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Stand Up Comedy Gift Card

Stand Up Comedy

Stand Up Comedy Gift Card

Price: $10

Stand Up Comedy gift cards can be delivered both by email and traditional mail with a physical card. Your digital card is emailed immediately, and will contain instructions to redeem at checkout.

If you would also like a physical card hard mailed, we are happy to do so. Simply include your request in the Notes section (along with any personalized messages) when checking out. 

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O-R-G: Tetracono by Bruno Munari

Bruno Munari

O-R-G: Tetracono by Bruno Munari

Price: $25

NB: Please note this is a digital product. Once your order is processed, you will be emailed a PDF with install instructions. Should you desire hard mailing, please include the instruction with your order.

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In 1965, Bruno Munari designed a small black box—the austere 15-cm steel cube housed four aluminum cones, each painted half-red and half-green and set to spin at four distinct speeds on an 18-minute cycle to produce a very slowly turning composite color moving from red to green. Munari called it the Tetracono and its function was to show forms in the process of becoming:


"The art of the past has accustomed us to seeing nature as static: a sunset, a face, an apple, all static. People go to nature looking for images such as these static things, whereas an applie is in fact a moment in the process from appleseed to tree, blossom, fruit."

Tetracono was created as an artists' multiple designed for industrial production and published by Danese Milano. But only 10 were ever made. (An additional run of 100 was produced without motors.) Few sold, and by commercial accounts, the product was a flop. Perhaps it was just ahead of its time.

50 years later, we've moved from the industrial production of objects to the post-industrial production of information. Tetracono was already a post-industrial product—manufactured in steel and aluminum, its purpose was to produce a constantly changing image.

From a small black box to computer softwear, Tetracono is *now* available again.

(Text courtesy O-R-G.)

O-R-G: Spiral Induction by Tauba Auerbach

Tauba Auerbach

O-R-G: Spiral Induction by Tauba Auerbach

Price: $25

NB: Please note this is a digital product. Once your order is processed, you will be emailed a PDF with install instructions. Should you desire hard mailing, please include the instruction with your order.

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The computer is already a hypnotic device. Staring at a fixed focal length, scrolling, and swiping all induce what hypnotherapist Daniel Ryan calls “subtle learning states.” And on the screen, what we repeatedly learn is a bent set of values including ravenous consumerism, preposterous ideas of hierarchy, race, gender, beauty, and spirituality. We consume these more deeply than we realize.

Hypnotists have used pendulums, repeating sounds, vanishing points, particular vocal cadences, and a variety of other means to produce a state of consciousness and brain activity marked by calm focus and extra sensitivity to suggestion. These tools facilitate what's called “induction.”

Can we use the screen to hypnotize in a kinder way? To prompt specific eye movements, to pulse at certain rhythms, and invoke gestures that calm, or heal, or produce clarity of mind? In EMDR therapy, left-right eye movement has been used with restorative messaging to successfully treat post traumatic stress disorder. Extruding the spiral and making it breathe, this screensaver attempts a similarly benevolent induction.

(Text courtesy O-R-G.)

O-R-G: Three Times (in Blue and Yellow) by Karel Martens

Karel Martens

O-R-G: Three Times (in Blue and Yellow) by Karel Martens

Price: $25

NB: Please note this is a digital product. Once your order is processed, you will be emailed a PDF with install instructions. Should you desire hard mailing, please include the instruction with your order.

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Dutch graphic designer Karel Martens has made clocks for years. Starting somewhere around 1968, Karel attached new faces to existing clock mechanisms to produce graphic compositions, which by their nature, are constantly changing. This screensaver works the same way.

Based on a wall clock designed by Karel for his exhibition at P! (New York), the screensaver software uses three yellow and blue spinning disks to display the hours, minutes, and seconds of the current time. It does very little, other than spin contentedly. But, on the way, the passing of time produces a collection of graphic arrangements as so many discrete moments.

Recently, it was suggested that Karel's persistent interest in clocks was a symptom of working on his own for many years and that a clock might just be a symbol for “the long gestation period of independent ideas.”

(Text courtesy O-R-G.)

O-R-G: Three Minutes of Doing Nothing by David Reinfurt

David Reinfurt

O-R-G: Three Minutes of Doing Nothing by David Reinfurt

Price: $25

NB: Please note this is a digital product. Once your order is processed, you will be emailed a PDF with install instructions. Should you desire hard mailing, please include the instruction with your order.

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Three minutes of doing nothing, then everything goes black. In 1983, John Socha wrote the first screensaver software to preserve the image quality of computer displays. Published in Softtalk magazine in 1983 and named SCRNSAVE, the simple program turned the user’s screen to black after three minutes of inactivity (the time could be adjusted only by recompiling the program).

Personal computers were becoming affordable and popular, but their high-contrast green phosphor cathode-ray screens were subject to burn-in, where light intensity in one part of the screen left behind a permanent mark. SCRNSAVE was designed to eliminate these ghost-images and preserve the computer’s screen, coining the term and introducing a new software genre along the way.

(Text courtesy O-R-G.)

O-R-G: After His Beautiful Machine of 1855 by David Reinfurt

David Reinfurt

O-R-G: After His Beautiful Machine of 1855 by David Reinfurt

Price: $25

NB: Please note this is a digital product. Once your order is processed, you will be emailed a PDF with install instructions. Should you desire hard mailing, please include the instruction with your order.

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Two signals of varying frequency and phase result in a perpetual infinity, drawing and redrawing over and over. The familiar shapes are called Lissajous curves after mathematician Jules Antoine Lissajous and his “beautiful machine” of 1855.

Devised to draw a picture of two superimposed systems falling into and out of phase, the machine was constructed from a pair of tuning forks placed at right angles, each with a mirror attached. A light source is focused through a lens, bouncing off the first onto the second and projecting to a large screen. As the tuning forks are struck, simple vibrations move the mirrors in a regular oscillating pattern. The projected image forms the strange and beautiful curves of a Lissajous figure.

(Text courtesy O-R-G.)

O-R-G: The Result of Collapsing Two Simultaneous Views by David Reinfurt

David Reinfurt

O-R-G: The Result of Collapsing Two Simultaneous Views by David Reinfurt

Price: $25

NB: Please note this is a digital product. Once your order is processed, you will be emailed a PDF with install instructions. Should you desire hard mailing, please include the instruction with your order.

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In the liner notes for Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978), Brian Eno lays out his strategy for an ambient music. He recounts being laid up in bed with a broken leg at his home when a visitor put a new record on the stereo for him to enjoy. She left with the volume of the stereo much too low, causing the music to merge with all of the other sounds in the room. Stranded in his bed and unable to adjust the volume, Eno began to enjoy the effect of such quiet music and realized that music could be made as a serious background — a carefully considered ambience meant to be largely ignored.

Ten years later, in an interview with PC Magazine, Brian Eno picked up the thread of an ambient composition. To his interviewer’s dismay, he claimed that the only useful quality of computers is their potential as semi-automated compositional systems. He confronted the interviewer, stating that “the only interesting thing about computers is screensaver software.” Software used to move large chunks of data around (such as video editing, page layout or even word processing) were all wrong — the transformative power of software was its ability to create real-time models that automatically generate endless variations.

(Text courtesy O-R-G.)

O-R-G: Breaking Like Surf on a Shore Until by David Reinfurt

David Reinfurt

O-R-G: Breaking Like Surf on a Shore Until by David Reinfurt

Price: $25

NB: Please note this is a digital product. Once your order is processed, you will be emailed a PDF with install instructions. Should you desire hard mailing, please include the instruction with your order.

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While living with William Burroughs at the Beat hotel on Gît-le-Coeur, Paris, and with the aid of Cambridge mathematician Ian Somerville, poet Brion Gysin designed a simple paper cylinder with periodic apertures surrounding a bare light bulb placed on a rotating turntable at 78 rpm.

The resulting flickering light repeats at a constant frequency between 8 and 13 Hz matching the brain’s alpha-waves present in deep relaxation, such as drifting into sleep. When a viewer closes their eyes, sits close to the machine, and the turntable is started, the flickering light induces waves of color and repeating geometric patterns that form and re-form in the mind’s eye. Ian Somerville described the experience in a letter to Gysin:

Visions start with a kaleidoscope of colors on a plane in front of the eyes and gradually become more complex and beautiful, breaking like surf on a shore until whole patterns of color are bounding to get in. After awhile the visions were permanently behind my eyelids and I was in the middle of the whole scene with limitless patterns being generated around me.

Unlike a pharmacological trip, the experience ends when the user opens their eyelids. Gysin called his vision machine for closed eyes the Dreamachine.

(Text courtesy O-R-G.)

O-R-G: Al Gore Woke Up One Morning Wondering by David Reinfurt

David Reinfurt

O-R-G: Al Gore Woke Up One Morning Wondering by David Reinfurt

Price: $25

NB: Please note this is a digital product. Once your order is processed, you will be emailed a PDF with install instructions. Should you desire hard mailing, please include the instruction with your order.

