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Happy New Year from Cutcaster!

What a year 2009 was! With the Aughts (00s) drifting out of our memories and 2010 taking shape before us, we wanted to thank you for your continuous support and give you a glimpse of what to expect in the next 52 weeks.

2010 represents the year of the Photo Buyer and our New Year’s resolution is to educate more buyers about the benefits of using Cutcaster and sell more photos and illustrations for all our contributors. I know you are not supposed to say your New Year’s resolution out loud because it’s twice as onerous a duty but we know the hard work before us is to prove we can find the buyers and provide them with the amazing content they are looking for.

In the New Year, expect us to introduce new tools, sign partnerships to expand our distribution and upload more great content to augment our existing marketplace. We will focus a majority of our time on the following:

  • Increasing photo buying activity on the site
  • Making the checkout area easier to use for bulk buying
  • Tweaking the search algorithm and re-weighting the results so its more diverse and relevant
  • Making more direct sales calls
  • Attending more buyer conferences
  • Introducing some Cutcaster API’s
  • Promoting more exclusive photos and illustrations on Cutcaster
  • Enhancing the clipfolders so they are easier to use and checkout with
  • Spending as much on advertising in both print and online as we can afford

How you can optimize Cutcaster for your business

  • Spread the word through our photo buyer and seller referral program
  • Link back to from your personal site
  • Keep up the enthusiasm, and continue to be a part of something special from the ground up.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and we are on the path towards success.

Thanks you so much for your continued support, and as always you can contact us if you need any questions answered or assistance.

We raise our collective glasses to you, our valued Cutcaster member, and wish you all the success and happiness in 2010.

The Cutcaster Team

Happy New Year from Cutcaster

What a year and decade! Try to think back on what you were doing for New Year’s in 1999. That was 10 years ago. Hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe New Year’s celebration.

Cutcaster’s Resolution for the New Year: Get more BUYERS and fill the marketplace with more unique photos and illustrations that they can choose.

Have a great start to 2010 and wishing you the best in the new year.

Beware of the Doghouse, Cutcaster Men ;-)


Great video from JCPenny on “the Doghouse.” We have all been there. I’ll probably be sent back there again by the time the year is over ;-) Will bring a smile to your face. Have a great weekend and go get your holiday presents.

Full Credits
Client: JC Penney
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, New York
Chief Creative Officer: Gerry Graf
Executive Creative Director: Amie Valentine
CD/Copywriter: Josh Rubin
CD/Art Director: Jason Musante
Head of Digital Production: John Swartz
Integrated Producer: Kwame Taylor-Hayford
Senior Producer: John Doris
Director: Bryan Buckley
Production Company: Hungry Man
Executive Producer: Kevin Byrne
Producer: Mino Jarjoura
Post Production: Big Sky
Editor: Chris Franklin

Happy Halloween

Hope everyone has a great today and dressed up. Happy Halloween.

I thought I would throw up some of my past costumes. I’ll add some more as I can find them.

That is me with the white shirt in the back and the sword.

Thats me in the backrow as the Nerd. And again below.


That’s not me but thought it sort of looked like me. hahahaha.

I’ll try to dig up some other funny ones.

Friday Phelps Fun

ORLANDO—Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist and SeaWorld main attraction Michael Phelps returned to his seven-million-gallon water tank Wednesday to resume his normal schedule of performing in six shows a day for marine park crowds every day of the week.

Phelps, the 6’4″, 200-pound aquatic mammal, and the first ever SeaWorld swimmer to be raised in captivity by foster swimmers (Mark Spitz and Dara Torres), was recaptured by trainer Bob Bowman in a hoop net baited with an entire Dutch apple pie following Phelps’ final Olympic event last Sunday. Phelps was then tethered to the rudder of a container ship bound for St. Petersburg, guided down local waterways, and introduced back into his home habitat, the tank in SeaWorld’s 5,500 seat stadium, known to park officials and visitors alike as “Phelps’ Happy Harbor.”

“Michael seemed really excited to be back,” said Bowman, adding that the male swimmer became playful upon entering his tank, breaching the water and sounding repeatedly. “He just started swimming freestyle and backstroke, and only stopped to slide belly first onto the tank’s platform so he could be fed dozens of fried egg sandwiches.”

“He fell asleep at the surface of the water around midnight,” Bowman added.

