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I just bought a... (non clothing item)

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tokyo Slim, May 12, 2006.

  1. Earthmover

    Earthmover Senior member

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    Here's the cover of a book I got at a used bookstore:

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    Pristine untouched volume of a collection of a William Butler Yeats poems, showing swans on the cover! Presumably the wild ones from a certain lake. I just had to get it.

    Best part? $7. To me, this was more exciting than getting a 7-fold tie.

    I should post in the "what's on your nightstand" thread now.
     
  2. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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  3. Earthmover

    Earthmover Senior member

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    first edition?

    No, sadly. I don't think I am enough of a bibliophile to chase them down, nor put down the money for them. My problem is that I like to actually read the books, and a first edition-ness of it gets in the way of that. For example, I have the first english edition of the first three volumes of Remembrance of Things Past that I'm just afraid to open for the fear of it falling apart. Anyway, I thought the book was just aesthetically pleasing, and considering that my favorite Yeats poem is "The Wild Swans at Coole," this was a no-brainer.

    I do love getting beautifully made hardcover books in general, however. In addition to this book (which also has illustrations inline to the text), I got a two-volume set of Vasari's Lives of the Prominent Painters, which is something I always wanted, since Renaissance art was always my weak point, and Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls, which is just pure entertainment. Overall, it was an excellent haul; The Yeats, of course, was the crowning jewel.
     
  4. zjpj83

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    Wore my new "evening" watch for the first time tonight.
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  5. LabelKing

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    A "new" old watch? Is it white gold, or palladium, platinum?

    I think I have the same cufflinks as those with the ball and chain design.
     
  6. Earthmover

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    Wore my new "evening" watch for the first time tonight.

    That's an excellent watch; who's the maker? I can't seem to make it out from that picture.

    Also, excellent blue blood!
     
  7. zjpj83

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    The watch is indeed new-to-me old. It's White gold.

    the cufflinks are older than the watch, I think from around the 1930s. They are barbells in rose gold. I also have antique rose gold studs that I bought separately (with their own cufflinks) but that go absolutely perfectly with these barbells, which I love.
     
  8. LabelKing

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    That's an excellent watch; who's the maker? I can't seem to make it out from that picture.

    Also, excellent blue blood!

    It's a Girard-Perregaux.
     
  9. Nantucket Red

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    I love Girard Perregaux. My 60s-vintage ultrathin is gorgeous and very accurate without having been serviced.

    My most recent non-clothing purchase was a pair of Orrefors Intermezzo martini glasses.
    (Note: I do not use pitted olives and allot only one per drink.)

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  10. LabelKing

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    I recently got this:

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    It provides a contrast to an otherwise fully vintage accessory wardrobe.
     
  11. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    I recently got this:

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    It provides a contrast to an otherwise fully vintage accessory wardrobe.


    I was looking at those, but my innate dislike of flip phones, plus the mediocre reviews of everything but the styling kept me from looking into those more than glancingly. I like the way the Moto SLVR looks, but it comes pre-loaded with I-tunes, which is a serious no-no in my book. That was the deal breaker.

    Let me know what you think about the call clarity and features once you become more familiar with the phone.
     
  12. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    Ive had this one for a couple months - its called the L6 in Asia, US etc, dunno: [​IMG] I like it, but have two problems with it - it drops calls a little too often for my liking and i dont like the SMS predictive text. It remembers things I wish it wouldnt (most notably, punctuation), which messes it up severely. Say if I type "What are you doing?" in one message, come back 10 mins later and write "Im doing nothing", when I start typing 'doing' it predicts that I want the question mark again, and so I cant just accept the word, have to type the whole thing with a space after it to get what i want. And, to make matters worse, it wont remember spaces, so the next message after this, will STILL want to put in the question mark. Very annoying.
     
  13. visionology

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    In the USA we definetely get the bottom of the barrel when it comes to phones. We get Hong Kong's junk after they have moved onto new technologies.
     
  14. Tokyo Slim

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    Ive had this one for a couple months - its called the L6 in Asia, US etc, dunno:

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    Thats the one I was talking about, the Motorola SLVR. It comes bundled with friggin iTunes here. Thats why I didn't buy it. I bought the Sony instead. Much more versatile. I can actually take the songs OFF it if I want.
     
  15. SGladwell

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    Well, I just bought a car. Sort of. It's a 2001 Special Edition Mazda Miata. I saw a green Miata with chrome wheels around here for sale, and as I do whenever I see a cool car for sale, I looked in. Inside I saw a glorious wood steering wheel and shift knob. I called the number on it, and was sold when the owner opened the hood and I saw the rare ABS box nestled against the firewall. It was a completely painless, too. Turns out the guy was looking for something a bit more practical but still fun...like a Mini! So today we agreed on reasonable terms (he paid me the difference between the KBB retail value of the Mini and the Miata, we each paid for mechanic's inspections of the other car that ended up coming out fine) and I will register my new roadster tomorrow. As soon as I clean it up better I'll post some pictures. As it stands it needs some NXT on the paint and a good day of soaking the seats in Lexol. I've already ordered my new wheels and tires to replace the tacky chrome swept five-spokes on the car. Also, the stereo sucks as badly as one would expect from something with Bose written on it. That's my next project, I guess. After that, the 1.8 doesn't sound as rorty as the original 1.6 did, so it's car-back time. After that, I'll have to source a British Racing Green hard top. I liked the Mini while I had it, but now I feel like I'm back home and the interlude is already forgotten. Even though the new Miata doesn't have pop-up headlights and is a much more British looking/feeling car than my old black-and-red 1994 LE was. While not mine, here's the model: [​IMG] The wood on the wheel, shift knob, and e-brake handle is real, though the dash has a plastic woodgrain overlay. [​IMG] See what I mean about the wheels ruining the car?
     
  16. VMan

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    Sharp Miata! I love them done in British Racing Green.

    Also, good choice on the wheels, they look nice. Though, the ones in the picture aren't too bad.
     
  17. zjpj83

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    I replaced one of my old tvs with this Pioneer today.

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  18. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    What brand/size/features on that TV zjpj?
     
  19. zjpj83

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    It's a Pioneer 43 inch. The Pioneers were more expensive, but I just liked the picture better. I'm not really sure, I'm having trouble figuring out how to adjust it - like I keep having to adjust the picture to get the letterbox thing working properly. One good thing is that there's this central box you plug everything into, and then there's just one cord that goes into the TV from that. And I got this cable - HDMI something or other. It's supposed to be better quality. Who knows - it took me a while to figure out how to configure the TV for that. I'm no engineer.... [​IMG] But, yeah, I like it, the picture is really bright and clear and vibrant. Great contrast.
     
  20. faustian bargain

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    It's a Pioneer 43 inch. The Pioneers were more expensive, but I just liked the picture better. I'm not really sure, I'm having trouble figuring out how to adjust it - like I keep having to adjust the picture to get the letterbox thing working properly. One good thing is that there's this central box you plug everything into, and then there's just one cord that goes into the TV from that. And I got this cable - HDMI something or other. It's supposed to be better quality. Who knows - it took me a while to figure out how to configure the TV for that. I'm no engineer.... [​IMG] But, yeah, I like it, the picture is really bright and clear and vibrant. Great contrast.
    word has it, it's worth the price to have the technician come out and calibrate the screen professionally.
     

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