Monthly Archives: November 2010

Allie from Hyperbole and a Half has written an insanely funny blog post about a recent move with her two dogs. Having lived with four legged friends for most of my life and witnessed their subtle and not so subtle quirks, this post had me literally sliding off my chair because I was laughing so hard. The images drawn to accompany the store are priceless making the whole thing an all-round WIN.

Here’s the first bit to get you started:

“Packing all of your belongings into a U-Haul and then transporting them across several states is nearly as stressful and futile as trying to run away from lava in swim fins.  

I know this because my boyfriend Duncan and I moved from Montana to Oregon last month.  But as harrowing as the move was for us, it was nothing compared to the confusion and insecurity our two dogs had to endure.  

Our first dog is – to put it delicately – simple-minded.  Our other dog is a neurotic German shepherd mix with agonizingly low self-esteem who has taken on the role of "helper dog" for our simple dog.  Neither dog is well-equipped with coping mechanisms of any kind.  

When we started packing, the helper dog knew immediately that something was going on.  I could tell that she knew because she becomes extremely melodramatic when faced with even a trivial amount of uncertainty.  She started following me everywhere, pausing every so often to flop to the ground in an exaggeratedly morose fashion – because maybe that would make me realize how selfish I was being by continuing to pack despite her obvious emotional discomfort.

When the soul-penetrating pathos she was beaming at me failed to prevent me from continuing to put things in boxes, the helper dog became increasingly alarmed.  Over the ensuing few days, she slowly descended into psychological chaos.  The simple dog remained unfazed.” 

Do yourself a favour and go read the full post here

Michael Ian Black is a funny guy. You may recognise him from such shows as ‘Ed’ and MTV’s ‘Viva Variety’ or maybe the Simon Pegg flick he wrote; ‘Run Fat Boy Run’

He writes a great blog here – check it out if you enjoy this excerpt

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An Open Letter to Rob Palleschi, Global Head of Doubletree Hotels

 On Sep 4, 2010, at 1:27 AM, Doubletree wrote:

Dear Michael Black, Recently, we sent you an invitation to complete a Guest Satisfaction Survey concerning your stay with us at Doubletree Tallahassee, where you checked out on August 25, 2010.

We noticed that you did not have time to complete the survey. We are concerned that you may not have responded because we have somehow failed to live up to your expectations.

At Doubletree, we are committed to providing a superior guest experience to every customer. Please take a few minutes to tell us how well we met your expectations.

To complete the survey, please click on the web address below. If that does not work, please copy and paste the entire web address into the address field of your browser.

Thank you again for choosing Doubletree. I look forward to hearing about your stay with us.

Sincerely, Rob Palleschi

Global Head – Doubletree Doubletree


Dear Rob, Thank you for writing to me to remind you to take the survey I ignored earlier. A clarification: The reason I did not fill out the survey is not because I did not have the time, but because I did not want to. To put that into survey language, on a scale from 1-10, with one being the lowest and ten being the highest, the amount I wanted to fill out your survey was zero, which is a little bit below the lowest number I can choose.

I actually have a lot of free time, which lately I have been filling by playing Rock Band 2 on the Wii. (Great fun, but I am currently struggling with, believe it or not, Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.”) If anything, I have too much free time which is why I have the time to sit here and write you this email from the Marriott where I am currently staying.

Until I received this email, I would have rated my experience with Doubletree as “very good.” Now, however, I would downgrade my overall experience to just “satisfactory” because I do not like receiving surveys about my experiences.

For example, if I received a survey from the Grand Canyon asking me how I enjoyed the Grand Canyon, I would be annoyed. But the Grand Canyon does not ask people to fill out surveys because it already knows it is awesome.

By the way, I am not comparing staying at your Doubletree Hotel to visiting the Grand Canyon. One of them is a national treasure and the other is your hotel.

Even if I were to fill out your survey, what would I possibly say? Nobody expects to be thrilled at a Doubletree. It is the kind of place you stay because you can’t afford the Sheraton. Or the Marriott, which as I said, is where I am currently staying, and which is AMAZING!!!

Hopefully they will send me a survey so I can tell them all about it.

I appreciate that you are concerned about you “somehow failed to live up to my expectations.” Generally speaking, the only expectation I have when staying at a mid-priced hotel chain is to be left the fuck alone.

