Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 United State of Pop Mashup by DJ Earworm

Yeah, it's really that time of year again: DJ Earworms United State of Pop Mashup has just been released and it's a killer once again. Remix and Video Mashed by DJ Earworm.

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A mashup of the 25 biggest hits during 2013 in the U.S.

Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up
Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man
Capital Cities - Safe & Sound
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
Eminem feat. Rihanna - The Monster
Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly - Cruise
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Imagine Dragons - Demons
Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail
Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z - Suit & Tie
Katy Perry - Roar
Lady Gaga - Applause
Lorde - Royals
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop
OneRepublic - Counting Stars
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason
Rihanna - Stay
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. - Blurred Lines
Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin - Don't You Worry Child
Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
Will.I.Am feat. Britney Spears - Scream And Shout

The most popular songs in the U.S., as determined by Billboard's weekly Hot 100 charts.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Roundup of Porsche Sound Night 2013

This year it's been the third installation of the Porsche Sound Night as part of the exhibition at Porschemuseum. The hosts were Eve Scheer and Dieter Landenberger. Eve Scheer is an actress and professional host with experience in racing. She drove in the Alfa-147-Cup series in 2004, as well as at the 24-Hours of Nürburgring and some other series like the Mini Challenge. She also pilots a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in the Porsche Sports Cup with Steffi Halm. Dieter Landenberger is the Head of the Historical Archive at Porsche with a vast knowledge of Porsche history.

I couldn't find that much of official material to share with you, but fortunately YouTube user Vinz Z has uploaded about a dozen videos himself. For example the sound of the Porsche 935/78 "Moby Dick" 1978:

Official Trailer Porsche Sound Night 2013 (Porsche Soundnacht 2013)

Porsche Motorsport history has become a permanent feature in the Porsche Museum's calendar of events: for the third time, guests of the "Sound Night" were able to listen to the sounds of Porsche racing vehicle engines live in the Porsche Museum. Racing drivers, engineers and mechanics were guests of this event and shared their expert knowledge and stories behind several treasured racing vehicles.
Stay tuned with more events of the Porsche Museum and visit:

Here are some more videos

YouTuber Matthias Kierse has put three videos online from the second part of the evening: Porsche 904/8 Carrera GTS (Schäffer/Mezger).

Interview with Hans-Joachim Stuck

Monday, December 2, 2013

30 Shots You Have to Drink Until 2014

You have 30 nights left until 2014 and The Roosevelts created an infographic almost a year ago that perfectly fits todays date. Here are 30 different shot receipts - drink one different each night and you'll have a great story to tell on new years eve.

This would also make a good start for a "drink around the world" drinking game. There are some of the greatest shots ever along with some of the most classic drink shots ever. Shots like the Kamikaze, the B-52 and the Orgasm are standards in nearly every bar I ever went to in Germany and may be the reason for some really great party nights. And some really bad hangovers, too.

Anyway it's a fun list and drinking inspiration nonetheless. So grab some friends or family, mix your shots and have fun on any christmas party along the way to your new years eve party.

Please leave me a comment if you succeed drinking them all! 

30 Shots infographic by The Roosevelts
(c) The Roosevelts

Always remember: Don't Drink & Drive! Drink responsibly!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

This Guide To Basic Wine Knowledge Is Easy To Digest

Today I'd like to share this wine guide for beginners with you. It's an easy read and comes in handy if you find yourself struggling (again) to remember which wine pairs well with which food, which glasses to use or how long a wine lasts open.

Basic Wine Guide (that

Created by madelinep.
Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Signor Rossi Vs. De-Phazz - Viva La Felicita by LeKouz

Elvis - Suspicious Minds by rentagob

elvis presley - always on my mind by Silvestre Colangelo

Curtis Mayfield - Superfly Live by Funkonaut

Three Minute Film School "Blaxploitation" by zynsk

XBox 360 Ad - Guitar Hero - Nothing But A Good Time (Remix) by zenemano

Henry Rollins: On President Bush by StriderReborn

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hodinkee Talks Watches With John Mayer

The great watch blog HODINKEE launched a new series of original videos called "Talking Watches". They plan to show us a new episode every month.

As they say:
"...videos to give you insight into the minds of watch collectors you might not come across in your daily life. Guys like John Mayer."
Benjamin Clymer sits down with John and talks about his affection with watches and how he became such a watch lover.

Some of the watches they talk about in the video

  • IWC Big Pilot Ref 5002
  • IWC Aquatimer Jacques Cousteau
  • Patek Philippe 5164a
  • Patek Philippe 5970g
  • Rolex GMT-Master 116710 BLNR
  • Rolex Submariner Reference 1680 issued to Comex
  • Rolex Military Submariner Reference 5517
  • Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263

Thursday, September 26, 2013

You Can Now Buy Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select in UK Domestically

Great news for everyone searching for a bottle of Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select in the UK: The sepcial edition is now available to buy domestically in the United Kingdom.

