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Clothing in the Year 2000!

March 22, 2009

This short film was made in the 1930’s with a view of fashion in the year 2000. Some of the predictions have come true, making me wonder if Marc Jacobs watched it when he made his backward heel shoes.

Towards the end, a man is shown wearing a suit that contains several pockets for his accesories, including a telephone. And now here we are eighty years later, obsessively carrying our Blackberries and iPhones. Who knew?


A Tornado of High Heels

March 20, 2009

Shoe WheelI’m completely intrigued by the shoe wheel from Rakku. However, doesn’t it look like the most impractical storage device of all time? Sure it saves room but it looks like a pain to get shoes in and out. Plus, it looks like a box fan that sucked up a bunch of high heels. I think the only reason it looks slightly appealing is because of that perfect rainbow of pumps.

A Tie Worth Having

March 19, 2009

Photoshop tie


How to Ruin My Childhood in 90 Minutes Or Less

March 18, 2009

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs was one of my favorite books as a kid. It’s still popular today, probably because of its undeniably charming story the ends with everyone sledding down a hill of mashed potatoes. I don’t know why Sony has to mess with a good thing but I wish the animation could have been inspired by the original illustrations of Ron Barrett. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this one turns out.

Party Snack Explosion

March 18, 2009

Ritz Crackers

I’m not sure when it began, but I love the current Ritz Cracker campaign. They aren’t using flashy starbursts or terrible gradients. Just flat colors and light shading. It’s so very fun, in the vein of 1950’s advertising. Of course if it were up to me, I’d get rid of the poorly photoshopped Ritz logo on the open boxes.

It’s All Happening, Man

March 15, 2009

Zach Hill

Today’s Zach Hill comic by John Deering and John Newcombe. Click image for larger view.

‘Round the Clock Protection

March 14, 2009

Original Dial

Shut me in a room with access only to Flickr, and I’d be happy as a clam. Roadsidepictures has an incredible album of vintage packaging, you know, back when products where fun. Look at that package of Dial soap! Wouldn’t you much rather have that sitting in your bathroom than this?


Coming or Going?

March 13, 2009


Gorillas Don’t Blog holds a steady spot in my rss reader. The author posts vintage photographs from Disneyland and the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. My recent favorite is this picture of the exit gate at Disneyland back in the 1960’s. It’s a far cry from the gate today…


Company Freebies: How UPS Won My Heart

March 13, 2009

UPSOh this is too much. During last year’s holiday season, UPS sent promotional gifts to its store employees. Among them was a notepad block, made to look like a UPS Freight shipment. The whole pad sits on a miniature wooden pallet! Call it silly, but this is my idea of promotional freebies. Who knew UPS could be so fun?

I saw this notepad while shipping a few boxes today and begged the employee to tell me where I could get one. She shrugged, thought I was nuts, and told me to look on eBay. She was right!

Wanna Be A Member?

March 12, 2009

This is the real deal right here. Bimbo’s Initiation is the definition of animation: It’s insane, something out of your dreams, and beyond anything that could happen in real life. When I watch this cartoon, it reaffirms my opinion that animation is the most limitless medium out there.

In this short, Bimbo (Betty Boop’s boyfriend) falls into a manhole only to realize that he’s interrupted a cultish ceremony. He’s soon under pressure to join the club or face death. This short was eventually apropriated for a Squirrel Nut Zippers video, though I can’t say it has the same charm.