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Desktop Goodies 2/2

Posted in absurd, advertising, Books, comics, craft, food, humor, music, photography, sci-fi, thrift horror, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

You realize what happened here: this bird was killed, only to be zoomorphized into a bastardized version of itself in a stupid hat. Talk about adding insult to injury.
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Debatable:
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Terrifying:
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I’m completely entranced by this piece, yet can’t find an artist credit anywhere. Ideas? If no one knows…it’s obviously an alien cell phone.
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Parenthetical note:
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Excellent…I like strong coffee; strong enough to make my head blast clear off my body.
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I almost cropped out the caption because it’s so clear that this thing originated from a very unholy place that it just seems redundant.
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Isn’t this all our monsters ever really want? (No really, think about it.)
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I searched, in gleeful hope, for a vintage TV commercial featuring Drippy the Runny Nose Kid. But alas, no record of one exists. Sorry I couldn’t deliver this thing in action (or maybe I should be saying “you’re welcome”).
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1) Reading books about death becomes considerably more difficult.
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I find this photo incredibly haunting. It actually stirs up a visceral unease.
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Yes, some might consider the following a deal breaker. She seems open minded. The horse (or…man-horse?), not so much.
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Your fist becomes a real face.
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The truth of how brains really work, unveiled. SCIENCE!
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Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Posted in anatomy, antiques, art, Books, craft, ephemera, nature with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Alexander Korzer-Robinson transforms antiquarian encyclopedias into stunning shadow boxes, as if to three dimensionally vivify the rich content between the pages.

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His use of vintage materials and handpicked images is akin to the process of memory itself; simultaneously selective and reconstructive.

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From the artist statement:
By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience.

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These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.

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Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Dr. Mutter’s Marvels

Posted in Books, macabre, medicine, oddities, wish list with tags , , , , on December 10, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for lovers of oddities and medical marvels, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels might be perfect.

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The book is a mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities.

Even having been to the museum a few times (it’s an incredible place), I still don’t know very much about Dr. Mutter himself. I’d definitely like to read this. Have you been to the museum? Read this book?

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Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies #2

Posted in art, Books, craft, halloween, macabre, monsters, photography, retro, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Who had these as a kid? (Thanks for reminding me of them, Colleen!)
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Not sure if this is what The Weather Girls had in mind when they belted out “IT’S RAINING MEN! HALLELUJAH!”
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Side note: if you haven’t seen the video for It’s Raining Men in a while (or ever), I highly recommend you go enjoy the neon chaos at the cardboard weather station.

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There’s something I really love about this. Perhaps the simplicity.
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Why didn’t I think of this? Next year…
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That Pumpkin.
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It looked so much cuter in her head when she thought she wanted to look like a doll.
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I wish they still sold these!
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Gorgeous Green Man.
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The shading on Cruella is absolutely impeccable.
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I feel this has meme potential. Why don’t more memes involve vintage monster illustrations?
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Poor kitty…
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Desktop Goodies 9/9

Posted in 80's, absurd, Books, candy coated nightmares, dolls, ephemera, humor, monsters, photography, retro, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

McDonald’s Icecapades…how was this not traumatizing for children (or was it)?
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This looks like the Codex Gigas.
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And then we have the Holy Bible, which apparently has a wider readership than I had suspected…
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Seduction for Dummies (*groan*).
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Make sure you order a DIET soda with this to save calories.
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Puts things in perspective, no?
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So true…
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A dinosaur’s preferred travel method.
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I wish I did!
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I couldn’t find an artist for this image anywhere. Any ideas?
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Ah, finally a realistic series.
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Pants on fire!
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Superhero Bookends

Posted in Books, design, home, products, wish list with tags , , , , on July 17, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Artori Design has come up with a novel bookend concept (some of us still have paper books!) that gives your volumes a superhero lift

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Magnets and wall mounted floating shelves help create this awesome illusion.

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What superhero would you want in your library?

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Desktop Goodies 7/10

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, Books, cats, horror, humor, japan, kitsch, monsters, oddities, photography, satire, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Apologies for skipping a couple days this week, but between huge health setbacks and mold remediation in the SWS house, things are a bit hectic.

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What happened on this beach to necessitate a sign like this (well, I guess that’s self-explanatory).
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What question did someone ask him to warrant this answer? Ideas?
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I’m assuming this is a gag product (the source where I found it said it’s unironic, which was perhaps more entertaining than the ad itself).
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Facing the shadow…
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I had to look up where this fellow came from. Now I must see Ultraman Tarou. Has anyone seen it?
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Well, that’s supportive.
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Careful, parents, it could happen to you.
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Answer: don’t.
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Now THIS cat is a work of art.
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“Hey, you’ll never believe where I’m calling from.”
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