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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 11:34 am:   

Thanks to William Thompson for this link to a page about the wind-powered Animaris Rhinoceros Transport:
http://tinyurl.com/63xpa
The artist, Theo Jansen, 'makes skeletons which are able to walk on the wind. Eventualy he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.'

If you check it out, it's worth playing the mpeg.

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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 08:57 pm:   

Hieronymus Bosch figurines:
http://www.3d-mouseion.com/engels/bosch_eng.htm
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jeff ford
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 09:13 pm:   

KJ: I dug these things when I saw them on Boing Boing, but have you been able to find any price guide for them or how to order them? I have at least a dozen friends and family members that these little doo-dads seem to have been made for. Not to mention myself, I'd love to get a few.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 09:47 pm:   

Jeff - all I could find are these contact addresses:
http://www.3d-mouseion.com/engels/contact_eng.htm

The one for the US is:
Mouseion USA
400 S Dixie Hwy, Unit 2
Hallandale, Fl 33009
Tel 1- 954 455886
Fax 1-954-4558811
Email: sales@3dmouseion.com

I've just realised there are some other artists too:
http://www.3d-mouseion.com/engels/opening%20eng.htm
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jeff ford
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 10:13 pm:   

KJ: Yeah, did you see the Dali? Thanks for this. I'll drop them a line and see how crazy the prices are. I have a feeling if they aren't up on the site, they might be pretty steep.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 10:31 pm:   

Jeff - yeah, the Dali and the Brueghel both looked tempting. But they are coy about the prices, aren't they? If you do find out how much a little monster costs, can you let me know?
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jeff ford
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 10:57 pm:   

KJ: Will do.

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Jonathan
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 01:09 am:   

Jeff & K.J. - I surfed around a lot and the prices I saw on one site suggested these are closer to the kind of collectible you find in high-end collectible and museum shops. Somewhere round the $200 - $400 range. They are distributed in Australia. - J
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jeff ford
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 03:26 am:   

Jonathan: I was afraid of that. It's just such a great idea. Bosch's monsters are just going to have to stay on the wall and in my head for now. Thanks for the info.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 10:21 am:   

Sigh. Someone needs to make paint-it-yourself resin versions for the huddled masses. Or Bosch clockwork tin toys, and plastic ones for the bath...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 03:21 pm:   

Oooh. I'm so sorry they're too much money. I want a set!!!
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Forrest
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 06:46 pm:   

The Beardsley (one of my favorite artists) is just gorgeous. Wow. Yeah, I'd love to get any pricing info for these as well. Jonathan, what is the URL on the site you found with prices, or has anyone emailed these people? I might have to sell one of my children . . .
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Minz
Posted on Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 07:03 pm:   

Well, allow me to introduce crass commercialism. Some unscrupulous soul should steal the images, open a factory in China and bang out the cheapo versions for the masses.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2005 - 01:55 am:   

Go for it Jim. YOu'll make a mint (and I"ll be first in line to buy em up!)
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Forrest
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2005 - 06:41 am:   

China? I'm going to do it in my living room with molten crayons and a putty mold. I'll be making Dali candles all day long. Better yet, I'll have my kids do it - melt this, Salvador! :-)
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 01:40 am:   

Forrest - The penny drops! So *that's* what kids are for!

This week's curio: some years ago, I was struck by how parts of the patterns on some Persian, Moroccan etc. carpets looked like Space Invaders. Well, it makes sense; a pixel is just like a knot in a rug. For ages I've been meaning to see if you can get needlepoint or latch hook kits based on old chunky-pixel video games. It turns out that, of course, you can:

http://www.zutco.com/cft_books_1.htm (Pac Man needlepoint and cross stitch)

And a charming Space Invaders rug:
http://funfurde.blogspot.com/2004/06/space-invaders.html
I was impressed that Taito let them use the Space Invaders theme for free. The next step, I feel, ought to be multicoloured Galaxian Axminster that you can carpet your whole house with; complimented, naturally, with a matching mosaic splashback in the kitchen and tile border in the bathroom.

