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Frank Gehry has always been one of my favorite architects—for when it comes to the understanding of forms, he is second to none.

A few years back I saw a documentary about him, and I was really touched by it. Adidas has a tag line which says “impossible is nothing,” and I think that it describes the ethics of Gehry very well. Most of his designs are a structural engineering nightmare, but he has principles and stick with what he desires.

I also like his process—the sculpting, the expression, the iterations.

A few years back while I was visiting my sister in Boston, I happened upon the Stata Center at MIT. And it is incredible to experience it in person—to feel the space. I have never been to Bilbao, but since that day it has been on my todo list. Any day now.

Photographed in 2009 at Stata Center, MIT, Boston, USA with the Canon EOS 10D + Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM. Exposure: 24mm, f/8, 1/180 sec, ISO 100.

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Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

Stata Center, MIT / SML.20090801.10D.50908
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New “Moleskine condom” fits my Moleskine (SML preferred notebook), Uniball UB-150 (SML preferred writing instrument) and the Sony PCM-M10 (SML preferred digital voice recorder capable of 24-bit 96 kHz WAV recording up to ~5 hrs 30 mins thanks to the micro SD memory slot).

Moleskine Medium Shell Case
Size: 7 x 4.5 x 2.25 inches
Item #: PMOTC3032
US$29.95

http://www.moleskineus.com/pmotc3032-moleskine-medium-shell-case.html

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/ #Moleskine #Uniball #Sony #productivity #org #storage
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“There’s a folder for that—無印良品 MUJI Manual Holder” #tools

Every nerd’s nightmare is the assorted instruction manuals which come with different electronics. They are never in standard sizes and typically come in multiple volumes, flyers, warranty cards, CD-ROMs, …. And then the proof of purchase is usually affixed onto the cardboard box so you end up having to cut out relevant bits for storage.

I was at MUJI shopping for stationary and came across this B5 size folder designed specifically to hold manuals. Each pocketed page comes with an inner pocket to hold CD-ROMs. Genius. Highly recommended.

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“Kik Sketch = useful” http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8431352203/ #comm #tools

Just when you thought that IM tools cannot get any better and everything is said and done before, Kik showed that innovative ideas abound.

Implemented as a form of “cards,” this social media messaging client features toolsets which come integrated with useful features which are not found in any other apps.

Pictured is the sketch card, which allows you to paint a picture and send as part of the message. Other integrated cards include Google Image Search, Reddit feeds and YouTube video attachments — all useful things when chatting with friends which previously require lots of fiddling with multiple apps.

Genius. SML Love. SML Rec. Kik me @seeminglee :)

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(at SML Universe Limited)

“Canon EOS-1 + EF Super Telephoto Lens as observation decks” http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8671634934/ #HK #Crazyisgood # 香港佳能數碼影像坊陳列室

Also at the Canon iSQUARE Hong Kong Showroom are these photo equipment demos which doubles as observation decks for visitors.

Tsim Sha Tsui, where the showroom is located at, is one of the prime location for tourists in Hong Kong. By placing these super telephoto L lenses on EOS-1 bodies, these demo setups go beyond the function of being a simple sales tool and do double-duty as observation decks for the casual visitors.

Although you can see only one of such setup here, the showroom in fact has six of these at this corner, showcasing all the crown jewels of the Canon EF Ls including the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM (pictured), EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM, etc. These lenses all retails for 10k+ USD so if you ever want to play with these toys without breaking the bank, this is the candy shop for you to visit.

This is by far the most ingenious photography showroom display I have ever seen. Crazyisgood. SML Love.

# Media Licensing
Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

“Canon EOS-1 + EF Super Telephoto Lens as observation decks” / 香港佳能數碼影像坊陳列室 Canon iSQUARE Showroom, Hong Kong / Crazyisgood / SML.20130412.EOSM.03836
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Someone on Facebook asked me what those brown skinny cigarettes I used to smoke in New York were. Those were Nat Sherman MCD.

Nat Sherman is a brand name for handmade cigars and cigarettes founded in 1930 in New York [1]. The name MCD came from the address where it used to be located at when the cigarette was introduced: at 1400 Broadway [2].

My preference for these cigarettes lie in the fact that they are natural and contains no additives. Normal retail cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals used to make them burn faster and more addictive, and my own research revealed that most of them are deadly. While it is true that tobacco with no additives is still addictive, I can tell you from first hand experience that I did use to smoke much less until now that I can no longer buy natural cigarettes in Hong Kong.

