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Another edition of cool tees! Some of these are limited edition, as noted below, so be sure to buy them ASAP if you like 🙂

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7 Dirty Words designed by Arrow. So you might be too young to recognize the point of this shirt. The typography forms the image of comedy legend George Carlin. The words belong to his most infamous bit, the 7 words you can’t say on TV. As a shirt, this is awesome. If you’re bold enough to don bad words across your chest, buy this! You’ll be wearing a piece of comedy history.

$15 + $2 shipping. Sold on Teextile. Guys and gals. Limited edition, gone next Monday.

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Morrissey by Kyle Webster. Speaking of legends, The Hundreds (a great clothing brand I’ve featured before) has summoned the design finesse of Kyle Webster to create 3 t-shirts with their favorite musicians. Bjork and The Pixies are on the other two, if you’re interested. I went with this Morrissey one because it’s just awesome.

$30-40. In store only at The Hundreds Los Angeles/San Francisco. Guys. Limited Edition.

onmyoji_m_f_detailOnmyoji by xiaobaosg. Now this is a pretty sweet shirt. It’s got all those vibrant neon colors with the skeleton. It’s like it should be emo, but it’s got a creative, fun life to it.

$25 + 2.72 shipping. Designed by Humans. Guys and Gals. Limited Edition.

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Picture 2The 2009 Tony Awards are tonight, and in honor of them I am taking a look at their social media campaigns. Productions are making their presence known on various sites like Twitter and Facebook. It’s the kind of marketing that allows patrons to connect to their favorite shows before or after they see them.

I’m only going to focus on new musicals. It would be great to cover every single show, but neither of us has that kind of time. I mean, the show is in 3 hours.

Let’s start with a strong contender, “Next to Normal.” A lot of hype supporting this musical, and their social media reach is pretty far. It not only has a Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, it has gone the extra mile to feature itself on the theatre social network BroadwaySpace, created by Ken Davenport. Also interesting: Its Twitter account connects to the illusion of the show by having characters tweet about their daily adventures.

Now “Shrek” may be green, but it’s not with envy. (I know, cheesy.) When you land on the homepage of the official Shrek website, there is a message to encourage you to follow the show on Twitter along with a Twitter app displaying their latest tweets. When you continue into the site, you will find all the same links as “Next to Normal” plus a link to Shrekster, a quasi social network developed for the production. There is also a share button, allowing visitors to share the site on their own social profiles.

Shrek seems to have upped the ante against “Next to Normal,” but can it compare to “Rock of Ages.” R.O.A. also has Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and BroadwaySpace down. Fine, but does it have its own social network like Shrek? Yup, and it’s a little more impressive and social. It’s called 80s Rock Fans, and it lets fans connect over their favorite 80s bands.

Lastly I cover the weak contender Billy Elliot. The website only features links to Facebook and Twitter profiles for the show. No MySpace, no BroadwaySpace, and certainly no specially designed site.

And the winner is…

“Rock of Ages.”

I love following their Twitter for 80s themed tweets. The complexity of their handmade social network trumps Shrekster.

“Shrek” is a strong second thanks to large presence on social networks + personal social site. While it’s great to integrate a Twitter app on the landing page to attract followers, the effort has been lacking. Only 400 people follow.

P.S. I’m guessing “Next to Normal” takes the Tony for best new musical.

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Second installment of music videos that will seduce your eyes. Heh, seduce your eyes. Who writes that way? Oh, I guess I do. Anyway, the last installment featured 3 new artists. This post features 3 artists that are better established in the public eye.

1. Santigold

I love Santigold’s weird, urban sound. She’s got a unique voice and style that intrigues me. Her 1st video L.E.S. Artistes has some really cool effects. If you’ve never seen it, check it out. I chose Lights Out because it’s a newer video, and most have seen the L.E.S. Artistes vid.

