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Creative contests, Gulf_Aid_Now, Free vgifts for Paid users

We've got lots of creative contests this week, including our monthly header design poll! All the excitement has left Frank and Meme famished, so they packed up a picnic of grilled pants nachos and fried wire rings with organic grass pesto, and they hoofed it to the nearest park. Sadly, something disagreed with poor Frank's delicate constitution (which he blames entirely on the organic basil). While Meme waits for him to return from the woods, she's hoping you'll regale her with tails tales of your worst food poisoning experience. Spill it, and Frank'll send you a scrumptious basket to refuel.

Important stuff to know

  • Gulf_Aid_Now: Congratulations to our friends at gulf_aid_now, who have raised over $4,700 to support clean-up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. We're delighted to report that our Gulf Aid charitable vgift has raised an additional $500. Thank you for helping us make a positive difference!
  • Remixed Rickshaw design contest: Congratulations to sissaphus, who submitted the winning entry for the Rickshaw ad design contest. We were all blown away by the brilliant submissions. Rickshaw had a really tough time choosing finalists! Thanks, again, to all participants. We'll be sending out those LJ Tokens shortly. In the meantime, you can check out the winning entry here.
  • Header design contest: We've got another stellar batch of header designs for your viewing and voting pleasure. Please choose one finalist from each group. We'll keep the polls open until Monday, August 16th, 3PM, PDT. Just a reminder that we accept a maximum of two entries per user. You can check out all the fantastic submissions in remixed. P.S. We reposted the Group Four poll to include a missing entry. So, you might need to vote again.
  • Orbit vgift contest: There's still time to ply your design skills in the Orbit vgift contest. In addition to winning prizes and LJ Tokens, all users will get to send the final vgift to mutual friends. You can learn more about it here.

A joy ride for our paid users!

If you have a paid or permanent account, you can send five free dune buggies now until Monday, August 9th, at 4pm, PDT! You'll see both the free and the $0.99 beach buggies displayed until they've zipped off to your friends. Please send only one at a time. In other words, you'll need to complete check-out and start a new order for each car you send. If you're not receiving vgifts (from friends and/or Frank), you may have disabled them. To enable vgifts, visit Edit profile (under Profile), scroll down to the bottom of the page, and check your settings. Happy riding!


For our featured photo and more fun with Frank & Meme (as told by LJ writers), we'll catch you under the cut!

Photo of the week



Congrats to adeliya_ra, who won our 32nd lj_photophile poll! Click here to vote for the next photo of the week. We'd also like to congratulate katruk for winning our themed contest with this photo! We pick entries for the polls on the basis of comments, +1 ratings, and staff input. Winners receive 500 LJ tokens. We thank you for sharing your talent with the global LiveJournal community.

Frank & Meme


Frank and Meme were thrilled (and a touch scared) to read about their prospective adventures involving a pair of hulky hitmen packing heat, a life-threatening poisonous mint, a secret mission to save the Moon, Mars, and Atlantis, a posh talking horse from across the pond, a British Secret Service agent with edible ID, and an imposing Russian bear formerly with the KGB. We hope you'll help decide what happens next by voting for your favorite entry.

Polls will remain open until Monday, August 16th, at 3PM, PDT. An excerpt of the winning entry will posted in the following newsletter, and will become the official next chapter of the Frank & Meme saga (we'll also send participants LJ Tokens). frankandmeme wish to thank all contributing authors for sharing their literary talents.

Poll #1601788 Book Two: Chapter One
This poll is closed.

Which entry should be the next chapter of the Frank & Meme saga?


You can read brief excerpts from each chapter below.

Frank & Meme's excellent adventure

Frank, Meme, and a Mysterious Organization: The sun is shining up in the sky, with our two heroes wrapping up an exciting day at the amusement park. Just as the two of them are about to ride Meme's car, she notices a shifty figure seemingly pretending to read a newspaper. Read more here.

Auntie Meme?: On a dark desert highway, cool wind in their fur, our love-struck couple are riding in the back of a convertible speeding along Interstate 15. Frank half-sleeps, dreaming & ruminating about the sublime flavors that must be Liberace's Gold Lamé Pants in Las Vegas; the prize they have been promised for helping out with this dangerous mission. Read more here.

Leaving Las Vegas: Frank and Meme are enjoying some R&R on the lovely beaches of Southern California. Frank is enjoying some delicious pants sent to him by his livejournal fans. Meme is trying to read the latest entries in ohnotheydidnt on the new LJ Iphone app, but her IPhone 4 keeps dropping her connection. Read more here.

Vegas Skies and English Eyes: It is already dark, and and the wind is fierce; the trees shake as the pair rush past, and Meme can already feel the first droplets of rain. They are late, already, so there is no time to waste. Read more here.

My name is Goat, Frank Goat...: It is a cold and stormy night when Frank and Meme finally arrive at their destination somewhere in Somerset in the south of England. Finding a nice bed and breakfast for their stay has been difficult, since Frank has stubbornly insisted that it should be right beside a pants store. Read more here.

Start of a Great Adventure: "Look, Meme, the map says that this place was very popular during the Cold War with Russian spies because you could get Western shoes, jewelry, and PANTS!" Frank happily pointed out to Meme as he tried to see through the darkened glass of the front door. "I wonder if they have any samples on display." Read more here.

Thanks again for joining us. We'll see you next week!

Tags: frank & meme, free vgifts for paid users, gulf_aid_now, header design contest, photophile
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