Nearly a year after the initial launch the wanted Edition will be available from October 15th 2013 at Selfridges, The Whisky Shop and The Whisky Exchange at an RRP of £150 (~179€). There is only a limited number of bottles available, so get you hands on a bottle while stocks last.

You can also pre-order bottles online to pick-up at a Heinemann Duty Free Shop if you are flying via Frankfurt (FRA), Wien (Vienna, VIE) or Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) for 139€ per bottle.

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select

Frank Sinatra was well known as a big supporter of Jack Daniel's and often referred to it as "nectar of gods" during his 40+ year career. He used to giveout a toast on each of his concerts.

The Tennessee whiskey maker pays tribute to this one legacy drinker with a special edition 90-proof bottle. The one-liter bottle includes a specially designed gift box featuring a booklet about the shared history of Jack Daniel’s and Frank Sinatra and a distinct "hat" logo.

This is a follow-up to my previous post Buy Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select Next Month (Nov 8th, 2012)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Great New Modern And Minimalistic Watch Straps by Worn & Wound Fit Many Styles

NYC-based company Worn & Wound offer a small but very nice collection of watch straps and  accessories.

After last years first batches of great straps have sold out, they announced the new Model 1 Horween strap earlier this week. This modern and minimalistic styled edition is crafted from leather made by the world-famous Horween Tannery of Chicago, IL,  makers of the finest American leather available.

Worn & Wound Model 1 Horween Crimson watch strap
(c) Worn & Wound

Worn & Wound Model 1 Horween Coal watch strap
(c) Worn & Wound

Worn & Wound Model 1 Horween Rye watch strap
(c) Worn & Wound

The straps are available for $89 in three colors (Coal, Crimson, Rye). All models are available with both matte stainless steel and black PVD hardware.  Available lug width are 20 + 22mm.


  • Lug width: 20 + 22mm available
  • Buckle side: 80mm / 3.15"
  • Hole side: 120mm / 4.7"
  • Thickness: ≈ 3mm / .12"

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

5 Minutes of Awesome Bike Skills: Danny MacAskill - Imaginate

Two years in the making, street trials rider Danny MacAskill releases his brand new riding film. Once again he doesn't fail to deliver and sets the bar very high for others to follow. 

My mind is blown again! The support of Red Bull shure helped him improve on the setup and idea of the film.

Again, great work from my favorite biker.

Song by Houston - "Runaway"

For a deeper look at "Imaginate" check out

Friday, May 24, 2013

Why The First 20 Hours Are The Most Important When Learing Anything

Josh Kaufman specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his 20-minute TEDx Talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way. He also reveals the four steps to learning any new skill, fast.

He wrote a new book about this topic called The First 20 Hours.

Here's a breakdown of his four steps (as found via Lifehacker):
  1. Deconstruct the skill: It starts with breaking down the task in several parts and find the most important things to practice first. If you were learning to play a musical instrument, for example, knowing just a few chords gives you access to tons of songs. If you want to learn a new language, learn the most common 2,000 words and you'll have 80% text coverage.
  2. Lern enough to self-correct: Use reference materials to learn enough that you know when you make a mistake so you can correct yourself.
  3. Remove barriers to learning: Identify and remove anything that distracts you from focusing on the skill you want to learn.
  4. Practice at least 20 hours.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

The History of Whiskey And Everything You Need To Know About It

This 6-piece series on YouTube shows you everything you need to know about Whiskey. The history, how it's made, common terms explained and much more. A must-watch for every beginner, but nonetheless very interestingfor everyone else.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Favorite Tudor Watch From Baselworld 2013 - The Heritage Chrono Blue (Watch Wednesday)

One of the few watches that where introduced during this years Baselworld and that I really liked is the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue (Ref. 70330B). It is heavily inspired by the iconic 1973 Tudor "Montecarlo" (Ref. 7169) and cites many details of its predecessor.

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue
Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue with Nylon strap and steel bracelet - (c) Tudor

I like both versions with steel bracelet or with a nylon strap in blue, grey and orange - colors that match the watchface and give a hint of mediterranean flair.

Nonetheless it isn't just another version of  the Heritage line introduce by Tudor in 2010 (which is very successful so far). This is a completely new watch by itself. It differs from the other Heritage models especially in the hour markers filled with SuperLuminova, the form of the hands and the bi-directional bezel.

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue - Superluminova
Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue - SuperLuminova - (c) Tudor

The dial sports two counters 3 and 9 o’clock for the small seconds hand and for a 45-minute counter.
The sapphire crystal keeps a self-winding mechanical ETA2892 movement with a Dubois-Dépraz-module and 42-hour power reserve. The bezel has a blue aluminium finish, while crown and pushers are knurled with a chrome finish. Additionally the crown features a blue lacquered shield.

