Whale Stapler

Call me Ishmael

If you’re in the market for a “whale stapler,” and who hasn’t been there at some point, there’s one from Pottery Barn that might be a better option than Ari Glogower’s crude offering, if only because it actually looks like whale.    

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Tattbabies

tattbaby

Sons of Anarchy is a show on television about a gang of bikers living in a small town in northern California.  It has a large and avid fan base and it is probably the worst program on basic cable. Mindlessly violent, racist, sexist, homophobic – it has it all.  If you haven’t seen it,  just imagine if Downton Abbey was home to a family of Juggalos. Renee Rutherford has come up with a novel way of expressing her appreciation for SoA. She takes life-sized foam baby dolls (already creepy in their own right) and embroiders them with trashy biker tattoos…

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Fraud Watch

now with 20% more win

Imagine you’re walking down the street of a large city and someone comes up and offers to sell you a Rolex for $100. Great deal, right? I mean – a Rolex! OK, this guy has kind of a shaky story about how his uncle really just needs some money for medicine and has to sell it, but that little devil on your shoulder tells you “Heh, it’s probably stolen, but who’s gonna know?” No – it’s not stolen. It’s plastic, and that guy has a gym bag full of them stashed around the corner. You got scammed, high-roller. But now…

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Magsee

magsee

Kickstarter practically sags under the weight of all the iPhone accessory projects. Chargers and docks seem to make up the bulk of them, followed closely by various holders and stands. These devices at least have some obvious utility, although the differences between them is mostly cosmetic. Then there is that class of accessory where some half-baked idea has been hitched to the iPhone brand in the belief that Apple customers will throw money at anything. The “magsee” is the latest entry in this parade of non-inventions. The magsee is a 4x magnifier that clips to the front of your iPhone…

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Transformbaas

Transformbaas

I’m out of touch with the state of fan art. When I was young, you paid for your ticket, saw the movie, went home and waited for something good to come on TV. Appreciating a blockbuster these days involves effort and planning. The franchise gods demand labor intensive, hand crafted offerings; macramé Iron Man armor, scale model bacon Shires, etc. Teresa Haino wants to make a “Transformbaa plushie” for each of the Generation One (she is a traditionalist) Transformers. Haino knows nobody has any idea what these are so she has provided us with a definition: “Transformbaas = Transformers as…

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Yard Gnomies

Yard Gnomies

This project is about a dream, the dream of having a disturbing yard gnome in every home in the world. A dream of seeing a gnome penis on the desk of a coworker. A dream of having a small child pass by a lawn… see a zombie yard gnome… and start to cry. And I ask you…what is life without dreams? So begins Caleb Zammit’s “Yard Gnomies!” pitch. Clever, right? And edgy. He’s really testing everyone’s patience, that Caleb. According to his bio, Zammit works in the Austin school system teaching “social skills” to autistic children (no, really). In his…

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