31 March 2006

I like to surround myself with people like this.

"you know what would be awesome that i just thought of? real life tetris. we should make that. where people wear blocks and float down on harnesses and are in big teams." - Laura


I knew walking into Kroger that I wanted cherry preserves.

I don't even think I have to explain why I chose this jar.

30 March 2006

Apple vs. Apple

Has anybody been reading the news about Apple Corps suing Apple Computer?

Apparently they signed some kind of contract in 1991 that agrees on each company's usage of the name and imagery for their respective brands. Apple Corps somehow thinks that iTunes is a violation of this agreement, and they are suing for damages of undisclosed amounts.

I guess Apple Corps didn't want Apple Computers to get into anything music-related, since the former is a record label. But clearly, all iTunes does is sell music owned by other artists and record labels, while protecting all copyrights and giving us superior sound quality.

Apple Computer's lawyer said that "any moron in a hurry" would be able to tell the difference between the two brands. heh. Apple Computer distributes files for us; they are obviously not in music production.

"The agreement says Apple Computer can 'deliver' music as long as it isn't in physical form." (WSJ) Last I checked, you couldn't reach out and touch a digital music file.

Now, no Beatles music is available on iTunes. Considering iTunes's surge of success and firm place in cultures around the world today, that seems like Apple Corps's loss to me.

28 March 2006

cultural differences with brands

I've been thinking about Asia for as long as I can remember. It could partially be because I have never met my Japanese relatives in Nagasaki (I am 1/8 Japanese). It could also be because my mother was born in Shanghai and hasn't been back since the age of 3, and constantly longs to go back. I saw the Shanghai skyline in an ad in an airport once, and it was beautiful.

My biggest longing is to go to Tokyo, though. When I was a little girl, my grandmother showed me a movie called Tokyo Pop. It had Carol Burnett's daughter in it. It was the cutest movie. I have never tired of cartoons. I have toys all over my apartment. My favorite concert of 2005 was Puffy Ami Yumi. I was Super Milk-Chan for Halloween last year. My home page on Safari is Tokyo street fashion photography. pinepinepine.

I've sometimes had slight thoughts of going to Tokyo for my first job in planning.

This was when I was still too idealistic, I think. I don't think it would be smart now to start out studying cultures in a place where the culture is so foreign to me. I should get the knack of "planning in the real world" first, I think.

One of my favorite parts about planning is the relationships that people have with brands, and the personalities that they often attribute to brands (I loved archetypally branding The Gap last year, loved The Hero With A Thousand Faces, etc.).

I found out a couple of nights ago that people in Eastern cultures may not even see brands in this way. I read the Cultural Differences in Brand Appeal paper on brandchannel... they used Hello Kitty as an example for most of it, since both East and West is very familiar with her. Here, apparently, people see her as representing friendship, community, happiness. Apparently in Japan (for example), brands aren't thought of in terms of personalities at all. Hello Kitty is very prominent because of the importance that is placed on conformity, since Eastern cultures are more collectivist. bummer! Another reseacher in the article, however, disagrees a little - she says that in outward situations, Easter cultures can be like this and see brands in this way, but in their own personal lives - "in terms of the private sphere, Japanese highly value ideals around freedom, self-expression, and uniqueness—things they have difficulty expressing in work and educational structures."

A lot to swallow. fascinating, but maybe I should stick with ...not going farther than, say, Europe when I first start out ^.^

27 March 2006

EBCB please

Even though I have never had it, I am craving some EBCB (eggs bacon chips and beans) right now. Russell Davies has an entire blog dedicated to it. Apparently it runs rampant in every single diner in London. It seems so absolutely delicious. And I just know it's good. I would love to have something like that tonight (an all-nighter).


I like toys, and surround myself with them. Maybe it's the bright colors. Maybe it's the personalities each of them seem to have. They just make me smile.

my school bag

the top of a mini book shelf

a friend

among others

22 March 2006


I just Googled "sur la table" and came across this piece of art. How interesting. A study on mannerisms and placing of things around a dinner table. I think it would be fun to study behaviors and cultural differences of eating.
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