toys


this looks like a fantastic show. it combines two of my favourite things: toys and polaroids. the book from the show is definately on my want list. for those of us who can’t afford the book or missed the show there is a flickr set for a virtual show.

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ah, this is fun. vintage viewmaster commercial featuring henry fonda, jodie foster and what appears to be mike lookinland(aka bobby brady):

via scrubbles.

yesterday peter and i went to chiayi(as part of a tainan flickr meetup). we went to the artsite of chiayi railway warehouse. it’s basically some warehouses behind the train station that have been converted into an alternative art space. it was nice place and i quite liked the art. since it was the last weekend the artists were supposed to be there as well, but i only saw one(artists are given a studio space each month). a painter dealing in semi-abstract figures. one painting i liked in particular used thread or some sort of loose fabric to give the painting extra texture.

after dinner we went to the nightmarket and i ended up picking up some more toys:

the picture isn’t that great. the flash always likes to mess up my macro shots. but you get the general idea. i wish the set would have had grampa, but it was nice that it had milhouse and itchy and scratchy.

on the way back to the train station we stopped in at a cd shop and i found this dvd:

i knew there had to be a catch as it was 12 bucks for 10 dvds of hanna-barbera cartoons. i figured the quality was probably pretty low. before buying i double checked to make sure the cartoons were in english since cartoons on tv are routinely dubbed into chinese. it said quite clearly(in chinese) english with chinese subtitles. well, when we got back to tainan and i popped it into the dvd player. they were in chinese with chinese subtitles. if i had bought the set here in tainan, i could simply return them. but it’s hardly worth the train ticket up to chiayi to return the set. as a result i’m itching to see some of these old cartoons in english again.

last week my first order from freestyle arrived. it was mainly instant film(the blurry bit at the bottom is 127 film(the only non instant film in the order)). the order arrived just in time for me to use for world toy camera day in the polga sun 4 instant camera back for the holga.

on world toy camera day i loaded it up and this was the first shot i took with it:

that shot was also a macro test. so far it’s my favourite shot i’ve taken for wtcd2008.

at the end of the day i took a shot of the sunset:

i have to say i’m really loving shooting instant film. i wish i didn’t have to order the film from overseas but most of it is not available locally and most of what is – is a bit more expensive. more of my wtcd shots can be seen here.

today i got a cool package from my friend erin. why/how it got delivered on a sunday is probably best not to question. as you can see above one piece of the contents was a cool keychain from canada. bonus points for it having a moose on it.

other goodies in the package:

some very cool and colourful airmail labels. i’m not sure what year these are from.




a radiohead hail to the theif puzzle thingy. this came apart in transit and i had to put it back in it’s frame. obviously, it’s still not solved. i’ve never been a huge fan of radiohead. the one song i like above others is the one diehard fans and the band themselves dislike creep. but i still think this is fun.




the back of an aerogramme. you can’t go wrong with some ballooning illustration i always say. inside is a part of a letter erin started to me back in 2000.




next up a couple of dvds. this one having erik estrada in it so you know it should be full of class.




second dvd: persepolis. i actually rented this a few months ago and really loved it. it’s a good thing i never bought it since here it is magically in my mailbox!




a postcard from sammy and rosie get laid a film that when released in the states some prudish newspapers just called it sammy and rosie. wimps.




wise advice from snoopy. well, you can never have too much of this sort of stuff.




can you smell the 70s? i’m not sure what this is for. the back says soft touch and a copyright by the american greeting card company.




and finally, a postcard from the 24 hour church of elvis. i wonder if this place even exists? i remember visiting it a few times in portland back in the early 90s.




also in the package was the beaver trilogy dvd. since it’s sans packaging, no pictures. but i’m definately looking forward to watching that. of the trio, i’ve only seen the orkley kid.

scrubbles has a cool post about the little things he would collect as a kid. very cool. he’s documented all the pieces in his box of curiousities with individual photographs too. looking at them makes me want to reach out and touch each one. he’s assembled a flickr set for them too. definately worth checking out.

this is pretty fun. lego renditons of album covers. wish they would of done more bands i like, but oh well. photoshopping the lego characters into existing record albums just doesn’t seem as cool as recreating everything though.

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