I was recently introduced to a fine fellow named Steve Espinola, who happens to share my love of Oxford Memo Books, a lovely supple portable notebook featuring sewn binding rather than metal spiral or glue. I've been using these for over twenty years, and they're addictive. Problem? The maker seems to have discontinued them. Steve and I are reluctantly switching to the trendy and overpriced Moleskines.
But back to Steve, a musician who does bizarro stuff like create a tennis-racket guitar. He's got a website here:
And I'm delighted to learn from it of the existence of "The Secret Society of Lathe Trolls." (Link at Steve's site.)
These folks are keeping the not-quite-dead medium of grooved information alive, by scoring spirals into "picnic plates, chunks of plexiglas, and that page protector on your desk." How wonderful is that!
This reminds me of the well-known fact that in the bad old days of the USSR, amateurs would use discarded X-ray film to produce musical platters. I wonder if anyone collects these Soviet artifacts?
And does anyone but me recall REFLEX magazine, which used to offer a free flexi-disk in each issue?
To celebrate, here's an image continuing our music thread. It's from THE HUMAN FLY #11, a series of which the great SLINGS & ARROWS COMIC GUIDE says, "Considering trying this series about a real-life costumed stuntman? Why? Your oven needs cleaning, doesn't it? And that collapsed bookshelf needs fixing...."
Okay, I held out for a respectable time without posting anything about cats, even my own cat, Beamer.
But now I must cave in, thanks to one J. Perthold, of Germany, who goes into the sung inventor-hero category for his contribution to the secret life of felines: the catcam! Here is JP's cat, Mr. Lee, equipped for adventure:
Head over to JP's site, Mr. Lee CatCam, and follow Mr. Lee around the neighborhood. It is some of the most amazing footage ever seen!
I think there are even a few glimpses of Ulthar!