Be the change


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Times are tough

You know the economy is bad when restaurants have their waiters write thank you notes to present to the patrons with the bill.



MLF&H: Bag tags vs Teeny tags™

Mabel's Labels offers durable metal tags, perfect for children and adults alike. But should you get Bag Tags or Teeny Tags™?

Bag tags
Teeny tags™

Bag Tags perfect for school bags, camp packs, sporting equipment, luggage and more.Teeny Tags™ are also designed to hang off backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases and more. Teeny Tags are also great for personal identification - perfect for runners, walkers and other sports enthusiasts.
Size (approx)
57mm x 32mm (2-1/4" x 1-1/4")3cm x 2cm (1.2'' x 0.8'')
Photos (showing relative sizes)
(photos have been digitally altered to give an approximation of relative product sizes)
Bag tag:

Teeny tag:

How they attach
Short ball chain
1.5cm ring fastener (like a small key
Ease of removal
Ball chain is easy and fast to remove.
Ring fastener takes a little longer to remove.
Maximum of 20 characters.Maximum of 60 characters.
Large. Easily visible.
Small and inconspicuous.
Can have a lot of text.
Fastener is more secure than the ball chain.
Other posts
See all bag tag posts.
See all teeny tag posts.


Would you like corn with that?


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Mabel presents Teeny Tags™!

Earlier this summer, Mabel's Labels introduced Teeny Tags™!
(Image on right shows a Teeny Tag on a key chain. Actual Tag Size: 3cm x 2cm (1.2'' x 0.8'')

Teeny Tags
(like Bag Tags but smaller) are durable metal tags designed to hang off backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases and more. These tiny tags are also great for personal identification and they can be personalized with an ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone number -- perfect for runners, walkers and other sports enthusiasts.

The name on the tags can personalized to a maximum of 60 characters.

(image on right shows a Teeny Tag on a backpack)

(image on below shows a Teeny Tag on a jacket)


Meta @wilw

This doodle is a little self-indulgent. Months ago, while following the tweets of Wil Wheaton, I thought "Hey, these would make great doodle fodder!" While doing a bit of background research, I found out that Ken Denmead of GeekDad beat me to it. Rather than let that stop me, I just included the information in the doodle. (Which makes it less of a punch line and more of an inside joke. A good geek would have a link here to the xkcd comic where Randall Munroe comments that there's already a picture on the internet of anything you can think of. But I can't seem to put my finger on it.)

Apologies to Wil Wheaton for hijacking his tweet and to Ken Denmead for embedding his comic!


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And the UBTSC winner is ....

Official list of contest entrants:

1 Mary Lynn
2 Carrie
3 Shannon
4 Miss Shops-a-lot
5 Jennyjag
6 Ms. Porter
7 Rae
8 Tiana
9 sandra
10 The Veg Next Door
11 Nora
12 Kerry
13 marywoodrow
14 Capital Mom
15 Jenn
16 Ginny
17 Lanna
18 J Lincoln
19 Jacquie

Random number generation by random.org:

Congratulations Jenn!!

Thanks to everyone for playing!

Check back here at the end of the month -- I'll be offering a coupon code for Mabel's Labels.


People pleaser


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The Cataract of Lodore

A fun poem, filled with alliteration, onomatopoeia and wonderful rhymes.

The Cataract of Lodore
by Robert Southey [1774-1843, written in 1830]

"How does the water
Come down at Lodore?"
My little boy asked me
Thus, once on a time;
And moreover he tasked me
To tell him in rhyme.
Anon, at the word,
There first came one daughter,
And then came another,
To second and third
The request of their brother,
And to hear how the water
Comes down at Lodore,
With its rush and its roar,
As many a time
They had seen it before.
So I told them in rhyme,
For of rhymes I had store;
And 'twas in my vocation
For their recreation
That so I should sing;
Because I was Laureate
To them and the King.

