August 7, 2012

Smackerel: A Winnie the Pooh Short

Lynn Okimura and Jeff Lee of Motion Fiction were challenged to envision Disney's Winnie the Pooh in a new way. So they grabbed a toy Winnie the Pooh toy (and Piglet, too!), and headed out to the woods with a camera. This is what they came up with:

April 10, 2012

Wes Anderson's New Movie Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson, maker of film favorites such as The Royal Tennenbaums, Life Aquatic, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Darjeeling Limited and more, is releasing a wonderful new movie, Moonrise Kingdom.

Continue reading "Wes Anderson's New Movie Moonrise Kingdom" »

May 10, 2010

Espresso Time

Tasty espresso by Juan Pelota.

Mac Book Pro cover by Evan Hecox for Incase.

December 17, 2009

Merry Christmas, from Tony Hawk!

Merry Christmas, Harry, and Happy Hanukkah, Marv! Totally unexpected, I just received a package in the mail from none other than Tony Hawk, and inside was a Tony Hawk Pterodactyl (complete) skateboard from Birdhouse, his skateboard company. It was a gift to say thanks for helping out with the Tony Hawk Twitter Hunt that happened a couple months back. (I was the hider for Austin, Texas.)

Thanks, Tony and Jerome and crew! It's been awesome getting to be involved, and I hope we can do again soon!

December 9, 2009

Gowalla Named a 'Best iPhone App' by O'Reilly Media

A little thing I work on called Gowalla keeps making a lot of buzz. One of the many nice things you can find about us online these days was a recent shout-out from the fine folks at O'Reilly Media, naming Gowalla the Best App for Urban Social Networking

October 10, 2009

Espresso - Tilt Shift Generator app for iPhone

This shot was taken on my iPhone 3G and enhanced with Tilt Shift Generator, a new camera app for iPhone, the fifth camera app in the Toy Camera family. I have most of them and usually skip using them in favor of Quad Camera and Camera Bag. This app, though, has changed all that, offering manual controls over blurring (including radial and linear), vingetting, saturation, contrast and more.

What do you think? Do you have Tilt Shift Gen? Link to some of your fave shots.

For more, go to

September 14, 2009

Cub 2.0 Modern Crib, from cubkids by Netto

Cubkids Cub 2.0 modern crib by Netto

Baby Girl doesn't get here for a few more months, but it's never too early to start shopping for modern baby furniture, and we're close to finding a winner with the Cub 2.0 Sleeper crib, from cubkids by Netto. It's a beautiful modern crib with excellent lines and form, and we love it. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it's a quality piece of furniture and I'm betting resale would be pretty high if we ever wanted to part with it. A conversion kit is available, though, so it also could be a useful and beautiful piece for many years past Baby Girl's crib stage. (And if we do go with this sleek piece, I may have to break down and get an Eames molded rocker to go with it...)

September 8, 2009

Bomb In A Birdcage, Only $3.99 Today on Amazon MP3

A Fine Frenzy Bomb in a Birdcage picture

Our love for Alison Sudol (aka A Fine Frenzy) is no secret, and today she drops her 2nd album, Bomb in a Birdcage, which is amazing. For a limited time it's only $3.99 for all 12 songs (that's one bonus song!) on Amazon MP3, which means it's high bitrate and DRM free. Enjoy!

September 5, 2009

Birds Barbershop, Austin - It's Mohawk Time

So I'm visiting Birds Barbershop on South Lamar in sweltering Austin, Texas, and the first thing I notice is the foosball table, right in the middle of the waiting room, and I think, I've come to the right place for a trim.

Okay, actually the first thing I noticed was the super-friendly girl behind the counter getting me checked off the call-ahead waiting list that Birds uses (no appointments, sorry) but right after that, I saw the foosball table and then immediately noticed the collection if barber stools and DWR furniture surrounding it which together make the coolest waiting area of any 'barbershop' you've ever been to. Couple that with an excellent collection of magazines you actually like and *want* to read (I.D., HOW, anyone?) and you may wish you'd gotten here with plenty of time to spare. Depending on what day (and which if Birds' four area locations you visit) you wait may also be augmented with fresh cookies or a fresh mojito, on the house.

The haircut name/types may be the best part, though, including the Girly Bird, the Mohawk, and the Rockstar. We'll see which one I go for today...

August 10, 2009

Tony Hawk Skateboard? Heck = VERY YES!!!

I buy Tony Hawk Birdhouse skateboards from picture

The Tony Hawk Skull 2 skateboard by Birdhouse arrived today, from the cool kids at

August 4, 2009

Tony Jonny Hawk, Coming Soon...

So, after watching X-Games most of the weekend (and going "boogie boarding" with Joshwa at Schlitterbahn), I was completely primed to buy a new action sport device (read=skateboard). Then I got a glimpse of the freshly sealed concrete floors of our almost-finally-finished new office space in Austin and I caved, buying a Birdhouse Hawk Skull 2 skateboard, the skateboard of my childhood Thrasher dreams.

Tony Hawk Birdhouse skateboard picture

The deck (it's a complete, actually) gets here on Monday, and then, with a little luck and a lot of help from Keegan, Joshwa and I will soon be just like the doods in the video below.

June 4, 2009

Bananarchy, Austin

Bananarchy Austin Logo picture

Do you <3 bananas? Will you be in Austin this Saturday?

Then get thyself to the grand opening celebration of Bananarchy, at 706 N. Lamar, Austin, TX. Featuring frozen banana goodies made with fair trade bananas and served with recyclable spoons, Bananarchy is having a launch party from noon to 9PM on Saturday, including music, giveaways, "and maybe even a dance party."

June 1, 2009

Moody Modern

Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth Quad Camera picture

I love QuadCamera.

May 13, 2009

Saturday is Breakfast Day!

If you're ever lucky enough to be at our house over the weekend, you'll discover that this commercial for LURPAK (whatever that is) is basically a live feed of our house around 11AM on Saturday.

May 1, 2009

Friday Afternoon Finds

...from a sweet little vintage shop in SoCo!

Guero's Taco Bar

...the latest Gowalla spot!

April 25, 2009

Doors at Pacha Coffeehouse, Austin

BTW: Pacha has the most incredible iced latte, and you must get one. Be fore-warned: after a couple of these amazing concoctions, you won't be able to drink anything else...

April 15, 2009

Tax Day Bailout: $10 Gama-go T-shirt Roulette!

Gama-go t-shirts pic

Tax Day got you down, lightened your wallet a bit? Well, here's a fashion bailout plan for you: $10 t-shirts from Gama-go! It gets better than that, though: it's a roulette-style shopping experience - tell them your shirt size, pay your $10 and they send you a surprise, limited edition shirt!

Come back and post which one you got!

April 10, 2009

Good Friday Etsy Find!

Okay, this has nothing to do with Good Friday, but it *is* from Etsy, and I totally want it (even though I'm not particularly into Evel Knievel), cos this hand-printed letterpress print is zawesome:


March 8, 2009

Quad Camera: The Funnest iPhone App Ever (Until Gowalla Gets Here)

Quad Camera, Photo Effector for iPhone picture

First off, let me say...Please don't sue me, Apple, for saying *funnest*!