A regular MCD easily burn for 15 minutes each, and if I don’t smoke them they will die by themselves. Meanwhile, a Marlboro Red cigarette will continue to burn til there is only ashes left within 5 minutes. So in many ways not only were the MCDs healthier, they are more economical despite being one of the most expensive choices in the market.

Photographed in 2005 at the SML Universe NYC Deadyard with the Canon EOS 10D + Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. Exposure: 65mm, f/8, 1/15 sec, ISO 100.

# Notes
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_Sherman
2. http://natshermancigarettes.com/cigarettes-mcd.cfm

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Cigarette Blossom / 20050415.10D.34360 / SML
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(at SML Universe Limited)

Norman Foster is also one of my favorite architects—also because of his understanding of forms. But Foster’s execution is much more pure, so to speak. It is purely about structures. Forms follow function. He is the master at it.

I.M.Pei once said, in reference to an interview he did for the National Gallery in Washington, that architecture does not come alive until people come in. And that kind of philosophy is most descriptive of Norman Foster’s work. They are almost senseless to experience as 3D renderings. But then they got built, and they are simply so beautiful.

This photograph is the structural awning of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). It was photographed in a hurry, because I don’t really go out there unless I am traveling. But one of these days, I will bring my tripod out for a special trip for sure.

Photographed in 2008 with the Canon EOS 10D + Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM. Exposure: 23mm, f/4, 1/30 sec, ISO 100.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/2351328101/

Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

Hong Kong International Airport / 20080318.10D.49074 / SML
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“怡和大廈 Jardine House” http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8609783326/ #HK #CN #Architecture # 香港中環商業建築之形

Sunset is a good time for photography—not only for landscapes, but also for architecture. The sun is just bright enough to give some color to the buildings. It is also late enough so the lights are turned on. The unevenly lit office lighting create interests in the facade.

This is the facade of Jardine House, one of my favorite architectures in Hong Kong. The dotted patterns give it interests, and at night it looks like an array of musical notes. I have been photographing this building from the north side, but it seems that this vantage point from Connaught Road C is best. So I might do some long exposure with a tripod some time in the future.

# SML Data
+ Date: 2013-03-26T17:57:52.38+0800
+ Dimensions: 3136 x 4704
+ Exposure: 1/100 sec at f/2.8
+ Focal Length: 51 mm
+ ISO: 800
+ Flash: Did not fire
+ Camera: Canon EOS 7D
+ Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
+ GPS: 22°17'1" N 114°9'30" E
+ Location: 中國香港中環康樂廣場1號怡和大廈 Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Hong Kong, China
+ Serial: SML.20130326.7D.36564
+ Workflow: Lightroom 4
+ Series: 建築 Architecture, 形 Forms

# Media Licensing
Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited

“怡和大廈 Jardine House” / 香港中環商業建築之形 Hong Kong Central Commercial Architecture Forms / SML.20130326.7D.36564
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Here are some more interesting men seen at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade way back then. I know that you like these. :)

His name is Rosie—now get this: he used to be a priest at the Catholic Church… but I guess gay men always have a calling…

Hello Gorgeous / Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2007 / SML

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“Uniqlo to IPO in Hong Kong soon” http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8414084314/ #hk #jp #retail #finance

According to an SML trusted source [1] as well as available public media sources, Japanese fashion retail brand Uniqlo is considering a public listing by introduction on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2013 with no additional funding. The main purpose of the IPO is believed to be further establishment of brand image.

My being a lover of Uniqlo’s products, it is a no-brainer that it is on my buy-list.

1. SML#P#KHL — SML Thank You
2. http://www.morningwhistle.com/html/2013/Company_Industry_0123/216820.html

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(at SML Universe Limited)

“StumbleUpon sends traffic+++ to Choichun Leung’s painting” #art #data #analytics

The social media bookmark sharing site StumbleUpon continues to send large amount of page views to a photograph of Choichun Leung [1]’s mixed media painting to SML Flickr.

The photograph, licensed via Creative Commons (CCBY), was posted to Flickr in 2009 [2]. According to data retrieved from StumbleUpon, it was “discovered” by its users in 2011 [3] and has reached 14,000+ views on its site. Considering that on Flickr the total view is just 22,000+, the referring strength of StumbleUpon must not be underestimated. Daily page views on Flickr averages 20-30 [4].

