Erich Schlaikjer's links.

Friends:

Tim has his Flu Pandemic page and Emily her junior bookworm page. Ewan has a band and blogged his big trip amusingly. He also geocaches. Mike Dubno loves gadgets (see his page for links) and geocaches too. Maureen makes Pet Portraits. Kevin retired and started a wildly successful Yarn Shop. The mysterious flaneur roams the world dabbling in art and philosophy. David Salmon wrote a musical. Atta makes movies. Neil published his friend's tale of survival. Mike sells Bulgarian real estate. Toru has several businesses. Another Erich's life's work in Nepal deserves your support. Also I once stayed at his place in Durbar Square! Sean has a blog. Carl is on lots of boards. Jeff has a blog. Madeleine geocaches ... a bit.

Art:

I like Moira Hahn's stuff a lot. I found her via sites about Masami Teraoka (I love that catfish). Hahn's site at least sells prints and posters, but I find it very difficult to buy original art through the web -- you always have to go through galleries which, besides adding commission, tend to rotate your favorite artist to the back pages and only have things for sale occasionally anyway. I even had to buy art from my friend Meg Alexander via a gallery. I suppose galleries help artists network and advertise, evidently more than the web currently does. Another cool take on the old Japanese print is Urushibara's Stonehenge. I also have some of my great uncle's art -- I like the rural but not the military works. I have always wanted to buy a bizarre Louis Wain from the late, schizophrenic period, and Chris Beetles is the place to do so, but I have never felt rich enough, so I just download the jpegs and look at them occasionally.

Theresienthal One day I was birthday-shopping in an antiques mall, thinking that everything was junk and hating being a consumer, when my eyes lit on some Theresienthal hock glasses and I was in love. (The Theresienthal company went out of business but was restarted. I'd like to visit that area sometime.) I spent a lot of time at Mark West's antique shop in Wimbledon. I bought air-twist wine-glasses and a copper-wheel engraved decanter, having learned to sneer at mere etching. I went to glass fairs, always preferring colored stuff. You meet some quite unusual people at these fairs. I bought glass for my friends. I got some great modern glass in Japan. Finally, we went to Murano, where I spent a whole day and liked almost nothing, except in the museum. But I did buy a pretty soda-glass piece with a sensuous golden stem and broad latticino bowl. After the long drive home, I opened the cabinet that was half kids' toys and half glass to store my treasure, and a toy shot out and smashed the glass to smithereens in my hand. This is when I stopped collecting, or slowed down a lot anyway. Treasures are a burden -- I would feel that I had betrayed history if some of my old books got destroyed. But I love looking at them. If you come to dinner you may drink wine out of some antique art, if you don't mind me staring at you tensely...

Little klein bottles, smaller than this one make great Christmas tree ornaments. I got mine at Village Games in Camden -- not sure if they still carry them. It would be nice to get a Boy's Surface or partial sphere eversion, too. Mr Stoll at kleinbottle.com says that manifolds with small turning radius are too hard to make.

See my book-review page for info on books and book sites that I like.

Toys:

It seems like most of the web is about toys and gadgets, so I'll try to limit myself. Get some Zome! Subscribe to Make.

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