Archive for May, 2007

26
May
07

Zooomer is still down!

Zooomer is down and I still can’t post any new photos! Needless to say you don’t know what you have until it is gone and I wish Kristopher and everyone else the best in creating a new version of the site Mark III.

On Friday the fashion shoot for Discover Taipei went well and I will try to post the pictures up here soon…….

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23
May
07

Zooomer is down and I can’t post new photos!

Zoomer is down and I can’t post new photos of the ice cream shop. This week is very busy in terms of my photography. On Friday I have a cool fashion shoot with Discover Taipei then on Saturday I’ll be shooting at museums around Taipei for Taiwan Fun. I’m feeling kind of stressed about it actually, it is hard to fit everything in all at once. However, I think that all this photography and the stress of the last few weeks is bringing me back to my creative roots. Its great to be in an artist frame of mind. Live it, breathe it, use it as a crutch, use it as a void, use it as self-expression, and never be destroyed…

19
May
07

Photographs of bead stores for Discover Taipei magazine

Today I had a great time checking out the local bead stores for Discover Taipei. However, it just was not the same without my friend Carrie, who is a beading goddess. Carrie this post is dedicated to you…

18
May
07

Taiwan Parliamentary Fighting ‘Staged’

Taiwan’s knock ’em down and punch ’em up political debates are staged say The Globe and Mail and Daily Mail. Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Joanna Lei explained in The Globe : “It’s really a media event, staged for media coverage….. They have a strategy session, like a war plan.”

According to the Daily Mail:

“Reports from the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, yesterday quoted legislators and political observers as admitting that the televised fights are staged acts, planned in advance to generate media attention and garner favour with voters who like to see their MPs fighting for all their worth on tough issues.”

This is sad news. Many Taiwanese people have told me how unhappy and upset they feel about the violent and childish behvaouir of their elected politicians. While I am sure no one will be surprised to learn the whole thing is a set up, the situation speaks of a new social and political low in parliamentary behavior. The media should not cover or encourage this sort of physically abusive politics. The Taiwan parliamentary government and the Taiwanese people deserve better.

14
May
07

Cover Art of The New Yorker magazine

Today I presented a lecture on the cover art of The New Yorker magazine based on the USA Today article (2005) That Should “Cover” It by Francoise Mouly. As I prepared the power point presentation I became delighted and intrigued by the covers and spent a considerable amount of time unearthing some of The New Yorker’s hidden gems. Noted cover artists Saul Steinberg describes the covers as “pictures that change the way a person sees the world, making visible concepts so fundamental that the viewer cannot remember how he or she thought before seeing them.” Enjoy….

Continue reading ‘Cover Art of The New Yorker magazine’

12
May
07

Photographs from the May-June issue of Discover Taipei magazine: a cover feature on the Puppetry Art Center of Taipei

Here is a link to Discover Taipei which is produced by the Department of Information for Taipei City Government.

08
May
07

Got the apartment and learning Mandarin

The symbol of the Chinese Dragon in Kaiti Style.

Today we found a new apartment. Or I should say it found me. On Sunday I placed a want add on tealit. By this afternoon we had found a great place, for an excellent price, in a good location. Wowsers! The landlord said that she wanted a quiet and clean couple and even negotiated down the rent. Damn! I’ve never had that happen before.

I also got my acceptance into the Mandarin Training Center and in June I will begin a twelve week intensive course studying Mandarin for ten hours a week.. This is good news but also kind of scary. However, when in Rome do as the Romans and when in Taiwan make an effort to learn Mandarin. I’ve also connected with an acquaintance from the art education office for a language exchange. We are going to meet up on Friday for dinner which should be fun…




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