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The Le French Connection

02.28.2008 @ 3:41 PM in Lifestream
One of the greatest things about the Le French Dunny Series is how there are visible connections and proof of collaboration between some of the artists. Instead in some series' where each character is completely different, I'm gonna point out a few details on some of the French figures that bring them together.. as well as explain why the Easy Hey is so goddamn ugly unique. First off, the French Color Trio. french_con_colorway.jpg Look at the 123KLAN, Oktus (I've yet to score this figure), and Superduex  together, notice anything? The three colors (blue white red) aren't just the French national colors, they are a prevalent design aesthetic for Superduex, who also did the packaging design for the series. Superduex, 123KLAN and Oktus all have collabo'd together via french Design groups like UNCHI. Looking at the art styles of 123KLAN, I'd assume that they followed Superduex's concept to create a matching figure. And Oktus was more of a color adherence. either way, the three look appropriate placed next to each other. Now, onto the the Peen and the Sourpatch. We found the cock and balls "discreetly" painted on the underside of the SecretLab figure during the Hero Party. It wasn't till the end of the night that I discovered that the Koralie I just traded for had a raspberry under her. I refuse to believe that this is a coincidence. Ok, now why Easy Hey is so.. Unique. For being 1/400, this is a real stinker of a figure. I guess thats makes sense, seeing it was based off of Easy Hey's Kid Onion "pet" character.... easyhey.jpg On another note, Oktus and Easy Hey are both part of the same French Design Group called Delkographik The French Dunnys are selling fast and strong, stop by Hero Design in Buffalo and pick up a few, or visit the KidRobot page to learn more. aboutFDS.jpg

French Dunny Wrap Up

02.22.2008 @ 2:07 PM in Lifestream
frenchfries.jpg The Le French Dunny's were released yesterday from Kidrobot, and toy shops all over the States held trading parties to celebrate. Hero's Party was a blast, natch. We had french food (French Fries, Croissants, and French Toast, FTW!), beer, wine, and a store packed full of people hovering over the boxes, bartering and buying from one another; the atmosphere was one of a kind. dunnywhat.jpg I rounded up 18 Dunny's total, including the two rare chases, thanks to luck and the awesomeness that is Beth and Mark. Of course, Mark was up to his usual trickeries and greed for his own collection, and I was finding ways to manipulate points and punches and free tickets for the raffle. Turns out my luck was well enough, because I won the $50 hero gift card, which I promptly spent. French_Dunny_Haul2.jpg I managed to score a good amount of the ones I wanted, and now that I have the two chases, I feel like I could possibly complete this set. It really sucks that the most common pull was the Mist. I feel like it's a garbage toy because the design was simply a different colorway from a previous series, nothing new, nothing to terribly attractive. I have an army of them now (five!), and I'm sure I'll get more. checklist.jpg I don't mind too much that the SecretLab was  common as well.. at least it has a white cockandballs painted on the underside. Since it was a trading party, I also brought my Be@rbrick 2007 Wondercon Transformers pack to trade with Mark. He gave me a Stomp Super7 Kaiju for it, and I feel great about it. When I bought the Be@rbricks, it was an attempt to build a connection between Mike's love for Transformers, and my love for the art toy collection. Obviously it didn't work; Mikes' out of the picture, and I'm moving on. trade.jpg

The biggest step is the first one.

02.21.2008 @ 1:14 PM in Lifestream
scranto_nate.jpg Unless you catch my twitter, I've been somewhat silent about John on my blog, and partly its because I wasn't thrilled to get the reaction. See, I've spent the last couple of years in Buffalo being the cruelest gaming asshole ever. I've dated a few guys, broken a few too many hearts, and pissed off a whole bunch of people. I've come to the conclusion that I no longer wish to continue this trend; it seems to get in the way of me finding real happiness. To go from player to lover, deceptor to devoted, is as easy as flipping a switch.  However, proving that that switch to people is a lot harder. Thus, the second part of my conclusion is that I no longer care how people will perceive my sincerity on this because I only have to prove myself to one person, and i quite like it this way. I've fallen quite deeply for this redheaded bear named John. John lives in Maryland. I most recently spent President's day weekend with John, and we seemed to have fallen in love. I'm a firm believer that if you care for someone, then you make sacrifices and take chances that you wouldn't normally do for anyone else. The risk of failure is only high when you hesitate, and is most surely 100% when you don't take the risk at all. The mechanicals of our relationship are very intersesting, merging social technology and cross-culture immersion to make up for the physical gap between us.  A uniquely funded travel budget may be in the future, and beyond that is too early to tell. All I can say is this dude completes me in every way I could ever have possibly imagined and to pass this by based on something as stupid as distance would make me a fool. Oh, and he twitters... flickrscrantonate.jpg

