Monthly Archives: November 2008

What The Future Was Supposed To Look Like

It’s almost 2009.  Where are our shiny one piece suits, the flying cars, the moving sidewalks and meals in pill form? Click HERE to see artist’s renditions of the supposed future from vintage magazines.

 

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Animal House 30th Anniversary Edition DVD Gift Set

The most popular college comedy of all time is back in an all-new 30th Anniversary Edition ($27)! This 2-disc set includes two exclusive all-new “Scene-it?” games, a brand new A&E documentary on the film featuring interviews with cast and crew members, including John Landis. Comes in collectible Delta House packaging complete with an exclusive Faber College Yearbook!

 

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Subterranean Press To Publish Limited Edition Stephen King Goes To The Movies Hardcover Book

Subterranean Press announced the exclusive hardcover of Stephen King’s new collection, due early in 2009, in which the #1 bestselling author reflects on the filming of five of his most popular short stories. Those movies are The Shawshank Redemption, 1408, Children of the Corn, The Mangler, and Hearts in Atlantis.

Stephen King Goes to the Movies includes an introduction, his personal commentary, and behind-the-scenes insights by Stephen.

The Subterranean Press edition of Stephen King Goes to the Movies is — so far — the only hardcover edition scheduled, and features full-color movie poster illustrations — one for each story — by Vincent Chong.

The edition will be smythe-sewn, printed in two colors throughout on 80# Finch paper, making it a perfect volume for your permanent shelf of favorite books. The book is limited to only 2000 unsigned hardcover copies priced at $75 plus shipping and handling.  The books will go fast and can be ordered HERE.

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Jonathan Coulton’s BEST. CONCERT. EVER DVD Due in February

Jonathan Coulton, the singer songwriter who defined the term “Internet Rockstar” with his breakthrough project “Thing A Week” in 2005 goes unplugged with his first live DVD titled, BEST. CONCERT. EVER., the definitive live Coulton performance  DVD ($20) will be released with an accompanying audio CD on February 10th and will be available at all music retail outlets. The DVD was filmed in February 2008 in front of a sold out crowd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Fellow musicians Paul & Storm join Coulton onstage on select songs, along with Kristen Shirts on ukulele.  Special guests, Technology Icons Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, and Veronica Belmont also join Jonathan Coulton on the Rock Band performance of “Still Alive,” which was the first Coulton song made available for download on Rock Band-compatible gaming systems. Jonathan Coulton says as his songs have evolved since he first released them, often through feedback at the live shows; he feels the time is right to give fans a new Coulton experience that reflects the evolution.  “The live experience is so different from recorded music, it seemed important to have an artifact that actually captures what these songs have become,” he said. In addition to the performances, Jonathan Coulton’s DVD features cross country day-in-the-life footage of the artist preparing for this very special performance, interviews with Jonathan Coulton, an audio commentary by Coulton and guests, a fan experience documentary, and the YouTube sensation: the Original Code Monkey Dance video! The entire DVD experience is approximately 2 hours. If you have not had the wonderful experience of seeing Jonathan Coulton perform live, this is the next best thing.  From the comfort of your living room you can sing along to some of Jonathan’s most popular songs such as Ikea, Skullcrusher Mountain, Code Monkey, Shopvac and Re: Your Brains. 

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The Thousand Watch Project

Remember the pocket watch? With the advent of cell phones, wrist watches are dying a slow death. But it is difficult (if not impossible) to throw out your old wrist watch even if it is broken. Is that because when it was worn it was almost an integral part of the body? Does it represent an important moment in one’s life? The Boston architecture firm Moskow Linn’s goal was to create a 1000 watch commemorative collection of old, discarded wrist watches. Each watch will receive a ten word epitaph written by the owner and can be visited in their online gallery HERE. When complete, the collection will be donated to the Smithsonian Gallery in Washington DC as an illustrative display of this moment in time.

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HairTry

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Aderans, the Japanese equivalent of Hair Club for Men has a neat online service called HairTry that allows you to upload your picture and try on various hairstyles without having to leave your home.

 

It processes the uploaded 2D photo and converts it into a 3D image, adding facial gestures and eyeballs that follow your mouse as you navigate the site. In addition to hair, the site offers a small selection of eyeglasses.

 

The site is entirely in Japanese and runs in Adobe Flash.  Below is a quick tutorial on how to upload your head, pick hairstyles, and export it into an amazing image file you can use on your social network of choice. Have fun.

 

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2008 Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday is next Monday, December 1, 2008.  It is the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season.  Check out the official site HERE for some exceptional internet deals.

 

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New Stephen King Book Announcement Coming Soon

Subterranean Press just announced the following:

“Just a quick note that we now have contracts in hand for a number of huge projects, and in the coming weeks we’ll be announcing brand new titles by Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, Neal Stephenson, and quite possibly a surprise or two that will shock everyone.”

To stay abreast of everything, please sign up for their mailing list as some of these books are certain to disappear quickly.

According to Lilja’s Library, the Stephen King project will be the only hardcover of this particular book and limited to only 2000 unsigned copies, priced at $75 with full color interior plates.

I will post more information as soon as it becomes available.

 

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Top 25 Toys For 2008

Comcast ranks the top 25 toys for 2008 and lets you know where to get the best deals HERE. The current most popular toy is the Little Tikes GiddyupN Go Pony. The list is updated daily.

 

 

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