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Minz
Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 07:05 am:   

Uh, Forrest, the whole China thing was to circumvent pesky copyright law, etc. But hey, I'll take a set. (After all, I don't know they're counterfeit . . . )

Kirstein: Where are the hi-res rugs? I want my Dirk the Daring . . .
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, February 04, 2005 - 03:02 am:   

Minz - I could only find this Lara Croft needlepoint: http://tinyurl.com/qio7

You could ask Forrest if his kids would make you a Dirk the Daring kilim.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 - 12:54 pm:   

If - like me - you can't afford the Bosch figurines, galactichunter.com presents an alternative:
http://tinyurl.com/6mbbr
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - 07:01 pm:   

they're cheap!! Just got an email with a new url-I'm going to order a few!

http://www.talariaenterprises.com/product_lists/parastone/bosch-garden-earthly-d eli.html
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, March 03, 2005 - 01:42 pm:   

Hooray! That little helmeted bird monster is seriously tempting. Wonder if there'll ever be Bosch plushies?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 03, 2005 - 05:09 pm:   

Hey, why not? There are already Lovecraftian ones.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, March 04, 2005 - 12:19 pm:   

I have a Christmas Cthulhu - (he who comes to bring you grim tidings of despair). He's terribly cute.

Toyvault sells Cthulhu and Nyarlathotep -
http://www.toyvault.com/cthulhu/plush_cthulhu.html
Their other plushies include Egyptian gods, Japanese movie monsters, the Great Black Beast of Aaargh, the rabbit with huge sharp pointy teeth (with or without blood stains), and George W.Bush.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 01:39 pm:   

Deep-sea ironshod snails:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/11/1107_031107_snailarmor.html

Better picture here:
http://www.genomenewsnetwork.org/articles/11_03/snails.shtml
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Neddal
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 04:40 am:   

A musical curio (well, until they break out of the underground, and the chances of that are looking good...) - if one stretched a bit, one could say they're the musical equivalent of a plush cthulhu - http://www.dresdendolls.com/

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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - 11:58 am:   

Neddal -

When I looked at the front page, I thought they were musical dolls, with people dressed up as part of the visuals!

I downloaded 'Half Jack' - rather liked it.





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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 09:15 am:   

You might want to check out
http://www.strangedolls.net/doll_series.html

I'm thinking of ordering one of the chimney sweep dolls.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 12:10 pm:   

That bird girl is disturbing...I think it's the way her beak is like one of those spooky old penitents' hoods.
I spent about an hour following the links to other doll sites (and ended up at artist Renee Bosler's page, where I found this picture - take away the vampire teeth and he's the spitting image of my man Gwynn -- http://www.lemurgurlart.com/ned.html)

-- I have kind of a love-hate relationship with dolls. My mother used to collect them, in pieces; she'd find a head here, limbs there, put them together and make clothes for them. There was always a drawer full of dismembered doll bits. When they were done, she put them on display in a glass case: they stood there in rows, staring, like shrunken, frozen children.

We were briefly in Tokyo last year, and I found a little shop selling photo artbooks by this dollmaker who calls herself Koitsukihime (means something like 'Princess of the Moon of Love', I think). She makes gorgeous dolls, then does gothic things with them.
This is her web page:
http://koitsukihime.cool.ne.jp/
She has work in the Maria Cuore Rock 'n' Doll Museum:
http://www.mariacuore.com/gallery01.htm
There's a doll on the front page that looks as if it might be Cthulhu - it has a face full of tentacles, anyway...



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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 04:00 pm:   

Kirsten,
I have three doll photography books that were originally shown to me by K. W. Jeter. I think they're called Katana Dolls and they may be the books you're mentioning. They are kind of twisted though.

Btw, I've commissioned a chimney sweep doll by Beth Johnson.



