Written, Directed, Produced by Paul Wie (vimeo.com/paulwie)
Produced and Edited by Peter Yun
Co-Produced by Jason Lee
Music by Robert Litton
Director of Photography: Chris Saul
I think I saw this the other day, very early morning where 4 guys were playing doubles tennis. They could barely hit the ball but were acting like it was the Wimbledon finals. It was so mesmerizing I secretly watched for 15 minutes.
A robin’s-egg-blue box never fails to elicit delight – the kind of unparalleled magic Tiffany & Co. has carefully created during the last 175 years. While the company has become synonymous with covetable jewels and memorable moments (who could forget Audrey Hepburn’s morning gnosh in front of the Fifth Avenue flagship in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?), its commitment to constant innovation is equally remarkable.
From Tiffany’s 1880s revamp of the Great Seal of the United States that’s printed on every dollar bill today, to tapping some of the world’s most renowned designers, to creating a new metal (the blue-hued Rubedo unveiled this year), Tiffany’s brand of elegance always seems perfectly suited to the times – with a little extra sparkle, of course.
So what’s next for the legendary jeweler? First, a celebration in the form of a magnificent new setting for the Tiffany Diamond, one of the largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds in the world. And in August, the design house will grace us with Enchant, the latest jewelry collection, inspired by the natural world. Here’s to another 175 years and many, many more blue boxes.
After reading a recent story about local blue whale sightings, San Diego photographer Jerry Allen shared a stunning image of a blue feeding on krill off the county’s coast at Nine Mile Bank.
He took the photo in November. “There were about 10 blue/fin whales that day. I now call it the ‘magic day,’” Allen said.
Allen said blues are very difficult to photograph. “I figure I’ll get a photo op about one time in 10 trips,” he said. “It’s also illegal to chase them, so you have to get lucky with an animal choosing to come to you.”
Behold 17 minutes of straight spell-shouting from the cast of the Harry Potter films, courtesy of one very patient YouTuber. The creepy thing? We can name just about every single spell’s intended result.
When it comes to exports, America brings movies to the world. So which ones are having the biggest impact?
“The Avengers” is likely to stand with”Avatar,””Titanic”and iterations of “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Lord of the Rings,””Toy Story” and”Transformers,” as one of a new breed of globally dominant film franchises.
These are the billion dollar movies with the highest worldwide gross. Comics, sci-fi, magic, history, pirates, animation, and fantasy.
Not bad compared to some elements of our culture we could be sending overseas. Of course, the main reason these are successful is largely due to their extensive action scenes which easily cross-over the language barrier
The real pixie dust is when you ask yourself, “how can I help my users get more comments on THEIR blog?”. You want to be the guy who asks, “How can I help my users get more followers and fans?”
What prompted me to write this is the latest magic pixie dust buzzword, one that I am passionately against: gamification. Applying principles of game design to non-game activities can be done carefully, artfully, and with wonderful results. We use principles of game design in our programming books…But the current crop of “gamification” experts are doing nothing more than “pointsification/badgification”, taking the most superficial, surface mechanics of games and applying them out of context to areas where they are, as I have referred to it, “the high fructose corn syrup of engagement.”
Be the one people talk about NOT because of your latest gamification and WOM (word of mouth) campaign, but because it is obvious to your users and those they influence that your brand, product, book has made them better at something. Something they care about…Give people an experience that leaves them feeling a little better about their own capabilities.