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Cafepress on MSNBC

Posted on May 28th 2008 by Arthur in Shopping & Stuff

Amy Maniatis of Cafepress, wearing an Obama t-shirt from Lekker Politics, was on MSNBC recently talking about the sales of products with Obama, Hillary and McCain. They actually have a really nice Elections 08 Cafepress Meter that shows they sell about three times as many Obama than Hillary.

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Old-fashioned cans with pull tabs, still used around the world after 30 years

Posted on October 18th 2007 by Arthur in Nature, Shopping & Stuff

Old-fashioned pull tabI still remember the old-fashioned pull tabs on pop cans that were introduced in March 1963 by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company. You put your finger in the ring and pulled the tab off. Unfortunately, these pull tabs were an environmental disaster; pets and wildlife died from digesting the sharp things, as did a few people who dropped them into a can and then accidentally choked on them. The hazardous tabs wound up on beaches, where people cut their feet on them, and littered roadsides and damaged garbage disposals. More »

Sale: Scubadorable T-Shirts for $10

Posted on September 17th 2007 by Arthur in Scuba Diving, Shopping & Stuff

Our Scubadorable ‘Value T-Shirts’ are on sale with a discount of $6 off the regular price. Value Tees are comfortable 100% Cotton Hanes Heavyweight (or equivalent) shirts. Regularly priced at $16, they are now available at a discount for just $10 for the rest of September.

Value T-Shirts on sale! From $16 for $10

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The cutest parrots and parakeetsexternal link

Posted on April 13th 2007 by Arthur in Birds, Shopping & Stuff

Cute Monk ParakeetMore new birds have been added to Birdorable, including several cute parrots and parakeets. The collection now includes a Yellow-crested Cockatoo, Scarlet Macaw, Monk Parakeet (pictured here), Peach-faced Lovebird, African Grey Parrot, Sun Conure, Rose-ringed Parakeet and Red-masked Parakeet. Birdorables are cute and colorful birds you might find in your backyard or when you go birding. They have been cutified closely matching the natural shapes and colors of the bird. Visit the Meet the Birds page to view all 38 different Birdorable birds.

New cute birds at

Posted on March 16th 2007 by Arthur in Birds, Shopping & Stuff has been updated this week with 17 new cute birds, including African Grey Parrot, Peach-faced Lovebird, Brown Pelican, Keel-billed Toucan, Osprey, Egyptian Plover and Bald Eagle. There are also some nice free graphics for use in MySpace comments. More »

Re: Hidden security tags in Old Navy jeans

Posted on February 28th 2007 by Arthur in Shopping & Stuff

A year ago I wrote about the security tag I found in my Old Navy Jeans that was setting off alarms in other stores. The square tag with the text “remove before washing or wearing” was hidden in an unusual place inside the jeans and sewn into fabric where I hadn’t noticed it before. I argued that Old Navy should tell customers about these RFID tags or simply move them to a place where you can see them. The post has brought forward some interesting comments of angry customers versus angry Old Navy employees. More »

Leftique – The Boutique for Democrats

Posted on February 24th 2007 by Arthur in Shopping & Stuff

Another shameless plug, this week we’ve launched a new Cafepress store: Leftique – The Boutique for Democrats . The store features dozens of democrat designs, and we are busy adding many more. A lot of the designs are for 2008 presidential candidates, like senators Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York. When we move to the United States we want Bush to be replaced by a new democratic president, so we do have a stake in this and are helping supporters with t-shirts, stickers and other products of their favorite candidate. Our best-selling candidate so far is Obama! More »

Scubadorable – The Cutest Fish on the Reefexternal link

Posted on January 2nd 2007 by Arthur in Scuba Diving, Shopping & Stuff

Scubadorables are cute and colorful reef fish of the kind you will find around coral reefs when you go scuba diving. On you will find Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish and many other popular fish from around the world, which have all been cutified closely matching the original shape and colors. They are available on t-shirts, mugs, bags, hats and more! More »

The unpleasantries of importing

Posted on December 20th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Shopping & Stuff

I just received two packages through the mail with DVDs that I had ordered from Amazon. I was required to pay the mailman a hefty import tax for receiving these goods, and it was much more than I expected. More »

Coop supermarket in Den Haag has huge selection of American food

Posted on November 19th 2006 by Arthur in Food, Life in Holland, Shopping & Stuff

Yesterday we found an unusually large selection of American grocery products at a regular supermarket in the Hague, here in the Netherlands. The store is Coop Van Dijk on Ursulaland 80-82 (see on Google map). There used to be an American school nearby, which is now gone, but the owner still likes to keep importing the American products, which fill an entire aisle in the store. More »