Thursday, 25 February 2010

Greece in Handcuffs

Illustration for Sunday Kathimerini. Read about it here, here and in PDF here.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Papandreou George Junior of Arabia



Second, last and much improved version of George of Arabia for 26 Feb Athens Plus.
You can read about it here, here and in PDF here.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Random Views on Investor Guide

Another response to the Dolby questions was Random Views getting on investor guide too.

}; ) cheers




Papandreou George of Arabia

First version of Papandreou George of Arabia for Friday's Athens Plus... i think i'll try him in other versions too before deciding the final one.

...Don't you just adore the camel?

Village Greece finally replied...

It must be my lucky day... everyone gets to reply to my mails... This one particulary was long waited for. My first mail to Village greece was on January 15, my second on January 27, and today 23 February it must be that my stars are all aligned... i got to get Village Greece Reply...

Of course it is the exact same as the one i got from Village Australia proving my point that policy makers are the Australian Headquarters.

enjoy it.

Dear mr. Symeonakis

We would like to thank you for your e-mail.
Concerning your inquiry, we would like to inform you that the 3D glasses we have for the 3D films viewing are of one use and then collected and sent for recycling.we would like to have you back in one of our screening rooms

with honour
Village Cinemas

Below the Greek original reply

Αγαπητέ κε Συμεωνάκη,

Κατ’ αρχάς, θα θέλαμε να σας ευχαριστήσουμε για το e-mail σας.
Σχετικά με το ερώτημα σας, θα θέλαμε να σας ενημερώσουμε ότι τα γυαλιά που διαθέτουμε για τη θέαση των 3D προβολών είναι μιας χρήσης και έπειτα συλλέγονται και αποστέλλονται προς ανακύκλωση.
Θα χαρούμε να σας φιλοξενήσουμε σύντομα και πάλι σε μία από τις αίθουσές μας.

Μετά τιμής,
“ Village Cinemas ”

Dolby thoroughly...

I'm more than willing to accept FDA's approval over Dolby's recommended washing procedure even if FDA means nothing if you are in Europe. As a matter of fact when it comes to health related issues entire decades can pass before a product gets National - or European approval indifferent to its FDA clearance.

Why? because i too have been lots of times eating out, with dinnerware that has been used before, still i feel totally safe knowing they've been washed with water and detergent (back in the past) or like nowadays under more strict sanitary procedures.

In mr. Derek Brookmeyer's mail, Dolby's sanitizing procedure is compared to the one IMAX uses, due to washing machine use and washing facilities, whereas IMAX has a central washing facility where exhibitors are required to use, on site (according to Slate -link provided by mr. Brookmeyer-), and therefore monitor both washing procedures as well as washing being applied at all.

Dolby on the other hand, seems to have left the responsibility of the washing procedure to the exhibitors via suggestions. In fact the word suggestion in mr.s Brookmeyer's mail is the most used appearing once every 3 lines... does that mean that they lack the means to enforce their FDA approved washing procedure? possibly

In the USA today link mr. Brookmeyer included in his mail we can read: (...)Dolby's glasses are also reusable. Each gives theater owners instructions on how to clean its reusable specs. and (...) Dolby suggests exhibitors simply buy a commercial dishwasher and clean them with soap and high heat.

In fact i only once saw a different word, in (also provided by mr. Brookmeyer) Slate: (...) Dolby laboratories demands that theaters use a commercial-grade dishwasher.
Not only Dolby, mr Brookemeyer, demands, i demand it to... unfortunately, the power to enforce my or your company's demands is kinda like virginity... you either have it or you don't.

In my communication with a greek Dolby exhibitor i was told that they use (...) the antiseptic that DOLBY provides them with...(...)
not your suggestions mr. Brookmeyer, nor your instructions, your antiseptic, whereas all your company seems to provide is mere suggestions.
I also find it extremely difficult to believe that the Greek exhibitor undergone the expense of a dishwasher and doesn't know to say anything about it... (click here for the greek exhibitor's mail and here for his oral reply).

