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January 23, 2009

Letter to Shareholders

Takashi_okada Dear Shareholders:

It should come as no surprise that 2008 was, by far, the toughest year our company has seen. Like most businesses we suffered as a result of the unprecedented economic downturn. When we began to see the dark clouds forming on the horizon in early first quarter we hoped we might somehow be impervious to the storm. Unfortunately the reality is that in times of economic hardship people cut back on the purchase of man-panties.

While we remain hopeful for 2009, we do have to consider that it may take some time to regain the momentum that we lost in 2008. In the first quarter we watched our sales double, only to have both pairs returned two us within the 14-day period. Shortly afterwards the investment banks began to topple and people's concerns focused on their families, jobs and money. That, plus the fact that we were in the midst of a presidential race meant that the idea of silky, feminizing man-panties was the 2008 furthest from peoples' minds than it has ever been

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5 mythical heroes

Tarsem_fall I recently saw The Fall by Tarsem Singh. Here is the first few minutes of the film, played with Beethoven’s seventh as background. The film reminds me of Jodorowsky’s visual fireworks & Tarkowsky magical story-telling.

Roger Ebert called it one of the most extraordinary films I've ever seen

By the way, you can download it, as well as any other movie you wish (including all new releases) on this or on many other similar Chinese sites…

(Photo above, not of Jodhpur, is from LifeLight Design)

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New Construction From 1955

Hut_for_sale Condo for rent in Thailand

100 Abandoned Houses by Kevin Bauman. (From Rivets)

New Construction From 1955. This awesome 50's bungalow, located on a quiet, cul-de-sac street on the Hill, has seriously never been lived in... at least on the main level

Full Disclosure

Cave House for sale in Bisbee, Arizona. Asking Price: $1,950,000. (From J-Walk)

From the NYT: Living in a place with a naughty name

Un-related: Big Red Ball of Yarn outside my office this morning

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January 20, 2009

Environments & Effects

 Environments A demo reel by Kurt Kaminski, a lighter at DreamWorks Animation

Swiss Sugar

Red Umbrellas

Teaching music composition with Musicall

GPS data contains latitude, longitude, altitude, and precise time information that can be rendered, sculpted and animated. Digital mark making with satellite navigation technology

Are you ever curious how your dock compares to other designers docks? I know I am! Here’s your chance to get a look at 42 designers docks! Show Me Your Dock

Also there: 24 Designer’s scribbles

(Kitty above from 4chan)

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The Roast Beef Scene

Many of Bergman’s trailer

Screenshots of the type done for each of the locations in Quantum of Solace, a meaningless movie, from Goldenfiddle

I'm looking for recommendations of movies to show at a movie party. I'd like to find films that are completely out there and just offensively weird and absurd in a way that would allow us all to comment on just how absurd they are…Movies that are really good, artsy, serious, etc. don't work very well because nobody wants to say anything during a really good movie.

Maria Schneider, 36 years later. Also, Almost unrecognizable

Diner scene above from Soup tumbler

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January 14, 2009

The impotence of of proofreading

Taylor Mali is a poet who lives in New York City. (From a 3 Quarks)

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Type as Image is a collection of typographic experiments where the words are treated as images that speak about their own meaning

Some German Adjectives

Russian alphabet with sounds

Re-post from 2003: Always look on the bright side of life...

Also: Crazy, with Diana Krall, Elvis Costello & Willie Nelson (YT)

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Table Frisbee

Odd Figures You Can Form with Your Hands (May, 1933)

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Train Graveyard

Old_train Train Graveyard - A weird place outside Uyuni in Bolivia, full of old, dead trains from the USA and UK, rusting away in the sun and the salty winds from nearby Salar de Uyuni

Corinthos Channel in Greece

Parliament Street, in Exeter, UK is the narrowest street in the world and 9 other unusual streets

How to Avoid Looking Like an American Tourist

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My name is Ramon Stoppelenburg. When I was 24 I left my house in The Netherlands, on May 1, 2001, with a backpack filled with clothing, a digital camera, a laptop, and a mobile phone.

