Link Love: Best of the Best ofs for the decade and the year

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Small pieces, loosely joined. A compendium of the best of the decade and of the year lists across many of my interests. A best of the best ofs.
It could be presented better but I always share links at the end of the week in this format and aI really had no idea how long it would get when I started. My apologies for any sore eyes from the long scan.

Most popular articles from Popwuping this year

Begg Leather Experiment

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The bag has been made from a single peace of leather, modelled and shaped with the technique that gives the structure to the leather in the way that it doesn’t need any support or reinforcement, even on the very different and complex structures. Thanks to the leather master from Naples, Pasquale Di Sarno, who has been using the same technique trough decades, we have realized the first bag of a long series, we hope, using this traditional method.

I hope this is a long series too. Very interesting.

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Urban Sketchers: Bangkok, Taipei and Tokyo

Bangkok Sketch - ASNEE TASNA
Bangkok sketch by Asnee Tasna

Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.

I just a couple of hours browsing through some of the excellent work on this site. I’ve always enjoyed certain types of photography as a means to see places I may not be able to see in person. But I think this site proves that having people on the ground creating art provides a wholly different and in some cases superior perspective. Urban Sketchers has me interested in drawing again.

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Pastebot is a powerful clipboard manager that stores text & images copied from your iPhone/iPod Touch. Organize, apply filters to, and copy clippings to be pasted or sent to other apps.
Watch the demo to see how this app. moves text and images back and forth from your Mac. Very slick!
Via swissmiss.

Flexio Solar Powered Radio

Solar Powered Radio
Beautiful single use device from local research institute (and former employer) ITRI and the Scenario Lab. The Flexio is a solar powered single station radio which can receive a signal over the airwaves, or internet radio via wifi and wimax. It’s thin enough to fit in your wallet, the result of some serious flexible speaker and solar cell innovation, making this an excellent travel companion.

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Oughton Limited Overnight Bag

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Tacktrunk Bag and Overnight Bag II
Oughton Limited make a range of waxed canvas bags with leather trim and bronze fittings. These are exquisite bags inspired by a “life lived with horses” and the need for a lighter alternative to the tack trunks used by equestrians.

The line began with the Tacktrunk Bag. Daphne Markcrow, founder of the line, describes the beginning, “I designed it for my own use and had it made by a saddle maker out of waxed canvas and leather. I also loved the look and functionality of the materials. Waxed canvas turned out to be the ideal fabric for luggage: lightweight yet very strong, breathable yet waterproof. I loved that the fabric had history too.

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How I See It: Sketches, Drawings, and Paintings by HRH Princess Sirivannavari

How I See It: Sketches, Drawings, and Paintings by HRH Princess Sirivannavari
Themes of self, emotion, thought, and the outside world from the perspective of HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana through the most extensive collection of her drawings and paintings.
How I See It was an exhibition held at the Thailand Design and Creative Center from October 21st to December 20th, 2009. The art was exceptional of course but what really caught my interest was the thought process and beliefs of the artist; all of which were organized around five different themes.

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Air Travel Set To Suck More

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As if it wasn’t bad enough already, be prepared for some additional security precautions and likely inconveniences if you are traveling to the US from an International airport.
Travelers to U.S. Now Face Patdowns and Other Scrutiny
Airline passengers traveling to the United States on Sunday were subjected to more scrutiny, including physical patdowns, in the wake of new restrictions that lengthened lines at airports and limited the ability of international passengers to move about an airplane. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Sunday that all passengers headed to the United States from foreign destinations are supposed to be subject to a physical patdown at thegate area, in addition to more frequent carry-on bag checks. The requirement is imposed on foreign airports.
TSA continues to allow laptop computers, cell phones and other electronic items.
TSA says its still allowing laptops & cellphones onboard but some ppl experiencing different flying from other countries
New rules keep passengers in seats
New government security regulations prohibit passengers from leaving their plane seats beginning an hour before landing.
Bad time to be a Nigerian with irritable bowel syndrome.
A Nigerian man who became ill on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit — the same flight involved in Friday’s terrorism attempt — triggered a security alert at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after the pilots requested emergency assistance upon landing … Earlier in the afternoon, Delta Airlines, which acquired Northwest last year, said in a statement that the crew had requested police assistance on the ground because a passenger was “verbally disruptive.” … The T.S.A. said that the flight landed safely at Detroit International Airport at approximately 12:35 p.m. Eastern “without incident.”
It’s amazing to me just how much people will put up with when they are flying.
Update since this was posted:
Some security has been relaxed since the underwear bomb incident but it’s worth noting that the increased security only applies to flights who destination or departure is the United States. Asian travel is unaffected.
President Obama, It’s Time To Fire the TSA
Today, DHS’s Napolitano’s response to the crotchbomber: “We’re looking to make sure that this sort of incident cannot recur.” But the TSA’s response to Abdulmutalib’s attempt makes one thing clear: We must stop pretending the TSA is making us safer.
Security expert Bruce Schneier nails the core incompetency: “For years I’ve been saying ‘Only two things have made flying safer [since 9/11]: the reinforcement of cockpit doors, and the fact that passengers know now to resist hijackers.'”
The Unofficial Guide to Flying After the Underwear Bomb
The TSA hasn’t explained jack. But we found this audio of a pilot explaining the new in-flight security arrangements. Based on that, and what else we know, here’s an unofficial guide to travel in the age of the underwear bomb.

