June 26, 2009

Two New Brockeim Book T-shirt and Mug Designs

Two new t-shirt and mug designs. Click through each to see color, size and model options.

June 23, 2009

I Love Purple, a colorful Facebook group

Lovers of purple, that blessed arrangement of red and blue, that color which adorns royalty and Cadillacs driven by pimps, join I Love Purple, a colorful Facebook group.

Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books)Snuggie Purple
Oversized Adult Purple Ruffle Umbrella Parasol, Can Be Used In The Rain Or The Sun, Great Gift Idea
Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books)

June 04, 2009

T-shirt Explodes in Sales on Amazon Thanks to Review

There's a rumor that is going around that an unusual review on Amazon.com helped seriously spike sales of a t-shirt: (Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt, Available in Various Sizes). It is the one below, not the purple one. I made that.

I've heard it was the result, actually, of a news item looking at the t-shirt itself. I would prefer to think it was the review, but, I do not know. I'm including the review in question verbatim. What do you think?

9,693 of 9,775 people found the following review helpful:
Dual Function Design, November 10, 2008
By B. Govern "Bee-Dot-Govern" (New Jersey, USA) - See all my reviews
This item has wolves on it which makes it intrinsically sweet and worth 5 stars by itself, but once I tried it on, that's when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the shirt would properly cover my girth, I walked from my trailer to Wal-mart with the shirt on and was immediately approached by women. The women knew from the wolves on my shirt that I, like a wolf, am a mysterious loner who knows how to 'howl at the moon' from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called mehth. I told them no, because they didn't have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a wolf-shirt shouldn't settle for the first thing that comes to him.

I arrived at Wal-mart, mounted my courtesy-scooter (walking is such a drag!) sitting side saddle so that my wolves would show. While I was browsing tube socks, I could hear aroused asthmatic breathing behind me. I turned around to see a slightly sweaty dream in sweatpants and flip-flops standing there. She told me she liked the wolves on my shirt, I told her I wanted to howl at her moon. She offered me a swig from her mountain dew, and I drove my scooter, with her shuffling along side out the door and into the rest of our lives. Thank you wolf shirt.

Pros: Fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it, attracts women
Cons: Only 3 wolves (could probably use a few more on the 'guns'), cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark.

June 03, 2009

Lean and Spare: Twitter Talking

For the Twitter generation... there's a skill here. Below, I demonstrate, but the reality is that getting into a topic in 140 characters is no small matter. I worked on this, and know some of you experts can show me a better way.

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Count 'em. 139 spare spaces. One to... spare.

June 02, 2009

Someone Likes My Wooden Stir Sticks Review

Wood Coffee Stirrers - 1000 Count

Never met the fellow, and all I know about him I read five minutes ago. He mentions in his post (on his blog: Wooden Stir Sticks Review) that he enjoyed my review of wooden coffee stirrers.

He says, "This review became rather respectable in retrospect, but was very comedic when first encountered." I'm glad for his comment in both regards.

Naturally, I am pleased. It is a big world out there, and I know I have a few readers who e-mail me from time to time, but mostly, I do this in a quiet room, drinking a cup of coffee, away from that world.

He calls me a review artist. That's based, I imagine, on my own description of what I am trying to do. The art of writing within a defined context... in this case, reviews of products that are typically very utilitarian... is never easy, and I'll be the first to admit I strike out more than not.

As I posted in response on his blog:
How delightful… it is a long evening here at work, and there is someone, somewhere with a post telling the world that they liked my review. It made my day.

Steven Wright on David Letterman 1990

Anyone who has read my quips might see that I like Steven Wright. There is no comparison... he is better at what I do than me, and he does something different. His delivery is perfect. The video shows him on Letterman's TV show during his prime.

"Steven Wright gives another strong performance on Letterman. This clip includes the stand-up and interview segments."