Tiny Closet-Sized, Coffin Apartments In Japan Prove Once Again That Kramer Was Ahead Of His Time.

Geki-Sema (Super Small) Share House in Tokyo.This closet-sized apartment in space-limited Tokyo rents for $600/month. At its deepest, it has approx 8 ft of living space and just enough room for a bed and some belongings.

Geki-Sema (Super Small) Share House in Tokyo.

The apartments are just used for sleeping by young professionals working in the Shibuya district in Tokyo. On the plus side, residents of these coffin apartments won’t be expected to host any functions.

Geki-Sema (Super Small) Share House in Tokyo.

Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld might’ve been onto something: we now have the closet apartment – maybe the dresser apartment is next. [Inhabitat]

Seinfeld:  Kramer turns dresser into a bed for Japanese tourists.


Explosion-Free Building Demolition.

The time-lapse video is of the 456′ Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka slowly being demolished in Japan.

Taisei Corporation's Tecorep high-rise dismantling systemDeveloped by Taisei Corporation of Japan, the Taisei Ecological Reproduction System (Tecorep) dismantles skyscrapers instead of using explosives to bring them down. From Taisei:

“This revolutionary new system enables systematic disassembly of high-rise buildings and allows reuse of the disassembled construction materials. In addition, the energy generated by lowering materials to ground level is used to offset overall CO2 emissions.”

And from the Huffington Post, here’s how the Tecorep works:

“Inside the building, jacks support the roof as floors are demolished from the top down, while an internal crane lowers materials and debris to the ground floor.”

If you’ve ever watched a building demolition live, you have a good idea of how much dust, fiberglass and who knows what else is spewed out.

Back in 2000 and during a moment of genius, I convinced my pregnant wife that we should take our one year-old son to go watch the Kingdome implosion. Compare the video above with the Kingdome implosion below:

Despite being a half-mile away, we had to run to get away from the fiberglass (asbestos?) infused dust cloud. It wasn’t a proud parenting moment.

I don’t think the Tecorep dismantling technique would’ve worked on the Kingdome but for a standard high-rise, it could be the most efficient and least wasteful method for bringing down a building. Of course “least wasteful” would only apply if there is sufficient reason to dismantle the building in the first place. [HuffPo]


The Eco-Polyglu Takes In Dirty Water And Cranks Our Clean Water.

Skip ahead to the 1:30 mark to watch the Eco-Polyglu in action. The $145 Eco-Polyglu from Poly Glu International is a hand-cranked water filter / purifier that makes non-potable water potable by using polyglutamic acid to bind the suspended solids and a filter to collect them. From a Poly Glu spokesman:

“Rotating the tank results in aeration which furthers the effectiveness of the acid making it easier to separate and remove toxicants such as colon bacterium and heavy metals.”

Poly Glu International hopes their Eco-Polyglu will find a market as an affordable water purification system in developing nations and everywhere else as an emergency water purifier.

Eco-Polyglu Water Purifier from Poly Glu International

The Eco-Polyglu sounds like a great idea and the only way it could be marketed more effectively is if the guy in all of their videos pounded the glass of newly-clean Eco-Polyglu’d water. A product name change wouldn’t hurt either – how does “H2O Yeah!” sound? [RocketNews 24]


Bagelheads: A Body Modification That’s A Terrible Waste Of Some Good Salt Water.

BagelheadsBagelheads injecting saline solution into their foreheads.Profiled on the National Geographic show Taboo, the Bagelheads of Japan are part of a growing body modification trend. Not only do these Bagelheads look silly but the saline solution they’re wasting and injecting into their foreheads could’ve been better applied for treating dehydration etc.

Our simple request to the Bagelheads – the next time you want to do this, please freeze the saline solution first (it’ll freeze) and then drop it in its frozen state on your bagel-less heads. Maybe it’ll jar something loose and knock some sense into you. [Laughing Squid]