So i guess my new questions are:

- Is Dolby capable to enforce its policies to exhibitors?
- Is Dolby able to at least control it's policies at the exhibitors level?
- Has Dolby any clue of what is going on through its exhibitors in any Country?
- and last, but not in any way least, who's accountable? Dolby or the exhibitors?

Reply to Dolby

And the reply i sent to Dolby's Derek Brookmeyer Public Relations Specialist.

Thank you very much for your reply, you (and all interested parts) are more than welcomed to see it posted.

Since being invited to ask for more, thank you, i promise i will in due time.
...directly

Regards
Manos Symeonakis

Dolby Replied

Dolby replied...
before... or after... my previous "Hello Dolby" post doesn't really matter all that much to make a story out of it.

Below: Pictures of the mail, of "Hello Dolby" post time, and comments.



What matters is that their answer is here for you, to sink your teeth deep in, and decide where you're gonna finally watch Avatar... if still is screened where you live or meatballs... or Alice... or whatever...

Hi Manos – I just read through your recent blog posts and understand you have a few questions regarding Dolby 3D glasses. Please accept our apologies for not responding to your inquiries sooner. The Dolby’s 3D glasses sanitizing technique is similar to IMAX which is another reusable 3D solution on the market. Dolby recommends washing all glasses in a Commercial Grade Dishwasher after each use: Low-temperature, chemical sanitizing, hood lift model operating between 49°C (120°F) to 60°C (140°F) water temperature. Dolby recommends a washing temperature range between 120°F – 140°F. For all exhibitors using Dolby 3D glasses, we provide recommended dishwasher vendors and an equipment requirement list. The Dolby recommended washing process is FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) compliant. There have been a few recent articles published online that describe cleaning techniques in more detail if you are interested:

* http://www.slate.com/id/2242548/

*http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/environment/2010-02-02-Avatar02_ST_N.htm

If you have additional questions please don’t hesitate to email me directly.
Regards, Derek

Derek Brookmeyer Public Relations Specialist Dolby Laboratories,
Inc.
999 Brannan Street San Francisco,
CA 94103 , USA
T 415-645-5838 | M 415-***-**** www.dolby.com | derek.brookmeyer@dolby.com

Be sure not to miss Random View's conclusions on Dolby's reply if you want to learn the facts about how clean your 3D glasses are. Or read the entire 3D glasses research (from bottom to top).

Hello Dolby...

I knew it, you just have to use the right lure and Dolby guys get eating frenzy for it. It seems the 2nd mail did the trick, since the guys at the US have downloaded three times the picture uploaded. Still they must find it very difficult to reply... don't they care about children health problems enough to answer the damn thing?

so here we go... sing along...

Hello Dolby,......well, hello, Dolby
You're lookin' swell, Dolby.......I can tell, Dolby
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're still glowin'...you're still crowin'...you're still goin' strong
I feel that room swayin'......while the band's playin'
One of your old favourite songs from way back when
So..... take her wrap, fellas.......find her an empty lap, fellas
Dolby'll never go away again

P.S.: below their web-print

Friday, 19 February 2010

Odeon laboratories - 2nd email

After seeing Dolby's enthusiasm slowly fade, my blog traffic falling, and me feeling lonely and blue, it seems all i had to do was ask the same question again...

Hi this is the second e-mail i send you since you have failed to answer to my first one, sent to you on Feb 11 2010. I too have read at your web site the Dolby 3D benefits, one of which is "less waste thanks to Dolby's reusable 3D glasses". I'd like to know before sending my kids to movies with your 3D system, what are the disinfection and sterilization procedures of the used 3D glasses. Thank you in advance for your sensibility in health related issues.

Below you can finad proof of my second e-mail to Dolby laboratories. I really wonder tho... what could ever delay that much (since 11 February 2010) their reply, don't they know their sterilizing products and procedures? Not even after consulting each other for so long?

Since on it, why not email for a 3d time Greek - Village cinemas... 3d time's a charm right?

Hi this is my third communication effort since you have failed to answer to my first and second one. Please, before we come to your chain to watch the Avatar movie, we'd like to be informed about your policy concerning the USE of 3D glasses.
Are they strictly for personal use or do you, too, follow the irresponsible practice of handling them from one viewer to the other.
We know people with herpes who came to watch the movie at your -and other- cinemas. It would be a shame for everybody, especially kids, if a few hours of optical leisure should cost a chronic disease contamination.

