December, 2010 | Suck the Marrow out of Life
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Just cause its that time of year!

Just plane funny :)

I got sent this by someone tremendously smart who i think shares my same comical view of religion!

This does speak for itself but i really do think its about time we started redoing religion for the next generation – i mean lets be fair – the stories have been good so far but really if we wanna hook the kids we gotta start speaking their language!

All this ancient crap just aint gonna cut it anymore!

Just take a look . . .

I just had sex!

Just plane funny :)

Again another gem from the oracle of Sharman (@mikesharman) – this video has gotten 11 million views in four days and counting!

The dudes from THE LONELY ISLAND are back and i want to write a whole long story about their work but thanks to a few people im too hung to be eloquent!

Absolutely superb feat Akon with cameos from John mac, Jessica Alba & Blake Lively!

Thursday’s Threesome

Beauty Beauty Everywhere . . .

Seeing as we’re a couple of days off from Christmas we’ve given you an appropriately themed Thursday’s Threesome. Not like you need any more reminder of what time of year it is – it’s f@#king inescapable! If you can’t beat ‘em…

Ho ho ho, or click^ click^ click^. Personally I think the latter is better.

Monday Restaurant Review – dw eleven-13

Local is / is not lekker

Hmmm . . . I’ve been trying to think about what struck such a cord with me in this place.

It’s round the back of (lets be fair) the rather old and weathered Dunkeld Centre. I mean the centre is almost a landmark of JHB by now and probably only second to the Takkie Centre inside it.

Unfortunately for the restaurant I think this is its biggest detracting feature. While I did go for a lunch rather than the usual dinner, the fact that its on the back of a parking lot (if you sit outside) really does distract from the simplistic magnificence of this place!

Once you get past that though it’s really a magical treat!

The decor is simple yet modern, with perfect touches of elegance that carry through to the people and even the food. So let’s get into it!

Chow – I have only felt this way in a handful of restaurants around the world!

They range from Michelin star restaurants, to a small Sushi bar in Barcelona, to the back streets of Rome, to some touches of brilliance in Stellenbosch and Paarl.

The point I’m trying to make is the status of the restaurant isn’t important – the quality of ingredients & their combination, presentation and most importantly the fact that the dish feels like it was prepared specifically for you rather than churned out of a kitchen en-mass  – that is the real secret!

The menu was simple yet sufficiently varied that there was certainly no one left wanting for choice. (go here to have a look – but this look really doesn’t express what this cuisine feels like to eat)

To start I had the steak tartar which I try eat in every restaurant I go to. This ranks as, if not the best, certainly in the top two that I can recall (top three actually but the third was at 4am in Paris after the Boks had just won the world cup and thats just not fair).

Following this I had a flawlessly cooked (and I like it bleu so it’s generally never perfectly cooked), richly decadent steak and chips (don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the name and rather read the salivating explanation) which was sensational!

These two dishes with the great Springfield Wild Yeast (not the best combination for my meal – but it was for the other meals and it really is delicious) just rounded off a perfect Saturday lunch in Joburg!

Ambiance – I think I have covered this in the preamble. I just had to get it out because besides that this place was really a hidden gem (like something that by mistake got dropped by the restaurant gods on JHB rather than Franschoek).

Service – The service was friendly, in the correct dosage and always with a smile which in this case was refreshing rather than annoying. Perhaps when it came to food and wine choices I would have like a bit more explanation or knowledge (this may only be because it was lunchtime and therefore the dining ‘pomp and circumstance’ is diluted somewhat).

Cost – Again I must confirm that this has nothing to do with the actual pricing but rather the value for money of the meal (and probably the experience as well). In this instance I was blown away by the cost of the meal. I have eaten at average family style restaurants for the same price as this exceptionally talented man is selling some of Joburg’s (and probably the country’s) greatest dishes.

This is without doubt one of the greatest value for money restaurants I think Ive had the pleasure of eating at anywhere in the world and it has inspired me to stop being so nice about mediocre restaurants and start critiquing properly! Had this been the only lesson I learned it would have been well worth it but then I wouldn’t have been allowed to continue to share this tremendous experience with all who will listen!

T: +27 (0) 11 341 0663 or +27 (0) 11 325 2843
W: http://dw11-13.co.za
E: info@dw11-13.co.za

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Don’t you love inappropriate advertising?

Advertising Genius!

Why? You dare ask!

Very simple (like we have posted before) - because normal advertising generally makes us wanna take a drill bit to the brain!

Normally creative genius’s are tied up by either budget or the limitations of conventional advertising (or I suppose the lack of bravery of their clients to do something a bit risky).

