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I repeat uploading items or write ups on Garry Winogrand, who is one of my inspiration in photography.  The essence for passion in photography is defined by Winogrand.

“I am stuck with my own psychology…” Winogrand exclaimed, in one part of the interview.

And what of photography and the thing he does?  “…what ever it is, I can’t seem to do enough of it…it’s a pleasure…”

He died in March of 1984.

Apple Inc has undoubtedly become one of the world’s most powerful business entities. Design, aesthetics, and coolness has affected the company’s weed-like growth, however, its manufacturing and logistical efficiencies was its key to market share dominance in the past decade.

But as a leader and in the name of progress, Apple has had its share of controversies especially its assumed acknowledgement of its partner manufacturer. FoxConn is a Taiwanese registered business, working several factories in China The persistent speculations on violations afflicted to its workforce still strongly resonate in the air, amidst Apple’s gargantuan successes.

Read more from The New York Times:  HERE

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2008 Documentary on Workers’ Landscape Evolution in China.

We’re a wacky species, sometimes.

But in the name of commerce and the capitalistic way, the human race invents products to solve problems. And sometimes, the application just doesn’t fit where it should be.

LYSOL

Yes. You know that product. The product advertised and used by the public for home cleaning and sanitizing (and to make wood furnishing shiny and bright) was used in a very “sensitive area”. Can you believe it was marketed as women’s cleansing product to prevent and cure vaginal infections? Wow.

BUBBLE WRAP

Yep. It’s not only for moving and then rewarding yourself with some cacophonic bubble burstings. The original use of bubble wrap was for sound absorption in houses and rooms.  It was even marketed to the chic as Actual wall paper for their homes.

Now we are addicted to popping. Forget about the walls, we’ve got iPhone App games!

PLAY-DOH

You know, when you have walls, you need to clean them. And the first thing we all think of to clean them with would be?  Yes. Play-Doh, that chemically pungent clay-like greasy mess of a toy, for the tots in all of us, used to be marketed as a cleaner.

Imagine in our modern times, a company doing this and then marketing to children, without change in chemical properties?

Well, glad Play-Doh was invented in the 1930’s, eh?

CORK SCREW

Ah. What would we do with out cork screws to open our bottle of $14 wines with. Then in our attempt quickly get off target and break off the cork, half still being stuck in the bottle. Oh, cork screw, how we love thee.

But our modern day enemy mini, had a more noble and grand responsibility:  Bullet Remover.

Not from bodies, but the bullets that became stuck in the actual gun. I guess the guns back then were pretty bad.

Well, cheers! But we like opening without a cork screw, better.

WD-40

The original name for WD-40 was “Water Dispersement, 40th attempt”. Has a nice twang to it, don’t it? But seriously, the scientists who invented this product was on a mission to prevent metals from rusting. Because rusting is not good on Missiles. Yep, they were working on preventing the premature destruction of missiles built to protect this land. They succeeded for sure.

But it had must more used in the home, as we know. Now, we all use it to unscrew that thing-of-a-bob, and unhinge that chimmy-changa, from that wacka-mole that just broke the entrence key.

2,000 + uses and counting.

Source:  Cracked.Com

Hoboken NJ. Looking towards mid-town Manhattan NYC (Vikas Bhardwaj)

Hoboken NJ residents and frequenters are young (25-40). It has a vibrant small business downtown. It’s a proverbial “stay-ground” for the NYC financial district jet-set. And from the outset, seems to be one of the best places for a family to live and thrive. So, why does some folks just don’t like how the city has changed? Or is this just an act of over zealous and dispassionate citizens (past citizens) whom just remember the “good” parts of the Hoboken past?

Public Opinion::

Here are some quotes from self-proclaimed former residents and visitors of Hoboken, sourced from the inter-web.

One notes, “…it has succumbed to the same blandness that has made parts of Manhattan (Murray Hill I’m looking at you) into chain-store filled repositories for Wall Street d-bags…who want to stay in NJ but want a “city-lite” experience. It does have some pretty good restaurants, but too many of the bars are your typical nondescript Irish Pub or sports bar filled with an immediately post-college clientele still acting like they’re freshmen and experiencing freedom for the first time.”

Another pontificates, “…so it’s either Uptown Snobbery or Downtown 23-year-old scene. Don’t get me wrong…Hoboken’s OK, I even hang out there sometimes. It’s just that Downtown JC seems to have more authenticity to it, if that makes any sense. 10 years ago, Hoboken was actually quite hip.”

