NOLA Valentines: a brief recap

Sarah and I launched nolavalentines.com on Monday morning with the expectation that only our friends and family would see it.

As of this evening we have more than 1.3 million views and over 60K unique visitors. The site has been shared on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and countless times through email. Sarah has done interviews (including a very fun one for WGNO) and today we partnered with Fleurty Girl to sell some cool t-shirts.

This has been a very neat experience made better by the support of our friends, family, and all the great folks sending submissions on Twitter. To say we’re surprised and grateful is an understatement.

Skittles: New Orleans (Nawlins) Edition

Skittles: Nawlins Edition by Jeremy Stewart

Skittles: Nawlins Edition

I got tired of hearing about the Skittles “Seattle Mix”, so I made one for New Orleans. This is what I’d like to see: some crawfish, gumbo, Tabasco, and Zatarain’s. Ideally if you eat all flavors at the same time they taste like king cake. How about it, Skittles?

Winter weather in Louisiana

Can’t help but wonder if there are places with colder weather right now — that are NOT shutting down and issuing advisories.
 
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Vehicle crash test: 1959 vs 2009

 
Notice how efficiently the ’59 Bel Air crumples! It just scrunches up like a spring (allowing the frame to absorb more of the shock and minimize damage to the driver). Looks like we could really learn from those old-timey engineers.

DIY Action Figure Phone Stand

It’s no secret that I love tacky life hacks. Who doesn’t enjoy repurposing trash throughout their house without really hiding the fact that it’s trash? (Love you, Lifehacker)

What I have for you today is a creative life hack that involves no trash at all! I proudly present the

Do-It-Yourself Action Figure Phone Stand

Action Figure Phone Stand

The idea is simple and the setup takes only about 30 minutes. Basically you take any semi-flexible action figure you surely have lying around your house, bend it into one of the poses shown below (depending on your chosen phone orientation), and place your phone on your new stand!

Now you could, of course, just buy a stand, but that’s expensive and boring. With this DIY solution you spend far less and, when you’re not using the action figure as a stand, you have a cool action figure to play with!

If you don’t feel like building this yourself, you can leave a comment below and let me know specifically what kind of action figure you’d like. I’ll send you an invoice when I have it ordered, then send you the location of your nearest Toys “R” Us, Target, or Walmart.