[Click above for the Maryland Trip Flickr Set]


02.13.2008 @ 2:22 PM in Lifestream
kittehtung.jpg So, I've been sick with this flu like something or other bug. I've so far been able to accomplish nothing, except get up in the morning, bundle and trudge to work, trudge home and collapse into bed. I guess I picked it up from work, were germs are rampant and is somehow illegal to spray participants with Lysol. Right now? Sweating my balls off while my bones shiver. yea.. thats the norm this week.

To Kill A Mockingbird at Studio Arena: A Masterfully Cast Masterpiece

02.04.2008 @ 2:10 PM in Lifestream
TKAM_1.jpg Studio Arena presents to you -- produced by Road Less Travelled Productions -- To Kill a Mockingbird, running from February 2nd, till Sunday the 24th.
  • The story, based on the best selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel contains some of the most memorable characters in American literature – Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and the children – Jem, Dill and Scout. This compelling piece speaks to the very heart of American integrity, while raising questions about racism and prejudice. The story, told through the eyes of a young girl is filled with moments of discovery as she uncovers the secrets that her neighbors and community hide. This production stars Doug Zschiegner as Atticus Finch and Dee La Monte Perry as Tom Robinson. It is directed by Scott Behrend, Founder and Artistic Director of Road Less Traveled Productions.
Opening night brought forth one of the longest and most deserving standing ovations I've ever seen at Studio Arena. Why we clapped so hard, hooting and hollering like Cher was on stage? its easy: the cast gave everything into their roles. This was a hard production to pull off because the story is so common; everyone has their own idea of what the characters look and sound like. TKAM_2.jpg Every character was cast with perfection. I wondered how they managed to find a child so small to play Dill, till I realized that Joseph Westphal ("Dill") is a Lukemia survivor. Amazing talent was also seen from Doug Zchneigner ("Atticus"), whose furrowed brow and upright stature accurately portrayed the conviction that Finch lived his life with every day. TKAM_3.jpg Tickets are on sale now, priced $25-65.00.

More Office Mess, This Time With Eye Candy

02.01.2008 @ 12:41 PM in Lifestream
plumber.jpg They moved the chaos into my  room for the better part of the morning. I get in, pipes are everywhere, a layer of dust has settled on my desk and i'm greeted by the not so furry crack of the plumber. I try to avoid the sight of "coffee grinds" dripping down my wall, but the smell of old pipes and what they used to contain is unmistakeable. I'm not too sure how much longer I can handle the environmental disruptions, noise pollution and sweaty contractors coming in and out. They say that today is the last day for plumbing in my room, and later next week someone else will be in to put up a plywood barrier for concrete. I hope he's cute.

