Friday Afternoon Pootie/Woozle Blogging

Dec 31, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Blog, Pooties/Woozles  |  No Comments

Bonding with my brother’s Labradoodle puppy Murphy on Christmas Eve.

The Beauty of Pixar

Dec 31, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Blog, TV & Movies, Video  |  No Comments

Leandro “Copperfield” Braga rewatched all 11 Pixar movies over a couple day period. Then hand-picked 500 scenes and mashed them up, added some great music, and ended up with this seven minute video. Really, really stunning stuff.

Falling Skies Trailer

Dec 28, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Blog, TV & Movies, Video  |  No Comments

Take an alien invasion of earth and add Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg and I think you might have a pretty good show that starts airing on TNT early this summer.

Crayola® Crayon Maker

Dec 26, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Blog  |  No Comments

I picked up one of these for my young niece when I heard crayons were such a part of her life she had a set in the bathtub.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Dec 25, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Awww, Blog, Books  |  No Comments

As I watched my two year old niece open gift after gift this morning, I was worried that my presents of Little People books and stuff toys wouldn’t be a hit, since almost everything she got needed batteries and made all kinds of sounds and had more lights then you could shake a stick at. Well good news, the books were a HUGE hit as were the stuffed animals. Note to parents, kids still like the same things we liked as children.

Friday Afternoon Pootie/Woozle Blogging

Dec 24, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Blog, Pooties/Woozles  |  No Comments

My brother’s Labradoodle puppy Murphy, playing in the snow.

WoW Cataclysm Is Here

Dec 22, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Blog, Video, Video Games  |  No Comments

I had not noticed this cause somehow I am not a WoW guy, but it appears to those that are, well this is “big” news. And I have to admit, this video does look like a lot, I mean a lot of fun.

New Yorker Profiles Shigeru Miyamoto

Dec 20, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Blog, Video Games  |  No Comments

Nick Paumgarten talks with Nintendo’s resident genius, Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo:

In his games, Miyamoto has always tried to re-create his childhood wonderment, if not always the actual experiences that gave rise to it, since the experiences themselves may be harder to come by in a paved and partitioned world. “I can still recall the kind of sensation I had when I was in a small river, and I was searching with my hands beneath a rock, and something hit my finger, and I noticed it was a fish,” he told me one day. “That’s something that I just can’t express in words. It’s such an unusual situation. I wish that children nowadays could have similar experiences, but it’s not very easy.”

I am not much of a first person shooter, so I love the statement, “re-create his childhood wonderment,” cause that is just what I want in a video game.

4-Year-Old Girl Narrates Starcraft II

Dec 17, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Awww, Blog, Video, Video Games  |  No Comments

Steve’s 2010 Holiday Wish: Please Buy Local!

Dec 15, 2010   |   by Tommy   |   Blog, Community  |  No Comments

Dear Friends,

2010….

Talk about the ultimate in recycling, this is the third straight year for this letter. I guess I’ll keep reusing it until people start to “get it”. Most of us independent business owners have joined some type of organization, to help promote indie businesses. There are neighborhood groups, special improvement districts, and now independent business alliances. They are all for the betterment of our communities and the quality of our lives. Please tell people to support and buy local. We cab be the change.

2009…

I’ve been asked to repeat last year’s Holiday Season Letter – So in that spirit, I will oblige.  I must also add an additional sentence or two- The “local economy” has not gotten better…. actually it has worsened. When I say local, I mean the neighborhoods where most of us live.  We see more vacant storefronts and less people out shopping.  The internet has taken its toll! Like the Film Oscars, where each year, they roll images of important people who have passed…. we too, in our neighborhoods continue to watch stores that have been around for 10, 20, and even over 100 years die off and close.  Please shop locally and support your independent businesses!

2008…

I hope this message finds you and your family in good health.  We all cannot avoid the constant barrage of the negative news about the economy.  It’s in the newspapers, magazines and radio. Its reality – we’ve been in a full-blown recession for over a year.  Sadly, most of the retail doom and gloom has been focused on the Big Box retailers.  Their numbers are down, but those pale in comparison to the hurt this down economy has put on small independent stores.  I’ve talked to many businesses across the board and nearly all are experiencing a very serious downturn thus far this holiday season.  In some cases, we’re talking 40+ percent decreases in sales from last year (which, by the way, for most was a down year from the previous year, 2006. For these independent stores, the holiday season represents 25% of their annual sales – the holiday season is a “make it or break it” scenario.  Compound this with increasing cost of goods, skyrocketing utility rates, rent hikes, taxes and well…. you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the negative consequences.  So why am I sending this email?  It is more than a gentle, subliminal reminder…. It’s a plea!  SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT RETAILER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.  I fear many will not survive the winter.  We talk about where we live and why we choose certain neighborhoods.  We talk about what we value and sometimes we don’t put a price on what it means to us.  What about customer service?  What about product knowledge?  I could go on.

Remember that it is many of your local merchants who donate to or sponsor events with organizations that you are familiar with.  Studies show a large percentage of dollars stay in a community when you BUY LOCAL vs. leaving the state with an online or big box purchase.  Sadly, if a local store closes, it not only becomes an empty storefront (in this economy, they’re not lining up to rent spaces) but the trickle down from this loss affects many – the local accountant, lawyer, insurance broker and printer to name a few.  So you really know many who are or would be affected by the closing of a local “Mom and Pop”.  So, PLEASE during this holiday season…. try to spread the “Good Gospel”…. support your local bookstore, record shop, boutique, hardware store, coffee shop, and toy store.   Shop at the galleries and support local artists.  Go out and support the small music clubs that hire local musicians.  Eat at independent restaurants.  Put the word out on the street.  Forward this email.  Tell your neighbors, friends and coworkers.  Teach your kids about the importance of supporting local businesses.  It’s all about education and awareness.  Buy multiple gift certificates in small amounts to give away this holiday season….

Steve Presser
Be The Change – Think Globally…. Shop Locally