Tudor Montecarlo and Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue
(c) Tudor

It comes with a retail price of 4'200 CHF / 3.480 EUR / 4,350 USD.

This comes in perfect timing with the return of Tudor to the US market in September 2013. It should be available in both select Rolex boutiques as well as third-party watch retailers.


Technical specifications:

  • Reference: 70330B
  • Movement: ETA 2892 automatic movement with Dubois-Dépraz chronograph module, 55 jewels, 28,800 beats/hour
  • Case: Stainless steel, 42mm diameter with polished and satin finish, screw-down crown with triple waterproofness system, screw-down pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock
  • Bracelet: Multicolor fabric strap (blue, grey, orange) and steel bracelet with folding clasp
  • Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable with 12-hour grades (48 positions) to be used for second time-zone display, blue aluminium finish
  • Dial: Small seconds hand at 3 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock, 45-minute counter at 9 o’clock
  • Water resistance: 150m/500feet

For more information visit the official Tudor site.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Would a Modern Mad Man Wear a Glashütte Original Sixties Square Chronograph?

The Glashütte Original Sixties Square Chronograph is a modern reiteration of a classic watch that I can well imagine on the wrist of a certain group of men. But that's just my opinion. What do you think? Would a modern times Mad Man wear this watch?

Glashütte Original Sixties Square Chronograph (Ref. 39-34-02-32-04)

The watch is from the Glashütte Original 20th Century Vintage line and should fit well with any dress.

The list price is US$ 9,300, but I found several offers online, both new and used, starting at as low as US$ 7,000 / 5.300 EUR.


  • Reference: 1-39-34-02-32-04
  • Caliber: 39-34, Automatic movement
  • Functions: Hour and minute, small second (off-centre), chronograph with stop second, 30 minutes display
  • Case: Stainless steel, sapphire crystals on top and bottom, screwed case back, waterproof up to 3 bar
  • Measurements: 41.35 mm × 41.35 mm, height: 12.6 mm
  • Dial: Dial galvanized black, domed dial, luminous hour dots, hands made of rose gold inlaid with Super-LumiNova
  • Strap: Louisiana Alligator leather strap with buckle made of stainless steel

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hilarious, Fascinating, Dramatic - The Story of Nile Rodgers and Chic

There might be no better opening quote than this:
You probably don't know my name, but I bet you know at least one of my songs.
It is Nile Rodgers, the man behind Chic and many other great productions, who introduces himself in the BBC documentary "The Hitmaker". And from there it just goes off. Watch the fascinating story of his life, hilarious background stories of some of the best selling records of all time and the tragedy of the last concert with his legendary partner Bernard Edwards.

Nile was the guitar player of Bernard and Bernard was the bass player of Nile. And both together changed the world of music a few times over the course of about 20 years. Bernard Edwards died on April 18th 1996 in Tokyo after a fabulous comeback concert with Chic.

This year Nile Rodgers was named JT Superproducer of the Year in Japan  and was invited to perform at The Budokan. Just before the concert in Tokyo, Edwards fell ill and was advised to not polay the concert and go to a hospital immediately. But despite Rodgers' insistence, he refused to cancel the gig. He managed to perform a great gig, but had to be helped at times.
After the concert he retired to his hotel room where he was later found dead by Rodgers. Bernard died of pneomonia.

You can watch the full documentary here:

This is a kind of follow-up post to 6 Lessons You Can Learn From The Story of Disco that I published some weeks ago.

There are more stories to be told by Nile Rodgers. As I said, really hilarious stuff.

Here are the liner notes to the BBC documentary from YouTube

Nile Rodgers has sold over 100 million records. He helped define the sound of the '70s, as disco took the world by storm. Nile and musical partner Bernard Edwards captured the essence of New York's iconic Studio 54 creating hits like Dance Dance Dance, Le Freak and Good Times for Chic and We Are Family and Lost In Music for struggling vocal group Sister Sledge. But the music that had made Chic would also break them, thanks to the 'Disco Sucks' backlash. What could have been the end for Nile Rodgers would actually be a new beginning as a producer, helping create some of the biggest hits of the 80s for the likes of Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and Duran Duran.

In this profile documentary, the ever-charismatic Rodgers contributes an engaging and often frank interview to tell the tale of how, born to Beatnik, heroin-addict parents in New York, he picked up a guitar as a teenager and embarked on a journey to learn his craft as a musician, before becoming one of disco's most successful artists

In the '70s and '80s he lived the party lifestyle thanks to his success with Chic and as one of the music industry's hottest producers. Drugs and alcohol would become part of everyday life for Nile, contributing in part to the break up of Chic in the early '80s. The band would reform in the mid '90s, but their return was quickly marked by tragedy with the death of Nile's long-time friend and musical partner, Bernard Edwards in 1996.

