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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Puppet
Mannequin American views and guidelines on marketing/PR trends, news from the world of puppets and ventriloquism, bits of humor and other interesting but useless information. I post every Tuesday and Friday.
My Background
What I Do
About Brown & Martin, Inc.

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This is quite an achievement! They told me so.

The evaluation was based on: Frequency of Updates, Relevance of Content, Site Design, and Writing Style. As far as I can tell my blog is ranked around 420 out of more than 2,000 blogs. Not bad for a Mannequin American.

So I'd like to thank all of my RSS subscribers and the hundreds of visitors we get each week.  Without readers this blog wouldn't exist.  Just like it wouldn't exist without my rapacious research and reading appetite ... not to mention my witty writing skills.

Laboratory Offers "Designer Children"
From the WSJ ... Do you want a daughter with blond hair, green eyes and pale skin?

A Los Angeles clinic says it will soon help couples select both gender and physical traits in a baby when they undergo a form of fertility treatment. The clinic, Fertility Institutes, says the service is based on a procedure called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD.

While PGD has long been used for the medical purpose of averting life-threatening diseases in children, the science behind it has quietly progressed to the point that it could potentially be used to create designer babies. It isn't clear that Fertility Institutes can yet deliver on its claims of trait selection. But the growth of PGD has accelerated genetic knowledge swiftly enough that pre-selecting cosmetic traits in a baby is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

"This is cosmetic medicine," says Jeff Steinberg, director of the clinic that is advertising gender and physical trait selection on its Web site.

PGD is a technique whereby a three-day-old embryo, consisting of about six cells, is tested in a lab to see if it carries a particular genetic disease. Embryos free of that disease are implanted in the mother's womb. Introduced in the 1990s, it has allowed thousands of parents to avoid passing on deadly disorders to their children. For more info click here.

Speaking of "Choosing Eye Color"

Visit the deliciously dollhousey
Coraline Web site. It's a fun Web site if you've got some time to waste. Enter the house, then click on the picture frame if you want, stitch buttons onto your face. There are plenty of buttons to choose from, and each set is coupled with curiously thought-out descriptions. You can give yourself or others button eyes and embeds are available for MySpace and Facebook.

You'll also see the Coraline Nike Dunks Giveaway offer and trailers for the movie. All in all, a very expensive Web site.

Jim Barber Wins "Best Specialty Act" Award

Our very good friend Jim Barber has been awarded the
WWS Branson Show Award for Best Specialty Act. The award says that Jim "... takes ventriloquism to a new height. As people watch this show they can't help but think ‘how does he do it?'"

We've known Jim for a long time and without a doubt, he is one of the most creative vent acts in the country. His "Barber and Seville" act, (click here for Jim's David Letterman appearance) pictured above, is hysterical. Congratulations to Jim. If you go to Branson don't miss the Hamner Barber show. Click here for more information.

How to Turn Lemons into Limoncellos

From our friends at AdFreak.com, here's a reminder that not all celebrity PR disasters end in tears and/or collapsed endorsement deals.

On the morning of Nov. 29, 2006, Danny DeVito showed up sloppy drunk on ABC's The View after a long night out with George Clooney. See the classic video of his appearance here. "I knew it was the last seven limoncellos that was going to get me," he told the hosts, before embarking on a rambling tale about spending the night in the Lincoln bedroom in the White House (and attempting to "really wreck the joint" with his wife, Rhea Perlman) and then getting bleeped out for using an obscenity to refer to George W. Bush.

Rather than wallow in the shame of it all afterward, DeVito launched Danny DeVito's Premium Limoncello, which is produced and bottled on an estate of lemon trees on Italy's Sorrento peninsula.




Posted: Feb 24 2009, 06:00 AM by chip

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