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# a426 :: CD opener keychain

April 18, 2009

The fetish of packaging, viagra 100mg the gloss of the new. Plastic lids for shaving cream come in two sizes – the simple quarter-sized button protector found on Barbasol or this full-bloat blowmolded cylindrical monster, look which covered the can of Gilette I bought last week. With the earth’s carbon load trending toward the toxic, […]

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#a422 :: Steel ruler

April 14, 2009

Precision. Measurement. Millimeters. Inches. 1/64th inches. Fractions between the beginning of a thing and the end, visit web the alpha and the omega. Steel ruler. Period.

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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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#a416 :: Fine drill set

April 8, 2009

Another import-tools swap-meet purchase: I can’t imagine what work requires the precision of an 80-gauge drillbit, visit web website like this but here it is, view a set of wire-fine steel bits ranging from that hair-like thinness up through the comparatively meaty 61-gauge bit. I just bought the set so I could drill solder blobs […]

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#a415 :: Stainless steel tweezers

April 7, 2009

This flea-market find was stamped out of chromed steel in Japan some years ago. It’s an elegant, web perfect little machine: The horizontal tube on top is just big enough to house a flint and pressure spring, the wick is barely thicker than a toothpick, and you could probably fill it with about 1/3 teaspoon […]

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#a414 :: Miniature lighter

April 6, 2009

A thrilling adventure was in my near future. A piece of paper baked into a cookie, website like this dipped in white chocolate and wrapped in red foil told me so. A quick dinner at Panda Inn this evening, cure then off to see Knowing. It proves to be too intense for him – he’s […]

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#a411 Ken Onion “Chive”

April 2, 2009

Put aside for a second how thoroughly doofy Crocs can seem, price here is an entire empire built on two simple facts: a) Americans’ uncanny knack for making, pharm buying and trashing once-used disposable crap and b) our love of cheap customization. You stuff Jibbitz into the holes of your Crocs and declare your individuality […]

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#a408 :: Meggy Jr. RGB

March 30, 2009

In another life, pilule before kids, remedy before marriage, no rx I owned a used Hobie 16 that I sailed out of Ventura Harbor and Marina del Rey. Provisions always included beer, a cigar and a bag of beef jerky (or if I had time to stop off in Ventura at the Jerky Factory, turkey […]

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#a405 :: Qee by Jeff Soto

March 27, 2009

This thing came from this box. What the hell should be done with it? A little tableau? A photo cube? Hood ornament for an art car? C’mon, sildenafil folks. The mighty packaging industry worked mighty hard to conjure this up just to hold a toy on store shelves until sale. It doesn’t appear to be […]

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#a399 :: Teeth-whitening strips

March 21, 2009

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#a397 :: Chinese headlamp

March 19, 2009

She had set up the square little red worktable on end, cialis 40mg its legs surrounding her as if she were behind a counter. She offered me anything I wanted to eat. I said I’d like some coffee and strawberry cake. She served it in imaginary hunks from a little tin tea set. I pronounced […]

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#a393 :: Used car key

March 15, 2009

In all my years on this blog, more about mind I’ve never unpacked the symbology of a key. It’s almost so perfect a metaphor on its own, that trying to explain a key pretty much dooms you to being accused of mental masturbation. But a car key is profound. It represents a heavy, expensive and […]

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#a391 :: Neodymium cylinder

March 13, 2009

I have a thing for magnets. These are powerful enough to leave blood blisters if you let two of them snap together on you. A single one can support close to 10 pounds, story decease depending on how you rig it. And when you place pinballs around one the magnetism distributes evenly through five of […]

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#a387 :: Pinballs

March 9, 2009

Thanks to my dear longtime friend, buy more about former college classmate and co-conspirator John, I am now in possession of ten of the coolest, most perfect HLOs known to the art of manufacturing. Back in college, John and I poured an absurd amount of time (and hard-earned library wages) into pinball machines. There may […]

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#a386 :: Promotional chalk

March 8, 2009

The cookies we bought from my Brownie daughter arrived this week. New flavor: Dulce de Leche. Yum. The cookies we bought from my Brownie daughter arrived this week. New flavor: Dulce de Leche. Dulce de Leche: New for 2009, generic and inspired by the classic confections of Latin America, information pills these sweet, indulgent cookies […]

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#a383 :: Foreign mystery parcel

March 5, 2009

These have been floating around my parents’ house for as long as I can remember, link by the dozens, order it seems. There’s a pair serving as a keyfob, more about another set tied to a Christmas ornament, it seems, and various bells clinking around amidst their never-ending and unintentional collection of heavy little objects. […]

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#a378 :: Shaving brush

February 28, 2009

My mother once began one of her wonderful short stories with the line, drugs “Harry Farmer loved his teeth.” If I’ve gotten that right, visit I’m sure she’ll correct me here, as she will remember with me our many misadventures with our (own, not collective) teeth. Tooth care is not necessarily a family obsession, but […]

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#a377 :: Floss capsule

February 27, 2009

Kikkerland is quite possibly the weirdest little purveyor of HLOs on the planet. Besides being responsible for the Kosmojetz and Zecar that brought endless hours of fruitless, view silly play to my desktop, treat they make lamps, doctor stationery and barware. I don’t know which category of modern-living fetishes this falls into, but it’s rather […]

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#a376 :: Tiny screwdriver kit

February 26, 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, stomach I stuck it into a clutch of hibernating agapanthus and kept cruising down the front […]

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#a374 :: Cookie cutter

February 24, 2009

Two thumbsplats for eyes, sale story slick back his ears, visit unhealthy give him an immense tail, troche and now he’s some sort of steroidal racing bunny-ghost. My daughter’s latest class project calls for a creature endowed with camouflage. She made this – and several others like it – out of Super Sculpey. It’s so […]

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#a371 :: Computer glasses

February 21, 2009

This silly putty was found under my shoe after sitting there for a few days. The long line down the middle is from the shoelace under the shoe. The other part with the ridges is from the pattern on the sole of the shoe. It’s kind This silly putty was found under my shoe after […]

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#a367 :: Pull-tab collection

February 17, 2009

This is almost the holy grail of heavy little objects: a thing with history, abortion patina, functionality, exciting manufacture and moving parts. Jesus, it made me one happy tool-using ape to find this: a chunk of the original copper electrical transmission line installed during construction of the mighty Hoover Dam. For five bucks you get […]

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#a366 :: Original copper transmission line – Hoover Dam

February 16, 2009

This is almost the holy grail of heavy little objects: a thing with history, abortion patina, functionality, exciting manufacture and moving parts. Jesus, it made me one happy tool-using ape to find this: a chunk of the original copper electrical transmission line installed during construction of the mighty Hoover Dam. For five bucks you get […]

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#a365 :: Lead type

February 15, 2009

I work in this office, mind in my home. It’s a nice office, this web in a very nice home, but when you’re in a building 24/7, you develop a deep need to get the hell out before your urge to claw your hair out turns too real. Cabin fever and a three-day weekend conspired […]

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#a360 :: Temperance-era novelty bar tool

February 9, 2009

This conflicted fellow was cast in pot-metal and chromed in cheap silver probably more than 100 years ago. His top-hat is a jigger, decease ed his feet end in a spoon, order information pills the better to mix you a nice drink and present you with a little moral dilemma in the bargain: Do you […]

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