Friday, December 19, 2008

Bongo Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Media

Oh boy, it's that time again!! Time for materialism and consumerist values to rear their Swarovski crystal-encrusted heads and possess us to purchase things we don't really need! Or, to put it more bluntly, everyone acts like I do all year! Finally! Acceptance!

Look, you know the drill. I'm gonna find the best gifts out there in hopes of influencing you to save the economy from Al Quaeda. Or whatever. Let's get started with my favorite topic: MEDIA!!!
Have you ever been in an elevator and thought, "Wow. This smooth jazz version of 'My Heart Will Go On' is really doing it for me!" Well, my friend, you now have a whole new catalog of lite covers to lull you into the most awesome coma EVER. You haven't really lived until you've heard the smooth jazz version of "Ignition Remix." It kind of sounds like an old-timey (1998) cell phone ringtone. WAIT! Don't run out and buy this right now, like you know you want to. Read the rest of the Guide first.

Available at: Amazon, iTunes
Perfect for: Someone who's like "So what? I'm drunk." But in a lite way.

Mary Blair was an illustrator for the Walt Disney company with a very distinct, trippy style. She would draw mock-ups for animated features and attractions, but, sadly, most were never used. It's a Small World and Sleeping Beauty are probably the best sample of her artistic style, but she also drew awesome spec art for Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland (among other films). Recently her illustrations were used in an abridged version of Alice, and while the text isn't as good as the original, the artwork is, in my opinion, fifty-kajillion times better.

Available at: Amazon, obvs
Perfect for: Hipsters who get high and watch Alice in Wonderland. Or you know, actual artists.

Know how Japan seems to do a lot of stuff cooler than America? Speaking of which, I once made a joke about how Japan was the ultimate sneaky country because of their attack on Pearl Harbor. A lot of people came up to me and told me they were offended. Really? Really??!! But back on topic: There is a certain Japanese way of doing everyday things called urawaza. Basically it boils down to doing stuff, but doing it AWESOME. Lisa Katayama has compiled some clues for Dirty Americans to attempt urawaza in her book, Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan. It's filled with so many goodies, like spraying the bottom of a sled with cooking spray so that you rocket down hills at like 50 mph.
Available at: Buy Olympia
Perfect for: Someone who needs to learn how to LIVE. AWESOMELY. IN ALL CAPS.
That's it for now, Kiddies. I'll be back soon with another fabu installment of the Bongo Holiday Gift Guide 2008. See if you can keep your eyes open until then. GO!

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