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A recent opinion piece in The New York Times (“Scorched Earth” by Robert L. Park) eulogized the political death of what was derisively called “Al Gore’s Screensaver.”

Since his vice presidency, Gore has actively advocated The Trius Project — a satellite to be put into orbit around the Earth on a geosynchronous path (at position Lagrange 1) which would send back live images of both the whole Earth and the full Sun. This project was intended to feed a series of real-time displays, installed as screensavers on computers in U.S. public schools.

Al Gore woke up one morning wondering if it would be possible to beam a live continuous image of the full Earth back from space. And, would that image inspire people with the urgent need to care for our planet much as the 1972 Apollo 17 portrait of the whole Earth had crystallized the Ecology movement? According to NASA, this picture (better known as The Blue Marble) is the most widely distributed photograph in existence. The image offers a portrait of the Earth as a small, self-contained whole system floating alone in the infinite nothing of space.

(Text courtesy O-R-G.)

O-R-G: Perhaps There is Something Left to Save by David Reinfurt

David Reinfurt

O-R-G: Perhaps There is Something Left to Save by David Reinfurt

Price: $25

NB: Please note this is a digital product. Once your order is processed, you will be emailed a PDF with install instructions. Should you desire hard mailing, please include the instruction with your order.

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Given the most commonly used criteria of *utility* for software, it’s not surprising that the screensaver is a debased form. It does nothing, it says nothing and it takes you nowhere. Instead it offers a quiet, even ambient portrait of a system — a simple image, a complex algorithm, and an ever-changing picture of their interaction.

Still there may be something to doing nothing. The computer, Alan Turing’s universal machine tirelessly capable of emulating the behavior of any other tool, is finally given a rest. After three minutes or so of nothing, the screensaver kicks in and the software produces a silently reconfiguring image of a system falling into and out of phase, automatically generating a fleeting picture of interference and coordination on your computer screen. Perhaps there is something left to save.

(Text courtesy O-R-G.)

Bless Safety Pin, Black

BLESS

Bless Safety Pin, Black

Price: $26

Use it to close a scarf, in the hair, as a collar pin, a brooch. With attached Bless charm. 3.25" long.

Bless Be Less Pin, Black

BLESS

Bless Be Less Pin, Black

Price: $26

Their new version of the oversized pin, with the Be Less embroidery attached (but removable). Use it to close a scarf, in the hair, as a collar pin, a brooch. 3.25" long.

Darner Luxe Jersey, Light Grey

Darner

Darner Luxe Jersey, Light Grey

Price: $34

Ankle socks with seam lines designed to elongate the foot, in a luxe, thick jersey that holds up.

Darner Luxe Jersey, Light Pink

Darner

Darner Luxe Jersey, Light Pink

Price: $34

Ankle socks with seam lines designed to elongate the foot, in a luxe, thick jersey that holds up.

LL, LLC Maydeto I Earring, Tumbaga

LL, LLC

LL, LLC Maydeto I Earring, Tumbaga

Price: $35

NB: These earrings are sold as singles.

Tumbaga (copper/gold blend) spirals that hang just below the lobes, in an illusion style. Posts and backs are sterling silver. 


Kapital Asymmetry Dot Socks, Blue

Kapital

Kapital Asymmetry Dot Socks, Blue

Price: $37

Cotton socks, super soft, this time with asymmetrical dots, differing sizes. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Kapital Asymmetry Dot Socks, Ecru

Kapital

Kapital Asymmetry Dot Socks, Ecru

Price: $37

Cotton socks, super soft, this time with asymmetrical dots, differing sizes. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Kapital Asymmetry Dot Socks, Yellow

Kapital

Kapital Asymmetry Dot Socks, Yellow

Price: $37

Cotton socks, super soft, this time with asymmetrical dots, differing sizes. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Kapital Asymmetry Dot Socks, Khaki

Kapital

Kapital Asymmetry Dot Socks, Khaki

Price: $37

Cotton socks, super soft, this time with asymmetrical dots, differing sizes. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Darner Mesh Socks, Mini White Cage Mesh

Darner

Darner Mesh Socks, Mini White Cage Mesh

Price: $38

Ankle socks with seam lines designed to elongate the foot.

Darner Mesh Socks, Powder Blue Fishnet Mesh

Darner

Darner Mesh Socks, Powder Blue Fishnet Mesh

Price: $38

Ankle socks with seam lines designed to elongate the foot.

Darner Mesh Socks, Red Fishnet Mesh

Darner

Darner Mesh Socks, Red Fishnet Mesh

Price: $38

Ankle socks with seam lines designed to elongate the foot.

LL, LLC Maydeto II Earring, Matte Silver Spheres

LL, LLC

LL, LLC Maydeto II Earring, Matte Silver Spheres

Price: $40

NB: These earrings are sold as singles.

Tumbaga (copper/gold blend) spirals with matte sterling spheres at the lobes. Posts and backs are sterling silver.

LL, LLC Maydeto II Earring, Polished Silver Spheres

LL, LLC

LL, LLC Maydeto II Earring, Polished Silver Spheres

Price: $40

NB: These earrings are sold as singles.

Tumbaga (copper/gold blend) spirals with polished sterling spheres. Posts and backs are sterling silver.

LL, LLC Maydeto Earring, Silver w/Silver Sphere

LL, LLC

LL, LLC Maydeto Earring, Silver w/Silver Sphere

Price: $40

NB: These earrings are sold as singles.

Sterling spiral with matte sterling sphere drop. Posts and backs are sterling silver.

Darner Crushed Velvet, Gold

Darner

Darner Crushed Velvet, Gold

Price: $40

Ankle socks with seam lines designed to elongate the foot, in a luxe, crushed velvet that holds up.

Darner Crushed Velvet, Silver

Darner

Darner Crushed Velvet, Silver

Price: $40

Ankle socks with seam lines designed to elongate the foot, in a luxe, crushed velvet that holds up.

LL, LLC Maydeto II Earring, Polished Tumbaga Spheres

LL, LLC

LL, LLC Maydeto II Earring, Polished Tumbaga Spheres

Price: $40

NB: These earrings are sold as singles.

Tumbaga (copper/gold blend) spirals with polished tumbaga spheres. Posts and backs are sterling silver.

Kapital Wool Ivy Smiley Socks, Green

Kapital

Kapital Wool Ivy Smiley Socks, Green

Price: $42

Ribbed wool socks with Kapital's signature sly motif. Yellow happy face heels with marl trim at toes and ankles. Cheerful, silly, and lovely. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Eckhaus Latta High Sock, Yellow/Blue

Eckhaus Latta

Eckhaus Latta High Sock, Yellow/Blue

Price: $42

Semi-sheer socks with contrast yellow/blue, red ribbing. Knee-length. Unisex.

Eckhaus Latta High Sock, Turquoise/Pink

Eckhaus Latta

Eckhaus Latta High Sock, Turquoise/Pink

Price: $42

Semi-sheer socks with contrast turquoise/pink, orange ribbing. Knee-length. Unisex.

Comme des Garçons Computer Sleeve, 15" Case, Blue

Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garçons Computer Sleeve, 15" Case, Blue

Price: $43

Polka dots everywhere on these neoprene computer sleeves. This style is specified for a 15" MacBook, but obviously you could pop in Ipads or what have you. There is a logo on both sides, so skip it if you avoid that look.

Comme des Garçons Computer Sleeve, 15" Case, Grey

Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garçons Computer Sleeve, 15" Case, Grey

Price: $43

Polka dots everywhere on these neoprene computer sleeves. This style is specified for a 15" MacBook, but obviously you could pop in Ipads or what have you. There is a logo on both sides, so skip it if you avoid that look.

Snow

Lutz Bacher

Snow

Price: $45

Ever since her career began in the 1970s, this Bay Area artist has drawn upon fragmentary information from popular culture and her own life to produce works that play with the instability of identity and the all-around trickiness of images. In artist’s books, installations, sculptures, videos, photographs, paintings, and screen prints, Bacher uses images and objects in a physical, visceral manner. Bacher’s mixture of bodies and ideas, pop and personal, while always remaining somehow elusive, feels entirely relevant to problems in art and life now. In this publication, she has compiled her work from 1975 to 2013 into a hefty volume of seemingly digital files from an inventory. It is accompanied by a new essay by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith. Eds. Gregor Muir, Sophie von Offers, Beatrix Ruf.

Text courtesy JRP Ringier.

