https://www.etsy.com/listing/122337562/2004-texas-state-quarter-coin-ring-you?ref=shop_home_active_6&ga_search_query=texas https://img0.etsystatic.com/000/1/5818116/il_570xN.236729120.jpg hard ring, can't find the one I had sent to Berlin (actually twice, there was some postal "snafu" with a neighbor)
http://www.lovetone.com/wobulator.html Awesome pedal from an elite brand.. was thinking about trying my hand at building a custom A/B/Y box and rediscovered the Lovetone Wobulator. A bit more than just tremolo tricks, I think.. it has sort of a modern, hi-fi flavor that I've only distinctly heard in Lovetone stuff, even in the Ring Stinger I had when I was around 16.. I think it could be equally deadly both live and in the studio. For example, live you'd send one amp hard left, the other hard right (given that the room is large enough to have a PA split L & R), and make sure that each is 100% L vs. R, and then do some cool off-sync modulation type stuff where one speaker is pulsating at a different rate than the other, volume-wise. Then the more advanced stuff it does dealing w/ phase, I think this would depend on the strength of the PA system and that's got a sense of humor as well (haha). In terms of in studio, this is a bit funny bc you can do these sorts of things in the sequencer so then I think it would be more like a juggling act and I think I'd need to try one using a dual amp setup with a microphone on each to have an idea abt what is possible combining this bizarre A/B box (Y too if you unplug one output) and some sequencer things. A bit pricey at around $500 used, a bit rare too, I think all of these things are pretty cool collectibles but maybe anxious to gig it live or bring it on the road.
https://buildyourownclone.com/collections/amps-cabs-1/products/classic-brit-45 Marshall JTM45 kit, $789.99. Wow! This is pretty cool. I've never played one of these. They are synonymous in my mind with Angus Young, maybe Malcolm too, not sure. I have seen AC/DC live and the live guitar sound was so sick, way, way heavier than anything from today, you know, like enough to fill a huge stadium. I'm not sure if it's a JTM45, I think it is though. I've never been a huge fan of Marshall but I don't know why they didn't just rebuild this amp a gazillion ways, maybe they lost the circuit or something so you have to buy it vintage for $10k or whatever. Now, I am essentially uninterested in Made in China knockoffs so if this kit is an exact replica I think that would be pretty cool, and also, a fun learning experience as well.
http://www.silvertoneclassic.com/guitars/model-1423/ https://www.amazon.com/Silvertone-Classic-1423-BGF-Solid-Body-Electric/dp/B00GNXVNWC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1491926010&sr=8-5&keywords=silvertone+guitar http://www.silvertoneclassic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1423RSFB_color_block.jpg Silvertone 1423, $433.12. I think this one is pretty cool because of the blender knob.. I assumed it turns the pickup selector 3-way switch into a rotating potentiometer, but upon re-read, it actually takes the middle pickup position (both pickups activated) and does something else. Cool! I love pickup selector positions.. it feels like each one does different "stuff". I think this is a weird territory.
https://aionelectronics.com/project/lab-series-l5-preamp/ from the website: "This is a pedal conversion of the preamp of the Lab Series L5, a Moog-designed solid-state amplifier from the late 1970s that is widely considered the best and most tube-like solid-state amplifier ever made." In my mind, this is a "WOW!" This could be an interesting example for the ampmaker world bc this is nothing new, the idea of a schematic. Yes it is advanced territory but there are a handful of guys out there who create these things with astonishing precision. The first thing is that AFAIK computers have abstracted this artform substantially. As a result, lines are blurred. Secondly, it's tough to argue against buying these things outright as made by the original guy bc I don't think ppl don't like to get behind these genius types. Thirdly, AFAIK this schematic stuff is weird territory.. I don't know the details but I sort of think USA patent things are a bit of a nuisance and so IMHO Americans need to do a better job steering the game toward "the good guys". In general, no one wants to build these things. They can even result in death, I hear, you can shock yourself electrically (ouch). As for the Lab Series, it's always gotten bad rap for "unusability". The clean channel was one thing (BB King I read used this amp) but the dirt channel has been called "unusable". I think this little DIY example (popped up some time in last month or two) raises some questions. Firstly, the nature of solid-state or "transistor" amp distortion via pedal. Also, modding circuits, maybe to be more customized or usable (an esoteric art). Finally, the ethics of such things. I like this thing for its educational value as well. You can look at the spreadsheet and gloss over the parts, as well as the hodgepodge of sources they must be ordered from. I like the idea of doing something like putting something like this into "rack" form (bulletproof). Humorously enough, even if I swapped one IC or changed a resistor value, it'd be "modded by me". Maybe true, idk. I also like that something like this can be built many times. Gear going kaput on stage is a really bad thing in my opinion.