From its sources which well
In the tarn on the fell;
From its fountains
In the mountains,
Its rills and its gills;
Through moss and through brake,
It runs and it creeps
For a while, till it sleeps
In its own little lake.
And thence at departing,
Awakening and starting,
It runs through the reeds,
And away it proceeds,
Through meadow and glade,
In sun and in shade,
And through the wood-shelter,
Among crags in its flurry,
Here it comes sparkling,
And there it lies darkling;
Now smoking and frothing
Its tumult and wrath in,
Till, in this rapid race
On which it is bent,
It reaches the place
Of its steep descent.

The cataract strong
Then plunges along,
Striking and raging
As if a war waging
Its caverns and rocks among;
Rising and leaping,
Sinking and creeping,
Swelling and sweeping,
Showering and springing,
Flying and flinging,
Writhing and ringing,
Eddying and whisking,
Spouting and frisking,
Turning and twisting,
Around and around
With endless rebound:
Smiting and fighting,
A sight to delight in;
Confounding, astounding,
Dizzying and deafening the ear with its sound.

Collecting, projecting,
Receding and speeding,
And shocking and rocking,
And darting and parting,
And threading and spreading,
And whizzing and hissing,
And dripping and skipping,
And hitting and splitting,
And shining and twining,
And rattling and battling,
And shaking and quaking,
And pouring and roaring,
And waving and raving,
And tossing and crossing,
And flowing and going,
And running and stunning,
And foaming and roaming,
And dinning and spinning,
And dropping and hopping,
And working and jerking,
And guggling and struggling,
And heaving and cleaving,
And moaning and groaning;

And glittering and frittering,
And gathering and feathering,
And whitening and brightening,
And quivering and shivering,
And hurrying and skurrying,
And thundering and floundering;

Dividing and gliding and sliding,
And falling and brawling and sprawling,
And driving and riving and striving,
And sprinkling and twinkling and wrinkling,
And sounding and bounding and rounding,
And bubbling and troubling and doubling,
And grumbling and rumbling and tumbling,
And clattering and battering and shattering;

Retreating and beating and meeting and sheeting,
Delaying and straying and playing and spraying,
Advancing and prancing and glancing and dancing,
Recoiling, turmoiling and toiling and boiling,
And gleaming and streaming and steaming and beaming,
And rushing and flushing and brushing and gushing,
And flapping and rapping and clapping and slapping,
And curling and whirling and purling and twirling,
And thumping and plumping and bumping and jumping,
And dashing and flashing and splashing and clashing;
And so never ending, but always descending,
Sounds and motions for ever and ever are blending
All at once and all o'er, with a mighty uproar, -
And this way the water comes down at Lodore.


Man threatens lawsuit if image copyright owner doesn't replace stolen images

Tom Richmond summarizes nicely:

"This genius actually emailed the copyright owner of images he had stolen off said owner's website, (using hotlinks and stealing his bandwidth no less) and threatened to SUE HIM unless he puts the images back up immediately."
Read the full story at shapelessmass.com

[h/t: Tom Richmond]


Win an Ultimate Back-to-School Combo (now with Teeny Tags™) !

As a Mabel's Labels agent, I'm happy to offer you a chance to win an Ultimate Back-to-School Combo from Mabel's Labels. (Shipping charges may apply.)

To enter:
1. Click through to look at the Ultimate Back-to-School Combo on the Mabel's site.
2. Click on "make my custom labels."
3. Click on the "icons" tab.
4. Leave a comment on this post, telling us what your favourite icon is.
5. Your name will be entered in a random draw for a coupon code for an Ultimate Back-to-School Combo! (Shipping charges may apply.)

It's that easy!

Contest closes Monday, July 13th at 11:59pm (EST). Winner will be announced at http://leesvoice.blogspot.com/ by end of day on Tuesday July 14th. The winner will have 24 hours to claim the prize.

If you win, I’ll need a valid e-mail address from you, for the purpose of sending you the coupon code.

The coupon must be redeemed by August 6, 2009.

Only one entry per person, please!

This year's colour combinations for the Ultimate Back-to-School Combo are:

True Blue
Cotton Candy
Tickled Pink and
Nature Lover

The combo and the colours are available for a limited time only, until September 25th, 2009.


Horray! How to be happy in business

A brilliant Venn Diagram by Bud Caddell of What Consumes Me.

venn diagram

[h/t: Joey deVilla]