Thanks again for taking the time to write a passive-aggressive email,

Michael Ian Black

P.S. Your cookies are good.

For three years, James West of Sydney, Australia has been receiving emails from the Tran family as they plan for their annual Thanksgiving family reunion.

Which presumably means that James West of California, USA has either not turned up, or has been a bit pissed off about not getting invited like everyone else.

This year, the Aussie made a film to try and track down the family and see if he could score a free Yankee meal.

According to James flew out of Sydney last night, canned corn in hand

Congratulations James and the Tran family on making this idea happen, what an awesome way to celebrate Thanksgiving.
To celebrate some very saucy looking numbers, stalwarts of awesome The Cool Hunter asked Brazilian artist Fernando Volken Togni to design them this poster.


Needless to say, it’s cool as hell. 
Check out more of Fernando’s work (including an awesome poster for a local TED event) at his website

Oh, and if you see Bill from The Cool Hunter around, let him know he can buy our blog for a very cool million hits. And thank him for keeping us all continually inspired

There’s not a lot that would make me want to buy Hermes clothing (especially after taking a squiz at their website… snorezzzzzzzzzz)

However the internet is a new marketing frontier, where social media can turn a great idea into hard cash simply by spreading branded content like this cool little video and giving us all a new perspective on a Parisian classic.

Or, if that’s all a bit hoighty toighty stratoigic for you… 

Check out this fully sick vid, it’s going hella viral!!

Some awesome shots from the 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest found via The Big Picture:


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Looking for a cheap Mitsubishi Express Van? 
Too late, it’s already sold thanks to this awesome listing on ebay…


 This vehicle was the back up car for the Delorian in “Back to the future”  (Flux capacitor removed for safety and intermittent time travel issues….we once got stuck in the 80’s for a few days…or was it Adeleaide…either way we were happy to be home) and for the Camaro “Bumble Bee” in Transformers (the Robot Mode has been turned back to factory default to prevent inadvertant transforming at the traffic lights when you stop next to a prius and all bumble bee wants to do is to monkey stomp it, and for back up required during street fights….goes without saying)


More gangtsa than The Saprano’s
More Pimp’n than Snoop dogg
More secret compartments than Colombian airplane

Still not convinced…..

Cop engine
Cop tyres
Cop chip
Cop steering wheel
Cop seat
Cop glove box


 Does the quarter in flat 30’s…..for real

For those romantics out there! The ladies love the blackened windows for some privacy and flat super soft plush marine carpet in the back or,   for the entrepreneur….. if you need to move some merchandise around without “the man” F@$$ing your SH#% up….

Just like that drunk chick at the party…you can put any amount of your junk in the rear end of this…. Without the cursin’ and cryin’….just in and out , no questions asked!

But you still want more…..


“Almost surround sound” (Trademark) car stereo with not only the ability to switch from AM and FM but comes complete with the Compact Disc (CD) technology

Optioned with: Tow bar, Bull Bar, Cargo Bar, Mars Bar

Reg Mar 2011, to get you through your first summer of absolute awesomeness-ness.

Regretful sale, but since I’ve been married my wife dosen’t like me driving by myself for all the attention from all the classy ladies that I get, when I’m on my way to the dump.

DISCLAIMER (This car has no affiliation with any movies what so ever, there are no police products on this vehicle and secret compartments maybe either too secret to find or non existent. The “tin can” acoustic properties of the van provide the concert style “Almost surround sound” TM. Snoop dogg or the saprano’s have not endorsed this vehicle, Mars Bar not included)

found via @RyanSpanger


This cracking corporate identity for the Nordkyn Peninsula in Norway is pretty cool on its own, but the designers at Neue Design have stepped it up another level.

By hooking up a feed from the local weather station, they have created a digital pulse for the entire region by allowing the logo to change colour and shape in realtime with the weather.
Check out the evolving logo at

found via @brandamentalist

From the waters off Mexico comes the awesome Silent Evolution Project by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, in which 400 statues of people have been sunk to create an artificial reef.


From the biography on his webpage: ‘These ambitious, public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats.’

Goodness knows I think they’re wonderful, especially the ones being colonized by corals and fish communities.


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