https://www.amazon.com/Surfing-Electric-Guitar-Vintage-Lipstick/dp/B01FXIQG06/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1491461333&sr=8-17&keywords=lipstick+pickup https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/515xkZloWAL._SL1000_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61Iaw0flklL._SL1000_.jpg Lipstick pickup, $15.19. Really cool, I sort of think lipstick pups sound better than traditional Strat coils, a lot of the time. The other thing is the price point. AFAIK a pickup is essentially a wire connected to a magnet. When there is mechanical vibration over the magnet, it induces a current (Faraday.. conversely.. a current can "induce" magnetism as well for mechanical movement) into the wire. These things are stylish and also nuanced from pickup to pickup but the lipstick pickup is sort of obnoxiously different, it's like a whole different pickup genre and that might be why I like it better than coils. I'd be interested in the development of lipstick pickups to see if it can tangentially innovate, maybe even as a low-cost type thing, maybe not, but no one has really been doing anything w/ them anyway. I also like the crazy color.. I've never seen a lipstick pup in any color other than the steel look. Finally, I like what it represents, in my mind anyway.. that pickups are not a "stagnant" thing, there are different ways to go about it for different sounds and also there are different ways to convert vibration of strings on a stringed instrument to signal or sound, and in my opinion this is interesting territory and really just comes down to ideas.
http://www.zvex.com/products/super-ringtone-vexter Super Ringtone Vexter, $369. A guy on HC (I think his name was Hangwire) traded me a Lovetone Ring Stinger back when I was around 15. He sold its quality relentlessly and I traded a ton of my gear for it. I tinkered with it for quite a while and was actually a bit deflated that right afterwards he was telling everyone that the Moogerfooger Ring Mod was far superior. I didn't care all that much actually, I had all my fun and proceeded to sell it on eBay without much of a loss, because even though I did overtrade for it, I didn't lose much. Here is the thing: with eBay and any sort of online marketplace where there are enough buyers and sellers for prices to be efficient, it can almost be like (theoretically) owning infinity pieces of gear, assuming post is negligible cost-wise. Flipping used gear just to try stuff out is a pretty cool construct that was enabled by the internet, however agonizing waiting for the postman may be (no children jokes, plz). Anyway I think this is the most usable ring mod sound I've ever heard, maybe most similar to Bill Frisell's use of, I think it was, the Zvex Ooh Wah back in the day, or if not, something of that nature as he is a bit of the effects freak of the jazz world I guess.
https://robertkeeley.com/product/tone-workstation https://robertkeeley.com/product/super-mod-workstation/ https://robertkeeley.com/product/monterey-fuzz-vibe-workstation/ https://robertkeeley.com/product/dark-side/ Keeley Tone Workstation, Keeley Super Mod, Keeley Monterey, Keeley Dark Side, $300. I am impressed with these $300 units. I think the point of a lot of units with a lot of knobs is that there are a lot of knobs, or a lot of buttons. I guess this is OK but with these I think the sound quality is actually outstanding. I rocked a Keeley-modded TS10 from maybe 2002-2013 because I was really into SRV right around when I bought that first pedal and then also a Keeley-modded DS-1 (SEM) maybe 2003 or so and actually the sound quality was actually really awesome so I've pretty much been a fan of Keeley ever since and since he has apparently ditched the mods and gone fully independent since and I am happy with the Keeley Blacktop. So anyway these pedals are pretty complex and that's sort of the problem, they have this "workstation" tag but I think it is definitely a GAS-solver for a more tweaker's type pedal and also I love finding "sweet spots", and so like I mentioned earlier complexity in effects usually bothers me because it can serve as a replacement for quality but I get the sense that these Keeley workstations not only have a ton of sweet spots but also in terms of their breadth, a wide, versatile range of them, and so in my mind most effects have maybe 1-2 sweet spots and then maybe a few other minor ones but I think these could have maybe 3-10 each so the $300 price tags are hefty but I think justified. Also, there is a distinct quality about these tones and so it is like sort of having the same vibe across different settings if you are using these to record and that is a good thing I think because then you do not sound like a different band.
https://robertkeeley.com/products/loomer Keeley Loomer Fuzz Reverb, $300. Yes it is a bit pricey but have always been a fan of MBV since maybe '02. The thing about the whole "shoegaze" genre is that I kind of think it could be the one innovation or rock innovation w/ the highest potential musically maybe since jazz, yet since Loveless in '91, there has basically been, well, basically Loveless in terms of shoegaze. I know there are a few others but in my mind there is only Loveless. I did like Bloom by Beach House in 2012, I think I heard "New Year" at Think Coffee in Greenwich Village right when it came out and I sort of thought it was the closest things ever got to the magic of Loveless ever since but the fact remains that I am still a bit astonished that nothing came close to Loveless and that was 25 years ago! Anywutz that whole Kevin Shields sound was so effect heavy but due to the nature of the total lack of non-production of MBV ever since (although Bilinda Butcher looked awesome when I saw them in Berlin a few years ago) I admit I am really interested in the musical expansion jumping onto the back of this particular sound involving the whammy bar and actually I think this pedal is insane about capturing the magic in a more modern, hi-fi way, not to mention, it is not a huge thing of amps and giant pedalboards it is merely one effect stompbox and not to mention, reverse reverb is an insanely exotic effect in my opinion and I don't think I have really seen it anywhere or heard a good version of it anywhere and this could have potential not just in something shoegazy but elsewhere too. Also the octaver sounds pretty cool, not the same as EHX POG or Whammy but maybe a bit more like the EHX Superego, shimmering and to be self-referential, I admit I tend to like anything "shimmery" just for a more "starry" sound or "starness" type vibe. I know some bands have tried to capture some sort of Americanization of the same vibe, maybe like a more Texas scene sort of thing, not Explosions in the Sky but maybe a merging of the two or Explosions in the Sky-esque using things like delay, and I don't really like it much, I still prefer Loveless.
http://www.zvex.com/products/nano-head-tube-amplifier https://static1.squarespace.com/static/555e332ce4b0577e788c3a16/555fb0dee4b0cc18bc6119ee/573a17ed4c2f855f91371ebc/1471538522930/ZVEX_Nano.jpg Zvex Nano Head Tube Amp, $519. I think this little contraption is the coolest amp ever, maybe not in terms of pure tone, but just the hilarity of it. Maybe the ingenuity is a bit obscure, obviously quirky yes, but it feels sort of like a concept play: what is an amp, what is a tube amp, what is the basic gist of how it is put together and how far does this scale in terms of how small it can be? Does this mean attaching something as small as this to a phone CPU to modify the PCB on-screen in real-time could give customizable tube amp tones, like Sega CD or the Super FX chip that came with Star Fox for Super Nintendo?? Anywutz, I'm pretty sure the tubes went out 3 or 4 days ago on my VHT/Fryette Deliverance 120 and I think this mini-amp unit actually sounds pretty cool, you could even mic the built-in speaker for a funny sound.
https://www.amazon.com/Suhr-Classic-Pro-3-Tone-Burst/dp/B01FGR0O2U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1488731174&sr=8-4&keywords=suhr+guitar https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81HZfJPj4vL._SL1500_.jpg I've always wanted a Suhr guitar. It was always in that boutique category with brands like Zion, which is what Ty used on the Dogman record w/ his new "Ractifier", and this is what first got me into the "superstrat" category. The other guitar player I played in a band with early on in university in NYC played a Tom Anderson, there are a few others I guess. It was always too expensive and I always assumed it was too far above my skill level, and what really got me was Guthrie Govan playing a Suhr, and to be frank at the time I thought he was basically the only guy good enough to warrant playing a Suhr in a pro cred sense, I mean, around the time his videos first hit Google Video playing tunes like Sevens and later the jamtrackcentral stuff which really sort of made him the ultimate "player's player" 2004-. Actually met a dude at a bar near Penn Station maybe 2010-ish who had just bought a Suhr (at 48th Street maybe?) and had some sort of religiosity about the quality of this man "John Suhr" and I'd actually never heard anyone talk about a guitar like that before, but of course the humor is that 48th Street has apparently completely imploded! Anywutz, what really always impressed me was the nature of the dye or bursts. To me they always seemed to have the most dynamic, crisp surface dye or bursts with stripes and such. I know this is cosmetic but still it is like porn. Humorously enough, the Suhrs on Amazon are horrendously unpicturesque but this one in particular is the exact same burst as the Fender strat model my friend in 5th grade Jonny had the first time I ever played or even heard an electric guitar in person. I would go over to his house on Fridays when I was about 9 years old and he had this exact same burst and a tiny amp that had distortion on it... am not sure if it was exactly the Jimi Hendrix model but actually in my mind it was indeed the Jimi Hendrix strat, or even, Jimi's own strat!
