Vappy Halentine’s Day

14 02 2010

This Year, Give the Gift of Metal Roses

Garrison Dean over at io9 so totally made my day with this Valentine’s Day card, which was one in a series of science fiction-themed designs:

There’s a HAL card and a Planet of the Apes card, too. Good stuff.

Notice the image of a cat on the heart that the second, T-Rexish set of arms is holding—nice nod to the whole cat-food-as-crack motif!

District 9 is up for four Academy Awards next month: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects. I’d like to see it take all four of those, including Best Picture, but it’s up against critics’ darling Precious. Oh, and also that other movie about aliens—Smurfy aliens. What was that inferior 2009 science fiction movie called? Avolta-something? Viatar-blah-blah-blah? Surrogates? Dances with Wolves? The Hype Machine? Oh, who cares. I’ll never see it.

My friends say I should just throw it away. That it’s just a piece of rubbish. That it couldn’t possibly come from him. But I know it’s true.


Thirty-Five Days Until Post-Recession Edition Walmart Trample-a-thon!

22 10 2009

Shop-at-Home Holiday Gift Guide, Item #1: H1N1 Plush

Check out this tasteless gem on offer from the National Academies Press. Like most nerds, the pencil-and-paper gamer in charge of merch at NAP has no sense of humor, but thinks he does. Here’s proof positive, and in plenty of time to benefit from the impulsiveness inherent in your ersatz sense of gift-buying urgency:

Nice backdrop. What is this, eBay?

Does that tag say “1,000,000x actual size”? I think it does. Gimmicky.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that person on your list who has everything and appreciates nothing, you can find the swine flu plush among the array of finger puppets and ghastly novelty ties at the NAP online store.

NB: Although it would probably be hella fun, this snide gift guide thing will not, in all likelihood, become a regular feature of this blog, because I have no follow-through.

Vandal I’s

8 09 2008

Idaho University Vandals Recall, Alter Poorly-Designed Football Uniform

Nike sponsored the uniforms, and claims they were manufactured according to design specifications. Idaho insists that the “I” logo was supposed to be higher up, at the belt line. They actually played in these uniforms, as seen here.

Of course the sweat pant butt writing trend—Victoria’s Secret “pioneered” it, right?—comes immediately to mind. That look was tired the second I laid eyes on it. You’re not cute.

Apparently the logos were stitched onto the uniform, and have already been removed. Not in my universe, however. I freaked the image below, if for no other reason, because I could.

There’s blog-clog on this thing all over the place, but if you want the unfortunate details, here’s a link to get you started: