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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Hey, Valentine: Enter the Love Letter Contest, Win Something Lovely

This is simple. And either way, you get a free Valentine’s Day gift out of it—a love letter to your sweetheart.

Can’t beat that. Unless you win this:

You could win your sweetheart (or yourself) this gorgeous, one-of-a-kind necklace from Blue Ribbon Salvage.

You’ve only got a few days left to enter.
Go now to BlueRibbonSalvage.com »

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Renegade: Craft Fair with Blue Ribbon Salvage
Cool: Fraternal Fist Bump, Circa 1890s
Handmade Ho Down: Catch Blue Ribbon Salvage & Local Artisans Down


Gallery: Petaluma Whiskerino 2010 Pics

1st Place Moustache Justin Shurtz could easily hold a bottle of IPA in each curl.


Yup, that’s a moustache-shaped goatee. He won 1st place in the goatee category. (Pic via Wardinger)


The Kind Beard

This is Matt “Beards In A Box” Wilson. Yes, he’s holding up a bag of beard. Though absent from Petaluma Whiskerino for the last couple years, he’s been a contestant the previous dozen plus. After every year he shaves his beard and saves it in that Jack Daniel‘s box. This is the real deal, folks.


Tons more pics below …

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Photoshop: Re-Tool The Microsoft Trainwreck CONTEST


The biggest crime on this Microsoft ad isn’t versioning out nationalities for placement in different countries. That could be argued endlessly. No. It’s the horrible Photoshop job. The neck. The hands. Dear lord, the hands.

Fang's Photoshop with Ty's Caption

Friends of the Umlaut Rich and Malcolm took the initiative to instigate a good ol’ Photoshop contest.


  1. Download the blank Microsoft ad here.
  2. Photoshop your best worst.
  3. Email it here: photoshop.king@hotmail.com

I’ll post winners on Monday. Follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss out.


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Art: Pabst Blue Ribbon Mural Contest, San Francisco Squid


“I Am Pabst”- by Jacob White, Los Gatos, CA.
Spotted off 7th Street, SF

For the past three years, Pabst Blue Ribbon has held an art contest where anyone can enter a PBR-flavored piece of Photography, Digital Media, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, or Poetry. Check out the past year’s winners at PBRart.com .

Story at SF Citizen. (via Laughing Squid)