https://www.amazon.com/Line-6-99-075-0105-Pocket-POD/dp/B000RN53LQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486847003&sr=8-1&keywords=line+6+pod Line 6 Pocket POD, $130. IMHO the main thing with this thing is that it doesn't record direct via USB like the PodXT but I am actually just intrigued by the sheer pocket size of it as well as the low price point, and just what it sounds like.
https://www.amazon.com/Line-POD-Multi-Effect-Processor/dp/B00F6OU7BM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1486847003&sr=8-7&keywords=line+6+pod Line 6 POD HD PRO X, $700. tbh I have no idea what the difference is between the HD Pro X and the older stuff... it reminds me of the older Pod Pro rack thing which was way more pricey than the PodXT but anyway I recently got the idea to blend in digital tones w/ solid-state tones to get a weird sound and I think maybe good idea to just try the HD Pro X, I think Revalver is the best of the DAW plug-ins for rock distortion but I played a Peavey Classic since maybe middle school then through college and afterwards playing cover gigs in and around NYC and at $300 it was never about being the best only just better than the rest and so maybe Revalver is sort of like the same Peavey vibe but in the digital realm (also LOVE AmpKit! I am pretty sure this is Peavey but my Apogee Jam totally broke and it was like $200). Anyway, at $700 it is like 1/3 of the cost of the AxeFX which is basically Krank spam, go away you AxeFX fanboys!
https://www.amazon.com/Line-JTV-89F-B-Electric-Mahogany-Rosewood/dp/B00AZIAQWY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486827454&sr=8-1&keywords=jtv-89f http://l6c-acdn2.line6.net/data/6/0a06439cea4f5519cec46b03c/image/png/file_r17557.png James Tyler JTV 89F-US. Sort of Line 6-y. IMHO high ceiling, mostly undiscovered. Rocked a PodXT from maybe 2001-2013 when I left for Amsterdam so feel pretty fluent w/ Line 6 stuff unless they changed it. Also, it sort of reminds me of the green Yamaha RGX-TT I played all thru high school, which I've really very much missed other than the neck which didn't have the fretboard intonated 100% but it felt awesome, looked awesome, and had the "TT" on the 12th fret, and also Ty signed it at a show in Farmingdale maybe 2008-ish, though I sold it before I left for Amsterdam. Decal has a sense of humor, Wayne Krantz put duct tape on the headstock of the James Tyler he played all thru when I was in college and beyond. Floyd Rose weird but actually had one on a Black w/ gold stripe Jackson RR1 back around 2009-2011 and it wasn't so bad, and to be frank it simply holds its tuning although I wouldn't mind a Wilkinson VS100 like the one on the RGX-TT, although I'd probably buy anything if it had a VS100.
http://www.dishcandy.us/atk-sunrisebuy1-17.07.07.jpg http://www.dishcandy.us/atk-sunrisebuy2-17.07.07.jpg http://www.dishcandy.us/atk-sunrisebuy3-17.07.07.jpg http://www.dishcandy.us/atk-sunrisebuy4-17.07.07.jpg 1 earring, $15 and 2 earrings, $25. Just bought these two copper-looking earrings at the Massapequa mall. I think they look pretty cool.
https://www.express.com/clothing/women/best-friends-heart-stud-earrings/pro/00768028/cat740011 Best Friends Earrings, $12.90. I visited Greece abt 2 and a half years ago and decided to read Plato's Symposium while I was there (or re-read, this was required reading in university). So, this is where the "finding your other half" concept women like comes from (AFAIK). Obviously a bit feminine but for some reason these earrings made me think of this particular story from ancient times and also that for some reason I sort of thought there was something funny to them, and at only $12.90. Actually, that fall I visited France, Italy, Greece and Ireland. I chose to read On Love, Casanova's autobiography, Symposium and a book abt JFK's dalliances. Obviously very feminine reading but cannot hurt the "player". Rly though, I am a fan of any ironies.
