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  • Thus, fashion is defined as a phenomenon that sways in the midst of social systems, climate, aesthetic ethos, religion, self-image, human factors, and technical background of a given precinct. Part of this tradition remains uninterrupted even in the fashion today. However, in the main stream, the interdependent relationship between fashion and the locality has become scarce in the society that is dominated by global capitalism. As mentioned in the background of the study, globalization of fashion and the fashion industry has obliterated the barriers to fashion for the mass by popularizing its affordability and availability. In addition to this, current implementation of QR and mass-customization in offshore manufacturing further reduces the distance between the consumer and what is most “in” in the marketplace. Homogeneity in styles and scarcity in cultural contents are found in common among the modern global fashion that is predominantly manipulated by the multinational giants. Despite this apparent lack of intrinsic quality in global fashion, consumers today pay little attention to this aspect, as it is of salience for them to have the chic modish styles at the “right price”.

  • Name/LJ nick: Ngie
    Email address: barbiengie@gmail.com
    Account details: POSB savings 228396680

    Item #1
    Name:Charlotts-simple leggings-41-K02738
    URL: http://www.zipia.net/Shopping/OfflineSelectGood.asp?Gserial=361676
    Product Code:Charlotts-simple leggings-41-K02738
    Colour:Deep blue
    Size: one
    ALT if OOS: -
    Price in USD: 6

    Total price in USD: USD 6
    Total price in SGD: 6 x 1.568 + ( 1 x $3) = $ SGD 12.408

    POSB/UOB Account: posb saving 228396680
    iBank nick: eclatgentry
    Transaction reference: 2203944658
    Date/time of transfer: 9/4/09 2215

  • Various commentators have attributed the success of these luxury businesses to their multi-brand status, and particular ability to exploit the expertise, resource and cost synergies of conglomeration
  • Parenting advantage is concerned with the extent to which a business unit gains a competitive advantage as a result of its link with a parent corporation and vice versa.
  • luxury brands have a heightened status that affords an opportunity for their owners to charge premium prices. These brands possess a desirability that extends beyond their function and which provide the user with a perceived status through ownership. Their appeal and desirability is as a result of their constructed scarcity in availability (usually as a result of enforced restrictions on distribution) and because of their associations with particular consumer segments

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24 Mar 09


Reviews
Paprika
Satoshi Kon has truly surpassed himself with the psychedelic adventure that is Paprika. It has been compared to Miyazaki’s finest works, but with a decidedly sinister edge to it; and indeed the comparison is far from undue. Kon takes the quintessentially Japanese cuteness that is so common in Studio Ghibli titles, paints it in gloriously vivid colours, and then twists it with a disorientating brand of horror that only dreams can produce. Like Akira, it is not the sort of film you can simply watch once and comprehend; it is a highly intricate creation with a multitude of layers to be unravelled on each viewing. However, Paprika does not need to be understood in order to be appreciated: it is, even at face value, a visually stunning and thought provoking delve into the workings of the inner mind.

The plot is adapted from a novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui: an experimental device has been produced that allows therapists to enter the dreams of their patients. Dr Atsuko Chiba, leader of the development team for the device (known as the DC Mini) uses it, despite its incompleteness, to explore the subconscious of her patients. When she enters the dream world, she adopts a body and a personality that is the absolute antithesis of her waking self: courageous, radiant, carefree and instinctual – Paprika. It is soon revealed that the DC Minis have been stolen and are being abused to such an extent that the world of dreams and reality are blurring into a single terrifying plane of existence. She proceeds to investigate the malicious theft as both her waking self and her dream self.

Phrased like this, the storyline sounds incredibly clear. In reality, it’s not.

Just as the characters lose their ability to distinguish between the real world and that of dreams, the same effect is achieved on the viewer. It quickly becomes difficult to tell precisely whose dream is being represented, whose personality is manifested in whose physical body, or what on Earth is going on in general. Viewers

  • "ID is at the center." Whether the context is commercial transactions and ecommerce online, business-to-business activity, public/national security and safety, or just plain old making it through the complexities of everyday life, presenting and proving ourselves to others precedes all other activity. It is, in effect, becoming the price of entry in all manners of civil society.
22 Mar 09

Podcast discussion on digital identity

  • The root of these problems is that the Internet was designed without a system of digital
     
    identity in mind. In efforts to address this deficiency, numerous digital identity systems
     
    have been introduced, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. But no one single
     
    system meets the needs of every digital identity scenario. And even if it were possible to
     
    create one system that did, the reality is that many different identity systems are in use
     
    today, with still more being invented. As a result, the current state of digital identity on
     
    the Internet is an inconsistent patchwork of ad hoc solutions that burdens people with
     
    different user experiences at every web site, renders the system as a whole fragile, and
     
    constrains the fuller realization of the promise of e-commerce.
  • The identities held by a person in the offline world can range from the significant, such
     
    as birth certificates, passports, and drivers’ licenses, to the trivial, such as business
     
    cards or frequent coffee buyer’s cards. People use their different forms of identification
     
    in different contexts where they are accepted.

