Monthly Archives: August 2008

Clever Business Cards, Part II

Based on popular demand, here are some additional clever business card designs. 

Acupuncturist

 

 

 

Manicurist

Clever Business Cards, Part I

Clever Business Cards, Part III

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Communication Just Got Sweeter

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57 Things You Can Eat With Heinz Ketchup

This jingle has been in my head all morning…I think Bruce Springsteen could do a killer version.

 

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Coca-Cola Readying 100-Flavor Soda Fountains

Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest beverage firm, is working on a proprietary fountain system that can dispense more than 100 beverages from a single unit.

First-generation prototype dispensers were tested earlier this summer, the company said Thursday. Second-generation dispensers will begin testing in the first half of 2009. A decision on whether to roll out the system in the market will be made after the second round of testing.

The new dispenser uses highly concentrated ingredients to store more beverages in about the same space as a current eight-valve machine.

The new dispenser, which fits in about the same space as a current eight-valve machine, uses high-concentrate ingredients to store more beverages. Adding a new brand is “about as easy as changing a print cartridge,” the company said in a press release.

“Innovation is our lifeblood,” said Chris Lowe, president of the Coca-Cola North America food service and on-premise division, “and we wanted a dispenser that offers consumers greater beverage variety while helping our customers increase beverage profitability.” (Reprinted from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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John Lennon Biopic in the Works

The story of John Lennon is headed for the big screen with Nowhere Boy, a biopic that will be directed by visual artist Sam Taylor-Wood, says The Hollywood Reporter. Produced by U.K.’s Ecosse Films, the script from Control screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh will focus on the Beatle’s childhood and subsequent journey to icon status. Filming is set to take place on location in Lennon’s hometown on Liverpool.Greenhalgh’s script details the story of Lennon as a lonely teenager growing up as his aunt and the mother who gave him up fight for his love. His only escape is music, art and his fateful friendship with Paul McCartney.

The project is currently casting for the major roles.

 

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8 Architecturally Awesome Sand Castles

In honor of the last week of summer HERE are 8 Architecturally Awesome Sand Castles.

 

City of Sand

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Philips CinemaOne

Philips has announced its new CinemaOne home theater system, which packs a DVD/CD player, iPod dock, five channel amplifier, six speakers, and a subwoofer all in a single unit. The all-in-one system features six precisely angled speakers spread around its body and a 4-inch subwoofer built into the base, all of which are powered by a five channel amplifier and Digital Signal Processing unit. A built-in iPod dock in the top of the unit lets users play music and video with on-screen track information, and the iPod can be controlled via the CinemaOne’s remote control. Other features include DVD upscaling up to 1080p, auxiliary input, Composite video and HDMI output, and a USB port for connecting other digital music devices. Pricing and release information has yet to be announced. (From iLounge)

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The Styrobot

Kevin Kelly has been saving Styrofoam packing for five years and decided to make a robot out of it. Click HERE to read about how he created The Styrobot.

 

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The Bourne Trilogy DVD

Universal Home Video has officially announced The Bourne Trilogy which includes The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. The 3-disc package will be available to own from the 4th November, and should retail at around $34.98.

 

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The Muppet Show Comes Back

The Jim Henson-created characters may be on their way back thanks to a new Disney Film.

In the movie, written by Forgetting Sarah Marshall star and writer Jason Segel, the Muppets reunite to save their studio with one last variety show.

Should the film go well, it opens up the possibility of a television program, also written by 28-year-old Segel.

A source said: “Jason is a massive Muppets fan and is seen as the man to finally bring The Muppet Show back to TV.

“It will obviously have all its old fans but Jason’s comedy is hugely popular with youngsters so it will open it up to a whole new audience.”

The source added: “If the movie script is popular Jason will write the TV series too. He is already coming up with ideas for it.”

Although there have been a number of spin-offs, including Muppets Tonight in 1996, The Muppet Show originally ran from 1976 to 1981, and made famous characters such as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo – the show won an Emmy in 1978 for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

In the original series, Kermit, arguably the world’s most famous frog, was the show’s stage manager, attempting to keep order amidst the chaos, while being pursued by Miss Piggy.

The Muppet characters went on to star in a number of movies including The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppets from Space. (From the Telegraph UK)

 

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How Many of Me?

Enter your name, and How Many of Me tells you how many people in the U.S. share it. 

 

I am the only Larry Fire in America. 

 

Click HERE to see how many of you there are?

