My greatest product of 2009 so far!

Yes i know we are only one month in and this fun is just starting but these guys at Ben and Jerrys are just so smart in every approach they have to marketing, from their brands to choosing flavour names to their CSR projects – they are truly one of the worlds great businesses from many different aspectsYespecan and i normally applaud that alone – but to add an infomercial cliche – there’s more – their new flavour to commemorate the inauguration is so simply brilliant it deserves some sort of Nobel Prize! If you don’t get it slap yourself and read a newspaper!

WELL DONE TEAM Ben and JErrys YOU MAKE ME SO PROUD – now if you dont mind could you setup shop in South Africa PLEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSE!!!!!!!!!!

This really does come strikingly close to paradise!

PM – By Alex Ion

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Jardin Del Sol is an exotic contemporary beach house that not only looks amazing but also offers one of the most stunning ocean views in the world. Designed by Corona y P. Amaral Arquitectos, this majestic glass and concrete structure is a creative design exercise beyond words.  The home’s interior is fresh, open and warm, accented with wood paneling and cool concrete throughout. Overlooking a spectacular black sand beach and the never-ending Atlantic, Jardin Del Sol can be found in the dictionary under the definition of “dream home”

Good bye W – you really made me laugh (i mean at you not with you)

A friend thought for one last good bye it would be best to allow you to read some of the finer moments of the man who will be referred to for a long time to come as the worlds worst leader!

‘The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.’

‘If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.’

‘One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’.’
‘I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.’

‘The future will be better tomorrow.’

‘We’re going to have the best educated American people in the world.’

‘I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.’

‘We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to   Europe . We are a part of   Europe  ‘

‘Public speaking is very easy.’

‘A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.’

‘I have opinions of my own –strong opinions– but I don’t always agree with them.’

‘We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.’

‘For NASA, space is still a high priority.’

‘Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.’

‘It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.’

Cool in concept!

Plug-in electric vehicles were hot at this week’s NAIAS, with several start-ups entering the fray to compete with the big boys. Besides the Tesla that’s been getting a lot of press lately, is the new Karma Sunset concept from Fisker.

Started by Henrik Fisker, an auto designer for more than 20 years, responsible for the BMW Z8, the Z07 concept, and the Aston Martin DB9, Fisker Automotive manufactures “premium green automobiles”. And with price tags closing in on six figures, they’re pretty premium.

The Sunset is powered by their exclusive Q-DRIVE that’ll get you 50 miles on a single charge and up to 403 horsepower from the twin electric motors. (Like other EVs, run the battery down and the car becomes a traditional hybrid, running off gas and electric until you can recharge.)

While the Karma sedan has solar panels in the roof, the Sunset has a power retractable roof that lets the sun shine in. Makes it a helluva lot easier, and more stylish, to be green.

www.fiskerautomotive.com

Tonight is the night and tomorrow he gets is new car!

Barack Obama’s Cars Then and Now


President-elect Obama’s new ride, the Cadillac Presidential Limousine was officially revealed just around the same time another Obama car his 2005 Chrysler 300C Hemi went back up on eBay. Obama leased the car in 2004 and traded it for a Ford Escape Hybrid in 2007. The car was bought by Tim O’Boyle who first tried to sell it on eBay in December. He took it off the site after his accountant told him it was wiser to own the car a year for tax purposes. Now it’s back on eBay with a starting bid of $100,000 and a buy-it-now price of $1,000,000. The Kelley’s Blue Book value for the car is $15,750. O’Boyle says he received a private offer of $150,000 the last time the car was up for auction and that he has a number in his head of what he wants. The 2005 330C has less than 21,000 miles on it and O’Boyle says it is in like-new condition.

Now take a closer look at the new presidential machine – personally i think it could be one of the ugliest limos on earth but the yanks go more for size and toys than for actual design!

And just for a bit of CSI fun;

The event of the century!

I watched this election for 14 months, got to know the candidates and their positions and really enjoyed rolling around in the soap opera that is American politics. They really do have a fantastic political system where each candidate is scrutinized, put on show and made to tell his people why he should be the one to lead them! I mean that really is a powerful thing to watch – not like South Africa where all you get are the incoming ‘presidents’ current court update. But the Yank elections gripped the world, so much so that outside of its boarders the inauguration of Barack Obama is looked upon as one of the most exciting events of the century – i mean this guy is going to save the world – and when i say that IM BEING TRULY SERIOUS – it is like watching nothing thats gone before. So in the true consumerism spirit what do we do? See how we can make money! The Brits have caught on fast . . .

