Friday, March 21, 2008

Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Remember Whens?

I though today I would write a light-hearted post, kind of Remember When? of the movie stars.

First we'll pay a little visit to 21 Jump Street with a YouTube clip that not only features Johnny Depp but Brad Pitt too! Enjoy!

Next mosey on over to Celebs as Kids Here you can see Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Duchovny and more.

Do you remember...

Johnny Depp in The Nightmare on Elm Street?
Bruce Willis in Moonlighting?
Harrison Ford in American Graffiti?
Halle Berry on Knot's Landing as Debbie Porter?
Tom Cruise, Diane Lane, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Matt Dillon in The Outsiders?
Sally Field as Gidget?
Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy?
Kurt Russell in an episode of Gilligan's Island as the Jungle Boy?
Gene Hackman in The Posideon Adventure?
Anthony Michael Hall and John Cusack in Sixteen Candles?
Angelina Jolie in Hackers?

Many stars have long, long resumes. It's fun to look them up and see what shows they guest starred in or made brief uncredited appearances. Every once in a while I'll send some time surfing through the International Movie Database reading through the actors ages and movie tidbits.

Hope you enjoyed this brief, but fun, flashback to the past with me.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Wii, the Competition & the Wait!

Last week, my son convinced me to take him to Gamestop for the Super Smash Brothers Brawl Competition. This was held at 10:00pm as a prelude to the midnight release of the game. So we started out and much to my dismay, it was lightly sleeting and snowing. I took it slow, even though my sons eyes were glued to the digital clock in the car, ignoring his reminders we needed to get there at least 30 minutes before the competition started. We got there with plenty of time to spare.
He met his two close friends and they excitedly chatted about FINALLY getting their hands on a game that was delayed way too many times to count. We registered, which brings the importance of why I was there, anybody under 18 yrs old had to have a parent sign a consent from. Then the first disappointing news of the night hit our ears. He wouldn't be able to buy a copy of the Super Smash Bros. Brawl game because we hadn't pre-ordered it! What? I don't remember reading about that on the Gamestop website. It almost defeated the point of being there for the release. Well the kids enjoyed the competition, my son made it to the third round and lost to his friend who went on to win first place.
Okay so no game for us, but his friend, who did pre-order, was going home with his. This also meant that I would be driving home alone, as now my son would be going to his friends house to play the rest of the night away.
Next morning, pick up my son, who didn't sleep more than an hour or two, and we head to Walmart in hopes of snagging the elusive game. Thank goodness..we score one. Get home and what this? The game doesn't work. Faulty disc? NOT. Wouldn't you know, Nintendo has released a news statement admitting that the golden game of the year, will not work in some Wii's. A very small percent, they say. Well, yes, we fall into that slim group. Next step, printing out Fed Ex shipping labels and boxing the Wii and game back to Nintendo. What a hassle but thankfully this isn't going to cost me a dime.
Flash forward to today, a battered box, which makes me wince, arrives from UPS. Inside the newly "fixed" Wii and game. My son comes home from school, tears the box open, sets up the game and proceeds to reload all the information back into his system. I'm looking in the empty box for maybe a coupon or SOMETHING for this major disappointing delay, nothing. Fifteen minutes later, a hurrah from both my sons and they slip fresh new batteries in their wiimotes and load the game. I never remember putting my parents through this much. What we do as parents for our kids! And yes, I'm guilty, I was one of those parents that stood out in the freezing cold the first year the Wii came out, just to score my son a Wii for Christmas. Ah heck, he's a good kid. High honors in school. I can't complain...or can I?
Come on Nintendo, will ya give parents a break ?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

YouTube, iTunes and free education

Okay so here I am this past weekend, trying to get into the flow of Social Marketing and much to my surprise I am finding that I am learning about things I never knew existed on the internet!

Here I was at Digg and came across Top 10 Universities With the Best Free Online Courses. This sounds interesting so I check it out. And from there I find Free Online Courses from Great Universities which can be downloaded as podcasts through iTunes no less. It's getting even more interesting. From there I end up at YouTube where I find Berkeley University at California courses. By now I am hooked on all this free education!

Okay so these are courses you won't get any credits for and they probably are a bit lacking from the full classroom courses, but still, can one really complain? Everything from Anthropology to Physics. Most of the stuff comes from places we would only dream about attending: Stanford, UCLA, Yale etc. MIT was really most impressive at 1800 online courses as well as a nice variety of High School Student geared courses, geared toward Advanced Placement.

My son decided he is going to sign up for Japanese and Kitchen Chemisty.

As for me, I'm starting with the Search Engine Berkeley Courses at Youtube and The Future Of the Internet iTunes Podcast from Stanford.

Not bad for not having to step out of the house or open my wallet huh?

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Think Spring? See our collection of Tees!

As an online business seller I realize you always have to be ahead of the game. Like always looking ahead to the next holiday and the next season. When your product has to travel through the mail, you really need to think about advertising weeks before the fact. So I sit here and think about the coming of Spring. Not as easy as it sounds. We are currently getting hit with another snowstorm, the 2nd one this week, and they are calling for 10" of snow to fall before morning. Welcome to winter in Upstate New York!

For those of you already basking in 60 and 70 degree weather, or those of you who wear T-shirts no matter what the temperature,(My daughter fits that description)please take a look at the fun and cool tee shirts we have in stock:

Disney Couture Dumbo T-shirt Jrs size S
Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Face Mens Tee sz M
Nightmare Before Christmas Turquoise Striped Jack Face Boys T-shirt sz L
Nightmare Before Christmas Juniors Jack Skellington Neon Tee
Mighty Fine Invader Zim Juniors Tee Shirt sz S
Invader Zim Gir Toddler Tee Shirt sz 2T

Are you thinking Spring fashions yet?? Stop by our store and browse even more Tees:
Rock Band T-shirts, Disney T-shirts, Nightmare before Christmas T-shirts, and much much more

And for those of you still stuck in the winter doldrums, like we are, check out our winter clearance section for some good bargains!

See you tomorrow after all the shovelling! Maybe I'll post some photos!