It would be unremarkable that the song “From Where You Are” by Jason Wade, a singer in the band Lifehouse, had cracked the Billboard top 100 list — except that it was written for an Allstate commercial.
Unavailable on any album, the song has received little airplay on the radio but it had wide exposure in a 60-second Allstate spot promoting the insurance company’s safe driving program for teenagers. The commercial first ran after an episode of “Friday Night Lights” on NBC in late October that had a teenage driving theme.
On Nov. 6, “From Where You Are” was made available on iTunes, where it sold briskly enough to hit No. 40 on the Billboard charts for the week ended Nov. 24.
Monday, December 31, 2007
Song from Allstate commercial made it to No. 40 on the Billboard charts
Labels: advertising, music
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
$159,000 C-3PO leggings
By Nicolas Ghesquière for the Balenciaga collection. More information here.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, in Gingerbread
Labels: architecture, christmas, food, projects
Turn a regular diecast car into a "Cars" car
Julius Marx explains how he transformed a regular old Scion into a Pixar Cars version of his own Scion. Link.
Labels: custom toys
Saturday, December 22, 2007
USC football coach Pete Carroll has given up fear
Carroll gave up fear long ago. He gave it up the way people give up carbs. Fear now has no part in his daily life. Fear is like an old, distant friend. They know each other well, talk once in a while, but they're not close like they used to be.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Blog dedicated to band logos
Spy plane to recharge itself by hanging on a power line
The next time you see something flapping in the breeze on an overhead power line, squint a little harder. It may not be a plastic bag or the remnants of a party balloon, but a tiny spy plane stealing power from the line to recharge its batteries.
The idea comes from the US Air Force Research Lab
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Read about it here.
Amazon has posted a photo gallery and review of J.K. Rowling's new ultra-limited edition book
We're incredibly excited to announce that Amazon has purchased J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard at an auction held by Sotheby’s in London. The book of five wizarding fairy tales, referenced in the last book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is one of only seven handmade copies in existence. The purchase price was £1,950,000, and Ms. Rowling is donating the proceeds to The Children's Voice campaign, a charity she co-founded to help improve the lives of institutionalized children across Europe.
Labels: amazon, book, harry potter
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Amazon customer reviews of the Bic ballpoint pen
But, when that quality carbide ball touched the surface of the paper, it was not ink that came out. From a distance I heard the screams of men and the cackling of innumerable ravens. I stopped, cold and sweating profusely. I looked down at the Bic Crystal black medium ballpoint pen which I held in my hand, only to see darkness. I dashed it against the wall, recoiling in horror. I saw in the corner of my eye my faithful notebook, which now lay on the ground. Once unmarred, I saw now the small mark which I had made with the devil's own pen. It spread across the page like a plague, and looking at it I gazed upon true horrors. For, what I thought had been ink was in fact a portal
Monday, December 10, 2007
Scrunch it up for different expressions. Buy.
Elmore Leonard's (Illustrated) 10 Rules of Writing
Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing. I've easily read half a dozen books by Elmore Leonard.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Custom made doll house based on your own home
Make Your House a Doll House
Starting at $10,000
In an exclusive service only available to FAO Schwarz customers, you can now own an exquisitely detailed scale model of your own home, beach house, or ski chalet. Sounds amazing? It's all that and more. Here's how we do it: the design team makes an appointment to come to your home. Then it's back to the studio, where highly skilled artisans recreate every inch of your home in 1-inch-to-1-foot scale. This includes the wallpaper, paint color, lighting - even the actual fabric of your furniture through real swatches or recreated fabric! Truly an astonishing prize for any homeowner, these masterpieces are sure to be passed down from generation to generation, preserving your home as a valuable piece of history and nostalgia.
Friday, December 7, 2007
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Monday, November 19, 2007
China's Weather Modification Program
Every year, China launches thousands of rockets and artillery shells into the sky. They're not part of a set of war games or preparation for a battle with Taiwan, but rather a battle with the weather. Through its Weather Modification Program, the Chinese government hopes to control the fickle forces behind rain. Run by the Weather Modification Department, a division of the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Science, the program employs and trains 32,000 to 35,000 people across China, some of them farmers, who are paid $100 a month to handle anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers.More here.
