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More than a Massage

September 21, 2009

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After a stressful day from work or school, there is nothing better than being relaxed and getting a great massage.  I always want to get a massage to soothe down my nerves and muscles, but it’s hard to make the time and go to a spa.  Not only time, but also money is another concern.  The prices are never cheap and there are always extra fees, tip.  Of course receiving a massage in person is the best way, but because of other concerns, massage chairs were invented for us to use at homes in our daily lives.

The massage chairs are great, except they make those weird machine noises. I find it distracting when I want to completely relax and rely my body on the chair. Therefore, I would like to invent something that is more than just-a-massage chair.  What if headphones are connected to the system for us to use? The massage chair system will have sounds such as waves, wind blowing, birds tweeting, crickets chipping, stream murmuring, classical music, etc.  By receiving a massage with eyes closed, and gentle sound of nature will certainly relax the nerves and make you feel like you’re in nature.  On top of sound, the chair will also have some selections of scent that will gently spray as you select.  Not only the sound and scent, but also the mood or atmosphere can be created.  Behind the massage chairs, there will be a computer, which will let you type in and select a place you want to be or feel.  The electric cords running inside the chair will run behind your back.  The massage chair will send electronic signal, which is very similar to our neuron signal that runs through our spine, to the contacting surface of your skin with the massage chair.  Since human skin can be a good conductor for electricity, it will transmit the signal to your brain through the spine. Your brain will think that the signals are sent from the body; simply means that your brain will think you took an action to send the signal to the brain.  Basically, invert the process of our body function; the brain realizes it after you feel or touch. With this machine, the brain will acknowledge the atmosphere first, then, will make you sense it.

As we always have heard in life, mind controlling can change many aspects of our lives.  In example, hypnosis is a great way for mind controlling and experiencing your imagination, etc.  Fake your brain to relax, tighten up, and even to heal yourself with the senses.

Living Room

September 14, 2009

I happen to move to new places every year for numerous reasons, and this year was not an exception.  Unfortunately the move out and move in dates had a week gap, which made me “homeless.”  I was able to spend the time at my friends’ apartment.  They live in a big 3-bedroom apartment.   It is pretty far from campus that I hadn’t had a chance to visit their place ever since I left.

The living room was my favorite place throughout their apartment; a nice, big television, a clean, cozy sofa, plenty of natural light, the pretty view of trees, etc.  At first I felt a bit uncomfortable because of the “whiteness,” but as time went by, I loved the whiteness, or the cleanness, of the space.  It was a simple and organized, but yet good-looking.  It was actually a comfortable space.  I remember falling asleep on the warm sofa while watching TV or reading, but I kept waking up because of the brightness.  Artificial lights in the dining room and the living room were hardly on, except during the night.  Yet, the florescent light in the kitchen was on whenever we were cooking.  We were out most of the time during the day, so the atmosphere was quiet.  However at night, we would sit around the coffee table or sit on the sofa and watch TV or talk about how our day went.  The space never really felt cold or very hot.  They hardly turned on the air conditioner even though it was towards the end of July.

It had been more than a month since I have revisited my friends’ apartment.  Every furniture and accessory stayed in the same spot; nothing was added nor removed.  The white cozy sofa was still facing the TV, and the red clock was hung above the fireplace.  I had actually forgotten about the red clock, picture frames and DVDs on the fireplace shelf.  The floor lamp, the CD player next to the sofa chair, and the accentuating cushions are other elements that I wasn’t aware of.  I remembered the ceiling being slightly carved in where the light fixture was, but I was wrong.  I am not sure where I got the idea of it, yet, had remained that way in my memory.  The ceiling was just flat.  As I walked around the space, it felt smaller than my initial thoughts.  Not only the interior space, but also the doors to the balcony and the balcony itself felt smaller. Only one of my friends was there; no music or tv was on, so the house felt really quiet.  As I stepped out onto the balcony, it was peaceful, just like before.  I could hardly hear the wind blowing.  I took the light meter to measure the lighting on September 13, around 3:30 pm.  Throughout the space in the living room, the light was pretty even.  The light level was 40 footcandles even though the weather was cloudy and there was no artificial light.

