Monday, December 31, 2007

Song from Allstate commercial made it to No. 40 on the Billboard charts

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.

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



More photos here. Via.

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.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

USC football coach Pete Carroll has given up fear

LAMag:

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



Link.

Spy plane to recharge itself by hanging on a power line

NS:

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

Sony television




Read about it here.

Amazon has posted a photo gallery and review of J.K. Rowling's new ultra-limited edition book



Amazon:

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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Amazon customer reviews of the Bic ballpoint pen



Amazon:

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

Homeland Security Threat Level Bedding



Link.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Emoticon stamp




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

FAO Schwarz:

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.

Monday, December 3, 2007