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Whatchamacallit 117: miniaturwelt mit chili und polizei

I bought this piece of art at the Winterfeldtmarkt a few years ago – I have no idea how much I paid for it, but it was probably 20€ or less.

The backside has a small sticker indicating it is from Jannis Miniaturwelten, Berlin, along with the URL: http://www.jannis-miniaturwelten.de/ — which still works.

I […]

Whatchamacallit 116: Canadian Cultural Centre Paris Bag

I acquired this cloth shopping bag in 2018 while visiting Paris.

I was in Paris for one night – with the only objective being to visit the Canadian Cultural Centre where I could see a Kent Monkman exhibition.

The shopping bag is what I carried the exhibition catalogue home in – part of the […]

Whatchamacallit 115: Trashy Wrist Band (to be deaccessioned)

I acquired this wristband thingy whilst riding the Lady Gaga truck at Berlin CSD (Pride) 2011.

If it weren’t for the fact that I keep it on a shelf that I see out of the corner of my eye, I probably would have tossed this years ago. Its main purpose is to remind me […]

Whatchamacallit 114: Wooden Tree

I acquired this wooden tree when I lived in Weimar.

Thinking back, I believe I bought it at a kids toy shop that featured only natural materials (e.g. no plastic). However, I am not 100% confident about this. My guess is that I bought it for a friend who was having a baby but […]

Whatchamacallit 113: Bluetooth Headphones

So, I bought this particular pair of Bluetooth headphones awhile back – sometime last summer. I have no idea how much I paid for them. However, I paid 15.99€ each for two backup sets at the outbreak of the Covid-19 Crisis because I was worried that if this pair broke (and they will, one […]

Whatchamacallit 112: A Face Mask

When it became clear that face masks would become required, it was time to invest.

Some of my investment choices were bad (relegated to the bottom of my bag ‘o masks), some were outstanding. Anything with a metal clip to hold the fabric close to the nose is probably outstanding – built to prevent […]

Whatchamacallit 111: Union Handroasted Coffee (to be deaccessioned)

Back when I was a coffee snob, I thought that it would be cool to have this, an empty, used, sack of coffee on my kitchen wall as decoration.

Its time is up – and I have decided to remove it from my walls and, uh, donate it to…. Uh… I guess bio-trash? Or […]

Whatchamacallit 110: Men’s Silver Satyr Torc Bracelet

This is one of my few pieces of jewelry, another bracelet.

I used to wear this Men’s Silver Satyr Torc Bracelet frequently – it weighs less than the previously shown Navajo Turquoise Bracelet, which makes it more manageable on a day-to-day basis.

The bracelet was made by Esculpta, a jewelry company based in Greece. […]

Whatchamacallit 109: Mützchen

This is actually the second Mützchen that I’ve owned – I gave the first one away, a move I regretted.

This was attached to the top of a bottle of fruit juice – a promotion of sorts to encourage me to buy that brand of juice (I forget which) and to learn about the […]

Whatchamacallit 108: Brandenburg Tor – as cookie cutter, again.

 

Unlike the previous Brandenburg Tor cookie cutter, this one is actually functional: by eliminating the fiddly details that made the previous one accurate, this one keeps only the important lines and shapes, leaving you with the impression of Brandenburg Tor.

This stays with my collection of Brandenburg Tors, in my kitchen, a cute […]