Archive for June 6th, 2006

Kellogg’s Corn Pops

Tuesday, 6 June 2006; 18:18

Kids will love this site. It makes a lot of noise. Pop! Pop! Pop! They will also enjoy the simple but fun games, and sending e-cards* to their friends.

* Kudos to Kellogg’s for its policy regarding e-mail addresses for the e-cards. According to the site, all e-mail addresses will be used only once to send the card and will then be deleted. We can trust Kellogg’s best known spokesperson, Tony the Tiger, right?

Tony the Tiger & Frost Flakes graphic

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JVC Wood Cone Speakers

Tuesday, 6 June 2006; 17:58

I think we all are familiar with wood being used for the cabinets that enclose many speaker systems. That is not at all unusual. What is unusual is the use of wood in the speakers’ cones.

The notion may sound a bit strange at first (no pun intended), but JVC provides a fairly convincing argument in this online presentation. I cannot vouch for their audio properties, but they do look quite nice. However, I will stick with my Klipschorns.

jvc wood cone tower speakers graphic

“Falling Georgie”

Tuesday, 6 June 2006; 17:26

How about a bit of inane fun? (Republicans need not apply.) Enjoy playing with Falling Georgie by pulling him around with your cursor. And no, I have absolutely no idea what purpose it serves other than to play with the guy who thought it was a bright idea to say, “Bring it on.”

“The Unseen Video”

Tuesday, 6 June 2006; 17:14

This is a very interesting one*, especially concept-wise with respect to users’ geographic locations, and the weather where they are, influencing what they see. Even more, are we looking at an online advertisement for a German music CD, and not the typical music video we expect to see promoting a new release? It seems so. And, The Unseen Video is no longer unseen, is it?

* The site’s designers specify at least a “3ghz cpu” for best viewing. That addresses an issue with which I am certain many cutting-edge content providers are wrestling. Do they design for the technology available or for the technology people have, or pay more and design for both? ‘Tis indeed a bit of a conundrum. But as my friends often hear me say, most people have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The Distillery’s position? Drag them, and heed not their moaning and groaning.

Katherine Dunham, 1909-2006 (Library of Congress)

Tuesday, 6 June 2006; 10:49

Although not corporate advertising, The Distillery feels compelled to recognize the recent loss of an historical treasure, Katherine Dunham. But in some sense, her works are indeed a form of promotion that will continue to “sell” the beauty of modern dance for generations to come. The following are just a few of the many interviews and snippets of her performances online at The Library of Congress:

Interview: Katherine Dunham on her influence on American dance (video and audio)
Interview: Katherine Dunham on the Circle of Energy (video and audio)
Dance performance: Ibo (video and audio)
Dance performance: Mahi (video and audio)
Dance performance: Washerwoman (video only)
Dance performance: Pas de Deux from “L’Ag’Ya” (video only)

Katherine Dunham, 1909-2006