Does Hoboken have a sizable populous of “trust fund types” and recent grad’s whose rent is being subsidized by their parents? Yes, it does.”

One harshly stamps Hoboken living as, “fake city living”.

Fairness::

As in any city living, there are the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. Every city has the ‘highlights’ and the ‘blights’. It’s just a territory which is inherent to lands that house multiple thousands of human beings. It just is.

After all, a city is a civilizational excuse, with which is built for the convenience between individuals to individuals. And much of the time, like many things in the world, ‘machines’ get worn out, re-routed, broken down, re-thought and re-invented.

And some of the changes rubs some the wrong way.

Some will tell you, compared to just about 30 years ago, Hoboken was part of the coast cities in NJ to have an “edge”. And when stating Hoboken was “edgy”, it meant it had many empty decrepit buildings, sectors of the city was underdeveloped, citizens were a bit ‘seedy’, and Washington Street (current heart of Hoboken small business activities) was a fraction of today.

But this is a matter of opinion, of course. We all remember the 70’s, the 80’s and the 90’s, and when a city was destitute it was very, very dangerous.

So, as in any incorporated business (yes, the township of Hoboken, is a business entity), it has to survive. There isn’t any surviving (thriving) without bodies living and paying taxes within its walls. And Hoboken had to re-invent itself.

And how did Hoboken achieve this? By marketing its fabulous location. Just needed ‘time’ to pass.

Just as realtors repeat “location, location, location”, Hoboken was destined to be valuable as it is now, again. The city’s primary “ace in the hole” is its location, and the undeniable property values draw new customers, left and right. 1970’s speculations started the land revolution, culminating into how Hoboken is perceived and treated in the current environment.

On the Waterfront. Marlon Brando. (1954)

Marlon::

Recognize this? “I could have had class. I could have been a contender. I could have been somebody. Instead of a bum…which is what I am.”

Many of us recognize the quote above. It’s the famous line from “On The Waterfront”. A film which was directed by the famous Elia Kazan, and the quote famously said by, non other than Marlon Brando. Did you know, the much of the filming was done on Court St, Hoboken’s Railway Station, Hudson St, and in the Waterfront.

Once, famous and overly recognized shoes walked in Hoboken.

Class::

It’s part of the human experience. The way we miss or reminisce about the past, of a city, we once live isn’t a unique explanation.

We as animals have a propensity to pick and choose how we remember reality, in many cases. Certainly a psychological uniqueness.

There’s absolutely no fault in how we remember focused aspects about “things” surrounding us. Our brains are just built that way.

As for Hoboken, it is what it is. Expensive, haughty, noisy (at times), young, elite, historic, and ‘classy’.

Wouldn’t say it’s Marlon Brando classy, but it is one great alternative places to live. Just bring the wad of cash and you’re “in”.

Be classy, y’all!

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It’s a big world.

However, there are only a finite number of rules or “laws” to follow when it comes to business.

In the terms of the highly incindiary and competitive world of consumer technology, there’s nothing that is sacred- as we all know.

There are 2 such strategies:

(1) Invest and try to develop Brand New technologies or products. Or, (2) invest and develop better ways of copying (template-ing?) already (and most importantly) successful market penetration strategies.  After all, #2 is a “template”, and templates cost Less money to produce.

Samsung has, in this latest saga, decided on strategy #2, with a bit more “obviousness” by developing advertisement with the same talent, in the commercial (known as CF in Korea).

The shame was palpable, for the company had deleted the spot immediately after criticisms rained down on its actions.

There’s no permanent damage to Samsung, of course.  And lets be honest, there are many such business examples from other companies (name the company, and they’ve employed the same strategy as Samsung did- even at Apple) which have done the same thing.

Samsung and Apple make great stuff for us to enjoy, no doubt about that. But gaffes like this makes it fun for all of us sometimes. But isn’t such egg on face situation, just fun to witness? Yes. I agree. (Oh, I can imagine what that post staff agency meeting was like at Samsung).

Well, here’s the Samsung version, for comparison with the Apple version following.

Read even more at:  SlashGear

What do all colors mean? And in what context did they mean, throughout the ages?

That is a questions Pigments Through the Ages tries to educate us on.

If you’ve had that undeniable urge to find out what “Cerulian Blue” meant in the 1900’s, then this site starts you out on the right path.

The information offered on colors, is solid. The site offers information on origin, dates, color reference, make of chemicals, and so forth.

Best yet, information is available on what the color symbolizes. Which is critical when choosing for our bathroom walls, as we all know.

Fun and enlightening, you’ll never think of colors the same way again.

Take a look see here:  Pigments Through The Ages

Pigments Throughout the Ages (webexhibits.org)

(Washington Post)

Alright, it is now 2012 officially, and in this new month, predictions of all kinds will be flying off of editor’s desks from around the world’s publications- digital and traditional.

Recently in the Washington Post, a tech prediction piece was written. GO HERE

As in many prediction bulk of the pieces will undoubtedly be about what cannot be done (about what’s already here). But heck, predictions are what they are, so no worries, what the experts out there are writing.

For me, it’s just fun watching what unfolds.  The piece predicted the following:

(1) The “cooling down” of Social Media category.

(2) Bubble will pop for current crop of tech IPOs

(3) Explosion of demand for cheap tablets

(4) Voice recognition goes main stream

(5) Trouble in “Cloud” computing land.

Continue Reading here:  Washington Post

Have you ever had a thought like this?

“Man, what can I do with these shipping pallets, I have lying around my house.”

Don’t we all??

In any case, the folks at MOST Architecuture proposed and delivered a most stunning and visually satisfying of designs for indoor office environment.

Functional, practical, lean, mean, and Green focused, the office of BrandBase looks just fantastic.

The beauty, of course is within the mind and heart of what the design implicates. The pallets have been used to create work desk areas for inividual employees, conference desk areas, flooring footprint, plus methods in gettting up and down from floor to floor.

The ingenious and beautiful design surely possesses the ‘wow’ factor for the client’s customers. It surely gets my vote on innovative thinking and outside of the box execution.

I commend such designs, and I am jealous I’m not rich enough to have a space that I can use such artistic inspirations.

To make it even more “Euro Chic”, the top office has some IKEA shelving furniture for good measure. Yum.

Read Further @ Unplugged

I carry my camera almost every time I leave my apartment. My favorite camera depends on my mood (makes a big difference) and what kind of photographs I believe I want to take in that outing (this day I had my DSLR with me with my trusty 50mm).

It’s a philosophy (a philosophy many photogs dwell) and a habit which has been drilled in. It’s like when you don’t have your wrist watch on (for those of you who always are used to wearing them). Just feels like something’s missing.

Anyway, yesterday (on my way to Newark) it was one of those days I was very glad to have my camera with me. And it isn’t because there was an abundant amount of subjects I particularly wanted to take images of, but that I would have been very bored.

The photos you see below are ones taken from a very, very, very long traffic halt. It wasn’t overly unpleasant, but I did thank my lucky stars I went to the bathroom prior. It was that long.

See, the images don’t have to have spectacular weight (at least in personal/fun mode). As you can see, these are just items you’d see behind any traffic: barriers, rails, trucks, trailers, tires, bumpers, inside of my car, sky, etc.

But it’s a rolling story. It’s not a very compelling story, but it is a story- snapped & communicated within a 5 image frame. Nothing complicated but a total personal moment in time, explained in ‘paragraphs’, within the 5. No more, no less (because it’s my story). Not clear always mind you. However, we photogs always try our best. =D

Oh, by the last image of the sky, is when I lifted my head up to say to myself, “Finally!”

Then I was on my way to Newark. The Brick City!

Fun, isn’t it? Yep. I agree.

AAll images copyright mediaform jasonkim photograph

As I’m listening to Ambrosia and working on my projects, I reflect (just a little) on the world of photography.

Some things in life, I’ve often just pressed passed it- as an issue and/or as subject.

One thing for sure, is that I will try my best to seek and recognize the little things that cross my path or my flight (hence my tact on the title of my photo blog “The Mundane”).

Well, just as in principle and on going pillar of street photography, I couple that notion- building and learning (always learning) about the world (small and large) around you and I.

In street photography, it’s a mish-mash of all the major categories of disciplines. It’s sometimes portrait, sometimes landscape, sometimes journalistic, and sometimes all at the same time.

It’s just a beautiful thing. There’s a reason why so many of us, fans of the art of photography, are enamoured with it.  Street photography is so “Open” in its entry, input, interpretation, output. But it’s, in some angles, a rigid skill. It’s “Closed”.

Don’t worry, lets not all think it’s so academic.  Opinions differ in its ultimate relevance in the technical landscape. But to me it’s a learning tablet and a fun factory. There’s not many things that make me have a small smirk (in happiness) when roaming and snapping.

Anywho, that’s one rant for now. Hope your weekends are going fab!

All images copyright mediaform jasonkim photograph

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