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." (TotemMagic.com).

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 ccc.ca.gov. Find a corps program near you at: corpsnetwork.org Help me support corps programs, wildlife care center, and multi-culturalism by purchasing my not-for-profit novel at TotemMagic.com

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.



Read more at www.topsecretbasel.ch

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: ablogtowatch.com)
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