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window shopping Christmas wish list: I can haz Durtbagz

Posted by Ms. Herr on 12.17.2008


And day 5 of the wish list.

The Durtbagz mission is to have people point and laugh at you. Seriously. And you want them to laugh at you, or you wouldn’t be wearing Durtbagz gear: bagz and shirtz featuring the dangerous throes of satire illustrated a la yellow and black road signs. Erin Atherton’s gear is classic and brilliantly uncouth. I’ve been in love with Not Wet When Dry since day one. Everyone else seems to love A Priest, A Rabbi, and A Horse, which is a best seller.

In anticipation of the holidays, Erin has created a cut-to-the chase gift “card” complete with a special 10% discount code to help you drop a not-so-subtle hint about exactly what you want. It goes a little something like this:

(start copying here)

DEAR (plug in appropriate title, here):

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, I THOUGHT I’D MAKE SHOPPING FOR ME A LITTLE EASIER ON YOU. NO, I’M NOT LETTING YOU OFF THE HOOK BY TELLING YOU THAT THE HOLIDAYS ARE FOR SPENDING TIME TOGETHER, AND I DON’T NEED ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT.

PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT ARE LIARS.

I KNOW I’M A BIT DIFFICULT TO SHOP FOR, SO HERE IS EXACTLY WHAT I’D LIKE THIS YEAR.

I WANT TO BE A DURTBAG.

I COULD REALLY USE A NEW (circle appropriate one) DURTBAG/DURTBAG SHIRT FROM DURTBAGZ.COM.

SPECIFICALLY, I’D LOVE THE (fill in with bag/shirt title/size here).

TO HELP YOU OUT EVEN MORE, USE THE CODE “IAMDURTBAGZ” FOR A 10% DISCOUNT ON WHATEVER DURTBAGZ GEAR YOU GET FOR ME.

THANKS IN ADVANCE. I CAN’T WAIT TO SPORT MY DURTBAGZ NEW GEAR!

YOUR FAVORITE (fill in details here, aka son, niece, hair girl),

(stop copying here)

By the way, did I mention that I know Erin and I think she rocks? So yeah, I’m gonna pimp her ish! 😛

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window shopping Christmas wish list: SXSW

Posted by Ms. Herr on 12.11.2008

Or geek spring break as it’s sometimes called.


And day 4 of the wish list.

South by Southwest started as a music conference and festival, but has since expanded to include film and interactive media. It’s held in Austin, Texas each March. This year (meaning 2009), the interactive portion falls on March 13-17. To hear them tell it:

The SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of exciting panel content and amazing parties. Attracting digital creatives as well as visionary technology entrepreneurs, the event celebrates the best minds and the brightest personalities of emerging technology. Whether you are a hard-core geek, a dedicated content creator, a new media entrepreneur, or just someone who likes being around an extremely creative community, SXSW Interactive is for you!

In other words, it’s the place to be. So if you know and love a geek whose not yet registered, sign them up!

Last year I missed it. In truth, I had never even heard of SXSW until sometime in late January. I was still a n00b to the local geek scene. I didn’t really understand what SXSW was, nor was either myself or my company in a position to foot the registration fee. So I sat home. But oh how I wanted to go! To absorb the culture and knowledge surrounding current developments interactive and social media. And to hang out with all the #phx geeks I’d recently me and knew would be there.

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window shopping Christmas wish list: Reactee to pimp your ish

Posted by Ms. Herr on 12.3.2008


And day 3 of the wish list.

I first learned about Reactee over a year ago from Springwise, a cool trend observation site. Since then, I’ve met @soul4real who tweeted about wanting a Reactee, and Byron, who owns and wears one.

Do you sense a little “but I knew about them first” here? I do.

Back to the point, Reactee lets you create a tee shirt to pimp pretty much any subject you want, from your favorite cause to your self. The shirt design is simple with a few customizable components. You pick your own headline and text keyword. You can also add a graphic by selecting one of the default options or uploading your own. Wear your tee out and about, and curious passersby who text your keyword to 41411 will receive a reply message from you.

At $20-25 (plus shipping) for a Reactee, it’s a really cool, and inexpensive, means of marketing. Design a tee for yourself or get a gift certificate for someone else.

I haven’t bought one for myself yet, primarily because I haven’t figure out what I want my headline to be. Although now that I’ve started merciless flirt, I may just use Reactee to pimp that.

