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Not Your Mother’s Hallmark

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For those of you that feel creatively-limited by someecards, try Pigspigot, a new user-generated greeting card site.  Users can upload their own personal graphics as well as include their own greeting message making for a completely customized product. These cards can then be sent digitally for free, or printed and snail-mailed for $3.99. All card creations are then cataloged in the Pigspigot “library” for other users as inspiration or to send themselves. Designed like a greeting card-wiki, the more people use the site, the stronger it gets with more cards available… so go send one.

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Bottle Service

Johnnie Walker launched a new $3,000 blend available only in the Singapore airport… random, right?!?  It’s a blend from casks from nine distilleries, including some from the company’s hoarded stocks from long-closed distilleries including malt whiskey from Glen Albyn and grain whiskey from Cambus (both closed in 1983).  The whiskeys have been blended and given a final final maturation in a 100 year-old wood cask. Blah Blah Blah… the best part is that it is sold in individually numbered hand-blown Baccarat decanters.

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However, if John Walker isn’t quite in your budget, perhaps you should look into Mr. Burglar whiskey.  Not sure how great it tastes but that’s not why you’d buy it… The packaging, designed by London based agency called Fantasist, is heat sensitive so that when you put your hand on the bottle an image of a thief appears beneath your fingerprints.

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Let Your Darkside Out

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Promotional shirts are so predictable – starchy-thick Hanes shirt with awkwardly-long-sleeves and a crunchy, doomed-to-crack decal.  But not the new one used to create buzz for the latest Resident Evil Wii game.  Although traditional at first glace with it’s “Let Your Darkside Out” logo, once the shirt is pulled up over your face you are instantly transformed into a zombie (or a gory Mardi Gras bead-beggar)!  Brilliant!

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My Gift to You

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… for being loyal while I was on hiatus!

Ever since my mom found the Maxine greeting card from Hallmark that read, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit next to me,” it has been our motto.  Shoot – why the hell not?  I mean, snarky gossip is twice as awesome as eaves dropping which even better than people watching which obviously trumps US Weekly… and everybody loves US Weekly, so I think I’ve made my point!

So where is one to get their fill of stuff they shouldn’t hear?  Well, I’ll tell you… cuz I’m a giver… rated by inappropriate excellence:

  1. FML (F-My-Life): Where every day folks share the stories that make them say, “F-My-Life!”
  2. Fireland on Twitter:  A dude named Joshua Green Allen who’s one-liners will make you more uncomfortable than watching Borat in NYC’s Diamond District.
  3. Texts From Last Night: A collection of texts that prove your friends have your best interest at heart when they take your phone away from you at the end of a debaucherous night.

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All The Single Ladies

Am I the only one who thinks the Justin TimberlakeBeyonce SNL skit for “All The Single Ladies” is lame?  Perhaps it is only lame because I’ve seen this little gem… nothing competes!

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I <3 Puppies

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A San Francisco couple set up a live video feed to watch over their dog’s six Shiba Inu puppies… and the rest is history (or rather, workplace distraction). 

If only they could pipe in puppy breath… bestill my puppy-loving heart.

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Rock Paper Sissors

Guess what’s happening on October 25th?  The Rock Paper Sissors World Championship in Toronto, Canada!   This is one of the few “sports” everybody can get in on… so get in on it!  

I dig the ‘viva la revolucion’ feel of the posters and the Dilbert-officiality (my blog, my word) of the RPS Society Web site, but the brand could definitely be improved upon.  That would be a bad ass addition to any body’s portfolio. (hint hint)  One thing that couldn’t get any better is the tag…

“Serving the needs of decision makers since 1918”

I wonder if there are Official Thumb Wars too?

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