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N/A
Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2005 - 09:19 am:   

Hi Kirsten - Hah. Am not sure if they're on the site, but the songs you want to check out are "Coin-Operated Boy" and "Girl Anachronism." I hear they do an amazing all-piano version of "Sabbath's "War Pigs."

Have you seen the walking octopus?
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050321/full/050321-14.html
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 11:42 pm:   

Ellen - I can't find Katana Dolls on Koitsukihime's web site, so maybe it was someone else. Hey, Katana Dolls would be a good name for a band...


Neddal - I dig that octopus! I think I'd give octupuses the award for the species that does the coolest stuff. Like the blanket octopus - the baby females and the males (which stay small all their lives) rip the tentacles off passing portuguese man-o'-war jellyfish and wave them at predators like cheerleaders waving pom poms.
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N/A
Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 07:21 am:   

Whoa, I'd never heard of the blanket octopus before. Cool. - http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s776877.htm
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 09:04 am:   

Kirsten,
I'll have dig out one of the books when I have time.
In the meantime, check out Mie Yim's odd art at:
http://www.lehmannmaupin.com/home.html
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 06:21 pm:   

Neddal - Poor little guy! His lot in life seems to be up (or down) there with the male deep sea angler fish.

Ellen - Oh, wow. I want Mie Yim's odd art! It's like the logical next step from Mashimaro.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 06:59 pm:   

Isn't it terrific? I get the impression that it's expensive. I did get the catalog from her show Who Killed Bambi? Good reproductions.

The owner of an art gallery in Turin, Italy that showed her work was in town for a week and I met him Saturday. He gave me the catalog and offered to put me in touch with her. Apparently she lives a few blocks from me. I'm going to get her phone # or email address. Not sure if I'll have the nerve to get in touch but I'd at least like to let her know I love her art.
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Neddal
Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 09:35 am:   

The snail with the poison nose -
http://grimwade.biochem.unimelb.edu.au/cone/index1.html

And some swank surreal art (not at all safe for work past the opening page):
http://www.kunstkrake.de/mhutter.php

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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 12:11 am:   

Neddal,

I'm imagining a cone snail cadre of assassins. Their methods are slow, but relentless. Their motto? Don't Tread on Us, natch.

Great art, too. Very skilful. I love the painting 'Tanzbild', with those goblinesque people and the gorgeous-but-sickly colours.
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Neddal
Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 07:33 am:   

Kirsten - Hah!

Someone beat you to it, in a way:
Before the Soviet Union collapsed scientists in their biologial weapons program were working on were trying to insert one of the genes responsible for the potency of the cone snail's venom into a strain of small pox. So you'd have small pox that poisoned you - they were looking at it being close to 100% lethal.
(Lifted that from an article on cone snail venom in the new Scientific American - yes, am a complete geek. ;) http://tinyurl.com/9nuw2 )

Hutter - I like the sketchy, scrawly red and black/brown stuff in the "Skizzen" series - http://www.kunstkrake.de/sImgPage.php?snID=23

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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 10:02 am:   

Kirsten,
I got the Boschian figures and they look great! I put them on the bookshelf in my bedroom.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 02:08 pm:   

Ellen -

Great! Tell me if they sneak into your dreams. Or into your books - I can imagine them turning into marginalia.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 03:00 pm:   

Maybe my dreams, but I don't think they'll fit into my books --the ones their on the shelf with are all paperbacks (or most are--I have a little smaller size hc on the shelf there).
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Neddal
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 10:55 am:   

http://www.crashbonsai.com/index.html
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Kirsten
Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2005 - 03:48 am:   

Neddal - There needs to be little Lego people crash victims lying around and creatively impaled, methinks. Or jelly babies - they'd be much easier to impale on the bonsais, and you could eat them when you got tired of the arrangement.

