Holiday Gift Guide: Three-Player Circular Chess Set

December 15th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

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The more the merrier, right?

Well then, why not put a new spin on an old classic with a Three-Player Circular Chess Set ($49.95 from ThinkGeek.com)?

Finally, a chess variant board has been developed that accommodates three players – without compromising any of the rules, strategies or competitive challenges that make chess such a beloved game. And Three Player Circular Chess adds one more massive wrinkle: the circular board. But don’t worry, there are trajectory lines crossing through the center to help guide piece movement (and, of course, instructions, too).

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control
Dove Mask
Like/Dislike Stamps
Album Cover Art Blankets

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Holiday Gift Guide: Album Cover Art Blankets

December 14th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

sonic-youth-dirty-throw-blanketsWhat’s on your bed?

How about a cozy Talking Heads’ Remain in Light blanket?
Or maybe My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless?
The Pixies’ Doolittle?
Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea?
The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots?
Wilco’s Star Wars?
Sonic Youth’s Dirty?

A selection of 34 different album covers – from Pavement to Beach House – are available from NICEALB, and the blankets come in three different sizes: 51″ x 60″ ($49), 68″ x 80″ ($79) and 88″ x 104″ ($129).

And maybe you’d like a couple of matching throw pillows, too…

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control
Dove Mask
Like/Dislike Stamps

Holiday Gift Guide: Like/Dislike Stamps

December 9th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

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Ever wish that real life was more like Facebook? Of course you have…

well, now it can be with a set of Like/Dislike Rubber Stamps ($16.19 from Amazon.com). Feel free to print your personal opinion – thumbs up or thumbs down – on all sorts of actual two and three dimensional items with just a flick of thw rist.

NOTE: Not recommended for fine art in galleries or museums.

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control
Dove Mask

Holiday Gift Guide: Dove Mask

December 7th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

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The website for the fine folks at Archie McPhee has long been one of our go-to first clicks when searching for unique and off-the-wall gifts.

Our recommended selection for this holiday season is the Dove Mask ($29.95), a realistic, latex white dove mask that fits neatly over the head of most adults.

Olive branch not included.

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control

Holiday Gift Guide: “Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control

December 4th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

OK, OK, OK! Enough with all the “Star Wars” hype. What about “Star Trek”?

“Phasers on stun…”

The “Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control – available for $149.99 from Sharper Image – is the ultimate way to control your home media systems. Based on 3D-laser scans of the last remaining “hero prop” from the original television series, it’s 100% faithful to the ones carried by Kirk and Spock themselves.

A flick of the wrist is all it takes to turn your devices on or off, change the channel or adjust the volume. It features multi-color light beams, authentic sound effects and spoken prompts to guide you, and it’s compatible with all home entertainment equipment that uses standard infra-red remote control, including most televisions, DVD players, Blu-ray players, stereos, cable boxes and other set-top boxes.

It comes complete with a magnetic display stand and collector’s case.

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug

Holiday Gift Guide: Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mugs

December 2nd, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug

It was more than two years ago that College of Saint Rose professor Bruce Roter rolled out the idea of building the Museum of Political Corruption right here in Albany (where else?).

Well, the brick-and-mortar museum isn’t a reality just yet, but the museum does have a website. And the website hosts a museum gift shop, where you can purchase an array of t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, stickers, magnets, buttons and more.

Our recommendation is the 11 oz. coffee cup – available in a choice of two different graphic designs – for $13.19. They’re gonna have to sell a lot of those cups in order to build the new Sheldon Silver wing…

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Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”

Holiday Gift Guide: “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”

December 1st, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

“The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
By Elliott Landy
160 pages, 12″x12″

The hardcover book features more than 200 photographs by acclaimed photographer Elliott Landy documenting the Band during the time they made their first two albums, Music from Big Pink and The Band. More than half of the photographs, drawn from Landy’s archives, are previously unpublished.

The Signature Edition
$75 through December 12; $85 thereafter
Signed by Landy in gold-toned pigmented ink on the front sheet of the book. With a bonus, separate, three-page, two-sided fold-out sheet showing the thumbnails and captions for all the photos in the book.

The Deluxe Edition
$400 through December 12; $500 therafter
Limited edition of 325 copies packaged in a slipcase with an 8″x10″ Fine Art pigment print of “The Band with Hamlet, 1968,” printed and signed by Landy in his studio.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Ticket Stub Diary

November 30th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

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It’s just the ticket for concert-goers…

Never forget those front row seats at a Bruce Springsteen concert, the standing ovation at the premiere of “The Lion King” or the roar of the crowd when the Red Sox won the World Series. With the Ticket Stub Diary you can preserve your precious memories from concerts, museums, movies, sporting events, Broadway shows and more.

The book – available from Uncommon Goods for $12 – comes with clear sleeves that fit a variety of ticket sizes, plus space in the margin to write down your memories of the event. Acid-free pages will preserve your memories.

NOTE: Ticket sleeves are 2.5″ x 4.5″. Diary itself is 7.75″ x 7″. Some larger tickets may not fit easily.

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