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#a435 :: Mash note from my daughter

April 27, 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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#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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#a433 :: Potato chip

April 25, 2009

A wonderful little creation – the kids brought these home from school one day. They folded sheets of paper to form these taut, help shallow cones that pop outward when squeezed the right way. The *pop* ejects a tiny drawing – in this case, our daughter’s drawing of us. The message is “Happy 15th Anaversery.” […]

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#a432 :: Message launcher

April 24, 2009

A little bit of rococo molding around a glass capsule half full of air. A tool for sensing the approximate direction of the center of the earth. A gen-yoo-wine aahhhrrr-teeeeeefaaaaaaaact. A wonderful little creation – the kids brought these home from school one day. They folded sheets of paper to form these taut, more about […]

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#a431 :: Antique Stanley line level

April 23, 2009

A little bit of rococo molding around a glass capsule half full of air. A tool for sensing the approximate direction of the center of the earth. A gen-yoo-wine aahhhrrr-teeeeeefaaaaaaaact.

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#a430 Spun aluminum pillbox

April 22, 2009

A Halloween candy bowl kept at the back of our cupboard finally (pardon the pun) gave up the ghost. Used to be you would reach into it for a tasty treat, drug and a little infrared sensor triggered an animated rubber witch’s hand to snatch at yours and a voicebox would rasp, thumb “Trick or […]

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#a429 :: Rotten witch fingers

April 21, 2009

At some point last month, approved my mother-in-law gave my daughter (age 7) a little keyring with a big fob that spelled out “Love” in lurid gold-chromed script. It was schwag from some utterly-too-grownup movie, check as evidenced by the little stamped-metal tag proclaiming the brand. Here’s what ensued the moment I laid eyes on […]

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#a428 :: Undesirable keychain tag

April 20, 2009

What happens when your son has parked a big bottle of water precariously on the top shelf of an open refrigerator door and you unwittingly shut the door, price dosage causing it to plunge to the bottom and snap the shelf straight out of the fridge? You hunt through the shattered plastic shards looking for […]

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#a427 :: Refrigerator shelf shard

April 19, 2009

To someone who uses knives as much as I do, this site this thing is about as useful as Truck Balls. You press it against the side of a sealed CD or DVD, depressing a spring-loaded cap to reveal a tiny steel blade that slices open the shrink-wrap. They were giving them away today at […]

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# a426 :: CD opener keychain

April 18, 2009

The fetish of packaging, viagra 100mg the gloss of the new. Plastic lids for shaving cream come in two sizes – the simple quarter-sized button protector found on Barbasol or this full-bloat blowmolded cylindrical monster, look which covered the can of Gilette I bought last week. With the earth’s carbon load trending toward the toxic, […]

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#a425 :: Gilette Shaving Cream cap

April 17, 2009

This also came home with the kids from their hike – I’ve always liked the unforgivingly ugly shape of seeds. They are meant to be discovered by accident (bite into a delicious fruit, abortion find a nasty, woody chunk of bitterness) and discarded as useless – the better to propagate their kind. This also came […]

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#a424 :: Fruit pit

April 16, 2009

This also came home with the kids from their hike – I’ve always liked the unforgivingly ugly shape of seeds. They are meant to be discovered by accident (bite into a delicious fruit, abortion find a nasty, woody chunk of bitterness) and discarded as useless – the better to propagate their kind.

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#a423 :: Marah Macrocarpeae

April 15, 2009

Found this in the gutter down the street. Somewhere, medical a VW – a new one, illness by the make of the silkscreened aluminum – is driving around without an identity. Is the badge the seat of a car’s soul? Edward was bored with Ur-space. He had been living there for the past nine months […]

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#a422 :: Steel ruler

April 14, 2009

Precision. Measurement. Millimeters. Inches. 1/64th inches. Fractions between the beginning of a thing and the end, visit web the alpha and the omega. Steel ruler. Period.

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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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#a420 :: 1-inch hex nut

April 12, 2009

I stumbled across this at Pasadena City College Swap Meet last Sunday. The college seems to be in a constant state of construction, sildenafil and someone ha dropped it in the grass – a missing part for a mystery structure. It put me in mind of this Todd Rundgren song, the lyrics of which go […]

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#a418 :: Volkswagen badge

April 10, 2009

Found this in the gutter down the street. Somewhere, ask a VW – a new one, clinic by the make of the silkscreened aluminum – is driving around without an identity. Is the badge the seat of a car’s soul?

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#a417 :: Diffraction foil

April 9, 2009

Fifteen years ago today – at 4:49 p.m. on 04/09/94, page I married the love of my life. Tonight, viagra order we drove up to a romantic dinner overlooking Los Angeles, click and exchanged lovely gifts and the sort of bedazzled soliloquies to each other that come only from hearts truly and fully in love […]

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#a416 :: Fine drill set

April 8, 2009

Another import-tools swap-meet purchase: I can’t imagine what work requires the precision of an 80-gauge drillbit, visit web website like this but here it is, view a set of wire-fine steel bits ranging from that hair-like thinness up through the comparatively meaty 61-gauge bit. I just bought the set so I could drill solder blobs […]

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#a415 :: Stainless steel tweezers

April 7, 2009

This flea-market find was stamped out of chromed steel in Japan some years ago. It’s an elegant, web perfect little machine: The horizontal tube on top is just big enough to house a flint and pressure spring, the wick is barely thicker than a toothpick, and you could probably fill it with about 1/3 teaspoon […]

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#a414 :: Miniature lighter

April 6, 2009

A thrilling adventure was in my near future. A piece of paper baked into a cookie, website like this dipped in white chocolate and wrapped in red foil told me so. A quick dinner at Panda Inn this evening, cure then off to see Knowing. It proves to be too intense for him – he’s […]

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#a413 :: White chocolate fortune cookie

April 4, 2009

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#a412 :: Nerf one-shot pistol

April 3, 2009

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#a411 Ken Onion “Chive”

April 2, 2009

Put aside for a second how thoroughly doofy Crocs can seem, price here is an entire empire built on two simple facts: a) Americans’ uncanny knack for making, pharm buying and trashing once-used disposable crap and b) our love of cheap customization. You stuff Jibbitz into the holes of your Crocs and declare your individuality […]

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#a410 :: Jibbitz

April 1, 2009

Put aside for a second how thoroughly doofy Crocs can seem, information pills medications here is an entire empire built on two simple facts: a) Americans’ uncanny knack for making, buy buying and trashing once-used disposable crap and b) our love of cheap customization. You stuff Jibbitz into the holes of your Crocs to declare […]

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