So when these kinds of things come out – we must make sure they get the attention they deserve!

The sad reality though, is that most of this stuff doesn’t ever get to see the light of day – except through the net. This kind of creative brilliance that makes us snigger is blocked by some stupid commission of sorts because its deemed offensive (or whatever geriatrics call our generations comedy).

Then we get to the really fun stuff . . .

For the rest, go here.

Friday’s Foursome

Beauty Beauty Everywhere . . .

I forgot to post yesterday’s Thursday Threesome. It wasn’t actually “forgetting” in the conventional sense though. It was more like my brain had run away from my body after I tried my hardest to pickle it on Wednesday night. I’m sorry to you (and my body) so will try to make it up with a foursome.

Click the pic.

Easy stallion!

See how brilliant man can be when he puts his mind to it!

Advertising Genius!

So I cannot take credit for this!

In fact I didn’t even want to post it until I was at a wedding this week and I tried to explain this to every man I came into contact with. None of them had seen it or could understand what the hell I was talking about (to be fair we drank the bar out of gold tequila so that may have helped!)

Nevertheless thanks go to the Oracle of Sharman (@mikesharman) for unearthing this absolute gem and bringing it to the world’s attention because sometimes we need merely to stand up and applaud outstanding work!

We talk about experiential marketing and quite simply I have never seen a better example than this – in fact so much so that I thought it was a fictitious advert until I saw the real footage!

You have to give it to these guys! I can picture the concept phase came up around at a bar that may have included some recreational drugs and a fair amount of beer, but to able to put this theoretical discussion into practice (believe me I understand the perils of taking these kinds of discussions into production phase!) is truly a show of hard work and commitment to getting the male species drunk!

If there were Nobel prizes for services to the male species these guys would probably win every year for eternity . . .

Double dream hands!

Just plane funny :)

Yes it may be old and yes I’m sorry, but I’m coming off a 72 hour drinking binge! My brain has hit CTRL+ALT+DEL so many time that I’m afraid it’s permanently damaged. When I saw this it made me laugh so hard coffee came out my nose – so here it is!

Free vouchers over at Springleap!

Design delight!

If you don’t know about Springleap, all you need to know is that they sell rad graphic t-shirts, the design of which are chosen through competition. Very cool.

What’s even cooler is that they’re giving away free R100 vouchers. Whoever told you there’s no such thing as a free lunch was lying.

This is the message we got:

Here’s sending you well wishes and warm season’s greetings from the springleap team!

We would like to thank the community for all their spectacular support this year.

As a token of our gratitude we are giving shoppers a personalized R100 gift voucher and they can also request ones for friends and loved ones as gifts for the festive season – no strings attached.

It is really simple for shoppers to get their voucher personalized. Shoppers should simply send the details of who the voucher is going to, to eran@springleap.com.

Or click on the voucher below.

Thanks Springleap – you rock!

Monday Restaurant Review – AMI

Local is / is not lekker

Firstly, thank you to the owner of AMI who had the distinct displeasure of having to drive us to and from dinner (to dinner we had only 4 hours of drinking under our belts – you can only imagine the trip home)!

But I must say that the man got us hooked on the place from the first second (it may have been his mention of the biggest tequila menu around)!

But you arrive at AMI and feel like you stepped into a cooler, more modern version of Casablanca, with black and white checkered outside floors, great little tables and an outside dining vibe thats subtle enough to be relaxed, yet elegant in a way that’s sadly seldom found in JHB!

So after a bottle of Andre Clouet Champaz accompanied by some food, the verdict is…

Chow – My best part of the whole experience is the fact that there are no menus – it just makes so much more of an intimate experience with the place! The chef comes around an explains the menu which means that firstly, it changes fairly regularly, and secondly you can get the first hand view on how its made and what to go for – superb!

Great combo of starters; things like pear and blue cheese springs roles, pan fried scallops, etc. (4 hours of drinking now topped up with some of France’s finest means I can’t remember much more than those we ate) – followed up with a main of tiger prawns done brilliantly! To be 100% honest while the food was not the best I’ve ever had (not that it was in the slightest way bad), it was without question, right up there in terms of style and presentation!

Ambiance & service – I want to deal with these together as they are both of the highest quality! From the decor to the massive white wall that has TCM old school movies playing on it, to the feeling you get from the place itself, the ambiance is superb!

The service is personal yet not intrusive which is the perfect combination for any restaurant – it makes you feel like you are constantly being served yet never interrupted!

Finally, cost – and when we say cost we mean value for money! Well not exactly in the conventional sense but more along the lines of how excessive the cost is in relation to the experience. In this case the experience was certainly justified by the expense!

