Back in time

What was life like in Tokyo and New York City a hundred years ago?

Research task: try to find videos like this for other cities and countries that you’re studying about.

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Dollar Street

Dollar Street imagines families from countries all over the world as living on one street. The poorer families on the left and the richer families on the right. Click on any of the families and you can visit them virtually — see what their homes are like and how they live.

Right now there are more than 260 homes in 50 countries, 30,000 photos in all.

No families from Japan yet. You can volunteer for this project — by taking photos, translatating texts, and other ways. If you click on the “Donate” you’ll see a place to volunteer, starting by filling out a survey (here’s the first question):

Moon eating

Or “moon being eaten”. That’s how you say “lunar elipse” in Japanese: 月食。It was pretty spectacular, though my iPhone certainly doesn’t do it justice. It looked like you could pick it out of the sky with a pair of chopsticks.

At about 9 pm, just starting to “be eaten”, though it’s hard to tell from this photo. It was a very, very bright moon.

An hour later, orange and very 3D:

And here are some more profesional photos and captions for your reading practice:

“See it! Super Blue Moon eclipse photos” (from Earth Sky)

“Tokyo’s View of the Total Lunar Eclipse” (from Japan Forward)

The best of 2017, part 2

Yesterday was a list of the best news of last year. Today is a challenge to find the best photo of 2017. Here are some places to look (via Kottke.org)

The Atlantic: Top 25 News Photos of 2017, 2017 in Photos, Hopeful Images From 2017
The New York Times: The Year in Pictures 2017
National Geographic: Best Photos of 2017
Agence France-Presse: Pictures of the Year 2017 (part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5)
Reuters: Pictures of the Year 2017
Associated Press: The Year in Photos 2017
Time magazine: Top 100 Photos of 2017
CNN: 2017: The Year in Pictures
Petapixel: The Top 15 Photos on Flickr in 2017

A few of the ones I really liked / found intriguing:

PHOTOGRAPH BY AMY TOENSING, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

#10: Yasin Akgul / AFP / Getty

#1: “Say Goodbye…” by Iwona Podlasinska

#19: Jorge Silva / Reuters

#18: Reuters