Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tronic "I AM"

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hot Pursuit Goes to Italy

High up on the swirling roads of the majestic Italian Alps, 10 miles from Cortina D’Ampezzo, in a mountain pass known as Passo di Falzarego, were possibly the only two vehicles on the planet able to rival the surrounding scenery in a beauty contest – the Pagani Zonda Cinque and a police Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
So what were they doing there? Trying to create a real-life, full-motion video recreation of the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit box art. And why Italy? Three simple reasons: 1) It is close to some of our closest automotive partners (in fact, this region is known as the “capital of engines”, near the headquarters of Pagani, Lamborghini, Maserati and more); 2) the hair-raising mountain scenery has a striking resemblance to Hot Pursuit’s beautiful Seacrest County; and 3) great espresso!
With only five examples of the Pagani Zonda Cinque in existence, getting one of the owners to give up their car was an unlikely proposition, so an alternative was proposed. For the filming, the good folks at Pagani built a Zonda Cinque prototype out of their workhorse development Zonda – a process supervised entirely by Horacio Pagani himself, who was involved in the project from start to finish.
Creating the Zonda’s chiseled exterior was only half the challenge. Replicating its trademark banshee wail – one of the most unique and remarkable engine notes in the automotive world – was done meticulously and appears in the video as well as inHot Pursuit. In fact, a separate audio recording session was done with the Cinque.
The Murcielago, originally painted slate gray, was affixed with cop lights provided by a film studio in Vancouver and sent to Lamborghini’s official body shop in Modena, Italy to be wrapped in black-and-white Seacrest County PD livery.
With about two million dollars in sexy Italian supercars roaring around the Dolomites, we had a helicopter to film the chase, with a $500,000 Cineflex camera – frequently used by news, police, military, and high-end film crews – strapped to its nose. And since we had so much fun wrapping the Lambo in SCPD colors, we figured we’d give the chopper the same treatment.
Of course, no live-action representation of the breakneck, high-impact action racing of Hot Pursuit would be complete without professional stunt drivers – don’t try this stuff at home, folks – and we had two of the best. Behind the wheel of the Murcielago was Marc Hennerici, and piloting the Zonda was Marc Basseng. They are known as two world-class stunt drivers, and when they’re not defying death at high speeds for Need for Speed, they’re doing the same on a popular German TV show.
Now that we had the cars, equipment, and drivers, we needed someone to shoot the film. For this project, we got one of the few production houses on the planet with hands-on Zonda experience, Runimation Studios, and director Robert Eder, who shot theofficial ad for the Zonda R earlier this year. And having seen his work, we knew he was the perfect guy to capture a true Need for Speed project.
No effort was spared to make this unique shoot come together. We can’t wait for you to see the video once it’s finished. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out the Need for Speed Hot Pursuit demo to get a sense of what we were trying to capture on film.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Eye-Catching Long Exposure Photographs

Long exposure is really amazing photography technique to capture light and movement. When an image is taken including stationary and moving subjects (for example, a fixed street and moving cars or a camera within a car showing a fixed dash-board and moving scenery) using a slow shutter speed, interesting effects, such as light trails occur.
[Source: pelfusion]

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Flash site: Porsche Panamera

Cool informative and interactive flash site. Tons of information including videos and photos about the new Porsche Panamera.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Flash site: The UPS Store “Cardboard World”

Very unique flash site by using cardboard to build a city. I’ve already seen several outstanding UPS carboard commercials and this site really comes together with the whole campaign.

50 Simply Creative and Beautiful Stairs Photos

Every architect can build stairs, but smart architects can build beautiful stairs. Simply taking a picture of such stairs could be a piece. But, if the stairs are not artistic enough, smart photographers could still find a way to take a good picture, using different angles, techniques or contrasts.
The following are some excellent examples of how we can find beauty in the most common objects in our daily life. Let’s see how these simple lines and curves, combination of colors or lights turn into breathtaking pictures in the cameras of talented photographers.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Fall of the Minoans

More than two thousand years ago, the Greek historian Plato wrote about Atlantis, the fabled civilization that was swallowed by the sea. But the origins of Plato’s story have never been identified. It is only recently that some archaeologists have begun to believe the legend may have started on Crete. They are hoping that scientific investigation can provide an actual link to Plato’s ancient folk memory.
The island of Santorini after the Theran eruptionFive thousand years ago, the Minoans, Europe’s first great civilization, flourished on the island of Crete. The sophisticated inhabitants, named after the legendary King Minos, were the first Europeans to use a written language, known as Linear A, and the first to construct paved roads. They were an advanced society of highly-cultivated artisans and extremely skilled civic engineers. The Minoans were excellent ship builders and sailors, and their maritime empire was so vast, it rivaled that of the ancient Egyptians. They were an enigmatic people, worshiping snake priestesses and engaging in human sacrifice with origins not linked to Europe as expected, but to ancient Iran, which may explain why they were so different from the Greeks who rose to power after them. Such practices gave rise to Greek myths about the Minotaur, a half-man half-bull that ate human flesh in his forbidding labyrinth. But inexplicably, at the height of their power, the Minoans were wiped from the pages of history. The reason for their disappearance has perplexed historians for generations — until now.