 

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Fox Announces 20 Upcoming Digital Copy Releases

Twentieth Century Fox, the first studio to offer an iTunes Digital Copy on select DVD and Blu-Ray releases, has announced 20 upcoming Digital Copy releases. “Our research shows that when given the option, consumers recognize the incredible value proposition that Digital Copy provides as a simple, fast way to move content to a portable device,” noted Mary Daily, Executive Vice President, North America Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Digital Copy puts the disc at the center of the digital revolution happening in households nationwide and meets the entertainment needs of the entire family from the TV, to the computer to an iPod.”

Fox titles Napoleon Dynamite, Office Space, The Girl Next Door, Grandma’s Boy, There’s Something About Mary, Dodgeball, Super Troopers, Behind Enemy Lines, The Day After Tomorrow, Die Hard, Fantastic Four, Hide & Seek, I, Robot, Independence Day, Speed, The Transporter, X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X3: The Last Stand, and Reno 911!: Miami – More Busted Than Ever Unrated Cut will all be released on September 23 for $20 each, with an iTunes Digital Copy included.  (From iLounge.com) 

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What Michael Jackson Might Have Looked Like?

The Daily Mail has printed pictures of what Michael Jackson should look like at 50 years old if he had not had extensive cosmetic surgery.

 

They used a computer aging program and the result is below.

 

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Japanese “We Are The World”

Japanese impersonators cover the star studded charity single from the ’80s. It looks like its part of some kind of game or talent show.  The original is also below.

 

 

 

 

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Starbucks Good-For-You Breakfast Arrives Next Week

As top-secret code names go, the in-house corporate reference for Starbucks impending breakfast revamp is less than intimidating: “Morning Source.”

OOOOOOH…. Scary. Reportedly, however, that’s what they call it around Seattle these days, according to a revealing, read-between-the-lines type story in USA Today. The details are this: Next Wednesday, Sept. 3, Starbucks will start a wholesale retooling of that frightening doughnut-laden glass case in front of the baristas. There will be six new items, each of which will apparently be good for you — or as writer Bruce Horovitz shrewdly puts it, “better-for-you.” Look for “Perfect Oatmeal” (served in a cardboard bowl, with dried fruit) and energy bars (with oats and honey, $1.75) and whole-grain muffins and a “Power Protein Plate” ($4.95) that includes a hard-cooked egg, a cheese wedge, a few pieces of fruit and a pack of peanut butter. Nothing is weighs in at more than 330 calories. And Starbucks is doing this. . .why? Because A) the company is losing money (its stock is down 25 percent since this time last year and you take it for granted), B) a common complaint at Starbucks is that its food is not for human consumption. Oh, and because of C) CEO Howard Schultz went to the doctor. He tells USA Today that his doctor told him he was fat and his cholesterol was high.

So, it got him to thinking… maybe other people are worried about their health and can’t afford a private consultation with wellness doctors who appear on Oprah. And so now, soon enough, you too can eat oatmeal out of a cardboard bowl. (That’s how these things work.) He also mentioned the breakfast refiguring is the first in a series of food-centric tweaking. In 2009, Starbucks said it’s planning to relaunch its lunch and dinner menus. Which got us to thinking: Starbucks has a dinner menu? Anyway. Excited? (Reprinted from the Chicago Tribune)

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The Top 10 Coolest Commercials by Movie Directors

Advertising is now as big a part of movies as actors or special effects. Instead of forcing directors to sell your products in their movies, why not pay lots of money to direct your commercials? The results are odd little mini-movies. Please click HERE for the best of the bunch.

 

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New Land Of The Lost Image

In the new Land of The Lost film based on the 70′s Saturday morning television show, a forest ranger along with his two children inadvertently stumble into a mysterious land populated by dinosaurs and other creatures, including the mysterious and dangerous race of Sleestak.  The movie is due in theaters on July 17, 2009 and stars Will Ferrell and Danny McBride.

 

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Michael Phelps to Host Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live makes its 34th season premiere on Saturday, September 13 featuring Michael Phelps and hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne.US Olympic swimming phenomenon Michael Phelps will make his acting debut hosting the season premiere hot off his record-shattering performance in Beijing.

The “SNL” season premiere kicks off four live shows in a row, a rare practice that generated momentum for the show this past spring when the show returned after the WGA Strike-imposed hiatus. All told, seven all-new SNL’s will air on Saturdays prior to the election.