Oops, gotta give my full attention to the TV now. It's time for Iron Chef.
I have such a crush on Chairman Kaga - resplendent tonight in an asymmetrical sequinned paisley matador jacket.

Oh, fuck, they're chopping the legs off live crabs. Jesus. He's scraping out the liver. I think the crab's dead now. I hope it's dead.

Why can't the theme ingredient be jelly babies?

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Neddal
Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 03:23 pm:   

Jelly babies? Are they like gummy bears? If so, then yes, I think they would work much better than Lego people.

What was he making that required the dismemberment and evisceration of live crabs?
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Kirsten
Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 09:05 pm:   

They're like gummi bears, but the jelly is typically softer than gummi, and often they're dusted in powdery sugar. Sometimes they're flavoured with real fruit juice. They're awfully nice little bundles of sugar, and I try to steer clear of them.

I can't remember all the dishes he made. There was a crab liver soup, I think, and crab legs fried in spices. I think he was in a hurry, since they've only got an hour, and he couldn't be bothered killing the crab before he started chopping it up.

Apparently there's one episode where octopus is the ingredient, and the octopuses are alive and crawling out of their tanks. I'm not sure at what point in the cooking process they go to meet their maker.

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Neddal
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005 - 11:45 am:   

Not this is creepy - http://www.patriciapiccinini.net/wearefamily/index.php?sec=yf&pg=01
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 02:29 pm:   

Patricia Piccinini - yay! Have you checked out her other work? I love the 'Truck Babies' and 'Car Nuggets'.
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Geoffrey Maloney
Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 06:19 pm:   

Just received a set of Gary Baseman's delightful Fire Water Bunnies from Ningyoushi
http://www.ningyoushi.com/product/CRB001

They've escaped from their boxes and taken up residence on the Frieda Kahlo shrine in the corner of the lounge room.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - 12:56 pm:   

And I bet Frieda loves them. Are they hard plastic, or stuffed vinyl?
With all these cute monsters around, I think we're due for a renaissance in Puggles and Uggles.
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Geoffrey Maloney
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 04:15 am:   

Aah that's trick question. They're 3 inches tall and solid vinyl and the detail is absolutely perfect.

Yes, let's have some Puggles and Uggles -- Is it a bit too soon for a Teletubiies revival? I think Vandermeer wants to write a story about Teletubbies:-) The diabolical daughters have some plush Teletubbies around somewhere.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 09:02 pm:   

I think Teletubbies need to wait in a line behind Puggles and Uggles.

Hey...have you ever seen Boohbah? It's even trippier than Teletubbies, I think.

This is the website (don't forget to turn the sound on):
http://www.boohbah.com/zone.html

And here are the toys...
http://www.mailorder2000.co.uk/products.asp?id=15
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Neddal
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 09:12 am:   

Hi Kirsten - the other Piccinni stuff didn't do a whole lot for me. Some interesting ideasm though.

I offer this w/out comment - The Hamster:
http://www.henneth-annun.net/stories/chapter_view.cfm?STID=2423&SPOrdinal=1
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 02:26 pm:   

That's a coincidence, Neddal - I've been listening to the tap-tap-tapping (and impromptu karaoke) of the workmen who are fixing the windows in our block of flats. I did try to compose a 'Raven' parody, but it is hard to compose anything when that kind of racket is going on...

See, I love Piccinini's fibreglass stuff - the cars and all. I love smooth, shiny fibreglass sculpture almost as much as I love inflatable sculpture. Speaking of which, here is a nice idea - giant inflatable art in space:

http://www.arsastronautica.com/inflatables/index.php

Personally I think they could have come up with some more exciting designs, though I like the string of silver balls. (I somehow imagine it as a desk toy for a demiurge...)
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ABV
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 07:51 am:   

Kirsten,

I really love the boohbah site. It's a nice break in my day!

