Tails From athe Crypt

by Mark Forman on June 26, 2017

It's been a few months I know. The zeitgeist is not blogging on your own site but on the Social Media hot properties...for me it's mostly Instagram with some twitter and very little Facebook. Yawn. recently the Leftovers ended-I thought one of the better series in a longtime with a great ending that offered some redemption to Damien Lindelhof for the convoluted kind of train wreck of an ending for his Lost series. Great acting and oddball writing with well developed weird and very human characters. Fargo season 3 also came to an end-which was kind of the weakest of the 3 seasons but still had its moments-the last 2 eps were great. I can forgive Noah Hawley because an off season from him is still better than a good season from most others in the tv land game. His Legion this year was probably my favorite tv series this year which can make a nice companion piece for Mr. Robot. Each coming from a different but related end of the twilight Zone.

I'm shooting less but now more with my DSLR primarily because it takes better images and processing is more convenient for my ages eyes on the larger desktop screen. Will do more IPhone stuff for sure as my eclectic ADD kicks in as inevitably it will. Still enjoying discovery on Insta with many great international photographers out there. Who knew Iran and Turkey had so many good ones... Sadly the greedheads at Facebook got the great idea to stick ads in about every 4 frames but what are you gonna do. It's not enough that we're human batteries ala Matrix we need to watch their crappy ads or spend the time to skip them. So know you either spend more time to cycle through/NOT! or less time because you get frustrated and disgusted>REALITY!

Really enjoying the work of Justin Hunte now out on his own-feel he is one of the most intelligent thought out talking heads on the net especially on hiphop culture. I've learned some good joints and rappers that I had missed or knew precious little about. Spotify keeping me happy playing me the stuff I want ans well as the stuff the ai algorithms feel I would like-which they are often quite right. great experience with that service.

My own biz stuff getting closer on probably doing crowd funding launch for new super comfortable unibody insole product with sales on Amazon thereafter. Speaking of the amazon peeps-it's the borg baby! Can't beat them might as well join them! taking on another project for affordable dental equipment ideal for developing countries/economies helping out some good friends with sales.


Silent Tree Screams

by Mark Forman on April 29, 2017

Maybe this is inane in it's obviousness but I'm so spellbound by red in the world around me. I like other colors as well but red always grabs me. Got to be true to what you feel I guess. This shot was taken in a part of my city-Taichung, Taiwan that is going through some major changes. They are adding many new roads through this are a because the railroad line used to run on the ground-now it's been elevated so it allows the city to add many new roads. I guess I like the newness and the chaos. So we're working on a red chaos theme here at BBluesman today... 😀 There is also a big temple in this area on the other side of the main market in town which is in the process of moving to new area on this side of the old tracks as well. Lots of upheaval and changes in the name of progress.

Taichung like all of Taiwan's cities was designed by its former Japanese colonial master. Hence the core and original flavor of Taiwan's cities is very much like Japanese cities-government buildings all built in the colonial style of architecture which is very early 20th century European in flavor. The other key element of Japanese cities are the train station is the hub and the city flows out from it. That still exists here but it is being altered here in mealtime with elevated railway line and new MRT line being built and ready to start running by the end of the year. This is kind of exciting for me to witness. I didn't see nearly this much infrastructure development during my 60's/70s youth in Brooklyn.

Check out this classic jam from back in the day-I reconnected with it on Spotify last night. I've actually been listening to music with the earbuds in each night before I drift off into my own private David Lynch movie.

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The Grandmaster

by Mark Forman on April 17, 2017

There's a couple of streams running in parallel inside my head at this moment: The Grandmaster by Wong Kai War and Damn by Kendrick Lamar now also known as KungFu Kenny. The former is a movie directed by Hong Kong's famous auteur and the latter the newest release by perhaps hiphop's greatest rap artist alive. While the Grandmaster is not Wong's greatest or most iconic film it is stunningly beautiful even beyond his other films because of the classical Chinese element present in the story-line and how it guided his cinematography (Academy Award nominee: Philippe Le Sourd) and styling. The visuals take preeminence over the story telling although as one who has lived in Asia for 30 years I know that the more minimal storytelling is consistent with Asian's preferred sparseness with words feeling that there are elements that everyone already knows so don't need to be restated. In any case it's a beautiful work so if you haven't seen it make sure you do. The KungFu and martial arts elements are presented in a more classical and beautiful way than most KungFu movies. The main character in the Grandmaster is Ip Man the master/teacher of superstar student: Bruce Lee and many others.

Damn has been percolating in my head over the last few days. I have even been listening with earbuds on which I haven't done in quite some time to try to better absorb K Dot's dense rhymes and their nuance while simultaneously enjoying the lush arty production and his excellent vocal contortions which bring his aural characterizations to life. My son introduced me to Kendrick a couple of years back. Initially,  I didn't really make time to get acquainted with him in as the conceptual nuanced artist that he is. It probably wasn't until I watched the GQ interview conducted by Rick Rubin (video below) that I realized this young guy is really bright and has something to say and the means to say it. So Damn is his first work that I'm experiencing as it dropped while being on KungFu Kenny's bandwagon. I would agree with the assessment of his more committed fans that he is the only rapper. If you value substance over style Kendrick and Damn are certainly worth giving some time too. If you want both substance and style-Kendrick and Damn are it.


What’s Up With That

04.13.2017 by Mark Forman

Sitting here reading my Feedly and came across this Lefsetz post where he's going on about how some things take time or maybe better said."happen in their own, right time." Perhaps it's what we call luck or kismet or whatever but much stuff happens that way. What really struck a chord with me and I […]


Saying Stuff on the Internet

04.06.2017 by Mark Forman

Was probably attracted possibly subliminally to this shot due to the Supreme skateboard t-shirt. First time I heard of the iconic skateboard/street brand was from my son. He started work yesterday and was processing some other apparel goods including surf wear and skateboard shoe brands. Congrats to my son on his 1st day in new […]