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#a235 :: 10-color ballpoint pen

October 6, 2008

I had one of these when I was a kid, view and while I never drew anything that looked like much with it, medications I loved the fact that I could color with copper-colored ink. My son spotted this in Brighton. A steal at £1.50.

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#a234 :: Rubber ghost

October 6, 2008

His stubby limbs erupt from his shapeless body, case his supposedly ghostly face a botched approximation by a drunk factory worker with a brush and the last of his black paint. Though his spinal imprint claims he comes from China, there he is likely just the larval form of a much more formidable creep, the […]

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#a233 :: Hexagonal mirror

October 4, 2008

Every year, order about six weeks after Burning Man, the community of Burners gathers in L.A. for the Decompression event – a taste of Black Rock arts and nonsense plunked down in the middle of the city. This year, they moved it to the lovely L.A. State Historical Park (more photos here). I wore, among […]

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#a232 :: Chromat-o-scope

October 3, 2008

Almost 70 years ago, website this was the height of compact multimedia viewing equipment: A dark, here swirled cube of oxblood-and-black Bakelite with a simple double-convex eye and the weight of history upon it. Slip a 35mm slide into it, point it at the light and gaze. Good, clean American fun. And now obsolete.

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#a231 :: Playboy Club ashtray

October 2, 2008

This gem glinted out at me from the cluttered shelves of an antiques mall in nether San Bernardino County, cialis 40mg and the $1.95 price tag sent it home with me. Back when the Playboy Club was truly the capital of hedonism – and not just another seedy Hollywood venue – back before the bunny […]

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#a230 :: Tintype

October 1, 2008

Balefully he stares at the lens and struggles to hold his pose. The photographer has gone to lengths to make him appear comfortable – with a little wall and urn upon which to lean poeticallly – and “natural” – with tufts of grass and twigs underfoot and a bough of oak leaves overhead. But he […]

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