Archive for April, 2006

Rolex (Mentor and Protégé Arts Intiative)

Friday, 28 April 2006; 14:28

From Rolex:

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is an international philanthropic programme that seeks out highly talented young artists from around the world and brings them together with great masters for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

I have been left speechless after each of my visits to the Rolex site. This time is no exception. Instead of the magnificent Ashes and Snow previously featured here, we have Saburo Teshigawara as mentor to Junaid Jemal Sendi in dance. And, there is much more than just dance. Enjoy.

Advertisement (Dunlop Tires)

Friday, 28 April 2006; 11:27

I distinctly recall years ago the excitement surrounding the notion of 400 cable television channels. But even then, I commented that was nothing compared to what was coming — the day when each individual could have his or her very own channel. And with sites like YouTube, that time has essentially arrived.

That time has also arrived for corporations. Dunlop, a manufacturer of car/truck/vehicle tires now has its own internet-based channel, But what does it do with it? Dunlop has elected to provide you both Thrills and Chills.

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Dunlop poster car


Friday, 28 April 2006; 9:23

As you probably know, high-definition TV will soon be the standard. However, there are very likely no small numbers of [Italian only?] Luddites who still think a black and white television is entirely sufficient. Italy’s SKY HD hopes to change their minds by providing a glimpse of the present and future.

To view the presentations, click on “DETAGGLI,” “COLORI,” and “PROFONDITA.” Then click on the links just below “HD EXPERIENCE,” found at the upper-left side of the virtual television screen.



Friday, 28 April 2006; 7:50

Need someone to get you off the couch and into the gym? Sure you do, but who is willing to risk their life by prodding you to do it? Answer: iTrainer: The Personal Trainer on Your iPod. Via a speaking avatar and downloadable Podcasts, iTrainer provides a “human” presence to an otherwise entirely computerized service. If you cannot afford a “real life” coach and motivator at $50-$100 per hour, then maybe iTrainer fits your bill. (And, you can always just turn it off.)

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BlogBurst (shameless self-promotion)

Thursday, 27 April 2006; 22:22

studio aka

Thursday, 27 April 2006; 17:46

More creative genius. With clients including Skype, Eurostar, National Lottery, and a host of other renown brand names, studio aka seems not to be hurting for work anytime soon. (There is some very nice and entertaining work behind those links.)

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Thursday, 27 April 2006; 14:15

I have absolutely no idea what is being said in this most interesting presentation from the Chinese government. I hope someone will correct me if I am dead wrong, but it seems to be promoting the government’s encouragement of private enterprise.

BMW Motorcycles (1200 Series)

Thursday, 27 April 2006; 13:53

Why don’t you start with a video for BMW Motorcycle’s R 1200 GS? And from there, enjoy the many other videos. (Be certain to click on any stills to the right of the video frame for additional videos within each series.)

BMW motorcycle lifestyle


Thursday, 27 April 2006; 13:09

Founded in 1984 with an initial capital outlay of $25,000 USD and funding from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lenovo leaves little room for doubt as to its targeted demographics within the Chinese market for its cell phone.

lenovo - taking over the world!

Teana (Nissan)

Thursday, 27 April 2006; 12:26

How long after the completion of the Three Gorges Damn will the masses be able to afford the Nissan Teana?

No, I cannot read kanji. However, clicking around the site does uncover a few multimedia gems. I call your attention to the moving images within the small Flash-powered links. That is a design element not yet seen here at The Distillery.

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N70 (Nokia)

Thursday, 27 April 2006; 12:10

We find the Nokia N70 (WAP, cell phone, music player, micro-computer, camera, movie recorder/player) awaiting China’s billions — of citizens and Yuan.

N70 with Yahoo
Chinese currency

Destination X (BMW)

Thursday, 27 April 2006; 11:34

How long will it be before "The Bicycle Kingdom" becomes "The BMW Kingdom?" And, what awaits the world when that time comes? Here is a glimpse of the answer: Destination X.

I found it more than a bit interesting to discover a Chinese BMW web site. It serves as undeniable proof that a 2000+ year-old country which preceded the birth of Christ, and then outlasted the Romans, the Mayans, The Age of Enlightenment, The Middle Ages, The Italian Renaissance, Britain's dominance of the high seas, Nazi Germany, and finally the former Soviet Union is looking toward the 21st century. And although there is little more of merit at the site aside from the opening page's short Quicktime piece (which is totally out-of-step with the daily life of almost every Chinese citizen), I find myself thinking just maybe The Tankman did make a difference.

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