Second off, maybe the best thing to actually say is that Quad Camera is the funnest iPhone app in the camera/photography category, which is actually saying a lot, not just because there are dozens of those apps in the iTunes App store, but more because the app Camera Bag is the best thing since sliced bread wi-fi enabled SD cards, and dethroning it was quite a feat.

Okay, onto Quad Camera: What is it? Simply put, it is an iPhone app that uses your iPhone camera to take multiple (either 4 or 8) rapid-fire shots with the camera, and create one picture out of them, arranging them in a single row or a couple of columns. Like so:

picture of First Christian Church in Fort Worth using Quad Camera for iPhone

When you open Quad Camera, there are a variety of settings you can choose to set your shot up, including time between shots, shot layout (2x2, 4x1, 4x2 and 8x1) and some useful color effects:

screen shot of Quad Camera options screen

The timer can be set as low as 0.10 seconds and as long as 3.0 seconds between shots. The shorter the length of time, the more of a stop-motion effect you get, like so:

Bubby rocking to Quad Camera picture

Retro Cowboy, Sundance Square Fort Worth picture

You could just totally stand still while the camera clicks off the shots, resulting in some interesting final photos.

Arbor deck and front door picture

In my short time using Quad Camera, however, what I have enjoyed the most is setting the timer to a lengthier time (like 2 or 3 seconds) and completely changing the shot between clicks. Below are a few examples.

This shot was taken on the corner of Sixth Street and Throckmorton in Fort Worth, and in between each shot, I turned about 45 degrees. If you click on it, it will take you to the original size of the shot, which is actually a pretty good resolution.

Right now, Quad Camera is a steal at only $1.99, but the developer says it will be raising the price after some additional modifications. Listening to user feedback and fixing bugs is always super great, but this app is spectacular the way it is, ready to use right out of the digital box. If you are a photo hound, or if you find yourself tiring of the limited use of iPhone's less than enviable camera, I would highly recommend Quad Camera as an app you purchase for your iPhone. You're gonna love it.

March 5, 2009

The Beatles Rock Band Game

Guess it's time to start saving my allowance: The Beatles Rock Band Game (for Wii, Xbox360 and PS3) is out of rumor status and now has a release date, September 9, 2009.

The Beatles Rock Band Game picture

Yes, this will be in our house, and we will be playing it September 9th. (And JW, it had better be at work, too, that's all I'm saying...=^)

February 23, 2009

Busted: LEGO Police - A Stop-Motion LEGO Film

Obviously we're big LEGO fans here. Building stuff with Bubby, and creating new things, and making LEGO angels in the piles of colorful bricks at SXSW--we just love LEGOs.

When I see something this cool involving LEGOs, however, it makes me question what I'm doing with my life:

February 20, 2009

Bacon Is Like a Little Hug from God

This will be finding its way to our kitchen wall very soon:


February 6, 2009

Happy Valentine's Single Awareness Day!

Not everyone is so happily coupled as my last post betrays is the case with me and my loverly wife. For such people, Valentine's Day may be an unwanted reminder of hands not being held, kisses not being stolen, flowers not being received, and dates not being had.

Lucky for them, Valentine's Day just so happens to coincide with another major holiday:

picture of Happy Single Awareness Day card on Etsy, by nouveaudesigns

February 1, 2009

Kneadful Things

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On the way home from church--well, just after Fuzzy's Tacos--we stopped at Asel Art Supply off 7th Street, just cos. We are art supply junkies, and love fresh paper and colored pencils and paint and canvases even if we don't need them.

I am also a kneaded eraser freak, and upon seeing that Mercur now makes them in burn-your-eyes-out color, had to have some.

January 4, 2009

Sleeveface = Record Sleeve Face + Some Dude's Body

sleeveface picture record sleeve face

"Sleeveface: one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion."

"Head" over to and check out the hilarious collection of obfuscated images they have, combing some classic record album covers and some, uh, less than classic bods, appropriately cast to look like the floating album head is all part of the original scene.

My favorite is...could it possibly be?! THE FONZ!!!

December 25, 2008

Bubby is SUPER-SKATER!!!

Razor Carvr kick scooter skateboard picture

The Bubby, totally rocking his new Razor Carvr kick-scooter/skateboard. We got it for him from Dick's Sporting Goods online, mere days before Christmas. They had a fabulous 'Guaranteed by Christmas Eve or it's totally free' promo, that we took advantage of 15 minutes before the promo expired, and they beat it by a full day. So yeah, props to DSG for their great service, and excellent pricing (it was already on sale when we found it, and then they gave an extra 20% off right as we checked out...sweet!). Bubby loves it, and is doing great on it, despite a couple hard spills.

Mexican Thumb Wrestling Masks!!!

Mexican thumb wrestling masks picture

My awesome, uber-talented sis sent me these Mexican thumb wrestling masks, from Thanks, Sarah!

Merry Christmas, Mommy!

"Rocking new glasses" that he picked out all on his own!

Thanks, Marmee!

LeapFrog DVDs picture

...and We're Christmasing!

On Your Mark, Get Set...

December 10, 2008

Free iPhone Wallpaper: Blue Lined Notepad

free iPhone wallpaper: blue lined notepad picture

More free wallpaper for your Apple iPhone, and of course, it works with original iPhone and iPhone 3G. Right-click to save to your compie and then drag into iPhoto or My Pictures to sync with your phone. Or, from your iPhone browser, click and hold on the image to save it directly to your phone.

screen shot blue lined notepad picture

December 9, 2008

Etsy Item of the Day: Autumn Kiss Papercut

Etsy: Autumn Kiss Papercut picture

This is an original Papercut art piece by tinatarnoff, of San Francisco. Her Etsy shop features loads of original handdraw and hand-cut images. She uses a single sheet of paper for each image, and displays them on handmade Indian cotton rag paper. Each piece is then signed, dated, and mounted on a sturdy 11"x14" black mat.

December 4, 2008

The Weepies Wish You a Merry Snowglobe

We've always liked The Weepies, since my loverly wife first heard them. They have a fun, mellow-yet-happy acoustic sound, and the husband/wife team seem at least in their music like people we'd like hanging out with.

If their website is any indication, we're right, as they seem to love our favorite Flash holiday time-waster (that, and the fact that The Weepies did a song for an Obama commerical):

The Weepies flash snowglobe picture

Seriously, go shake it. And then go to iTunes and pick up their groovy Christmas song, All That I Want, from 2005's A Winter's Night album.

November 22, 2008

Handmade Christmas Gift Card Holders

handmade Christmas gift card holders picture

Despite what the name suggests, Box of Happy knows that not all Christmas gifts come in boxes (or even bags). For those giving the gift of plastic this year, specifically gift cards/certificates, why not purchase a lovely handmade gift card sleeve to present it to the lucky recipient?

handmade Christmas gift card holders picture

Visit to see more wonderful handmade goodies, and be sure to make Etsy your first stop for handmade gifts this season. We'll be highlighting more unique gift ideas as the Christmas season really sets in.

November 20, 2008

Let Me Google that for You

Falling under the joint category of "Things that I wish I had thought of" and "Things that make my laugh my heiny off," the new website

let me google that for you picture
(via the mahvelous swissmiss)

Basically, when someone asks you a question to which their obvious answer should be to Google it on their lazy own, you make a link on Let Me Google That for You which basically creates a little video of the mouse moving and then typing in the search into Google. You then send the link of that video to the lazy user.