Though Bowman plans on continuing the long-running aquatic show “Michael, The Yankee Doodle Swim Team Captain,” in which Phelps was performing prior to leaving for Beijing, Bowman said he and Phelps would begin working on an all-new production, which will debut in September with the title “Champion!” Bowman has promised this show would be the most ambitious program in the history of Olympic swimmer sea spectacles.

Bowman says one stunt called the “Flying Medal” will begin with Phelps’ 14 gold medals being suspended above the water. Phelps will then enter the stadium butterfly-stroking at full speed, coursing along the surface, and with every breach of the water, placing his head through the hoop of one medal after another. If Phelps is wearing all 14 medals at the end of the stunt, Bowman said, the swimmer will be rewarded with a whole pizza and a pound of cooked enriched pasta.

Bowman confirmed that the routine would also feature the signature aquatic feats that audiences from around the world have come to expect from Phelps, such as his trademark trick of 35 flip turns in 35 seconds, nuzzling a child with his nose, and Bowman himself “surfing” on Phelps’ back while the subservient sea creature swims the breaststroke.

“Those seated in the first 14 rows should be prepared to get soaked,” Bowman said, admitting that Phelps’ powerful dolphin kicks would be added to the new program. “Also, Michael’s two friends, [Olympic swimmers] Ryan [Lochte] and Jason [Lezak], will open the show with their humorous beach ball antics.”

Beginning with the 1985′s “Baby Michael Celebration,” Phelps has entertained SeaWorld audiences for over 20 years. Spectators are not only enthralled with Phelps’ exploits in the water, but his abnormally large torso, unusually small lower body, double-jointed ankles, gargantuan eating habits, the slurring, almost human methods of vocalization he uses to communicate, and his odd-looking goggle-covered face, all of which combine to make him the most unusual sight in all of Florida.

“I have never seen a stranger yet more majestic-looking creature,” said husband and father of three Glenn McKay. “Last year we went to SeaWorld San Diego and saw [Michael's female counterpart] Michelle, and even though the show was a little funnier than this one, nothing compares to watching Michael almost hover over the water after launching his trainer into the air.”

“Michelle” is SeaWorld’s moniker for the Olympic gold medalist who was born Natalie Coughlin.

“I liked it when he played dead and floated in the water,” added McKay’s 8-year-old son Brandon, who was clutching a Michael Phelps stuffed doll. “I also liked when he blew water on everyone.”

Though spectators—and ticket-sales personnel—are happy that Phelps is back at SeaWorld, members of the World Society for the Conservation of Olympic Swimmers released a statement yesterday saying that these athletic mammals should be released from captivity. The statement claims that there is conclusive scientific proof that confinement in smaller pools of water, as opposed to wide-open, Olympic-sized pools, causes the swimmers sensory depravation and a shorter lifespan.

“It’s clear that Michael doesn’t like being at SeaWorld,” WSCOS spokesperson Jonathan Haines said. “When he was placed back into his tank, the slightly loose portion of his black swim cap immediately folded over to the right side, a telltale symptom of stress and angst. And you can be certain that, just before he left for Beijing, he didn’t bite that little girl’s arm off because he was happy.”

Off to Germany!

I’ll be away from next Wednesday to Monday in Germany on business and some fun. Germany is full of some awesome talent and I’d really like to welcome all the Germans to Cutcaster.

I spent 7 months in Berlin studying at Frei Univ. and 2 months in Munich and loved both times. It’s great going back to Munich for Oktoberfest every middle weekend. Ill be back again this year. hahaha.

Can’t wait to go to Frankfurt this time around.

Decisions… Decisions…

Seems like the last few months I have had to turn down a number of different job opportunities, decisions that have confounded me and forced me to focus and choose what I want truly to do over the next few years. Under alternate circumstances, I would have taken a harder look at the opportunities, or even have taken the best offer, but, for some reason, my heart and desire are aligned to do this, and I cannot wait to see Cutcaster grow!

Here it is:

This is the third time I have been approached by this “Brokerage House X.” Ill say X to protect the innocent. I’ve told them twice that I am not interested because I am pursuing this outside idea. Company X offered me the chance to continue trading stocks which i really like, in addition to supporting my video marketplace start-up which is really heating up. I wouldn’t have to hide around at work and sneak hourly into conference rooms to make calls during the day. It sounds almost too good to be true and probably is. Who knows?

I’ve told Justin and we are both going to sleep on it tonight but I’m confident I know my decision. And with that, I’m off to count some sheep.