Then in 2010 Nile was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of prostate cancer, which last year he announced he had beaten. In spite of, or perhaps because of this, Nile's talent and ambition remains undimmed, deservedly earning himself the title of hardest-working man in pop, with Chic's seemingly inexhaustible live performance schedule.

Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker recounts a captivating and moving story of a man who has created some of the most sparkling and ebullient pop music ever recorded.

Contributors include: Nile Rodgers' fellow Chic members, singers Norma Jean, Alfa Anderson and Fonzi Thornton and keyboard player Rob Sabino, as well as recording engineers Bob Clearmountain and Robert Drake.

Other artists Nile has worked with talk passionately about his talents, including Sister Sledge's Kathy Sledge, Bryan Ferry, Steve Winwood, Johnny Marr, La Roux's Elly Jackson, Valerie Simpson, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein from Blondie and Duran Duran's John Taylor.

His latest collaboration happens to be the upcoming and highly anticipated album of Daft Punk.

If you're more into books, I can also strongly recommend his autobiography Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny.

Nile Rodgers - Le Freak

And finally, take your time to watch a full Chic concert on YouTube

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Always Keep At Hand the Periodic Table of Booze

Mayra Magalhães designed a nice infographic "College Students' Guide to Boozing" that breaks drinks down by category (fermented, mixed, distilled) and shows additional infos like flavor and the year the drinks were invented. The percentage of alcohol steps in for atomic weight.

This couldbe useful if you're out of college, too.

Alcohol Periodic Table

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Everything You Need To Know About Beer-Making In 5 Minutes

Charlie Bamforth, the head of Malting and Brewing Science at UC Davis, explains the basics of beer-making and reveals how to pick the freshest pint when you're at a pub. He lifts some of the mysteries (for outsiders) involved with the process of brewing beer.

Of course it's more interesting if you're completely new to brewing beer, but it sums up the whole thing rather nicely.

Found via PopSci

Thursday, March 21, 2013

AskMen Needs Your Vote At The 2013 Watch Awards

AskMen wants YOU for their reader voting of the 2013 Watch Awards! Their resident watch experts already nominated 10 finalists watches in five different categories. Now they're asking you to vote for your favorite. 
Join their judges Jason Heaton, Mike Goldstein, Ken Kessler, Frank Geelen, Robert-Jan Broer, James Bassil, Benjamin Clymer and the legendary Watch Snob and cast your votes today.

The 2013 Watch Awards By AskMen

The categories are:
  • Beginner Watches
  • Sports Watches
  • Special-Occassion Watches
  • Watch-Snob Approved Watches
  • Brand Of The Year

Visit AskMen again on May 31st to see the results!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Can You Teach Your Boss How To Dance?

Do you work in an company environment where it is possible that you teach your boss how to dance?
If you are not, then at least take a look at California Conservation Corps members Antwon McCoy and Leonard Patton who managed to do so:

Here's what they say about the video:

California Conservation Corps members Antwon McCoy and Leonard Patton aren't just hard workers. They are also very good dancers who have taught their big nature nerd/mountain man boss (John Griffith) more than a few dance moves (song is Ay Ladies by Travis Porter).

When they aren't busting moves, all three do a lot of trail building, salmon habitat restoration, and tree planting in the CCC. John Griffith is also the author of a fast-paced, multicultural eco-fantasy novel for readers ten and up titled "Totem Magic: Going MAD." (

Create your own fun and empowering video that demonstrates diversity, inclusiveness, and unity. We wanna see them! Our global society has some tough issues to solve, and we can only do that together. Let's start by celebrating together.

Support youth who make a difference in our communities and the environment. Check out the CCC at Find a corps program near you at: Help me support corps programs, wildlife care center, and multi-culturalism by purchasing my not-for-profit novel at

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Don't Let Someone Wake You Up Like This

I hope you didn't have to wake up like this today.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Top Secret Drum Corps of Basel

Unless you are already familiar with the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, be prepared to spend the next 6 minutes watching this stunning performance to the Top Secret Drum Corps of Basel, Switzerland.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tudor Watches About To Return To US Market In 2013

Attention watch afficionados in America: Tudor returns

In an official statement, Rolex has confirmed yesterday that they will bring the brand Tudor back to the Unites States in 2013. A new subsidiary, Tudor Watch USA, LLC has already been created. The plan is to launch the brand in "late summer" 2013 with an advertisement campaign and via selected sellers.

Tudor Heritage Chrono (Source:
Tudor Heritage Chrono

Very good news for all watch fans in the USA

These watches will be officially available in America for the first time in over ten years. An official press release with more details will follow before Basel World.​ The old/new market is about to enjoy the great line of current watches like the Tudor Pelagos, the Black Bay and my favorite, the Heritage Chrono.

