Archive for January 2010

Speaking of Snow and Ice…

January 27, 2010

The imminent threat of yet another ice storm seems to be on everyone’s mind this week. So, to brighten up the doom and gloom that icy roads and power outages can bring, I give you China’s Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, a shining example of how snow and ice can awe rather than wreak havoc. I, for one, highly recommend taking in this snowy spectacle from the warmth of your own home, preferably while wrapped in a blanket with hot chocolate in hand. See more pics here.

First seen at Sub-Studio

The Complete Mac vs. PC Campaign

January 21, 2010

First, I was wowed that there are 66 commercials in this campaign. Then, I couldn’t believe they’d already had a four-year run. (Well, I could believe the long-running success of the campaign. I just didn’t realize four years of my life had gone by that fast. I mean, really! It seems like just yesterday I giggled at my first Mac vs. PC commercial.) And finally, I was amazed that one of my favorite commercial campaigns is very likely coming to an end. I mean, I guess it was time. But I’ll still miss them.

And that is why this compilation by AdFreak is so freaking awesome! You can visit Mac and PC anytime and see any of the commercials you may  have missed. Bliss!

And, as you guys know, I’m a PC by day and a Mac by night. Does that make me ambidextrous?

Creative Book Jackets and Bookmarks

January 20, 2010

These caught my eye over at Swiss Miss, a blog so chock full of good stuff that it’s become a daily fixture on my reading list. Lately, I’ve been stopping by even more often just to ooh and aah over these book jacket-bookmark combos by designer Igor Udushlivy.

 They are so fun, so simple and yet so brilliant. And I think they’d make awesome gifts for my reading friends. They almost make me want to start a book club this year so I can dole them out as Christmas gifts. (And, of course, I’d want one of each for myself.) 

Although, if I had to choose, I think “The Sword in the Stone” would have to be named my favorite. I would get such a kick out of pulling the sword out of the stone each time I sat down to read. Silly, I know. But hey, it’s the little things in life, right?

Enjoy. See the entire collection here.

Redgunk Tales: Tales from the Kudzu (I hear it pairs well with red wine)

January 6, 2010

If you see this book, pick up your very own copy and enjoy the read!

Looking for a read that’s a little different from what you’re used to? My very own friend, Bill Eakin, a.k.a. William R. Eakin, has written a book that fits the bill. (No pun intended … maybe.) Here’s your chance to jump into his short story collection – Redgunk Tales.

The first volume, Tales from the Kudzu, is now available for voracious reader consumption. Published by Sam’s Dot Publishing, this is the first installment in the 5-6 volume series. The stories feature a real fantasy world where science fiction events and fantasy happenings create unforgettable stories and characters.

Ready to discover the clever world of Bill’s imagination? Get your very own copy of Redgunk Tales: Tales from the Kudzu. I know I may be a bit biased since I think Bill’s such a great guy and all, but the critics think he’s an amazingly talented writer, too. Here’s what some of them had to say…

Sort of like Thomas Wolfe on acid, or James Joyce on moonshine, Bill Eakin 
takes the words, the rhythms, the heat, the mud, the cicadas and the kudzu of 
the south and turns them into stories that touch your heart while messing 
with your brain stem and possibly tampering with your DNA. A truly original 
and unique voice…. 

–Shawna McCarthy, Realms of Fantasy

Bill Eakin is one of the more inventive writers making a name for himself today…. His southern-fried narrative is (in the opinion of this Bama Boy) one-hundred percent faithful and twice as irreverent.
–Kurt Roth, Tangent

Eloquent and witty, thoughtful and even heart-rending. . . . Every time I’ve read a Redgunk story recently, I’ve come away thinking the most recent was better than what I had seen before. I’m coming to realize that it’s not a question of better; each one has been good on its own. . . .Bill Eakin is a brilliant storyteller.
–Kim Mohan, Amazing Stories

So what are the Redgunk Tales? They’re stories, sit-around-on-the-step-and listen-to-your-crazy-uncle-bullshit stories. They have that kind of easy rhythm and flow and enthusiasm, and they’re written with a love of the sound of language that doesn’t rear its head often…a richness…that lifts it beyond pure regionalism and into an altogether more sparsely populated neighborhood….cracking good read. It’s one of those collections that’s so rich that it’s best read one story at a time, so that each can be savored and enjoyed on its own terms. It’s a slower read that way but then again, that’s more time spent in Redgunk. And that just can’t be a bad thing.
–Rowan Innish, The Green Man Review (July 2001)