An encounter with a different sort of Krispy Kreme

A co-worker brought this to my attention recently, and I’m not quite sure what to make of it.  It’s (seemingly) intentionally awful, holiday themed, and the artist himself changed his name to Froggy Fresh after a legal cease-and-desist from the famous doughnut brand.

In the spirit of the holidays, enjoy, laugh, and explore more from Froggy Fresh if you’re feeling ambitious.

A new-ish tradition: Modern Christmas cards


Last year, I wrote about my efforts to have a bit of fun with the tradition of sending Christmas cards.  Two years ago, thanks to Charles Apple, I became aware of Red Letter Paper Co., the creation of Stephanie Hinderer, a former visual journalist who found herself frustrated with what was in stores and took her own spin on Christmas cards.  I’ve once again gravitated back to her store, as each year she refreshes the line with new choices and I never come away disappointed. Continue reading

Amazon’s ’25 Days of Free Holiday Songs’ returns


Last year, I shared with you Amazon’s 25 Days of Free Holiday Songs, a recurring promotion they have offered which features 25 free MP3s to download for the holidays. The good news is it’s back, and the mixed news is it’s about as good as last year’s batch. Continue reading

Another reason to avoid Black Friday

I was just sent this, footage from a fight that broke out during the parade of people fighting over cheap TVs at a Wal-Mart.  I worked Black Friday a couple of times as a Circuit City employee, including watching my store manager at the time, rolling out some more cheap portable CD players (ooh!), get knocked on his rump by people who couldn’t wait. Continue reading

Christmas Present: Christina Perri’s “Something About December”


In my introduction to the Christmas Present series, I panned Christina Perri’s attempt at covering Karen Carpenter’s “Merry Christmas Darling” for playing it too close to the original, but without having the vocal warmth of Carpenter.  Fortunately, Perri’s “A Very Merry Perri Christmas” (ugh, the rhyme), released this year, has a gem of its own. Continue reading

Christmas Present: Relient K’s ‘Merry Christmas, Here’s to Many More’


Today I introduce some of my favorite tracks from what has proven to be my favorite Christmas album since I began my “Christmas Present” experiement: Relient K’s “Let it Snow… Let it Reindeer.” (Nice pun.) The Christian band makes Christmas music awfully fun. Continue reading