Wednesday, December 29, 2010

12/30 - Dan Marino, Chris Heywood, David Zwartendijk,

Dan Marino - Owner - Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Company
The Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Company, based in beautiful Jackson Hole Wyoming, was established in 1947 as the "Jackson Cold Storage Company". We've seen a lot over the years, but we've stuck around because of a simple principle - we put pride into our products. Whether you buy from our online store, or stop into our shop in the heart of Jackson, you'll get the same great product and friendly service that's become nothing short of legendary. For 60 years we've specialized in only the finest 100% Buffalo and Elk meat products. Our Buffalo graze naturally on open range grasslands in a ranch setting. The last 60 days, they are corn fed to increase tenderness and to promote a sweet and rich flavor. Our Buffalo is hand selected and cut to ensure the finest flavor. We carefully package our product using our 3 Step Packaging Process that guarantees freshness from our door to your table.

Chris Heywood - New Year's Eve in Time Square
Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31st, the eyes of the world turn once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. Anticipation runs high. New Year's Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration - it's a global tradition. The world holds its breath...and cheers as the clocks strike twelve. As the famous New Year's Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square, an estimated one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world are united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing our joy and hope for the year ahead. Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball. At 11:59 p.m., the Ball begins its descent as millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the year, and celebrate the beginning of a new year full of hopes, challenges, changes and dreams.

The Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter and weighing 11, 875 pounds, built to withstand the stresses of high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuation to brightly shine over 400 feet above Times Square throughout the year. For 2011, Waterford Crystal has designed 288 new “Let There Be Love” crystal triangles featuring a romantic pattern that blends a modern cascade of hearts with diamond cutting. 288 triangles are emblazoned with last year's "Let There Be Courage" design of a ribbon medal defining the triumph of courage over adversity; and 1,152 triangles sparkle with the "Let There Be Joy" design of an angel with arms uplifted welcoming the New Year. The remaining 960 triangles are the original "Let There Be Light" design of a stylized radiating sunburst. The 2,688 crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball. The Ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs (light emitting diodes). Each LED module contains 48 Philips LEDs - 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color. By mixing these four colors, the Ball is capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns producing a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.

David Zwartendijk - Miss MeringueMiss Meringue is the leading company in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia for over 12 years. We've been in business since 1997 with a manufacturing facility in San Marcos, California and restaurants stretching from San Diego to San Francisco. We pride ourselves on producing the most delicious and authentic French inspired desserts. From Meringue Cookies, Specialty Cookies, Madeleines, and Food Service Desserts, we manufacture for all major U.S retailers, club stores, restaurants, hotel chains and key accounts. Brighten your day with our delicious vanilla meringue cookie in an array of rainbow colors. The Rainbow Vanilla Meringue Cookies are a colorful treat for the calorie conscious person. These meringue cookies are perfect for entertaining or adding a little pizazz to your favorite dessert!

Pouring beer is an art. When filling a glass from the tap, it takes skill to know just what angle to hold the glass at to prevent too much foam, and just where to stop filling to ensure the beer comes as close to the top as possible without spilling over. It’s a bit like getting the perfect pump at a gas station, only far tastier. This remarkable device is set to start a revolution in how beers are poured, especially at public events like football games. Rather than having one person in charge of filling one cup at a time, and having to take the time to ensure the customer is getting enough beer and not a cup of foam, this invention allows the vendor to casually fill four cups at a time. This is Bottoms Up, a brilliant invention by GrinOn Industries that’s sure to be a hit. The vendor places the cups on this mechanism and, like magic, the cups fill from below until stopping just a little below the rim: plenty of beer, little foam, no spillage. That’s amazing by itself, but seeing just how fast one can serve multiple beers using this rather than a typical tap is mind-boggling. The big question, of course, is how it works. You can see from the video linked below that the cups seem to lock into their respective slots before being filled with their payload. There’s a magnet located in the bottom of the cup that can be pushed upward, and falls back into a slot on the bottom when released. When pushed up, the nozzle below fills it with beer. When removed, the magnet bonds to its slot at the bottom of the cup, preventing the beer from escaping. Of course, one imagines that these cups will cost more than your standard cheap-o plastic cup. The neat thing that they’ve done to counter this is to use the removable magnet as a form of advertising; it can be used just like a normal refrigerator magnet and can have a logo or text advertising just about anything, that money serving to cover some of the extra overhead for the special cups. For more fun ways to get your beer fix, check out the Mac G3 Beer Server, the Beer-Fetching Robot, and the iPad Beer Monitor.

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