Monday, October 14, 2013

Gotta Drink 'Em All, Pokeshots!

I don't know if there is a good Pokemon-themed drinking game out there, but if there is, then all you Pokepartiers owe it yourselves to boost a set of these Pokemon X/Y shot glasses.

Fun fact: I had to look up just what Pokemon are depicted on these shot glasses. They are, from left to right:

Fennekin (fire type): 

Chespin (grass type): 

Froakie (water type): 

The Pokemon X/Y shot glasses were made by Lee Pham of the Etsy store FanArtGlasses.

You can buy the complete set here for $13.

Also, there is a Pokemon drinking board game. Peep it here.

The Simpsons X Hello Kitty

News has just dropped of an upcoming Hello Kitty x Simpsons collaboration. That's right, Sanrio's world-dominating feline will be teaming up with one of the most popular cartoons of all time to produce a new product line that should arrive in time for back to school 2014.

What will a Hello Kitty x Simpsons collection look like? 

That's a damn good question. 

Will Lisa be sporting a pink bow and wearing overalls? Maybe Hello Kitty will get a yellow dye job and some spiky hair? I'm not much for "fashion," but I'll definitely be watching for the launch of the Simpsons Hello Kitty collection. 

Here's a teaser image that features the iconic kitty pasted into a forehead shot of the famous cartoon family:

You can learn more about the Simpsons x Hello Kitty (what little is known, anyway) via Whitney Matheson of USA Today.

Image Credit: Highsnobiety

'Modern Day Snail Mail' by Cristina Vanko

I'm not a huge design buff, but I do like to read Dezeen because it always posts cool things, such as "Modern Day Snail Mail" by Cristina Vanko:

You might be wondering what app Vanko used to create the cool type in the above text message. The answer is that there was no app or special keyboard involved at all! The designer simply crafted handwritten responses to all the text messages she received for one week.

In this day and age, it's a miracle to get people to tear their fingers away from the keyboard, much less get them to write anything using a pen and pencil. Modern Day Snail Mail is a nice reminder of just how beautiful handwriting can be. Sure, you can't readily create Emojis by hand, but there's something to be said for being able to create beautiful lines of text using your bare hands.

I could generally care less about typography, but it's tough to ignore the awesomeness of this project and the effort it must have taken to craft each response by hand. 

You can check out Cristina Vanko's portfolio here.

Image Credits: Dezeen

The Audi Mini Runner

The Audi R8 is my dream car, but the Audi Mini Runner is probably more in my wheelhouse in terms of affordability. This little kid cruiser costs a mere $450 and can convert from scooter to pedal-less tricycle at the drop of a hat, and with some actual moving and shaking, of course.

When it comes to brand loyalty, it's never to late to start kids young. That being said, the Audi Mini Runner doesn't look much different from any other scooter on the block. It's got an aluminum frame that was made using a process the company calls "hydroforming" and the Audi logo.

Still, does that make it worth $450?

I'm definitely not the person to answer that question. (Translation: no.) I don't think I could ever bring myself to buy a kid's toy that costs more than half of my rent, but that's just me. Should you be a better hustler than myself, you can pick up the Audi Mini Runner here.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The 5 Types of People I've Met on OkCupid

First off, I know that I'm outing myself as a member of the OkCupid community by writing this post. To be fair, though, I never really tried to hide my membership on the site. In fact, my username is my actual name, first and last. I had no idea that people zealously guarded their personal information on the site when I signed up. First names are given out sparingly, if at all. If you ever look through my phonebook and see names such as "Honeylover90" or "HandiesnCandies92," you know what's up.

So, yeah, come and find me on OkCupid.

Do your worst. I dare you.

I've been on OkCupid for about four months now and the site has been hit or miss. During my field research I have come across five types of people on OkCupid. Keep in mind that these observations only concern the site's ladies. I couldn't tell you what the men of OkCupid are like, but I assume they look a lot like this:

Type 1 - The Post-High School Hottie:

One big thing I've noticed is that a lot of the site's women are in just graduated from high school. No matter what movies and TV shows will tell you, dating a girl fresh out of high school (or who is still in high school) is not every man's dream. For all the youth and lack of wrinkles/cynicism there is a lot of trouble that comes with dating someone whose biggest accomplishment is acing their SATs.

Here are a few traits all post-high school hotties on OkC share.
  • The post-high school hottie's favorite book is actually the only book they cared about in English class. Nobody north of 19 thinks "To Kill a Mockingbird" is the best book ever. 
  • The post-high school hottie acknowledges their youth (points on the board for honesty) only to then say how mature they are. Being able to juggle a schedule consisting of AP classes and a part-time job as a pizza shop employee is a big sign of maturity:
  • "Alcohol" is listed as one of the six things the post-high school hottie can't live without. Boost: 
    Points on the board for Kingdom Hearts.
All things considered, the post-high school hottie isn't the worst woman you'll find on OkCupid. It can be nice to run with someone who is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and who hasn't been beaten into a fine pulp by the realities of life. That being said, be prepared to hear relationship talk after date one.