http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/catalog/products/40266984/#/50322003 http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/images/products/harte-led-arbetslampa__0472430_PE614093_S4.jpg http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/images/products/harte-led-arbetslampa__0475800_PE615835_S4.jpg HÅRTE, $17.99. Just bought one of these at Ikea in green. More than anything else, I like the feeling of "clarity" from the LEDs, at least in the demo at the Ikea. I've got a few lamps in the area I have my laptop and guitar but the light bulbs give me a huge headache (impossible to play). Also, went w/ the Swedish website bc the EN version gives me a huge headache and also the second, non-raw thumbnail on the Swedish website makes me feel nauseous as well. Ikea, however does not (reasonably priced and well-manufactured) and also basically anything from Sweden, unless it is some American clown looking to make a corny buck.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MATXJUH/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61TYG3HqGVL._UX679_.jpg http://ninremixes.com/images/undergone.jpg Saw pic at ninremixes.com of the webmaster w/ the black NIN hat and thought this one was really cool. Any NIN stuff on the NYC subway has always stood out to me and also just the idea of computers and rock music sort of being monopolized, in my mind, by NIN by the time of The Fragile, in terms of what I guess they call "industrial music", this genre that is essentially 95% NIN's which is cool in the anomalousness of this weird dominance of a genre in itself, I really like that, the quirkiness of it and also the sort of humor of it that is difficult to describe. I've always had admittedly only a passing interest in electronic music, I guess Kraftwerk is sort of the O.G. (original gangster) of this thing and I haven't listened to them too much, but I was always into NIN but I think this is also interesting because a lot of the electro guys, at least nowadays, are obsessed with communicating that they are so "electro" and will name all these random DJs and give me weird, condescending looks about having no idea who these DJs are, like, "How do you not know [xyz]?" I don't know I mostly like rock really. Anywutz, NIN was sort of like this band in my opinion that everyone liked but only a few hardcore types showed it, while at the same time, it wasn't a "guilty pleasure" band like Bon Jovi or something. The other thing was that the records (my personal fav is The Fragile) are insanely intense and destructive sounding, yet by now after Web 2.0, computer things became ridiculously married to social things, for better or for worse, yet NIN sort of pioneered this idea of music and computers coming together in a really cool MTV way, so I think there is something funny about this pink hat, and also that for this reason I cannot think of another pink hat that I could wear as a dude without being laughed at. Finally, I prefer the rectangle NIN to the non-rectangle NIN.
https://www.shoptheshoebox.com/products/quay-australia-highkey-blksil-high-key-black-silver-mirror https://dtpmhvbsmffsz.cloudfront.net/posts/2016/07/20/578fcc3db4188e3821002556/m_578fcc3db4188e3821002557.jpg cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0642/9637/products/Screen_Shot_2016-06-29_at_12.09.02_PM_grande.png These were on display on one of the mannequins at a local Shoe Box. I like them--they look hot on a woman as seen in the picture but for whatever reason I thought of the first time I saw Avenged Sevenfold, Warped Tour 2005 (either St. Louis or KC) when I was with my band, and the singer came out onto the stage with these sorts of sunglasses, and afterwards we sort of made jokes about how the singer looks way less cool without the sunglasses. btw, when I mean they look "hot on a woman", I mean, not tacky in a non-trustworthy way, and that it doesn't seem to me like a guy can't rock it too, so, I guess in that sense, it is sort of progressively cool.
http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-low-top-unisex-shoe/pid-11214170/pgid-11593147 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71B-uvqefOL._UX575_.jpg tbh, I quite like Converse. First of all, I've never seen Black/Black Chuck Taylors before. Also, IMHO in terms of brick & mortar locations I think Converse is the best of them all, what do I know but at least from my view point over the last few years anyway. The reason is that it's like the only store location or maybe one of the few store locations that doesn't give me a headache, and this includes guitar shops which I am always interested in visiting. Every once in a while they cycle in new or even quirky stuff and it makes the physical location worth visiting, in fact I'd visit the Berlin location by bike for fun every month or two just to check for any new stuff. Their staff isn't creepy and antagonistic. The price isn't insane, for example Nikes are so expensive when you walk across the selection and check them out but Chucks are pretty cheap and can even go cheaper in random places, and the more pricey ones are sort of weird anyway. Also they seem pretty straight in terms of wearing shoes everyday, I mean female friends will never get on my case about my shoes even if I am wearing the same all-stars every day. Also, IMHO the website seems like the best of them all out of the outlet type stuff. It's sensical, it works, it's not slow and also even if it slows it is pretty simple and less imposing, and you can browse most of the new stuff you see in the store, they are pretty cool about what's coming up, the online shopping doesn't seem weird, the locales have subtle differences, and the design your own shoe thing seems weirdly cool for one of these fashion type outlets, and even though it's sort of bootleg I don't really care I think it is a cool idea.