Kapital Yarns Smiley Socks, Polka Dot, Burgundy

Kapital

Kapital Yarns Smiley Socks, Polka Dot, Burgundy

Price: $46

Cotton socks, super soft, with Kapital's signature sly motif. Yellow happy face heels with trim at toes and ankles. Cheerful, silly, and lovely. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Kapital Yarns Smiley Socks, Polka Dot, Black

Kapital

Kapital Yarns Smiley Socks, Polka Dot, Black

Price: $46

Cotton socks, super soft, with Kapital's signature sly motif. Yellow happy face heels with trim at toes and ankles. Cheerful, silly, and lovely. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Kapital Yarns Smiley Socks, Polka Dot, Navy

Kapital

Kapital Yarns Smiley Socks, Polka Dot, Navy

Price: $46

Cotton socks, super soft, with Kapital's signature sly motif. Yellow happy face heels with trim at toes and ankles. Cheerful, silly, and lovely. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Samma Primer Stud

Samma

Samma Primer Stud

Price: $58

X-shaped, 3-dimensional stud. Sterling silver post. Sold as single. .25" deep.

Stacy House Funny Games, Black

Stacy House

Stacy House Funny Games, Black

Price: $59

Themed on Funny Games (1997) by Michael Haneke. Short-sleeved cotton t-shirt, customized and personalized, silkscreened, patchworked, and sewn and inside out. No two are alike. Edition of 18. Unisex.

Bless Hiro & Bert Lighter Pin, Black

BLESS

Bless Hiro & Bert Lighter Pin, Black

Price: $60

More funny, silly, cool, and weird accessories from Bless. These are pins, that are lighters, that are macramed in leather. Part of the No. 64 series.  Use it to close a scarf, as a brooch. 2.25" long.

Bless Hiro & Bert Lighter Pin, White

BLESS

Bless Hiro & Bert Lighter Pin, White

Price: $60

More funny, silly, cool, and weird accessories from Bless. These are pins, that are lighters, that are macramed in leather. Part of the No. 64 series.  Use it to close a scarf, as a brooch. 2.25" long.

Bless Hiro & Bert Lighter Pin, Beige

BLESS

Bless Hiro & Bert Lighter Pin, Beige

Price: $60

More funny, silly, cool, and weird accessories from Bless. These are pins, that are lighters, that are macramed in leather. Part of the No. 64 series.  Use it to close a scarf, as a brooch. 2.25" long.

Kapital Yarns Smiley Socks, Leopard

Kapital

Kapital Yarns Smiley Socks, Leopard

Price: $64

Cotton/linen/wool, super soft, with Kapital's signature sly motif. Yellow happy face heels with trim at toes and ankles. Cheerful, silly, and lovely. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Kapital Nepal Tiger Foldover Socks, Khaki

Kapital

Kapital Nepal Tiger Foldover Socks, Khaki

Price: $64

Calf-length foldover socks, with Nepalese inspiration and an abstracted tiger stripe graphic. Highly patterned and beautiful. Fits approximately 35-45. Unisex.

Rowena Sartin Cord Cover, Gold

Rowena Sartin

Rowena Sartin Cord Cover, Gold

Price: $70

Beautify the mundane with these diaphanous cord covers. Again with the simplicity in the every day. 71" l x 3" w.

Photography by Jiro Maestu courtesy Rowena Sartin.

Rowena Sartin Cord Cover, Black

Rowena Sartin

Rowena Sartin Cord Cover, Black

Price: $70

Beautify the mundane with these diaphanous cord covers. Again with the simplicity in the every day. 71" l x 3" w.

Photography by Jiro Maestu courtesy Rowena Sartin.

Rowena Sartin Cord Cover, Light Blue

Rowena Sartin

Rowena Sartin Cord Cover, Light Blue

Price: $70

Beautify the mundane with these diaphanous cord covers. Again with the simplicity in the every day. 71" l x 3" w.

Photography by Jiro Maestu courtesy Rowena Sartin.

LL, LLC Sans I Ring, Tumbaga, Single Spiral

LL, LLC

LL, LLC Sans I Ring, Tumbaga, Single Spiral

Price: $75

Tumbaga (gold/copper blend) single spiral band.

Stacy House Halloween 2019, Black

Stacy House

Stacy House Halloween 2019, Black

Price: $75

Halloweeen inspired, skeletons and the shadow of...Samhain or Wickerman figure. This long-sleeved cotton shirt has been reworked until it found new life. Customized and personalized, tie dyed and sewn and inside out. Highly personalized illustrations by Stacy himself, silkscreened and patchworked into a highly individualized piece. No two are alike. Edition of 27. Unisex.

LL, LLC Maydeto I Ring, Tumbaga w/Silver Sphere

LL, LLC

LL, LLC Maydeto I Ring, Tumbaga w/Silver Sphere

Price: $76

Tumbaga (gold/copper blend) spiral band with tumbaga and silver sphere.

Highly giftable, mostly unforgettable, for the special person in your life that appreciates such things.