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Week 51


Got a birthday coming up for that special lady in my life. She never reads my blog. So I'm thinking, like, the Mrs. might really strut with one of these completely out-there tattoo-flash hippie-chick handbags from "Mata Hari."

But which one, you know? Women are kinda weird and reclusive about their taste in handbags. If the man in your life knows too much about purses, that's uneasy-making.

The product's not too shabby over at "Crafty Bitch," either.

This is a real consumer challenge. A guy buying a handbag is like a woman buying her husband a handgun. Disappointment looms. "Aw honey, this Glock is okay I guess, but I could have really put down some covering fire with an Ingram Mac-10."



Gee, I guess it's kind of nice that William Butler Yeats's legendary "Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn" is just sitting there on a website in Elfers, Florida.

I was afraid I was gonna have to do some alchemical Rosicrucian discipline to get the secret doctrines of revelation and all, but you just point and click!

It explains a lot about the cult's popularity when you check out these remarkably good-looking and erotically restless Women of the Golden Dawn.



Those sure look like some busy paranoiacs over at "Freemasonry Watch." I coulda been sworn into the Third Degree while just waiting for that page to load.

Awesome logos though! Definitely worth the nonexistent price of admission! I especially like the "MasonStoppers' Line" where you can send email if you are being persecuted by Masons.



Plastic action figures are going in some weird cultural directions here.



These "Edison's Ark" guys are upset because the Patent Office is obliterating its old paper records and digitizing them.

So they're like, digging stuff out of trash cans and putting it on the web. Huh?


Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him, and read tattered electronic copies of Cheap Truth, at the Bruce Sterling Online Index. He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.

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