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No horse has yet managed the elusive Quadruple Crown—winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes, and the Missouri Horse Hole.
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I'm generally not a sports watcher, but I would totally watch consequence golf. And snake shaming. Probably. Poor snake.
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No horse has yet managed the elusive Quadruple Crown—winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes, and the Missouri Horse Hole.
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Snake Shaming
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I'm still giggling at burger clamping
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alexanglin
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I want to know if the avocado has a campaign.

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Brill!
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Nightmare Email Feature

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"...just got back and didn't see your message until just now. Sorry! -- TIME THIS MESSAGE SAT HALF-FINISHED IN DRAFTS FOLDER: 3 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes."
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Also here's a typo you didn't notice before you pressed "Send".
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NOOOO
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Technicalleigh
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Oh hey. 47 minutes is FAST.
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A full edit history would show all sixteen ways I rewrote each individual sentence because I was trying to figure out the best way to word it, what details to include or omit, etc. And a couple of structural rewrites.
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"...just got back and didn't see your message until just now. Sorry! -- TIME THIS MESSAGE SAT HALF-FINISHED IN DRAFTS FOLDER: 3 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes."

Straight Into The Trenches

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Some of us have to work with detached heads erryday.
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I have that face some days.
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The Duality of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Wooden Sculptures

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“Tayuta Capris”

Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemaki wants you to know that the world is more complicated than we can ever comprehend. He creates works that guide us towards an understanding that there are competing goods in this world; two sides that can never fully be reconciled.

“Tayuta Capris” (process shot)

Based in Chiba, Kanemaki carves small, disturbing forms that allure to the duality he finds. “Looking deep into the world in which we live, we realize that everyone holds hesitations or contradictions that can never be reconciled,” he says. And so he attempts to project those emotions onto his sculptures, which he carves out of single blocks of hinoki wood.

The sculptures often have 2 or more faces that oppose but also converge. And even if you can’t identify with Kanemaki’s rather dark views, you can certainly appreciate the technique and skill that goes into carving these forms. And over on his portfolio site he shares process shots so you can see, step-by-step, how the forms emerge.

“Twin Reversal”

“Twin Reversal” (process shot)

“Reverse Dualism”

“Reverse Dualism” (process shot)

“Whisper Irresolute”

“Swing Individual”

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When sculpture comes unstuck from time...
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Someday there will be a jaw-drop emoji.
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Ando Tadao’s Hill of Buddha

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unless otherwise noted, all photographs by Shigeo Ogawa

Normally a cemetery wouldn’t be on our list of recommended sites to see, but the Makomanai Cemetery is one of the most awe-inspiring places we’ve ever been. Located in the outskirts of Sapporo, a large stone Buddha occupies the sprawling landscape. All 1500 tons of it has sat alone there for 15 years. But when the cemetery decided they wanted to do something to increase visitor’s appreciations for the Buddha, they enlisted architect Tadao Ando, who had a grand and bold idea: hide the statue.

photo by Hiroo Namiki

We included Hill of Buddha in our Hokkaido Guide published last year.

“Our idea was to cover the Buddha below the head with a hill of lavender plants,” said Ando. Indeed, as you approach “Hill of Buddha” the subject is largely concealed by a hill planted with 150,000 lavenders. Only the top of the statue’s head pokes out from the rotunda, creating a visual connection between the lavender plants and the ringlets of hair on the Buddha statue’s head.

Upon entering, visitors are forced to turn left or right and walk around a rectangular lake of water before entering the 131-ft (40-meter) long approach tunnel. The journey is a constant reminder of the weather, the breeze and the light, and is works in tandem to heighten anticipation of the statue, which is only visible once you reach the end of the tunnel.

Any time of the year, visitors will have a different experience. The 150,000 lavenders “turn fresh green in spring, pale purple in summer and silky white with snow in winter.” It really is a miraculous work of environmental art.

photo by Hiroo Namiki

The Makomanai Cemetery is a little difficult to get to, but well worth the effort. If you have a car it’s about a 30-min drive from central Sapporo. You can also take a subway from Sapporo Station to Makomanai Station and then board the #2 or #3 bus.

photo by Hiroo Namiki

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