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National Cherry Blossom Festival

25 Mar


The National Cherry Blossom Festival  is a spring celebration in Washington, D.C., commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations.

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I’m very exicted to travel to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. this weekend. It will be my first time seeing the nation’s Capitol since I was a little boy, and have desperately wanted to go back since reaching adulthood. What better time of year to visit than the Cherry Blossom festival (Maybe when a new President is elected?)? However, there is a good chance that the cherry’s have not started to bloom….which will be disappointing. If that is the case, what are we to do? Who has some suggestions? All day at the Mall? Or venture out to the countryside and explore Mt. Vernon?

The World is a Book.

4 Apr

Off to China…. Be back soon.


The World is a Real Page-turner.

13 Mar


Skylines 2012

1 Feb
Entrer dans le Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées!
Red Bull welcomes you to Skylines 2012 in Paris, France. Check out the BMX action in some of the most beautiful surroundings GoPro has had the pleasure of visiting! Music Loch Lomond, “I Love Me.”
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Loch Lomond, “I Love Me”
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Shanghai Timelapse

12 Nov

As I have mentioned in the past…

1.) I am super blessed to have the opportunity to go to China this upcoming Spring.

2.) I want to find more interesting TCM relevant material on China, Beijing, and Shanghai and post said material here.

This is one of of those pieces of material I thought fit the bill. It is a somewhat choppy timelapse compared to the ones I have posted in the past. Choppy in respects to the way it was created and the transitions between shots. However, there are some true highlights on this reel, and gave me an appreciation for the sights I will get to see come April 2013. Enjoy!




Live The Language

19 Sep

For quite some time, The Cultivated Mind (TCM) has had difficulty finding balance and continuity in its postings. With an inquisitive mind and a plethora of passions, this blog/website has struggled to maintain its fighting shape. With that being said, TCM will be expanding its horizons literally and figuratively. TCM has scheduled a trip to Asia in Q2 of 2013. China to be specific, Beijing and Shanghai to be more precise. This will be TCM’s first time to East Asia, and the full-scale preparation is already underway.

As one would expect, TCM is incredibly curious about business in Asia.  How is it conducted? Are there underlying and unspoken principles that are acknowledged in the background of business deals? What is the government’s role in business processes?

But, on the other hand, TCM also wants to dive deep into the culture and history of China and Asia. What are it’s influences and how does that shape society today?

Today marks the first day of adding a focus to the TCM lens and a new category, Asia. Over the next six months, as TCM’s research and knowledge base increases, TCM will share Asia specific content to broaden your perspective and understanding of that amazing part of the world.

The following is a commercial for EF International Language Centers. The advertisement is  fun, light, and refreshing, and highlights some very cool people, places, and things while introducing the viewer to Mandarin Chinese (Hanyu Pinyin). Enjoy!




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Typography: Albin Holmqvist (
Music: Magnus Lidehäll (

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Client: EF International Language Centers
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We Were Wanderers On A Prehistoric Earth

3 Feb

When I think of planning a vacation, rarely do I think of trekking through a dense forest with a machete in a far away land. I am more of a city adventurer, or sand in my toes holding an ice cold Tecate kind of guy. However, the concept for this tourism video is awesome.  Commissioned by Tourism Malaysia, We Were Wanderers On A Prehistoric Earth, is an ode to the incredible flora and fauna of Malaysia. James W. Griffiths cinematography is superb and captures some magnificent shots of the host country. The musical score, chosen by Lennert Busch, paired with the narration (of excerpts) of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness really sets a dramatic and powerful tone. Rated simply as a segment of film, this is incredible. Given that this is a promotional piece makes it close to exceptional. Enjoy!




Time Is Nothing

9 Jan

Everybody loves a good time-lapse video! Well, at least I do, and I run this ship! This time-lapse was created by Kien Lam after he quit his job and traveled the world for 343 days! Lam covered 17 countries by way of 19 planes, 58 buses, and 18 boats and took 6,237 photographs. He set his time-lapse to the song Places and Faces,  composed by his brother William Lam. The end result is nothing short of spectacular! Enjoy!


5 Jan

Knapp Sacks by Buck Products

9 Sep

It was rather random the way I came across the Knapp Sack by Buck Products. It was more of an internet stumble during a somewhat depressing Wednesday on the job. Wednesday is hump day, and for me a day I choose to carve out fifteen minutes or so to dream about where I might travel next… I was in a mountains mood, and started googling around, when I came across Alex Buck’s Buck Products Knapp Sack.  I particularly noticed this pack….

The bag is described by Buck as Grey/Mint Green. To note, I love everything green, but I feel that mint green is a great color, and will be incorporated in more consumer goods in the near future. It is a subtle colored reminder of good times… I’m thinking a heavily bourbon leafy Mint Julep on a crisp spring Kentucky Derby day!

Simply put, Buck Products is a start-up bringing fresh products to the marketplace. His concept is ingenious, and the products are battle tested in the back country.  After reaching out to Alex, this is some of the information he shared with me.

“Began sewing after a quick lesson from my wife and also after receiving a sewing machine for a wedding present in fall of 08 (quickly broke that machine and opted for industrial standards). Started sewing rolltops because I was tired of overly technical bags being used for non-technical tasks.  I saw a need for a simple, tough bag for everyday hauling.  The idea of the rolltop came from growing up in New England and spending my childhood summers on long wilderness canoe trips at a camp called Kieve in Maine. We used river duffles (waterproof rolltop bags) for hauling our gear. Loved the simplicity of them and the lack of zippers. After my sewing got more and more dialed they began to draw attention and that’s when I realized that there could be a market in my design. Custom colored 1000 denier cordura fabric choices were another perk that helped draw in customers. From there it went viral and pretty soon I was getting orders not just from friends but friends of friends of friends all over the country (mainly cities and mountain towns right and left coasts) etc. I soon began getting some internet press and that really helped draw all sorts of random orders.

I came to Bozeman for school in fall of 05, graduated in 09 with a BFA in Sculpture. Chose this place because of the amazing mountains, rivers and everything else that is Montana. It also happens to be an outdoor gear company mecca. I spend my time mountain biking, skiing, sewing, playing with my dog, wife and 2.5 year old son (not in that order of course).

My company is made up of myself and a contracted seamstress that sews the binding tape on the insides of the bags. Other than that it is just me cutting fabric and sewing it up! I have friends all over the country who help represent my bags to new audiences, that has been very helpful. There are 2 shops in town that have my sacks for sale, Summit bike+ski and Prolite, but mostly sales are directly through me over email. An upgraded website which will support online ordering/bag color choices will hopefully be in the cards for the future.”

Take a look at some of Buck Products offerings by visiting and/or and if you like what you see, please use the following information to order one of these beauts!

ordering information

To get a knappsack on your back you can call Alex Buck (406.5993488), facebook, or email Alex Buck ( and a pack will be made and sent (included) to you from bozeman for a legit cost of $75 (shipping included).

If you need that sack ASAP, get the $65 stock Knappsack, and it will ship immediately.
Three colorways to choose from:
Grey/Mint Green
cash or checks can be made out and sent to:
Knapp Sacks, LLC
417 W Story ST.
Bozeman, MT
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