“Each time I sit down to write I don’t know if I can do it. The flow of writing is always a surprise and a challenge. Click the computer on and I am 17 again, wanting to write and not knowing if I can.”—Don Murray [via] (via merlin)
Japan-based retail chain Uniqlo is donating approximately $25.6 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society in support of earthquake and tsunami victims in the affected regions of Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima, Aomori, and Ibaraki. As explained in a letter on their website and translated on their Facebook page, the contribution includes $17 million (1,400,000,000 Yen) in cash and $8.6 million (700,000,000 Yen) in clothing.
$12 million of the cash donation comes from Uniqlo CEO Tadashi Yanai’s own pocket. Perhaps the most brilliant portion of this news is that the clothing being donated comes from HeatTech —the brand’s line of underlayers made from heat-generated fabric designed to create and retain warmth in even the coldest environments. This is especially vital for the thousands of survivors currently experiencing the country’s near-freezing temperatures without shelter.
“If you read an article that describes young Chinese’s consumption power, or the fact that these youth have ‘grown up only knowing prosperity’, remember that like in every country, the Have versus Have-Nots is a reality. In China this fact is hyper inflated. Do Chinese youth drive expensive Italian sports cars and buy luxury brands? Yes. Does this segment of the Chinese youth make up a very tiny small percentage of the whole group? Yes. While the large majority of young Chinese have indeed experienced prosperity for much of their lives, the term ‘prosperity’ takes on a different meaning for different Chinese youth. To some prosperity means having more than one set of clothing. To others it means owning their first digital mobile phone. To others it means buying a separate apartment for their dog. When the media is telling you Chinese youth have consumption power, put it into context and think of an upside-down funnel. Which part of the funnel are they talking about? Because it certainly isn’t the whole thing.”—
-From a great post from Kevin Lee of China Youthology
“I say that flat is the new black; that 2D is the new avant-garde; that a surface doesn’t have to be ashamed of being a surface. Technology users of the world, unite: you have nothing to lose but your bas-relief buttons. Let us march forwards together, spurning chrome, into a cleaner, lighter future.”—Steven Poole