Teemu Keisteri as Windows95man DJ on a plane, where he played Darude's Sandstorm

Darude on a plane and beyond: The silly art of Finnish Windows95man DJ Teemu Keisteri

Teemu Keisteri as Windows95man DJ on a plane, where he played Darude's Sandstorm

Considered by some as an alternate Finnish national anthem of sorts, producer Darude’s international smash hit Sandstorm has a special place in the Finnish millennial psyche. The song, released back in 2000, connects us back to a time when it could heard as old-school ringtones on Nokia phones or admired as a music video on MTV featuring a chase through a sunny Helsinki.

Having recently returned as something of a retro phenomenon, one person took it upon himself to play the Sandstorm as part of a private DJ set on on airplane, at the request of logistics tech provider Relex.

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The 7-minute miracle: Meet the Japanese train cleaners who never run late

Journalist Charli James provides a behind-the-scenes peek at a crew of Japanese train cleaners who keep the Shinkansen bullet trains clean on a super tight schedule. Shown in this video is the procedure known as the “seven-minute miracle”. That’s how long cleaners from East Japan Railway Company’s service provider Tessei Co need to make a 1,323-seat long-distance train ready for another stretch.

Busy, busy trains

For most people, the logistics behind incredibly busy systems like the Shinkansen can seem boring and mundane, as long as the trains run on time. But you don’t need to do Excel for a living to realize that the numbers surrounding the Japanese high-speed rail system are astonishing. The Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Osaka, the two largest metropolises in Japan, carries thirteen trains per hour with sixteen cars each (capacity) run in each direction.’

The Shinkansen earned the nickname “bullet train” as early as the planning stage during the 1930s. This is a literal translation of “dangan ressha”, a nod towards the streamlined looks of the original 0 Series trains.

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Incredible 3D colour images from 1850s Japan

In 1851, when Scotsman Sir David Brewster invented a photographic device called the Lenticular Stereoscope, the way people saw the world changed forever. After presenting it to Queen Victoria at the Great Exhibition in London, Victorians went crazy for the new machine. Photographers were sent far and wide to record famous sights and events in stereo. “See the world from your parlour!” was just one of the many advertising slogans used to promote the fabulous new medium to knowledge thirsty Victorians. These incredible 3D images are just a fraction of the tens of thousands produced.

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