Monday, April 12, 2010

Nike Tiger Woods Commercial: Earl and Tiger

Though I am not with Tiger Woods, but after watching this advertisement - I am with him. In his pursuits of  excellence, he may end up a loser this time, but I am going to be a bigger fan just because he tried.

And because sometimes playing is bigger than winning.

Why did I love the ad? -

1. Execution - The ad  in black and white. Without colors. That is the state of Tiger Woods, the Golf Player's,  present and may be future.

2. Expressions - Either he is a fantastic actor or he is genuinely sad. You can feel it in his eyes.

3. Spirit  -Last shot - Just do it. Whatever happened, its gone. Now is the time to go soul searching  and become what you were born for. A Golf Player.

I am sure Tiger Woods is paying Nike for this ad rather than vice versa!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

What you dont know about the real Cleopatra!

Although the Cleopatra of lore was portrayed primarily as a seductress, the real Cleopatra was a skilled naval commander, a published medical authority, and an expert royal administrator who was met with adulation throughout the eastern Mediterranean, and was perhaps even seen by some as a messianic figure, the hope for a future eastern Mediterranean free of Roman domination:

"Few personalities from classical antiquity are more familiar yet more poorly grasped than Cleopatra VII (69-30 B.C.), queen of Egypt. Cleopatra VII was an accomplished diplomat, naval commander, administrator, linguist, and author, who skillfully managed her kingdom in the face of a deteriorating political situation and increasing Roman involvement. That she ultimately lost does not diminish her abilities. ...

"Like all women, she suffers from male-dominated historiography in both ancient and modern times and was often seen merely as an appendage of the men in her life or was stereotyped into typical chauvinistic female roles such as seductress or sorceress, one whose primary accomplishment was ruining the men that she was involved with. In this view, she was nothing more than the 'Egyptian mate' of Antonius and played little role in the policy decisions of her own world. ...