Monday, May 18, 2009

Apple unveils an On-line Awesome Ad today in The New York Times

Today Apple started running an Awesome Ad in the New York Times on-line edition. It features the Mac & PC characters and it plays a little video. Here are some screen captures of the adApple's 2009 New York Times May 18th On-line Ad

The current ad has earned the Awesome Ad award for it's clever interaction with three parts of the New York Times.
Apple's 2009 New York Times May 18th On-line Ad
It has a Mac customer experience review on top.
Apple's 2009 New York Times May 18th On-line Ad
A hair loss ad off to the left and the PC & Mac Guys off to the right.
Apple's 2009 New York Times May 18th On-line Ad
Apple's 2009 New York Times May 18th On-line Ad
The hair loss add artistically mirrors the PC & Mac guy. A great new take on the before and much hipper after switching to a Mac. Who knows, if you switch to a Mac you may even get your hair back! The end of the commercial shows the three areas in which Apple advertised in. The Upper Banner and off the the right have the Apple Logo and the right side has a photo of an iMac.
Apple's 2009 New York Times May 18th On-line Ad
It no longer is available for viewing on the NYTimes site, but fortunately you can watch it on YouTube:


Apple has run other Ads in the New York Times before but none have been as well crafted as the current on. Here are some of the one's from the past. Here is one from the New York Times on 1/17/2008

Here is another one from the New York Times on 9/17/2008


Here is another one from the New York Times on 12/14/2007


All Ads © 2007-2009 Apple, Inc.

Until I Blog again, remember not to take life too seriously and make sure you tell someone that is close to you how much you care for them.

Thanks for reading,

John :)

Awesome Ads: GE on the new Smart Energy Grid

I recently came across a series of ads on the environmentally friendly Smart Energy Grid from GE.  You probably remember hearing or watching the "Scarecrow" ad-- a modern take on the classic song, "If I Only Had A Brain," from the film, The Wizard of Oz, imagining what can happen when old technologies have a brain.



My favorite from the series "Pluck" can be viewed below.



You can also go to the GE site directly and watch the videos (at least for now).  You can learn more about the campaign from the GE Smart Energy Grid website.  The two awesome videos in the series are "Pluck" & "Scarecrow"

We have known GE as the company for bringing good things to life. It may be known in the future for "GE, sustaining good things in life" Hey, maybe I should be an adman. I hope you enjoy the commercials as much as I did.

Videos ©2009 General Electric Corporation

Until I Blog again, remember not to take life too seriously and make sure you tell someone that is close to you how much you care for them.

Thanks for reading,

John :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Motivational Speech by Steve Jobs @ Stanford's Commencement in 2007

It has been about two years since I first saw this motivational speech from Steve Jobs. I decided to post it here since it is just as relevant and moving today especially in the times that we live in today.



As a followup to this video I wanted to share with you that Jobs has temporarily taken a leave of absence for health reasons and of my 2007 stock investments, Apple is the only one that shows a profit. Others can learn a lot from Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc. and after his health scare he more than likely prepared for someone else to take over the helm at Apple. This unfortunately was not the case with cosmetic industry pioneers Helena Rubenstein & Elizabeth Arden (see the PBS debuted documentary film The Powder & the Glory by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman) who did not plan for a successor.

Until I Blog again, remember not to take life too seriously and make sure you tell someone that is close to you how much you care for them.

Thanks for reading,

John :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Car Fire on I-480 EB @ the Warrensville Rd. SB exit on May 13, 2009

I encountered a car fire when I was exiting off of I-480. The "toxic" fumes were terrible.

You get a chance to see the Warrensville Heights "B" unit put out the fire with the assistance of one of the Warrensville Heights Police Officers who untangles a hose for the firemen.


The video is cropped for this posting. If you want to see the full frame posting please click here
The video was captured with the Canon G9 Digital Elph Camera.

I had the G9 zoomed in all the way and it was resting on the guard rail telephone pole tree trunk material post that supports the guard rail.

I got lucky with the great placement of the support post. It made an awesome tripod-- or should I say monopod!

It probably took longer than you would think for the fireman to get the water on since the truck was a pumper truck and all the water came from the truck.  There was not a convenient fire hydrant near by.  I would imagine that it took some time to pressurize the water before it could inflate the fire-hose and come out with enough volume.

As far as I know everyone was all right.

Video © 2009 John C. Kieger / www.JohnKieger.com

Until I Blog again, remember not to take life too seriously and make sure you tell someone that is close to you how much you care for them.

Thanks for reading,

John :)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Validation

I wanted to share this great short film and I hope you enjoy.

"Validation" is a fable about the magic of free parking. Starring TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis. Writer/Director/Composer - Kurt Kuenne. Winner - Best Narrative Short, Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Jury Award, Gen Art Chicago Film Festival, Winner - Audience Award, Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film, Winner - Crystal Heart Award, Best Short Film & Audience Award, Heartland Film Festival, Winner - Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award, Williamstown Film Festival, Winner - Best Comedy, Dam Short Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Film, Sedona Int'l Film Festival.




Validation © Kurt Kuenne

Until I Blog again, remember not to take life too seriously and make sure you tell someone that is close to you how much you care for them!