Thank you to the AMI crew for an excellent evening! It gets a strong 31 (just click the chalk board for full detail) and all in all is a sensational place that I recommend for first date, second date and any other date or event after that!

Tel: +27 (011) 447 4648

Bookings and Information: reservations@ami-restaurant.co.za

Website http://www.ami-restaurant.co.za

Dont you wish sometimes the ‘baddies’ would win?

Design delight!

Sometimes when you watch cartoons (in my youth i mean) the good dudes got so fucking annoying that you just wished the bad guys would kill them all!

You know what i mean – when those annoying little people say just one too many ass kissy things – well finally someone has a similar view of this irritating little world!

The man is a true genius! Go check out the rest of these pics HERE!

Thursday’s Threesome

Beauty Beauty Everywhere . . .

Unlike the last post, this one isn’t serious. It isn’t important. And it may bring on a desire to breed for some. Remember, the act is cool, the offspring aren’t.

Crick the pic…

Why all the kids?

Green is for GO!

This is a serious post. It’s one of the posts that should be posted. It’s one of those posts that you should read.

With all the less important stuff that you see on STM, it’s kind of like watching a soapy and then changing the channel to a David Attenborough narrated doccie. You get the picture…

Pollution, destruction of biodiversity, climate change, massively depleted fish stocks, inhumane livestock farming, and dwindling of all finite resources. All serious issues we are currently facing on earth, all interlinked, and all essentially because of one underlying problem – a human population that is set to hit 7 billion in 2011.

A little population timeline:
C.E. 1000-1100 – 300 million
1200-1300 – 380million
1300-1400 – 420 million (Bubonic plague kills more than a quarter of the population)
1500-1600 – 500 million (African slave trade begins, Europeans create trading posts in Africa)
1700-1800 – 720 million (vaccine for small pox created, population increases by 40%)
1800-1900 – 1 billion
1900 – 2000 – beginning of the century 1.7 billion, end of the century 6.1 billion

How the hell did it explode like this you ask? Well modern medicine, better living conditions, commercial farming and then pure mathematics. The power of compounding – wonderful when it comes to your investments but not so good when it comes to population numbers. According to the World Bank’s most recent figures the global population is growing at 1.2% annually. Doesn’t sound like much does it, but when you calculate how many years it will take to double the population, the answer is shocking. 58 years.

Here is a brilliant analogy by Dr. Albert Bartlett about steady growth in a finite environment that makes the problem blatantly clear:

“Bacteria grow by doubling. One bacterium divides to become two, the two divide to become 4, the 4 become 8, 16 and so on. Suppose we had bacteria that doubled in number this way every minute. Suppose we put one of these bacteria into an empty bottle at 11:00 in the morning, and then observe that the bottle is full at 12:00 noon. There’s our case of just ordinary steady growth: it has a doubling time of one minute, it’s in the finite environment of one bottle.

I want to ask you three questions.
Number one: at what time was the bottle half full? Well, would you believe 11:59, one minute before 12:00? Because they double in number every minute.

And the second question: if you were an average bacterium in that bottle, at what time would you first realize you were running of space? Well, let’s just look at the last minutes in the bottle. At 12:00 noon, it’s full; one minute before, it’s half full; 2 minutes before, it’s a quarter full. Let me ask you, at 5 minutes before 12:00, when the bottle is only 3% full and is 97% open space just yearning for development, how many of you would realize there’s a problem?”

So how many people can the earth sustain? This is an extremely complex question to answer because it is less about space, like the bacteria’s bottle, than about consumption of resources. The majority of the word’s population in Africa and Asia currently live off very little but this is changing rapidly in places like India and China (Africa not so much, ag shame) and more people start living like, well, you and I.

According to Dr. David Pimentel (Cornell University) the earth could only sustain between 1-2 billion people living like Americans. So it’s clear that the world cannot all live like us, but that is what everyone is striving for, and can you blame them. How much do you think you would enjoy life if it didn’t include a bed to sleep in, running water, flush toilets, a fridge full of food, TV, a car, internet access etc?

So what do we do? We use science to increase resources – we find renewable sources of energy to take over from fossil fuels, clever biotechnologists make plants that produce more food, we desalinate water and many other, less honourable things, but it is not enough if we don’t turn population growth negative.

And it’s intellectually dishonest to talk about saving the environment without stressing the obvious fact that stopping population growth is a necessary condition for saving the environment and for sustainability.

Here is an awesome list of things that will reduce the population:
Disease, war, murder, famine, natural disaster…

Now I am a fan of some of the above, but if you are a little more humanitarian, you really only have one choice.

