Archive for March 3rd, 2006

V8Snowblowers.com (kitchen blender)

Friday, 3 March 2006; 18:07

V8Snowblowers.com. Believe it or not, this was a totally random find. How about a gasoline motor-powered blender? Yes, a blender. A regular ol’ daiquiri-making blender — powered by a gasoline motor. Well, according to these guys it will be available soon so that makes this its ad. (Some people clearly have far too much free time on their hands.) Enjoy!

Breitling

Friday, 3 March 2006; 17:23

Breitling makes watches. Very fine watches. Be certain to click on Made By Breitling among the available links, and then on each aspect of the watchmaking process. Also click on Air Time and enjoy several short multimedia presentations, including one about the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight. The usual goodies are there, such as screensavers, but I like [and actually use] the downloadable Worldtime Calculator.

And certainly not to be missed is Breitling for Bentley. (I guess they could not afford a Rolls.)

Sportvision

Friday, 3 March 2006; 15:44

There are things that when we first see them amaze us. However, in very short order we also take them for granted. And just maybe that’s why we all know of its products, but do not know of the company that makes them — Sportvision. What would football on TV now be without those seemingly magic yellow lines marking the line of scrimmage or the first down line? And what NASCAR fan did not immediately fall for the graphics that followed and easily identified each car/driver as it sped around the track at Daytona or Talladega?

Enjoy watching Sportvision’s 2005 Showcase Reel (in either Windows Media or Quicktime, and either broadband or dial-up), but then look to the bottom of your screen at the Sportvision site to view individual videos from baseball, horse racing, golf, the Olympics, basketball, soccer, bowling, and other sports.

(Advisement: With Microsoft being too cheap to pay someone only a few million dollars for proper use of their patent, many multimedia sites that use Flash and/or Active-X may now seem to work very poorly. That has been my experience following installation of the *optional* [at least for now] “upgrade” offered by Microsoft in order to bypass the patent ruling. Feel free to leave a comment here if you are having problems at sites highlighted here and I will pass along the suboptimal work-arounds offered by Microsoft. However, they may not be for the more technically challenged among us. Still, I will help if possible.)

MedlinePlus (Surgery videos)

Friday, 3 March 2006; 13:29

First, some of this material may not be for everyone. After all, surgery can often be pretty bloody business. That said, for those who are interested, have a look over the surgeon’s shoulder as he performs a computer-assisted hip replacement. The surgery was performed at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ on September 13, 2005. Given this was intended to be an educational video, everything is very well explained by the surgeon during the procedure. Additional surgery videos can also be found at the MedlinePlus site.

(Note: This may not be considered advertising by some, but indeed it is. By definition, advertising is any paid form of communication by an entity with the consumer with the purpose of influencing the consumer’s purchase intentions. Hospitals and doctors now find themselves in a very competitive environment. Such videos, although not at all like traditional forms of advertising, do serve the purpose of differentiating the advertiser from its competitors.)

Healthy Roads Media

Friday, 3 March 2006; 13:05

From the Healthy Roads Media web site:

Health information access is a basic healthcare need. Literacy, health-literacy and language are all issues that can be barriers to obtaining basic health information. This site contains free audio, written and multimedia health education materials in a number of languages. They are being developed to study the value of these formats in providing health information for diverse populations.

Different site content may be available in English, Spanish, or other languages (e.g., Russian, Somali), and in four formats (written, audio, multimedia and web-based video).