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    Sebastian’s Voodoo

    When I first saw this short by animator, director, and producer Joaquin Baldwin I was blown away. I love this kind of storytelling:  moody, moving, and a bit disturbing. Created at the UCLA Animation Workshop with music by Nick Fevola, Sebastian’s Voodoo has won over 100 film awards internationally since its debut at the YouTube Screening Room in 2008. Give a view (it is only 4 minutes long) and while you’re on Joaquin’s site (beautifully designed BTW) check out a few of his other shorts. I also like The Windmill Farmer.

    By now you have probably seen this Apple ad for the iPod Shuffle. Apple has a pretty good track record for inspired TV commercials.

    You may have seen this spoofed on Whitest Kids U’ Know, a sketch comedy troupe on Fuse TV who are reminiscent of The Kids in the Hall who are reminiscent of Second City who are reminiscent of Monty Python… should I keep going… who are reminiscent of Your Show of Shows

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    The Fear by Lily Allen

    When I first heard Lily Allen it was “LDN” and I thought: Okay, ska punk. It would be a couple of years later, with the release of “The Fear” off her second studio album It’s Not Me, It’s You, that I became a true fan.  The entire album is great and it shows just how much she has grown as an artist.

    Be warn, Lily Allen is not for all earbuds. Some (most) of her lyrics touch upon a variety of sociopolitical, sociosexual themes with irreverence and vulgarity that is the entitlement of the young. Boy, does that make me sound like an ostentatious old dude (depending whom you ask, I’m not).

    Good music is good music but if that sort of thing is too much then consider Adele, another great up-and-coming singer-songwriter breaking out of London’s alternative music scene (I think we’re witnessing a new British invasion) but her lyrics and her style are much more soulful (think Amy Winehouse without the rehab).

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    Cycles On Call is a novel idea in bike repair and maintenance: they come to you! Schedule a repair or tune-up online, Cycles On Call comes by to pick-up your bike or bikes, and have it back to you in 24 to 48 hours. Now that’s convenience and quality service at affordable rates. Cycles On Call is strictly a repair shop so there is no overhead of a retail storefront.

    Lou Kozar, the mastermind behind Cycles On Call, approached answerYES in late February to see if we could get all the application development done in time for the cycling season. This was a unique project requiring custom code and a database design that would support online and offline sales. We had to double-time it but within two and half weeks the application was fully functional and the website ready to take orders.

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    Celebrated author, speaker, lawyer, and talk show host, Cliff Ennico came to answerYES looking for a website to promote his line of business books, including the granddaddy of all eBay books The eBay Marketing Bible. I particularly had fun hand-crafting the masthead illustration and Flash animation of the hand holding out a business card.