Posts Tagged ‘business

18
Apr
19

Digital Art Explosion, April ’19, Stage 3, Asian Business Trifecta

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Long ago in a computer not so far away, I conceived a hoop dream to open a pizza restaurant with a wide variety of pizzas not normally found in the average pizza place, including dessert pizzas which I have only found on rare occasion since the days I used to see cookie pizzas, regularly (back in the late 80s, early 90s).  And, rarely, are the dessert pizzas good.  I had one “cherries jubilee” hot dessert pizza only once; and it was quite inspiring.  So, after that “epiphany,” I conceived Lady Bonzai’s Pizza Internationale…not entirely sure about the spelling but liking the international feel of it.

Why Lady Bonsai?  Well, I’m partial to women in many ways and would put a female mascot of sorts on a pedestal like a Venus de Milo.  And, my astrology has a connection to trees.   Bonsai trees are known for being groomed/refined and kept somewhat humble.  Likewise, I’d want my businesses to be less “elite” and more welcoming, without sacrificing cleanliness and without expanding to…well, let’s say Starbucks levels.  So, in a way, this is a small-business model that will not take up some ridiculous amount of space and remain somewhat small/limited yet strive to honor a variety of interests and cultures.  If it thrives, it thrives based upon its quality and customer respect (which it requests to stay alive, just as a bonsai tree should be respected and tended with care), not its quantity.  Although, unlike the bonsai trees I know (maybe some produce fruit?), I expect my business model to produce a decent amount of fruit in the form of exquisite treats and souvenirs (merchandise) that is tailored to the product (a souvenir that complements the pizza/tea/movie) or to the business theme/logo.  So, for example, a “drive-in pizza” which comes with Lady Bonsai 3-D glasses or fake movie tickets.  It’s just a small way of sending the customer home with something to remember their visit.  But, if this becomes a hassle, too costly or wasteful, I’d skip it and focus on the product; that may just be a sign to “prune.”

Over the years, I’ve revisited the idea (with no serious business backing to even put this in motion, people) and corrected a few details.  And, most recently, as I’ve played with silhouettes for various projects, I’ve considered creating a trinity of businesses under the Lady *Bonsai* “umbrella.”  So, I present to you the following…

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And, here are some related art pieces that came about around the time I had this canvas-backed vision.  I was on a cocoa-mug silhouette frenzy for a while.  I whipped up a bunch of variations on a sort of tapestry/valentine theme, sort of fusing Asian calligraphy/kanji and that “spell paper” concept with modern love notes, I guess?

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Translation:  LIT Friendship/Day/Composed (left) and Love/Night/Relaxed (right).  The oddly textured green mug is supposed to be a jade mortar of sorts, symbolic of the hare that crafts the elixir of eternal life/youth in the Asian moon festival stories.  This might be the woman who chases the hare to the moon, finally getting a chance to sip some magic…or the hare (herself).

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21
Aug
18

Conditional Friendships, Lousy Incentives and Switching to Find Fleeting Happiness

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You have two people who want to be your friend. One cannot guarantee they will remain your friend if you do anything to upset the friendship. The other says you can make one big mistake and be forgiven without any change to the friendship. The second person sounds pretty reassuring; right? But, what happens if you do anything to upset the friendship after that first big mistake?

What’s the news flash here? No; it’s not about not being perfect. It’s about “changing rates” of support. When all someone can offer is a temporary incentive, is befriending that source worth the investment? You wouldn’t want someone to give you a contract of conditions to be their friend or, even more impacting, their lover. Why would you want to gamble with something like insurance?

I’ll give you another scenario.

You want to pay someone to do a job for you. Person A wants to do the job at a consistent rate per day, and, if they’re really nice, they will let you know that rate up front. Person B will cut the price in half the first day but says nothing about what the job will cost you the following days. Person B is hoping to snag your attention with the first part of their offer before slipping the hidden consequence under your rug. And, to make matters more complicated and/or interesting, both person A and person B suggest “switching” who works for you at some unclear point during the time required. Switching also comes with an incentive similar to the one offered by person B. However, though no penalty is discussed for switching, the effort will likely wreak havoc on your workspace, rob you of privacy and put financial information at risk.

Does this sound like a game you want to play? If not, why the frhekhtehtlwbwe are we subjecting ourselves to this crap in all things financially binding? Why do we have so many ads pressing us to “switch service plans” and dodge “contracts” when it seems just about every source is selling the same garbage? Hubba, hubba, hubba…who do you trust? And, if the answer is no one…or if you play the switching game that’s presented to you…how exhausting this life is. It’s barely living. It’s running a hamster wheel before dying in a heating duct.

Wake up, people! How do we disconnect and stay connected? Start thinking and get out of the doldrums, all you Milos out there. [I’m telling myself, as well.]

28
Mar
17

Solution: A Whole Lotta Bull and a Little Girl

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In recent news, there’s been some controversy about the little girl statue placed in front of the Wall Street bull, particularly from the Italian artist who made the bull statue.

