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DAYWRECKER WARNING: Okay, people. This one is dangerous. This link involves some very serious math, numbers and calculations. All hand-held, too. Be careful digging into this one: Vintage Technology’s absolutely mindblowing “Calculator Gallery.”

I think I’ve been here before, but can’t remember. My mind’s a little frazzled these last couple days.

And goddammit if Derek Schille didn’t dig this one up. Okay, we need to bestow some kind of stripes to this guy. I can’t take it anymore. How about this: “DDC Link Contributor No. 001: Derek Schille of St. Paul, Minnesota.” There you go. Thanks, man. You are golden.

Cryptic notes to friends out west: Bedortha, take note. Hega, this here is the feel.

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LET THIS LINK PUNCH YOU RIGHT SQUARE IN THE FUCKING FACE: I don’t even know why I said that, but I clicked this one, saw the “340 items” line at the bottom of the page, and felt like I got slugged. Wham. 340 clicks to take away from 340 clicks “on the clock” doing things I should be doing. Okay, here it is: “The Vintage Education Pool!” (A hat tip to Reilly Brennan for this one. We’ll discuss this, and other pertinent things tomorrow!)

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LOS ANGELES, WHY YOU GOTTA MESS WITH US?: Awesome old stuff at giant prices. Get in, take a look, then get out. Try not to get shooed out of the place by some snarky employee. This is a bittersweet link for me. It’s hard not to get excited looking at all that cool shit, but, just knowing how far out of the reach for regular fucks like “the rest of us” riles me up something fierce. This smells like the kind of place celebrity assistants shop for their forgettable employers. You know, to spice up some grillion dollar Hollywood Hills McMansion. Or not. Sorry. I get loose-lipped when I’m up against $3000 items that you can find at an estate sale for $42.50. Etc. Sorry, Venice. Fun store. (Northern California’s Bill Zindel sends this link in, far, far away from the City of Angels.)

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BOUGHT THIS ONE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, SIMPLY FOR THE COVER ART: The Sword’s newest long player, Warp Riders. Incredible cover, seductively reminiscent of those hazy, bong-ripped ’70s Sci-Fi Heavy Metal magazine Frazetta mags and posters. So good. Check it out nice and big here.

The designer is a fella named Dan McPharlin. Some pretty boss work in there, so check him out. Yeah, uh, this guy. Wow.

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TOMORROW, DETROIT: Another chapter from our reality-defying “Tall Tales From A Large Man speaking gig series! Yeah, “reality-defying.” These things still don’t quite make sense to me. You want me to get up on a stage and tell you about what I do? Seriously? Yeah, seriously.

And the good people of AIGA Detroit and Team Detroit are behind us, and we thank them for it. As these words go to print, know this: The van is packed and Leigh and I are like, a couple mouse clicks away from “heading down to the town we were born in.” We’re coming home, in a sense. Take us in, Detroit!

ONE MORE TIME: 1515 Broadway, Detroit, Mich. at 7 in the P.M. tomorrow night. Like, official and stuff.

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TRAVERSE CITY HAS A RIPPIN’ RECORD STORE: Sound It Out Records on Union Street. Get in there and buy a monster pile of vinyl. Now. Do it. Thank you, Sound It Out!

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01. The Sword - Warp Riders
02. Poison 13 - First You Dream
03. Hard Ons - Dickcheese Tracks
04. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak

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I am humbled to have such a lofty title bestowed upon me.

Posted by: Schille on 08/25/10 at 9:30 AM

Aaron, kick some ass in Detroit! Motor city!!! Cool stuff out there in that shop in LA but pricey as heck!!! Also sort of pricey but I think more cool and more industrial - try Urban Remains in Chicago. Prepare to be lost at their site for hours. Best of luck again!!!!

Posted by: william on 08/25/10 at 3:00 PM

Give ‘em hell tonight, big fella.

Posted by: Tom Michlig on 08/26/10 at 8:18 AM
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