2. Kanye West

Kanye’s a guilty pleasure of mine. He is, after all, a gay fish. I respect his intentions, but his executions fall short of his expectations and self-indulgent propoganda. Early Kanye is cool. Later Kanye is all right, but nothing new. It’s been a tough year, but he’s only made it tougher on himelf. Regardless, he’s got money. Money = interesting videos. Hope you enjoy this one of his song ‘Paranoid.’

3. Lady Gaga

You know, not a big fan of Gaga’s music. This ‘Paparazzi’ video transcends that because it’s a clever idea with great graphics and examples of typography. I do enjoy this song better than Poker Face. She’s a very weird personality… And warning, this video is lengthy. Worth watching from beginning to end, but lengthy. And I’m just going to say it: Gaga’s got ass, and it be nice.

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Graphic tees are a passion of mine. I’m now a collector of cool threads. Here are some of my favorites, all currently for sale, some not for long. Photos link to product.

resized_pandaguyslarge Johnny Cupcakes ’09 Panda tee. This shirt features a panda that has come across a delicious cupcake. I don’t look good in white tees, but this one is adorable. They used to have the shirt for Toddlers, which was even more adorable. Johnny Earle (AKA Johnny Cupcakes) manufactures his shirts in smaller-than-usual numbers. Get the shirt while they have your size available.

Price: $35.99 + $8 shipping. Johnny Cupcakes. For both men and women.

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Rad Ass tee by The Hundreds. You know, this one is not my style. You will never catch Michael Tobias in this search, and if you do feel free to point out that it’s too cool for me. Despite that fact, the design is unique and awesome.

Price: $30 + $8 shipping. The Hundreds. Men’s only.

Picture 2Stylist by UNIQLO. I like the doodle on this shirt, plus the color of blue is incredible. It’s definitely a playful style. The only problem with UNIQLO is that there isn’t an online shop. You need to go to the store, and stores are hard to come by…

Price: $15.50. UNIQLO. Men’s only, in-store only.

top_classybearClassy Bear by Jan Avendano on TeeFury. Such a dapper bear with his round-frame glasses, little hat, and bowtie! Another good color for the summer, and I like the placement of the graphic! THIS IS A LIMITED EDITION! And you’ve got roughly 6 hrs left to buy it from TeeFury.com. Next Thursday, I’m going to post early (around midnight) so you can have a better shot at a TeeFury shirt.

Price: $9 + $2 shipping. Tee Fury. For both men and women.

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I’m into baking right now. I enjoy the discipline of measuring out the exact ingredients of a recipe while having the freedom to create an edible piece of art.

Thus I’ve decided to use Wednesdays to explore cupcakes. This first installment is a little unprepared – as all things start. Just bear with me as I bring delicious pictures of cupcakes and such.

First, some pics of cupcakes. Then a recipe for you to get started on your own.

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[by Rakka]

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[by Bev (Sugarbloom Cupcakes) – click here for more cute cupcakes by this user]

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[by Rockamandy]

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[by Clever Cupcakes – click here for more great cupcakes from this user]

And this is a Guinness cupcake with Bailey’s Irish Cream – Ha!

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[by Chris B in SEA]

RECIPE TO MAKE YOUR OWN

From a post on the blog Tracey’s Culinary Adventures (recipe from Sprinkles Cupcakes via Martha Stewart.)

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Cupcakes
2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 large egg whites, room temperature

Frosting
1/2 cup whole frozen strawberries, thawed
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold
8 oz cream cheese
Pinch of coarse salt
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

To make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Place strawberries in a small food processor; process until pureed. You should have about 1/3 cup of puree, add a few more strawberries if necessary or save any extra puree for frosting; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended.

With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.

Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing.

To make frosting: Place strawberries in the bowl of a small food processor; process until pureed. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioners’ sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (save any remaining strawberry puree for another use); mix until just blended. Do not overmix or frosting will incorporate too much air. Frosting consistency should be dense and creamy, like ice cream.

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