Apr 19, 2011

Vector Illustration: Sunglasses


Here is a vector illustration of sunglasses I just uploaded to my portfolio. The rendering was pulled off in Adobe Illustrator. This file is available in High-Res Jpeg or .ai Vector File download—or choose from millions of other stock photos and illustrations, simply click the image to see my iStock Profile page and click on 'View Portfolio' to find this image (also searchable as file no. 15997133). I am GildedCage, Enjoy!

Dec 1, 2010

127 Hours: James Franco & Amber Tamblyn

Who has seen the movie, 127 Hours yet, with James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara and directed by Danny Boyle? It is the real life story of Aron Ralston, a solo rock climber who became trapped under a boulder near Moab, Utah. I've not found the time to go watch it yet, but want to while it is still on the big screen. I was living in Utah at the time Aron Ralston was missing and I remember the amazing story of his ordeal and survival. I also remember watching his primetime interviews and documentaries concerning the ordeal. I think it will be interesting to see the screen adaptation of the tale, I've heard Franco is superb. (I can't help but notice the classic Chums sunglass retainer on the girl's neck, that is an icon right there...)

Oct 18, 2010

Turn Your 6G iPod® Nano into a Watch with "The Band"

Using the new iPod Nano as a watch seems to be more and more the craze these days, and using the 8GB version it isn't actually too bad of a price for a nice watch... If only it had a GPS—


Even during the keynote when the newest iPod Nano was introduced, Steve Jobs mentioned one of the Apple execs intended to adapt it as a watch.


There is no shortage of watchband options out there, but one of the coolest I've seen is this one, using a classic 3/4" 'The Band' from Chums. This replacement watchband has been a fan favorite for decades among sports/outdoor enthusiasts.


The 20mm (standard) size is the perfect width in my tests to securely clip on the iPod Nano. And with hemp, standard or wide band options in 20mm size, everybody should be able to find one that suits them well.


$6.99 is also a steal in comparison to many of the other iPod® Nano watchband options and The Band has been around since the 1980's, improved and perfected as the world's best replacement action sports watchband option.



Oct 6, 2010

TOMY: Mad Masher - Monster Machine



Shown are two recent shots of my TOMY Mad Masher - Monster Machine. I scored this unit for Christmas in 1986. Played with it indoors, on and off for a few years. I drove it up and down stairs and over the top of my younger siblings as they lay on the floor. One of my nephews abused it back when I was in high school (I think that is when the one smoke stack went missing) so I took it from the 'toy pool' and secured it away in a box. I pulled it out a few years ago when my oldest son was a few years old. He was amazed and loved to play with it together with his younger brother. The boys still want me to get it down from time to time, but it rarely gets touched. Still one of the all-time coolest motorized truck gems from the 80's—ranking right up there with my old Stompers and of course 'The Animal' and 'Water Demon'.

May 12, 2010

FREE Giveaway—ALITE Designs Monarch Camp Chair

(The following, and other frequent outdoor gear giveaways are
always to be had on www.Branchwhipped.com)

The ALITE Designs Monarch Chair revolutionizes the foldable chair industry, and it is up now for FREE Giveaway. ALITE’s basic company tenets are: “We’re a design-driven, urban-outdoor company dedicated to the idea that everyone should be playing outside together. Defined by innovation, bold colors and a sense of humor, we thrive on creating products that make it simple and fun to connect with friends and the outdoors.” One look at their website and it’s quickly apparent they take their product design seriously. Each product is designed to be functional, bold and stylish. It’s also quickly evident that they have a good sense of humor and enjoy having a good time with their “friends and the outdoors”—qualities that are valuable for any outdoor company to posses. Click the image to find out the easy ways to enter the giveaway:

Apr 6, 2010

Chums Booby-Bird T-Shirt

Many of you may know Chums as the eyewear retainer company, you know, who makes the eyeglass straps so your overpriced shades don't fall in the drink or off the cliff. Chums is now offering a limited run of sweet Logo T-shirts featuring the classic Booby Bird logo. Check them out:

Mar 17, 2010

Branchwhipped.com Gear Giveaways

The latest free gear giveaway on www.branchwhipped.com is the Sterling Knife Sharpener:

Simply click on either image for more details on entering:

Check Branchwhipped.com often as there are a few great give aways every week of the best outdoor gear for those of you who adventure into the backcountry.

Mar 5, 2010

Sunglasses (vector illustration)


Here is a vector illustration of sunglasses I just uploaded to my portfolio. The rendering was pulled off in Adobe Illustrator. This file is available in High-Res Jpeg or .ai Vector File download—or choose from millions of other stock photos and illustrations, simply click the image to see my iStock Profile page and click on 'View Portfolio' to find this image (also searchable as file no. 12213803). I am GildedCage, Enjoy!

Nov 17, 2009

Fabulous Pumpkin Pie Recipe



We've discovered a fabulous new pumpkin pie recipe we'll be trying for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Some of you may have seen this already circulating on emails as "How Pumpkin Pies Are Made." Not revolutionary, but still pretty funny. Happy Thanksgiving!