November 11, 2008

Keep Calm Now Panic and Freak Out

picture Threadless tee Now Panic and Freak Out

You know that around here, we like to Keep Calm and Carry On, but who are we kidding? The holidays are mere weeks away, with gifts to be bought, parties to be planned, and turkeys to be roasted, making it an excellent time to now panic and freak out.

October 31, 2008

He Did the Mash...the Monster Mash

If you're not up for spending $9.99 on iTunes to buy the Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House (by Walt Disney Sound Effects Group), then at least feel free to enjoy the best Halloween song of all time, right here, for free:

While there are many versions of the Monster Mash video on YouTube (the Disney Monster Mash version is also quite good), I like the one above because it features so many famous characters, monsters, villains, etc., including Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein, Godzilla, Ants, Dracula, The Brain that Wouldn't Die, Wolfman, and the Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.

Thank you, YouTube, and thank you Boris Pickett and the Cryptkickers!

October 15, 2008

More Happy in the Box!

The cover may be (kind of) on Jenni's sewing machine, but don't let it fool you: she's still going gangbusters on her Etsy shop projects, with brand-new additions to the store. More cool, repurposed t-shirt bags, including one from a groovy orange dragon Threadless shirt.

These things are selling fast, so go visit now:

October 14, 2008

iPhone Camera Cubism Madness

Trying to take a routine picture for an upcoming blog post resulted in the above, iPhone camera-induced cubism photo. No Photoshop was harmed in the making of this photo.

October 6, 2008

Death Cab for Screen Chaos

Screen Chaos 1

This random screen mess on my Mac has been happening lately when I have a window open for an RDC connection and have Pages minimized. When I restore the Pages window, these random patterns just happen. Anyone else?

(I think they are all reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie's Narrow Stairs album cover.)

September 25, 2008

Now Presenting...Box of Happy, an Etsy Store, by Jenni

Picture of Jenni's Box of Happy Etsy store, featuring handmade bags, robots, monsters and other fun

She's done it! At long last, and oodles and oodles of hard work, my loverly wife has opened her amazing Etsy shop, Box of Happy!

Picture of screenshot of Jenni's Box of Happy Etsy store, featuring handmade bags, robots, monsters and other fun

It features wonderful goods made by hand--her loverly hands, to be exact--specifically some awesome t-shirt bags (a brilliant idea she concocted all on her own!), cool pouches for your Nintendo DS™, and some of the tiny monsters you've all been waiting for, like the one she stowed away in my bag when I attended SXSW earlier this year.

Picture of two tiny monsters from Jenni's Box of Happy Etsy store

Go have a look at her store, and buy something! Her first sale occurred within moments of the store opening, and since this items are made by hand, they are certainly one-of-a-kind, so when you see something you like, buy it then! or

Way to go, baby! I'm so proud of you!

September 13, 2008

Free Jem MP3 Download: On Top of the World

Picture, New Album by Jem, Down to Earth, out September 16, 2008

Jem has a new album, Down to Earth, coming out worldwide on Tuesday, September 16, but you can get a free mp3 single, On Top of the World, right now from her website. All the Welsh lovely requires is an e-mail address, and you get the download link. The song is a good one, and will whet your whistle for the new album, which is said to feature "a sprinkle of hip hop, a sprinkle of funk, a sprinkle of rock, an extra juicy helping of dance floor magic, and this time around some Cuban salsa and Japanese vibes mixed in for good measure."

September 10, 2008

Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed the World Yet?!

Good question:

Picture of Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed the World Yet screen shot
(via Joshwa)

I love this! Keep hitting your browser's refresh button for up-to-the-second planetary destruction updates!

My favorite part, though, is if you look at 'Page Source' and look at the HTML code for the page. At the very bottom, it says:

if the lhc actually destroys the earth & this page isn't yet updated please email mike@******.org to receive a full refund

September 9, 2008

Free iPhone Wallpaper: Charlie Brown

Whether you've got an original iPhone or, like my just-birthdayed sister, a new iPhone 3G, it's time to put a shirt on. And since football season just started, why not clothe your iPhone in this wallpaper background inspired by the kid who has missed every kick, every extra point, and every field goal (although I'm pretty sure it was all the kick-holder's fault):

Picture of free iPhone wallpaper inspired by Charlie Brown

On your desktop, right-click to save to your pictures folder. Or, on iPhone, click and hold on the picture to "Save Image".

screen shot iPhone wallpaper inspired by Charlie Brown

September 7, 2008

LifeMoreGreen: MUJI Cardboard Speakers

Picture of Muji Cardboard Speaker, for iPod or MP3player

If you're in need of a green alternative for some small travel speakers to take along with your iPod, check out the MUJI Cardboard Speakers, available at the MoMA Store (and countless other places). The speakers are made of cardboard and electronic components, can be collapsed when not in use, and placed into back into the minimal packaging they come in, perfect to slip into your roll-aboard or Booq Bag.

MUJI opened their first store in Japan in 1983, and their principles of design simplicity, use of innovative materials, and economical packaging have attracted the attention of conscientious consumers worldwide. MUJI's emphasis on high quality but inexpensive raw materials, including remnants and otherwise disposable materials, results in products that are economical and environmentally friendly.

August 28, 2008

Small Paul, Labor Day Sale at Small Concept

Small Paul Frank, Labor Day Sale at Small Concept picture

Also just in time for the Bubby's birthday, Small Concept is having an exclusive Labor Day sale on their great collection of cool kid's clothing, modern furniture and groovy gear, from Paul Frank to Diesel Kids, from Bugaboo to Monster Republic and Tea Collection. The Labor Day specials are store-wide, and are as follows:

  • Purchase $75 of merch and get free shipping

  • Purchase $125, free shipping, and $25 off (use coupon code LABOR25)

  • Purchase $250, free shipping, and $25 off (use coupon code LABOR50)

Small Concept is a great place for outfitting your kiddos with some groovy stuff. We normally get Small Paul items from them (like the Small Paul roll-aboard Bubby got last year), and have been super happy with their customer service and speedy shipping.

Go check them out, and hurry: Sale ends September 2!

August 24, 2008

Poster Love: Lone Wolf Black Sheep (is Will Staehle)

I don't know if it's because Bubby's birthday is coming up and we're looking for cool things for him, or if I have some disease which makes me want to buy more artwork than our home and my office will ever have wall space to hang, but either way, the limited edition poster art from Lone Wolf Black Sheep found its way onto my browser and will soon find its way onto a wall.

Loaf Dog poster, by Will Staehle, Lone Wolf Black Sheep picture

The character-driven prints seem quite sci-fi inspired, and you can imagine a whole book or movie or graphic series devoted to each, which is quite wonderful, as it allows the viewer's imagination to create a special and unique interaction with the art. What story lies behind each? The imagination runs wild.

Dr. Sasquatch poster, by Will Staehle, Lone Wolf Black Sheep picture

The pieces are quite reasonably priced at $50 for a 13x19 print on high-quality textured paper, each being signed and numbered. The prints are limited to runs of 100, and the site says they will not be reprinted once sold out. So go buy yours today, before they sell out of:

Gringo Cowboy poster, by Will Staehle, Lone Wolf Black Sheep picture

August 12, 2008

Our New Car, the Scion xB

Through a somewhat disappointing chain of events, we sadly bid our beloved silver VW Jetta farewell last night (yes, I cried a little) and a new car came into our lives, with huge shoes to fill, left by a family legacy of devotion to Volkswagen. But we are excited about our new little Scion xB, and it may very well be up to the task of being a great, fun little car for our family. The following are not photos of the actual car, mind you, but just a representation:

Transformers Scion xB Skids picture

We were happy to finally find one with the 'California Sunroof,' which is basically a double sunroof that extends to over the rear seats as well. We get to break the car in really soon, to head to Hot Springs for Clint's wedding, and we think we're going to love it. It's got plenty of room, the Bubby loves it, and the cup holders are super, although admittedly, they suck on the VW vehicles we're so used to.

One immediate drawback that we've noticed, however, is that it does not do this:

Transformers Scion xB Skids picture

(...and yes, I'd love you to buy me one for my 30th birthday...)

August 10, 2008

Dwelling, by Hiraki Sawa

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is currently exhibiting Kara Walker's My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, an exceptional installation, but with strikingly graphic subject matter, meaning our trips with the Bubby are confined to the upstairs portion of the building, which features pieces from the Modern's permanent collection. One of the current displays there is the video Dwelling (2002), by Hiraki Sawa.

Hiraki Sawa Dwelling Airplanes video picture

Dwelling explores the landscape of a sparsely decorated and smallish apartment, and draws into focus how this diminutive space has a new, large scale and vastness when suddenly populated with miniature airplanes. The picture unfolds before you, as the seemingly empty apartment becomes the stage for what quickly becomes the Chicago O'Hare of miniature airplanes.

Hiraki Sawa Dwelling Airplanes video picture

The Bubby enjoys this film, and is always sad when we move on to the Rothko's after watching it only 2 or 3 consecutive times. I think you'll enjoy it to. Click here to view the film as a Quicktime video.

Related links:

July 18, 2008

The Dark Knight Eats Lunch at Potbelly!

July 16, 2008

Free Wallpaper for iPhone 3G / iPhone 2.0

Now that last Friday's iPhone activation server-crashing debacle is settled and most of us have our iPhones unbricked and back to working, it's time to celebrate their coolness (and inherently, our own). So take a break from downloading Apps for your iPhone 3G or your 1st-Gen iPhone that you updated with the iPhone 2.0 software update and help yourself to this free wallpaper:

free iPhone dinosaur wallpaper picture

Right-click it to save, and then drag it into an iPhoto folder that you sync with your iPhone, or on a Windows machine, into a folder you sync in your My Pictures.

Check back later for more free iPhone wallpaper!

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July 10, 2008

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Why didn't anyone tell me about this?!

Day The Earth Stood Still movie website picture

Apparently, I now have plans for December 12, because on that day, a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still comes out. The new DTESS features Jennifer Connelly (of The Rocketeer and other fame).

Jennifer Connelly starring in Day The Earth Stood Still picture

More importantly, though, it quite appropriately casts Keanu Reeves as Klaatu. After watching the preview, I doubt there could have been a more perfect actor playing the role of the quiet, warning envoy that is Klaatu.

Keanu Reeves stars as Klaatu in Day The Earth Stood Still picture

The preview is quite intriguing and the movie looks to have several similarities to the original. However, 57 years after the original DTESS came out, the new version has the benefit of super computers and CGI, and the special effects look spectacular.

In the 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still, Klaatu delivered a stern warning to a planet on the brink of worldwide nuclear war, and while things didn't end so well for Klaatu, the humans seemed to get the message and be spared planetary destruction by interplanetary pacifists. In more recent sci-fi 'alien / end of days' movies, however--like Cloverfield, the remake of War of the Worlds, Signs, and even the current The Happening--the humans get a serious beat-down. The preview for the new DTESS seem to indicate that it may continue that trend, the idea that we'll learn the lesson a little better if you decimate us first.

Day the Earth Stood Still picture

Go watch the preview; it's quite exciting, whether you're a DTESS fan like me, a sci-fi fiend, or just a movie buff. Plan on being at a theater the weekend of December 12.

(Oh, and if you're like me, and suddenly towards the end of the preview realize you haven't seen Gort, just wait for it...)

Gort, from the Day the Earth Stood Still picture

June 29, 2008

Quotable: Veerle Pieters

I've got quite a bit of website building and overhauling coming up this week at work, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite tweets from the incomparable Veerle (who is always so polished in her professional product and so generous in sharing her wealth of design knowledge):

Veerle Pieters WYSIWTF quote picture

BTW, if you've never experienced the joy of trying to make a website look presentable in the piece of caca that is, well, pretty much any version of Internet Explorer (but especially 6), just know that the natural reaction to doing such is strings of expletives, wanting to throw things violently, and further deepening of one's belief that Bill Gates is in fact the anti-Christ.

June 26, 2008

Twitter is Broke, Again

Twitter is down again picture

I'm sure by the time I take this screen shot and post this post, Twitter will be back up. Then again, I also thought that Twitter would have restored my account their server ate, but now 3 weeks later, they haven't been able to yet. In fact, they had drop-shipped me a mens small Twitter t-shirt (emblazoned with "wearing my twitter t-shirt," cleverly enough) even before I had a personal acknowledgment that yes, my account had been eaten during a database update. (Through several e-mails from Twitter and other deleted users, and through much time spent on the Twitter forums and GetSatisfaction, the story is that this is happening to lots of people--it's still happening in fact, and no one has had a successful un-delete of their account yet. I do think Twitter is trying, they just haven't succeeded yet.)

My old account is still no more, and while I've set-up a new one, I have yet to re-find all my friends (including private accounts, like the wonderful SwissMiss!). I know it's a free service, but honestly, between my iPhone and times like the screen shot above, I'm experiencing less and less service.

C'mon, guys, pull through this! Twitter is a lot of fun, most especially when it works...

June 22, 2008

Mimobot: Ninja Domo USB Thumb Flash Drive

Mimobot Domo Ninja Thumb Flash Drive picture

As promised, a re-look at the thumb drive from my desk: Ninja Domo USB thumb drive, by Mimoco, from the Mimobot Domo series. Mimoco is a designer toy studio-meets-consumer electronics brand. Their mission is to "bring style and soul to personal tech devices and to inject interactivity into the underground Art Toy movement."

I picked up my Ninja Domo 2GB flash drive at SXSWi, but you can buy one from their site, and Ninja Domo is on sale at the moment.

And while I normally hate thumb drives that come pre-loaded with caca, but the Mimobot drive came preloaded with all sorts of fun icons and wallpapers and whatnot, that are just as fun as the little drives themselves.

If Ninja Domo isn't your style, check out the Star Wars and Halo flash drives.

June 10, 2008

Something's Afoot!

...and I don't just mean the Singer 4212 sewing machine pedal:

Singer Model 4212 sewing machine picture

Lately, I have seen very little of my loverly wife. I most often am finding her with her head tucked under the sewing machine, needle and thread whirring away, working with clock-like precision...but on what?

I have a theory that she's about to open her much-rumored Etsy store, and is trying to make sure that she has enough stock to sustain the madhouse of a rush that is going to happen once she opens her electronic doors.