God help you.

Type 2 - The Too-Cool-For-OkC-Chick:

Even in today's age of social media everything, people still find being on a dating site embarrassing. I wholeheartedly understand and do not judge people for feeling that way. I used to, believe you me. I would ruthlessly make fun of friends who were on Christian Mingle and OkCupid. Now that I am one of them, I know better.

Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

Admitting you're embarrassed to be on a dating site is fine. What isn't cool is acting like you're too cool to be on a dating site you're already a member of! Doing that is the equivalent of showing up to a party that you didn't want to go to and then complaining about how it much sucks. We get it, now shut up and drink some lukewarm Natural Ice.

The too-cool-for-OkC-chick tends to write a lot of stuff in their bio. If you like the news and the weather, this is your girl. However, hidden deep within the bio is a qualifier about how that person doesn't care if you're reading what they wrote and how the site doesn't mean anything to them.  This woman also wonders why you're still reading her profile: 

Seriously? You took the time to rewrite the Old Testament and you wonder why people are reading it? 


The real shame about the too-cool-for-OkC-chick is that she is probably really interesting (if what she wrote about herself is true) and would probably be great to have a drink and a chat with.

Type 3 - "Living It"

Ugh. Nuff said.

Type 4 - The Oversharer:

I fully support people who write a lot on their OkCupid profiles. I actually prefer more information than less. It's nice when a person isn't afraid to share their thoughts, feelings, dreams, etc... 

However, there is a such thing as sharing too much. Chances are you've come across an oversharer, laughed, and then moved on. 

There's nothing wrong with talking about your future plans at length, but did you really feel the need to mention you are slightly bulimic? You were born as a man. Awesome.

These are all things I've actually come across.

I'm all for honesty, but some stuff doesn't need to be shared with the world (imo) right off the bat. "I'm not gay, but you make me wonder..." is definitely one of them.

I'm flattered, but no.

Type 5 - The Normie:

The reality is that the majority of people on OkCupid are normal folks looking to shake things up. Chances are you'll probably encounter more normal people than you will weirdos. 

Wow, No. 5 sure was a letdown, huh?

The Hyundai Santa Fe Zombie Survival

Hyundai and Galpin Auto Sports have released a new zombie-killing SUV, the Hyundai Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine.

The SUV is the third such zombiemobile released by the Korean automaker, with a Veloster and Elantra coming before that. Aside: Seriously, the Veloster is probably one of the LAST cars I would want to drive in the zombie apocalypse. There's nothing wrong with the car, but a slow hatchback isn't what you want to be piloting when waves of zombies are coming at you.

Anywho, the Hyundai Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine was designed by a fan of the show named Anson Kuo. Kuo used an app creatively titled The Walking Dead Chop Shop to create his zombie-mirking SUV. Say what you will about his design, but it beat out 82,500 others and was chosen by Hyundai to go from concept to reality. The SUV made its grand debut at the 2013 New York Comic-Con.

The car itself looks like something out of the game "Twisted Metal," and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Here's a video of said game featuring one of its most iconic characters, Sweet Tooth. (It's pretty damn frightening. Why the hell did I play this game as a kid?) It features machine guns, razor wire on the windows, swords, knives...basically everything you need to give zombies a bad day. All in all, Hyundai could have done a lot worse than Kuo's design. I'm not huge on the razor wire on the windows (how the hell do you see out the front windshield?), but I respect the designer's ability to use an app and tastefully place swords and knives where they need to be.

I give the Hyundai Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine 3 Michonne samurai swords out of 5. You can check out more shots of the SUV below:

Hello World

I've spent the past three years writing and editing web content. I've found some cool stuff on the web and I have written up a lot of it. You can see the majority of my work here
Not once did it ever cross my mind to start a blog. There are a few reasons why I’m doing this. First off, I enjoy writing for Trend Hunter and other sites, but I do not always like having to edit myself to fit a site’s needs. I get it, writing is creative but business is business. That being said, sometimes I think things suck or people suck, and I want to be able to express that.
I’m also sick of rushing out to write something to find that somebody else has already covered it. Why should I have to worry about competing for stories? I shouldn't!
I find a bunch of cool stuff on the Internet, and I’m now going to begin sharing it how I want. All writing is my own and does not represent any company or website that I am currently affiliated with or that I have been affiliated with in the past.