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#a199 :: Melted neon tubing

August 31, 2008

The morning after, page sale we bike out to the smoldering embers of the Burn, and we glean for souvenirs. Most prized among us early-Sunday ash-diggers are melted blobs of the Burning Man‘s neon veins. Twelve hours ago, you could still grasp the electrodes of a galvanometric device hookup that measured your pulse and send […]

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#a198 :: Hell cash

August 30, 2008

In keeping with yesterday’s ode to manufactured gifts, cheapest here’s an utterly beautiful hell bank note, medications designed to follow this year’s BRC theme, The American Dream, that someone gave to my wife. Tonight is the burn. (I’m writing this a few weeks later, to report that a hissing, howling dust storm enveloped the camp […]

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#a197 :: Patch

August 29, 2008

Of all the sorts of trinkets given out at Burning Man, look the gorgeously mass-produced ones always grab me a bit harder than the small-run handmade items – probably because I’m a shallow consumer in love with manufactured goods. A guy handed all of us one of these today as we picnicked on the shady […]

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#a196 :: Krishna card

August 28, 2008

Faith is one of those nature versus nurture questions. You either have it by the time you’re an adult, nurse or you don’t. But unless it’s very strong, viagra you’ll find it sorely tested. I was raised a good Catholic by a very good Catholic and an excellent Episcopalian, but wound up walking away from […]

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#a195 :: Bible tract

August 27, 2008

Faith is one of those nature versus nurture questions. You either have it by the time you’re an adult, nurse or you don’t. But unless it’s very strong, viagra you’ll find it sorely tested. I was raised a good Catholic by a very good Catholic and an excellent Episcopalian, but wound up walking away from […]

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#a194 :: Badge of the All-Seeing Eye

August 26, 2008

Our neighbors in Kidsville, diagnosis Brad and his son, sickness are Burning Man virgins, first-timers wide-eyed and staggered with the general wonder and mess of the thing. But they get it, and they came prepared. You craft your own mythology out here, and you come ready to join in the gift economy, with public artworks, […]

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#a193 :: Kidsville wristband

August 25, 2008

It usually takes 10 hours to drive from Los Angeles to Black Rock City. This trip has been particularly rough: Usually I nap for 3 or 4 hours before we hit the road at 9 p.m., sale then drive until 3 or 4 a.m., sildenafil while my wife and the kids sleep. When I’m ready […]

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#a192 :: Refrigerator water filter

August 24, 2008

We replaced our fridge a few months back. Then it told us we needed a new one of these. For $36.95, there rx you get a thick block of Lucite wrapped around a double-fistful of charcoal crumbs with a couple of hoses and gaskets on the business end and some helpful instructional pictograms on the […]

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#a191 :: Metal ant

August 23, 2008

A birthday gift from my aunt. I kid you not. Eight rods of steel, remedy buy artfully bent, and welded to three metal spheres. Where’s he off to? What’s his business?

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#a190 :: Pizza protector

August 22, 2008

Inside the box from Hard Times, order an itty-bitty thermoplastic table stands, poised to protect our 18-inch half-bacon-half-mushroom-and-black-olives pizza from the combined effects of gravity, pressure and corrugated cardboard. A tiny insurance policy, a finger in the dike, a talisman against doom. Landfill material.

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#a189 :: Tattoo needle

August 21, 2008

There’s a certain serenity to getting tattooed. You sit (or lie) back on the chair or table and agree to let someone cause you tremendous pain for several hours and scar you for life. What gets you through the pain is the promise of how marvelous the scar will be. I’ve been waiting months to […]

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#a188 :: Common spider

August 20, 2008

I cannot tell you its age, click genus or class, symptoms but I can tell you this specimen of the species arachnida is the fastest spider in Los Angeles

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#a187 :: iPhone 3G

August 19, 2008

My birthday gift. My wife’s love in a handheld marvel. My new video game platform. My toy. My crack pipe. My next-gen paid-content conduit. My memory bank. My little wallet-suck. My preeeeciousssss. My underestimation of Apple‘s continued brilliance at industrial design. My PDA. My GPS. My portable Thomas Guide. My jukebox. My phone. The blue […]

