Quotation Marks

April 30, 2009

Imagine we are all the same. Imagine we all agree about politics, religion and morality. Imagine we like the same types of music, food and coffee. Sound boring? Differences need not divide us. Embrace diversity. Dignity is everyone’s human right. 

– Bill Brummel


Rodney King’s famous line, “Can we all just get along?” still resonates with us today.  On this day, seventeen years ago, approximately 53 lives were lost with as many as 2,000 people injured.  At the time, Los Angeles was home to the largest Korean population outside of Korea.  Koreatown was overtaken by some of the worst scenes of civil unrest in recent history. Amidst the chaos, the Korean community became a prime target of violence as the riots revealed deep-seated racial tensions in one of the most multi-ethnic cities in America.


It is interesting to think about how the incident between Rodney King and Caucasian L.A. police officers led to a vandalism of Koreatown.  Why not terrorize white neighborhoods?  Why are minorities fighting each other rather than banning together?

Quotation Marks

April 28, 2009

A person’s pursuit of goodness leads to greatness, but the pursuit of greatness leads to ruin. Pursue goodness and you will achieve great things.

-John E. Kramer

What is this here?  Asian models for Tiffany & Co. and David Yurman?!?!  About time!  Devon Aoki is featured in the Tiffany ad… Du Juan for David Yurman.  Beautifully done.


Quotation Marks

April 26, 2009

I myself am made entirely of flaws.  Stitched together with good intentions.

-Augusten Burroughs (from Magical Thinking)

Quotations Marks

April 25, 2009

Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be. But if you don’t love me, it would be better and more honest to say so.

– Tolstoy (from Anna Karenina)

Hot!…nuff said


What Are Friends For?

April 23, 2009

An interesting article, “What Are Friends For? A Longer Life,” was featured in The New York Times this week about the health benefits of having friends.  Their not talking about your average lunch-buddies…the study evaluates the effect of genuine friendships.  Looks like you will not only have overall better health, but will live longer too!  A sociology professor at UNC Greensboro states the friendships have more of an effect on well-being than family relationships.  Now, I’m not trying to argue with science…but I’ve seen many parents (especially mothers) screw up their children…just sayin’….

Researchers are only now starting to pay attention to the importance of friendship and social networks in overall health. A 10-year Australian study found that older people with a large circle of friends were 22 percent less likely to die during the study period than those with fewer friends. A large 2007 study showed an increase of nearly 60 percent in the risk for obesity among people whose friends gained weight. And last year, Harvard researchers reported that strong social ties could promote brain health as we age.

“In general, the role of friendship in our lives isn’t terribly well appreciated,” said Rebecca G. Adams, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. “There is just scads of stuff on families and marriage, but very little on friendship. It baffles me. Friendship has a bigger impact on our psychological well-being than family relationships.”


Last year, researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia, taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack. They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone.

The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared.

“People with stronger friendship networks feel like there is someone they can turn to,” said Karen A. Roberto, director of the center for gerontology at Virginia Tech. “Friendship is an undervalued resource. The consistent message of these studies is that friends make your life better.”

Quotation Marks

April 22, 2009

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

—Oscar Wilde

Burger Grease Art

April 21, 2009

Artist Phil Hansen recreates the Mona Lisa from Arby’s burger grease.  Pretty cool….but really gross.  I can’t even imagine what the studio smelled like…..