Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wendy, the boys and I go way back with infomercials. When we gather each holiday season we compare notes on the past year's best performances and determine The Best of the Best.
I'm not afraid to admit that we do go back; back to Sam Popeil. Yup, that's Ron Popeil's father! Popeil's Pocket Fisherman, Veg-O-Matic and the "Set it and forget it" Rotisserie. And, be honest now. You all have a set of Ginsu knives in the back of a kitchen drawer somewhere. I know I do!
So, for a couple of years there really was nothing to challenge the informercial entertainment dominance of the "What Can You Do in Ten Seconds" Magic Bullet. It was, and still remains, a late-night, half-hour classic.
But with the introduction of Shamwow, a new standard was set. This, like all other infomercials, has nothing to do with the product; it's all about entertainment. And Vince gets it done!
But wait! There's More!
Move over Veg-O-Matic.
Move over Chop-O-Matic.
In the style of the elder statesman of pitch men - Heeeeeeer's Slap Chop!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Earlier this year, Crane produced a custom wedding invitation for Liesl Menning, Martha Stewart’s assistant, for her wedding this summer in Tennessee.
The letterpressed invitation and postcard reply are a perfect combination of quality, beauty and environmental responsibility. A striae pattern is gently etched into the 100% cotton fluorescent white paper, adding texture and depth. Text is letterpressed in kona brown and surrounded by a stylish double-line frame. Coordinating response postcards are available.
The invitation will be featured in the Winter issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, on Martha’s television show and on the Style Network.
Have a look:
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
A study presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management finds people significantly more willing to lie in e-mails than in communication with pen and paper, even when both are done in relative anonymity. Moreover, they feel more justified in lying.
I knew it!
It had to be true.
I've just been waiting for the study to come out.
And here it is: Being Honest Online: The Finer Points of Lying in Online Ultimatum Bargaining
"The results of our study illustrate that traditional pen-and-paper communication is indeed different from e-mail in the way it influences people's behaviors, even though both [are] text only," conclude the study's authors, Charles Naquin of DePaul University, Terri Kurtzberg of Rutgers University, and Liuba Belkin of Lehigh University.
As if that weren't darning enough, hold on to your hat:
They add: "Overall, the lower degree of social obligation found in the use of e-mail versus paper, coupled with ambiguity for communication norms and lack of formal rules, procedures, and expectations regarding e-mail, may allow individuals to tap into a sense of psychological justification for their deviant behaviors (such as deception) more easily online than in the paper mode."
Well, there you have it.
There's not much more to be said to those of you who wish to attain any level of acceptance in polite society.
Just four words: paper, pen, stamp, write.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Clockwise from top left: Be Happy, Happy Birthday, You Can Have Your Cake, and Happy Birthday.