Welcome Back, Tudor from HODINKEE on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Impressive Balance Act By Medir

This must be one of the most beautiful and impressive balance acts with sticks and it's called "Equilibre". Watch this video from a french TV show. Performed by Medir.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

6 Lessons You Can Learn From The Story of Disco

In the must see documentary "Unsung" about the story of Disco, there are some hidden lessons that can be applied on everyday life, wether you are an entrepeneur starting up a new business or just searching for some inspiration.

So what did I learn?

I discovered some main points while watching the history of Disco and it's biggest stars.

  1. Often enough innovation happens by accident. Let it happen. Don't be afraid to break things.
  2. Don't let failure stop you from doing what you like the most or what you're the most skilled in.
  3. The greatest success comes organically and this can't be planned.
  4. Sneak in through the backdoor to get a second chance, if you know you have a killer idea, product or service.
  5. Create an environment where you can be free and express yourself.
  6. Don't be afraid to try something new.

Would you agree with that? Please let me know in the comments! 

There is another fantastic documentary about the Disco phenomena called "Disco: Spinning the Story" (2005), hosted by no other than The Queen of Disco Gloria Gaynor.

You can watch it in seperate parts on YouTube:

Here's the connection between both documentaries and the points I make

If you can't watch everything, then just watch Part 3 of the series. It is really stunning what features Tom Moulton discovered just by accident.
And I know from many people, many books I've read (mainly (auto)biographies), many documentaries, talks and interviews that this kind of development and evolution happened constantly during the history of music. Especially with the introduction of new technology and people making errors or misusing it on purpose and then letting these failures evolve into something new and unique.

Here's what IMDB says:

Hosted by the one and only Disco Diva, Gloria Gaynor, "Disco: Spinning the Story" takes a comprehensive look at the evolution of the music that defined the 70's. From the recording studios to the dance floors, "Disco: Spinning the Story" examines the phenomenon in a way it has never been told before. Hear funk pioneer George Clinton, Donna Summer producer Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Earl Young of the Trammps, hip-hop icon Kurtis Blow, remix legend Tom Moulton, "Saturday Night Fever" actress, Karen Lynn Gorney and even Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead talk about the roots of Disco, how it emerged, and how it has influenced music ever since. Included are vintage performance highlights from Donna Summer, KC & The Sunshine Band, Bee Gees, Chic, Gloria Gaynor, Rose Royce, Labelle, Hues Corporation and many more.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Global Roll-Out of Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select Starts March 2013

This is an update to my most popular post so far Buy Jack Daniel's New Sinatra Select Next Month (December).

Global Release starts March 1st, 2013

The Spirit Business reports that the global roll-out of the heavily sought after Limited Edition starts now across the globe. The blend of Tennessee whiskey was initially launched back in October 2012 in Cannes and was available only in travel retail of the Las Vegas Airport since. As of today, the spirit is made available in several other US airports and some others worldwide.

It is also already available in a number of airports around the world, such as Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Milan, the Netherlands, Dubai, Singapore, Warsaw and Moscow. It is expected that many more airports will have bottles available in March 2013.

The director of PR at Brown-Forman (brand owner of Jack Daniel's), Rick Bubenhofer said Sinatra Select will be available in most US airports by May 2013.

He also said:

It is available in a number of US airports now, to include Atlanta, LAX, San Francisco, JFK and Miami. We are considering other channels like US Military, high-end cruise ships and duty free airline catalogs as well. Domestically, it will be available at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in mid-March.

About Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select Limited Edition

The Limited Edition has been aged in special Sinatra barrels and pays tribute to this one legacy drinker with a special edition 90-proof bottle. The one-liter bottle includes a specially designed gift box featuring a booklet about the shared history of Jack Daniel’s and Frank Sinatra.

The barrels have carved grooves on their interior to expose the spirit to more wood and are hand-selected by Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. He used these to get a fuller flavor and darker color, then mingled with classic Old No. 7 to result in a drink with a smooth, bold character. It's the first time Jack Daniel's is using this method as the main component of a blend. The goal is to get a faster-maturing whiskey with more noticeable spicy and smoky flavours and a richer character.

Please let us know about your experience, if you had the pleasure to get your hands and tongues on a bottle of this fine drink!


Inside Koenigsegg - The Future Of The Internal Combustion Engine

In the nine-part series Inside Koenigsegg, company founder and principal, Christian Von Koenigsegg provides a look behind the scenes at Koenigsegg for the first time. He examines how innovation within the highest echelon of sports car manufacturers will affect the broader automotive world. The serias was produced at Koenigsegg headquarters in Angelholm, Sweden.

