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#a154 :: Antique race car

July 17, 2008

The vehicular fetishes of young Britons of the 20th century line the crowded shelves of the marvelous Brighton Toy and Model Museum. This land-speed monster dates from the 40s or 50s.

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#a153 :: UFOs

July 16, 2008

Sold on the Brighton Pier, these are some of the weirdest confections ever – at the foot of the Brighton Pier, you can buy large cellophane cones of them: wafer-crisp shells surrounding doses of sour/sweet bicarbonate-of-soda powder.

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#a146 :: Wiimote flashlight

July 9, 2008

The world’s hardshell exterior surrounds a doughy heart of kitsch: Anything initially cool – the remote to a Nintendo Wii game system, for instance – can impart its cool to common objects by simple mimicry. Bluntly put, things that look like other definite things are automatically “better” because of the same dim-witted value system that […]

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#a145 :: Metal turtle

July 8, 2008

Was he forged in lava? Does he swim in mercury seas? Of tinfoil jellyfish is his diet made? He came into our house from I know not where. He is small, heavy, perfect.

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#a141 :: Sushi erasers

July 4, 2008

And while we’re at it, sometimes you make mistakes so egregious that only wiping them out with a rubberized chunk of fish and rice will do. My wife found this at our favorite Japanese supermarket, and kindly annotated it with another HLO – the venerable Post-It note – about which, more later.

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#a140 :: Shrunken-head tiki mug

July 3, 2008

My wife gave me this for my birthday a couple years ago, to add to my growing collection. Tiki culture is a marvelous cross-pollination of camp, partying and 50s mass-marketed hipsterism. This one was designed, slip-poured, glazed and fired by Tiki Farm, but if you’re hunting for others, Munktiki turns out some beauts. You pull […]

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#a133 :: Pig lighter

June 26, 2008

“So what are you gonna write – that your wife spotted this on a counter at 7/11 and had to have it?” Yup. Happy birthday, my dear love.

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#a128 :: Japanese bug collectible

June 21, 2008

This life-sized stag-beetle toy came pre-fetishized from Mitsuwa Marketplace, our favorite Japanese supermarket. The Japanese culture of packaging dictated that F-Toys Confect. manufacture the 3-inch-long, hand-colored, pre-assembled dorcus titanicus castanicolor from 12 hand-assembled parts, encase it in a two-piece, blowmolded thermoplastic container sarcophagus, box it in cardboard emblazoned with myriad messages via multiple fonts printed […]

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#a120 :: Silicone clown fish puzzle

June 13, 2008

A lifetime of desiring and acquiring manufactured things has warped my brain, reprogrammed my very lizard DNA, I’m sure of it: This toy’s translucent color and pungent, exotic-plastic aroma make it seem good enough to eat. I pull it apart into convenient, bite-sized pieces, and consider the options: reassemble? Or devour?

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#a118 :: Space man

June 11, 2008

He waits, always, tools in hand: a coil of something (rope? wire?) and a cryptic triangular gizmo. Or maybe an alien artifact. He stands tall – barely 1.8 inches of light-gray plastic. Why is he smiling?

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#a115 :: Ivory manta ray

June 8, 2008

We swam with manta rays in Hawaii last summer. Yes, it really was that idyllic. We tell ourselves it was kharmic payback for a summer of pain – our dear friend Keith died horribly and too young, we were both working 14 hour days and struggling to be with the kids, our daughter broke her […]

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#a113 Jelly silicone ninja

June 6, 2008

At the hallucinogenic nexus of pop culture, American tastes and mass-production technology, odd blossoms bud. Here, forming an icon of cool stealth for the amusement of the mobs calls for transparent violet jelly silicone. What better way to say “They know nothing of his presence until his blade has already passed – and by then […]

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#a112 :: I just stepped on this in the dark

June 5, 2008

Something of my daughter’s. It once contained spring-loaded paper snakes that leapt out when you opened the can to get a tasty Chees Ball (sic). Now it’s full of miniature Chinese coats made of silicone, fitted with little tin bells.

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#103 :: Cast-iron mermaid

May 27, 2008

She waits, coyly fanning her hair. Demure yet voluptuous, sensual yet pensive, she waits for the tide to rush in and bear her away. At barely five inches tall, she weighs more than a pound. And she is magnetic, both figuratively and literally. With no maker’s mark to introduce her, no indications of origin to […]

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#a90 :: Pull tab

May 13, 2008

“Hold him, Teck, I wanna piss on him.” Boomer loomed over the prostrate sophomore and began unbuckling his pants. Kyle looked up – as much as Teck’s kung-fu grip on his neck would allow, at least – sighed, and resumed staring inches away at the defocused glitter of burst Lowenbrau bottles and Molson caps in […]

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#a63 :: Ice cream-shaped bubble stuff

April 16, 2008

The endless surf of bizarre manufactured crap surging through a family household always washes up some real gems. This bottle of bubble-blowing fluid is shaped like an ice cream cone. Try and parse the Americo-Freudian consumption/desire metaphor on that one.

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