Thank you to everyone who answered. Here is the breakdown from the poll.
114: Number of people who answered "I am a". This equates to roughly 80 men, 30 women, and 4 robots.
The highest concentration of readers is in the Eastern United States.
The winner of being the furthest away from me is a female reader in Qatar.
103: Number of people who answered "I read this site". Less than the other question presumably because I forgot to add "on my RSS feed reader".
That said, 25 read every day, 36 once a week or so, about 39 read it with a martini when it suits them, and the rest are beings sent from outer space to destroy us.
Google analytics tells me that a set number of "people" come to this blog every single day. I put people in brackets because for all I know those hits are tiny robots, sent through the tubes of the internet to recreate my blog on some other site. So in the interest of getting to know you, my readers, better, I've devised these fiendishly clever polls.
EDIT: I apologize for the crap choices. As with grade ten multiple choice, choose the closest answer.
I really don't have any brand loyalty. Sure I love Uniqlo now like a son, but the possibility remains that my tastes could change or they could go the way of Eddie Bauer. But there's something about unpacking a fresh pair of Nikes that really ramp up the nostalgia factor. I don't even own any other Nike gear other than these shoes, yet they still feel like an old friend.
When I was in grade 6 I had just moved from Montreal to Burnaby (near Vancouver) and I was on the track team in school. I wanted a pair of the then new Air Max, but they were way outside my dad's budget. So he bought me a pair of nondescript Nike Doodads. Still, when I put those on my feet, I thought I was flying. In fact, I remember getting them at school and bouncing around outside in them, much to the delight and derision of the older kids. Thus my reputation for being "a total idiot" was born.
Now, even though I can pretty much afford to buy any sport shoe I want, I still can't bring myself to get the super-teched gizmo runners with gravity-defying soles. I only bought these because they were on sale, and the guy at the store, on learning I had just been to Japan, knocked off another $10. (Is there anything Japan can't do?) Putting them on, it was being 12 all over again.
Loopwheeler is a company in Japan built entirely around a vintage fabric machine called a loopwheel. The loopwheel produces only enough fabric each day for 12 sweatshirts, which goes a long way to explaining the cost (the sweatshirt I'm wearing set me back around $140 CAD). But if you have a deep love for grey sweatshirts, Loopwheeler is basically the Holy Grail.
A machine weaves 24 loops a minute, which is slow enough that you can track the movement with your eyes. Experienced craftsmen have to attend the machine constantly. Slowly and gently, without putting excessive tension on threads by only leveraging gravity, the machine knits the fabric to enhance the natural texture of the thread. It feels as if air was knitted into the material. Whenever possible we use a flat seam sewing machine that was used heavily back in the 1950s. Machines today require around 10mm allowance, but this machine requires only a couple of millimeters. A small allowance reduces overlays of materials and bulk creating a more comfortable finished product. In addition the flat seam machines use six threads at a time; more threads in the seam increase strength and durability to the product. It’s slow, takes more attention, but the natural skill of the engineers truly affects the quality. I believe it is made with mysterious skill unique to Japan, which no one can duplicate.
Founder Satoshi Suzuki, interviewed by Sneaker Freaker.
If you like "things," and really there's no other way to say it, then Tokyo is your city. But as with all parts of the world it's getting harder and harder to find things made in Japan. Here's what I came up with.
Uniqlo Selvedge Jeans
Monopro Boxer Spoon
Square Bread Mold
Loopwheeler Sweatshirt (Individual post on this later)
Sizzler Bottle Opener and Closer