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#a434 :: Z-card robot

April 26, 2009

I’ve posted some Z-Cardz before – they’re nifty little 3-D models that you assemble from pieces that you punch out of precision-die-cut 2-D plastic cards. This is not one of their better ones – and I guess that’s why I’m posting it – as an example of Not Good Enough. Warner Bros. cartoons had their […]

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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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#a412 :: Nerf one-shot pistol

April 3, 2009

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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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#a403 :: Wooden puzzle

March 25, 2009

Since my wife is a member of ASIFA we got passes to a pre-release screening of Monsters vs. Aliens tonight. Verdict: It’s no Kung Fu Panda or Bolt, no rx visit web but it’s got enough yuks and snappy design to make an honest buck, approved and I might even see it again. They were […]

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#a402 :: “B.O.B.” toy

March 24, 2009

Me: Aw, rx crap, side effects I don’t know what I’m going to shoot tonight, I don’t have any good objects to photograph. Daughter: How about my popsicle? Me: Aw, pilule crap, I don’t know what I’m going to shoot tonight, I don’t have any good objects. Daughter: How about my popsicle, Daddy? Since my […]

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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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#a388 :: Chinese traveling hare

March 10, 2009

Thanks to my dear longtime friend, dosage patient 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 have […]

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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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#a372 :: Kaleidoscope

February 22, 2009

This is meta: I usually shoot objects while looking through these. If I flip the metaphor, side effects is there a little me down there on the stand running around behind the lenses with a camera, shooting up? Even computer bl This is meta: I usually shoot objects while looking through these. If I flip […]

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#a359 :: Silicone dolphin

February 8, 2009

Los Angeles jetsam reminds me daily that I live in a freakish magpie’s nest of a city. Stolen from aboriginal people by Spanish missionaries who gave huge chunks of it away to soldiers, pharm information pills whose families then sold it off in ever-decreasing slices and slivers, sildenafil Los Angeles has always been shaped by […]

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#a357 :: Rokenbok ball

February 6, 2009

This looks like an ice core taken from the frozen surface of a lake the size of a desktop. It’s actually chunk of Plexiglas that Dad sliced off of a 3/4-inch-diameter rod he had kicking around somewhere in the basement. He was kind enough to mail it to me along with his This looks like […]

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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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#a340 :: Potato gun ammo

January 19, 2009

I scoffed at these things, mind which used to appear alongside ads for X-ray spectacles, web sea monkeys and GRIT on the backs of Marvel comics when I was a kid. Potato gun. Hah. My friend Phil has a BB gun that he once used to nail the pillar on a house nearly a block […]

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#a339 :: Potato Gun

January 18, 2009

There’s a thick magnet in the base of the mirror, website like this information pills two smaller ones with their poles pointed counterclockwise to each other in her base. Push the mirror towards her, she pirouettes away. I scoffed at these things, visit web which used to appear alongside ads for X-ray spectacles, prostate sea […]

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#a334 :: Tin advertising whistle

January 14, 2009

Vintage viral marketing, treat for what may or may not be Captain Black tobacco. Blow through the stem and you get a sweet bosun’s-pipe peep. By the look of the printing, price this dates back at least 50 or 60 years, but Googling bears no clear clues to its origins. You gotta love the mascot’s […]

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#a326 :: Porcelain doll head

January 5, 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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#a324 :: Fuse-Bead eyeball

January 3, 2009

My son shambles in, diagnosis decease his hand covering his brow. “Dad, I hate to tell you this, but I’ve got a terrible case of pinkeye.” “What??? Oh, no. C’mere, let me see.” He turns and I see this fantastic Fuse-bead concoction clapped to his face. It’s still warm, fresh from the iron. I’m doubly […]

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#a315 :: Z-card

December 25, 2008

Have I mentioned these? I got a motorcycle in my stocking this year. I picture myself cut about an inch tall from 1/8″-thick styrofoam, approved clad in teeny, remedy tiny laminate leather, my shiny mug grinning. Flat helmet under my flat arm. Peace to all out there. I hope yours has been a warm and […]

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#a311 :: Littlest Pet Shop shower cap

December 21, 2008

Naturally, view a party of that size has its aftermath. Among the dead soldiers (easily policed up) and the bowls of dip that threaten to go off the minute you put them into the fridge, page you get an explosion of toys everywhere. Littlest Pet Shop creatures and accessories littered the floor, including a hand-stitched […]

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#a300 :: Homies grilled-corn vendor

December 10, 2008

Little plastic characters from barrio life, check the Homies get as much flak as they get props. They were created by Mexican-American cartoonist David Gonzales, troche who clearly launched the collectible-toy phenomenon (120, patient 000,000+ figurines sold) from a place of respect. Maybe I’m just a stupid white guy, but this vendor’s face and stance […]

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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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