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Day Jobs: Fantastically Fictional Business Cards

I used to have business cards until the austerity measures hit. But if I ever were to get them again, I’d certainly like designer Fernando Reza to design mine. In a similar vein to Mikko Vartio’s mock websites, Reza creates fantastic business cards for employees of fictional businesses from popular movies, TV series, and video games. There are business cards for the discerning guy selling Quentin Tarantino’s preferred brand of cigarettes, a memory retrieval expert from Massive Dynamic, and even one for a Dharma Initiative account exec, although I’d be worried about his job security.

See Reza’s “Day Jobs” series of business cards after the jump.

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Wonderfully Retro LOST Posters

You may recall Albert Exergian’s minimal poster for the hit TV series, LOST. If you liked that, then you might enjoy the silk-screened posters by designer Ty Mattson.

Earlier on this year Mattson, a huge fan of the series, sat down to design an invite to a season six premiere party at his house, and ended up creating eight different LOST posters. From enigmatic John Locke to the quintessential eye scenes, his posters are wonderfully retro. See them out after the jump.

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Minimalist TV Show Posters by Albert Exergian

Austrian designer Albert Exergian excels in this exercise at minimalism. In his series of posters for popular TV shows, he has boiled down the essence of the show down to its most simplest form. The results are amazing, the shows are instantly recognizable from the symbols that Exergian has used. See ten of these posters after the jump.

See more of Exergian’s minimalist TV show posters at (scroll down to the bottom).

This kind of art literally sells itself so if you’d like to pick up any of these posters, they’re up for sale – GBP 50.00 for an A1 print. More details at Blanka.

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Spartacus: Blood and Sand

If there was ever one TV series I wish would be brought back, it has to be Rome. For the two short seasons it was on for, Rome was a masterpiece to watch with the most elaborate sets and costumes, bloody violence, bared breasts, and deceit around every corner. Unfortunately, extremely high production costs doomed a fantastic series that had so much history to tell.

I had flashbacks to that beloved series when I saw the trailer to the upcoming tales about a Roman gladiator who becomes the leader of a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Here’s the synopsis to Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Betrayed by his country. Beaten into slavery. Reborn as a warrior. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is a graphic and visceral account of Rome’s most famous gladiator. When he’s separated from the love of his life, Spartacus is forced into the gruesome and bloodthirsty arena, where a grisly death is primetime entertainment. Spartacus must fight for survival, befriend his enemies and play politics in this new world of corruption, violence, sex and fame. He’ll be seduced by power and tormented by vengeance. But his passion will give him the strength to prevail over every obstacle, in this modern and uninhibited tale of death, honor and endurance.

Have a look at the rollicking trailer below and let us know what you think.

Spartacus is played by Australian actor, Andy Whitfield. Lucy Lawless (Battlestar Galactica) plays Lucretia, who along with her husband Batiatus (played by John Hannah), own the slave. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is set to premiere January 22nd, 2010 in the United States, and a second season has already been confirmed. No word if/when it will get to South Africa.

[thanks for the tip, MAVADO]

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A Brief History of Weed

Doobie, dope, roach, reefer, grass, Mary Jane, boom, splif, ganja, herb. Whatever it’s called, Marijuana has become a facet of people’s lives as far back as the 3rd millennium BC. And this fun 2-minute infographic takes a look at marijuana through the ages. Check it out below or watch it in high quality at YouTube.

It’s a clever promo for Showtime’s hit TV series Weeds that returns for its fifth season come June 8th.

[via Blame It On The Voices]

BONUS: Sultry actress Mary Louise Parker regrets doing topless bathtub scene in Weeds’ season four finale.  Story and pics at The Superficial [NSFW].

BONUS #2: 40 creative infographics can be found at Six Revisions.

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As Seen on TV: 20 Great Opening Title Sequences

With the mass popularity of television programming, shows have ditched those cheesy irritating video montages (where’s that fast-forward button?) in favour of more polished, visually appealing opening sequences. Smashing Magazine has broken down their list of top 20 brilliant TV show title sequences.

Here are my top five opening sequences.


Join Dexter Morgan as he goes about his seemingly ordinary morning routine. The opening sequence belies the cunning and killer instincts this man possesses.


There’s quite nothing like a day in the Roman Republic where betrayal, death, and copious amounts of sex were all commonplace. The series focuses on the lives of both rich and poor.

The Sopranos

Smoking a fat cigar, Tony Soprano emerging from the Lincoln Tunnel and entering the New Jersey Turnpike on his way home. Life in “waste management” is seemingly cushy.


This opening sequences uses tarot cards to show the battle between good and evil set in the Great Depression between 1934 and 1935.

The IT Crowd

A funny 8-bit style animation about the antics of misfits Moss, Roy, and Jen in the basement IT deparment of Reynholm Industries.

Check out the full list and let us know your favourites.

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Blu-ray Review: Weeds Season One

Doobie, dope, roach, reefer, grass, Mary Jane, boom, splif, ganja, herb. Marijuana goes under several names and is a contentious issue with many people. And Weeds Season 1 takes a satirical look at it in an affluent, suburban context.

In Weeds, housewife Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) is a recent widow living in the Los Angeles, California suburb of Agrestic. Having lost her breadwinner husband to a heart attack, Nancy is hurled not only into a financial crisis, but into a single-mother role, having to console sons Silas (Hunter Parrish) and Shane (Alexander Gould) as they mourn their father’s passing. As the debt increases, Nancy discovers the community’s insatiable desire for marijuana, and becomes the neighbourhood weed dealer to make “easy money” and maintain the lifestyle her family is used to.