Phelps went a perfect 8-for-8 in Beijing, breaking Mark Spitz’s single-Games record for most gold medals won. In addition, Phelps broke another Olympics record, becoming the most decorated Olympian in history, winning a stunning 14 career gold medals. Phelps currently holds seven world records in swimming.

In addition to the revved-up Saturday schedule, “SNL” is ready for primetime with “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday.” Three LIVE primetime half-hours beginning October 9 at 9:30pm ET. These primetime special editions will be anchored by the show’s signature “Weekend Update.” This marks a return to the NBC Thursday night lineup for “SNL,” which produced similar live “Update”-centered broadcasts in 2001.

U.S. swimmer and all-time Olympian Michael Phelps poses exclusively for the August 25, 2008 edition of Sports Illustrated in this photograph taken in Beijing, China on August, 17, 2008. Phelps, 23, posing with his eight medal collection, the richest gold medal haul ever from a single Olympic Games, marks Phelps� fifth appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Phelps has more SI covers than any other swimmer including Mark Spitz, who is second with three. The August 25, 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated will go on sale on Wednesday. Photo taken August 17, 2008. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

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Tropic Thunder’s “Rain of Madness” Now on iTunes

Beginning today, DreamWorks Pictures is offering the original documentary Rain of Madness for download exclusively on the iTunes Store.

Rain of Madness, starring Jay Baruchel, Jack Black, Steve Coogan, Robert Downey Jr., Bill Hader, Nick Nolte and Ben Stiller, is a companion piece to the hit comedy Tropic Thunder, which debuted in theaters nationwide on August 13, and serves as a documentary of the making-of the feature film. It was shot on location in Hawaii, at the same locations used in the feature film, and details the demise of the fictitious cast & crew of “Tropic Thunder,” as they struggle to finish shooting their film despite numerous shooting, budgeting and casting problems.

“We wanted to do a fake documentary about the making of the movie within the movie which is called ‘Tropic Thunder’ — not the actual movie ‘Tropic Thunder.’ The fake documentary focuses on the real movie’s fake director, and what happens to the fake cast before they go into the real jungle. It’s pretty straightforward,” says Ben Stiller, one of the stars of the documentary and the director/star/producer and co-writer of Tropic Thunder.

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Sony Rolls Out New iPhone-ready Car Stereos

Sony has introduced three new iPod-ready car stereos. The CDX-GT630UI features the ability to connect directly to both iPods and iPhones via USB, and Passenger Control which allows passengers to control the connected device while being charged. Other features include front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs, a flip-down detachable faceplate, and a 13-segment, LCD with black LED display. The CDX-GT430IP comes with a 1.5 meter cable featuring a 30-pin connector to provide full menu control and charging for iPod. It too offers Passenger Control, as well as a black LED screen and front and rear/sub preamp outputs. Finally, the CDX-GT330 offers compatibility with the $50 XA-120IP adapter to allow for charging and head unit control of iPods. Sony’s CDX-GT630UI, CDX-GT430IP and CDX-GT330 head units all include a wireless remote control, and will sell for $160, $130, and $100, respectively, when they go on sale in September. (From iLounge)

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The Lego Minifig Turns 30

On August 25, 1978, the Lego minifigure was born. This was a hugely important transition for Lego. For many years they sold sets allowing builders to create cars or buildings, but something was missing — a human element. The minifig gave them that humanity, and very quickly it became an iconic symbol of the company second only to the brick itself.

The first minifigs had yellow skin and fixed, pleasant expressions. It was not until 1989 that this changed, with a pirates set debuting figures with eye patches, hook hands and peg legs. 1997 saw the minifig’s official entry into the digital realm, starring in the videogame Panic on Lego Island. It was not until 1998 that minifigs with realistic skin tones were released, in conjunction with a new line of sports figures. As of 2004, all licensed products featured minifigs with natural coloration.

Some quick facts: Over four billion minifigs have been manufactured, or nearly four figures are sold every second, for an average of 122 million per year. The very first minifig was a police officer, and he has appeared in 41 different versions in 104 sets. (From Wired.com)

 

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I Want To Work Here…

HERE are some pictures from YouTube’s office in San Bruno, California.  It looks like a fun place to work!

 

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Kelley Blue Book Launches Web Site Optimized for iPhone

Kelly Blue Book has announced the launch of its new website optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch. The web app will allow users to access new and used vehicle information, view videos, images, and new car reviews, and submit free dealer price quotes. Kelly Blue Book’s iPhone mobile site can be accessed by visiting kbb.com from any iPhone or iPod touch.

Kelley Blue Book iPhone app

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