I love a good deal and let me tell you, Griffin Technology has some pretty great deals going on at the moment. This is especially true if you’re a first generation iPad owner (like me). They’ve dropped the prices of a ton of their iPad cases by up to 78%. I myself picked up both the Elan Form (regular price $49.99; on sale for $13.99) and the Studio Stand (regular price $49.99; on sale for $10.99). Pretty sweet deal … so far … read on as to how you can save even more!
Perusing the rest of the Griffin Technology shop, I also noticed that they’ve upped their selection of Threadless iPhone 4 cases. I myself use a Griffin Reveal Etch. With that said, Threadless x Griffin Technology iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPod Touch 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen cases are 50% off at $14.99 (regular price $30). And you can also score a deal on a selection of iPhone 4 Threadless cases for $24.99 (regular price $29.99). Check out the selection of Threadless x Griffin Technology Cases here.
I feature a lot of T-Shirts on this site that fall under the category of “geek”, however, I don’t think I’ve featured one as geeky as this email counting tee. The shirt, which was designed by software designer Chris Bell, keeps an up-to-date count of the number of unread emails in your email inbox. Think that I’m kidding? Watch the video. It’s kind of unbelievable and all kinds of awesome.
The shirt is a one-off so don’t even try to look for a “buy now” link. The shirt is open source (ever thought you’d hear the term open source in reference to a T-Shirt?) so that means if you pick up the same components from Spark Fun Electronics you could theoretically make your own. The shirt makes use of LilyPad Arduino on the software side of things. The script needed to run the T-Shirt can be found here.
Traveling does not have to hinder your blogging. Instead, you can use this time as an opportunity to engage and interact with your community even more. There are many tools available to you and with the prolification of wifi hotspots in major cities, getting on the web while on the road is as easy as ever. Your next vacation might be just what your blog needed.
Disclaimer: I’m a very Mac-centric kind of guy and because of these you’ll notice that a few of my tips make use of making use of the iPhone. I’m sure the same tips would also apply for any other smartphone, such as an Android, Palm Pre or BlackBerry.
1. Use location based social networks to keep track of where you’ve been.
I’ve been using Gowalla for a few months now and just started using Foursquare at the beginning of my last trip. Both of these location based social networks allow you to “check-in” and ultimately track where you’ve visited during your trip.Â In my opinion, Foursquare is the better option of the two and I will tell you why.
The great thing about Foursquare is that often times special deals will appear when you check-in to certain places. For instance, after I checked-in at a small cafe on Powell Street in San Francisco during my last trip, a little icon popped up on my screeen mentioning that another establishment nearby had a special deal waiting for me if i checked in there as well. Gowalla recently announced that it has partnered with the likes of Adobe and Chipotle to hand out special offers, but why wait, take advantage of what Foursquare has to offer now.
Here’s another example: When we did the Napa Valley Wine Train, I was awarded with a physcial voucher for eight free glasses of wine on board the wine tasting train. The “mayor” of the wine train, who was there at the time, actually greeted me and handed me a voucher. How awesome is that? Pretty awesome, I think.
Use Foursquare to keep track of where you’ve been (because you know you’ll blog about it later) and to score some awesome deals.
2. Use Google Docs To Store Your Itinerary.
Google Docs is a life saver. Why? Because even when your laptop is not available, your documents still are (give that you’ve got a computer with Internet access available). That’s the beauty of cloud computing. Even when you need to rely on the dreaded hotel computer running some argaic version of Windows, you’ll still be able to access your itinerary by simply logging into Google Docs.
Keep your travel itinerary safely stored in Google Docs.
3. Bring An Extra Media Card.
This tip is a no brainer. I always bring along an extra media card for whatever camera I am using. I typically take enough pictures during the day to fill my memory card up to the max. To make room for the next day of photo filled sightseeing, I upload my photos to my Mac.
But what if I forget to upload my photos before I leave the hotel? The last thing you want is to have to spend time flipping through your photos on your camera trying to decide which ones to delete just so you can take even more photos. Have an extra media card ready and this will be a non-issue.
Bring an extra media card just in case you forget to upload the photos from your camera.
4. The iPhone Makes For The Perfect Travel Companion.
The built in GPS on the iPhone and the plethora of apps make it a powerful travelling companion. Lost? Use Maps on the iPhone to help you find your way to your destination.
For instance, during my 2008 visit to San Francisco, despite having pre-printed Google directions, road changes and sign removals ultimately caused me to get lost in the middle of wine country. The solution? We found a Wal-Mart that was nearby, used the GPS in the iPhone to track our location, and then input the address of our destination. The iPhone got us out of that little pickle in no time.
