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My Shoppynggg bookmarks

A few notes from my bookmark list of interesting thingies to buy. This, for example is weirdly tempting, though I suspect that it would be banned from actually carrying onto flights due to the metal rods therein. Then again, I don't fly if I can help it since I usually want to bring things along like my pocket knife or laptop without leaving the former in my luggage to be swiped by searchers, or subtly degrading the lifetime of the latter by shooting X-rays or whatever through the electronics (that thing is NOT rad hardened...) In general, I drive. Road trips are inherently more fun, I can bring what I danged well please, and I have a car when I get there. Though if they ever install a bullet train to SF...

Back to the topic. I intend to order one of these, most likely one of the steins, soon as I figure out what image to put on one.

And here's one of the best purveyors of wind up thingies around, Wound and Wound. They've got a store in Universal Citywalk, and used to have one on Melrose which is probably the other one referred to on the page, but you can email order things as well. I've still got about half of the wind up thingies I brought to last Califur as premia for volunteers, along with a handful of rubber duckies containing blinking lights and other amusing things.

Ok, everybody knows BPAL, don't they? If you don't, do click on the link (if you do, you probably already have). And if you live/find yourself in the LA area, try and make one of their full moon open houses. Especially the one in October...


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Sep. 25th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
In re the "mini motel"
No metal rods. The assembly instructions mention sliding the "legs" into metal sleeves. So I bet they are fiberglass or carbon fiber rods, just like on dome tents.

And they go on airline flights all the time.
Sep. 26th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
Just checked - it says slide rod into "metal sleeves" which I must've misread as referring to the rods. Thewe are presumably short enough not to make the airlines nervous... though after they got all bent out of shape over nailclippers at first, who knows.
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Check out "security theater"...

The rules have no relation to *actual* risks. They exist more to make it look like something is being done.
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Of course - that's why they're so unpredictable. Especially after 7 years of spinning their wheels in midair.
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