Safecast.org

Safecast.org

I am feeling busier and busier as we approach the year end.   I am hoping that life slows down over the holidays and gives me a chance to catch up at home with my family. Today's configuration: Leica M Monochrom with various Leica lenses

Nakane

Nakane

My Audi sales guy has been trying to seduce me into getting a new car.   I swung by for a few test drives...

The Audi RS4...  I test drop this a few years ago.  This car is so unbelievably fast.   I would kill myself if I drove this car in Tokyo.   That said, it is a beautiful car and I love admiring it.   I love the front grill on this car.   I think Audi is the absolute best car.   The styling is fantastic!

I love driving and while I typically commute via train I do love to get out and DriveTokyo.

Audi RS4

Audi RS4

The Audi R8...   My Audi sales guy is so good.  He loaned this to me a few years back.  This car is amazing!  It is so unbelievable to drive...but not very practical with a young family.   Stay tuned to see if he was able to up grade my A5 to something relatively 'practical'.

Audi R8

Audi R8

After Audi I went to meet up with my friend Pieter Franken.  I have a pretty interesting group of friends mostly resolving around cameras, business, and people that are fairly international in their work, family, experience and life.    Pieter probably tops the list in terms of being interesting.   Pieter is the CTO of Monex Securities but in his 'spare time' he is equally impressive.   Immediately after the Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster Pieter swung into action with a group of people building out a crowd sourced radiation detection network to make sure people had the information they needed to make informed decisions.

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pieter Franken at Safecast

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Since I am from Boston I'll put it this way...  "My friends are wicked smart".   Think about what it takes and the scale to pull together a sophisticated team like what they have built at Safecast.    All of it 100% volunteer and achieving what they achieved in days.

I would highly recommend downloading the Saftcast App.   It is fascinating to see this data in action on maps of the world.

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

Safecast

I had to go to work with my advanced fabrication, electrical engineering and soldering skills to build my own...

Dave Powell at Safecast

Dave Powell at Safecast

Dave Powell at Safecast

Dave Powell at Safecast

Dave Powell at Safecast

Dave Powell at Safecast

OK, maybe Pieter built it for me but they are actually pretty easy to build.   They run workshops on how to do it.  I might do a ShootTokyo one in future.  Leave a comment if that is interesting to you...

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Mine is done and in my briefcase ready to Safecast my trip to Singapore and Sydney...

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pieter Franken at Safecast

After a great time at Safecast with Pieter we headed out to grab a drink.   We stumbled onto what I can only call a massacre.    How many more cones does this need to happen to?  How long can this continue?

Cone abuse

Cone abuse

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pub in Shibuya

Pub in Shibuya

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pieter Franken at Safecast

See he's a mad scientist... 

The people at the table next to us were wondering what was going on.  Two gaijin sit down next to them and pull geiger counters out of their bags.

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pieter Franken at Safecast

I think Pieter quickly impressed them...

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pieter Franken at Safecast

How many more? #stopconebullying

Cone abuse

Cone abuse

We switched places for one last beer...

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pieter Franken at Safecast

...and it starts again!

Pieter Franken at Safecast

Pieter Franken at Safecast

I dropped another small batch of ShootTokyo T-Shirt Orders in the mail.    I am getting in a fresh shipment of shirts this week.  I have a few back orders shirts to mail out this weekend.   I am very grateful for all of the kind mails from people that got their shirts telling me how much they like them and the quality of the T-shirts.  I personally like thick high quality t-shirts so I tried to make sure that is what I have here.  Nothing is worse than ordering a T-Shirt and then being instantly disappointed when you open the bag.

Japan Post Office

Japan Post Office

I'm always amazed at how clean construction sites are in Japan...

Nakane

Nakane

Clean and coned off...

Clean Construction Site in Tokyo

Clean Construction Site in Tokyo

Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka

My local grocery store...

Peacock in Jiyugaoka

Peacock in Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka

I feel like I am going here daily...

Popeye Camera in Jiyugaoka

Popeye Camera in Jiyugaoka

I feel like I am always departing...  off to Singapore and Sydney!

Departures at Haneda

Departures at Haneda

Thanks for stopping by today...

Leica Singapore

Leica Singapore

A busy end to the week

A busy end to the week

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