The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . ‘Balloon Boy’ Trading Cards

Remember the dad in Colorado who made a shiny balloon in his back yard and then hid his kid in a cupboard, cut the balloon free, and told police his kid was in it?

Michael Fruitman (the name is a clue) bought the balloon at auction and is now using it to make trading cards. And people are buying them. The silver lining if the end is near is that we never have to hear about that crazy balloon dad again. Click the title below for the full story.

‘Balloon Boy’ Trading Cards Take Flight

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

National Best Selling Author Roni Loren last week called our attention to the fact that bloggers really can be sued for using photos they find around the internet. But she also brings us something hopeful this week. A Bright Side — Writers Building a Photo Sharing Community

A good companion to that article is August McLaughlin’s blog, Blog Images Made Easy: Tips from a Non-Graphic Artist.

Lee Child Debunks the Biggest Writing Myths over at Writers Digest.

Interesting article via Best Selling Author Larry Enright. Book Printed in Ink that Vanishes after Two Months

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Get this. A beaded Volkswagon. Really. From Susie Lindau, Catching the Love Bug.

Copyright vs. Trademark…Fight! Do you know the difference? A common question answered by author and publishing law attorney, Susan Spann.

In praise of randomness. Nigel Blackwell says Don’t Let Randomness Die.

And just in case you’re feeling bad about yourself today, check out Donna Newton’s WARNING: Read Only if You Want to Feel Intelligent. It’ll boost your self-esteem like a Jerry Springer Show.

Our fun video of the day is from Richard Snow. His son is a movie stunt man, Mike “Smo” Snow, and this is his Mike Snow Stunt Reel 2012.

Now for our Poll Daddy political campaign style question of the day.

All the best to all of you for keeping your kids out of the cupboards.

Piper Bayard

22 comments on “The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . ‘Balloon Boy’ Trading Cards

  1. Scot Bayless says:

    “I thought Europe was a country.” – Note to self: Don’t drink coffee while reading Piper’s blog. It could be bad for your computer. Now where’s that roll of paper towels…

  2. Laird Sapir says:

    But maybe you should have trading cards made for all of the headlines in your “The End Is Near (and we deserve it…)” series?
    I’d buy those in a heartbeat!
    Thanks for the laugh…again!

  3. I love your End is Near posts, Piper. Thanks for including my link! I dug Nigel’s post, too. And how awesome is Susie’s car photo? Have the best day and weekend.

    • Piper Bayard says:

      I love that car. That would be kind of cool to drive if it could hold up to the stress, which I doubt. You would spend your life replacing the beads. Have a great weekend, August. 🙂

  4. susielindau says:

    Thanks for the shout out Piper! I just mention the Balloon Boy in a hot air balloon post. Everyone must be wondering what happened to him and Pow! There he is again! Hahaha!

  5. Dave says:

    I didn’t see the choice “No, because I want to find a balloon and launch my kids in it to finance their education.”

  6. Hi Piper. Thanks for the mention. I guess trading cards are a bit more down to earth than his last scheme. Lee Childs article is great. I heard him talk in Dallas and he was like a breath of fresh air. Have a great weekend.


  7. I’ve read most of your links here. The #MyWANA hashtag is powerful! I hate what happened to Roni, but I appreciate her sharing her story so we can all check ourselves. I also love your polls. Hilarious. 😉

  8. Jess Witkins says:

    I read August’s post and it’s really helpful! Roni’s post brought a lot of attention to photo usage. I’ll check out her other one; I’m assuming it’s the WANA started photo group I saw on Facebook.

    I’ll just hop in my air balloon and head over now…Wheeeee!

  9. Love the car and the stunt reel

  10. […] Ever wanted your own trading cards?  Piper Bayard lets you vote on the outcome of society should you choose to purchase a Balloon Boy trading card in The End is Near (and we deserve it)…Balloon Boy Trading Cards. […]

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