Pedersen Japan bike by Vanguard


The Pedersen bicycle may be the most unique bicycle ever produced, it was developed by Danish inventor Mikael Pedersen. It features an unusual crossed frame and a distinctive hammock-style seat.”Pedersen Japan” by Vanguard Designs has been re-created in a smaller version of the original, with a more manageable size in terms of road handling and ride quality. “Pedersen Japan” offers a unique driving experience. The upright position is very comfortable and the hammock saddle provides a very soft ride, eliminating the typical stress on the arms and hands. The stylish ride is now available at Vanguard in Jet Dark Blue or Cream.




Oi Fatty …. yes you

from huffington post

This is the average American male in his 30s.

usa bodyHe doesn’t look too bad, right? Well, here’s how he stacks up against his international peers from Japan, the Netherlands, and France.

country measurements

America’s expanding waistline may not be new news, but throwing the average American male’s body into a line-up spotlights America’s obesity epidemic, which is exactly what Pittsburgh-based artist Nickolay Lamm did when he created these visualizations (which obviously deal only with body size and not ethnicity or skin color).

“I wanted to put a mirror in front of us,” Lamm told The Huffington Post in an email. “Americans like to pride ourselves on being the best country in the world. However, it’s clear that other countries have lifestyles and healthcare better than our own.”

Here’s a look from the front.

country measurements

And a side angle — Oof, not the most flattering comparison for the American. He’s second on the left.

country measurements

Lamm constructed the 3D models based on body measurements collected from thousands of men by universities and government agencies — including the CDC, the Netherlands’ RIVM, and France’s ENNS. The average American male has a body mass index (BMI) of 29 — significantly higher than Japanese men (who have a BMI of 23), men in the Netherlands (who have a 25.2 BMI), and French men (who have a 25.55 BMI.)

Lamm said he used BMI charts and photos for visual reference, and ran the models by Dr. Matthew Reed, an expert on body shape measurement, for accuracy.

“I chose the Netherlands because they are the tallest country and are clearly doing something right there,” Lamm said. He chose Japan because it is well-known for its longevity, and France because, he said, “a lot of Americans like to compare themselves to that country.”

So what are the Dutch and Japanese doing right?

Experts suggest it has to do with a complex combination of genetic, environmental and social factors. A good healthcare system, better nutrition, and more active lifestyles have been cited as reasons for the towering Dutchmen and long-lived Japanese.


Japan earthquake tsunami is devastating


disaster as art

The magnitude 8.9 quake that struck off Japan’s coast on March 11 will go down as one of the country’s largest earthquakes.

Even if its magnitude is downgraded in the coming days, as sometimes happens as more data are analyzed, the quake will remain a benchmark in a country that has seen many major quakes. It ranks fifth on the list of biggest quakes this past century. The Indonesian earthquake that spawned 2004’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami was a magnitude 9.1.

Japan’s monster earthquake struck at 2:46 p.m. local time, about 150 km off the coast of the island of Honshu. Japan is one of the world’s most prepared societies when it comes to earthquakes, and a recently established early warning system broadcast alerts in many areas, including Tokyo, before the shaking began.

Seismic activity in the region began with a magnitude 7.2 quake on March 3. Major aftershocks continue to rattle the area. The death toll is unknown.

Japan owes its lively seismic existence to its precarious geologic setting. The islands of Japan formed where one great plate of Earth’s crust, the Pacific plate, dived beneath the Eurasian and Philippine plates. The collision is part of the “Ring of Fire” of earthquake and volcanic activity around the Pacific Ocean.

Chikyu, a deep-sea drilling vessel operated by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, is in the midst of a many-years study drilling into the seafloor off Japan’s coast to study the genesis of big quakes there.

The deadliest quake in Japan’s history came in 1923, when more than 140,000 people perished in the magnitude 7.9 Great Kanto Earthquake. That tremor was centered southwest of Tokyo Bay. The March 11 quake struck more to the north, offshore from the city of Sendai.

“Fortunately for Tokyo it’s a bit further north than the great Kanto earthquake was, which means the damage in Tokyo is likely to be much less,” Kevin McCue, a Canberra-based seismologist at CQUniversity in Australia, said in a statement.

Tsunami warnings spread across the Pacific in the hours after the earthquake; earthquakes generate tsunamis when the ground rupture displaces massive amounts of water. The size of the Japanese quake, plus its relatively shallow depth of 24 km, meant that it was primed to trigger tsunamis.

Honshu’s east coast had essentially no time to prepare for the waves, but other locations around the Pacific set into gear preparation and evacuation plans polished after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Hawaii was reporting waves of 1 meter or less.

Japan Earthquakes Tsunami A computer model for the tsunami created by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck 80 miles east of Honshu, Japan on March 11, 2011. Credit: NOAA/PMEL/Center for Tsunami Research

Casio GWM5600 Atomic Solar

The GWM5600 possesses Tough Solar and Multi-band 5 Atomic Timekeeping technology housed within an even slimmer profile square case than the original. Non-Stop Tough Solar Power provides energy via a tiny solar panel combined with a large-capacity rechargeable battery that enables a variety of energy-hungry functions to operate smoothly. Black resin band digital watch with a neutral face.


  • Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping (US, UK, Germany, Japan)
    Receives time calibration radio signals which keep the displayed time accurate
    Auto receive function (6 times per day)
    Manual receive function
    Signal:  US WWVB, UK MSF, Germany DCF77, Japan JJY40/JJY60
    Frequency:  US 60kHz, UK 60kHz, Germany 77.5kHz, Japan 40/60kHz
  • Tough Solar Power
  • Shock Resistant
  • 200M Water Resistant
  • Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow
  • World Time
    29 times zones (48 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
  • 5 Daily Alarms (1 with snooze)
  • Countdown Timer
    Measuring unit: 1/10 second
    Countdown range: 1 minute to 60 minutes
  • 1/100 second stopwatch
    Measuring capacity: 999:59’59.99″
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
  • Hourly Time Signal
  • Button Tone Operation On/Off
  • Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
  • 12/24 Hour Formats
  • Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)
  • Storage Battery
  • Battery Power Indicator
  • Power Saving Function
  • Approx. battery life: 8 months on full charge (without further exposure to light)
  • Module 3063