From May 2001 to July 2003 I travelled the world WITHOUT ANY MONEY, visiting people who invited me over through this website. I crossed distance with my thumb or with help of sponsors and supporters. In return for all support I wrote about this all in my daily reports on Let me stay for a day

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Regrets, I've had a few

Deez_teez And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you know
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fill, My share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way,
"Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way"

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way

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(T-shirt above from Deez Teez)

Oh, by the way: Psssst, get your Inaugural Ball tickets right here on Craigslist....

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January 10, 2009

Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

Major_tom Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much she knows

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The Original Press Kit for the Apollo 8 flight, 40 years ago. (pdf. From Gizmodo)

(Major Tom figure above by Steven Harnack)

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Rejection slip

Travel and Sing - The art of Linda Sarah

Disney Rejection Letter, 1938

Patterns of Doctor Who Scarf

Animation Budget History

Grampa Simpson Quotes

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Nacirema at Ground Zero

Historical Body Ritual Among the Nacirema was a paper written by Horace Miner which was originally published it in the June 1956 edition of American Anthropologist.

In the paper, Miner describes the Nacirema, a little-known tribe living in North America. The way in which he writes about the curious practices that this group performs distances readers from the fact that the North American group described actually corresponds to modern-day Americans of the mid-1950s

Nacirema on grow-a-brain 2 years ago

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Historical Tweets

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My Dearest Virginia,
It has been nearly fourteen hours since our last digital correspondence and my heart yearns for us to be in contact once more. Before I b –

From Reddit: “I've always thought it would be funny to start writing text messages with the eloquence and long windedness of old Civil war love letters”…

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U.S. Patent 5,920,923

Red_fingernail In July 1999, Penn Jillette was granted a patent for the "Jill-Jet", a hot-tub jet specially angled for a woman's pleasure.

He has credited Debbie Harry of Blondie for suggesting the idea, as the two of them were once in a hot-tub and Harry made a remark about changing the jets for a woman's pleasure. Jillette liked the idea enough to pursue patent application at the USPTO under the patent title "Hydro-therapeutic stimulator".

The abstract of the patent claims “A spa of a type including a tub for holding water and a user, in particular, a female user. The spa has a seat for supporting the female user in a seated position, a circulation pump having an inlet connected to the tub for drawing water from the tub, and an outlet connected to the tub for discharging the drawn water back to the tub. A discharge nozzle is located within the tub and connected to the outlet, mounted to the seat so that the discharged water from the circulation pump automatically aligns with and is directed to stimulation points of the female user when the female user sits in the seat". An article in the June 2006 issue of Playboy shed additional light on the invention.

Originally, it was to be called the "ClitJet", however he stated that "Jill-Jet" was more suitable because it included his name in the title

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Get me my broker, Miss Jones

Eff …She was standing in the kitchen, preparing our usual soft-boiled eggs and toast for breakfast, wearing only the T-shirt she normally slept in. As I walked in, almost awake, she turned to me and said softly, 'You've got to make love to me this very moment!' My eyes lit up and I thought, 'I am either still dreaming or this is going to be my lucky day!' Not wanting to lose the moment, I embraced her and then gave it my all right there on the kitchen table. Afterwards she said, 'Thanks,' and returned to the stove, her T-shirt still around her neck.

Happy, but a little puzzled, I asked, 'What was that all about?'...

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Also there: Cowboy boots

This is from a website by the CEO of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading foundation protecting liberties and privacy in cyberspace. Brad Templeton created the Usenet newsgroup rec.humor.funny in 1987 and moderated it from 1987 to 1992

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"Get my broker, Miss Jones."
"Yes sir. Stock, or Pawn?"

More of The best financial jokes of 2008

Cock Ring Warehouse (YT)

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There's a real estate boom in Gaza right now…

The story of the two-bedroom, one-bath shack on West Hopi Street, is the story of this year's financial panic, told in 576 square feet. It helps explain how a series of bad decisions can add up to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The Mortgage Crisis, Explained

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