A list of intriguing things
One: The Chinese are brilliant food artists. They make stunning sculptures out of dough—to celebrate the festivals, weddings and funerals.
Two: So you’re stuck in front of a screen—or maybe in a noisy, crowded part of the world. And a quiet, restful walk to clear your head is what you desperately need—and yet it seems impossible. Hop on over to YouTube to take a ramble anywhere in the world—New York City in the snow, Amsterdam in the early morning or London in the rain. These videos are shot with a high-definition camera—and offer high quality audio. It’s the next best thing to being there. Some good options: Nomadic Ambience, Virtual Japan, Watched Walker and Keezi Walks (h/t Jurni)
Three: Are you ready for the Otamatone—described as “the most adorable instrument that looks like a sperm”—though it’s supposed to look like a tadpole. It’s weird, cute and, of course, Japanese. Here’s how it works:
The humble Otamatone is a cute (or aggressively annoying... to each their own) instrument that makes digital synthesiser-like noises when you tap or slide your finger along the neck. The toy is essentially a long stick with a round globe attached at the bottom that features two dots to resemble a face. Sound comes out from the instrument’s slit, and you can squeeze the globe to change the pitch. The slit is designed to look like a mouth. There are also controls on the back of the device to adjust volume and a low / mid / hi slider that changes the octave.