STOP BLOODY BREEDING!

Anyone who has more than one child, to replace each parent, is contributing to population growth and to the destruction of the earth and should, in my mind be, be shunned and publically ridiculed for their ignorance.

I will leave you to think about whether you want to have any children at all with this excerpt from an interview with Isaac Asimov (the science fiction writer you cretin).

Asked of Asimov, “What happens to the idea of the dignity of the human species if this population growth continues?” and Asimov says, “It’ll be completely destroyed. I like to use what I call my bathroom metaphor. If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, then they both have freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime you want, stay as long as you want, for whatever you need. And everyone believes in freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the constitution. But if you have twenty people in the apartment and two bathrooms, then no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there’s no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, you have to bang on the door, ‘Aren’t you through yet?’ and so on.” And Asimov concluded with one of the most profound observations I’ve seen in years. He said, “In the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive overpopulation. Convenience and decency cannot survive overpopulation. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn’t matter if someone dies, the more people there are, the less one individual matters.”

Thanks Ang

The brilliance that lies within . . .

Advertising Genius!, Design delight!, Local is / is not lekker

One of the saddest things about this country for me is that we have so much talent doing such brilliant things and yet for some reason WE DONT TALK ABOUT IT!

Things like the creative genius (and I don’t use that lightly) of GRID who developed the BA SLOW lounges. The attention to detail of everything from the layouts to the food to even the pencils has been thought out, designed and brought to life in the most sensational way by TONIC!

As someone who quite literally experiences lounges a few hours a week I can categorically say that these are right up there with the greatest in the world (if you do not spend your life in lounges – go SEE THE BA SLOW LOUNGES HERE at TONIC)

The point is that we are creating world class stuff daily and yet no one knows about it?

Maybe you did know about the above example – in fact it won awards – got recognition globally etc BUT now be honest – tell me you know about these guys . . .

We posted something a few days ago about THE CRAZY ONES . . . they are the ones who push humanity! They are the ones that redefine the way we think and what we expect! They are the ones who change the world around us!

I really believe these guys fall into that category, they are called THE BLACK HEART GANG! Why do I say so with such confidence? Well it’s simple really – these guys see the world, well to put it bluntly, BETTER than the rest of us! I can’t explain it you just have to watch it but they see and create things that most ‘normal’ (which is code for target=”_blank”>re tard – The Hangover spelling) can’t even imagine – yet they somehow bring it to life – enough crap just watch . . . .

And the United Airlines ad . . .

There’s magic being created everyday in this place – START MAKING SOME NOISE ABOUT IT!

Shout it from the fucking rooftops (no wait this isn’t 18th century France) Tweet it, post it, Facebook it! Whatever the fuck your method of communication is (if its SMS just pull the trigger already) tell people about the good and the great that represent us as a nation!

At the end of the day the world’s perception actually IS in our hands but at the moment we are losing the battle against negativity!



Monday Restaurant Review – THOMAS MAXWELL BISTRO

Local is / is not lekker

Ive recently started to get VERY pissed off with the rest of the country because for some reason they think we do not have great restaurants!

(heres my concession: they may not be in quite the setting that yours are especially the cape – if you like that whole old soul, beautiful vines, incredible mountain crap BUT we certainly do have greatness in the city of gold)

So the first week of review is a little bistro in Benmore JHB called . . .

Now when you go into this quaint (and fuck i hate the word quaint but it really is all the good things quaint means) little spot in the middle of urban offices in Sandton CBD you get all the brilliant feel that a Bistro should give you!

I guess on first impression nothing seems overly special until you are handed the wine bible (its in its seventh edition and probably the greatest wine list ive seen any where in the world!) and after that every little thing is impeccable!

The service is excellent! The owner / chef comes round to check in (i think more to check you havent chosen crap wine) and the ambiance is good!

But then the real fun starts . . . the menu . . .

Ill let you go have a look at the site because my mouth starts to water every time i think about it but just to give you a slight indication go to the site and check STARTERS, MAIN COURSES, DESSERTS!

But please believe me when i say whats on the site barely scrapes the surface of the quality of ingredients, richness of combinations, elegance of presentation and absolute decadence of the experience!

On the STM chalk board it gets a solid 32. Click the pic for a full breakdown of scores:

Contact details;

Address: 140 11th Street, Parkmore, Sandton, Jo’burg (click here for map)
Telephone: 011 784 1575
GPS co-ordinates: S26° 5.996’ E028° 2.887’

Website is www.thomasmaxwell.co.za

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