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Skyfall Fever / Royal Doulton Bulldog November 6, 2012

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Spoiler Alert! Nowadays everyone is talking about “Skyfall” the Sam Mendes incarnation of the 23rd James Bond mission. After some hardships I was able to check out this movie. It is well made and very entertaining. It is not groundbreaking but it is a very nice firework of images and good old cool James Bond wit and action. Whether you expect the shaken Martini, beautiful women or magnificent action scenes.. you will not be disappointed.

With the gifting season upcoming – I would like to focus on a neat little Bond prop that you may want to check out. The vintage Royal Doulton Bulldog.

But first let’s explore how this collectible comes to fame during the movie.

After returning from an important meeting M (played by Judy Dench) and her aide Bill Tanner (played by Rory Kinnear) must stop due to some police action on the Vauxhall Bridge shortly before the MI6 headquarter. In the meantime MI6 is under some sort of cyber-attack and just when M gets out of the car an explosion occurs in the headquarter. The explosion’s focal point is right where M’s office is.

Later in the movie M talks to James in new underground offices of MI6.

During the talk James makes a joke.

J: How come your office gets hit by an explosion and all that survives is that ugly piece. (he points to the bulldog which decorated her desk before and is now present on her new replacement desk as well)

M: I have always appreciated your decorating advise.

Much later during the movie Bond meets Eve somewhere downtown London. Eve mentions that M’s will was read and she hands him a box which M wanted him to have.

Bond opens the box and finds the bulldog inside. He smiles and notes that this does not mean he should work behind a desk. In fact, he supposes it means the opposite.

Now I find that symbolism surrounding the bulldog quite intriguing. And the best part is: It is quite a cute little object and you can order it directly at the Doulton website. So here you find the perfect Christmas present for Bond lovers.

Bulldog at the Royal Doulton Website…

Wishlist: Bouvet-Ladubay Trésor Brut October 27, 2012

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This is fantastic french sparkling wine. Supposedly better and more pleasurable than some of the champagne brands. I do want a box of these babies.

Even large German retaile “Jaque’s Wein Depot” seems to have that in stock.

http://www.jacques.de/product_info.php/info/p1790_2009-bouvet-ladubay-tresor-brut.html

Update: You can also find it in a Rosé version – which I am desperate to try.

http://www.galeria-kaufhof.de/store/p/Bouvet-Ladubay-Sekt-Tresor-Brut-Rose/1000024141

Heimat – Frankfurt, Berliner Str. 70 March 22, 2012

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One recommendation you cannot miss out on.. right in the  – I call it – alternative centre of Frankfurt you now find the fine wine restaurant “Heimat”. They have their own wine chef and a nice high class flair.

URL:  http://www.heimat-frankfurt.com/

 

 

iPhone Website CSS Animations Explained March 13, 2012

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In a very illustrative demo John B. Hall shows how Apple employed smart CSS effects on their website presentation of the iPhone 4S. Kudos to John!

Revelations March 2012 March 11, 2012

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Humans are an intricate race. Achieving things in human interaction and in human goal keeping is always so difficult.

In the past couple of weeks we have been specifically hesitant with human contact. We have been struggling much more than usual with managing new encounters and emphasizing to existing contacts what’s really important and how we fared. A negative climax was reached on Saturday / Sunday – where we totally did not know what to do. External notions pushed our position around like never before and the feeling of insecurity and unfamiliarity leaked out.

The problem has since been acknowledged and a fix is in progress. Those kind of insecurities must never again be employed in first contact situations or any kind of contact-caring situation.

Moby Destroyed Deluxe Edition 3 disc plus booklet edition (wishlist) January 19, 2012

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Moby Destroyed DELUXE

i.e. Amazon.de : http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B005LRS91E/ref=s9_simh_gw_p15_d2_g15_i1

I watched ‘Candy’ last night… November 23, 2011

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Slideshare Gems for Early October 2011 October 13, 2011

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Hello again – we were browsing slideshare.net once more. And look what we’ve found:

iOS Exploits – focus on the plethora of iOS 4 devices and brief outlook on iOS 5:
Also find more amazing presentations from HITBSecConf on this archive site: http://conference.hitb.org/archives.html

 

 

Mistakes not to make / Learn from Tara Hunt and her startup:

 

Geometric Beauty – Symmetry August 10, 2011

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Beatuiful Images:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robgo76/

http://www.robert-goetzfried.com/

Deeply Impressed May 16, 2008

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I have been deeply impressed by the art of Sam-Tayler Wood, which I had the pleasure to see in London lately.

Sam-Tayler Woods SelfportraitShe is a very interesting contemporary young British artist. I have seen her “Self-portrait with hare” for the first time in a shocking experience in the British National Portrait Gallery. The photo is about 2m high and portraits the artist. Shortly before the picture was taken she suffered from cancer and just recently got her hair back.
The title and setting resembles this with genius sarcasm. The hare is dead but still as a symbol of fertility in her hands. And hare also sounds a lot like hair which she just now can show again.

All other works of Sam-Tayler are also quite impressive. I just ran to the next rooms to see more of her wonderful yet sometimes disturbing photos.

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