As the inauguration of Barack Obama draws nearer, global fascination with the US president-elect is reaching a fever pitch. To wit: across the Atlantic, doughnut purveyor Krispy Kreme UK this week is giving out free Americano coffees emblazoned with Obama’s image.

To take advantage of the promotion, which runs through Friday, customers need only enter a participating Krispy Kreme UK shop and say, “Yes we can” to its barista. They’ll then walk away with a free Americano coffee sporting Obama’s image in the foam—created using an intricately designed coffee stencil made specially for the occasion. Most Krispy Kreme UK stores are participating, with the exception of those at the major airports and in Waterloo.

Lego goes digital!

Lego was a truly brilliant invention – i mean seriously the kids stay entertained and even get to exercise their imagination while creating something that can be broken down and rebuilt a million times. If you were lucky enough you got ‘hand me down’ lego – it may sound crap but think about hundreds of destroyed Lego projects in one box waiting to be shaped and turned into something colossal – i had this joy as a child and let me tell you i built machines that NASA would have been proud of. I guess the brilliance of Lego is that it has impacted on so many peoples lives that the block itself is a brand and now they are vertically integrating that brand by using such a  well known symbol to create new ranges for the modern kid – take a look.

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Modular plastic god LEGO has “teamed with Digital Blue to bring out a line of digital cameras, PMPs (portable media players), and walkie talkies for children”. Dropping sometime this summer, the devices will run $19 – $60 and not be made of actual LEGO blocks. They’ll look like it though. And looking, my friends, is half the battle. Touching is the other, trickier half.

Finally a break through!

Just think of the massive amount of possibilities this breakthrough can give us – billboards that are computer screens, street lamp posters that can play multemedia and finally the unltra portable fold up and go computer. It makes me so excited i just want one and i want it NOW! Well done to those thousands of MIT genius’s who have given up drink, drugs and sex to  make the world a far better place and in the end they will end up with the most money and women of all! WELL DONE!

HP Announces Flexible Computer Screens On the Horizon

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Created in a similar roll-to-roll manufacturing process as thin-film pv, these new computer screens are printed onto plastic sheets that are virtually indestructible, use less energy and are less costly to produce than conventional screens. These new displays could potentially use up to 90% less materials by volume to produce as well.

Give the man the respect he deserves

They are hideous and a fashion abomination – but – it is sometimes cool to whip on the Hawaiian shirt and have happy times. So long good sir – your contribution to this earth will be the disdcussion of many fashion gurus but there is no doubt that it is a great contribution that will stick with us for generations to come!

So if you have one – which i know you all do – WEAR IT THIS WEEKEND IN SALUTE!

Inventor Of The Hawaiian Shirt Passes Away

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Alfred Shaheen, inventor of the Hawaiian shirt, has passed away. He was 86.

“Before Shaheen came along, there was no Hawaii garment industry. There were mom and pop stores but no real modern industry,” Linda Arthur, a professor of textiles and clothing at Washington State University said.
By 1959, the year Hawaii became a state, he had more than 400 employees working for him and was grossing more than $4 million a year as the major player in the islands’ garment industry.

2008 was a great green year!

TOP 10 GREEN PROJECTS 2008

All im saying is WOW – bring on green 2009!

10. GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing

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9. SOM’s Stunning Cathedral of Christ the Light

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8. The New Green California Academy of Sciences Unveiled!

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7. The World’s First Energy-Generating Revolving Door

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6. Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles

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5. China’s Spiraling Shanghai Tower Breaks Ground

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4. Recycled Subway Cars Turned into Studios in London

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3. ZIGGURAT: Dubai Carbon Neutral Pyramid will House 1 Million

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2. Retreat to an Ewok Eco Sphere in the Trees

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1. Amazing Green Roof Art School in Singapore

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5 things you didnt know about South Park

1- South Park began as a video Christmas card

In 1995 FoxLab executive Brian Graden saw a demented, animated short entitled Jesus vs Frosty that Parker and Stone created while they were still students at the University of Colorado. Graden thought it was hilariously twisted, so he hired them to make a video Christmas card for his friends in the entertainment industry. The result was The Spirit of Christmas, a five-minute short that saw Santa Claus face off against Jesus in a martial arts fight to the death over who would control the Christmas holiday. The two holiday superpowers ultimately resolve the issue with a truce.

