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October 24th, 2007 | By | 2,086 Comments

GRACE UNDER FIRE

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We’ve been going back and forth regarding whether we should post mention of the wildfires that are plaguing Southern California. Truthfully, the devastation is so bad we didn’t think we had words fitting enough to give this nightmare justice. With all of our employees living in either San Diego or Orange County, we are not kidding when we say the fires are at our door. While fortunately none of our homes are in immediate danger, many of our friends and family have had to evacuate. Worse, some are still awaiting word whether they have a home to return to.

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Scene outside of Oakley Headquarters in Foothill Ranch, Orange County.

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October 18th, 2007 | By | 1,686 Comments

MADE US AN OFFER WE COULDN’T REFUSE

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With the hundreds of invites that come across our desk each week, it’s rare if we can find an event we’d actually want to attend. Lately it’s been too much brah this and bro that. (It’s a miracle most of us aren’t wearing arm slings for all the self back-patting that’s been going on.) However, we were happy to hear about Roxy’s Studio Exhibition at The Surf Gallery in Laguna Beach. Featuring the works of their studio artists Jenny Bowers (London), Jeff Canham (San Francisco), Harry Daily (San Diego), Julie Goldstein (Long Beach Island), Greg Lamarche (New York), Rob Ryan (London), Rachell Sumpter (San Francisco) and Kate Sutton (London), the show will run from October 17 through November 1. We’ll be checking it out as soon as we can console our jilted TiVo.

October 12th, 2007 | By | 651 Comments

A REAL PEACE OF WORK: AL GORE AND THE IPCC WIN THE 2007 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

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Earlier this morning, Al Gore, along with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in dispersing knowledge regarding the connection between human activities and global warming. Along with bragging rights, Gore and Co. will share $1.5 M in prize money, a commemorative gold medal, and a diploma. (Check out MTV’s article for the full story.)

Pardon us, but for an award as major as this the parting gifts seem a little run of the mill. The cash is chump change for Gore, (who will most likely give it Leonardo DiCaprio to ensure his next documentary appears in more than 5 theaters) and we can only imagine the how long the marathon rock-paper-scissors game will take to decide who gets to bring medal home.

For next year however, we strongly recommend including the following items in the kitty. Super cool and super fun, they’re sure to put a competitive fire in bellies of all the contestants.

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October 10th, 2007 | By | 891 Comments

SANUK: SON OF A BOCCE

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Seems like everyone’s playing games these days. So, either the boss is out of town or we’re all suffering an early mid-life crisis. Either way, for most people work is a lot less sucky lately.

We’re going to give a lot of credit on this to shoe and sandal maker Sanuk, who’s been hard at work making life less boring for the masses. (By the way, did you know their name is Thai for “happiness”?) Their indoor bocce ball set is transforming cubical life around the world, and introducing an old world game to a new generation. Who knew the old men in bad hats and too-tight pants were having so much fun?

And as an added bonus the balls can also double as jumbo hacky sacks, so now even the warehouse crew can get a piece of the action.