Made an update to the highlight video for my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, professor Chris Civello. Check it out.
Hope everyone is having a good start to the summer.
Well, you guys asked for it, so the move pens are now coming back in stock. They are being machined as we speak and will be ready to ship out next month (June, 2017). Thanks to everyone who emailed me letting me know that there is interest in the product. Every production run is for you guys.
Made this video for ONE Championship Highlight editing competition.
A black belt in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Shinya Aoki is a grappling wizard known for his creative and often brutal submission finishes in the MMA world. He was consistently ranked as one of the top Lightweight fighters in the world during his prime and one of the top MMA talents to have come out of Japan.
He is the former Shooto Welterweight champion, former WAMMA Lightweight champion, former DREAM Lightweight champion and the current ONE Lightweight champion. He has won several grappling tournaments including All Japan Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Budo Open and ADCC and is a veteran of PRIDE, DEEP, Strikeforce, Bellator and Rizin.
Some beautiful war machines. 4th generation is what I consider to be the golden age of piloted jet fighter designs, before stealth and drones take over in the following generations.
Just finished editing the highlight video for this year's New York International Auto Show. I remember going to the show back in 2002 and was impressed then. The show seems to be more impressive and draws larger crowds every year.
A review of the Move Pen by Julie Strietelmeier of the The-Gadgeteer. Thanks for the review. I try to read each and every review of the move pen out there and will keep improving it based on the feedback and comments.
You guys have requested it, so here they are! Well, they are almost here. All variation of the move pens are available for ordering now in the shop, but they won't be available for shipping out until early to mid August.
So you can place an order now if you don't want to miss out again. We really appreciate your interests in the pen, guys.
T-34, Jagdtiger & StuG III
This is the first three in my WWII military models collection. Like most fans of military history, WWII remains one of my favorite eras in terms of design innovation. The only true global war in human history. The existential threat to the main countries involved meant that the best and brightest of each were given enormous amount of resources and freedom to engineer and produce these mechanical monsters.
StuG III Ausf. F/8 (Assualt Gun):
This is a model of the StuG (Sturmgeschütz) III Ausg. F/8 Assualt Gun. The StuG III served with the artillery arm of the Wehrmacht and the Panzer Corps of the Waffen SS in WWII. It was Germany's most produced armoured fighting vehicle during the war. It was highly successful in both its originally intended role as a mobile assault gun as well as the role of a Panzerjäger (Tank-Hunter).
Built on the chassis of the reliable Panzer III, it features a casemate design as opposed to the turret design on a panzer (tank). Originally designed as an assault gun for close infantry support, it was fitted with a low-velocity 75 mm StuK 37 L/24 gun to destroy soft-skin targets and fortifications and fired mostly high-explosive rounds at enemy infantry.
However, after the Wehrmacht encountered the previously unknown and surprisingly capable Soviet armours such as the T-34 and KV-1 during Operation Barbarossa, large numbers of StuGs were urgently modified for the tank-hunter role. Its casemate design meant it could carry more powerful guns than a turret design like the Panzer III. Together with its low profile, good armour, reliability and mobility enabled it to be on par and even outperform the later JadgPanzers in combat effectiveness.
The Ausf. F/8 variant of the StuG III was fitted with a 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/48 gun. With this gun, the StuG was able to confront the T-34 tanks and other Soviet armours as a tank-destroyer effectively. In fact, the StuGs achieved a claimed kill number of 20,000 tanks by 1944, more than any Panzers or JadgPanzers. Although it doesn’t have the same fearsome reputation as the later Panther and Tiger tanks, StuG III was without a doubt one of Germany’s best armoured fighting vehicle designs of the war.
This model shows a Jagdtiger of the Wehrmacht with a Henschel chassis. It is shown in three tone camouflage paint without Zimmerit coating. Unlike the StuG III, The Jadgtiger was designed as a true Panzerjäger (Tank-hunter). In fact, it was the ultimate tank-hunter of WWII in terms of specifications, better armoured and better armed than its little cousins the JagdPanther and JagdPanzer IV. It can easily outgun any tank fielded in WWII.
Its main armament is a modified version of the high velocity 128 mm PaK 44 L/55 heavy anti-tank gun. With it, the Jagdtiger could easily penetrate all enemy armours, including the formidable Soviet IS-series heavy tanks at a distance. It is equally well armoured, with 250 mm of frontal armor and 150 mm on the well-sloped glacis plate. It is a heavyweight that no tanks would want to trade shots with directly.