Thanks for reading,

John :)

Jennifer & Phil's Hudson wedding

This past week I photographed Jennifer & Phil's wedding in Hudson, Ohio. They were married at Saint Mary Catholic Church and then had their reception at the Hudson Country Club.
Jennifer & Phil on their wedding

We stopped by the ACME Fresh Market in Hudson to take some photographs of where they first met. We all had lots of fun at the wedding and we had fantastic weather for the first Saturday in May.
Jennifer & Phil on their wedding

Jennifer & Phil on their wedding

Jennifer & Phil on their wedding

Here are some more images from the wedding:

Flowergirl

Saint Mary Catholic Church

Bagpiper @Jennifer & Phil's wedding

Jennifer's Mom watching Jennifer walk down aisle

Jennifer & Dad walking down aisle on her wedding

Jennifer & Dad walking down aisle on her wedding

Jennifer & Phil during their wedding Ceremony

Jennifer & Phil exchanging vows

Jennifer & Phil visiting blessed Virgin Mary

Jennifer & Phil at end of ceremony

Jennifer & Phil leaving wedding in Antique car

Jennifer & Phil running at the Hudson Country Club

Jennifer looking for Phil

Portrait of  Phil at the Hudson Country Club

Jennifer & Phil walking arm & arm at the Hudson Country Club

Jennifer & Phil embracing

Jennifer & Phil saying goodnight

Thank you Jennifer & Phil for allowing me to be apart of your wonderful wedding!


All Photographs © 2009 John C. Kieger / www.SussexStudio.com

Until I Blog again, remember not to take life too seriously and make sure you tell someone that is close to you how much you care for them.

Thanks for reading,

John :)

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Jennifer & Philip - Engagement Session at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Jennifer & Philip took advantage of a beautiful early spring day for their engagement session at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. It makes a nice romantic setting amongst nature.

Jennifer & Philip embracing

Jennifer & Philip embracing

Jennifer & Philip embracing

Jennifer & Philip embracing

Jennifer & Philip embracing

Jennifer & Philip embracing


All Photographs © 2009 John C. Kieger / www.SussexStudio.com

Until I Blog again, remember not to take life too seriously and make sure you tell someone that is close to you how much you care for them.

Thanks for reading,

John :)

Friday, April 03, 2009

Apple's Free Innovations - improved iTunes iPod Software updater

5th Generation iPod aka iPod VideoIt has been been a month or two since I have hooked up my old 60GB 5th Generation iPod to my Mac.  This was the Video iPod that first came out in 2005.  When I first bought it I actually used it on my 17" Windows PC laptop initially instead of on my Mac since my PC had USB 2.0 and my Mac G4 only had USB 1.1.  I did not want to wait like I did ever time I synced my iPod Shuffle.  I had the Original iPod Shuffle that was like a stick of gum and was 1GB in size.  It was not worth it to meto buy a USB 2.0 PCI card for my G4 at the time since FireWire (400) was a superior interface for transferring data.  At that time FireWire 800 did not exist.

Eventually I bought a USB 2.0 PCI card– primarily to sync my iPod to my Mac.  The original iPods could be synced via FireWire.  Apple discontinued the FireWire port future iPods such as my 5th Gen.

Since I first started off using my iPod with my PC, it is a "Windows Formated" iPod.  "Mac Formated" iPods can not be hooked up to Windows machines since Windows does not know how to read the Mac HFS+ file format.  I believe my iPod is formated in DOS Fat32.  Most windows PCs today use the NTFS file format system.  Most digital cameras and other non-windows machines use the DOS Fat 16 or DOS Fat 32.  The major diference between Fat 32 and Fat 16 is the fact that Fat 16 can only format a drive up to 2GB.  The old Nikon D1X, for example, could only format its media (CF Cards) in Fat 16 and therefore any size card in the D1X, whether it be a 2GB card or an 8GB card would only show up as a 2GB card.

I'm digressing.

The biggest problem with my 5th generation iPod formatted in "Windows" was the fact that I could not update the Software on my iPod from my Mac.  I use VMWare's Fusion to run Windows on my Intel Mac but never installed iTunes on the virtual machine.

People still debate whether one should be on a Mac or a Windows OS system.  For me the choice is quite clear– one needs to be on both.  The greatest advantage to being on the Mac is the fact that it is not an either or scenario.  You can be on both using virtualization software.  VMWare also supports other operating systems such as: Apple Mac OSX Server, Linux, Novell Netware, Sun Solaris, and Other such as MS Dos, FreeBSD, FreeBSD 64-bit, Other, and finally Other 64-bit.

I digress again– but I promise for the last time in this post.

Today I was blown away by the fact then when I hooked up my iPod to my Mac, iTunes asked me if I wanted to update the software on my iPod.  I first thought– wait, this can't be.  This iPod is a "Windows" formated iPod, it probably will not work.  I figured I'm done with my income taxes, so what the heck, I'll give it a try and if I waste a day fixing my iPod, oh well.  It updated and everything is working fine.

Now for the better news– for all of you iPhone users, you probably are aware that the iPhone OS version 3 will be released this Summer.  I still do not have an iPhone.  I did not like the fact that it would not allow you to cut and paste or do searching.  My 6 year old Palm Pilot Tungsten T does and I have been happily using it to date.  After iPhone OS 3 comes out, it may convert me over to the iPhone.

If anyone has a sick iPod, I came across this iPod repair website.  Fortunately I have not had to use them, but I thought I would pass the link on incase you do.  It is worth clicking on the link even if you do not need to use them to see the photos.  I got a chance to see the different parts of my 5th Gen iPod and how much they would charge me for them.  I now know that I can get a new battery for my this 5Gen for only $19.99 on sale from $21.99.

Until I Blog again, remember not to take life too seriously and make sure you tell someone that is close to you how much you care for them.

Thanks for reading,

John :)