The built in GPS on the iPhone makes getting lost a thing of the past.
5. Yelp Can Be Very Handy.
Bloggers need to eat. And for those times when you need to deviate from your itinerary, the Yelp app is a real lifesaver. We spent an afternoon during our most recent trip to San Francisco exploring the Mission District. And although we had planned to eat at a certain restaurant beforehand, it unexpectedly closed just as we arrived there.
With the Yelp app for the iPhone, we were able to find our location and got suggestions as to what other places around the area were highly recommended by other Yelp users.
And if you blog about food, Yelp comes in handy since you can draft a review of you experience right into the app itself. Neat!
Use Yelp for times when you need to deviate from your itinerary or when you’re feeling spontaneous.
Draft reviews of your experience directly within the Yelp app.
6. Use Notes and Voice Memos To Capture Ideas On The Go.
When it comes to capturing a passing thought in your head, you don’t need a fancy app. The apps you really need come built right into the iPhone. I recommend both Notes or Voice Memos to document any ideas you have while on the go.
Most of this post was written on my iPhone using notepad (and then edited later in my browser) while I waited for the Urban Outfitters on Powell St. to open. I was killing time before my shuttle was scheduled to pick me up and drop me to the airport. The idea for this post came to my head and so I started typing, errr, tapping away.
Capture passing thoughts, ideas or concepts using Notes or Voice Memos on the iPhone.
7. Make Sure Your Hotel Offers Some Form of Free Internet.
If you’re a blogger then you live and breathe the Internet. It might be practical to find a hotel with free Internet access. You’ll often have to pay to use the internet from the comfort of your room but a hotel that has free wifi access in the lobby makes life that much easier (and cheaper).
When booking your hotel, search for ones that provide free Internet access.
8. Backup While On The Go.
We all know tht we should back up our most important files (and probably even the not so important ones). Sometimes, uploading your travel photos to iPhoto is not enough. After all, hard drives do fail. An easy backup solution is to use Flickr to upload your full-sized and high resolution files.
If you plan on uploading a lot of photos to Flickr then I recommend that you invest in aÂ pro account. Regular Flickr accounts limit you to 200 “viewable” photo uploads. Worried about other people viewing your more raunchy travel photos? Set your privacy to private and you’ll have nothing to worry about.
Alternatively, you could use cloud backup services like theÂ Mozy Unlimited Backup and Backblaze to back up your stuff on the fly whenever you have Internet access on your computer.
If you have a Flickr Pro account then use it to back up your travel photos.
If you rather keep your previous travel photos private then set your privacy setting accordingly.
9. Don’t Let Your Blog Go Postless.
The savvy traveling blogger does not let his/her blog go postless for the duration of their vacation. That would be a mean thing to do to your dedicated readers! Have a few posts prepared and have them autopost while you’re gone. You can do this easily in WordPress by changing the date of post. I recommendÂ at least one autopost a day, especially during weekdays.
Prevent a blog dry spell during your vacation by preparing a few posts beforehand and having them set to autopost.
10. Keep Your Community Involved While You’re Gone.
To do this, I use a combination of Twitter and Foursquare/Gowalla. Keep your community in the loop and they’ll feel like they’re on vacation with you.You might also receive a few vacation tips from locals or tweeps who have lived in the area you are visiting.
Also, you can automate your WordPress blog so that it sends out a tweet each time one of your automated posts are published. With this set up, it’s like you’re not even gone.
Use a combination of Twitter and location based social networks to keep your community involved while you’re gone.
Twitter Tools will allow full integration between your WordPress blog and Twitter.
Iâ€™d love to hear what tips you have when it comes to blogging on the go! Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!
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Because there’s always enough bacon to go around. Unless you run out of pig. You can also find Make Bacon Not War in the brought back from the dead Downloads section (in the site menu above). You’ll also find a less nauseating, non-striped version of Make Bacon Not War in the Downloads section.
Who wants this as a T-Shirt? Leave your comment below.
It never ceases to amaze me how far a T-Shirt can go even once it has passed its prime. We all have one (or maybe a few) tees that we just can’t bare to throw out. How about repurposing them as a sleeve for your MacBook Pro? That’s exactly what Hello Rewind does with their new service. They can turn your favorite T-Shirt into clothing for your laptop!
The process is quite simple:
You purchase a laptop sleeve in your laptop size (13″, 15″ or 17″)
We mail you a pre-paid envelope to send in your chosen t-shirt
We sew a custom sleeve using your t-shirt
Within 4-8 weeks, your computer will have something new to wear
Sweet! How much does it cost, you ask? The Hello Rewind service is priced at $49 across the board. What’s even cooler is that Hello Rewind is very passionate about … sex trafficking. They are interested in working with women formerly sex trafficked in New York City so they can learn new skills and support themselves. Every sleeve purchased goes to help Hello Rewind achieve this goal.
