Wednesday, August 19, 2009


This is Suki.

Suki is doing some freelance work for us at the moment. His areas of expertise include pottering around, collecting shiny things, and 3D rendering.

Welcome to Oblong Suki!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Let the good lies flow

Bottled water is evil.

Find out more here and here.

A keeper of an idea

Disposable coffee cups are not recyclable which presents a bit of an eco-disaster considering we use about half a billion of the things every year in Australia alone.

It came as a big surprise to me as I think I'm pretty environmentally savvy but I've never thought twice about washing my paper cup and throwing it into the recycling bin. Well, don't I look the fool now after finding out about the nasty bleaches, dyes, and polyethylene which are present in most disposable cups and make them just about impossible to recycle on top of an already inefficient manufacturing process.

Get excited because there is an answer - the Keep Cup. Innovative Melbourne couple, Abigail and Jamie Forsyth came up with this brilliantly simple solution after feeling a wee bit guilty about the number of disposable coffee cups they were handing out in their catering business and cafes. Designed and manufactured in Victoria, the Keep Cup is made from durable, reusable, and environmentally friendly materials and is available in a number of colours and sizes. They can also be customised for businesses! Pick one up off the Keep Cup website for about $10. I know I will!

Twitter - the future is now

A little birdy once told us that the Internet was a useful medium for marketing and spreading the good word of Oblong right before it pooped on our bromide camera and flew away.

This bird was a twitter bird and prejudiced against the more traditional and proven forms of marketing we’ve successfully been employing at Oblong + Sons since 1881 such as telegrams and horse-drawn loudspeaker sulkies. Well, thanks to the Twitter bird we have realised the benefits of the Internet and more specifically, Twitter. The future really is here.

Click here for our Twitter page!

Twitter is great, we are on it and you can follow us as we discover more technological wonders like shortwave radio frequencies and dynamo lights. Moreover, be the first to know everything that is happening in Oblongland including things which inspire us, make us laugh, or make us cry. See you in the future, we're already here and it is exactly like this…