The island of Santorini, 70 miles north of Crete, was home to the wealthy Minoan seaport of Akrotiri, a place where the wall paintings discovered portray their landscape with happy animals and farmers harvesting saffron. But the Minoans had built their prosperous city on one of the most dangerous islands on earth, next to the volcano Thera. Around 1600, B.C., Akrotiri was shaken by a violent earthquake. Some time later, an eruption occurred. The Theran eruption was one of largest in human history — blasting more than 10 million tons of ash, gas, and rock 25 miles into the atmosphere. Incredibly, despite Crete’s close proximity to the volcano, the debris from Thera largely missed the major Minoan towns.
On Crete, strange and chaotic layers of soil, broken pottery, building materials, and even cattle bones can be found along the eroding coastline near the ancient town of Palaikastro. With the help of soil scientist Hendrik Bruins, archaeologist Sandy McGillivray discovers that the soil also contains micro-organisms that are normally found only on the ocean floor. The only way they could have been deposited on land is by a powerful tsunami. The presence of Theran pumice that could only have been washed ashore on Crete by powerful waves seems to indicate that the volcano caused the tsunami, and carbon dating of a cow bone found in the chaotic layer of sediment confirms that it was deposited there around 1600 B.C., the same time that Thera erupted.
Minoan ruinsArchaeologists are only now beginning to understand what happened in the decades that followed. One of the most remarkable clues is a small statue that was found in Palaikastro. It was discovered in an archaeological layer deposited a hundred years after the disaster. A statue made of ivory tusks, gold with a serpentinite head, a prime example of one of the great masterpieces of Minoan art, which has been vandalized, suggests ritualized violence against the Minoan culture. Additional signs of such deliberate destruction have been found in other places on the island. Archaeologist Maria Vlasaki believes the answer lies in an unusual cemetery in Chanea. The bodies have been dated to the period of widespread unrest in the Minoan world. Similar bodies have been found near Knossos as well. Their weapons were not Minoan—they resembled those used by the ancient Peloponnese Greeks. The invaders from the Greek mainland slashed and burned their way across Crete, overwhelming the weakened Minoans. The tsunami not only left the Minoans ripe for an attack, it gave the Greeks an important military advantage.
Minos of Crete Best View

Minos of Crete

Minos was the son of Zeus and Europa and king of Crete prior to the Trojan War. He was a heroic and just king who built up Crete’s navy. Said to have built the Labyrinth to contain the Minotaur, Minos died in Sicily when the daughter of the King of Agrigentum poured boiling water over him in the bath

At long last, the story of the Minoan disappearance has been unearthed. Five thousand years after it hit, an epic natural disaster can be blamed for their collapse. A wave that washed away an empire is strikingly reminiscent of a mystical city that sank beneath the waves. And though we may never know for sure if Crete was Atlantis, we at least have an explanation for the downfall of Europe’s first great civilization

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Don't Mess With Old Guys

An older gentleman had an appointment to see the urologist who Shared offices with several other doctors. The waiting room was filled with patients.

As he approached the receptionist’s desk, he noticed that the receptionist was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumo wrestler. He gave her his name.

In a very loud voice, the receptionist said,

All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at the very embarrassed man.
He recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied,


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ultimate Facts Abouts Men And Women

  1. All men are extremely busy.
  2. Although they are so busy, they still have time for women.
  3. Although they have time for women, they don't really care for them.
  4. Although they don't really care for them, they always have one around.
  5. Although they always have one around them, they always try their luck with others.
  6. Although they try their luck with others, they get really pissed off if the woman leaves them.
  7. Although the woman leaves them they still don't learn from their mistakes and still try their luck with others.
  1. The most important thing for a woman is financial security.
  2. Although this is so important, they still go out and buy expensive clothes and stuff.
  3. Although they always buy expensive clothes, they never have something to wear.
  4. Although they never have something to wear, they always dress beautifully.
  5. Although they always dress beautifully, their clothes are always just "an old rag".
  6. Although their clothes are always "just an old rag", they still expect you to compliment them.
  7. Although they expect you to compliment them, when you do, they don't believe you.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Some Double Meaning Website Names

Site: (Foul-mouthed British kids?)

Is really: (Clothes for tykes)

Site: (A huge steaming pile?)
Is really: (Oldie songs -- now abandoned)

Site: (Damn: Am I really gone?!)
Is really: (Funeral home run by the Amigone Family)

Site: (I'm comfortable with my butt?)
Is really: (Okan Japanese restaurant in San Diego, United States)

Site: (Kid lovers in the Carolinas?)
Is really: (Carolana Pediatric Dentistry -- which has changed its name to Triangle Pediatric Dentistry, at! Yeah, really!)

Site: (For all your butt hat needs?)
Is really: ("As Seen on TV" stuff)

Site: (B&D site?)
Is really: (Spanish tourism site)

Site: (Appreciation for dames who swing both ways?)
Is really: (Big Al's Bowling Alleys -- one in Vancouver, and one in Beaverton)

Site: (The worst case of sick building syndrome?)
Is really: (The high-rise Hugh O'Neill built)

Site: (Buy a little blue pill?)
Was really: (Long-established graphics site, abandoned because of Viagra)

Site: (I thought the French demanded good food?)
Is really: (French scrapbooking site)


Site: (Stick your buns together?)
Is really: (Diaper rash ointment)