Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Lots of news for busy bodies today.

First up, this Saturday is Dorkwave's summer kick off:

Featuring the sounds of The Dorkwave Soundsystem & The Back to Basics Egg + Muffin Toaster

Saturday 6.24.06
Corktown Tavern, Detroit
10pm-late | 18+ | FREE

This is probably the whackiest idea since Lobsterfest.
Bring your own bread.
Back to Basics

Synth freaks unite and salivate. Matrixsynth is a frequently updated blog packed with photos, videos and all sorts of goodies; covering everything from vintage modular beasties, to fun new devices, to quirky DIY projects and items of community interest.

Thanks to Matrixsynth for linking up Burnlab and my new poster design for Solvent! (More on that a little later.)

Bethany has been getting some much deserved attention from the blogosphere today for her latest series of silkscreened neck ties, with features in both the venerable MAKE Magazine and DIY Happy. New Cyberoptix goods will be available next week at The Cranbrook Art Museum Store and Pure Detroit DesignLab. (Oh look... a picture of us playing records in the DesignLab article.)

If the fashion making, pixel pushing, and record playing isn't enough, I came home today with a literal armload of horrible old electronic children's toys in need of circuit bending. When my lovely partner's time allows, items such as "Little Smart Light'n'Smile Farm" will likely join the arsenal of misfit toys. If anyone in interested, there are still plenty of gems left at the Salvation Army thrift shop in Oak Park, Michigan - an impressively sized and not overpicked location. My friend Erick scored a handful of classic Nintendo games in a Nintendo brand leatherette carrying case(!) and Alex picked up the accompanying LP to the animated 1972 film adaptation of Charlotte's Web, including a pop-up Zuckerman's farm in the gatefold. Score!!!

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