If Studio Ghibli ever made an Assassin’s Creed movie..


Inspired by another post here on Tumblr, I decided to look into the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong a bit more, it truly was one of the most amazing and terrifying places on earth.  Being slightly smaller than an NFL stadium, the structure was built of 350 smaller interconnected buildings and hosted, at it’s peak, a population density of 5 million people per square mile.

To put those numbers in perspective, this would be like taking the entire population of metro Philadelphia, the 4th largest in the US, and putting it in 1 square mile instead of 1,744.

The area was also largely ungoverned and unregulated.  Factories, apartments, schools, temples, churches, shops, cafes, hotels and almost anything else one could imagine were housed within the structure that never had a full blueprint of it done. Buildings were built onto buildings, expanded, rebuilt, and re-purposed as needed without a central authority of any kind.

Within the structure, natural light was almost non-existent, and an unknown number of miles of jury-rigged wires provided electricity to everything.  Water constantly dripped down to the lower levels from both rain and leaking pipes, while garbage filled every passage.  A constant yellow haze filled the structure and there were never any government safety inspections.

The Kowloon Walled City was demolished in the early 1990s as part of the deal that returned Hong Kong to the Chinese from the British. The entire area is now a park.

I find places like this fascinating, it is just incredible what we, humans, build and live in. This, hive, for lack of a better term, was one of the most interesting structures I’ve yet looked at. Documentary here.


drawing at dinner - Cameron Asao


drawing at dinner - Cameron Asao


Michele Basta, “Sphynx”, 2010, life sized sculpture



Michele Basta, “Sphynx”, 2010, life sized sculpture

Joseph Kony is terrified of YouTube comments, I’m sure.

This is my just my view. KONY 2012 started out fine, it was a good campaign. Fuck, it’s still a pretty damn good idea. But now it’s just turning into a game of “Let’s Hate On The Warlord”. How many people truly sat through all 30 minutes of the video? Most of them can’t even get his full name right. Same with Gaddafi. Same with Osama.

The Internet is a great platform for communicating with people. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. But too many people are posting the video and hashtagging their posts just to get likes, or just to get a top comment on YouTube. And in all the online chatter that this campaign has created, people are already finding it annoying. And once again, like it did for Occupy, people will eventually tune it out of their minds. The posters were a strategic idea, but in my opinion, flooding YouTube with mindless KONY 2012 comments just defeats the purpose of the whole campaign. The world needs thinking individuals to fight people like Joseph Kony, not a mindless army.

I’ll be dead before FYP at this rate.
Hey Theodore Roosevelt, remember that time someone tried to assassinate you, but you just laughed and proceeded to give a 90-minute long speech with the bullet lodged in your lung, where it remained for the rest of your life? Or when you tore up your leg after being thrown into piranha-infested waters while exploring uncharted Brazil? Or all those times you broke your ribs from falling off horses while doing bad-ass jumps? Or when you destroyed the sight in your left eye in a White House boxing match? Or that time you killed a cougar in a knife fight (seriously.)? And how the only way death could finally get to you was in your sleep, in the early morning on this day in 1919. Here’s to TR as the infinite inspiration for pure, condensed badassery. ;)








Theodore Roosevelt, October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919

“Death had to take him sleeping, for if Roosevelt had been awake there would have been a fight.”

 Original Badass.

All of our presidents combined can’t add up to how much of a badass he was.


Is it bad the reason he’s one of my favorite presidents is partly based on how he’s portrayed in Arsenic and Old Lace?

What she said

Holy fuck



Henri’s Walk To Paris, by Leonore Klein and illustrated by Saul Bass. I first mentioned this here several months back, and it’s now available. First published in 1962, this was Bass’s only children’s book that he illustrated. I’ve written up a review on my blog, if you’re curious.