Although my memory couldn’t remember exactly how the layout of the entire floor plan is like, I was able to remember most of the things pretty correctly in the living; probably because the space wasn’t expansive enough to have many furniture,  accessories, etc.  The space was still clean and comfortable as I remembered.  It was interesting to see the difference between my memory and the fact, especially with the ceiling and scale of the space.

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September 9, 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Over the past few years, a series of novels of Shopaholic was written by the UK author Sophie Kinsella.  The series of novels, one of the best sellers, was released as a film with the title, “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”  The stage is set in the glamorous world of New York City, where everything is approachable for shoppers.  Rebecca Bloomwood is a fun- loving girl who just got out college with a serious shopping addiction.

Rebecca has maxed out of her precious 12 credit cards.  In the mean time, she loses her job as a journalist.  Luckily, she lands a job at Successful Saving magazine with her article about spending vs shopping.  Her talent in writing leads to her dream life as a famous journalist, which worsens her debt.  Her debt collector chases after her and becomes a distraction to her career.  She ends up getting help from others to cure her addiction for shopping: opens a public auction to sell all her belongings to pay off her debt.

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Beautiful and breathtaking stores always attract Rebecca with their fancy clothes, shinny shoes, and leathery handbags.  Scene 1 shows how much she loves shopping and how fancy the shops are by setting Rebecca to rub her cheek on the displayed coat with 7 mannequins in one shot.  In reality, this shop should be for the high-class to display many mannequins with only one rack.  This setting emphasizes her obsession and also gives us a clear assumption of her spending.

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Another great scene is when sadly she is covered with bills on the floor and her friend is calculating her debt in the corner.  This is mainly focused on Rebecca’s situation at the moment.  The floor fully covered with bills clearly describes her debt, and her friend’s hand in the corner may imply that she is reaching out her hand to help Rebecca.  Receiving help from Rebecca’s family, friends, and her own talent, she finally gets out of debt.

Lighting and color has great affect on scenes depending on the mood or the message that is trying to come across.  When Rebecca is passing by stores, shopping or even when mannequins are convincing her, it is portrayed as bright, fancy, and vivid scenes.  As she undergoes her tough situation and further goes to a success, scenes not only get brighter, but also, happier.

“they said I was a valuable customer, now they sent me hate mails”

September 8, 2009

Acceptance

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The textbook defines acceptance as people communicating their desire for approval in spaces by following the social conventions of groups that they want to accept them.  Also in Steven Reiss’s article about 16 Basic Desires, he explains it as a motive that is a desire for approval.  The motive “acceptance” can’t be seen with our visions; it is something that we, as individual human beings, feel with our hearts amongst each other’s.  Another significance of feeling accepted is that it gives great confidence in them with joy and comfort by giving one the sense of belonging.

In a church or any religious space, people gather to pray and accept god, and to be accepted by god.  Accepting one another under one common belief, people feel relaxed, blessed, protected and loved by whom they are surrounded with.  To enlarge the emotional intersection of believers, most furniture in church are made of warming textured wood, arranged in a way that people can actually see and, even touch one another.

Marriage is a special event in people’s lives, where you accept each other as a family.  The couple officially makes promises to love each other forever and ever.  It is a new stage in life where you live a life as “one” with another person.  And as the couple extends their family, the members must accept each other with unchangeable and unconditional love.  Regardless to who and how they are, the members must acknowledge their presence.

Even in an exuberant space such as in a party or a club, people can still feel acceptance.  Despite their sexuality, nationality and everything,  people are there just to enjoy the time together.  Blasting musics, spinning lasers, radiant mirror-balls, sweet drinks, and the uplifted atmosphere helps people in the space to feel connected with their moves.

Compared to the previous spaces, where people gather with the same desire, this space, the White House, carries a slightly different meaning.  It is a place where the leader of the United States, who has been chosen by the citizens, gets to live.  The president is accepted by the citizens to be our leader, and has the privilege to live in the special house.  The gate or the entry way is another threshold where the person is entering and is accepted to enter into the other space.  Simply, entering the gate to the White house may mean national acceptance of one person as the leader.