January 2009

Summary of New Years break

01.31.2009 by Mark Forman
BBluesman/Mark Forman

This years holiday was quite lengthy clocking in at 9.5 days. It was busy and restful. The busy part mostly getting out and doing some photo shoots and processing and uploading those images. Please note some of these below. Such beautiful flowers. I found out later that these are grown from government provided seed. Farmers can […]


Ox Year Grazing…

01.29.2009 by Mark Forman
BBluesman/Mark Forman

Holidays are always a time for more eating and often a lot more junk. While I'm not going to lie and say that I haven't had my share of locally produced nougat candy I've also had some killer nutritious meals. This one was prepared by my wife Anne. The wontons are made fresh and have […]


Crossroads lead to BBluesman

01.25.2009 by Mark Forman
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Many don't know that the BBluesman moniker came from Brooklyn Bluesman. Where did Brooklyn Bluesman come from? Well it was a "play" on Ralph Machio's "bluesman from Long Island representation" in Crossroads. This scene is one of my favorites,certainly from about any music-themed movie. The playing by both Steve Vai and Ry Cooder (the guitarist […]


Things I viewed recently…

01.23.2009 by Mark Forman
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While out randomly cruising around last Saturday I managed to get a few interesting shots. The place I wanted to shoot ended up being a "no go" so I just shifted gears and headed to the northeast side of town which gets up into the foothills of Dong Shan. This Catholic Church building had caught […]


Everything except duck soup…

01.23.2009 by Mark Forman
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I have 2 different streams of separate but related (in my eclectic mind anyway) thought to share. First, the discovery that Peking Duck Pizza is now being served at our local Costco. My first thoughts were: I like Peking Duck and I like pizza, but will I like Peking Duck Pizza. Ok for roughly $8 […]


Get your free music sampler here….

01.21.2009 by Mark Forman
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  Get your free !K7 Sampler here             K7 records offering another free sampler. Some eclectic mix of tunes including: Hot ChipMy Piano (dub)"My Piano" appears on "Hot Chip DJ-Kicks" Carl CraigBrainfreeze (edit)"Brainfreeze" taken from Carl Craig's "Sessions" Quiet VillageCircus of Horror"Circus Of Horror" taken from the album "Silent Movie" The HerbaliserYou're not all that"You're Not […]


Shep a Pinhead No More…

01.20.2009 by Mark Forman

What is so cool to me about Shephard Fairey is 1) What he said (the poster) 2) The way he said it(in the video) 3) Who he said it about (President Barack Obama), and 4) That he said it wearing a Ramones T-Shirt. Shep and Barack-we accept you, one of us! Make us proud Mr. President.


Among the Vouchered set…

01.18.2009 by Mark Forman

Here in Taiwan the government has deemed that in order to help stimulate the local economy they'll issue vouchers of NT$3600 (around US$120) to all citizens and spouses of ROC (Republic of China is Taiwan's official name) citizens which I happen to be. This is right before the Chinese New year holiday which begins next weekend. […]

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Stiff Little Fingers

01.17.2009 by Mark Forman

This is one of those back in the day nostalgia kind of posts, and not. I don't believe a genuine connection can ever be resigned to nostalgia or have to be apologized for. I have no regrets growing up when new record albums and music magazines domestic (US) and British offered all kinds of new […]


Marketing:Telling stories

01.15.2009 by Mark Forman

Well this meme has been percolating in my head (hate to be the one that has to clean that filter) for the last few days and even a lifetime if you want to get technical. I have been engaged in sales and marketing for over 30 years. There are all kinds of sales and marketing […]