One of our favorite product lines is getting bigger. Her Universe has long-been a go-to destination for cool Star Wars gear for women and girls, getting started at a time when availability of fan-centric clothing wasn't as widespread as it is now. The Rock Daughters™ wear it... my wife wears it... and now an even broader set of fans who enjoy Disney, Marvel and Star Wars will be able to get in on the action with the launch of OUR UNIVERSE. Disney made the announcement today that the collaboration with Her Universe and founder Ashley Eckstein will "expand beyond the existing licensed lines of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars apparel, accessories, and home goods and opens up new categories and opportunities including a new, heroic character-inspired athleisure line for kids and tweens.

Monday, January 29 2018 09:30

The First Karma Revero "Art Car" Unveiled...

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About a year and a half ago, I was out in Southern California working a gig for Kelley Blue Book and Life of Dad when I came across a rare sight: a Karma Revero in the wild. The vehicle was being tested, and we just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Now, Karma Automotive is ready for the public eye, and they're showcasing their luxury electric plug-in hybrid with an all-new art car. In collaboration with Laguna Beach-based artist James Verbicky, a one-of-a-kind Karma Revero was unveiled at an art show in Los Angeles last week.

Karma Revero Art Car

From the Official Announcement: For his work on the Karma Revero, Verbicky used hand-painting and stencil techniques to apply meticulous layers of color and follow the sensuous lines of the car's body. Verbicky's color fields, evocative language, and symbolic imagery was used to accentuate and emphasize the soul of the Karma Revero. The result is a vehicle art piece that is modern yet timeless.

Karma Revero Art Car

"Karma Automotive is committed to building cars that move people emotionally and physically," said Jim Taylor, Chief Revenue Officer. "James Verbicky has done a masterful job of transforming a Revero into a rolling work of art. He has pulled imagery that reflects his unique perspective on the world, along with the individual freedom each Karma owner feels when they get behind the wheel of this incredible machine."

Karma Revero Art Car

For more: https://www.karmaautomotive.com/

The Super Bowl or "Big Game" (for companies not paying the license fee) is happening this Sunday, and while I won't be watching the game (being "anti-football"), I do love the commercials. As it's been for the past several years, many companies are getting out in front of the Sunday push, releasing their spots early for the YouTube crowd, and today comes an early entry from M&M's candy. The question: What if one of their spokescandies came to life in human form? Well, we have the answer, and that answer is Batman Returns' Danny DeVito. Take a look...

It's cold here in Northern Illinois, and as a fresh couple inches of snow covers the ground today following a near-60° warm-up just days ago, cabin fever is setting in as I think about spending some time outdoors when spring rolls around. I'm a big fan of lighting (my wife can vouch for my years of trial-and-error), and lately my eyes have been on the "Neo-Vintage" LED movement - modern tech that looks like the Edison bulbs of old. As that corner of the industry continues to evolve, it's interesting to see just how close we've come to LED bulbs that have the appearance of their incandescent ancestors, but the path hasn't been without some hiccups. One such glitch is the flicker - a hyper-strobe effect that usually can't be seen with the naked eye. This is something the LEDs have been known for, and something that's bugged me for years - particularly with seasonal lighting. If you've ever shot video of certain LEDs (Christmas lights are a prime example), you've seen the dramatic effect. Now comes The Burton Bulb, and they're aiming to fix all of that with flickerless Neo-Vintage LED tech.

The feature is brought to you in collaboration between Blackboard™ and The Rock Father™

For a guy whose entire life revolves around a digital presence, I tend to be notoriously old-school when it comes to my tools of the trade. In an age where many work on tablets and multi-purpose screens, I still prefer to do the majority of my work from a desktop pc with a mechanical keyboard them emulates the typewriters of old. Sure, I use a laptop for working on-the-go, and I've got an arsenal of tablets in both iOS and Android flavors, but for me nothing beats being in my office, in the chair, ready to work within my comfort zone. Even here, there were some very non-digital quirks until recently - in fact, until the summer of 2017, I kept my monthly calendar on a dry-erase whiteboard (I finally switched to Google Calendar at my wife's urging), and was apprehensive of cloud storage for my backups, my habits remaining in a physical world. Likewise, I've always had an attachment to writing - actual writing - in a true form, and until recently, there was no way to bring that into a digital world... but that changed. A product I didn't even know I needed came my way - Blackboard™ by Boogie Board - and now old-school meets new-school in a way that just feels right. It's Liquid Crystal Paper™, and there's nothing else like it.

If you happen to have run into me at an event over the past few years... or perhaps even run across a photo from such an event, you may have noticed that more often than not, I'm wearing "my own brand." Custom apparel is certainly not a new thing, nor is the idea of showing support for your favorite brands and personalities than rockin' their logo on a tee. It's taken a little bit, but after being gently nudged a few times, I'm happy to reveal that The Rock Father™ T-Shirt Collection is now available, exclusively through TeePublic! The initial launch collection features familiar designs - the logos I'm often seen wearing, each available in both men's and women's styles, with numerous color combinations available. 

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