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14 Days of Chrismukkah: Setgo

The Gift: A very sexy wallet, bag, and money clip from Setgo, NYC-based purveyors of fine black leather (and nylon and brushed steel) accessories.

The Rules: In the COMMENTS section, give us you most awkward “lost wallet” moment. Maybe you were on a date with a supermodel and left your coin purse at mother’s. Maybe you left your hiking bag on a high-speed train to Brussels that contained your phone, passport, and collection of Amsterdam porn. Whatever it is, let us know. Only one entry per reader. Duplicate entries will be discarded.

The Deadline: Submissions are open now through midnight on 12/6.

14 Days of Chrismukkah: Tolky Monky

The Gift: You like Spanish cartoon characters … we like Spanish cartoon characters. And now it’s time you owned a few from one of our much-hyped friends, Tolky Monky. The muy bien prize pack contains a T-shirt, sweatshirt, and small poster.

The Rules: Go and visit their website, take a look some of their characters, and report back here with a new, original story for guys like Undie the Raccoon or Beeboy to post in the COMMENTS section (although, you can choose any of them.) Only one entry per reader. Duplicate entries will be discarded.

The Deadline: Contest is open now through midnight on 12/10.

Blip Festival 2008

Attention serious nerds, get out your Google calendar and mark it down with the following information: On December 4 – 7, the Blip Festival 2008 comes to New York to recycle your Commodore 64, Atari 2800, NES … possibly even a Neo Geo or two … into musical instruments and artistic displays. While most gaming relics look like plastic-injection toasters and sound like a berzerk B9 robot, in the hands of talented musicians (like 8-Bit Operators), skilled artisans, and a handful of components from Radio Shack, they can become a bleeping good time.

This Is Backwards

Smells like teen … inspiration! Our young friend Ethan Bodnar has come out with a new series of posters calling for social change in the most typographically literal way possible. The 11 x 17  “This Is Backwards” series has a couple of motivational statements in, of course, backwards facing font. Wrong-headed ideas, like sitting on your ass all the time or going grocery shopping without a reusable bag, are spelled out against variations of solid blue. Clever. Just don’t hang them in front of mirror — or you’ll be getting the wrong message.

Insound 20 Poster Contest

Leaves are falling, pumpkins are carving, and the annual college music fest, CMJ, is just starting to rock here in New York. All of this segues adequately into telling you that our musical compatriots over at InSound are offering a free poster! This Built to Spill “Time Trap” original, part of Jason Munn’s Insound 20, is up for grabs exclusively at All you have to do is enter for a chance to win. Maybe you’re back at school and need a new dorm poster to counteract your roommate’s “John Belushi in ‘College’ sweater” print. Maybe you just lost your job on Wall St. and just want to win something! Maybe your just like clicking links. All of these are valid reasons to enter. Winners will be announced right here next Tuesday.

2009 TED Winners

Technology Entertainment Design has once again put the challenge to their community to become modern-day genies.

The 2009 TED winners include oceanographer Sylvia Earle, SETI researcher Jill Cornell Tarter, and the founder of a Venezuelan children’s orchestra, José Antonio Abreu. Not only do these humanitarians receive $100,000 for their efforts, they get the far greater prize of getting one wish. There’s no Aladdin, no Robin Williams — just a room full of bright and capable innovators listening to three ideas that will better mankind. The next TED convention takes place February 5th, 2009. Expect a little magic.

Obama Portrait

What’s the first order of business the next president will take care of come January? Hammering out a lasting solution to the world economic crisis? Crafting a reasonable timetable to withdraw troops from Iraq? Liaising with an increasingly dangerous Pakistan? Are you serious? It’s his presidential portrait.

Later today the trash-as-treasure guys from NYC Garbage will post their version of “President Barack Obama,” a 12″ x 16″ limited edition print that will support the Obama campaign by donating the $100 price tag to the Senator from Illinois. ($50 for their registered Republican friends)

You Can't Fix This!

You’d think that if a president is proclaimed to be the “leader of the free world”, the free world might have some say. But, as was proven in 2000, American citizens can’t even speak up when the fix is in. If only there was some way to take the pulse of global politics and show, once and for all, that a presidential candidate has the mandate from the international community.

You Can’t Fix This, just launched by the Tokyo arm of strategic planning company Naked, needs your help to hold the world election. As you can see, there’s no “United States” category … we’ll have the privilege in about 34 days. Which leaves our overseas readers to fill in the gaps. Yes, it’s completely unscientific (as are the majority of polls), but from those initial numbers, we think we know who the planet is hoping for.

Qashqai Car Games

Half-BMX vert stunts. Half competitive team sport. All Nissan ad. The Japanese car company’s foreign export sport SUV Qashqai (the name refers a group of nomads living Iran) has spawned the Qashqai Car Games‘ Spanner League campaign. What? You haven’t heard of the premiere group of foreign daredevil race enthusiasts that flip, spin, and launch their vehicles with Matrix-like precision. Check out their latest attempt which, as always, ends in Wylie Coyote fashion.

Pepsi's Musical Posters

It’s like a glory hole … for your ears. Our Great White neighbor’s metro system has become the testing grounds for Pepsi’s new musical poster campaign. Agency BBDO has devised an interactive ad on Canadian subway cars (currently 100 cars in Toronto and Vancouver) that allow you to plug in (headphones not included) and get a taste of some brand new music. Ok, so the mariachi guys, conga players, and team of kids who pop n’ lock in the middle of the F train had this idea first, but those b-boy urchins aren’t trying to get you to visit and download their artists. Where else can you find a captive audience that are all wearing earbuds?

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