Yesterday I wrote about some photos we took for a challenge to win laser-etched beef jerky. Well, we were successfull! They even gave them a name: The Basement Series. I’m waiting to see the other submissions, but there hasn’t been too much activity. Anyone who’s reading this and thinking about it – JUST DO IT. It was hilarious fun.

I’ll get some photos of the stuff when I get it in. I’m thinking they’ll be A FIRE GIANT cards. Angelo wrote about it, too. I also think there was a segment of it on G4’s Attack of the Show (which I don’t get anymore, boo expensive cable).

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Today I spotted a weird yet intriguing contest on tor.com, saying they’ll give business cards etched into beef jerky using lasers to the first 15 people who photograph a live recreation of one of three Frank Frazetta fantasy paintings. And guess what, we did it. Hit the jump to for pictures and more info.

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Google Reader has become one of my most-used applications online. I never used to read RSS feeds – just a few here and there. But then I found some great ones.

Lifehacker (www.lifehacker.com)

Many geeky things, this place has original posts, as well as passes on posts from a large variety of other sites. The comments are very active – it’s a large part of the experience. They even have weekly posts dedicated to comment talk.

Hack A Day (www.hackaday.com)

This is a more techy/geeky place. A lot of harder mods and software projects from all over the place. I don’t really do any of the stuff posted here, but I like to see the cool ideas and fantasize about what I’d do if I had such mad skills. For instance, check out the frikkin sweet robo-dog.

Clientcopia (www.clientcopia.com)

This site is great for anyone dealing with Customers or users. It’s pretty much a pile of funny, bad, and awkward Client/User/Customer situations.

DailyLit (www.dailylit.com)

Not a blog, but full books, in email or RSS! You can “subscribe” to a book, most of them free, and have incremental parts emailed to you, or published to a private RSS feed. I first read A Place So Foreign, which got me into Cory Doctorow, and now I’m really into Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. If you like reading, this is a great thing to have around during workdays. You can take a short breaks (5 minutes, maybe) every once in a while to read the next piece.

There’s a bunch of others I enjoy, too:

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