Popweekly: Digest for 12.28

flowers bangkok
Photo taken in Bangkok near Katmandu, a tiny photo gallery space on Thanon Pan in Silom.
Popweekly is a weekly report, at the beginning of the week instead of the end, which contains a digest of news, events, and issues of interest to Popwuping readers as they move about their local and global places.

Thailand Prepares to Send 4,000 Hmong to Laos

Another black eye for the ruling Thai Junta.

The Thai military has mobilized troops and buses and was preparing Sunday to forcibly return 4,000 Hmong asylum seekers to Laos in a lingering echo of the Vietnam War, human rights groups and other observers said.
Members of a mountain tribe that aided the United States in its secret war in Laos, the asylum seekers say they fear retribution by the Laotian government, which continues to battle a ragged insurgency of several hundred Hmong fighters.
Thailand appears to be moving ahead with the repatriation despite complaints from the United States, the United Nations and human rights and aid groups. It is doing so although it has determined that some asylum seekers were eligible for refugee status, human rights groups said.

Plainfield East High School sexting scandal

When I was in high school missteps due to poor judgement or simple childhood mischievous led to at most a talking to from a police officer, possible school suspension, and/or parental punishment. Now not only due kids have to face the fact that their actions will be broadcast to everyone in their extended social network but they may also be charged under blanket laws that label them a pedophile. Outrageous.

Plainfield police said they have seized nine cell phones after a 16-year-old high school honors student took a nude photograph of herself and sent it to a male student.
The picture quickly went viral on campus, and a Plainfield East High School official contacted authorities last week, prompting what police are calling their largest-ever sexting investigation. In one sign of how quickly the photo spread, some of the original senders told police they had received it from other people last week, according to court documents.

InvisibleBracelet sends SMS in case of medical emergency

Like a virtual medical ID bracelet, iB is a HIPAA-compliant Web service that allows its members to share vital health information during emergencies with participating Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers. In the event of a medical emergency, responding medics within our service area can access the information you have made available. If transport is required, text or email messages will be delivered to your In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts.

Face’s Talk – Tseng Miin Shyong Portrait Photography Exhibition

The museum has assembled the portraits of more than one-hundred famous people from Taiwan for the exhibition Faces Talk– Tseng Min-hsiung’s Portrait Photography. From taking photographs to developing film and printing images, Tseng Min-hsiung shares with us his consummate darkroom skills. A worthy highlight of this exhibition is that the many famous persons in these portraits have already passed away, and this body of work bears testimony to the time and effort Tseng has poured into his photography.

This exhibition will be shown at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum from November 21st, 2009 until January 17th, 2010.
181, ZhongShan N. Road, Sec. 3, Taipei

Hong Kong’s Café Golden not only serves up great coffee, it shows you how to make it too

If you absolutely must have a good cup of coffee when visiting Hong Kong, this may be your best choice.

Cafe Golden customers are so serious about coffee, in fact, that 13 of them signed up for a new coffee-making workshop that Tong began offering last month. For $2,800, you can subject yourself to eight intensive five-hour lessons: three on coffee theory (“the physics, chemistry and biology of coffee,” says Tong) and five on practical things like how to roast and grind beans and how to properly extract from them that delicious black gold.
All of the effort seems to have paid off. Café Golden’s caffè latte ($24) is one of the best in the city, topped with thick microfoam and properly-steamed milk that brings out the flavour of the coffee. A double shot of espresso ($20) was smooth, slightly bitter and topped by a thick layer of crema. The coffee milkshake ($24), made with vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso, is a good antidote to the sugary frappa-whatevers made from powdered mix by the big coffee chains.

Cafe Golden
1/F, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
+852 2408 8255

Built Cargo Camera Bag

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Built’s padded camera cases introduced this past summer look fun and stylish. The Cargo Camera Bag, pictured above, is big enough to hold a range of SLR cameras and lenses, and includes padded dividers that you can adjust or remove as needed. It features an exterior with protective semi-firm EVA and neoprene, with the bottom incorporating additional padding to provide extra protection in case of hard drops. The Cargo Camera Bag is available in a trio of colors.
Also available is the Cargo Camera Bag Medium and the Soft Shell Camera Case.
I’m not a fan of neoprene in general but I do appreciate the design of the bags I see by Built.
Built Cargo Camera Bag Large

Porter Smoky Overnighter Bag

porter overnighter bag
Porter’s Overnight bag from their “Smoky” series is perfect for short stays with laptop in tow. It features an adjustable shoulder strap, two large main zip-closure pockets, two exterior snap-closure pockets and two smaller ones on the sides. Inside the pockets there are a multitude of organizational options in form of even more zippered pockets, pen holders, and space for all the other modern nicknacks the modern traveller may need.
Porter’s “Smoky” series uses a unique fabric combination which should allow it to resist abrasions and age beautifully.

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BLK Pine Workshop Boston Bag

blk pine boston bag
One of my favorite bag forms and materials by BLK Pine Workshop. Great zippers. This Boston bag is crafted in the USA with authentic American fabrics. Well done if not entirely distinctive.

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Moore & Giles Meehan Bar Rollup

mixology bag
Perfect for the mobile bartender, cook, or Dexter wannabe the Meehan Bar Rollup is the result of a collaboration between 75-year-old VA-based leather design company Moore & Giles and NY mixologist Jim Meehan. Cut and sewn from waxed canvas and oiled leather. I love this material!
Moore & Giles Meehan Bar Rollup

Link Love: Mobile Christmas

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Small pieces, loosely joined. Some of my favorite links of the week found on twitter and elsewhere.

From the Popwuping archives.

It’s a normal workday here but we took the kids out of school, took the day off, and had our own brand of Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas.