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Monday, December 31, 2007


So I ordered a set of 100 minicards from MOO.com a couple of weeks ago and they finally arrived a few days ago. I can't tell you why little pieces of paper with cute pictures on them can elicit extreme levels excitement, but trust me, they can.

If you haven't already heard of MOO, they're a UK-based printing company that allow you to upload your pictures from most large photo aggregation sites (Flickr, Facebook, etc.) and use them to print out greeting cards, post cards, etc. You can also use images by illustrators that have submitted their designs to the site (that's what I did).

Minicards are super cute (and mini) and judging from the Flickr group devoted to these little wonders, they're primarily used as business cards or promo cards or they're mashed up to create super duper collages.

I suppose I should also admit that these unboxing photos were staged. I was so excited to finally get them that I kind of tore into the package. As an afterthought I put everything back together and opened it up all over again for the cameras.

P.S. Happy new year!

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Breaking News: Simpsons' Writers Turn To Internet For Ideas

I watched a new Simpsons episode last night for the first time in a long time. The episode was Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind and towards the end Homer experiences a near-death experience that triggers the old life-flashing-before-your-eyes bit. The sequence was pretty well done and the music soft and tragic. All in all, very entertaining.

They even did a fake YouTube "share/watch again" ending (although it should be "replay").

Immediately after seeing that sequence I went online to see if I could find the clip but to no avail. I also couldn't help shake the feeling that the sequence was vaguely familiar. Leave it to the bloggers to figure it out. The sequence was a parody of photographer Noah Kalina's Everyday video that has gained a certain notoriety online:

I wonder what you're supposed to do with rest of your life once you've been parodied by the Simpsons. Awesome.

Note 1: See Noah's note on the Simpsons parody here. Apparently they used the music without permission.

Update: Looks like the part about using the music without permission was an oversight. The Simpsons people are trying to make it right.

Note 2: According to the YouTube spoof at the end of the parody, Homer is 39 years old. Who's gonna update Wikipedia?

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Skelewag Love

As soon as I saw a little thumbnail of a Skelewag image on NotCot.org, I knew something delightful was lying just a click away. And boy was I right! I love love love these little bits of street art by an artist known only as "Chewie". He (I'm assuming it's a he) is extremely creative in using the urban landscape canvas as part of his art. His Skelewags' style is extremely reminiscent of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride - who doesn't like that?

This is truly one of the neatest things I've seen in a while. Not sure why I'm so excited by these images but they do make me really happy! Unfortunately the official Skelewags site is under construction but you can find more images here and of course with a simple Google Images search. [love!]

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Hand Painted

Not sure about the exact origin of these photographs (who took them and who painted the hands), but they're quite amazing to look at. I wonder if that paint is sweat-proof. Lots more here.

Via NotCot.org.

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