out of my kitchen window as a child was miles of empty space but is now the Post-it notes on my next door neighbour's fridge. 

On the road between Marchagee and Hong Kong I've worked as a primary school teacher, a sander in a factory making blackboards, a brickies labourer, truck driver, bicycle courier, landscape gardener, kitchen hand, university lecturer, research co-ordinator for a labour rights NGO, shearing shed hand, tractor driver, CSR consultant, company owner and fruit picker in Australia, New Zealand, mainland China and Hong Kong. In between all that I managed to get a PhD as well. 

I spend my time these days doing a bit of teaching at various universities in Hong Kong and China, but put most of my energy into my art and photography and starting a new business.  

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I rode a bicycle from Kathmandu to Colombo in 1985-86.
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