Social media brings long lost sisters together


In the documentary Twinsters a 25 year-old French fashion student named Anaïs Bordier is shown a YouTube video by her friend claiming that the woman in it looks identical to her. The girl in the video was Samantha Futerman, a Los Angeles actress, and her video described her experiences being an adopted child, as was Bordier. After doing some research, Bordier found more similarities that she and Futerman shared, most importantly that they were born on the same day, November 19, 1987, in Busan, South Korea, and both were put up for adoption.


This photo was a hit on Facebook so I had to create a blog post

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Namba Parks (なんばパークス Nanba Pākusu) is an office and shopping complex located in Namba-naka Nichome, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan, the south of Namba Station on Nankai Railway. It consists of a high office building called Parks Tower and a 120-tenant shopping mall with rooftop garden. Namba Parks was developed by Jon Jerde of The Jerde Partnership in the footprint of the since closed Osaka Stadium.

Various kinds of restaurants (Japanese, Korean, Italian, etc.) are located on the 6th floor, and shops are located on the 2nd to 5th floors. There is also an amphitheater for live shows, as well as space for small personal vegetable gardens and wagon shops.

Namba Parks was conceived as a large park, a natural intervention in Osaka’s dense urban condition. Alongside a 30-story tower, the project features a lifestyle commercial center crowned with a rooftop park that crosses multiple blocks while gradually ascending eight levels. In addition to providing a highly visible green component in a city where nature is sparse, the sloping park connects to the street, making it easy for passers-by to enter its groves of trees, clusters of rocks, cliffs, lawn, streams, waterfalls, ponds and outdoor terraces. Beneath the park, a canyon carves a path through specialty retail, entertainment and dining venues.

Official video of Namba Park:

Dr NakaMats’ three step creativity process


1. Enter a Calm Room

“Step one of the process is to enter a Calm Room. The Calm Room has no nails used in it, no metal things whatsoever. In this room you need to be able to erase all of the bad and old ideas, being in the Calm Room cleans my mind and prepares it for creativity.”

Dr NakaMats’ own Calm Room is said to be tiled with 24 karat gold, it also blocks television and radio waves, which can apparently hinder creative thinking. Once the mind is clear, it is time for stage two of the process.

2. The Dynamic Room

“The next stage is to enter the Dynamic Room. This room is completely sealed off and it is also soundproof, I will enter the room and listen to music which can help with the creative process. The Dynamic Room is dark, with black and white striped walls and special audio-visual equipment.”

Dr NakaMats’ choice of music for the Dynamic Room is always jazz to start with, before moving onto Beethoven’s Fifth – which he believes is good music to reach conclusions to. He has also constructed his own speakers which can reach frequencies of between 12,000 and 40,000 hertz.

3. Go underwater

“One thing I have learnt is that oxygen is the enemy of ideas, so to come up with the best ideas you need to get away from it. By diving underwater and holding your breath you can come up with the best ideas, they will come to you when you are 0.5 seconds away from death.”

To help with the recording of ideas during this time, Dr NakaMats has even invented waterproof paper and pencils, claiming “an idea comes instantly and disappears instantly”.