Pepsi Stuff SuperBowl ad w/ Justin Timberlake

01.31.2008 @ 4:10 PM in Lifestream
pepsi.jpg Tomorrow, that is Feb 1st, you will be able to start banking those little codes you've been finding under your Pepsi caps. Unlike previous Pepsi/music giveaways, this is a points based system: 5 caps get you a DRM-free song courtesy of Amazon Mp3 Downloads. There are other prizes in the mix, and other things to save up for, like trips, hdtv's, clothes, and money. The Superbowl marks the official launch of the campaign; take a look below of the commercial featuring Justin Timberlake getting knocked around NYC. and here's the officicial press release from Pepsi on the whole deal
Pepsi Stuff Kicks Off on the Super Bowl PURCHASE, N.Y., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Pepsi and are teaming up on Pepsi Stuff, a massive collect-and-get program where consumers can download the most DRM-free MP3 music available anywhere. Four billion specially marked Pepsi packages will allow people to collect points and redeem them for music from Amazon MP3 that can be played on virtually any digital portable device (including iPod®), organized in any music management application, or burned to a CD. Beginning February 1, consumers purchasing Pepsi products can “bank” their points on and redeem them for music on Amazon MP3. Amazon MP3 offers Earth’s Biggest Selection of a la carte, DRM-free MP3 music downloads, with over 3.25 million songs from more than 270,000 artists. Five points earn consumers one MP3 song download from the libraries of EMI Music, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Warner Music Group and tens of thousands of other music labels. Pepsi’s biggest promotion ever makes its debut on the Super Bowl. “MP3 music is the future of the industry and Pepsi Stuff is an accelerator,” said Danny Socolof, President of Las-Vegas based MEGA, Inc., which facilitated the Pepsi/Amazon alliance. “It will help more people discover legal DRM-free music downloading sooner than they might normally have. It’s also likely to draw in music fans who are not as familiar with digital downloading, which can help build a healthy future for the music business.” “We are excited to team up with Pepsi and reward millions of Pepsi Stuff participants with high-quality DRM-free music downloads from major and independent labels, playable on virtually any device, and an easy downloading experience that doesn’t require special software,” said Bill Carr, Vice President for Digital Music and Movies. “Pepsi Stuff gives consumers choices — many choices: from the prizes they select, to the music they want to hear, to the device they want to play it on,” said Cie Nicholson, SVP and chief marketing officer, Pepsi-Cola North America. “We’re also broadening the prize pool to include Amazon Unbox TV downloads, electronics, apparel, DVDs and CDs. We’re offering up to $1 billion in prizes, making this the largest promotion we’ve ever done.” Participants can also enter a daily sweepstakes for the chance to win trips to events like the Super Bowl, the MLB All-Star game and the Daytona 500, as well as for cash and many other big prizes. Consumers may sign up now to be reminded when the promotion begins at Pepsi has a long history of marketing through music, beginning with the first advertising jingle ever broadcast nationwide in 1940 and spanning the ’60s and ’70s with the Pepsi Generation. In the 1980s Pepsi began developing relationships with some of the world’s biggest recording artists and featured chart-topping songs in marketing campaigns, concerts and commercials. It’s a strategy that continues today, including recent associations with superstars Kanye West, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Green Day. Pepsi Stuff will be executed across the entire Pepsi trademark: Pepsi-Cola, Diet Pepsi, Diet Pepsi MAX, Pepsi ONE, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Diet Pepsi Wild Cherry, Diet Pepsi Jazz, Diet Pepsi Lime and Diet Pepsi Vanilla. It will be supported by an extensive marketing campaign that will include TV, radio and outdoor advertising created by BBDO NY. TracyLocke (Wilton, CT), Pepsi’s promotional agency of record, has been instrumental in the development and ongoing execution of the program. About Amazon MP3 Amazon MP3 is Amazon’s DRM-free MP3 digital music store where every song and album is playable on virtually any digital music-capable device, including the PC, Mac®, iPod®, Zune®, Zen®, iPhone(TM), RAZR(TM), and BlackBerry®. Amazon MP3 offers Earth’s Biggest Selection of a la carte DRM- free MP3 music downloads with over 3.25 million songs from more than 270,000 ar

I shoulda called in

01.31.2008 @ 10:45 AM in Lifestream
upstairsbathroom.jpg Today is the big day in the beginning of the upstairs bathroom renovations at my agency. I'm all for it; I'm tired of the "dirty water" leaks that happen from the mens room upstairs that ravage my lab and damage my computers. The renovation plans should take about two weeks to complete. New urinals and stalls, and accessible everything. The old set up had a step up to three open wall-style urinals, which is what at this very moment, a jackhammer is trying to eradicate. I'm a patient guy, very patient. I'm also a martyr. I've taken about 4 Excedrin and I'm calmly sipping green tea while the sounds of destruction echo above me ALL DAY. If you would like a sample of my madness, hit play below and turn up the volume while you bang your head on the wall. Viva la Breakdown! [audio: ]