# Notes
1. Choichun Leung is a Chinese American artist living in New York. I met her towards the end of my gallery visits during the 13th Annual DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival in New York in 2009. http://blog.seeminglee.com/2009/10/choichun-leung-13th-annual-dumbo-art.html Website: http://www.choichun.com/ Instagram: @oichoi http://instagram.com/oichoi

2. Mixed Media Painting (Detail) by Choichun Leung / Dumbo Arts Center: Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009 / 20090926.10D.54933.P1.L1 / SML: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/3990108219/

3. StumbleUpon: Mixed Media Painting (Detail) by… Discovered on Jul 25 2011, 02:24am: http://static.stumbleupon.com/url/www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/3990108219/

4. Flickr Stats for: Mixed Media Painting (Detail) by Choichun Leung / Dumbo Arts Center: Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009 / 20090926.10D.54933.P1.L1 / SML
Stats are shown in GMT, where it’s currently 10.41AM on 18th January 2013 (Fri): http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/3990108219/stats/

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(at SML Universe Limited)

“SSD is well worth it’s admission price” #nerds #tools #opinions

SSD is expensive, but it is well worth it’s price. My first SSD was the OWC 480 unit I installed on my 2010 MacBookPro. I swapped out the DVD drive which I don’t use anyway and put the original internal SATA drive at its place for data, and I put in the OWC 480 as main drive. Pictured is my 2012 MacBookAir running on the Dell U2711. MBAs are only available with SSDs so you don’t even have to make the choice.

How fast is SSD? Frequently I have a lot of apps running, and I want to free up memory by closing out all the apps. There is no quick way to do it on OSX so I just restart the computer. Clicking on one button and in less than 10 seconds I accomplish this task—which is far faster than going into each app and hit command-Q. Crazyisgood indeed.

SML Love / SML Rec.

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“Photoshop Touch for iPad > Snapseed for advanced edits” #ios #apps #opinions

Snapseed used to be my only go-to app for all my mobile photography edits. But for more advanced editing, you might wish to take a look at Adobe Photoshop Touch.

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1. Selection + masking with fine tune controls. This is very similar to what was implemented in Photoshop CS5 and beyond: you make a selection and fine tune the mask via addition and subtraction. Red area is masked. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8385113567/

2. Independent RGB curves controls. Fiddling with curves in the tiny area is tricky, but for “large strokes” it handles nicely. Having independent RGB curves is sweet. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8385113567/

3. Independent RGB level controls complete with histogram readouts. I do almost all my editing using Curves on the desktop—because Levels is essentially the same as using Curves using straight lines only. But on mobile devices where fine tuning is difficult, it was easier to just use Levels. This is the perfect mobile tool for killing complex color casts. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8325800024/

4. The best way to tweak color is through the L*a*b mode, but no mobile apps support that. But having R/G/B channel is still better than none. This is equivalent to “channel mixer” on the desktop. Though having the keep luminance option would have been better. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8387417296/

Verdict: recommended. Though what I love on Snapseed which is not available on PS Touch is in-progress saves. PS Touch allows in-progress “Save as copy” but doing so would go back to home screen immediately, which is annoying. An option to not do that would be nice.

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#Crazyisgood—“Lenovo’s 27" multiuser, multimode, multitouch tablet PC”

http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/desktop/ideacentre/horizon/

As companies create smaller versions of everything, Chinese computer giant Lenovo decides to make mobile devices bigger.

Scheduled to be made available in summer 2013, the 27" IdeaCentre Horizon multimode PC enables comfortable multi-angle use as a desktop, and provides a unique multi-user experience as a table PC.

I dig it.

Rumored to be priced around £1,000 / US$1,600 / HK$12,420

# Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Specs
+ Up to 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
+ Up to Windows 8 Pro
+ 27" backlit full HD (1920x1080) multi-touch display; 16:9 widescreen
+ Up to 2 hours battery life
+ Up to 1TB HDD
+ Up to 8GB DDR3

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/ #smllove (at SML Universe Limited)

#Crazyisgood—“100-word reviews” http://m-est.org/ via @munsal #art #opinions

Art reviews are generally wordy and decidedly unreadable. The “100-word reviews” by editorial m-est attempts to change it by providing short gists and commentary about art in human-digestible formats.

Genius. Highly recommended.

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/ #smllove #smlrec (at SML Universe Limited)

Skegness (Flickr set by Baros Le Destructor)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/44573778@N00/sets/72157631173922780/
poetic #photography of #nature #forms

Name: Barry Gregory
Hometown: London
Currently: Nottingham, UK

http://sml8.it/RB32c0

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