But that's just a guess. I only live with her, so I may be wrong... =^)

May 26, 2008

Ready for Wall-e

Wall-e and Eve movie promo picture

Disney / Pixar's Wall-e movie opens on June 27th, but we are ready for it now! Today, we're in to see Horton Hears a Who.

What are YOU doing this Memorial Day?

May 20, 2008

Drink Coke, Save the Planet

Coke Save the Planet picture

Who knew? Yet another compelling reason for us to install a soda fountain at work.

May 18, 2008

Knitting Rocks!

Apparently, Jenni and Sarah are not the only ones who knit.

May 13, 2008

New Death Cab for Cutie Album, The Narrow Staircase

The Narrow Staircase, new album from Death Cab for Cutie

If you're stuck at work today and not able to run right out and immediately buy the much anticipated follow-up to Death Cab for Cutie's 2005 album Plans (cos you're not going to download this CD on iTunes, you're going to want the real thing), head over to and make sure you enjoy sucking up the entire bandwidth of the interweb pipes at your work, because The Narrow Staircase is one of this week's "Free Full CD Listening Parties."

And then, at 5:00, or right after they send you home for using the full T1 that they somehow still insist is good enough for 200 employees, swing by Target and pick up a real copy. Yeah, we're not album test-driving today, we're just tiding ourselves over until we can go to Target.

April 30, 2008

Free Coldplay Song Download: Violet Hill.mp3

Picture Coldplay album cover Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

The stadium-packing Brit-rockers Coldplay are currently distributing the first single from their upcoming album for free on their website. An e-mail address is required, and you will receive a download link at the address you provide them.

The song, Violet Hill, is enough of a departure from the typical Coldplay sound to invite interest and enthusiasm for the new album, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, from more than just their die-hard fans (say, people who bought the Japanese import version of the single Talk--ough-cough, ME). The single will actually be up to buy Tuesday, May 5th, with the full album being released worldwide on June 12.

Welcome back, fellas! We're looking forward to hearing the whole thing.

April 1, 2008

Pushing Pins: SXSW

Okay, so here are all the pins I picked up at SXSW this year (with the disclaimer that I was not trying to pick up many pins):

SXSW pins picture

1,000 points for each correct guess as to which pin goes with what Vendor/url. Make sure to provide the URL of the vendor/service/whatever that you think goes with the pin when you comment.

...winning answers will be revealed Friday. Have fun!

March 9, 2008

SXSWi Pocket Monster Orwin!

My loverly wife made me an adorable pocket monster named Orwin as a surprise for SXSW, to carry around with me to remember how much she loves and misses me. Isn't my wife awesome?!

Anyhoo, I pinned him to my always-on badge so EVERYONE can see how much my wife loves me! Look for them soon on her Etsy shop...=^)

February 26, 2008

Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls, a Pictorial Recap

Sonic: Drive-In for a Train!

Dallas Mavericks picture

Game Time, Baby!
Dallas Mavericks picture

Who's a Dallas Mavericks fan?
Dallas Mavericks picture

Heading Home...
Dallas Mavericks picture

February 25, 2008

Self-Portrait: A 4-Shot Introspective Bubby Series

February 19, 2008

New: 16GB iPhone Just Released!

While I was blogging about Paul Frank iPhone covers, Apple was busy updating the store to include the new 16GB iPhone, the new 32GB iPod Touch, and $49 iPod Shuffles.

...which makes you wonder: when is the 32GB iPhone coming out?

In Case You Missed It: Paul Frank iPhone Covers

Being the huge Paul Frank that I am, imagine my joy when I stumbled in to the Southlake Apple Store the other day only to find Paul Frank iPhone covers!

Picture 1 of Paul Frank iPhone Cover, Slap Bass

They had two versions, the one pictured ("Slap Bass") and a Scruvy, rainbow-colored one. I always love the Pirate Monkey, but I had to get the music-related one, particularly as I used to play the bass, and quite dreadfully at that.

Picture 2 of Paul Frank iPhone Cover, Slap Bass

It fits on snuggly, and seems to do a decent job of protecting the parts it covers. It does seem to attract a lot of dust and lint, though, being black rubbery plastic. So pretty much the first time it goes into your pocket, to comes out looking like a woolly mammoth.

Picture 3 of Paul Frank iPhone Cover on iPhone

Still, it's perfect for me, and for those of you that love Paul Frank or just want something different on your iPhone.

Picture 4 of Paul Frank iPhone Cover, Slap Bass

As the time of writing of this post, neither the Apple Store nor the (new!) online Paul Frank Store actually had the iPhone covers. And a quick Google search for the terms "Paul Frank iPhone cover" summarily returned no helpful results...

Related links:

February 18, 2008

LEGO My Stormtroopers...

Picture of Star Wars LEGO set

Bubby had a small surprise coming his way as a result of several small victories and successes on his part, so our weekly Sunday afternoon trip to Target resulted in the purchase of Star Wars LEGO set 7667, The Imperial Dropship.

The best thing about this little set was that it came with the 4 LEGO men, being 3 Stormtroopers and one Darth Vader. Bubby's favorite part, though, was probably the tiny little blasters it came with.

February 13, 2008

At 'The iPod Store' Bubby calls it. And I don't know why, cos this is all he does there:

February 8, 2008

Super Monkey Visits the Holland Booth!

February 6, 2008

Sort by Color

January 24, 2008

Bingo the Clowno: Today's Blast from the Past

In case you haven't been traumatized by clowns lately:

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January 22, 2008

LEGO Airplane Construction Progress, Part III

Okay, it's slow going, but we've got the plane done now:

LEGO City Airplane

LEGO City Airplane

LEGO City Airplane

LEGO City Airplane

And Bubby's take on the matter, using his Fisher-Price digital camera:

LEGO City Airplane

LEGO City Airplane

LEGO City Airplane

January 21, 2008

Mats for Matte Stephens

After the purchase of our new HDTV and an early December trip to Disney World, Jenni and I decided to keep out Christmas spending budgets for each other to a minimum. As my ever-resourceful wife oft does, she made every penny count, scoring me two prints from artist Matte Stephens, via his Velocity store: Bavarian Bear Monster, and Moose Mombo.

Click photo to enlarge.

Like some others in the blogosphere, I used some Christmas money that I received to purchase frames for the prints. Now all I need is to take it all back to the frame shop for a couple of mats, and the bear and the moose will be set.

As I've said before, I love Matte Stephen's art: it whimsical and happy, and I can always use more happy. So thanks, baby!

Speaking of Matte Stephens, he is currently the featured 'Student of the Month' artist at ReForm School and just had new paintings and a new print featured at the ReForm School opening on January 19th. Matte's new print is an 11x17 entitled 'Fossil Fuel Fun,' and at only $40 is quite a steal. And as there are only 50 of them, I'd go get one now, if I were you.

(Fun side note: on August 23, 2007, I blogged how I wanted someone to buy me some of Matte Stephen's fun art, and noted that, as of that date, he had sold 715 items on his Etsy store. As of January 20th? Matte has sold 1,333 items...yowza...)

Keep up the great work, Matte!

January 16, 2008

LEGO Airplane Construction Progress, Part II

Slowly but surely, we're making progress on the LEGO City Airport and Airplane:

LEGO airplane picture

As you can see, we now have a nosecone and windshield, so our little pilot doesn't have to sit exposed at 35,000 feet, going 400 miles an hour.

