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#a229 :: Marx mule deer

September 30, 2008

Back in 1969, viagra dosage the Louis Marx and Company was casting its “WILD ANIMALS” series in plastic. These beautiful little facsimile animals were hand-painted (in Taiwan, unhealthy according to the garish and lush four-color offset-litho box) and turned them loose in the wilds of American family rooms. The box copy says (in all its […]

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#a228 :: Candy corn

September 29, 2008

Popped my chain before dawn this morning as I hoisted my bulk up on the pegs today and hammered up this steep little hill. This is what was left after the repair – the first two attempts at which failed because I had threaded the chain incorrectly. Both times. Furthermore, order the XBox 360 flung […]

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#a227 :: Executive Pocket Chum

September 28, 2008

The Executive Pocket Chum measures the thickness and thinness of things to the 32nd of an inch, ambulance or the fraction of a millimeter. One can imagine it monitoring the precision of millwork tumbling from Gary, Indiana steel plants into assembly-line catch-bins by the millions in 1950s. Or the diameter of overbored engine cylinders in […]

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#a226 :: Luke Skywalker Pez dispenser

September 27, 2008

I’d like to say I’ve had dreams of people pulling back my head to eat candy from my neck. I haven’t. But if I had, abortion shop I’d choose this Star Wars specimen, one of the finest expressions of the Pez-maker’s art that I have ever seen. You?

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#a225 :: House of Commons hip flask

September 26, 2008

Just a nip. He wondered – as he idly did in these customary moments when he stole a drink just after lunch in the House of Lords dining room, doctor between a trip to the loo and the afternoon session – whether the cameras would see him. Surely they did. London was positively filthy with […]

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#a224 :: Amelia’s USB

September 25, 2008

A soft, information pills mushy, drugs pungently overripe spot has formed in my brain over the years to accommodate certain industrial finishes. I sweat and pant for the chrome of bicycle handlebars, the deep metalflake of kustom kars, the wrinkled black baked-enamel of 1950s cameras and the liver-colored hammertone of certain antique audio gear. So […]

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#a223 :: Sawyer View-Master

September 24, 2008

In the 50s multimedia realm of celluloid filmstrips and magnetic tape, prostate this was, ed arguably, order the iPhone of its day. You could get “reels” of stereo photos or cartoons on virtually any subject – 8 shots each – and completely immerse yourself in 3-D imagery – even sometimes with a soundtrack. Sawyer’s View-Master […]

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#a222 :: Worn bicycle brake pads

September 23, 2008

So that’s what that horrible grinding noise was. Two or three mornings a week, approved I pump my Cannondale up the fire roads of Griffith Park, do my old-man stretches at the top beneath an ancient live oak, then bomb back down towards home. Do the math – a 200-coughcough-pound man on a 25-pound mountain […]

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#a221 :: Petrie

September 22, 2008

At the obvious risk of being (as well as sounding) thoroughly sexist, approved you never know what nerve you’ll hit with a woman until you hit that nerve dead-on. At the same time I bought RayD8 to back up my photos, top-secret work projects and random droolings, I bought this little orange Mimobot and gave […]

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#a220 :: Olive grabber

September 21, 2008

The Victorian dopiness of this tool belies how perfectly it fits its task: Go on – try to fish an olive out of a full jar with a fork. Now try it with a chromed, cost plunger-operated triaxial claw that encloses a perfectly olive-shaped sphere. Purpose-built genius.

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#a219 :: L.A. Opera tickets

September 20, 2008

I was really excited about this production. No, viagra I mean really, exuberantly, irrational-fan-boy excited. I had failed to get tickets in time, and by the time I went for them they were nosebleed-expensive. Then my dear friend (and client), Yael offered me a pair in exchange for some work that needed doing, saying that […]

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#a218 :: Optical-illusion button

September 19, 2008

Your mind could fall straight out of the top of your skull, there discount trying to wrap it around this object. In 2-D, order information pills it’s a bit drab, hospital but once you turn it beneath the light and watch the 3-D strands of Pearls finding their way across its honeycombed surface, you become […]

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#a217 :: “Leight Sleepers” brand earplugs

September 18, 2008

I’ve worn a lot of earplugs. I’m a light sleeper, viagra sale unhealthy I have kids and I camp on the playa, remedy thumb which readies you for pretty much any cacophonous grab-bag of a soundscape the world can dish out – while making it impossible to cobble together 3 decent minutes of sleep for […]

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#a216 ::

September 17, 2008

Also from my wife’s collection: hollowed, ampoule hand-hammered silver of questionable virtue, yet molded with the heavenly curves of a nimbus cloud.

