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We Love You Michael

(Image from tipoyok’s Flickr)

My uncle Halim asked me yesterday what my feelings were on Michael Jackson’s death.

I said, “Uncle, you’d be hard-pressed to find a child of the Eighties who didn’t, at one point or another, try to do the Moonwalk.”

We love you, Micheal. Rest in peace.

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The TelePresence is strong with this one

(Image from Bernard Leong)

I’ve experienced Cisco’s TelePresence technology and I must say, it’s pretty amazing.

I met up with bloggers Daniel Cerventus and James Yeang to test the TelePresence 3000, recently. It was all pretty informal, which is good; no major PR fuss, no jostling for front row seats or fighting over swag. They showed us to a room, sat us down and bang, we were looking across a table at people in Singapore just like they were sitting right in front of us.

The folks in Singapore were, in fact, sitting in a room much like ours. It was tastefully lit, had three 65-inch screens and chairs and a table.

But as we introduced ourselves and got to know a little about them, it felt more like our two rooms were magically linked together, rather than just a bunch of people talking to each other like they weren’t thousands of miles apart.

If you’re used to Skype or MSN video calls, just imagine what it would be like to be talking to someone far away yet be completely free of lags, audio clipping or just about any other annoyance that comes with modern video-conferencing. It’s not that I’m being paid to say this, but TelePresence is just that good. I’d love to have a look at their usability case studies because it’s wonderful how they made it so easy to use.

Of course, we ended up chatting long past our time limit, but hey, it’s not every day you get to experience a bit of science fiction come to life, right?

While the cost and practical use may deter private ownership, I’d definitely recommend this sort of tech to companies as a way of improving communication between offices and cutting down travel costs. You’d probably end up saving a hell of a lot more with one of these babies in your HQ, where you can dial in and ‘meet up’ with your counterparts practically every day, instead of wasting money flying people all over the place for short business trips, all year round.

You can find out more about what Cisco does on their blog.

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Proton is down kthnxbye

Life’s funny. I was just talking to some peeps yesterday about the wisdom of getting ample hosting plans for websites and today Proton’s website is down because of the surge in traffic from their latest advertising campaign, the Proton MPV Naming Contest.

I guess it’s better to have too much bandwidth than too little (who you gonna call: Media Temple).

Now, their corporate site is just a bunch of text-links. Sorta like Jakob Neilsen’s website. Now, that’s funny.

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Rakuzen

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If you ever have to wait half an hour for some great sushi, make sure it’s at Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant in Plaza Damas.

Their Unagi is better than your Unagi.

Read a good review of the restaurant at masak masak.

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Tokyo Interactive Ad Awards

I read somewhere that the reason why Japanese advertising is sometimes difficult to understand is because it’s so subtle.

That, and a whole lotta quirky.

Thanks to the iMedia Connection e-mail newsletter I received earlier today, I can share with you the results of Tokyo Interactive Ad Awards, courtesy of TIAA judge Akihito Abe.

Especially this Kendo blog widget, which features a Kendoka who whacks the living crap out of bad words in your copy.

It’s awesome! Try it.

Needless to say, the other winning entries were pretty interesting, too.

And a whole lotta ‘quirky’.

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Quiksilver Thinks Green!

Quiksilver and Roxy celebrate Earth Day tomorrow with a new campaign called Quiksilver Thinks Green, as an effort to reduce its own impact on the environment.

They’re launching a range of products using organic cotton and a range of bags and backpacks in Q-Tec, an environmentally- friendly coating replacing the traditional PVC coating; it contains no PVC, no dioxins, no heavy metals and has a higher water resistance and is more durable than traditional PVCs.

Their shops are also going to provide recycled paper shop bags made from pine.

Awesome, right? I’m always up for brands embracing best practices, especially when it comes to the environment.

So, what’s next? Hemp tees? Biodegradable surfboards?

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5 things I learned from Adfest 2008

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(Image from Pebbles. Thanks, Pebbles!)

In no particular order, here are 5 things I learned from Adfest 2008:

1. BBDO workouts are great

A BBDO workout is basically a special brainstorming session where people from all over the network turn up to generate ideas for our clients.

I was lucky enough to be part of BBDO Bangkok Chief Creative Officer Suthisak Sucharittanonta‘s team. I met some really cool folks from Japan and the Philippines, too.

For real: you learn a lot when you’re the only digital guy in your team.

2. Stefan Sagmeister rocks

“What the hell is the founder’s signature doing on the back of the card?”

The design guru not only spoke of the wisdom he gained throughout life but also told all of us why our business cards suck. Seriously, that was the highlight of Stefan Sagmeister‘s speech.

Agencies, maybe it’s time to rethink your design values. Readers, if you’re into design, you can probably learn a hell of a lot from Sagmeister.

Just try not to copy him too much, if you can.

3. So does Paul Kemp-Robertson, Tony Davidson and Alex “Burnie” Burnard.

The ‘digital’ guys made a lot of sense. Maybe because they talk the talk because they walk the walk.

Alex Burnard was funny.

Tony Davidson made me want to work for Honda.

And Paul Kemp-Robertson made me happy that I am a Contagious subscriber.

Seriously, Paul has some really good ideas up his sleeve. And he knows his shit like Cedric.

4. And Nissin Cup Noodles rules, too.

Or to be exact, the ambitious Freedom Project. It was a campaign that promoted the 35th Anniversary of Nissin Cup Noodles.

What? How in the world do cup noodles rock?

When they’re part of a campaign that includes people like Katsuhiro Otomo (the dude who made Akira).

It won a 360 Lotus. And that’s not a very easy thing to do, folks.

5. Awards shows are still just awards shows

I went to the Kancils and the DMAM awards shows in 2007. I just came back from Adfest 2008.

It’s inspiring to see great work, especially work like Colour Tokyo and the Freedom Project but I had to keep reminding myself that none of the work that I saw was judged on the basis of effectiveness.

In the words of a judge that I spoke to right after the awards dinner, it was a purely creative awards show.

Maybe I’m anal-retentive, but I can’t separate good digital work from good results.

And ladies and gentlemen, I’m not talking about hits.

All in all, it was an insightful experience and of course, I’m very thankful for it.

Next on my list; the Webbies!

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