Thursday, December 25, 2008

Anton's: 'Purveyors of mighty fine clothing...'

Listening to: Panic, by The Smiths

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Anton's print advertisement from the back of the Melbourne, Spiegel Tent program.

I'm a sucker for collages incorporating Victorian/vintage imagery and science illustrations. The radiating sunburst holds it all together beautifully.

Yes, Anton's do sell mighty fine attire. The Melbourne Central shop is well worth a visit just for the decor and window display. Anton himself collects the new and vintage, object d' art and props. The staff are friendly and exceptionally well dressed. They sell more than suits and much of it has a vintage flavour. They do not have a website they are so old school!

Spot the (Sheer Relief) difference

Listening to: Dare you to move, by Switchfoot

Sheer Relief's packaging just got sexier so,
Spot the (Sheer Relief) difference/photo editing
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left: old pack from about 1-2 years ago, right: current packaging

From woman next door flight attendants with sensible heeled shoes (oxymoron?) to an Angelina Jolie look-alike with her pretty, fellow flight attendant in sexy heels and shorter skirts with suspiciously smooth, coltish legs. The new models are so sassy their identical, untucked neck scarves artfully billow inside the air port terminal. There was no noticable photo editing before and now there definitely is. So much so that the product itself is less accurately depicted. I can personally say and recommend it's the same reliable, tough, supportive hosiery but it hasn't gotten that more sheer! I still like the new pack in spite of all of these things. The old one was getting a bit dated.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Perky purple putty

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This is the header from the point of sale box of a product we sell. Looks pretty straight forward doesn't it, with cute happy faces added to enliven the product and make it feel more fun. It is fun actually :)

Ever played with silly putty? When explaining to customers what's inside the plastic eggs, I tell them it's silly putty but in a better colour. Stretch it, snap it, roll then bounce it. Silly putty is traditionally a strange flesh-like colour. It's just as well Bounce Putty isn't:

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You could NOT use this image if the product was flesh coloured could you? Oh nooooo sir.

Yes I have a filthy mind but if you see what I'm talking about then you do as well ;)

Odd Objects. Part 1: LED Santa Brooch

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Found at work amongst last year's Christmas decorations. In addition to his appropriately zombie-like, slightly zonked out expression* he has flashing LEDs in his beard. Are those silver balls on strings a metaphor for lost marbles? Discuss.

Thus begins a new entry label, odd objects, the perfect accompaniment to curious clippings.

* He looks how we feel at the end of serving hundreds of people all day, particularly on the weekend. Coming in to work this morning I felt for an instant like I was in a zombie film (recently watched 28 Days Later which I highly recommend), with all these people rushing in a very definite direction which happened to be mine.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Body Washes versus Shampoos and more

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Body care and beauty questions answered, myths dispelled and snake oil - or synthetic venom - revealed for what it really is, with Science!(TM), easy to understand language and a little dash of humour at The Beauty Brains.

Website of the Day


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'The Beauty Brains are a group of cosmetic scientists who understand what the chemicals used in cosmetics really do, how products are tested, and what all the advertising means.'

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Red Eyed Train

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Medama-oyaji on Kitarō train, Tottori line click for more information
Image from Pink Tentacle

Website of the Day
Pink Tentacle - home of Japanese coolness, technology, art and science.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Which came first?

If you think about it from an evolutionary sense I think the egg did but the thing that laid it wasn't a chook.

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Check out this wonderful, transforming egg and chick knitting project from Mochimochi

Websites of the Day
... Mochimochi Blog.
Found via another blog which is also worth checking out if you love hand crafted, interesting, funky, quirky plushies:
Plush You