In the seventh episode, Christian Von Koenigsegg and Urban Carlson demonstrate their Free Valve technology that does not require a camshaft to run. This engineering is being pioneered by Koenigsegg for future use, but is already running in a Saab 9-5 test mule. It has been tested for the last two years and the car has done 60,000 kilometers so far.

Compared to a traditional four-cylinder engine, the Free Valve technology has improved each horsepower and torque by 30 percent, while fuel consumption is reduced by 30 percent and emissions are reduced by 50 percent.

Watch the whole series (official YouTube playlist)

Found via Autoblog

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bulleit 10 - A New Bourbon

In January Bulleit extendended their product range with Bulleit 10 (91.2 proof / 45.6% AVB, $44.99). The whiskey has a light brown color and has rich oaky aromas and hints of vanilla, marzipan and dried fruit.

The new drink sits on top of their other products and is said to be about 2-5 years older than the other excellent rye whiskeys they offer.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spend an Hour With Jean-Claude Biver of Hublot Watches (Watch Wednesday)

"I did a lot in my life, just because I got a lot of help."  Jean-Claude Biver

The term CEO brings to mind images of numbers and seriousness. But the key point of Jean-Claude Biver's talk on January 17th at Foment de les Arts i del Disseny (FAD) for European University was an unexpected topic: Love.

The event was part of a series of seminars for the Design Management degree offered by European University. Within the watch industry, Jean-Claude Biver has the status of a living legend. It seems that nearly everyon at least nows his name and that he is important. He has been with Hublot since 2004.

This speech is a very rare piece. You can watch Jean-Claude Biver speak very personally, passionately and honest. He talks about his life, love, religion, the watch industry and doing things he didn't want to do. He shows how to use your own passion to create new ideas and a lot of new things.

It is thrilling and interesting to hear and watch a person in such a position give that kind of talk. You get a sense of the character of the Swiss watch industry and why Biver is considered so important. He is subject of some educational sessions of the European University.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brian Eno On Being Creative

Brian Eno shares his thoughts on art and creativity in this video series by Alfred Dunhill.

Found via alfreddunhill

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Play With Food and Make Some Music Using a MakeyMakey

Watch J.Viewz using a MakeyMakey to convert elictric signals to MIDI signals. It all evolves in a kind of remix of Massive Attack's song Teardrops.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Speed-painter D. Westry shows of his skills in 90 seconds

Master speed-painter D. Westry shows off his creative skills during the "Anderson's Viewers Got Talent" competition.

Wait for it!

Here's what he says about himself:

As a "Speed Art" pioneer, D. Westry has been developing his original speed art innovations since the 1970's as a child prodigy. From the 1980's on into the 90's, D. Westry became renowned as "The Talent Show King," winning first place awards in every competition he's entered. Also, D. Westry became famous worldwide for his "upside down" performance art technique, which has proven to be one of the most influential art expressions of this generation.

For more information please visit, go to his Facbook page or follow him on Twitter (@SpeedArtMaster). You can watch more videos in his YouTube channel.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The History of Rap by Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake & The Roots

This video has been out there for quite some month now, but I just recently stumbled upon it. Rap and HipHop were part of my teenager and young adult years during the 1990s, so it's worth posting it here.
Enjoy Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake and The Roots!

Here's the full list of the classic Rap tunes they're covering:

1.Kurtis Blow -The Breaks
2.Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - The Message
3.N.W.A.- Express Yourself
4.Public Enemy - Bring the Noise
5.Rob Base - it takes two
6.Salt-N-Pepa - Push it
7.Vanilla Ice-Ice? Ice Baby
8.Black Sheep - The Choice is yours
9.Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain
10.D.J. Kool - Let me clear my throat
11.DMX - Up in here
12.Nelly - Hot in here
13.50 cent - In da Club
14.Outkast - Hey Ya
15.Dj Khaled/T-Pain - All I do is win
16.Cali Swag District-Teach me how to dougie
17.Biz Markie - Just a friend
18.Run DMC- King of Rock
19.LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
20.Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince- Parents Just Don't Understand
21.De La Soul- Me, Myself and I
22.JJ Fad- Supersonic
23.Sir Mix-a-Lot - I Like Big Butts
24.Yound MC - Bust a Move
25.House of Pain - Jump Around
26.Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day
27.Coolio - Gangta's Paradise
28.The Fugees - Killing Me Softly
29.Beastie Boys- Sabotage
30.Jay-Z - I Just Wanna Love You
31.Outcast - Sorry Ms. Jackson
32.Snoop Dog - Drop It Like It's Hot
33.Kanye West - Stronger
34.Nicki Minaj - Superbass
35.Naughty by Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
36.Run DMC - King of Rock

Thursday, January 31, 2013

EVO Did 2000 Miles of Daily Business in a Ferrari FF

Harry Metcalfe of EVO finds out how the Ferrari FF can stand his daily business dutys. How does it feel living with one for two weeks and 2000 miles. He even managed to drive it to some mild off-roading and going on a trip to France with four people packed in the car.

