We Resolve in 2008…

January 5, 2008

To send more Booze Mail, and to play more in Haikoo Zoo.

In an unprecedented act of journalistic hubris, USA Today last week lumped Booze Mail together with (of all things) Zombies! Classifying such apps as “inane,” the article went on to describe Booze Mail as a “classic example” of the genre. Well, USA Today, this means war. Expect to see a round of Prune Juices in your inbox any minute now!

Periodic Table of Booze

September 28, 2007

A Periodic Table of Booze? Yes.

With 140 drinks (and counting) on Booze-Mail, sometimes choosing the right drink can be a daunting task. We’ve decided to help you learn the drinks by plotting them on a colorful chart grouped by, well, we’ll let you figure that out. Learning your boozes has never been easier or more fun. Don’t worry, we won’t quiz you.

Periodic Table of Booze

Check it and other exciting booze goodies on our Booze-Mail Zazzle store now!

Renkoo Tip of the Week

NEW Get the amazing Periodic Table of Booze!

Featured Drinks of the Week: Booze & Ampersands. We love drinks with only two ingredients. And now you can too! We’ve highlighted some of our favorite mixed drinks & added a couple new ones. Please to commence sending of the &s: Gin & Tonic, Jack & Coke, Rum & Coke, Rye & Coke, Rye & Ginger, and Whiskey & Lime. Other new drinks include: Hot Sake, Protein Shake, Tom Collins, Vodka.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday
This month, MoMA premiered the exhibit Panoramas of the Moving Image: Mechanical Slides and Dissolving Views from Nineteenth-Century Magic Lantern Shows. This installation by self-taught artist Ernie Gehr uses 87 original slides with painted or printed images on glass which became popular in the 1870s as early motion pictures, known as Magic Lantern shows. The slides come from Gehr’s personal collection as well as that of David Francis, a collector and expert of early cinema. Have yourself a different kind of movie night with this one, and know that you can eat popcorn authentically since it’s been around for thousands of years.

Thursday
The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library have a sale for you, it’s their annual Big Book Sale. This five-day event happens every fall and more than 10,000 book lovers browse hundreds of thousands of books at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. We are talking rows upon rows of books here people. Forget Super Saver Shipping this week and go leaf through some books the old-fashioned way. Need a bookmark?

Friday
Do you like to be the first one on the scene of anything interesting? Then the inaugural Swerve Festival from Fuel TV is gonna be just your thing. It’s celebrating innovative music, arts and film and it’s not a typical Hollywood event. In fact, it’s not even in Hollywood; it’s in Los Feliz. Opening night features Surfwise, a documentary about the lives of the Paskowitz family, who lived in camper vans and surfed mostly with their nine children. Don’t have a lot of extra cash? No worries, entry is free and there are actually live music and activities that don’t require tickets once you’re inside. Your happy vibes will fit right in at the organic cafe.

Saturday
Hey it’s almost October and that means a few things: Pumpkins and Hay! Portland, OR’s Pumpkin Patch has been going strong for 40 years and combines the best of both worlds with pumpkin-picking hay rides. Rumor has it Renkoo’s Troutgirl hearts corn mazes and there are regular and haunted varieties to get lost in here. Boo!

Sunday
Torrey Pines is a gorgeous bluff in La Jolla that is home to world-class hang gliding and paragliding. You can go watch or brave the skies yourself with Torrey Pines Gliderport. Ninety percent of newcomers to the sport opt for a tandem paraglide; we want to hear from the 10 percent that go for it on their own! Kids as young as 5 and as old as 90 hit the harness and learn from instructors in up to nine languages. So age, physical ability or communication issues are out as excuses. Say hi to the seagulls for us while you’re up there.

Renkoo helps you make plans with friends.

100 Millionth Drink Sent

September 23, 2007

Booze Mail launched on June 29, and now, less than three months later, Booze Mail users have sent 100 million drinks.

Our users now send over 3 million drinks a day. That’s a lot of cheer around the world! Remember: send drinks, not war. ๐Ÿ™‚

Three Martini lunch!

3 Million and 3 Mentions

September 21, 2007

1. Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times:

They came up with the idea of enabling Facebook users to send drinks — a cold beer, vodka martini or something fictional from “Harry Potter” or “Star Trek” — to their friends. In two months, Booze Mail has… served 50 million drinks…

2. Justin Smith, Inside Facebook:

Unlike most experimental apps, Booze Mail took off: itโ€™s currently the 15th most actively used application on Facebook, with over 300,000 daily users and 3,000,000 total installations.

3. Jeff Nolan, Venture Chronicles:

…As evidenced by the fact that they have 3 million Facebook users, it is clear that there is something there “there”.

Alrighty then.

Renkoo Tip of the Week

NEW Get the amazing Periodic Table of Booze!

Featured Drinks of the Week: Highly Requested Boozes. Everyone deserves to have an opinion. Thankfully, Facebook provides a soap box where you can voice your thirst quenching desires. We’ve listened and the bartender has responded: Alabama Slammer, Fuzzy Navel, Singapore Sling, Vodka Red Bull, and good ol’ Whiskey Sour. Other new drinks include: Boxed Wine, Fruit Smoothie, Grappa, Port.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday
Who? Renkoo. What? A Booze Mail cocktail party! (No brainer.) When? Tonight, because Wednesday is the New Thursday. Where? At the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City. Why? To celebrate millions of users sending millions of booze mails. How? With grub, reggae beats and booze, as in mojitos, Jack and Cokes, Manhattans, Red Bull Vodkas, Absolut Powers and beer, glorious beer.

Thursday
Bugu: The Spirit of the Samurai Warrior is an exhibit hosted by the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles. It contains traditional Japanese arms and armor from feudal Japan. Visitors can try on replica armor and watch video of kendo (fencing), sumo (wrestling) and yabusame (archery). Maybe after attending this exhibit, quotes like this from the 17th century will make more sense: “By the Way of the warrior is meant death. The Way of the warrior is death. This means choosing death whenever there is a choice between life and death.” (Yamamoto Tsunetomo).

Friday
National Park(ing) Day is a day where you can turn a metered parking spot into a public park! Yes you! Little old you can do this by going to a public art project nationwide and supporting The Trust for Public Land in its quest to promote more green space in the cities. If you’re really ambitious, “lease” a spot yourself and throw down some plants, seating and fresh lemonade and invite folks over to enjoy your claim to nature.

Saturday
Do you have to know that dragonboat racing started 2,300 years ago after a sensitive poet and public servant committed suicide rather than serve his corrupt government? No you don’t. You just need to know how to get to Treasure Island in San Francisco for the International Dragon Boat Festival. Watch more than 100 teams navigate a 500-meter course. And if that’s not exciting enough for you, the variety of foods (Asian and otherwise) should be, and the kids will love visiting Dragon Land. Still not enough? Since Kaiser is sponsoring, you can get your blood pressure checked or challenge someone to a pull-up contest.

Sunday
Do you know someone who ruins every gourmet meal you prepare by dousing it in hot sauce? Is Tabasco banished from the pantry because it’s “weak” sauce? Then you will fit right in at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival this weekend. This annual September event features hot sauce, hotter sauce and hottest sauce. Okay there’s also jams, marinades and more. Calling all Chiliheads to the Houston Farm and Ranch Club!

Renkoo helps you make plans with friends.