|from out of the cold screaming blue
||[Aug. 27th, 2006|01:37 am]
Hi. I know I haven't written much in a long time, and I aim to fix that for the 2 people who still run the offside chance of viewing this.|
I thought I'd start by sharing the BEST THING I'VE PURCHASED RECENTLY.
(Note: Caps lock is the rocket fuel for the trip to planet Cool.)
You might be thinking, I bet its the new external USB drive enclosure, now with 100% less stupid inability to handle drives larger than 137GB:
That'll sure make those constant incremental backups of half a dozen half baked creative projects, thousands of dollars worth of salaried web dev work, and my monster digital picture collection easier! Especially from 3 different computers!
It is in fact this, a delightful lidded canvas storage vessel from my neighborhood IKEA:
If you ever have had an urge to live in a hallucinogenic mish-mash of the cartoon and real world, ala Coolworld or Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, I cannot recommend this product enough. I suppose it is also appropriate for children. Given that I live my day to day life in a perpetual state of hoping to be sucked into such a mish mash world, ala Captain N, I am quite enthralled with it. If it serves as further enticement, even without the cartoony sensibilities, it would still retain a piratey essence that no home should be without.
We got two of them to put under BORGHAMN because we never bought the crappy plastic drawers they suggest, and we are sick of having the stuff we want to put in those lower storage areas hanging out all willy-nilly. Now I feel like I have entered a post-miniboss item room in a Zelda game every time I walk into my living room.
If the inspired look and IKEA-patented cheapness weren't enough, they even included a moderately operational lock. Sure, it's only velcro, but the cats have yet to discover the inner workings of velcro, and so it still manages to keep them out. The latch and hoop are fully functional, though, which is the type of small detail I delight in so much that someone has to come see what I'm all giddy about, and halfway through explaining it to them, they assume I am on some kind of narcotic.
Combine all this with the fact that it took 30 seconds to unfold from dead flat, and can go back to dead flat just as quickly, and it is no wonder it is the BEST THING I HAVE PURCHASED RECENTLY.
This was a more entertaining entry when I was planning it and reveling in the design and artistry of an everyday household object. It occurs to me that BEST THING I HAVE PURCHASED RECENTLY is not a typical accolade, worthy of a serious reading by educated folk, and therefore my enthusiasm has waned.