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window shopping Christmas wish list: fish, smish…it’s the fish bowl that’s cool

Posted by Ms. Herr on 12.2.2008


And day 2 of the wish list.

A couple of years ago, Experience Studio (my former company) was moving into a new office space and searching for really cool office stuff. One place we looked was Artafax at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale.  I spotted a trio of fish-shaped vases filled with various flora and fauna. Yes, I said fauna. One of the vases was being used as a fish bowl with a real live fish chillin’ in his own likeness. Very cool.

While Artafax repurposed their fish-shaped vase as a fish bowl, SkyMall has an actual fish-shaped fish bowl. Also very cool.

If you do a little research on the care of fish and fish bowls, you’ll quickly learn that fish bowls don’t provide an ideal environment for pet fish. The two biggest issues are that most fish bowls are 1) too small for adult fish, and 2) too small for filtration systems. If there are any good fish bowl fish, they might be betta fish and paradise fish, both of which have the ability to breath oxygen from the water surface.

Whether you want (or want to give) a fish or a decent reason to have a really cool fish bowl, it might not be a bad idea to ask a pro at a local pet care store before you buy anything.

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a good samaritan stiffer

Posted by Ms. Herr on 12.2.2008

This morning I went to Daily Rush (soon to be D’Lish) for a morning coffee date. After dropping a friend at the airport, I was an hour early. A perfect opportunity to have some breakfast so that I wouldn’t be talking with my mouth full of food.

It’s crude and it’s lewd to talk with your mouth full of food. Why, even the milk cow who moo’d as she chewed never talked with her mouth full of food and the cuckoo would never have ever cuckoo’d if he coo’d with his mouth full of food.*

So I ordered a breakfast sandwich with bacon and a double syrup black cherry mocha. I ordered my food from the bar, which is the only place to order food other than the drive-thru. I sat down. My order was brought out to me. I ate. It was tasty. And I drank. Also tasty. I did stuff on the interwebz. I met my coffee date. He talked. I talked. We talked. We both had other meetings. We said our goodbyes. I left.

An hour and a half later, it hits me: I didn’t pay. I ordered my breakfast sandwich and coffee at the bar, but was not rung up. I was not given any sort of check in the two+ hours I was there. And when I left, I was already running a tad late for my next meeting.

Suddenly I’m feeling pretty guilty. I was in the food service industry once and I know from experience that walkouts suck. Besides, I go to local coffee shops like Daily Rush to support them. I don’t think stiffing them is a very effective way of supporting them. I considered driving back to Daily Rush to pay them. I think about gas. I think about my financial pinch. I think about just forgetting about it and carrying on merrily with my day. Saved gas + saved money = … well in truth, not much except prolonged agony given my pinch is being applied by a vice grip. Prolonged agony is postponed certain death. But remember the part about supporting local coffee shops?

Long story short… err… shortened…, I called Daily Rush, told them what happened, and asked them to charge my credit card. The gentleman who answered the phone seemed very confused by my request. I’d guess they get very few walkouts. And even fewer who call back asking to be charged.

* Coffee date for the first person to correctly guess the author.

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window shopping Christmas wish list: a Soleri windbell

Posted by Ms. Herr on 12.1.2008


And day 1 of the wish list.

If you’re an architecture, art, and sustainability enthusiast in Arizona, you’re probably familiar with Paolo Soleri, an Italian-American architect well known for his thoughts on sustainable urban growth. Deemed arcology (architecture + ecology), the goal is a hyperdense city that facilitates human interaction, optimizes access to shared infrastructure, minimizes use of valuable resources, reduces waste and pollution, and encourages interaction with the natural environment. Arcosanti, located 70 miles north of Phoenix, is the living labortory for Soleri’s explorations of an arcology for the high desert.

Perhaps lesser well known are Soleri’s ceramic and bronze windbells. I’m partial to the bronze windbells. They are moldcast, but each is truly unique in their burnishes and patinas.


Soleri windbells at Arcosanti, by aelfscine

The smaller, simpler bells are priced as low as the mid $20s, and there are quite a few bells under $100. There are also cause bells whose designs reflect any one of a number of local or global concerns, including wildlife preservation, hunger, and literacy. Proceeds from all bells support the continued construction and programming at Arcosanti.

You can buy the windbells at Arcosanti and Cosanti (6433 E Doubletree Ranch Rd in Paradise Valley), as well as local shops and retailers. Last year at this time, I purchased one a patina bronze bell for my parents at the Phoenix Art Museum store.

Soleri windbell, by drogi1

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