The all-wheel drive FF with 660-horsepower "... could use more ground clearance," he says, "but that's an option on this car.". He needs that as a part of his daily routine.

What he didn't like so much were the (many) buttons on the steering wheel.

See for yourself in the next 17 minutes.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SIHH 2013 Roundup: 5 Great New Watches (Watch Wednesday)

There were just too many news surrounding last weeks SIHH in Geneva for me to write about them all. So I decided to do a loose review of some of the watches I liked the most. Maybe I will be able to attempt SIHH next year by myself.

Audemars Piguet Ceramic Royal Oak Diver

(c) Audemars Piguet

  • Reference 15707CE.00.A002CA.01
  • Case: 42 mm by 13.75 mm
  • Titanium glareproofed sapphire crystal caseback
  • 40-jewel self-winding movement, 21,600 vph (3Hz) rate
  • 60-hour power reserve
  • Méga Tapisserie dial with white gold applied hour markers
  • Black rotating inner bezel ring with diving scale
  • Rubber dive strap with titanium buckle
  • Retail price: US$ 21,800 / ~16.200 EUR

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Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38

Especially for women, Breitling has created a 38 mm-diameter chronograph that lends a touch of character to any wrist.

(c) Breitling

  • Reference A4131012 | BC06 | 149A
  • Case: 38 mm
  • Steel or 18K red gold
  • Available in Barenia leather, crocodile leather straps or Ocean Classic Bracelet (steel mesh, steel version only)
  • Retail price: Starting at about 4.625 EUR (Steel case with leather strap)

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Panerai Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Ceramica

(c) Panerai

  • Case:47 mm, black ceramic
  • Bezel: Black ceramic anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel with graduated scale for calculating the time of immersion and ratchet click at minute intervals
  • Back: Screw, titanium with special hard black coating
  • Dial: Black with applied luminous hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock
  • Crystal: Sapphire, made of corundum, 4 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating
  • Water-resistance: 30 bar (~ 300 metres)
  • Strap:  PANERAI personalised leather strap and trapezoidal titanium buckle with special hard black coating. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver
  • Retail price: 12.900 EUR

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet

(c) Jaeger-LeCoultre

  • Reference 208A570
  • Case: 44 mm
  • Water-resistance: 10 bar (100 metres)
  • Solid engraved caseback
  • Calfskin strap
  • Automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 758 housing
  • 65-hour power reserve
  • Retail price: Estimated 10.000 EUR

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Anti-Magnetic

(c) Omega

  • Magnetic resistance: More than 1.5 Tesla (15,000 Gauss)
  • OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8508
  • Available October 2013
  • Retail price: 5'900 CHF / ~ 4.750 EUR

Learn more about this watch

A Final Statement on YOLO?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

How Not To Get Your Watch Stolen

Some of you might have been ripped of your wallet, phone, watch or something else whilst visiting an overcrowded christmas market, a shopping mall, concert, festival or a conference you've attended.

It's an embarresment but unfortunateley it seems that there's no cure for that. At least unless you get to know some of the human attention flaws a thief or pickpocket might have exploited on you.

So it is important to know how it is all done. The expert pickpocket Apollo Robbins can teach you a lot about this. He calls himself The Gentleman Thief as he always will immediately return what he has just stolen from you. I mean, right now, Wait, where's my watch? Damned, not again...

Watch him explain the principles of his work.

Arial Adams describes Robbins preference for stealing watches in his article How Quickly A Pickpocket Can Steal Your Watch.

Robbins is working as a consultant, entertainer and speaker and had a show at the Ceasar's Palace in Lay Vegas for four years. He also successfully eliminated a pickpocket problem at Treasure Island.

Here's another amazing routine of Robbins:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hodinkee tested the Halios 1000M (DLC) aka "The Puck" (Watch Wednesday)

This is an update to my article "The Puck" Is a Nice Budget Watch - Halios 1000M (Watch Wednesday) where I introduced the Puck.

What still makes the watch so interesting for me was the low retail price of just USD $780 / 615 EUR paired with a distinguished design and professional features. Even though I'm not a diver myself, it's nice to know what your watch could serve you.

(c) Halios Watches Ltd.

Felix Scholz of Hodinkee spent a week with the black faced Halios 1000M DLC, also known as "The Puck" on his wrist. I highly recommend you read his full article at Hodinkee including lots of photos.