Ann V.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 01:40 pm:   

Ann -

Here are some Boohbah activities...
http://www.nickjr.co.uk/shows/boohbah/index.aspx
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Neddal
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 10:56 am:   

And yet another weirdo link:
http://99rooms.terracontent.de/99rooms/99rooms.html
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ABV
Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 10:29 am:   

Neddal, that site is great!

Ann V.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 01:32 pm:   

Wow! It hooked me - I went through the whole thing. That'd make a good environment for a Myst-ish computer game.
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Neddal
Posted on Saturday, August 06, 2005 - 08:30 am:   

Hey, glad you guys liked it. I haven't had time to explore the full thing.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Saturday, August 06, 2005 - 12:25 pm:   

That's why I gave up computer games - once I'm hooked I just keep playing, whether I've got the time to or not! Anyway, now I'm having fantasies about painting strange creatures all over the walls here at home...
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Neddal
Posted on Sunday, August 07, 2005 - 05:26 am:   

Heh. Yeah, am the same way with games. You should paint strange creatures all over your walls.

Came across this earlier -
http://www.semperstudio.com/page.php?p=gallery_art

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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Sunday, August 07, 2005 - 10:36 pm:   

You know, I was eating my breakfast when I looked at that page...what's worse, I was having fish! But I like the last series. Now I want to rip up the carpet and leave old wheelchairs lying around.

You might like the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices:
http://www.mtn.org/quack/welcome.htm

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Neddal
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2005 - 09:48 am:   

Oops. Sorry, but that's what you get for eating fish for breakfast. Weirdo. (Says the man from the pace where fish can be eaten with just about every meal, like pork in Ohio.) Questionable Med. Dev.: Prostate gland warmer? Ack!

The scarificator has given me some ideas though.

The other day someone sent me a link to the pornographic equivalent of that site. I probably shouldn't post the link here, I'll just say that it involved devices like with names like "The Vulvunator."



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Neddal
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005 - 07:54 am:   

The Mechanics and Kinematics of Webwork Plot Construction:
http://www.spinelessbooks.com/keeler/

More on Keeler:
http://staff.xu.edu/~polt/keeler/
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Neddal
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2005 - 05:45 am:   

Annabel Lee - The Film:
http://www.poepuppet.com/main.htm
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Forrest
Posted on Thursday, September 08, 2005 - 09:48 am:   

Whoa. Hey, my birthday is next July:

http://www.pyramid-gallery.com/index.html#Secrets

These are beautiful.
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Robert
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 11:01 am:   

Those cubes are beautiful, but would be much better if they actually were puzzles.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 12:05 pm:   

They might be puzzles (or gateways) on an astral level...

My birthday is in March:
http://www.opusoils.com/
The Absinthe collection appeals, of course, though several of the others sound enticing, too.

Neddal:
'We are drawn to the unescapable conclusion that Mr. Keeler writes his peculiar novels merely to satisfy his own undisciplined urge for creative joy.'
What better reason could there be for writing books!

Spar boxes:
http://www.thingsmagazine.net/text/t17/sparboxes.htm


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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2006 - 03:39 am:   

Ok, it isn't for sale. But it's a comfort to know that after we've wiped out tigers, orangutans, polar bears, sharks and corals, there'll still be blond muppet lobsters living 2 km under the sea.

http://www.cbc.ca/story/science/national/2006/03/08/crustacean-fur060308.html
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Kjbishop
Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 04:24 pm:   

Steam powered robots!
http://www.crabfu.com/steamtoys/
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Kjbishop
Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 05:11 pm:   

The above via Jim Rossignol's site:
http://rossignol.cream.org/

via which I also found the weird and wonderful Athanasius Kircher Society:
http://www.kirchersociety.org/blog/
an organisation "chartered to perpetuate the sensibilities and pursuits of the late Athanasius Kircher, SJ. [The Society's] interests extend to the wondrous, the singular, the esoteric, the obsessive, the arcane, and the sometimes hazy frontier between the plausible and the implausible anything that Father Kircher might find cool if he were alive today."

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