LEGO airplane picture

The wings are on, too. However, we've really slowed down, what with the competition from other cool toys Bubby got at Christmas, like the indoor tent thingy, all sorts of things Wii (Mario and Sonic at the Olympics, anyone?), another LEGO set, with a hard-to-put-together-if-you're-only-4 robot, all sorts of fun books, and Daddy's inability to stop buying new DVDs. (Latest: James and the Giant Peach.)

LEGO airplane picture

Oh, that and I just got a new prime lens, which I'm very excited about using in all of the shots above.

January 15, 2008

MacWorld 2008 Keynote Breaks iTunes

Welcome Back, Julius!

After a long wait, my Paul Frank 'Julius' watch is back!

Paul Frank Julius Watch

Why a long wait, you ask? Well, the battery was dead, and everywhere Jenni or I took the watch kept telling us they wouldn't let us buy a battery from them and pay them to change it since we didn't buy the watch from them. (No, we didn't buy it from you, we bought it at the Paul Frank Store in San Fran-flipping-cisco!)

Anyhoo, it finally got replaced, and I'm happy. I got this watch when I was working at a full-time job for which I was grateful, but which daily work did nothing more than simply fill empty hours in a day and generally bore me out of my mind. So I got this watch as a portable inspiration to keep pressing on for more creative endeavors, and to remind the starched shirts I worked with that I was taking life a bit easier than they. Also, Jenni has the women's version of this watch, so it was just another reminder of how I'm pressing forward with the full support and togetherness of my wife of almost 7 years.

So welcome back, Julius. Happy to see your smiling face around again. And props to Haltoms in downtown Fort Worth, not just for fixing my watch and replacing the battery, but for doing it for free.

January 13, 2008

Facial Hairclub for Men (and Women?)

If your beard isn't growing in as well as you'd like, there are a variety of options available to you other than a Marks-a-Lot fill-in job.

My fave: the felt beard:

felt beard picture

The old-school 'Moustache-on-a-stick':

moustache on a stick picture

This beard is NOT washable:

paper napkin beard picture

These beards ARE washable:

facial hairclub for men shirt picture

Even if you're a girl, you can still get in on the action!

Nods to Victoria, Elizabeth, and Chris.

Related Links:

January 11, 2008

Free iPhone Wallpaper 1: Cracking Textured Wall

free iphone wallpaper background

I've been wanting to make some iPhone wallpapers to distribute lately, but haven't had that much quality time to do so. I have made a couple, though, so here's the first for you, a textured background. It's actually part of an abandoned house I shot one day. Right-click it to "Save As..." and then drag it into iPhoto or My Pictures to sync it the next time you dock your iPhone.

Photo is copyright 2008, Unbottled Studio. All Rights Reserved.


January 8, 2008

Slusho: You Can't Drink Just Six!

Slusho | You can't drink just six's almost 1-18-08...

December 28, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean 'Life' Game

Last night was Game Night with Matty and Jennifer (thanks, Mom and Dad!), and we broke-in Matty's new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Life game. It was fun, although I think I prefer the regular version. It's just so classic.

That, and the doctor gets paid more than the pirates do.

December 26, 2007

We're Having LOADS of Elefun!!!

December 25, 2007

After 3 Years on the Wishlist...

...the White Album gets gotten!

It Begins!

December 21, 2007

Only 4 Days 'til Christmas: Do You Know Where Your Packages Are?

FedEx does!

(Count 'em, that's 1-2-3 FedEx trucks in front of our office building!)

And thanks to our awesome FedEx lady, I know, too: after she discovered no one was home to sign for one of our last-minute packages, she brought it to my work, so we'd be sure to have it in time!

December 18, 2007

Holiday Game Un-Recommendations, from CNET!

This Assassin is not one of the Wiggles

Ah, what would a parent do without the valuable advice of those folks over at CNET, helping confused parents figure out whether Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is more appropriate for their 4 year old than Halo 3 or BioShock...

Or Assassin's Creed: My favorite bit from their gaming advice:

The good: ... Creeds can help encourage strong work ethics.
The bad: The main character is a professional killer who had his finger cut off so he could fit a spring-loaded knife on his arm. He isn't exactly one of the Wiggles.

I was rolling. Which part of the title 'Assassin's Creed' didn't give away that this wasn't a kids game?

'I'm sorry, Bubby, we were going to get you a good first-person knifing game, but CNET says we shouldn't...'

(All this poked in good fun at the folks at CNET, whose reviews and recommendations--and price-checking--on all things IT/entertainment/electronic are quite valuable and most helpful.)

December 15, 2007

Inside Look at "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," via Amazon

Thanks, Amazon!

Beedle the Bard

The Beedle Bard 2

"We're incredibly excited to announce that Amazon has purchased J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard at an auction held by Sotheby's in London. The book of five wizarding fairy tales, referenced in the last book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is one of only seven handmade copies in existence. The purchase price was £1,950,000, and Ms. Rowling is donating the proceeds to The Children's Voice campaign, a charity she co-founded to help improve the lives of institutionalized children across Europe.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is extensively illustrated and handwritten by the bard herself--all 157 pages of it. It's bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones.

Enjoy these first images of the book."

December 13, 2007

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

"2. Poo-pooing Snowman"...if anyone buys that for Bubby... !=^(

(via Nesting)

December 12, 2007

Christmas Cheat Sheets, by Made in ENGLAND by Gentlemen

Christmas Cheat Sheats

Your Christmas shopping may already be totally done. You may have each gift wrapped and under the tree (punctual you!).

But if you're NOT a Christmas shopping miracle yourself, these little Christmas cheat sheets by Made In ENGLAND by Gentlemen are sure to come in handy. Simply print (for boy or girl), distribute, fill out with pertinent information (like brasserie size!), and then swap with the people buying you gifts.

Right gift, right size, right color, right person, right on!

(via Tina)

December 6, 2007

Dallas Maverick's Game Night Fun!

Tonight's seat treat is Lightning Boltz, basically, glowy boom-boom sticks.

My Sister, Sarah Wilson: Published Knitty Designer!

Huge pats on the back to my brilliantly creative sister, Sarah, for her most recent creative accomplishment, having a knit design published by Knitty!

Knitty Banner
Sarah Wilson Knitty Pattern Cables and Bits

Sarah created a fabulous doggie-size shrug, which she calls 'Cables and Bits,' and which Knitty scooped right up!

Jax picture

Those are Sarah's dogs in the pictures: Don't they look great, and didn't they behave fabulously for the pictures?


Did I mention I was proud of my sister? Check out her bio at the bottom of the pattern page:

"Sarah Wilson is Not a Yarn Snob. She is also a Stunt Knitter for Stitch Diva Studios and the designer in residence for her LYS."

The girl stays busy! And it didn't even mention her incredible Etsy shop, 5*7*9 Jewelry, which has recently been remodeled, restocked with more fabulous handmade jewelry, and which still sells just about everything for $5, $7, or $9, and where shipping is always free!

I'm so proud of my sister!!! She is so talented and so creative and she is always challenging me to get off my duff and do something awesome. After you've checked out the Knitty Cables and Bits pattern, make sure you check out her blog (where she often offers free patterns) and zoom on over to her Etsy store, and make some Christmas purchases that will be sure to thrill the recipient!

