Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pigmentia Website Has a New Look

I've decided to rebuild Pigmentia Photography's website using RapidWeaver on the Mac. This application may actually cause me to make the switch.

Check it out at www.pigmentia.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Joel and Maya's Plant

I photographed this plant a while back. We were plant-sitting for Joel and Maya and had forgotten to water the plant for a few days... We watered it and it was rehydrated within a few hours.



Monday, January 21, 2008

The Hot Asian Bitch Stereotype

Once in a while, I like a good action flick. "Live Free Or Die Hard" lives up to its predecessors in its thrilling plot and special effects. However, one thing really put a damper on it. I was really annoyed by the stereotypical hot Asian female villain played by Maggie Q. Normally, I would be slightly miffed, but in this case, John McClane (Bruce Willis) actually calls her a "hot Asian bitch." This really made me mad. Today, I don't think Hollywood will ever have a line in a movie calling a woman a "hot black bitch" or a "hot Hispanic bitch." But they somehow can get away with calling someone a "hot Asian bitch." Is it because Asians let them? We're easy to pick on? Then I began to get mad at Maggie Q and other actresses (including Lucy Liu) who have taken on similar roles in the past.

There is a very negative stereotype of Asian women propagated by Hollywood, and what makes me uncomfortable is that I'm not sure if many Asian American women recognize just how negative this stereotype is. While there are "hot" Asian female roles out there, they are rarely ever the heroine--frequently mere objects or seductresses. Asian American women should not be flattered by the "hot" part of the image and really think about the implication of the entire pigeonhole that Hollywood created for us.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dead Raccoon


I found a dead raccoon in our backyard this morning. Rabies? Poison? I haven't figured out what to do with it yet. I called the local health department and am waiting for a call back...

Latest updates. Well, the health department can't do anything about it because it's on private property. I may have to summon up the courage to take a shovel and put the body into a double-layered bag later...

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Martha Rules


Every time Ken and I go on a road trip, I try to check out an audio book from the local public library so we can keep ourselves entertained while driving.

I love Martha Stewart. I bought a copy of The Martha Rules, her business advice book when it first came out, but I never had a chance to read it. So, I jumped at the chance to check out the audio version, read by Martha herself, when I saw it on the shelf. Ken was not interested in listening to it, but I ended up downloading it onto my iPod and listening to the whole thing over several sessions of cooking and doing dishes.

Martha Stewart is just an amazing person. She was a fashion model in her teens (she's still very beautiful). Eventually, she became a stock broker, then a real estate agent, a celebrity caterer, and now a multi-media mogul.

She wrote this book shortly after she came out of prison, and it was candid, heartfelt, and full of very useful, practical advice. I wished I had read (or listened to) this book before I started my own business (of course that was before she had written it). Martha never tried to justify the reason why she went to prison, but in my humble opinion, she was wrongly punished. There are economists (like the late Milton Friedman) who believe that there is nothing wrong with making a stock trade based on "insider" knowledge about a company. But never mind that. The book was not about any of this. Martha shares with us her guiding principles in running a business and gave many interesting anecdotal examples from her own life as well as business owners across a wide range of industries, from celebrity hair stylist Eva Scrivo to Microsoft's Bill Gates.

Martha seems to be a tough but fair boss who nurtures her employees. Her book was sprinkled generously and affectionately with names of former protegées who became independent business owners themselves.