Now Yu and the other rainmakers face their toughest challenge: making sure it stays dry for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The idea is for the peasant gunners to work with meteorologists watching radar in the capital. Together, they will hunt pregnant rain clouds and pound them with rockets containing silver iodide. The hope is that any moisture will fall before the clouds can threaten the parade of athletes and lighting of the Olympic flame at the new National Stadium.Read more.
Labels: china, environment, science
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Edvard Munch was known as the “handsomest man in Norway,”
Known as the “handsomest man in Norway,” and well-mannered to boot, he attracted women as catnip does cats, but preferred to keep them at arm’s length. A couple of early affairs had gone wrong, and the antics of his friends had given him a warped sense of women. And he never wanted children, as he feared they would become insane. The classic Madonna/whore view of women is apparent in his paintings of what he called “vampire women” with “nutcracker muscles in their thighs.”Read more.
In a quarrel with his Norwegian mistress, Tulla Larsen, who stalked him all over Europe, he ended up shooting himself in a finger, which for the rest of his life remained sheathed in black leather. This slight injury he blew up to mythical proportions, painting himself stark naked on an operating table lying in a huge pool of blood.
Labels: fine art
Friday, November 16, 2007
Russia gives top honor to spy who stole secret to the atom bomb
On Nov. 2, the Kremlin startled Western scholars by announcing that President Vladimir V. Putin had posthumously given the highest Russian award to a Soviet agent who penetrated the Manhattan Project to build the atom bomb.Link.
The announcement hailed Dr. Koval as “the only Soviet intelligence officer” to infiltrate the project’s secret plants, saying his work “helped speed up considerably the time it took for the Soviet Union to develop an atomic bomb of its own.”
Get Smart Teaser Poster
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
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Saturday, November 10, 2007
LA Kings bond by competing in a scavenger hunt
The teams were sent out in vans to different locations and had to complete the first of five tasks. The first team to complete all five tasks won the competition. The tasks were:
A) To hit a fly ball beyond the infield grass at Dodger Stadium. Tommy Lasorda was there to provide assistance and, I'm told, a profane pep talk, as only Tommy can provide.
B) To have an artist in Venice Beach sketch a portrait of one of the players.
C) To teach a 10-minute lesson in a classroom at Torrance Elementary School.
D) To stand on a surfboard for at least five seconds in the Manhattan Beach water.
E) To find Jim Fox in Hollywood. A clue was posted near Bob Miller's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which the players also had to locate.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Protesters march as zombies to protest Boston University's Level-4 Biosafety Laboratory
With Boston Police Department officers close behind, the horde of protesters began their menacing march at the corner of Albany and East Dedham Streets and snaked toward City Hall, moaning, "We have been infected by the BU biolab" and "The BU biolab has infected me with a terrible pathogen." During the march -- the newest form of protest in a seemingly futile battle to stop construction of the biolab -- the zombies stuffed anti-lab flyers under the doors of nearby businesses and into the palms of curious onlookers.Link.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
If Jerry Sloan had a computer, he'd only use it to look at tractors
Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was asked about the Internet:
"I don't have (a computer), and I wouldn't know how to turn it on if I had one," said Sloan, who maintains a farm in his native Illinois. "The only thing I'd be interested in looking at is tractors anyway."
Labels: sports, technology
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Want to see your turkey on a webcam before it's slaughtered?
Heritage turkeys typically cost at least $4 per pound--at 26 pounds, Heritage Foods' biggest bird sells for $209, shipping included; grocers can sell a factory-farm Butterball at a quarter of that price. So Martins and Wickstrom decided to target foodies.Here's Heritage Foods' website. This link appears to be the webcam, but it wasn't working when I checked.
He helped Frank Reese, one of his suppliers, install a Webcam on his Kansas farm so customers could see their birds pre-slaughter.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Ferrari is building a theme park in Abu Dhabi
Information and photos from the foundation stone ceremony here.
Labels: car, middle east, theme parks
Fish in Spaaaaace Aquarium
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
The 5 O'Clock Clock
Designed by Tibor and Maria Kalman, and supposedly occasionally available in the MOMA store. Via.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Many more designs here. The legs are Pocky. Via.
Downloadable politician and celebrity masks courtesy of Forbes
Nice selection here.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Shannen Rossmiller befriends and betrays online jihadists -- while she gets her kids ready for school
Shannen Rossmiller grew up on a Montana wheat farm. She is blond and slim: When she was a cheerleader in high school, she typically wound up at the top of the human pyramid. Her husband runs a wireless Internet company, and they have three children. After college, she was appointed a local judge in a small Montana town, where she and her family still live and which she'd rather not identify. "Read more.