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Performance-16-3-Indoor-Soccer/dp/B010Q2HJZK/ref=sr_1_23?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1486849768&sr=1-23&nodeID=679255011&keywords=adidas%2Bindoor%2Bsoccer%2Bshoes&th=1&psc=1 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/814ploRdJuL._UX575_.jpg Only $38. Can't deny the price is right and quite frankly these sorts of colors give me a weird feeling bc they are crazy colors but almost borderline woman's shoes, but at the same time, they are shoes for fußball so there is no doubting the manliness! Not to mention, I already have a pair of Adidas football shoes w/ a similar surface pattern but in orange and I find them quite good for some good ol' kicking action, like it is 5th grade kickball or something. There is just something about the colors, almost musical or something, but anyway, I don't really know much about fashion but the main point is that women don't have to have conversations with me about getting some shoes, so at least I think it is at least a bare minimum of "non-yelling".
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Performance-Primemesh-Soccer-Satellite/dp/B01H0RNAC0/ref=sr_1_10?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1486849435&sr=1-10&nodeID=679255011&keywords=adidas+indoor+soccer+shoes I like the idea of indoor fußball shoes for general walking. The reason is, I don't rly get Adidas. It's from the EU where I recently spent some time but it's like, I'm not European. But actually, these shoes feel like cheating bc they are sort of weird and crazy colors, so it almost feels like it doesn't really matter.
http://www.adidas.fr/chaussure-superstar-foundation/BB2774.html http://www.adidas.fr/dis/dw/image/v2/aagl_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-adidas-products/default/dw878fd527/zoom/BB2774_04_standard.jpg I like Adidas
http://thoughtcatalog.com/heidi-priebe/2015/05/the-definition-of-hell-for-each-myers-briggs-personality-type/ The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type
http://thoughtcatalog.com/heidi-priebe/2015/06/how-each-myers-briggs-type-contradicts-their-own-stereotype/ How Each Myers-Briggs Type Contradicts Their Own Stereotype
http://www.icegame.com/c-215-2-minute-drill-football.aspx http://www.icegame.com/images/Category/large/215.jpg I think arcades are a pretty unbreakable concept. I hadn't rly thought abt it much until I was in Budapest for a month and visited the museum there. It's like one of those things where the innovations are rly crystal clear and the me-too's are obviously corrupted, probably by Made in China logic. So the overlap with sports is interesting to me. In my opinion, I'd go with mini-basketball as the best game at the arcades these days (at least at the Dave & Busters at the Source Mall which is now hilariously busted up and closed down). My favorite used to be skee-ball but it just feels so lackluster nowadays. I was a big fan of the QB challenge game at ESPN Zone in Times Square since when it first opened, this was maybe late 90s. Here is the price list for a minified version, no moving targets, I guess. $210.10 for a power supply? $140.92 for a transformer? $50.00 for an oddly sized flash card, only 4GB? $250.00 for a PCB? $154.33 for a poorly-machined bracket thingy? etc. etc. I don't like these old USA-style parts for stuff that young children dream about playing all day! Speaking of moving parts, I was kicking around a football (soccer ball) the other day onto the wall at Fortunoff at the same now defunct Source Mall. I like the idea of cooler football (soccer) wallz. Something to soften the impact, make a cool sound and not scuff up the ball. Also, something that doesn't buckle your ankles. The American sports (not hockey) have so many moving parts. Does no one think some of these arcade machines are ironic? One moving part goes wrong or there is something in it and the whole thing is completely, completely pointless. And how many moving parts? It's like asking everyone to sing in a choir. So, no, I do not like suboptimal moving parts for childrens' things.
