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Jeremy’s Book Recommendations: Super Sad True Love Story

Jun 28, 2011

The Ultimate Geek Pen and Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story



The Ultimate Geek Pen is an everything device. With its stylus tip for PDAs and games; ballpoint tip for writing (of course!); laser pointer for presentations and search-and-rescue; UV light to detect counterfeiting; and a bendable flashlight for reading and illumination, it is a practical five-in-one tool and, in a basic way, embodies the state-of-the-art multiplicity of function that higher technologies like the iPhone aspire to. It makes you wonder what might emerge next in the ongoing development of products resulting in our present technological transference. In Gary Shteyngart’s novel Super Sad True Love Story, the “apparat” is this future device. Being everything an individual thinks s/he needs, the apparat is also a template for projecting a person’s personality traits and essential being to the world around him/her. It is part of Shteyngart’s exploration of what a technology-driven Western society might come to if genuine human interaction is limited to finger-taps and invisible waves. So, enjoy your Geek Pen for all of its practicality, but look up every once and awhile to smile at whoever is near.

Fun Fact: Thomas Edison, stumped on which of his many projects to pursue, was sitting in his study late one night in 1875 attempting to read, in its original Russian, Dostoevsky’s The Idiot by utilizing a early, little known Accoutrements invention, The Geek Quill, to read in the dark, when, suddenly, inspired by such handy device, he began work on what would become the larger-sized light bulb we are familiar with today.




Archie McPhee Store Tour

Jun 22, 2011

Did you ever visit the Archie McPhee store while we were located in the Ballard neighborhood?

If you did, this video tour (shot in 2003) should be a welcome trip down memory lane. We had a whole lot of fun while we were there.

And if, for whatever reason, you never made it over to the store while we were in Ballard, this little video will give you a nice taste of the previous incarnation of the one and only Archie McPhee. Enjoy!




Handmade Buttons

Jun 15, 2011

Jackie, Jeff and Dan’l have been hard at work inside the Archie McPhee craft lab making batches of awesome buttons for you and your friends to wear with pride:



You can buy as many pins as your heart desires for only $1.50 each. Be sure to check the button displays each time you visit the store. Rumor has it there will be limited runs of particularly special designs.

P.S. – While Jeremy is not available for purchase, he may possibly be rented strictly for photobomb purposes.




Q&A with Jackie

Jun 9, 2011

It’s time for another round of Q&A with a member of the Archie McPhee store staff. This time we’ll hear from Jackie!



Archie McPhee: What is your nerdiest secret?

Jackie: I like to read the dictionary.

AM: What is the strangest thing inside your fridge right now? What’s the most delicious?

Jackie: The strangest thing would be Lush Bath products – the melty ones. The most delicious – on an average day – dill pickles – yum!

AM: Do you collect anything in particular?

Jackie: Miniature food.

AM: What is your superpower?

Jackie: My ability to condense merchandise – often too much.

AM: What Archie McPhee product do you wish you’d had as a child?

Jackie: Deluxe Librarian action figure

Thanks Jackie! That’s a very striking mustache, by the way. :)

Stay tuned for more Q&A session with other members of the Archie McPhee staff.




Dan’l the Grumpy Gnome

Jun 5, 2011



Some new gnomes recently arrived at the store, which is awesome. But this particular fellow is feeling a bit left out of the action now. No one sulks quite like a disenchanted gnome.