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San Diego and…

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 by calixton

…Comic-Con. Once again, Miss T and I headed SoCalward to brave the (not-so-)costumed crowds at San Diego Comic-Con International. For 2010 we only bought tickets for Thursday—which really wasn’t enough time to take in the sights—though Miss T finagled her way back in on Sunday for the end of the show. For our single-day excursion […]

Bought an art chair…

Monday, September 28th, 2009 by calixton

…a very small art chair. In 1917, Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld created his Red Blue Chair. 90 years later, reac JAPAN made a 1/12 scale replica of Rietveld’s work. On Saturday, I bought one (of the reac JAPAN replicas). Two more pics: (At $8, the reac JAPAN Red Blue Chair is a lot more economical […]

Two Nihonmachi Saturdays…

Monday, August 31st, 2009 by calixton

…at San Francisco’s Japantown. S.F.’s Nihonmachi (Japantown) had back-to-back weekend festivals this August: the Nihonmachi Street Fair and the J-POP SUMMIT Festival / NEW PEOPLE grand opening (their CAPS, not mine). Miss T and I trekked out to the Bay Area both weekends to see if a new niche-interest building can make a difference in […]

The BHARMA Initiative

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 by calixton

In case you were wondering if there are Lost fans in Spain—well, there must be. Otherwise, a DHARMA Initiative-themed bar like BHARMA would never have gotten off the ground. I tried finding out more about the bar at bharma.com, but the site was in Spanish, so I settled on reading the description I originally came […]

Lost labels + papercraft =…

Saturday, February 21st, 2009 by calixton

…DHARMA Initiative Cubeecraft. The fine folks at Cubeecraft have applied their paper-cutifying technology to the realm of DHARMA Initiative labels. The result, as downloaded, printed, cut out, and folded, is pictured above. Three advantages of the DI Cubeecraft vs. Max Pictures’ DI product labels: Cubeecraft requires no tape or glue; everything tabs together Cubeecraft requires […]

I like Flickr…

Friday, November 14th, 2008 by calixton

…but Picasa is cheaper. Max Pictures has photos posted all over the place. Well, a couple of places. Okay, four places*, I think. We started out with a self-hosted online gallery (using the open source program Gallery, of all things), but when Flickr came on the scene we quickly jumped (our own) ship and maxpixpix […]

A little late…

Thursday, November 6th, 2008 by calixton

…but Happy Dharmaween! And, iPumpkinween. And, uh, Eyeballween. In case you don’t recognize the first pumpkin, it’s sporting the “modernized” Dharma Initiative logo that is part of the Lost alternate reality game “Dharma Initiative Recruiting Project.” And, uh, Lost is a TV show on ABC. Kamen Rider carved the iPumpkin. Miss T carved the eyeball. […]


Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 by calixton

…at the mall. Miss T and I happened to stop by Arden Fair Mall last Sunday—I wanted to see the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and LED Cinema DIsplay at the Apple Store (they’re all very, very nice, by the way)—and we ended up wandering around for about three hours. We hadn’t been to Arden Fair […]


Monday, September 22nd, 2008 by calixton

…at Target®. For Halloween. Do you know Domokun? (If not, here’s a brief article about him on Wikipedia.) For the purposes of this post, the most important thing to know about Domokun is that he’s from Japan. Last week Autoteknik tipped us off (via iPhone photo, natch) that Domokun had “officially” landed in the U.S.—at […]

Photographing microbes…

Monday, August 18th, 2008 by calixton

…giant, cute microbes. Some time ago, Miss T discovered the anime Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture (もやしもん). The show, set in Japan, follows a university ag-student with the ability to see microbes without aid of a microscope. The kicker—and what probably caught Miss T’s attention in the first place—is that the microorganisms our ag-student sees aren’t […]