This is a true monster, at 72 tons, it was the heaviest armored vehicle of any type to go into production, heavier than even the Sturmtiger and Tiger II heavy tank (King Tiger), which it is based on. Like all Tiger variants, the Jagdtiger was excessively heavy and underpowered and was continuously plagued with mechanical problems.
Although it achieved an impressive kill ratio in combat. By the time of its arrival on the field, the overall dire situation of the German military meant that the Jagdtiger came too little too late for the Wehrmacht. It was nowhere near as effective as the smaller Jagdpanther, its heavy weight meant it could not travel easily on many bridges and roads in Europe. Only around 88 Jagdtigers were built, and more were lost to mechanical failures and lack of fuel than from enemy fire.
T-34/76 (Medium Tank):
The T-34 of the Soviet red army is widely regarded as the best tank of WWII. It was the most widely produced and most influential tank design of the war. When it arrived at the scene, it had an unmatched combination of firepower, mobility, protection, and ruggedness. German tank general von Kleist called it "the finest tank in the world" and Friedrich von Mellenthin admitted that there was nothing comparable in the German arsenal at the time. Hitler was furious that the T-34 and other soviet weapons such as the Katyusha Rocket Launchers were unknown to German intelligence prior to the invasion of the USSR.
Despite the overwhelming success of the early stages of Operation Barbarossa in which German Panzer groups easily steamrolled over older Soviet armour. When the Whermacht first encountered the T-34 tanks, there were little in their arsenal to deal with this new tank, a problem that became more and more apparent as the number of T-34s increased and Luftwaffe’s ability for close air support decreased.
The T-34 tank was not a refined tank, it was crude in many ways compared to its early German counterparts such as the Panzer III’s and IV’s. The crew of the T-34 suffered from poor ergonomic designs, poor visibility and a poor 2-man crew layout that overwhelmed the tank commander during combat, greatly reducing its advantages in the early days. Regardless, the combat effectiveness of the T-34 continued to increase throughout the war. Its wide tracks and powerful diesel engine gave it excellent cross-country performance when compared to the thin-tracked panzers. This version of the T-34 was fitted with a F-34 76.2 mm gun, hence the name T-34/76. With this firepower, it could easily penetrate early German armour at normal combat distances.
One of its best known features was its well-sloped armour that gave it exceptional protection. Enemy shells would often be unable to penetrate this relatively thick armour even at close distances, and some would even be deflected off due to the extreme angle of the armour plates. The sloped armour would later influence all modern tank designs. Together with its overall ruggedness, it would earn a legendary status among the history of tank designs and is a symbol of Soviet resilience and might.
Check out this great article by fellow EDCer and pen enthusiast Ed Jelley on why you should carry an EDC pen, featuring the Move Pen alongside the heavyweights of the pen world, the Fisher Space Pen and Zebra F301.
This is a great TED talk by Chatri Sityodtong, who is the founder of Evolve MMA in Singapore. He examined how training martial arts has been beneficial to his own life and why he believes martial arts is the greatest platform to unleash human potential. Even with the sport of mixed martial arts becoming mainstream in many parts of the world, fighters and combat sport athletes are still being stereotyped negatively and the life-changing benefits of learning martial arts remains out of reach for most people simply due to negative preconceived notions.
As Chatri mentioned in his presentation, the true essence of martial arts is not about fighting, it is about developing self-confidence and striving to be the best one can be. Check it out.
Have a great holidays and let's look forward to 2015.
This is the first motivational video that I have put together. It features Muhammed Ali, Bruce Lee, Steve Jobs, Jeremy Lin, Manny Pacquiao and several athletes and public figures whom I found inspiring throughout the years. Training Jiu-Jitsu has taught me that there is no secret to anything in life, we can become great at anything we want as long as we are willing to put in the time. With enough repetition, dedication and determination, we can become masters at anything we want. There is nothing we can't achieve, persistence trumps all.
As the late president Coolage once said "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
Check out my design concept for the Trio charging station on Yanko Design. Yanko Design has been one of my favorite design blogs since its inception and has been one of the sources that got me into the field of industrial design.
