December 2008

Ring in the New with Miles…

12.31.2008 by Mark Forman

Read a great post today from a cool blog called Presentation Zen. The crux of the writer's post was the Zen-like elements of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis' iconic album. No arguments here-that album one of the greatest pieces of recorded music ever with no apparent wasted notes and brilliant use of space. However what […]


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Music like margarine…?

12.29.2008 by Mark Forman

First let me start by saying that the impetus for writing this post was initiated by Dave Allen who I greatly enjoyed (well still enjoy actually) as a musician (Gang of Four) and still find interesting via his new media and social media posts on Social Cache. One of the links that Dave pointed to […]


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Ghost of Christmas past…

12.26.2008 by Mark Forman

I was just thinking about my first Christmas in Taiwan some 21 years ago. I got roped into being Santa for a friends party. Some expat engineering guy at his fancy TienMu house. When it came time to some adult beverage refreshment he asked me, "Did you ever have KaoLiang?"  I replied, "no" with quite […]


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Year-end photo collage

12.24.2008 by Mark Forman

Well hopefully before too long my camera will be back in hand, until then I've been editing some shots that I liked but were lacking something. Now they're not :D.   My contribution for something Christmas-sy,ok?   Got a new suite of Nik tools for PhotoShop. Been having fun learning them.   Particularly good with B&W conversion. original […]


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Marked for life…

12.23.2008 by Mark Forman

I'm sure I mentioned getting inked before. What made me do it? There were no Miami or LA Ink's on TV at the time to inspire me. In fact I had no plan to do it. My girlfriend at the time had a day off and wanted to go for a tattoo. I ended up […]


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Nothing but a lens day?

12.18.2008 by Mark Forman

Some of you might know that I've been Xacti-less for just over a month while my little wonder returned home to Japan for some under warranty surgery. I've also been in need of some new spectacles (the wearing kind, what did you think?) for both stylistic reasons and functional ones too. I purchased some new […]


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Free 4AD music

12.15.2008 by Mark Forman

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6:6 Flickr Photo Meme

12.10.2008 by Mark Forman

This was part of being tagged by Brad P for a Flickr 6th page #6 image posting. This was a morning I took Anne cloth and sewing shopping for her new line of hand sewn women's accessories. Along the way I spied these 2 cute little kids and promptly snapped them. Sounds a little gruesome […]


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ColdPlay=Cold Player?

12.09.2008 by Mark Forman

For the record I'm not a ColdPlay fan. Maybe I like their earliest pseudo-Radiohead stuff a tiny bit, but over all just way to safe and smarmy for my taste. Joe Satriani is one fine on steroids over the top guitar spanker-perfect for when you're in that kind of mood. It seems clearly that ColdPlay […]


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I recently guested on…

12.08.2008 by Mark Forman

I was recently a guest on a friend's podcast-Chinese Consumer Connection, hosted by Clyde Warden and James Stanworth 2 professors here in Taiwan. Here is a blurb from their shownotes: Many foreigners move to Taiwan or China and hit a phase of culture shock. For some, the environment is too alien and they choose to leave--especially […]


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