The Hirsuit Fashion Pursuit

01.29.2008 @ 11:28 AM in Lifestream
Costello_Tagliapietra_pulse.jpg The dresses created by designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra are flowing masterpieces, cut from the most elegant and luxurious cloth, draping and forming with perfection to nearly every body type. The designers on the other hand, prefer a bit less expensive and more practical approach to their own personal fashion:
The two met at the now-defunct club Sound Factory in 1994 and have been together, personally and professionally, ever since. Back then, Costello was doing costumes for Madonna's trippy "Bedtime Story" video - "I think that's kind of why I wanted to start helping," says Tagliapietra. They live and work in a modest, 1,000-square-foot railroad apartment in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, a third-floor walk-up. Their current intern - coincidentally, they say - looks exactly like they do: a burly, bearded young man in jeans, a flannel shirt and suspenders, more rustic lumberjack than refined couturier. "We've always sort of dressed alike," says Tagliapietra. "The only thing more comfortable than jeans and flannels are pajamas," Costello says. "And I'm not gonna wear pajamas to a nightclub." "Suspenders are more comfortable than a belt," adds Tagliapietra.
Angel had shown me this article yesterday from The Post that featured "the boys." I've seen and swooned over this handsome couple for ages. Half as much for their good looks, I'm more amazed at their success in an industry that simply defies the "bearish" nature. Perhaps that's why they are still relatively unknown for their incredible work.
The boys themselves - Costello is 46, Tagliapietra, 33 - have their own theories as to why they remain largely undiscovered. "I think part of it is money," says Tagliapietra. They are looking for backing; until then, it's just the two of them designing a 28-piece collection twice a year. They can't afford to hire a full-time pattern-maker or a seamstress, and have no financial safety net. Since debuting in 2005, they've been sold in a handful of stores around the world - but even if they got a bump in orders, they lack the means to produce at a faster pace. Aside from their financial constraints, Tagliapietra is stumped. "Who knows why?" he asks. Costello, too, is perplexed: "I still don't understand how we do these delicate dresses with such meaty paws," he says, chuckling softly.
They work 14-hour days - 20 in the run-up to Fashion Week - and when they have free time would rather go to dinner with friends than network. And they are painfully aware that some of their less talented peers have surpassed them in name and brand recognition by cultivating the right fashion-world contacts and celebrity friends: "It's hard," says Tagliapietra, to watch other young designers cut deals with Target while they struggle. Last year, they were approached by Lord & Taylor's parent company, which offered $1.5 million for a 70 percent stake in the line. Ultimately, the deal fell through: "We just wanted fair control," says Costello.
Meaty paws and a look a like intern? "Coincidentally?" Sure.

Phelps to Picket Heath Ledger’s Funeral

01.23.2008 @ 1:40 PM in Lifestream
ledger.jpg Since the untimely death of Heath Ledger, people have banded together to mourn and contemplate the loss of a moving and talented actor. His drug use and depression was known, but his autopsy has yet to reveal the exact source of his passing. Could be the pills, could be the pneumonia. Regardless of that his death is simply tragic. In an effort to be ridiculous and just plain mean, Fred Phelps and his fag hating friends at Westboro Baptist Church have decided to picket the Ledger Funeral.
  • Yes. WBC will picket this pervert's funeral, in religious protest and warning: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked." Gal. 6:7. Heath Ledger thought it was great fun defying God Almighty and his plain word; to wit: God Hates Fags! & Fag Enablers! Ergo, God hates the sordid tacky, bucket of slime seasoned with vomit known as 'Brokeback Mountain' - and He hates all persons having anything whatsoever to do with it. Heath Ledger is now in Hell, and has begun serving his eternal sentence there - beside which, nothing else about Heath Ledger is relevant or consequential.
Its hard to pay attention to Phelps and the WBC, but when they gloat over the death of someone who was never so involved but to portray a natural human relationship, I get disgusted. Folk like this make me shudder and despise the doctrine I was raised on.
  • wikipedia - On January 22, 2008, Ledger was found dead in his fourth-floor apartment at 421 Broome Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. He was found at 3:26 p.m. EST by a housekeeper and a massage therapist, who entered the bedroom to find him face down, nude, and unconscious at the foot of his bed with sleeping pills on a nearby night table. Police said that they also found prescription medication in the bathroom and that there were "no obvious signs" of suicide, nor did they suspect foul play.