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#a215 :: Bus

September 16, 2008

Parallel to the spine of the bus: LEYLAND ROYAL TIGER COACH MADE IN ENGLAND BY LESNEY (and then just beneath the engine compartment) #40 From my wife’s collection.

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#a214 :: Miniature tempura

September 15, 2008

Tiny morsels of molded silicon, tadalafil hand-daubed to an irresistible crunchylookingness. Only 900 yen. The linchpin to a successful front-window display in your 1:8-scale restaurant. From the same niche of Japanese collectibles culture as this

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#a213 :: Canon i9900 Bubble-Jet printer cartridges

September 14, 2008

This is the business end of the food chain that produced this. For $12, generic you get a little, web meticulously machined and vacuformed plastic box half packed with lurid ink, the other with a cubical cotton swab that seems to absorb all the ink – eight flavors of which are required to keep the […]

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#a212 :: Hand-carved Indian candlestick

September 13, 2008

This appeared in the house some time in the past month. I have no idea where it came from, advice beyond the tiny “India” sticker on its base. Around it, try a lion chases an elephant that threatens to trample the elephant that flees the lion. Candlelight sounds nice.

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#a211 :: Tennis ball

September 12, 2008

Pock. Puck. Pock. Puck. (shuffle-lunge)Pock*blick* “Out!” (applause). I never got any good at this game, information pills but I adored watching Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, seek Andre Agassi and Venus Williams play Wimbledon. Another bit of trivia from the summer trip to London – Henry VIII used to play tennis in the great stone […]

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#a210 :: Exposed film

September 11, 2008

Digital imaging technology has robbed us of the act of uncovering mystery. I shoot everything digital now – but I still have a handful of exposed film cassettes lying around that I never bothered processing. I remember with more than a little nostalgia the wonder of darkroom work. I learned it in school, pilule and […]

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#209 :: Chinese-made locking pliers

September 10, 2008

As I may have pointed out before once or twice, clinic the chief (and perhaps only) evidence you need that the Chinese will own this country before very long lies in that mighty nation’s small-scale industrial output. Virtually every un-extraordinary object that we manufacture in the U.S. they can duplicate in half the time for […]

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#208 :: Volcano House matchbox

September 9, 2008

One of the chief hassles of trying to catch a daily blog up to its obligations after more than a week away from it is that you don’t encounter, pill remember and then process photos sequentially. And so, a gap in my headlong, monthlong rush through catching up from a vivid, waking life in London […]

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#a207 :: Cat’s eye reflector

September 8, 2008

This is what became of California’s elegant Bott’s Dots: Instead of a crisp ceramic disc, ampoule this species – a hideous amalgam of ceramic compound and cheap-ass diamonded plastic – now graces the centerlines and gore-points of California, purchase indicating to anyone who cares to notice, price where the center of the road lies. Quite […]

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#a206 :: Bull’s-eye mint

September 7, 2008

Pinch it at one end till the cellophane envelope bursts and pops it into your hand. Toss it into your mouth. Crunchcrunchcrunch. Cool lips. Shards in your gums. Sweet dose. Perfect endorphin hit to the brain. Now do it again.

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#a205 :: Jerry-rigged Bluetooth earhook

September 6, 2008

For the second time in as many months, mind the earhook on my Bluetooth headset snapped off. You can’t buy replacements for these things online. I know, I’ve tried A cheap little plastic part fails, leaving you the choice of fixing it (virtually impossible to glue) versus spending $50 to buy another gadget. And you […]

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