November 16, 2007

Heart Reflection

Heart Reflection

...that's a good sign, right: a naturally occuring heart reflection
on our master bedroom door!

November 15, 2007

Midday Starbucks Holliday Drink Treat

Peppermint Mocha: Made by Starbucks, delivered by Jenni

...a peppermint mocha latte, courtesy of my loverly wife!

November 14, 2007

Artist Matte Stephens Delivers, Yet Again!

Matte Stephens' painting, The Look of Love #2

Doesn't Matte Stephens playful and gorgeous art just make you happy looking at it? It does me!

Matte is introducing some new art at the moment, and is selling originals through Velocity Art and Design.

The original of NYC is still available:

Matte Stephens' painting NYC, at Velocity

November 13, 2007

Zombie Attack, Anyone?

Now that we have my Grandmother's birthday party all planned, it's time to turn our attention to my dad, which begs the eternal question 'What do you get for a man who has everything who has every Xbox game and only plays Halo?'

I know quality time is really the best answer, but how to make it special? I think this year, we'll do an improv zombie attack:

Mostly Dead, Part I

Mostly Dead, Part II

Ron of the Dead

November 12, 2007

Me and My Bubby!

1000 points to whoever first correctly places the following quote:

"Father and son, together at last...who's better than us!"

November 8, 2007

A Whole Mess of Art

The world is full of beautiful things, creative, fun things, and more
and more of them are winding up at our house (like the finger-painting
above by Bubby and Jenni).

Coming very soon will be posts on more of these exciting things, like:

• Bubby's first attempts at painting
• My first attempts at painting
• Fun new stuff by Jenni
• Groovy crafty stuff Sarah sent
• New art from Matte Stephens!

November 5, 2007

Mavs Win - Happy Family

At The Mavs / Rockets Game!

And What Do We DO on the Train to the Mavs Game?

...what else? =^)

(...on, and I'm totally about to kill whoever brought on the Burger
King Chicken Sandwich and fries and didn't bring me one...)

On Our Way to the Mavs Game!

November 2, 2007

One Day...

October 9, 2007

Katharina Leuzinger, Artist of the Day

Umbrella Tote bag by Katharina Leuzinger, for PoketoIt's too late to buy one of Katharina Leuzinger's Umbrella Tote bags, as they are out of print. But as much as we love and collect bags over here, it's a least worth a moment or two of bag-coveting.

Katharina's upbringing by her respectively Swiss and Japanese parents shines through in her exceptional work, evoking a playful fancy while demonstrating an exceptionally finished craft. She has a new web presence that is 'coming soon,' where we expect to continue admiring her creativity and handiwork.

Mielo, by Katharine Leuzinger

October 7, 2007

Sunday Afternoon...

Sunday Afternoon Fun, Jenni Blogging at the iMac

Jenni blogs, Noah naps, and I go to the library, for DVDs--don't get me wrong, I go to the library for books, but I've got 12 I need to finish reading, which I'll highlight later. This afternoon was just DVDs, and which five were they?

1. I Heart Huckabees
2. The Royal Tenenbaums (I love this movie)
3. View from the Top
4. Diamonds are Forever

and one for Noah, as always:

5. Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

October 1, 2007

Design*Sponge Turns...New!

Design * Sponge screenshot

Congrats to those cool kids over at Design*Sponge, who after three good years at their Blogger site have made a jump to a new hosting and platform situation. As one would expect, the new site is fabulous, and sports lots of new and enhanced features, including:

D*S has over 20,000 daily readers, so they don't need props from us. But still, props nonetheless: It looks great, Grace, and we can't wait to see what you do next!

Monday Morning Monster Madness!  |  The Illustration of Von Glischka

Oh my word, it's not just Monday, it's stinking Oc-frickin-TOBER!!! (and yet still a sweltering 90+ degree day is expected here in North Texas). Time to celebrate by upgrading your desktop background: Go Get a Monster (or something clever) from Vonster!

September 28, 2007

Featured Etsy Merchant: My SISTER, Sarah Carroll Wilson / 579 Jewelry!

Those of you that know my sister know that she's extraordinarily crafty. At the Carroll highrise, we benefit often from her creativity, and her mad skills with yarn, thread, fabric and such things. In fact, she is becoming quite the acclaimed knitter, being employed as a test knitter and as a pattern-maker, among other things.

But just recently, she started a new venture, her own Etsy shop, 5 7 9 Jewelry! (Okay, it's not all her own, Laury Royse is her partner in this effort.)

Etsy - 579 Jewelry  Sarah Wilson Carroll

The name '5 7 9' part of the name is derived from the fact that they sell their handmade jewelry items for $5, $7 and $9, quite the steal any way, but especially when you consider that the price includes shipping!

Some of the current items include:

5 Dollar Blue and Silver Keychain with Glass and Shell Beads

5 7 9 Jewelry, Blue and Silver Keychain, available at Etsy

7 Dollar Turquoise Blue Shell Earrings

5 7 9 Jewelry, 7 Dollar Turquoise Blue Shell Earrings, available at Etsy

9 Dollar Beaded Belt/Necklace


I wish my sister the utmost of success in this new project, as I do in all the many things she does. And I know she will do great! Why? Because she is uber-talented and very creative, and on top of it all, she knows how to...

Make it work. I highly recommend you run over to her store right now, check it out, and buy something! At only $5, $7, $9, you can afford to get a couple of things!

September 27, 2007

Return of The Office! (Wii / Mii Like!)

In honor of The Office starting back up tonight (with 1-hour episodes for the first four weeks!), and also because we broke out the Wii (thanks, Dad and Mom!) for the first time last night but didn't have time to set up our Mii characters, I give you (yes, what some of you have seen before):

The Office Miis!!!

Dwight Shrute Mii

Dwight Shrute

Jim Halpert Mii

Jim Halpert

Pam Beesly Mii

Pam Beesly

(Bonus Mii for Sarah:)

Borat Mii

September 26, 2007

The Holy Bible, for Everyman, Illustrated by Crush

...well, just a cover, actually: British design firm Crush was approached by Hodder & Stoughton Publishers to design a cover for a new edition of the Bible. They wanted a cover that would reach out to non 'card-carrying Christians,' something that would grab them and challenge them to have the Bible be more a part of their lives:

The Holy Bible, cover by Crush

The Holy Bible, cover by Crush

September 18, 2007

Etsy Item of the Day: Robot Necktie, by SugarLust

I don't wear neckties much (read=ever), but I may have to start soon:

Robot Necktie by SugarLust, on

The Robot Necktie, by Etsy merchant Sugarlust. For those instances when you just have to wear a necktie. Like, the day the robots finally take over! Or the day, after they've taken over, that you have to interview for your first 'replacement' job as a robot slave, maybe as a janitor, vacuuming the floor for an iRobot. Either way, you'll be styling and sure to earn some brownie points with your new AI boss.

Oh, if you're going to get me something from SugarLust, I'll take one of these instead (cos I've already got something to wear that inevitable day robots take over):

Robot Messenger Bag, by SugarLust on Etsy

September 17, 2007

New Threads from Wire&Twine: Skeleton Smart-Tee!

