Archive for August, 2010

Get Cheeky: Thomas Paul’s Luddite Case Collection

| August 31, 2010

Thomas Paul’s Luddite case collection feels both like an homage to the 19th century British textile artists who protested the introduction of machines into their industry, and like a slap in their face. After all, each hand silk screened canvas case bears the imprint of the 19th century version of the 21st century artifact it was made to hold.

But, I can’t lie: It’s that irony that makes the design so cool.

Overall, there are 12 cases in the collection, but these five are probably my favorite.

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Art of Photography Show opens on August 28th

| August 27, 2010

School House Rock posited that three is a magic number: past, present, and future; heart, brain, and body; Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney.

So as not to blaspheme on this universal rule, the Art of Photography Show Opening that will take place at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery this Saturday, August 28th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. offers its own trinity of free – free hors d’oeuvres, free wine, and a free art exhibit.

In addition to being one of the first to check out this exhibit that will only be in San Diego through November 7th, 2010, those that attend the opening will receive a complimentary copy of the 76-page show catalog that highlights all of the exhibit’s photographs and includes statements from each artist about their piece.

For those choosing to partake in this footloose evening, it’s recommended to get to the event closer to 6 p.m. since attendance is expected to surpass a Duggar family reunion.

After August 28th, the free-ness continues seven days a week. The gallery will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on the weekends from noon to 6 p.m.

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Sean Marc Lee’s “Denwa” will be on exhibit. (Image from Intersection of the Arts.)

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Thursday short: A sheep by any other name

| August 26, 2010

If you like Wallace & Gromit, then you’ll enjoy Shaun the Sheep, which is basically a spin-off of the Wallace & Gromit Film, “A Close Shave.” Animated by Aardman, the same animation studio that brought us Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep follows the farm adventures of Shaun, a sheep that can think and behave like a human.

This episode is called “Off the Baa.” Slanky!


Video courtesy of Bubble093 on YouTube

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Cards that say what you’re really thinking

| August 25, 2010

9spotmonk letterpress is the discount Fendi bag at the bottom of a Ross store clearance bin, and their Recession Line cards are the expletives and other colorful phrases uttered upon making that discovery.

In addition to the birthday card pictured, other cards from 9spotmonk’s Recession Line that hooked me like a another episode of Kate Plus 8 are a card for a new mommy, a birthday card to give to a sibling, a card to commemorate a new relationship, and an anniversary card.

For me, these cards were the gateway to the rest of 9spotmonk’s beautiful letterpress cards, notebooks, and stationary. But if I had to pick the ‘first’ thing I’d buy from 9spotmonk, it would probably be a set from the Recession Line. Go figure.

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Photo from 9spotmonk’s website

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Photojojo makes camera lenses for your camera phone

| August 24, 2010

There’s something charming about seeing Adidas and Vans come in sizes fit for babies that don’t yet know how to walk.

Enter Photojojo’s camera phone lenses. Now, avid camera phone photographers exasperated that their phone doesn’t work like their digital SLRs can go to town while the rest of us try to avoid them as they switch up lenses during rush-hour traffic.

Photojojo offers up a mini fisheye lens ($25) and a mini wide angle+macro lens ($20) that will work with any camera phone, but the deal is in buying them in a bundle ($40). Each lens is fixed with a key ring, giving fashionista shutterbugs a chance to turn their phone accessories into neck bling.

Gimme.

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Photos courtesy of Photojojo’s store

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