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#186 :: “Thunderbird”

August 18, 2008

The decision had cost Daniel. Which is why he was standing here now with this ridiculous knife in his hand. Ankle-deep in all the tools he had yanked from the toolbox and flung to the floor as he rifled fruitlessly for a real weapon. weapons. Both blades out. Ready. Wicked. He tried not to look […]

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#a185 :: Defender Xtreme “Peramedics Pocket Knife”

August 17, 2008

The second in the series of three birthday knives shimmers with the fetishy beauty of orange anodized aluminum. For just $6.75, store the Chinese export company will cough up a decently sharp 4-inch drop-point blade wrapped in satiny orange metal and emblazoned with an enamel “peramedics” (sic) emblem. Bonus features – a seat-belt cutter and […]

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#a184 :: Maxam “Assisted Opening” Liner Lock Knife

August 16, 2008

Larger image Mom and Dad, medications being loving, clever parents, took pity upon me after reading about the pocketknife incident. They Googled around and stumbled on, a sort of geek-heaven/tactical-weapons porn shop masquerading as a knife’n’flashlight supplier. For barely $7 you can buy (among other things including Tasers and swords) solid, Chinese-made pocket knives […]

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#a184 :: Message fan

August 15, 2008

You can keep your Adobe Photoshop, cialis 40mg your diffraction foil, your glitter-gel pens. For my money, mankind’s greatest contribution to democratizing flashy art and entertainment has been the light-emitting diode. This programmable, Chinese-made fan lets you spell out messages that it miraculously traces in the air by spinning eight tiny LEDs at hundreds of […]

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#a183 :: SuperGlue Future Gel

August 14, 2008

It took me years of accidentally cementing my fingertips together using the old Super Glue before I discovered two things: This stuff was originally designed for closing wounds in triage situations; and Future Gel is much more manageable – it never gooshes in a stream from the tube when you puncture a plug of dried […]

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#a182 :: Bluetooth headset

August 13, 2008

Six weeks ago, case California law did not require me to wear this while driving and using my cellphone. Five years ago, treat this sort of gadget did not exist. Fifteen years ago, doctor I counted myself lucky to be using a cellphone the size of a brick – one that had been issued by […]

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#a181 :: Handheld laser projector

August 12, 2008

A clear memory: I was 9. We were in the Smithsonian. The room was dark. Someone was demonstrating laser beams. The name, page doctor so ineffably cool. L-A-S-E-R. Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Sharp, medical bright red patterns on the wall. In the future, approved we’ll all be using lasers. Living rooms and […]

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#a180 :: Tiny kaleidoscope

August 11, 2008

A fingerlength of brass tubing, visit this site three rectangular slivers of mirror, stuff a thimbleful of tiny glass beads, a translucent end cap and a leather thong. Elegant. Hold it to your eye, face the sun and forget your age. Found in Covent Garden.

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#a179 :: Finger rocket

August 10, 2008

Tightly-woven strands of super-stiff nylon thread only look like a Chinese finger trap. In fact, here if you crush this end-to-end, try it compresses, grows fat with potential kinetic energy that – when you suddenly release your fingers – shoots the thing 10 feet across the room. The simplest toys are the best.

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#a178 Gerber Harsey Air Ranger

August 9, 2008

Two odd things about trying to catch up with a “daily” blog that you’ve sorely neglected while traveling like mad is that: a) you’re essentially lying to your users if you don’t admit that things are being backdated; and b) you can’t remember when anything really happened to you, stomach or which objects occurred to […]

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#a177 :: Bamboo nose flute

August 8, 2008

Like the Jew’s harp, check this elegant little pocket instrument came from Adaptatrap Percussion in Brighton. You press the curved mask against your nose, erectile shape your lips into an O around the bottom shape and exhale nasally. If you cup your tong right, you get a round, easily dopplered note like that of a […]

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#a176 :: Modeling clay

August 7, 2008

Thick cylinders of slick plasticine, information pills pure of color and form. Someone’s gonna mess them up very shortly.

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