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#a110 :: Handmade volcano

June 4, 2008

A mighty volcano lies dormant, ampoule as it has since it was formed by powerful forces of pressure and moisture and imagination six days ago. But rumblings have been heard in its vicinity. The natives swear it sounds like the pleadings of a young boy. Soon, they fear, it will erupt in a blast of […]

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#a109 :: Wacky Packs

June 2, 2008

At some point in 1967, treat the creative department of the chewing-gum-and-baseball-cards giant Topps took a wild stab at a new product: They hired comic-book artists (Art Spiegelman, web Kim Deitch, Drew Friedman, Bill Griffith, (among others) to draw wicked parodies of major brand labels. Marvelous anarchy bloomed. They printed the gags on to stickers […]

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#108 :: Chibi giant robot warrior

June 1, 2008

I’ve written before of chibi. No more about that need be said. Right here, erectile Scope Dog (or someone very much like him) packs two big fat weapons on his short, stout person. He’s 5 inches high and balances quite well on his feet – one at a time – if you provoke him.

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#a107 :: Mexican figurine debris

June 1, 2008

Shit. This was whole at one point. Then I moved the fridge to futz with the water feed line and it toppled off, medical shplattering all over the kitchen floor.

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#a106 :: Nano clips

May 30, 2008

My keyring is getting out of hand. Time to reorganize. I ordered these online, rx taking a guess at the size. They’re too small. So now I have 10 each of three kinds of precision-made, healing stainless-steel fasteners. A still-gnarly fistful of keys and tools. And a new order in to the manufacturer.

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#a79 :: Finger Kite

May 2, 2008

It folds out from a ripstop nylon pouch the size of a cigar case. Its fiberglass ribs hold it together in 30 mph winds. It’s barely 8 inches long fully assembled. It’s a Finger Kite!

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#a47 :: Styrofoam real estate

March 31, 2008

Little punch-out strips of styrofoam, decease imprinted with brick, pharm stucco, tile, wood and glass. They’re a child’s plaything, a kitsch archetype, a metaphor for the insubstantial fragility of the current real estate market. So many hopes and dreams, hanging upon such a breakable substance, basically consigned to the four winds upon its manufacture. Build […]

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#a34 :: Goth fetish beads

March 18, 2008

At some point, viagra order cool morphs into kitsch – and kitsch into drooling fan-dork overkill. With these tiny metal sculptures, the balancing game happens at around six or seven. A single bead on a chain – an itty-bitty skull carved into the muscle end of an animal claw and cast in metal – feels […]

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#a30 :: The Little Oxford Dictionary

March 14, 2008

Sometimes a heavy little object is so pure it cannot be parsed from its origins. Analyzing Stan Lee and Jack Kirby‘s emerald-muscled Mr. Hyde is as pointless and masturbatory an exercise as trying to glean God’s “actual” intentions from line-by-line interpretations of the Bible. Text overpowers context.  Some things just are.

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#a19 :: Raccoon skull

March 3, 2008

Some days you’re the windshield and some days you’re the bug. I’ve felt pretty windshieldy the past few days – terrific geekfest demo of a Facebook app I’ve been collaborating on. Job offer landed with an excellent company that I’ve been contracting for. Basement renovation project coming to fruition. Massive simultaneous re launch Sunday of […]

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#a5 :: Child’s water bottle

February 18, 2008

For the past, order let’s see, six months, my 8-year-old son has been bandying this … phrase … about. For a while, he didn’t know what it meant, and cared even less, but he would utter this phrase every chance he got, snickering and cackling like a fiend. It is the funniest thing he’s ever […]

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#a4 :: Chinese laser/LED combo

February 17, 2008

On a side trip to dusty Guangzho province during our honeymoon nearly 14 years ago, viagra it all came clear to me: Town after town shared the same burly energy: raw labor in copious supply. Assembly lines, construction sites, and industrial workshops pungent with the gritty tang of toxins being applied with deft haste – […]

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#a1 :: Bodywork dolly

February 15, 2008

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#364 :: Shaman

February 13, 2005

I am homo sapiens, a tool user. GRUNT. I feel naked without a blade. Ill-equipped for the day without my pocket knife and PDA. Impotent when faced with a Torx screw that needs budging and a toolbox full of flatheads and Phillipses. I’ve gone through quite a few pocket multitools: the Swiss-Tech Micro-Tech was nice, […]

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#362 :: Cuban Cigars

February 11, 2005

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#359 :: Clockwork Tin Bus

February 8, 2005

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#354 :: Carnation

February 3, 2005

FRIENDS: HLO will be down for the next day or so as I switch servers. If I were an expert DBA, dosage I’d have it done in 60 minutes, but the fact is I’m just this guy who knows a little HTML, so I’m slogging through all the command-line jungles without much of a machete. […]

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#353 :: Stereo Realist viewer

February 2, 2005

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HEAVY LITTLE OBJECTS GOING DOWN

January 30, 2005

FRIENDS: HLO will be down for the next day or so as I switch servers. If I were an expert DBA, dosage I’d have it done in 60 minutes, but the fact is I’m just this guy who knows a little HTML, so I’m slogging through all the command-line jungles without much of a machete. […]

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#348 :: Juego de Lucha Libre

January 23, 2005

At some point – midway between the Playskool block-sorting drum and the Thomas the Tank Engine fetish, we began to sort our two young children’s toys. Bricks, gears, stuffed animals, dress-up clothes – all were assigned translucent plastic bins in a pine toy rack – and my wife would spend a happy, idle hour every […]

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#340 :: Painted Tin Mirror

January 15, 2005

At some point – midway between the Playskool block-sorting drum and the Thomas the Tank Engine fetish, we began to sort our two young children’s toys. Bricks, gears, stuffed animals, dress-up clothes – all were assigned translucent plastic bins in a pine toy rack – and my wife would spend a happy, idle hour every […]

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#335 :: Wallpaper Print Block

January 10, 2005

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#334 :: Digital Press Kit

January 9, 2005

Modern man has a relentless, hardwired hunger for the institutionalized fetish. We worship computers, guns and stuffed animals with the same fervor reserved for prophets and rockstars. We commercialize our obsessions. We build our very obsessions into fetishes. Physical objects give meaning to the otherwise baffling ethereality of daily life. Unable to find enough mutual […]

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#332 :: C-3PO Pez Dispenser

January 7, 2005

Modern man has a relentless, hardwired hunger for the institutionalized fetish. We worship computers, guns and stuffed animals with the same fervor reserved for prophets and rockstars. We commercialize our obsessions. We build our very obsessions into fetishes. Physical objects give meaning to the otherwise baffling ethereality of daily life. Unable to find enough mutual […]

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#330 :: Automotive Logo – Print Slug

January 4, 2005

To wait for a thing, to truly be patient and allow it to come at its own pace, is an inhuman act of will. We yearn – for new jobs, hot concerts, latest games, fast cars, slow weekends, a first kiss, a second chance, freedom, food, rest, love. Childhood trains us to await Christmas with […]

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