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#a355 :: Paper whale box

February 4, 2009

A cunning little paper box limned with cetaceans – cheerful dolphins, page medicine a playful sperm whale, ampoule a … what could possible be the apt adjective for a narwhal? From the previously mentioned collection of Dad.

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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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#a346 :: Rotring Core ballpoint

January 26, 2009

It used to be Bic Stics, visit this store Bic ballpoints, sick 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 […]

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#a345 :: Kershaw pocketknife

January 25, 2009

This nation has bought into the culture of preciousness from the very first needlepoint sampler of the earliest Don’t Tread on Me flag. We can’t say we invented it- I think we can thank the Egyptians or the first culture that ever created chubby little fertility-goddess fetishes for that. But the U.S. has a by-God […]

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#a344 :: Chrome-plastic miniature cutlery

January 24, 2009

This tin of oil-based printing ink has not changed since I bought it (counting on his fingers) nearly 15 years ago on my honeymoon in Beijing. Intended to be art supplies for some project that hasn’t yet materialized, physician it’s been sitting at the bottom of a drawer, visit this site waiting to be used. […]

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#a343 :: Chinese ink pot

January 23, 2009

This tin of oil-based printing ink has not changed since I bought it (counting on his fingers) nearly 15 years ago on my honeymoon in Beijing. Intended to be art supplies for some project that hasn’t yet materialized, there website it’s been sitting at the bottom of a drawer, rx nurse waiting to be used. […]

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#a342 :: Sony-Ericsson Bluetooth headset

January 22, 2009

This stuff just sort of stacks up, check doesn’t it. Old hardware: power adapters, obsolete cellphones, underequipped storage devices – eclipsed technology. This headset is actually still operational and could be working today – if only I hadn’t snapped the earhook off it at some point. Dead tech.

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#a341 :: Obama campaign pin

January 21, 2009

Here’s the other end of this equation – a fine brown potato, sickness now pocked with the wounds of a thousand battles … well, prostate not really. This is simply what it looks like when your son swipes your Christmas present and gets crazy with a hapless spud … the potato’s a couple of ounces […]

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#a336 :: Railroad date nail

January 15, 2009

I have a thing for stereo cards – particularly views of the industrial age. Stereopticons were the pinnacle of multimedia technology in their day – twin images shot simultaneously by cameras set a few feet apart, medications approximating the 3-D view seen by the human eyes. With the gentleman beckoning at the right, sickness you […]

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#a330 :: Miniature 16 camera

January 9, 2009

According to these guys, generic the Universal Minute 16 shot 16mm film in little cartridges. It’s a tight, approved dense little chunk of stainless steel, about half the size of a box of cigarettes. A fingernail pops up the two panes of the viewfinder. Round metal stud under the right finger trips the guillotine shutter, […]

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#a328 :: Glass syringe

January 7, 2009

She fiddles with it. Finally squeezes a needle onto it. And fixes up. Big fucking horse syringe. Soup spoon full of horse. The snap and heat of the Bic under the spoon brings her to:

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#a327 :: Split shot

January 6, 2009

He was rendered in porcelain bisque, advice no bigger than the end of my thumb many, advice many decades ago. This angelic countenance stands ready to receive whatever whim, benediction or mad wish a child of 18XX might bestow upon him. If he had a body, it’s gone now. No matter. Capped with glazed curls, […]

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#a325 :: Padlock

January 4, 2009

Two chunks of cast brass, discount ask a loop of hardened steel, treat a little red paint. An amulet against burglary. A barrier against the night. Put it in your magpie’s hoard. Slip it into your boxing glove. Clamp it through the hasp of your Navy trunk and lose the key, prostate dooming yourself to […]

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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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#a319 :: Christmas tag

December 29, 2008

We took down the tree and put away the ornaments today in advance of our trip to SF. This was on a gift from my son, price his idea of a little joke. He’s a geek off the old block.

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#a318 :: MINO Flip HD video camera

December 28, 2008

I have a problem with gadget blogs. They gush and bloviate on the merits of equipment that I either don’t need or desperately crave/cannot afford. So when the gushing about this device peaked last month, pilule visit this I reluctantly shoved the MINO Flip from the latter category to the former in my mind, and […]

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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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#a314 :: Aftermath – successful Christmas Eve experiment

December 24, 2008

My daughter challenges me. “How do you get the egg into the bottle?” I seem to remember something about heating the bottle – I try running it under hot water, troche then putting the hard-boiled egg on its mouth and waiting for the air inside to contract and suck it inside. Nothing. I push down […]

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#a313 :: Garage door opener

December 23, 2008

Damn battery failed. Door wouldn’t open. It’s one of those pricey lithium ones, physician too, can only get it at the hardware store. Failed battery. Damn.

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#a312 :: Old “Backwards Bush” countdown timer

December 22, 2008

This thing has been kicking around my office for quite a while. Six years have flattened its battery. It was only supposed to have lasted another two years. I’m such an optimist. While you’re dozing the sand is completely eroded from beneath you and two years stretch to six. By the time you look up […]

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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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#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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#a306 :: Christmas tree bulb

December 16, 2008

In the course of bedecking the sacrificial conifer with lights and baubles, site stuff gets broken. We destroyed three glass balls this evening – fortunately none of them hand-made nor “special.” This was the other casualty – my son went to pull a light from the string to attach a lighted ornament (a Star Trek […]

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#a301 :: 1960 K+E Leroy scriber

December 12, 2008

A more mellifluous blend of ash-blue plastic and polished aluminum, symptoms nor a stranger device, order I have never seen. The tool holds a small ink reservoir at the end of a complex/adjustable curve of metal. One of the handrests is missing, which is probably why it turned up in a junk shop en route […]

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#a297 :: Chinese novelty matchboxes

December 7, 2008

I can’t tell if these are serious products of Chinese public-health propaganda agencies or just an Engrish yock cooked up by China’s ever-creative but English-impaired export trade. Not sure it matters – they’ll own us completely by 2020. All I know is these were 40 cents each at a curio shop in Chinatown, link and […]

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