The Seoul Bagel

Some food for thought. When I got this flash of brilliance my mind told me I was on to something. As a life long bagel lover/connoisseur (my Brooklyn Flatbush roots certainly qualify me) I have been enjoying these wonders of round bread with the whole in the middle way before they were trendy or ubiquitous (on airline flights and at McDonald's). The other day it came to me, in a vision kind of like a mirage. Something so beautiful and simple right there before your eyes-mind wondering, "Can it be real?" 

We have 2 big jars of authentic kimchi made by one of our Korean friends. Did you know that Koreans have designated kimchi "fridges" to keep the beloved but pungent food separate from other food items? I digress. I had this idea with some of our Costco bagel supply still in tact-I know Costco bagels not the same as a Flatbush Ave. bagel shop bagels but these are cooked fresh on the premises and are so much better than nothing. I knew if I combined some of the spicy Korean concoction to the shmeared bagel (shmear being the correct jargon for healthy application of cream cheese) I'd get a magical combination of flavors and textures. 

Booyah! The cream cheese cut some of the sharpness of the garlicky chili-powered mixture, while the kimchi helped to cut some of the fat in the cream cheese. An olfactory tactile marriage made in culinary heaven if you ask me.

Thanks to Joanna Young for bagel photo

Just another point of you…

I've been getting back into the photo rhythm: the dance of light, color, texture and shadow.
Mr. Jiang my ambassador of noodle kwan

Great noodle factory in the traditional market near my house. Traditional markets open in the morning usually have live poultry, sometimes live fish, and fresh produce for the day's needs. My favorite is "MianGeDa" a chunky, chewy,  noodle bit. These people rock!

Everything goes better with chili 

The use of chilli peppers for visual accent is as appropriate as using them for enhancing the flavor of food.

The town triangle 

Nice area in Taichung close to the new City Hall. Nice tree-lined sewer stream and some upscale shops and restaurants.

Dawn above Dong Shan 

There are some awesome sunrises here in central Taiwan. Love the view from my rear balcony.

Radio City Memories…

Today I was reminded of this NYC landmark place by this David Byrne post. Radio City Music Hall is a jewel among the other iconic elements of Rockefeller Center. it's name is larger than life. Don't remember how many times I saw movies and witnessed the amazing leggy Rockettes performances there. I do remember seeing a matinee of "The Sound of Music" there. It seems David is having the good fortune of possibly needing to add a second show there. What really resonated with me in this post was the fact that he was allowed to and is planning to use the huge Wurlitzer organ in the hall. That organ is one of those classic works of engineering, manufacturing and art in concert to produce massive beautiful sound on the scale of the cathedrals of Europe.

The Radio City Music Hall Wurlitzer was the leader in the order of four organs requested by Rockefeller Center and the largest to ever leave the organ factory in North Tonawanda, New York. The other instruments in the group being the four-manual for the Center Theatre, the three-manual to be installed in the Music Hall Broadcasting Studio, and the three-manual (with two consoles and automatic player) for the beautiful Rainbow Room.

The Music Hall organ was installed in just four week's time. During the latter part of 1932, last minute changes abounded in the organ installation process. Several alterations involved the chamber layouts along with a major downsizing of the relay room.

This 58-rank organ was built with two separate 73-note manual relays so that its two consoles could operate independently. (The relay room remained jam-packed until the day of the solid state installation.) Special permission was required to set pistons and make combination action repairs because two setter board combination machines were installed just off one of the Rockettes' dressing rooms. Full post is available here.


I recall David Byrne "playing a building" several months back. While this organ is not quite that grandiose I am sure it is quite more musical , manageable and no less impressive. That should be one awesome performance. Please check out the performance by Rick Wakeman of Yes (no stranger to pomp and circumstance) on this same organ.

In fact Lew Williams plays more extensively on this organ and video focuses more on the impressive console-even Captains Kirk and Picard would envy this one..

Mr. Dave Holland

Dave Holland is a jazz legend having played with Miles Davis and many of his fellow Miles' alumni. He is truly great in his own right for the numerous bands he has led, his compositions, and teaching to pay it forward an leave his mark on the lives of young musicians. Dave's
Conference of the Birds (likely inspired by the book of classic Persian poetry of the same name) is still one of the most amazing music recordings/compositions that I've ever heard. I originally met Dave when I was a young pup-all of 16 at the time. I was managing bookings for our musical space: Environ. I met Dave through another talented musician: Anthony Braxton (who also played on Conference of the Birds). In fact, I had Anthony and Dave perform as a duet which was wonderful. The thing that impressed me most about Dave that he was a both a gentleman and a gentle man. It was very refreshing to meet someone so talented, musically pedigreed and genuinely nice. The piece in the video is in tribute to another great bass player: Paul Chambers who sadly dies in his prime at the age of 33. Dave is still very active and plays extensively on the international music scene. He is definitely someone that deserves to be on your musical radar and play list.

Enough Chinatown Wars…

Word!When I saw this graphic it really jumped out at me and made me actually think about wanting to play this game and iteration of Grand Theft Auto. Obviously I like my mash up version even better because it can be a surreal idiom for my life actually living in a former part of China. In a sense that makes me a mobile America-town wherever I go. Don't have to kung fu too many people around here-thank God! Nor do I get kung fu kicked. Do get some mu shu from time to time but not with pancakes,  just as a noodle dish.

To me this is a great example of how graphic art can cause viewer to evoke far more than what has been portrayed. Bring it on!

FYI-craptastic PhotoShop work by me-expediency has it's cost...

Destroy Flickr!

Golden toesIf you are expecting a rant on the social photo site that is owned by Yahoo, sorry to disappoint you. I was intrigued by the Destroy Flickr name myself when I read about this AdobeAir powered Flickr browser on this blog post.  I love it. It allows you to view all of the Flickr photos against black background with very little other information around them to distract from viewing the images. It is also very flexible in viewing them allowing you to choose the sizes you view them including beyond full-screen even. I used to love CoolIris plugin when I was using FireFox as my main browser(using Chrome now) but Destroy Flickr goes beyond what the CoolIris plugin enabled.

So if you're a shutterbug like me or just a regular viewer of Flickr-hosted images this is the way to go-give it a try.

New Year’s photos

Well teh ongoing saga of my Xacti CA65 is well...ongoing. I thought I'd be getting a new replacement but lo and behold I got a used loaner almost 2 months since I sent camera in for warranty repair.    Anyway-happy to have something and I think I made pretty good use of the pent up desire to shoot some images.

Let's Dance! 

Couldn't ask for a better subject. Wearing uniforms and dancing in unison.


Coral grass-in living purple color.

Colorful stretch 

...and we start by S>T>R>E>T>C>H>I>N>G

Chow Yun Fat ain't got nothing on me 

...and THRUST!

The red bandana brigade 

First rule of the Red Bandana Brigade is-Bringa red bandana and...

Many more shots from the set here.