Below, proof of my 3d email to Village Cinemas Greece.





Thursday, 18 February 2010

French fried pages, first comes - first serves

Athens Plus issue #87 Illustrations. More tomorrow afternoon.
You can read about both of them here, here, here or here in PDF.

Cheers!

Sisyphus Economy

Sunday's Illustration. More links on it, Sunday. You can read about it here, here and here in PDF
Cheers

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

French fries week for Athens Plus

First it was Sarkozy... then Bernard-Henri Lèvy it just cant get more french week than this...

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Signs of the time

If you've lived long enough in Greece you already know the drill. Out of the blue the red and white ribbon appears (nowdays) with no explanation, no excuse and no end in sight, claming that piece of public space you most value, be it the road to work and back, or your home's sidewalk with the loud construction noise sideffect, which if you work 9 to 5 will probably miss (this is a good chance to highlight the fascism of "normal people" working "normal hours" rights vs graveyard shift underprivileged people rights problem), still you'll have to cope with the dust, the lack of parking space (like if there was plenty before) and a feeling of insecurity when your elders (or minors) have to go out and "walk the plank".

The first sign reads: We are sorry for the inconvenience, but the contractor last year lost his glasses somewhere around here.

The second sign reads: We are sorry for the inconvenience, but last year the country was not undergoing a finacial crisis and we burried granma with her golden teeth on.

In most of the civilized world, there are explanatory boards or notes stating when the work is going to start, what is it's nature, why it must be done, on what matter the work at hand will improove your life once completed and lastly but most importan when your torture will end...

It's very important to be able to picture the end of something, it helps you program your after-public works life, or at least bare it until your parking or sleeping habits return to normality. That's why even computers have execution time-bars, to make us feel that we can better program our tasks aka our time aka our lives.

...In most of the civilized world...
Last time i recall seeing any note was a week prior to Pope John Paul's visit in Greece and wheren't explanatory... where actually no-parking orders from the police...

It's not street art, it's -dunno- street humor maybe which does have it's own value. An action aimed at taking back that lil ugly piece of public space we are denied -or worst tortured with- and turning it to something funny, an act of putting a caption on a urban scene and transforming it into editorial cartoon.
If you can tell a tree by it's fruits, lots of people called their friends laughed together and took their pictures in front of theses piles of dirt... wich is something unusual under everyday dull-city circumstances, isn't?

P.S.: The papers survived three days rain... didn't survive people who took 'em with them... only a few remained for workers to see tomorrow...
And i'm betting that lots of people gonna ask them if they've found anything yet.

Friday, 12 February 2010

i'm feeling Dolby surrounded...

(You can click here for the entire 3D story - mails, interviews, questions answers... you name it... like if you haven't allready}

After all those years of being a movie goer, i'm getting to know not only Dolby Surround, but Dolby Surrounding too.
Chill out will ya?

Honestly now, isn't it easier to just reply a customer's sanitary concern? After all, all I want is a simple answer.

Greetings, I too have read at your web site the Dolby 3D benefits, one of which is "less waste thanks to Dolby's reusable 3D glasses". I'd like to know before sending my kids to movies with your 3D system, what are the disinfection and sterilization procedures of the used 3D glasses.


It seems that my e-mail sounded a 3D international alarm, from Dolby USA headquarters... a bell rang to Dolby England (european headquarters)... oh, it rang of course to other parties too... Who?

WPP investments for instance, father of their well known child Burson-Marsteller, whom you might know from handling PR and crisis management for Videla the once dictator of Argentina, or Union Carbide or... ecc... ecc...

Now why should ever a company like Wpp investments care?
Cause their other child Ogilvy , is Dolby's PR.

Clear enough.

By the way... out of curiosity and just for discussion's sake none of all these MEGA-companies employers and employees alike, ever suggested that it might there be a lack of hygiene when handling over the 3D glasses from one viewer to another?

