Best capsule hotels in Japan

Best capsule hotels in Japan

I found this to be an excellent list of genuinely good capsule hotels in Tokyo. They refer to ones I’ve seen reviewed consistently well by other sources. The following 3 in particular:

9h nine hours

Very modern capsule hotel experience – but found it really, really minimal for my tastes. No frills beyond lockers/showers. The capsules themselves seem like they might be overly claustrophobic as you basically seem to be sleeping in a giant bathtub.

First Cabin

On the top end of the capsule hotel experience with an airline themed experience. especially if you pick a first class cabin. The sliding door doesn’t lock and is almost as much as a hotel makes it a good high-end choice if in a pinch.

Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Premier Tokyo

This was a surprise for me. Cheap, but the building comes with all kinds of amenities – including massage chairs, some spa services, and communal soaking pool. The one in Shibuya seems particularly nice.

What sold me was the individual temperature controls and much more spacious pods. The decor and use of wood feels decidedly like your dad’s era Japan – but looks to be one of the quaint points to me.

Little Fluffy Clouds

Little Fluffy Clouds

I’m a fan of ambient music when writing code, and in the late 90’s spent far too much time listening to the Orb – especially the 2 disc set The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. Track 1 was the famous “Little Fluffy Clouds“.

The song gets it’s origins from a sound clip (above) that came from an interesting interview with Rickie Lee Jones talking about growing up in Arizona. Bonus points for the fact the interviewer asked her “What were the skies like when you were young.” Who would think to ask that kind of question of a pop star?

Jim Keller on Moore’s Law

Jim Keller on Moore’s Law

Jim Keller has lead chip design efforts at Tesla, the highly performant Xen architecture at AMD, design of A4 and A5 processor at Apple – with both x86 and ARM processors over the years. He currently work here at Intel as a design lead.

Jim gives his thoughts on Moore’s law. Definitely worth a listen from probably the leading designer in the industry today.

LED Greenhouses

LED Greenhouses

With something that looks right out of BladeRunner – German photographer Tom Hegen recently traveled to the Netherlands to document the country’s LED greenhouses. The greenhouses were developed as a response to the small country’s growing need for food both within its own borders and to the international market. Dutch exporters are second only to the U.S. industry for global food exports as measured by value. Although the greenhouses offer incredible efficiency in their design, cultivating food year-round through high temperatures and humidity levels, their round-the-clock use also gives off a great deal of light pollution.

Landing in 4k

Landing in 4k

Ever wanted to see what it’s like the cockpit of a big plane when landing at night? High Pressure Aviation has a ton of really amazing cockpit videos.

How about an A380 in 4k?

Or how about one of the newer Boeing 777