In 2009, Belgian photographer Anton Kusters went to Japan and gained the trust of high-ranking members Japan's organized crime families, known as the yakuza. He was allowed to photograph them for two years, giving Westerners a revealing glimpse into the secretive underworld syndicate. He published a book in 2011, called Odo Yakuza Tokyo. Earlier this month The Economist produced a short film about Kusters' project, called Japan's Yakuza: Inside the syndicate.
After producing the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition, my buddy Tim Daly and I launched a record/book label, Ozma Records, to publish creative works at the intersection of science, art, music, and consciousness. This weekend, we're having a special holiday sale on all of our releases! You can save 15% on the Voyager Golden… READ THE REST
You can turn a film negative into an old-timey cyanotone print with a few chemicals and some printing media. Vinegar or other acidic substances can then be used to intensify the effect. Cyantotone printing was discovered in 1842. It creates a mildly photosensitive paper that can be exposed to light to create silhouettes and other… READ THE REST
Intrepid vernacular photography collector Robert E. Jackson presents a wonderful collection of crazy costumes from Halloweens of yore. More at Flashbak. READ THE REST
Every holiday season is marked by a few "it" toys. While you can always count on a hot new next-gen gaming console to spark a frenzy, it's not often that those hot toy items are almost as coveted by adults as they are kids. There's a reason that CNET called the Robosen T9 Programmable Robot… READ THE REST
The need for a virtual private network (VPN) is all but universal these days, but choosing the right VPN provider can often be a shot in the dark. Some VPN shoppers are focused on security, while others are just looking for ways around international geoblocking restrictions. With most VPNs providing a similar array of services,… READ THE REST
With 2020 coming to a merciful close, could there be a better symbol for freshly launching into the new year than actually clearing the air? While that works metaphorically, the sad state of our world makes it critical, too. The air in everyone's home could use some pretty heavy cleansing nowadays. With that in mind,… READ THE REST