I designed the Trio as I was envisioning a charging station that would help clear up the mess of cables, lamp and charging cradles on my desk, and I just wanted to try and render up an image of the new Apple watch. :)
Some No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu training with my friends and teammates.
One of my many passions in life has been the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I try to train as consistently as I can, and dedicate quite a bit of my free time to it. As Bruce Lee once said "Long-term consistency trumps short term intensity". Jiu-Jitsu promotes a really positive and healthy lifestyle. It keeps my body in shape, my ego in check, my mind sharp and has brought me many great friendships.
Here is a video that I put together of me and my teammates training at our school, Sakura BJJ.
The story of Steve Jobs and Apple computer was already one of the most remarkable by 1980's. It then became downright legendary when Apple rose from the ashes of the 1990's due to the return of Steve. Apple computer transformed itself into the Apple, Inc that we know today during the next decade. It is perhaps the greatest comeback in the history of corporate America.
What was behind the comeback? I believe a large part of it was a series of industrial design languages that spoke to the masses. I understand that software design is equally important, if not more, but I'm focusing purely the hardware aspect here. The iMac G3 (Blondie Blue iMac) that was at the vanguard of the Apple revival wasn't a particularly well made machine, the processor was weak, the mouse was an ergonomic nightmare and Apple's ecosystem was quite lacking at the time. Yet its industrial design certainly stood out enough among the crowd of HP's, Dell's and eMachine's at the time to jump start Apple's return to prominence.
If you are an industrial designer or are in the field of consumer product design today, you are probably familiar with people wanting their product to "look like an iPad" or "look like an Apple product". There is no denying Apple's products are absurdly attractive. Apple stores are my favorite spot to window shop while my significant other is doing real shopping when we are at the mall. Apple has elevated personal electronics to the status of jewelry, at least for me.
Now I must rant about Apple's neglect of professional users even after the release of the new Mac Pro. (and no, MacBook pros are not for professional use, at least not for Engineers and Industrial Designers) And Apple certainly shouldn't be universally held as the pioneers in attractive minimalist design either, Dieter Rams and Naoto Fukusawa have been doing similar design languages decades before. Regardless, Apple's uncompromising focus on design on such a massive scale should certainly be applauded. What other company would have thought it was a good idea to approach mass production by machining entire computers out of solid blocks of Aluminum?
I'm not familiar with the inner workings within Apple because the company is tight lipped about their operation and I have not worked at Apple, but I'm sure the technical teams such as Engineering and Manufacturing can't be too thrilled that the industrial designers like Jonathan Ive gets all credit and limelight, while at the same time driving them crazy with their design requirements. Indeed, the Macs, iPhones and iPads are as much an Engineering and manufacturing marvel as they are masterpieces in minimalist design.
Take a look at the new Dell Precision M3800 and the Razor Blade 14 above. One is a mobile workstation and the other is a mobile gaming machine, neither of these need chiclet keyboard or minimalist metal enclosures for their purposes and yet they do. It's not hard to see the amount of influence Apple products are exerting on the entire tech industry by just looking at laptops and ultrabooks alone.
Not everything should look like an iPad or MacBook and not everything should be machined out of Aluminum, but I'm convinced that without Steve Jobs and the rest of the technical and creative staff at Apple, we would still have to be dealing with the ridiculous thumb wheel on blackberry's, oversized point and shoot cameras and lots of other mediocre standalone electronics wrapped in poorly designed plastic shells. Apple had shown us the importance of good design and that there is no replacement for having a good taste if you want to resonate with consumers.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been a passion of mine for more than 4 years. It was a real honor to be promoted by my teacher Chris Civello to the rank of purple belt last night. I am truly humbled. To the teachers and professors who have instructed me both at Kioto and now at Sakura, I’m always thankful for your teachings. All my teammates and friends who have trained and rolled with me, thank you. Even though a large part of martial arts is about self-improvement, no one can do jiu-jitsu alone and we all make each other better.
Walking onto the jiu jitsu mat for the first time more than 4 years ago has led to one of the most rewarding journeys in my life so far. As in Jiu Jitsu, life can be challenging at times but there are always things we can improve on, whether it is our approaches, actions, or thoughts and responses. I will continue to train and get better in jiu jitsu and hopefully become a better person in the process too. But hey, talk is cheap, let’s just show up to the classes first. :)