Here's a summary of his main points:
- Bold and original design aesthetic
- Feels even bigger than the large 47mm case might already suggest
- Felix really liked the DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) finish
- Overall great quality of the components
- Uncluttered dial
- Comfortably to wear despite it's size
- Noisy Bezel
- Case design may prohibit some strap options

Overall, this watch is a joy to wear. 

(c) Hodinkee

Hands-On with the Halios 1000M DLC (The Puck) from HODINKEE on Vimeo.

Check out for more information and to buy this watch if you like.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Behind The Scenes of a Bill Murray Photoshooting for GQ

Bill Murray got onto the cover of GQ Magazine. As if that wouldn't be awesome enough, GQ release some behind the scenes footage from the photoshooting for everyone to see.

The Tao of Bill

A video by Fred Woodward

Some additional Footage 

Bill on Style

Bill on Tootsie

Bill on SNL

Bill on Lost In Translation 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Learn How to Excel In Your Carreer By Watching This Sound Engineer's Hard Work

You simply cannot appreciate the power of Autotune and the unbelievably important work of sound engineers enough.

Friday, January 11, 2013

You Can't Unhear Fombys Cover of "In Da Club"

You can't unhear this funny cover of 50 Cents "In Da Club" by Formby.

Salida Productions Present Formby

Written and Performed by Ewan Wardrop
Directed by Ed Hughes

Formby follows George Formby's rise from awkward stable boy to one of Britain's biggest stars. In a unique one-man performance Ewan Wardrop plays the role of Formby as well as the key characters involved in this fascinating slice of his life. Featuring many of Formby's unique and hilarious songs, brilliantly recreated by Wardrop on the ukulele. It is not only a celebration of a great performer, but a funny, touching, and thoughtful look at the life of an essentially ordinary man with an extraordinary talent.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Get a Free Tour Of a Cruise Ship

Get a free tour of a cruise ship and have a little fun.

Ultimate Win/Luck Compilation of 2012

Just when you thought you've seen it all, there comes another great compilation video. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

IWCs Man's Guide to Buying a Watch - Parts 4+5 (Watch Wednesday)

Here are parts four and five of the interesting IWC video series. Part 4 highlights the most iconic timepieces of IWC over the past hundred years, while part 5 provides you with interesting tips on how to take better care of your watch.

In case you missed the series so far, you can still watch Part 1 (What is an IWC movement or calibre), Part 2 (Complications of IWC timepieces) and Part 3 (What style has to do with buying a watch).

Part 4

The videos feature Benjamin Clymer, Editor in Chief of Hodinkee Blog as well as the IWC Schaffhausen forum moderator Michael Friedberg.

Part 5

Are you experienced?

Have you ever experienced any troubles with servicing your vintage IWC or a more modern automatic IWC watch? How about the buying experience in a shop or at a retailer?
Please let me know in the comments!

Look out for the next episodes coming soon.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Best-of-2012 Mashup Contest: Part 2

The second contestant in my little Best of 2012 Masup Contest is "Robin Skouteris - PopLove (2012) - Mashup of 24 Artists"


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  1. Kesha - Die Young
  2. Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
  3. Justin Bieber - As Long As You Love Me
  4. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
  5. Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
  6. Katy Perry - Wide Awake
  7. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
  8. FloRida - Whistle
  9. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger
  10. Jessie J - Domino
  11. Mika - Love Today
  12. Psy - Gangnam Style
  13. Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
  14. Dev - In The Dark
  15. NeYo & Calvin Harris - Let's Go
  16. NeYo - Let Me Love You (Video only)
  17. Rihanna - You Da One
  18. P!nk - Blow Me One Last Kiss
  19. Ellie Goulding - Lights
  20. Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen (Video only)
  21. Lady Gaga - Scheisse
  22. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
  23. Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj & MIA - Give Me All Your Luvin'
  24. Kesha - Die Young (Deconstructed Version)
  25. + tiny snippets from:
  26. JLo & Pitbull - Dance Again
  27. Britney Spears - Circus
  28. Train - Hey Soul Sister
  29. Prince - Kiss
  30. Pink - So What
  31. Jessie J - Price Tag
  32. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight
  33. Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj - Till The World Ends
  34. Christina Aguilera - Your Body


Don't forget to send in you suggestions!

I will post my Top 5 favorite 2012 Mashups at the beginning of February 2013, contest is open until January 31st 2013.
Send in your own suggestions via the comment section!

Prize: I just can offer internet fame and a firm handshake if we should ever meet. But that shouldn't stop you from sending in your suggestions

The Making Of Gymkhana 5

The producers of Gymkhana 5 recently pulled the production curtain back a little to give a look at how they created the stunning video footage in San Francisco. It took four full days of filming on set to create the basis of the most succesfull video of the Gymkhana series so far.

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Good Things of 2012

Despite posting mostly fail videos here at Motzenblog, sometimes you can't but spread some inspiring and truly positive stuff.