  • I think that it is important that they understand that they are creating a digital identity whenever they use technology.

  • Recently Facebook was involved in controversy over it’s Terms of Service, which they changed to basically assert ownership of all content posted by its users.  After receiving a huge amount of backlash they quickly returned to the previous Terms of Service

  • Something similar happens with video games—at least if the interface is any good. For centuries we have relied on books and other external memories, but the Internet, through the ease of searching, has invaded our actual thought processes. There are things I think I know, but I don’t. What I know is how to instantly retrieve them when my global external memory is attached. As I become reliant on this kind of extended identity, losing my Internet connection is like a lobotomy—I feel an almost physical sense of loss as a portion of my intelligence is removed. I’ve become dependent on a new brain center that isn’t located inside of my body.
  • Even though Second Lifers (presumeably) have real and original human bodies to go home to, they might nevertheless find certain things more attractive about their virtual ones, since they are under their own control.

  • One of Shirow's favorite themes is advanced technology's effect on individuality. In his future world, the handheld wireless has given way to an implanted wireless that eventually encompasses the whole brain. With that come security problems: Given that most people have unsecured computers today, it is not unreasonable to believe that people will also have unsecured brains. Memories can be edited or reprogrammed, and bodies can be switched with a quick visit to the hospital; stories revolve around mind-bending manipulations of identity. In such a world, the show asks, what defines us?
  • These bodies are literal commodities, shells their inhabitants can exchange if they feel like it. Kusanagi is female only in the sense that she wears female bodies, apparently to complement her favorite watch. No longer the key to identity, gender becomes a convention.

  • And for the moment we don't think of computers as slaves. But what if we became able to produce computers which were easily able to pass the Turing Test? What if it were possible to produce androids which could pass for human, or come close to it? At what point in the process of development of such units would we have to cease thinking of them as property and start thinking of them as slaves? At what point would we have to consider the possibility that they were entitled to civil rights? What is our real definition of "person", if we don't define persons as members of the species Homo sapiens?
  • What am I? That can be answered in many ways. I am a particular human being; I am this body. But is the entire body really part of the essential me? I don't consider myself to be different – or to have died – if I trim my fingernails or get my hair cut. If I suffered a grievous injury and had a limb amputated, I would still be me. If I received a heart transplant, I would still be me. (And the donor of that heart would still be dead.)

     

    We consider quadriplegics and "basket cases" (quadruple amputees) to still be alive and to still be themselves. So that means my first answer isn't correct. I am not this body. I must only be part of it. Then which part? What am I?

     

    These are troubling questions for mechanistic atheists like me. We think of humans as walking fires, as complex biological mechanisms which exhibit properties of life, thought and self consciousness powered by controlled release of chemical energy through oxidation. But close examination of our conception of those properties makes clear that we don't really fully understand any of them. For each we have little difficulty describing paradigmatic cases which we are certain have the property in question, but around that center the boundaries are fuzzy. We do not really know where the boundaries are; we may never really be able to say.

     

    I know that I am alive, but what is the dividing line between life and death? I have a concept of myself as existing, but what is the essential nature of that which makes me what I am?

  • I am the computational properties of the higher functions of my brain and the memories and data which my brain has stored and uses in the process of thought.

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09 Mar 09

Increased internet connectivity and human-computer brain interfaces have introduced new vulnerabilities, and a new crime has appeared: Ghost hacking. The "Ghost" essentially represents a person's individual identity (while the "shell" represents their physical body, be it biological or artificial), and hackers can access and manipulate a human's ghost.

  • Increased internet connectivity and human-computer brain interfaces have introduced new vulnerabilities, and a new crime has appeared: Ghost hacking. The "Ghost" essentially represents a person's individual identity (while the "shell" represents their physical body, be it biological or artificial), and hackers can access and manipulate a human's ghost.

  • Summary: Understand the dynamics causing digital identity systems to succeed or fail in various contexts, expressed as the Laws of Identity. Together these laws define a unifying identity metasystem that can offer the Internet the identity layer it needs.
  • If we do nothing, we will face rapidly proliferating episodes of theft and deception that will cumulatively erode public trust in the Internet.
  • no consistent and comprehensible framework allowing them to evaluate the authenticity of the sites they visit, and they don’t have a reliable way of knowing when they are disclosing private information to illegitimate parties.

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