I get the whole women’s movement thing.  [Personally, I’m sick of everything “feminist” being pink, whether it’s for an illness cure hunt or not.]  I also get why the man who made the bull statue is upset…though he DID technically deposit the statue illegally before it was adopted by its present location.  [So, maybe the word “hypocrite” creeps into the conversation.]

When I see the two statues together, I don’t see feminism.  I don’t see Wonder Woman.  I DO see how a little girl standing up to a big business bull might weaken the image of the business.  I mean, if the bull is charging ahead, and the girl is standing in the way…are “girls” the enemy of business?  But, the first thing that came to mind was the story known as “The Last Unicorn,” and how the unicorn-turned-damsel faces up to the big red bull.  THAT would be pretty cool to have somewhere.

So, in short, I offer a solution.  Perhaps someone has already had it and shares this with me.  What if the man who made the bull statue makes another one somewhere nearby, not on the same stretch of road, and the girl statue is relocated there?  The key to this deal is that the second bull statue needs to look just like the first.  Why?  So, we get both images, and people can draw whatever conclusions they want.  The business street gets to keep its ballsy, masculine image.  And, the “feminists” get their “girl power” standoff.

If you are among the “women” who are shaking their heads right now because you think relocating the image away from Wall Street defeats the purpose of the little girl, what do you think will be the value of the standoff when women DO earn their place in the business world…if that really matters in the big scheme of things.  Does the standoff remain a symbol of a fight for equal rights?  Or, does it remain a standoff between man and woman, instead of making peace between the sexes?

But, the more I think about two metal bulls, the more I imagine Greek myths…..like the Khalkotauroi in Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece.

Ah, so many possibilities…

I like the standoff.  But, let’s put all parties involved at ease.

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06
Jan
16

The Return of Originality

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A short time ago in this very galaxy, not far away, at all…

LEGACY WARS: The Return of Originality

 

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Setting: It is high noon in the Tootoosoon Desert where we can see two suns in the sky. One red and one yellow.

A lone figure, Lank Fastwalker, trudges through the sand that once was fertile creative territory. Starved for teamwork and original thinkers like himself, he wanders in search of new direction. Seeing his beloved childhood turn dark, all that he believes in sullied and all of his favorite talents joining the dark side otherwise known as the Disney Empire, the flame that keeps him alive nears the end of its wick.

Fastwalker: That’s it. There’s nothing left. With remakes in every direction, why take another step? I might as well lay here and die with my withering creativity.

Then a voice calls out to him from the sky.

Casaba: Lank… Lank… Do not give up, Lank… I need you… The world needs you…

Puffy white clouds begin to take shape. At first, Fastwalker thinks the heat is getting to him. Then he sees a familiar face. It is Georgi Lu Casaba, the fire that lit Star Wars, a six-part story cut down to its second half, rejoined with the first half and then put into a blender before being called chapter seven.

[Fastwalker has mixed feelings about this guy. Though Casaba has created a rich source of inspiration for philosophy and costume design, Fastwalker blames him for the use of whiny protagonists who save the day too easily, greedy toy dealers and the insanity that is impulse shopping. Not as mad as other fans over the “prequels,” Fastwalker blew his top when Casaba sold his legacy to the Disney Empire.]

Georgi Lu Casaba expresses regret for making a bad sale.

Casaba: Though the Disney Empire had assured me of a luxurious retirement, including Kennedy Center honors, I did not know there were “white slavers” in the ranks, enlisting poor souls under insane rules, depriving them of individuality, threatening them for any breach of secrecy or less-than-enthusiastic answer when asked about their masters. I beg of you. Start a rebellion. Take back what was wrongfully placed in greedy, merchandise-mad hands that will not rest until the planet is nothing but landfills and abandoned Wal-Mart stores. Turn the archives over to trustworthy souls who will preserve them. And, if necessary, use force, Lank. Use physical force to break down the walls of Disney oppression. Put an end to their profits from the mutation of monopolized talents. And, spread the wealth.

The suns have nearly set before Fastwalker sees the light.

Fastwalker: You know. You’re quite the windbag when I’m sitting here, dying of thirst. I will need a handful of trustworthy allies, a fast ship and a big slice of your retirement fund to undo the damage. But, together, we will restore balance to this world, reduce pollution and brighten lives for generations to come.

With a plan in motion, Fastwalker bestows this wisdom upon the theater audience before the end credits roll: Be excellent to each other. And, is it too much to ask you to deposit your own garbage in the provided trash bins when you leave the theater? I know there is a cleaning crew. But, we wouldn’t need one if you didn’t pay ridiculous prices for unhealthy, unnecessary snacks.

After the end credits, Jar Jar Binks makes a cameo appearance only to learn his future will be cut short. A bounty has been placed on his head for his resemblance to General Goofy of the First Order (aka the Disney Empire).

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