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Whatchamacallit 129: Berliner Luft (Part 1)

A year or two ago I was in a la-di-da kids shop, Kleine Gesellschaft, in Prenzlauer Berg, where I stumbled upon “Berliner Luft.”

It’s the kind of kids shop that is so upscale and pretentious that it has its own brand toys.

This is, simply put, a bottle of soapy water, complete with one […]

Whatchamacallit 121: Servant and Cum Dump

Servant. Cum Dump.

I picked up these two buttons last fall during the Berlin Porn Film Festival, an annual orgy of respectable pornography.

They were offered for free in the gender-neutral bathroom that included urinals. I never checked out the gender-neutral bathroom that lacked urinals to determine if they were being widely distributed.

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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 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 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 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 […]

Whatchamacallit 86: Brandenburg Tor as Cookie Cutter

I picked up the above cookie cutter at some kind of street market – it is part of my small collection of Brandenburg Tor shaped trinkets, which I have featured twice before: as a brush (day 47) and as a nanoblock construction (day 67).

As a useful cookie cutter, this Brandenburg Tor suffers from […]

Whatchamacallit 67: nanoblock Brandenburg Tor

This is another Brandenburg Tor, this time made out of nanoblocks.

With its brushy brethren, it resides in my kitchen – a fun reminder of Berlin’s number one tourist attraction.

I ordered it June 1, 2014 (Thanks Amazon for reminding me) – and my distinct memory of building it is that it took me […]

Whatchamacallit 59: My Coffee Table.

Back in 2012 I bought a new couch – getting rid of the two couches that had come to dominate my living room while being simultaneously ugly and decrepit.

With a new couch came the need for a coffee table – and I can tell you that I spent a great deal of time […]

Whatchamacallit 47: Brandenburg Tor in a brush

I rarely like authentic imitations of famous landmarks – rather I prefer things that take the mickey out of serious real life objects – it took me years in Weimar before I found the perfect trinket (object of art) to represent the city. That’s an object for another day.

This is an object that […]