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January 30, 2012

Lady Gaga x Chinese Elle


Above, the latest issue.

[via Coverjunkie]

January 30, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Skateboard Stool


From the website:



This sturdy, compact seat features a creative reuse of of roughed-up skateboards.


Broken boards are byproducts of skate culture and decks are usually destined for the landfill once they're cracked. 

Inspired by the consistent way many skateboards were busted, artist Jason Podlaski collects shattered skateboards from skateshops and skateparks in the U.S. and Canada and turns both deck and truck into a hybrid, high-quality piece of furniture that's built tough. 

The scrapes and scars on the decks create a beautiful veneer of use over the original graphics. 

Every deckstool is meticulously built, reinforced and finished by skilled craftsmen in Pennsylvania.

Materials: Steel, recycled broken skateboards, skateboard truck.

12"L x 13"W x 18"H.

Due to the variable nature of recycled skateboard decks, every stool is unique and will feature a one-of-a-kind combination of scarred skateboard art, scrapes/bangs, colors and graffiti. The decks for each stool are carefully selected by hand in order to be complementary, much like a woodworker would select lumber for a piece of fine furniture. Despite the fact that every stool is unique, we have engineered our production process to insure all furniture meets our strict quality and dimensional specifications. We do produce every piece of furniture to be balanced as far as "quality" of skateboard art, colors, and graffiti included in each stool.



January 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Coke Cherry Zero

Cherry Coke Zero 12oz

Happened on this Saturday and bought a 12-pack: excellent.

My new default sugar-free soda.

Nicely done, Coke.

Now to find Vanilla Coke Zero,


whose existence I only learned of when searching for a suitable picture of Cherry Zero.

January 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Salsa Bowl


No, not another in the endless succession of bowl games, besides which they're over till December.


From the website:



Artist Melanie Mckenney has deconstructed salsa into three key ingredients: purple and white onions and a juicy red tomato.

She created these sturdy earthenware bowls by making slip-cast molds of real vegetables.

Onions: 4.5"L x 4.5"W x 1.75"H; Tomato: 4.5"L x 4.5"W 1.5"H.

Handmade in Tonawanda, New York.


Set of three: $48.

January 30, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"You Are as Brave as Vincent van Gogh" — Donald Barthelme (1976)


I read this wonderful short story in the New Yorker when it came out; it's since been included in "Flying to America: 45 More Stories," a 2007 collection of the author's sui generis short fiction.


Above and below, the final three of the five pages of the piece.


You say you want to read the first two pages so you can enjoy it the way the author intended?

Buy a copy of the book for 21 cents here.

Many of the stories in the 2007 collection, as well as a number of others, along with much about the author, here.

January 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"I'm Nuts About You" Key Ring


Looks a little bit like a bumblebee, doesn't it?

Brass key ring with silver- and gold-plated hardware.


$20 (key not included).

January 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Why hasn't this kid been on Jay Leno?

Wrote Richard Kashdan, who sent me the link: "There are a lot of other videos on YouTube of amazing little kids playing music like this that seems way beyond their age and experience, and you could imagine that they were a reincarnation of someone, if reincarnation existed. Does this phenomenon occur in medicine; i.e. are there little kids who could just walk over to a patient and do a beautiful surgery (if Best Buy had a section where kids could play with surgical equipment)?"

I don't know, Richard, but it's a wonderful and provocative question. 

I've never even entertained the possibility before you raised it.

Perhaps some of my blade-con readers will offer their thoughts, anonymous or otherwise.

Dr. Bueller?


January 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Dry Chair — Jan Philipp Wittrin


A 2009/10 design 


made from


a clothes dryer


and metal pipe.


Apply within.

January 30, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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