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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 […]

Whatchamacallit 41: Friedrichstraße as art

This cute piece of art, featuring the dramatic glass dome over the Friedrichstraße S-Bahn station and a tram.

The fox is not normally seen in this environment, but I suppose that it might be seen there today. I wouldn’t know since I haven’t been near there in a long time.

I bought this last […]

Whatchamacallit 29: Berlin Flamingos Baseball Cap

I realized that, theoretically, today I am flying back from a weekend in London. In an alternative universe, had I not travelled to London, I would have headed to the north side of Berlin for a Berlin Flamingos Baseball Game against the Hamburg Stealers.

For reasons that I’d rather not explain too clearly, I […]

Whatchmacallit 28: Cannoli

For the first time, I present something ephemeral: cannoli made by Küchen von Gaia.

Generally speaking, I try to be back from my constitutional and at home for the day by 0830 every morning – this is my way of avoiding people (the streets are relatively quiet at 0600), thus allowing others to be […]

Whatchamacallit 23: Mut #mutteilen

Easter Sunday morning, I went for my usual constitutional, slipping out my front door just before 06:00, into the quiet of nearly empty streets.

According to my phone, I walked about 10,600 steps in about 82 minutes, with 4% of this counting as “running” – whatever that means.

Translations of Mut […]