As a T-Shirt blogger I’d love to give one of these sleeves a try!
I was fortunate to receive a copy of Tees: The Art of the T-Shirt by Maki from the publishers of the book. This is actually the first T-Shirt book I’ve received for review or even owned. Nonetheless, this book reinforces the fact that the T-Shirt is one of the most successful pop culture products ever. There literally is a T-Shirt for everything. But the T-Shirt isn’t all about showing off the latest cultural headline, but it is also wearable art. Every T-Shirt you wear reflects who you are and what you stand for. You can tell a lot about a person just from the T-Shirt that they are wearing.
Tees the book is an exploration of the artistic side of the T-Shirt. The author of the book, Maki Design, is actually a pair of T-Shirt designers, Kim Smits and Matthijs Maat. Their careers took off after they successfully won at the popular design contest site, Threadless. After a year and a half of blogging about T-Shirts I expected to recognize a few of the designs and designers in the book. And of course, I did. But I was even more surprised by the number of designers and brands that I had not heard of. The authors really delve deep into the indie T-Shirt culture.
The book is 333 pages long and features 82 design studios and artists. Each of the featured studios/designers provide short insight blurbs into their designs and inspirations. The book is filled with T-Shirts of different styles. If you’re looking for a T-Shirt bible, this is as close as you’ll get.
If you have any interest in T-Shirts (and I bet you do if you’re reading this blog) or just a general interest in graphic design then I highly recommend this book. You can pick up a copy now from Amazon9 for $19 (retail is $30).
I had a blast doing the last iPhone App review so I thought I’d do it again! This time, I review the TeeFury application for iPhone. Now, this application was not created by TeeFury but the TeeFury crew seem to be enjoying it! The app was created by Andrew Vilcsak and is available now from the iTunes App Store for sweet nothings.
Alright, so when the app launches, you are presented with the “Home” screen, basically, a description of what TeeFury and the app is all about. I personally wish it jumped straight to the “Today” screen at launch so that I can see the TeeFury shirt of the day immediately instead, I get the unnecessary splash screen at the start.
Both the “Today” and Â ”Comments” sections are nice because they are optimized for the iPhone screen, which makes everything that much easier to read as compared to viewing the TeeFury site in Safari on the iPhone.
The “Order” section is presumably where you would place an order if you liked that days shirt. But basically, it presents you with the TeeFury site as you would see in a browser like Safari so there really is nothing special about this section of the app. I was able to place an order through the TeeFury app and the process was pretty straighforward. Once I logged in all I needed to do was enter my credit card info and fix my shipping info and I was able to place my order.
All in all, TeeFury is a neat little app that any TeeFury fan (with an iPhone) would enjoy!
I spotted these Google tees a while ago on the Every Loves Free Stuff blog, but it’s been sitting in my drafts folder and I just never got around to typing a blurb for it! Anyhow, love this mathematical infused Google company shirt that was distributed to employees to celebrate the workforce. Google, do you need a hardworking blogger? I’d love to be a part of your team. They also serve as a subtle and friendly reminder that functioning as a team player is a good thing when working at Google!
As a fan of both T-Shirts and music, this latest story has got meÂ excited. According to Paste Magazine, artist Mos Def is set to releaseÂ his latest album, The Ecstatic, on a T-Shirt. The album artwork will be the front ofÂ the T-Shirt, the track listings will be on the back and the musicÂ itself? Well, you’ll find a special code on the hangtag that you canÂ use to download the album straight to your computer. This is anÂ interesting move by Most Def and I’m interested to see how otherÂ artists will be innovating in this age of digital music distribution.
Hello guys! I need your help. You see, I just created a Facebook Fan Page for Co-Tee TV but I can’t get a Facebook vanity URL (vain, I know) for it until I reach 1000 fans! Well, I’m about 997 fans away from reaching a 1000 so go ahead and fan me up!Â
The benefits you ask?
1. Exclusive video content of uncut and extended scenes that don’t make it to the actual episode!Â
2. Links to new episodes of Co-Tee TV there as well Coty Loves Threadless so you’ll be sure to catch the newest episodes as soon as it’s up if you’re one of those chronic Facebook users.Â
3. Random photos of tees that I find in random places.Â
4. The occasional contest, you know I love a good contest! And that means free tees for you!
5. As a fan you can also post links to your products and if it catches my eye it might end up on this blog!
I Can promise you this, the CO-Tee TV Facebook will not be just another static Facebook page. I’ll try my best to keep it as fresh and as interactive as possible! Now go add me on Facebook!