The video made the rounds and soon Parker and Stone found themselves in negotiations with both FOX and Comedy Central to produce a half-hour series based on the short.

2- Tom Cruise wanted to do a voice for South Park

Of course, that’s in the past tense: Cruise had, at one time, wanted to do a voice for the show. Presumably his interest has waned a bit since the Emmy-nominated episode No. 137, “Trapped in the Closet.” After joining Scientology in search of something to do that’s both fun and “free” (the church is notoriously expensive), the character Stan is believed by members to be the reincarnation of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. A number of well-known Scientologists, including John Travolta and Tom Cruise, try to convince Stan to lead the church, but he refuses, later calling it a “global scam.” Cruise (the character) locks himself in Stan’s closet and “refuses to come out” after Stan tells him he’s not a very good actor, which Cruise takes as the great prophet’s opinion.

The show regularly refuses to allow celebrities to play themselves or even play what might be considered normal characters. At most they are offered ludicrous roles. For example, George Clooney played a gay dog and Jay Leno played a bird, while Jerry Seinfeld was offered the role of a sick cat, but his agent turned it down. Other stars believed to have sought voice roles but refused the odd-ball roles offered to them include Steven Spielberg, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeff Daniels.

3- Cartman was influenced by Archie Bunker

In an interview conducted by the Vanderbilt University-affiliated First Amendment Center, Trey Parker said that he and Stone grew up watching sitcoms that were extraordinarily PC, such as Diff’rent Strokes and Facts of Life. Then they were blown away by syndicated episodes of All in the Family. Believing that a bigoted character like Archie Bunker could never make it on to television in the current climate, asked themselves, “How could you bring an Archie Bunker back? What if you made him a fat little 8-year-old kid?”

The result was Eric Cartman, the show’s leading foul-mouth, hatemonger, sadistic, and sociopathic elementary kid. Cartman also happens to be the show’s most hilarious character.

4- The main female voice-over actor committed suicide

Mary Kay Bergman, the longtime former voice of Mrs. Butterworth and an experienced voice-over actress, voiced all of the female voices for the first 31 episodes of South Park as well as the movie, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, including the mothers of all four principle boys, Wendy Testaburger, Mrs. Crabtree and Nurse Gollum, among others.

Bergman suffered from anxiety and depression. In 1999, at the age of 38, she committed suicide by shooting herself at home. Subsequently, those roles have been voiced by three other women, and two South Park episodes have been dedicated to her memory.

5- Episodes are changed at the “11th Hour”

Unlike other animated shows, producers on South Park can produce an episode in a matter of days in order to react to current events, something that has become one of the show’s hallmarks. Some notable examples are:

On April 22nd, on orders from Attorney General Janet Reno, agents from BORTAC, the tactical unit of the U.S. Border Control, seized Elian Gonzalez from the home of his Miami relatives. On April 26th, episode No. 52 aired, “Quintuplets 2000” in which Janet Reno aides the Romanian government’s efforts to return five circus performing contortionists. In this episode, Stone and Parker rewrote the original plotline to mirror current events.

On November 7, 2000, in the U.S. Presidential election, Bush and Al Gore waited on the winner of Florida’s 25 electoral votes and the outcome became the most controversial and divisive in history. On November 15th, episode No. 60 aired, “Trapper Keeper,” in which Mr. Garrison, the boys’ former teacher, is demoted to kindergarten and holds class elections between kids named Ike and Filmore, with an indecisive girl named Flora (Florida) holding the tie-breaking vote.

On December 13, 2003, U.S. Special Forces captured Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who had been hiding in a hole inside a farmhouse. On December 17th, episode No. 111 aired, “It’s Christmas in Canada,” which featured the boys finding Saddam hiding in a hole and controlling the voice of the new Canadian Prime Minister.