Plus, all this come and go (evidence below) seems more like damage control efforts instead of thinking how to reply to a customer's health concern.

Cheers.


P.S.1: Hurray for Dolby England, with more than 12 hours of viewing "Random Views" Blog. Second so far in 2010 only to Wpp who scores nearly 20 hours of visit lenght.

P.S.2: Of course other PR Companies just started reading... so we don't know yet the final score.






Thursday, 11 February 2010

Dolby 3D, checking MY story out...

White collar employes with anti-blog training?

I'm kinda getting tired of these practices... you send an inquiry letter to a company out of public health concern... and you end up web searched... it's not the first time... watch them here, here and here to see all companies practices...

P.S.: click here to view the entire story... Oh!...in 3D... of course.

Bartholomew final

Final version of Bartholomew, whit white beard this time. Page too has the original grey beard without sign to fit on page 2.

Links tomorrow... cheers!
You can read about it here, here and here, in PDF.

Cheers!

Odeon Cinemas - Dolby 3D, checking their story out

So after talking to Mr. George Mourtis (previous post) i started diggin in at Dolby, indeed, their 3D glasses DO look different from the Village or Ster Cinemas ones... still it has to be cross checked if they are the same and only do look different.

Below a picture of the Dolby Site and a picture of the 3D glasses Village - Ster use, and can be found at Amazon.

Lower below you can see that they confirm their glasses being reusable and actually advertise it as a big ecologic breakthrow, so in this case handling over the glasses from one viewer to the other is not purely Odeon Cinema Chain's fault... still how hygienic can it be? And that's exactly what i e-mailed Dobly asking to find out.

Greetings, I too have read at your web site the Dolby 3D benefits, one of which is "less waste thanks to Dolby's reusable 3D glasses". I'd like to know before sending my kids to movies with your 3D system, what are the disinfection and sterilization procedures of the used 3D glasses.



I called Mr. George Mourtis - Odeon Cinemas


16.40
I just finished talking by phone to Mr. George Mourtis from Odeon Cinemas chain and he told me that the 3D glasses they use for their 3D films (Avatar ecc.) are not the same used by Village and/or Ster cinemas, and if I happen to go to watch the film at their Cinemas with 3D glasses provided by Village or Ster i couldn't watch it... Of course i'll investigate... }; )

I also asked him about their antiseptic procedure and i was told that their staff uses gloves when handling them but did not know which kind of antiseptic they use -since he is not a doctor-... but did tell me that they use the antiseptic that DOLBY provides them with...

Which leaves me with only one thing to do... e-mail DOLBY.

CHEERS!!!!

Odeon Cinemas Herpes Inquiry Reply

Finally a reply from Odeon Cinemas... nearly a month after...

1st e-mail to Odeon Cinemas 15 Jan 2010

Greetings,
Please, before we come to your chain to watch the Avatar movie, we'd like to be informed about your policy concerning the USE of 3D glasses.
Are they strictly for personal use or do you, too, follow the irresponsible practice of handling them from one viewer to the other.
We know people with herpes who came to watch the movie at your -and other- cinemas. It would be a shame for everybody, especially kids, if a few hours of optical leisure should cost a chronic disease contamination.

Χαίρεται,
Παρακαλώ, προτού μεταβούμε στην αλυσίδα σας για να παρακολουθήσουμε το έργο AVATAR, θα θέλαμε να μας ενημερώσετε σχετικά με την πρακτική της αλυσίδα σας, αναφορικά με τη χρήση των γιαλυών 3D.
Είναι μίας χρήσης, ή ακολουθείτε την ανεύθυνη πρακτική να τα δίνετε από τον έναν θεατή στον άλλον;
Γνωρίζουμε πως άτομα με έρπητα ήρθαν να παρακολουθήσουν στις αίθουσές σας -όπως και αλλού- την ταινία. Θα ήταν κρίμα για όλους, και κυρίως για τα ανήλικα παιδιά, ελάχιστες ώρες οπτικής ψυχαγωγίας να μας στοιχήσουν κάποια χρόνια μόλυνση.

