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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I found the most wonderful museum/shop of curiosities! Unfortunately, you can’t shop online so for those of us not lucky enough to live near Melbourne Australia, we’ll have to plan a serious field trip!

Wunderkammer has a delightful collection of vintage lab and medical equipment, bones, fossils, insects, maps and ephemera. They even have a perfume library which contains the unexpected scents like that of human breast milk, sex and swamp water.

If you want to snuggle up to your computer for a nice read, I suggest visiting the Natural History page where you will learn all about ‘parascientific theories of the mind and hypnosis during the Victorian era.”

I wish the site was filled with more imagery and articles but I guess we’ll just have to get there and see it all in person. Still, the site is definitely worth a visit, so please check it out!

Visit Wunderkammer

Visit Wunderkammer

Before I go, I’m asking kitty owners to consider this. Who would win in a staring contest: Your cat or Ennui? I think Ennui would beat mine, only because my kitty can’t resist winking which I’m pretty sure is a disqualifying move in a staring contest.

Haiku away! I’ll see you next week…

<3 calan

15 Responses to “driven”

  1. J Says:

    i cannot see the comic

  2. Shay Says:

    Surely you know of
    The Mutter Museum in
    Philadelphia, yes?

  3. calan Says:

    hi J – i fixed it! whew…luckily it was nothing major.

    Shay – yes, i do but i haven’t been there yet. that would make for a much less expensive field trip! seriously i do intend to get there and i figure i’ll cover it in the blog after i’ve experienced it first hand. everything i’ve seen related to the mutter online or on tv is freaking incredible, intriguing, beautiful, odd…etc. Must go! Have you been?

  4. Michele Says:

    My cat would win a staring contest with anyone anywhere, she a very dignified Persian with a heart of pure evil (which is why I love her)

  5. Seraphine Says:

    who can hold their breath
    the longest, the living or
    le noir ennui?

    out of the question:
    a staredown between me
    and ennui’s dead cat.

  6. Seraphine Says:

    p.s. i love the dollhead pendant. i bought it for myself for christmas. i love the double “chain” that came with it, constructed of ribbon and cord. i like the clasp too. the necklace is nicer and bigger than shown in the etsy photos. i get lots of nice comments on it. it’s *awesome* calan.

  7. J Says:

    i am reminded of a legend i heard some time ago

    once upon a time, there was this indian monk who wanted to bring buddhism to china. so he went north until he found this chinese temple, and there he tried to sell them on buddhism. but they weren’t buying it and kind of wished he would just go away.

    so the guy goes into a nearby cave and sits himself down facing a wall. and he doesn’t come out. allegedly, he was in there for more than a year, and nobody saw him leave. eventually the chinese monks decide they should go in there and collect the body and dispose of it. so they do, and what do you know, he’s not dead. he’s just sitting there in exactly the same spot, covered in dust, and there is this big ass hole in the wall in front of him that wasn’t there before.

    as you can imagine, the chinese monks were somewhat impressed and figured that if this guy was badass enough to stare a hole through a stone wall, maby they should listen to him, so they became his disciples. problem is that they were in terrible physical shape, so bad infact that they couldn’t even meditate properly, which kind of ruled out staring holes in rock walls.

    so the indian monk dude sets to work developing a set of exercises to get them in shape, and teach them to focus and concentrate, and doing so he invents what would eventually evolve into kung fu.

  8. calan ree Says:

    Seraphine – thanks for letting me know you love it! that’s so great to hear. 🙂 i’m hoping you’ll send me a pic of you wearing it. if you are too mysterious for photos that’s cool too. maybe you can take a pic of your cat wearing it. 😀 i’m hoping to put together a customer page soon.

    J – thanks for sharing the legend. i like the lore that is attached to the origins of some things. sure it’s total b.s. but i bet it’s more interesting than the way kung fu really got started.

  9. Nick Says:

    Skulls are lovely drums
    bones are perfect for drumsticks
    reuse, recycle

    kinda off topic, but mentioning the mutter gave me a segway.
    Also, if your interested in the backward ways of old medical science, I recommend the book stiff by Mary roach. If your not, then just read h.p. Lovecraft’s story reaninimator. Best short story ever.

  10. calan Says:

    Hi and welcome Nick. I LOVED Stiff by Mary Roach. In fact, I just finished it and was really sad to reach the ending. Every night I’d snuggle up with cadaver tales before bed and be all excited and happy. Stiff was so fascinating, funny, thought provoking and just plain beautiful. She’s an amazing writer and dedicated as hell, huh? She really put herself into some situations with visuals and odors I am pretty sure I couldn’t handle.

    I am familiar with the awesome B movie the Re-animator but I don’t recall Lovecraft’s story…it’s been a million years since I’ve read any Lovecraft. Shame on me, I know. I’ll check out the story soon. Thanks for the recommendations!

  11. matthew Says:

    Howdy again. Yet another late posting. I am going to have to check this out at home from now on. Work is just too intense lately. I love the doll head i bought. Its currently hanging in my favorite place, my bookshelf, right in front of my comic books. She is now the guardian of my dreamworlds.

    The stare is drawn perfectly. It so seems like that when you are staring into someones eyes for too long.

    You appear enthralled.
    Feelings stir i smile and wink.
    Hey wait what contest?

  12. calan Says:

    Thanks for giving the doll head such an honorable place to reside! Love your haiku this week. 🙂

  13. Chance Says:

    I’m afraid to ask what the scents of sex and breast milk are made from…

  14. calan ree Says:

    chance – i imagine they are made of just what you’d expect.

    that reminds me of that film ‘perfume’. if i recall it was sort of dull throughout the beginning but once he starts collecting females and trying to make perfume out of them, it was pretty cool.

  15. coraline Says:

    i wonder what would happen if you stared at the never -ending stare…..

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