Main Contents

#a296 :: 4H Pin

December 6, 2008

California is a land of exiles. For that reason – among many others – I love it. Anyone not born here has come to explore, to self-reinvent, to escape forces of oppression or boredom or hopelessness left behind. This westward tide has flowed for centuries, pulling wave upon wave of Spaniards, gold-rushers, dust-bowled Okies, Sinaloan […]

Filed under: Adornment, Artifact, Ephemera, Found Object, symbol | Comments (0)

#a295 :: Chocolate laptop

December 5, 2008

The company Christmas party went off tonight as it always does – a full-blown bash with excellent food and good company. The capper to the meal was a créme brulée in a little chocolate box, topped with this emblem cast in dark and white chocolate. I always choose the cruelest month to do my no-refined-sugar […]

Filed under: Edible, Ephemera, Miniature, Model, symbol | Comments (0)

#a294 :: Ideal “Powermite” orbital sander

December 4, 2008

In 1969, 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, and came with little sheets of sandpaper, which clamped onto […]

Filed under: Artifact, Ephemera, Fetish, Found Object, Miniature, Tool, Toy | Comments (0)

#a293 :: Shoe

December 3, 2008

Dammit. The little fuckers have been partying under my desk again. I’m finding tiny shoes. There are nasty scuff-marks on the wall about an inch off the floor, and wet spots in my shoes. Someone punched a dime-sized hole in the sheetrock, and there’s a one-square-foot patch of the floor reeking of small beer.

Filed under: Adornment, Ephemera, Found Object, Jetsam, Toy | Comments (0)

#a292 :: Y Muscle Water bottle

December 2, 2008

I haven’t opened this yet. I don’t care what it tastes like, or even whether it does what it claims: Y MUSCLE WATER – because you never know who’s going to challenge you to a wrestling match. 100% natural and certified organic: Reverse osmosis water, organic evaporated cane juice, organic white grape juice, organic hibiscus, […]

Filed under: Edible, Ephemera, Fetish | Comments (0)

#a291 :: Silver-plated pocket compass

December 1, 2008

This has to be the antique-shop-crawl find of all time: A pocket compass in a “hunter” watch case, lined with copper and plated in silver. When you close the lid, a fragile little arm clamps the needle in place, and when you open it, it e-e-e-ver-so-slowly noses north. $10. Unbelievable.

Filed under: Artifact, Instrument, symbol, Tool | Comments (0)


google