2nd e-mail to Odeon Cinemas 27 January 2010


Greetings
This is the second e-mail i send you, since you have failed to answer to tha first one sent to you on January 15.
Please, before we come to your chain to watch the Avatar movie, we'd like to be informed about your policy concerning the USE of 3D glasses.

Are they strictly for personal use or do you, too, follow the irresponsible practice of handling them from one viewer to the other.
We know people with herpes who came to watch the movie at your -and other- cinemas. It would be a shame for everybody, especially kids, if a few hours of optical leisure should cost a chronic disease contamination.

Χαίρεται,
Αυτο είναι το δεύτερο e-mail που σας στέλνω καθώς απάντηση στο πρότω που σας αποστάλλει στις 15 Ιανουαρίου δεν μου έχετε ακόμα απαντήσει.
Παρακαλώ, προτού μεταβούμε στην αλυσίδα σας για να παρακολουθήσουμε το έργο AVATAR, θα θέλαμε να μας ενημερώσετε σχετικά με την πρακτική της αλυσίδα σας, αναφορικά με τη χρήση των γιαλυών 3D.
Είναι μίας χρήσης, ή ακολουθείτε την ανεύθυνη πρακτική να τα δίνετε από τον έναν θεατή στον άλλον;
Γνωρίζουμε πως άτομα με έρπητα ήρθαν να παρακολουθήσουν στις αίθουσές σας -όπως και αλλού- την ταινία. Θα ήταν κρίμα για όλους, και κυρίως για τα ανήλικα παιδιά, ελάχιστες ώρες οπτικής ψυχαγωγίας να μας στοιχήσουν κάποια χρόνια μόλυνση.

Reply from Odeon Cinemas, 11 Feb 2010

Dear Mr. Symeonakis, Odeon Cinemas use the world acclaimed DOLBY method of projection (like all countries of European Union, USA and elsewhere) which uses special glasses of lots of tens of euro value with notable results on improving, the enjoyment of the said experience and the care of the eyes. Cleaning of the glasses (which are reusable and not thrown away) is taken care systematically and thoroughly.

Thank you for communicating with us
For Odeon Cinemas George Mourtis
Tel.: 210-6786610
Fax.: 210-6786530

Αγαπητέ κε Συμεωνάκη,

Οι κινηματογράφοι Odeon χρησιμοποιούν την παγκοσμίως καταξιωμένη μέθοδο προβολής (όλες οι χώρες της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, ΗΠΑ και αλλού) της DOLBY που χρησιμοποιεί ειδικά γυαλιά αξίας πολλών δεκάδων ευρώ με σημαντικά αποτελέσματα επί τα βελτίω και ως προς την απόλαυση της σχετικής εμπειρίας και ως προς την φροντίδα των ματιών. Ο καθαρισμός των γυαλιών (που επαναχρησιμοποιούνται και δεν πετιούνται) γίνεται συστηματικά και σχολαστικά.

Ευχαριστούμε για την επικοινωνία σας μαζί μας,
Για τους κιν/φους Odeon,
Γιώργος Μούρτης

___________________
Τηλ: 210-6786610
Fax: 210-6786530

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Cyprus Soldiers

Sunday page with third (final) versio, and second version (below) of the Soldiers illustration for Sunday's Kathimerini.
Made them Cyprus soldiers instead, and corrected the final height according to the text.
As always links on Monday.

Good ol' fashion family web fun

Ok, here's the first: Do you remember the simpson-ized version of Micheletti? Yeah, i did it again, while searching for good Hitler portraits for a future illustration, I caught myself wonderin' if the "Simpsons site avatar creator" had Hitler's mustache or hair.
unfortunately it didn't... which didn't get too much in my way...





















And the last:
It was pure luck, it just stood there before my eyes... i felt soooo jealous of that woman, i hope someday something like that could happen to me too... unfortunately you hafta be greek to appreciate the typo below...

P.S.: T'was at Yahoo's first page.

Bartholomew I - Version II

No, no troubles, all was cool with the first version, it's just that i had a lil extra time at hand... wanted since the beggining to add the Patriarchate seal instead of the double headed eagle and ...well... the new slogan doesn't really sound that bad...

patience 'till Thursday.