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Cheezy and the Crackers Traveling Stickers

cheezy and the crackers stickers around the world

One of the really amazing things about stickers is that they have a way of getting around. There's nothing better than distributing stickers only to find them popping up in your town, state, or in another country. It gives one a sense of pride to see their branded stickers resonating with the culture around them, and the farther a sticker makes it out into the world, the more exciting it can be to discover their level of stickering reach.

Thats just what happened recently to our customer Cheezy and the Crackers. A Reggae / Fusion / Alternative artist we make stickers for, we were lucky enough to get a message from their brand ambassador Charles Stahl who emailed us about the incredible global reach their stickers have achieved:

Email to StickerGiant:

"In our town, our stickers have made us a household name, and around this country and a few others, we are well on our way to being known just as well. We have had your stickers seen by tens of thousands of people all over the world:

In Rome @ the Colosseum

cheezy and the crackers stickers around the world

At the Legendary 8 Mile Rd in Detroit


South of the Border, SC


The Fashionable Melrose Ave - West Hollywood, CA


And even Tower Records in Japan!   


We are planning to go even further this year, we have also been in correspondence with NASA about possibly getting a sticker on the inside of a shuttle that will be going into space in the next year."

We think that's some pretty cool sticker power, don't you? How far have your stickers traveled after giving them them to fans? Tell us your sticker story in the comments below:

Happy Belated Birthday, OpenStack!

Open Stack 3rd Birthday Sticker

If you want to know what's hot in the software world these days, you've got to look to the crowd and the cloud.  OpenStack is a hugely successful open source cloud operating system, originally created by Rackspace and the The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), back in 2010.

The goal?

To enable any organization regardless of size to create and offer cloud computing services running on standardized hardware.

The OpenStack Foundation followed in 2012 and the efforts took off. In a mere three years, the worldwide OpenStack community has grown to include more than 10,500 people in over 120 countries. That's stratospheric! We recently printed these awesome custom stickers to commemorate OpenStack's third birthday.

This video from Rackspace provides a great introduction to the platform ...

Ready to immerse yourself in the world of open source cloud computing? Hop over to your favorite travel site and book a flight! The OpenStack Summit will be held from November 5-8 in Hong Kong, at the Asia World-Expo.

Orion EFT-1: It's Out of This World


NASA's Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) is slated to launch in 2014. An unmanned Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) will take flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, propelled by a Delta IV Heavy Rocket. It will orbit the earth twice before returning to Earth at high velocity.

The EFT-1 Orion MPCV was initially built at Lockheed Martin's New Orleans-based Michod Assembly Facility. Construction will wrap up at the Kennedy Space Center.

Today's two part trivia question concerns the reentry speed and temperature of the capsule.

Will the unmanned EFT-1 Orion return home at:

  • 10,000 miles per hour

  • 15,000 miles per hour

  • 20,000 miles per hour

  • 25,000 miles per hour, or

  • 30,000 miles per hour?

Will the highest temperatures be:

  • 451 degrees Fahrenheit

  • 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit

  • 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit

  • 3,200 degrees Fahrenheit

  • 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit?







Answer: The Orion will (literally) rocket home at an astounding 25,000 miles per hour, as it endures temperatures up to 4,000 Fahrenheit. Batten down the hatches!

Source: NASA - Readying Orion for Flight

NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO)

If it's hard to get to, nearly impossible to exist in, and super-cool to look at—not to mention 62 feet under the sea—then NEEMO is there! No, not the cute fish from the movies.  We're talking NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) which is essentially outer space, under water.
NEEMO — the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project — is a NASA analog mission that sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research station, for up to three weeks at a time. The Aquarius habitat and its surroundings provide a convincing analog for space exploration. Much like space, the undersea world is a hostile, alien place for humans to live. NEEMO crew members, known as aquanauts, experience some of the same challenges there that they would on a distant asteroid, planet or moon. During NEEMO missions, the aquanauts are able to simulate living on a spacecraft and test spacewalk techniques for future space missions. Working in space and underwater environments requires extensive planning and sophisticated equipment. The underwater condition has the additional benefit of allowing NASA to "weight" the aquanauts to simulate different gravity environments.

Aquanauts! We love having a cool new career to aspire to. In true bureaucratic/alphabet-soup fashion, Aquarius is owned by NOAA, managed by UNCW, and used by NASA.

Dedicated StickerGiant fans won't be surprised by our love of NASA. We're more than a little smitten by astronauts in general (and now aquanauts). But we're completely dazzled by the organization's enthusiasm to tell their story, as evidenced by their embrace of social media. Um, and their blogger is named Dr. Love. Who says scientists don't have a sense of humor?

Yuri's Night

Tonight's the night, Yuri. It's going to be alright. Of course we're talking about Yuri Gagarin, the telegenic, barrier-busting cosmonaut who launched a cultural fascination with space. What better way to honor his legacy that to throw a world-wide party?

Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle. Yuri’s Night events combine space-themed partying with education and outreach. These  events can range from an all-night mix of techno and technology at a NASA Center, to a movie showing and stargazing at your local college, to a gathering of friends at a bar or barbecue. In 2011, the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight, over 100,000 people attended 567 officially-recognized events in 75 countries on all 7 continents, while thousands more watched the 12-hour live Yuri’s Night Global Webcast and participated online in the virtual world of Second Life.

Sounds like a good time! No word how many extraterrestrial revelers were in attendance, but there was that unexplained group mind probe late in the night. Perhaps someone spiked the punchbowl.

What? You don't believe? Well, lots of people do. And they're organized. Hard to dismiss so many people who claim to have seen that which cannot be defined. Still a doubter? Clearly someone hasn't been watching enough reruns of The X-Files. Come for the aliens, stay for Fox Mulder.



The M-Cubed project? It stands for Michigan Multipurpose Minisat. As in a tiny satellite that does more than one thing that was developed by smart kids at the University of Michigan.
In the summer of 2007, a small group of students took the opportunity to start a new project at the University of Michigan's Student Space Systems Fabrication Lab (S3FL). The objective of MCubed is to obtain a mid resolution image to date of Earth with at least 60% land mass and a maximum of 20% cloud coverage from a single cubesat platform. M-Cubed is planned to launch in the Fall of 2011 on the NASA's third Educational Launch of Nanosat (ELaNa).

And...they're still working on it. Dozens of students have poured in (we're guessing) hundreds of hours on this baby. And who knows how many frozen pizzas and cans of Red Bull?  Following the guidelines set forth by California Polytechnic State University, the wee orbitor has support from the University of Michigan, S3FL, Jet Propulsion Lab, and NASA's Earth Science Technology Office. See, it takes a village to do all kinds of things!