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June 27, 2022

30 years of graffiti peeled off a wall in the Netherlands.




June 27, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Make your own spirographs

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Childhood revisited.

Fair warning: there goes the day.

June 27, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'The Expats' — Chris Pavone


This is one of the best books I've read this year.

It's a spy thriller set in Luxembourg, Paris, and Washington, D.C., beautifully written.

It was Pavone's first novel, published in 2012, and garnered rave reviews.

He's written four since then and the general tenor of reviewers has been that each subsequent novel was not as good as his first, each one a little less accomplished, but that the bar was set so high with "The Expats" that even weaker versions of the original are quite enjoyable.

Tell you what, all four of the later oeuvre are on my to-read list.

June 27, 2022 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Flower Punk' — Azuma Makoto



Your wish is my demand.

June 27, 2022 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

3D Garlic Dissection Puzzle — 'Vegetable Educational Toy'


From the website:

It wasn't part of Japan's native cuisine but thanks to the constant give and take with China for over 1,500 years (and with Italy after Japan opened to the West in the mid-1800s), Japan has become well acquainted with garlic and if you do the rounds of the curry shops in Tokyo's Kanda district, you find many that have it as their main ingredient — not to mention the teppanyaki steak houses where the famous Wagyu beef is often served right off the hot plate with thin slices of this spicy vegetable.


If the above has got your taste buds craving, the 3D Garlic Dissection Puzzle is the cure!

Actually, the 3D Garlic Dissection Puzzle was made as an educational toy so children can understand what garlic really is.

It's made of 8 parts — two for the skin and six for the cloves — and each clove has a different mark, so if you want to cheat you can just match the marks.


Of course, it's more fun to match the pieces using the bottom part of the skin and then fit the top over them.

A simple and educational toy for children — and a Japanese novelty item!


Features and Details:

 2.3"Ø x 2.1"H

Polyvinyl Chloride

 Number of parts: 8

 For ages 15 and above

 Self-assembly puzzle/game

Instructions/manual: Japanese



June 27, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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