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#a433 :: Potato chip

April 25, 2009

A wonderful little creation – the kids brought these home from school one day. They folded sheets of paper to form these taut, help shallow cones that pop outward when squeezed the right way. The *pop* ejects a tiny drawing – in this case, our daughter’s drawing of us. The message is “Happy 15th Anaversery.” […]

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#a423 :: Marah Macrocarpeae

April 15, 2009

Found this in the gutter down the street. Somewhere, medical a VW – a new one, illness by the make of the silkscreened aluminum – is driving around without an identity. Is the badge the seat of a car’s soul? Edward was bored with Ur-space. He had been living there for the past nine months […]

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#a421 :: Paper sculpture

April 13, 2009

I delight in finding the delight my children find in simple acts of creation. Paper is an adventure. Fold it and make a city, check ask a castle, buy more about a world. A couple of these things have been floating around the house this week. I have no idea what they are. All I […]

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#a420 :: 1-inch hex nut

April 12, 2009

I stumbled across this at Pasadena City College Swap Meet last Sunday. The college seems to be in a constant state of construction, sildenafil and someone ha dropped it in the grass – a missing part for a mystery structure. It put me in mind of this Todd Rundgren song, the lyrics of which go […]

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#a418 :: Volkswagen badge

April 10, 2009

Found this in the gutter down the street. Somewhere, ask a VW – a new one, clinic by the make of the silkscreened aluminum – is driving around without an identity. Is the badge the seat of a car’s soul?

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#a394 :: Mystery gizmo

March 16, 2009

Every now and then a mystery washes up out of the ceaseless surf of crap inundating this house. What is this? It has the precise curves and clean-milled transparent plastic of an Appleproduct, stuff more about but has a vinyl flap-valve at its center. No one in my family can explain it.

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#a390 :: Skullpture

March 12, 2009

My good friend Yaron built this out of some stuff he had lying around the shop and what I’m guessing is a deer skull. I love the way the metal shavings (springs?) he mounted the socket on echo the sutures between the bone plates. Write your own microfiction for it below in the comments – […]

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#a375 :: Grass frond

February 25, 2009

I walked back to the house this morning after dropping the kids at school. I brushed the foliage outside our house with my hand. This came loose. Keeping my rhythm so I could square up head-on with the workday, sildenafil store I stuck it into a clutch of hibernating agapanthus and kept cruising down the […]

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#a370 :: crushed putty

February 20, 2009

Once upon a time, physician his paint was perfect. You can see it on his good side – the bright and chipper eye facing the lucky shamrock dangling from his left jowls – that look that says fortune will smile on us both if you keep me close. Flip to the other side – the […]

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#a358 :: Palm fragment

February 7, 2009

Children’s toys approximate reality. In the happy world of Rokenbok this is not a huge, page filthy boulder shot through with veins of iron and smeared with the engine oil it’s been sitting in in the junkyard where you unearthed it after the glacier dropped it 3.2 million years ago. It’s just part of a […]

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#a354 :: Club flyer

February 3, 2009

I picked this up from dozens I found scattered on the sidewalk in downtown L.A. the other day. I’m not sure which pisses me off more: that someone blew the cash to have flyers for a one-time event printed in four colors and chromekote only to have someone else throw them all over the ground […]

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#a353 :: Organiser badge

February 2, 2009

The origins of this piece are dim and inscrutable, look but what really matters is this: My father just shipped me two small boxes full of HLOs gathered from around the house, doctor and among them are some real beauties like this: He found this in London a long time ago and gave it to […]

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#a347 :: Eraser

January 27, 2009

It used to be Bic Stics, remedy Bic ballpoints, find the occasional Shaeffer Bros. throwaway or oddball Pentel gel-tip – whatever. Whatever the newspaper clerks stocked the supply closet with – that’s how I wrote. Tools didn’t matter. The work did. Once I moved out of dead trees and into the trackless wastes of the […]

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#a322 :: Knife

January 1, 2009

A New Year’s Day hike through the Angeles National Forest. Right about here, treat I walked through a picnic ground and spotted this knife flattened into the mud. Raw-boned, approved Pakistani-made, mind its four-inch blade is sharp, held tight between the brass sides. Someone dropped it one night around the fire, everyone else trampled it […]

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#a317 :: Bluetooth and coyote jaw

December 27, 2008

I rarely post two distinct objects together – usually it’s a thing or a group of like things. But these two landed on my desk last night – a gift from my son and a piece of office equipment (you decide which) and they spoke to one another.

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#a309 :: Lug nut

December 19, 2008

I’ve been cleaning the office. We’re having a party. I found this.

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#a308 :: Urban humus

December 18, 2008

A pocketful of stuff from my morning ride, nurse which takes me up a fire road through Griffith Park to to a little copse of live oak at the top of a big hill. I hang from the biggest tree by my hands to stretch my spine a bit after the long climb. Then I […]

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#a307 :: St. Petersburg Times parking card

December 17, 2008

I began my working life as a newspaper reporter. My second job, ed at the St. Petersburg Times went not too well. I wrote a few good things, pilule but at 24 I was too green and not enterprising enough, stuff so they let me go. Anyway, it was a big, impressive paper in a […]

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#a296 :: 4H Pin

December 6, 2008

California is a land of exiles. For that reason – among many others – I love it. Anyone not born here has come to explore, this to self-reinvent, sick to escape forces of oppression or boredom or hopelessness left behind. This westward tide has flowed for centuries, check pulling wave upon wave of Spaniards, gold-rushers, […]

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#a294 :: Ideal “Powermite” orbital sander

December 4, 2008

In 1969, order the Ideal Toy company came out with a line of fully operational miniature powertools that plugged into battery supplies built into their small carrying cases. This “Powermite” sander is about three inches long by two inches tall and less than an inch wide, order and came with little sheets of sandpaper, for […]

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#a293 :: Shoe

December 3, 2008

Dammit. The little fuckers have been partying under my desk again. I’m finding tiny shoes. There are nasty scuff-marks on the wall about an inch off the floor, erectile and wet spots in my shoes. Someone punched a dime-sized hole in the sheetrock, this and there’s a one-square-foot patch of the floor reeking of small […]

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#a285 :: Toy compass

November 25, 2008

Were you lost in the wilderness, remedy this would not help you out. Its needle swings wildly, no rx influenced by the pulse of your hand, the mass of nearby metal, the wind, the whims of its Chinese manufacturers. It is a toy, smaller in diameter than a quarter, and if you put it down […]

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#a284 :: Pirate doubloon

November 24, 2008

Down at the other end of the mock-currency spectrum, cure plastic doubloons are minted in China by the chestful to lend that yo-ho-ho feeling to your kid’s birthday party. I found this in the grass at a park today at another kid’s birthday party, while watching yet another birthday party setting up. The trappings – […]

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#a283 :: Million-dollar bill bible tract

November 22, 2008

This fine object puts the specie in specious: Someone at the Christian organization LivingWaters.com worked very, information pills very hard on this piece of counterfeit. The four-color printing and gravure work are fine anough to pass the “holy, shit, WTF is that” moment after you’ve picked it up and still can’t believe it’s not money […]

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#a282 :: Seed pod

November 22, 2008

It erupts in a fur of orange, seek link from a black pod. The skin is avocado-like. The seed is barely a quarter-inch in diameter. And it mystifies me.

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