Rossmiller developed her remarkable talent for chatting up terrorists after September 11, when she started going into online forums and cajoling valuable information from other visitors. She has passed along numerous case files to federal authorities. Her information has led US forces abroad to locate Taliban cells in Afghanistan, discover a renegade stinger-missile merchant in Pakistan, and help another foreign government identify a ring of potential suicide bombers.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Halloween Project: Make a disturbing head in a bottle
Surprisingly simple instructions here.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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Friday, October 19, 2007
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Friday, October 12, 2007
Vatican to admit it wrongfully burned the Knights Templar at the stake 700 years ago
They're selling the very fancy apology as a limited edition. $8,333, apiece. Link.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Backup football player plants marijuana in starter's dorm room
His plan was to get the starter arrested, so he could become the starter. Link.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
The Google/Youtube merger was nearly interrupted by a police officer on patrol
David Drummond, Google's head of corporate development, and Gideon Yu, then YouTube's CFO, now Facebook's, spent the night hashing out the deal in the restaurant. They then began signing the term papers in Denny's parking lot around 3 a.m.Read what happened next.
A local police officer was patrolling the area at that same moment. The cop saw the Asian-American Yu and African-American Drummond, dressed casually in jumpsuits and baseball hats -- standard uniforms for late and long negotiations -- huddled over the hood of a car signing the paperwork.
Natural Field Turf Soda
Jones Soda is at it again. The new NFL-themed flavors are Dirt, Sports Cream, Perspiration, Natural Field Turf, and Sweet Victory. Natural Field Turf Soda is described as "like playing tackle football, and you get tackled really hard, you're down on the ground and you get a little bit of the grass in your teeth."
Follow the link for a description of the other flavors.
Follow the link for a description of the other flavors.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Showtime puts a fountain of blood in Los Angeles to promote Dexter
More photos and info here.
Read about it here.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Scientists sent Salmonella into space, and it came back much deadlier
After the shuttle returned, mice were given varying oral doses of the salmonella and then were watched.Link.
After 25 days, 40% of the mice given the Earth-bound salmonella were still alive, compared with just 10% of those dosed with the germs from space. And the researchers found it took about one-third as much of the space germs to kill half the mice, compared with the germs that had been on Earth.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Coming Very Soon: One Laptop Per Child
Our mission is to provide a means for learning, self-expression and exploration to the nearly two billion children of the developing world with little or no access to education. While children are by nature eager for knowledge, many countries have little resources to devote to education—sometimes less than $20 a year per child. Imagine the potential that could be unlocked by giving every child in the world the tools they need to learn, no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter how little they may have.Link.
If you'd like to donate an XO laptop today, simply click the donation button on the right, above the photo. A donation of $200 will pay for and deliver one XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, $400 will pay for and deliver two XO laptops, and so on.
Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops—one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home. If you're interested in Give 1 Get 1, we'll be happy to send you a reminder email. Just sign up in the box to the left and you'll receive your reminder prior to the November 12 launch date.
Bathroom scale tells you your weight in terms of celebrities
Available for purchase here.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Retired CIA master of disguises now makes silicone prosthetics for people with birth defects or missing features
His name is Robert Barron. Link.
Labels: human body, spy
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Hyundai boss too important to be jailed
In South Korea, the rule of law was no match for the strength of Hyundai Motor Co.Link.
Convicted of embezzling $110 million, Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo was deemed too important to South Korea's economy to be sent to prison, an appeals court ruled late Thursday.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Greg Packer, the man that gets quoted by newspapers
From an AP memo:
The world is full of all kinds of interesting people. One of them is Greg Packer of Huntington, N.Y., who apparently lives to get his name on the AP wire and in other media. It works: A Nexis search turned up 100 mentions in various publications.Read more.
We ourselves have quoted Mr. Packer while he was:
– visiting the site of the former Studio 54 in New York City in 1996
– the first person in line for a White House tour on George Bush’s inauguration day in 2001
– attending an XFL football game in New Jersey in 2001 (and at many more East Coast sporting events)
– opining in Times Square on subjects ranging from the millennium to the war in Iraq
– sporting a bright green wig and a painted green mustache at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year
– the first person in line to buy Hillary Clinton’s book at a New York City book signing earlier this week
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight cover
Labels: book covers
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