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A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.- Walt Whitman

I’m not one who quickly get on a particular talking point or trend myself into any predictable (and often times ‘ready shelved’) dogmas. And I do realize that we live in a world (from the beginning of human species) which is always drenched in throw away talking points- in our personal and our discussions within political discourse.

Opinions abound from every cable TV mouth pieces and elite commoners.

I know that in any political discussion, there are many layers to slice and examine. However, there’s only one layer that is relevant to me- at least from my photographic experience there.

And that is one thing the courage and strength I’d seen at Zuccotti Park.

Even more simply- the physical strength of the folks ‘living’ in the park.

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Well, imagine yourself as experiencing these, for example…

(1) Live outside for now, almost 50 days. Maybe some or many of us had done the once outside venture at a camping trip or falling asleep outside after a night’s out drinking. But we’d never done a month plus of living outside. Just this fact is tough.

(2) No basic amenities. This is a sacrifice that most of us do not want to live without. Sure, we can sleep out for couple of day outside without running water (i.e. running ‘hot’ water), but do want to replenish ourselves there after.

(3) Living outside, within a city. It’s not like they are living outside in the wilderness. At least in a wilderness, there are limited resources which can be used (i.e. branches, grass, leaves, dew, dirt, etc) but this is the city. There are restrictions to the use of hard marble and concrete. Just no use to your living situation.

(4) No hobby activities. Nothing to do but keep oneself busy with books, magazines, chatting (old school), etc. No luxuries like radio, TV, iPhones, iPods, around here buddy.

(5) The elements. Yep. It’s cold at night now. It’s hard to concentrate and keep your focus when you’re hungry and cold.

It’s just difficult. And I respect the “whole” of the group, as a movement. If even if it’s only for their physical commitments.

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We as Americans don’t know where our body politik will be like in the near and far future. But as we experience the perceived changes the country could be going through, it is important to remember that one thing is for sure contant- which is that we as citizens all live in a fluid and ‘unfeeling’ world.

Just like Walt Whitman states “A great city is that which has the greatest men and women”.

Whatever happens, hope that we come out of the near election cycle with heads held high and with a better aggregate public discourse and results.

And why not (and hope so).

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I’ll try to get to Zuccotti Park as the days go forward, maybe following some agenda guidelines I’d acquired from the PR tent.

Lets see what they’ve got in store, next.

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Lets continue with the photographing…

All images copyright mediaform jasonkim photograph

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”- Winston Churchill

Oblivious>>It wasn’t like I hated Apple products. I was just oblivious to them (Apple products), back then, like many millions.Sure, I’d heard and played around with some Apple products (Macintosh in grammar school), but never got around to thinking Apple computers and products would be influential in my future daily life.To me Apple was the “other” computer company, back when. It was the “alternative & much smaller” computer manufacturer and marketer in a large field of computer makers and marketers. It was for “designers” and “creative types”. And for sure, Apple’s business and marketing model was exactly that.

“Golden Age”>>It was the “golden age” of computer makers (aggregators) in the 90’s, as I recall. We, consumers, were drenched with new computer makers/brands every month (it seemed).Do you remember these computer brands? Apollo, Convex, Everex, Micron, Systemax, Wang? I surely do (FYI, I had bought 3 computers from Micron, way back when =D).Well, these were companies riding the Microsoft platform, and technically just “aggregators”. But hey, they marketed in magazines like “Computer Shopper” (remember how thick this tabloid sized magazine was?) like crazy! You can see the legacy in “aggregators” still today, for companies like Dell started, just as an aggregator.And this is what I’d thought our computing lives would be, forever. Filled with junky PC based computers, with just bad service and products.

Grammar School>>My consumer relationship with Steve’s products didn’t start to be intimate until 2008. However, my first experience with an Apple product was with the Macintosh, in my grammar school.  As with boys, I thought the new computers were very cool. Did play some cool.
You see, the more prevalent computers that my school invested in was the Commedor 64 (oh yea, Karateka!). The C64s were the legacy computers for the school. We all liked its chunky keys and cool games we could play on it. Can’t blame us, eh?
But suddenly, there they were, two (2) shiny new Macintosh’s. And they seemed very, very slick (well, to our grammar school minds).
The school (through our teachers) told us that these Macs were for “serious” learning. Never thought about why they’d say that, but I’m sure being very expensive was one of the big reasons they didn’t want us to use it without a teacher next to us when we used it. And of course, no “drinks, food, gum, etc” allowed.
We had some good fun with them, though.
However, the fun didn’t last, for when I went into high school, they only had IBM and typewriters to play with.
Perception>>It wasn’t until 2008 that I thought of using Apple products for personal use. Of course, because of so many Microsoft computers used, it was inevitable that I had a slight bias against Apple products. My ‘perception’ from 1993-2008, was that Apple products were very hard to use, were only great for designers, didn’t offer “serious” machines (unless buying the top flight Apple computers/servers), were very expensive, and that PCs offered more in its variety. After all, my employers were using Microsoft based PCs, so they can’t be all that bad, right?
These were true for a time, but it soon changed for Apple and my outlook on its products.
Gateway “drug”>>To make it short, I’d converted to Apple products, starting with the Nano and slowly building courage to invest in the iPhoneMac Pro laptop, and iPod Touch. Plus, many products that I’d given out as presents for special occasions. Ease of use and ‘dependability’ of use (for the long haul) is paramount. And, so far, your Apple products have been doing a great job.
In hind sight, one can call my experience with the Nano was that, it was the “gateway drug” into the world of Apple products. It was very cool.
What if?>>While watching the news about Steve last night, I’d asked my girlfriend, “what if the iPhone wasn’t there to push the concept of phones to another level?”  I’d say, we’d be stuck with “stylus” pens, bad mobile OS’, hand flip Nokia handsets, forever RIM Blackberry devices (all gray & black texts only), and still have Palm units to play with.
Cheers Steve>>Well, cheers to you Steve. Was good drama through out the years. I’m sure you gave it the very best. And hope the company carries through many more years with fabulous products.
I am pretty sure you were a quirky and as nasty/focused a person behind closed doors.  Those stories of you being demanding is culminated by your past and demands of your own future. I respect that to the fullest. You sure made an imprint in the world. Your persona and drama will last far longer than your company has long disappeared (hope not too soon, though).  Cheers.
PS  By the way, I do watch his Stanford commencement speech from several years ago, for inspiration, here and there. It’s a good one. Click HERE to see it.
Jason
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