Skeleton Glow-in-the-Dark Tee from

Just in time for fall, those clever fellows over at Wire&Twine have introduced a new 'Smart-Tee,' the stylish Skeleton Smart-tee! Aside from its smart design, what makes it so smart? The bottom front of the tee features the title word upside down, so the little guy or girl lucky enough to be sporting these threads can look down and see, 'Oh yeah, there's a SKELETON on my tee!'

Like so: Smart-tees: Smart, clever, and very groovy!

That is smart! And huge bonus: This one glows in the dark!

Way to go, Chris and Co., for another fun creation! It will be coming to a house near us soon. (And anyone else out there can feel free to order the Bubby this, this, this, or this.

Keep up the good work, Chris. And congrats, also, for the other things keeping you busy lately...

September 16, 2007

The Killers: Somebody Told Me...

...that you had a brother, who bought you some tickets...

Somebody was right: Thanks to Matty for the great (early) birthday presents to me and Jenni of tickets to see The Killers at Nokia in Grand Prairie this past Thursday night. They totally rocked it out:

The Killers at Nokia in Grand Prairie, TX

With only two albums out, they played just about every song they have, including my favorite, 'All These Things that I've Done,' which was the encore closer. The crowd was incredible, singing along with every song from the get-go. From Mr. Brightside and Somebody Told Me, Jenny Was a Friend of Mine and Read My Mind, to Noah's favorite Bones, they had it all...almost: in reflecting afterwards, they did NOT play Change Your Mind, which I love, although admittedly, this was the 'Sam's Town' show from the second album, and I think they may HAVE played all of that album.

The Killers at Nokia in Grand Prairie, TX

Props to The Killers for an outstanding show. Huge thanks to Matty for his generous gift to us, and also a shout-out to Mom and Dad for keeping the Bubby, who was not too thrilled to find out that we had gone to see 'Come with MEEEEEEE!!!!!!' as he calls it, without him.

September 10, 2007

Knit. Bake. Eat. Repeat.

Jenni and Sarah must--yes, ladies, must--make some of these the next time they get together for some knitting or crocheting or whatever it winds-up-being-ing...

And just as I am always proud to wear whatever fun things they make me, I will also be very happy to eat these beautiful delicacies!

August 31, 2007

The Office Gets Shredded? Scrubs Scrubbed? NBC Will Not Renew ITunes Contract


NBC Universal has notified Apple that it will not renew its iTunes contract which represents 40% of all digital videos downloaded from iTunes, including the very popular and much-downloaded series 'The Office,' (which Apple regularly uses screen shots of in its advertising), 'Scrubs,' and 'Saturday Night Live.'


NBC Universal and Apple have been in contentious negotiations as of late, mostly over, you guessed it, money. NBC Universal, of course, wants more. This follows Universal Music Group (part of Vivendi, the world's largest corporation) recently announcing that they would not renew their contract to sell music through iTunes.

Videos of NBC shows will be available on iTunes through December, when the original contract expires. As to the Universal music, they announced that they would sell to Apple 'at will,' meaning they can cancel their partnership at a moments notice.

Whether this all is actually carried out remains to be seen. In several ways, Apple does not make much money off the actual digital products sold on iTunes--between 70 and 80 percent go directly to the labels and studios. So in effect, NBC and Universal have decided to bite the hand that feeds. But Uncle Steve is very well known for not taking things sitting down. If an agreement is not able to be reached before December, expect all sorts of fireworks.

August 27, 2007

El Sabor Delicioso!

On the way home from church yesterday, we stopped by Central Market for a drink run...and I got one of my faves, the one-liter of imported Mexican Coke:


And it was a good selection, since I had leftover Mexican food for my yummy lunch.


August 23, 2007

Featured Etsy Merchant: Matte Stephens, Artist Extraordinaire

Some people are so talented, they just make you sick. Or envious. Or just plain bored with whatever it is you're currently doing that's not quite so groovy. The world is full of people like this. But there's always room for one more.

Welcome, Matte Stephens!

the giant suburban bear

Matte is a young artist from Alabama who has a flair for the whimsical. He has been painting for a living for the last 12 years, drawing influences from all things modern, including Charles Eames, George Nelson, and Irving Harper. His work can be found in various galleries and art shows in NYC and throughout the country.

As of Friday morning, he had sold 715 pieces of his gorgeous art through his Etsy store. I'm hoping that it's 716 soon, cos I'd really like someone to get me something from there. Maybe 'the giant suburban bear print'. I really like the one pictured above, 'the giant suburban bear visits nyc'. The 'nyc print' is also very nice. Or, if you were feeling generous, perhaps the 'shoe painting original'.

Either way, go take a look at his wonderful work, and if you don't get something for me, get something for yourself. We're going to be hearing more about Matte Stephens, I'm sure.

August 16, 2007

Let's Settle This Like Adults!!!

You know how when you play SceneIt and 'tie' on a question, you get those fun little tie-breaker questions to help resolve the issue without bloodshed?

Well, this would work, too:

Pro Thumb Wrestling!

May 9, 2007

Peanut Butter Mixer...

Man, I bet Mom would have liked one of these for Mother's Day when we were kids:

March 16, 2007

This Is a Post for You, Lovely...

The Eisley show at the Ridglea Music Festival was excellent last night, as was expected.

...what was not expected, though, was that, even in his absence, Noah was going to be mentioned (albeit not by name), from the stage, by the band, who have never met him or even seen a picture of him.

How? you ask incredulously.

Well, the short end is, we wound up having a chance to talk to one of the girls and Eisley's mom before the show, and talked to them about how Noah loves Eisley and particularly sings along with their song Trolleywood, a fun song about a day in San Francisco. It apparently touched quite a chord with the proud mama (4 of Eisley's 5 members are the children of our new friend, Kim Dupree), and she herself went digging through their trailer and found some kid's shirts from the band's fun collection of rock'n'roll apparel. So, at some point during the show (twice, actually), the lead singer, Sherry Dupree, mentions this and tosses some kiddie tees into the crowd!

We didn't snag one of the kiddie tees, sadly. I did snag one she tossed that she thought was a kiddie tee which was actually a ladies small and fits Jenni. Anyhoo, as we were leaving, we passed by the merch booth to say thanks for the thought, and Mrs. Dupree flags us to the front of the crushing line of fans and pulls out a stack of kids tees.

'I found these in the trailer for you!'

Groovy. After flipping through them, and trying to decide which one to get him, and after she pulls down a t-shirt for me, I ask, How much are the kids tees?

'Oh, they're a present for your little boy! I'm giving them to you! We were so happy to hear about your little boy!'


Big smile from two other proud parents. And in the back of my head, I can hear Noah's favorite music start:

Out one day / Walking one day
Out one day / With you, hallelujah
We found a wood / With Trolleys on wheels
Rolling all around the hills / Hallelujah

October 3, 2006

Something Not-So-Normal

...and which, of course, I now have to have:

Leave piddly doodling to the piddly doodlers--for your, er, my next big idea, I'm gonna use these bad boys/girls. I need a few of these for the office.

They'd also be great to put on my office door when I'm out, you know?

"At court, genius. Yes, that means your 'project' has to wait."

October 1, 2006

All the Cool Kids...


...have a cool little monkey friend named Nyokki whose hair actually grows. And it grows pretty stinkin' fast, just like Noah's.

Really, the whole reason they invented the internet was to help you find cool stuff (to buy your son/nephew/grandson/self).