https://fcbayern.com/shop/de/grillschuerze/21358/ https://images.fcbayern.com/is/image/fcbayern/product-superzoom/grillschuerze-21358.jpg Bayern München Grillschürze, €9.95. I am a huge fan of this grill apron. I think grills are pretty special. You can grill all sorts of stuff. In the United States this is usually a huge get together, but I am not against a one-man party. This could also be a date or something, but if you are alone it is always good to grill some stuff. I also like the Bayern website. It is rly "swaggy". As for the apron itself, it is reasonably priced at €10.
https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/rawlings-rubber-baseball/16rawurbbrbsbllxxbsb?&color= I picked up a pair of these Rawlings 9" Sponge Rubber baseballs the other day, man I rly like these. I think the texture just feels awesome. I don't know how long these have been around (but I was never much of a baseball player myself). It's mushy and it feels cool to grip. It doesn't smash up the neighbor's fence or the house window (nice curveball). It's OK for street purposes, it just bounces and in that way it's more like a handball, or even a more throwback sort of thing where you could picture some star batting it in the air to kids on the street and it doesn't make that annoying sound. There are a whole bunch of different types of baseballs, little league to standard and such, I don't know the diff much but this one stood out when I saw it and the whitish tint is rly stylish. I think there is a lot of potential w/ baseballs, the reason being, it's designed to curve when it spins and this makes it a rly weird projectile, scientifically speaking, or, in terms of "physics". There's a few other kids projectile balls out there that spin like crazy, I think that's rly cool.
https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Olympique-Marseille-Football-Shorts/dp/B00XQHIKM4/ref=sr_1_36?ie=UTF8&qid=1487040428&sr=8-36&keywords=marseille%2Bfootball&th=1&psc=1 2015-2016 Marseille Adidas Away Shorts, $17.99. I find these crazy hard, in fact anything from L'Olympique de Marseille crazy although, I mean, a lot of it is pretty French-ified apparel-wise but actually most sports team swag-type stuff is hit or miss anyway. As far as I remember, of the various cities in France I visited, Marseille stood out football-wise and even though PSG is probably a bigger squad, for some reason there is something about the Marseille stuff to me, maybe because it is the second most populated city in France after giant Paris but it is quite different. By the by, I am still confused about the difference between "Marseille" and "Marseilles", like it is some joke about "pluralism" or something that I don't understand.
https://www.amazon.com/Prospero-Art-Lacrosse-Playing-Cards/dp/0979818281/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487038284&sr=8-1&keywords=native+american+lacrosse https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71rVPfmIy%2BL._SL1000_.jpg I just find these playing cards so stylish. First of all, Men's lacrosse is a bizarrely monetized sport. It doesn't make any $$ yet it makes tons of money in weird reputational ways. Of course, this is humorous because of all the bad press about the Native Americans, the actual inventors of this "bloody" sport. It is not quite "theft" like with Black USA but it is something else and whatever it is, it is funny but the funniness is difficult to describe exactly and so for whatever related reason these playing cards to me are hilarious. By the by, I wonder how insane US sports must look to the casual "Native American observer", and also, the weirdly low percentage of Native Americans in college lacrosse, and so for this reason, due to my lack of interest in the lacrosse types bothering me about not having much cash to spend or not having a girlfriend or whatever, my interest in Men's lacrosse is basically in whatever Native American presence in lacrosse there may be, and also, if anyone agrees that monetizing lacrosse in any form, whether overtly (no Native American lax stuff anywhere except $225 handmade wooden stick!) or subtly via entry into banking and things was a bad idea.
https://www.amazon.com/Brine-Womens-Lacrosse-Erase-Board/dp/B0049VX4D6/ref=sr_1_66?ie=UTF8&qid=1486853353&sr=8-66&keywords=women%27s+lacrosse https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81pWfrwtswL._SX522_.jpg Intrigued by Women's lacrosse, maybe because Columbia didn't have a lacrosse team, but more in the idea of it than the game itself, and in random items like these... for example, I like taking notes and it's sort of like a "best practice" to draw "office" ideas on a "drawing board" or whatever but actually if you check out the price of this, it's $30! These sorts of little items can spin women's lacrosse players in a positive direction if they are cheap enough but this is a clipboard for $30 and this is not good for Brine IMHO. And tbh I'm just not a big fan of any of the companies, Brine, STX no ideas, Nike doesn't care but for some reason they started making lax stuff at some point which I don't really get, Under Armour may have a sense of humor but that's about it, and so I think there is a lot of room for weird ideas in Women's lacrosse.