Archive for March, 2006

“Jackie’s Story” (

Thursday, 30 March 2006; 19:00

Maybe some of you recall a groundbreaking television series titled, The Operation. It was a modern day television version of the old “operating theater” used by medical students to learn the surgeon’s art. The producer of The Operation, Bill Hayes, went on to found and established himself as one of the country’s foremost medical program producers. And, he is an old college buddy of mine.

Have a closer look at the sort of work now done by with Jackie’s Story. It is the story of a 700-lb. woman who undergoes gastric bypass surgery, and was originally aired on Discovery Health.


iMedia consulting services (by SippinWhisky)

Thursday, 30 March 2006; 17:29

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The Space Elevator (Ester Dyson, GE, CNET)

Thursday, 30 March 2006; 16:03

Everyone agrees that NASA’s space shuttles are now outdated and also possibly too dangerous for much more use. Likewise, Russia’s fleet of rockets are aging and far from anything resembling 21st century technology. Interestingly, the alternative to both that receives a great deal of attention is the space elevator. This interview with scientists by Ester Dyson and sponsored by GE and CNET, New Ideas That Matter: The Space Elevator, nicely explains what may seem only to be far-distant science fiction, but is supposedly a more realistic goal than was placing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.

M Ship Company (The Stiletto)

Wednesday, 29 March 2006; 19:00

M Ship Co. is a maritime design firm currently producing some of the world’s most unique, well-designed, and hi-tech boats — all based on its innovative M-hull technology. The firm produces boats for uses ranging from peaceful sailing on placid lakes to the stealthy military-intended Stiletto. (Note: The video is a news broadcast archived by M Ship Co. at its web site.)

M Ship Stiletto

“In Bright Mansions” (Fisk Jubilee Singers)

Tuesday, 28 March 2006; 10:19

The Fisk Jubilee Singers was the first group of African-American musicians to attain international recognition and fame, and along the way, finance their historically black college (Fisk University in Nashville, TN). The singers introduced “slave songs” to the world, and quite possibly preserved this musical art form from extinction.

In 1871, the nine original Jubilee Singers ensemble toured the United States and Europe. Two years later, the group grew to eleven members, who expanded the second European tour. Funds raised by the Jubilee Singers during their international concerts were used to construct the school’s first permanent building, Jubilee Hall. Jubilee Hall, one of the oldest structures in use at Fisk University, is designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. This beautiful Victorian Gothic building houses a ceiling-to-floor portrait of the original Jubilee Singers, commissioned by Queen Victoria of England as a gift to Fisk University.

For those [hopefully few] of you who have never heard of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, enjoy this sampling of their recordings — In Bright Mansions.

(Commentary: I once had the immense honor of visiting Fisk University’s Jubilee Hall. I had been invited to participate in a business panel that also included Jerry of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. I sat there with history surrounding me, looking at the old and beautiful portrait commissioned by a queen, remembering the stories about Fisk University I heard as a child from my parents and its alumni, and silently thinking about the Fisk Jubilee Singers, especially those first brave few who firmly established themselves and Fisk University as ambassadors and a bastion of African-American culture, respectively. And for that, I express my humble thanks to the Fisk Jubilee Singers. I may well never have had many opportunities afforded me had they not first helped to enlighten closed minds and open doors previously closed to American blacks. May their righteous voices forever soar to the heavens.)

Fisk Jubilee album cover

“Earth From Above” (Fuji Film)

Tuesday, 21 March 2006; 20:33

Sponsored by Fuji Film and photographed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth From Above gracefully transports viewers to some of the world’s most interesting places. Enjoy the stunning photographs and soothing soundtrack.

“Snickers Satisfies” (Snickers candy bar)

Thursday, 16 March 2006; 15:00

Would someone please explain to me the marketing rationale behind this Snickers Satifies game? I am not at all certain the game leaves me hungry for anything, and almost certainly not a candy bar.

Distillery Proof Rating = 1

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Thursday, 16 March 2006; 14:47

Rolls-Royce needs to find itself an advertising agency for the 21st century. And although I do take many marketing factors into consideration when looking through its online presence, I still assert that today a silent site is a dead site on the internet, regardless of how quiet the ride inside a Rolls-Royce is. Also:

  • Rolls-Royce 100EX Centenary Experimental Car
  • Distillery Proof Rating = 2

    M&M’s (plain, peanut, or MEGA?)

    Thursday, 16 March 2006; 13:54

    M&M’s are changing [again]. First they added new colors, but now M&M’s is also adding a new melts in your mouth–not in your hands line that is 55% BIGGER with M&M’s Mega! And, there are more color changes! But that’s not all. You can now even imprint M&M’s with your own custom messages! (Ain’t technology

    These shell-cracking developments can be witnessed in the M&M’s MegaLab. It’s a humorous romp through the MEGA M&M development process. Be certain to click around and not miss any of the fun online videos or television commercials.

    And remember, bad guys dig dark chocolate. Might I also advise you to to watch out for The Swarm? (I would follow those links if I were you.)

    Distillery Proof Rating = ??

    “When She’s Hot” (Old Spice)

    Thursday, 16 March 2006; 12:49

    How about your father’s (or grandfather’s) brand of aftershave — Old Spice? Out of touch with the times, right? Wrong! Enjoy watching the proof, the director’s cut of When She’s Hot.

    You can even try your hand at editing the video to create your own cuts by simply dragging and dropping video and sound clips. Then just address and click to send your creations to friends. (It’s superb AJAX-powered Web 2.0 fun.)

    Distillery Proof Rating = ??

    Incredible Hulk Video Game Comic Book (Mountain Dew)

    Thursday, 16 March 2006; 11:51

    Mountain Dew Gaming rewards loyal Mountain Dew drinkers with the Incredible Hulk Video Game Comic Book. You can choose either to play the online video game or read the [slightly] interactive comic book. Both are well-executed.

    Enjoy, spring breakers!

    Distillery Proof Rating = ??

    MTV Overdrive (music and videos for spring break!)

    Thursday, 16 March 2006; 10:51

    Co-sponsored by Mountain Dew’s, MTV Overdrive is MTV’s broadband video channel. Of greatest interest to our younger viewers, especially right now during spring break, is indeed Overdrive’s video channel, Spring Break.

    The initial action by the Overdrive player is to review MTV’s video hits for the current week. Very nice. However, do not be alarmed by the requests for licensing authorizations that pop up at the beginning of each music video. Permit them; they cost nothing. Just click Yes and Play when presented the options. (Confession: I admit to very much liking Madonna.)

    In addition to all of the above, the player also offers music video premieres, entertainment news, movie trailers, and a TV programming guide. The player seems very well-designed and worked perfectly during my visits. (Another first in The Distillery’s searches. There is even an optional survey for user feedback about their experiences with the player.) Kudos to MTV Overdrive. Music lovers, younger and older, could find themselves spending a great deal of time having fun at MTV Overdrive.

    Distillery Proof Rating = 10!