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Some E Cards

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By Courtney Beck in New Trends on Tuesday 21 September 2010

I love a good e-card, especially the ones that are blatantly inappropriate, or have a high likelihood of inducing a bout of awkwardness on receiver’s behalf. I’m old-school to an extent. I still enjoy the thrill of buying the perfect greeting card, but sometimes as funny as I think I am, the jokes aren’t worth $5. And let’s be honest, the greeting card world is lacking in some areas. The other day I really wanted to say to a co-worker I’d just met, ‘I’ve injured myself yawning’. Lucky for me there is an e-card for that.

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E-Fail Postcards

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By Courtney Beck in New Trends on Monday 13 September 2010

‘Can we get that team that built Rome in a day?’ is just one of the E-Cards designed to politely let your boss know that the project you’ve been working on, well, it’s ‘effed’. I’m all about metaphors, and what better way to give the disaster update that’s way too awkward to give in person than to send an e-card saying, ‘How did I get in this creek? And who has my paddle?.

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Normal Watches

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By Courtney Beck in New Products on Monday 13 September 2010

If there was a statement that sums up the Facebook revolution for a lot of people, FACEBOOK RUINED MY LIFE would be it. You’ve been there with me, agonising over how to successfully hide a break-up, been found by people who should have remained lost, been stalked by these people, and just when you think you’ve blocked them, there’s an email demanding an explanation why. Oh wait, maybe that’s just me.

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Kidrobot Dunny 2010 series

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By Courtney Beck in New Products on Saturday 11 September 2010

Fans of contemporary art can now house a collection of the world’s greatest artists in their bedrooms thanks to Kidrobot’s 2010 Dunny series. With artists like Jesse Hernandez, Sket-One, Frank Kozik, and the Beast Brothers putting their art to vinyl, you can re-live your childhood with affordable three-inch pieces of art from nineteen amazing international artists.

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F U Penguin disses the Silky Hen

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By Courtney Beck in Cool Websites on Thursday 9 September 2010

I’m afraid of talking animals in films, and I have been since I was little. For some reason they make me a lot smarter than we give them credit for, and if I’m planning world domination, then perhaps they are too. The F U Penguin blog supports this theory and if you thought dogs and cats have it over over us, then you’ve got no idea about the Silky Hen.

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Emoticons for the Advanced Writer

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By Courtney Beck in New Design on Tuesday 7 September 2010

Do you ever feel limited by the amount of Emoticons currently on offer? Sometimes Happy or Confused doesn’t cut it. I’m complex, you’re complex, and we deserve more than a ‘basic’ set of emotions. An advanced society needs, Advanced Emoticons.

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Foodspotting

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By Courtney Beck in Cool Websites on Wednesday 1 September 2010

So if Foursquare is the new Facebook, then Foodspotting must be the new Race Around The World for foodies. Foodspotting strips away the jargon of restaurant reviews and serves you up a photo of the best dishes from around the world, from the actual person eating it.

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Anxieteam

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By Courtney Beck in New Music on Tuesday 31 August 2010

What do you get when you combine the most famous doodle artist in the world with a cult figure in the Berlin art underground, then throw in a ukulele, a bunch of masks, an obsession with salad and an overactive sense of worry? Anxieteam is the new musical collaboration between internationally acclaimed visual artists Jon Burgerman and Jim Avignon.

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Bec Winnel

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By Courtney Beck in New Illustration on Tuesday 31 August 2010

The sensuality and mystery of the women that Melbourne artist and illustrator, Bec Winnel, draws will whisk you away to a dreamy land where natural beauty and quiet confidence abound. Winnel is a self-taught artist with formal training in Graphic Design.

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