Photo Spread: What Happens At The RealDoll Factory …

I’ve had this sitting in my “to-do” list for some weeks ago. When Laughing Squid posted something that is like this on their website, I was partial sad, partially mad, partially motivated to do what should have been done those weeks ago when I first discovered this.

Photographer CanePari uses his lens to take us inside the workings of the RealDoll factory down around my hometown of San Diego, CA.

I first heard of these things back in the late 90s. I think it went like this on the IRC chan I was on at the time. “LOL WTF someone made real woman dolls!”

You’d think at $7,000.00 a doll, that these things might just  be a passing fad for uber-pervs, but with lovely, delightful movies like Lars and The Real Girl. It seems like these dolls provide more than perverted delight.

And even though they don’t sell as often as female dolls, male dolls are available for the women (or man) who’s had enough of the dating, hooking up, cohabiting, and then, perhaps, marrying with an autonomous-thinking male.

Or you could just get a “She-Male” doll; best of both worlds right?

Please, go view the entire RealDoll factory photo spread on CanePari’s website here,
And take a look at the recently made mini-documentary made about RealDoll done by the website California Is A Place.


Srsly, I hate feeling like I’ve been scooped; even though I really haven’t been scooped. Dammit.

OMG (My Little) PONIES!1!

The Spoon Graphics blog created a review of 45 creative My Little Pony custom creations. [Link]

Pony customization is not new. The art has been around since 1997 at least.

What is new is the amount of of people creating new customizations and the level of sophistication in the creations.

Customizers buy poor or common ponies (called bait) for use in their art creations. A quick search on eBay reveals other custom ponies and bait lots of My Little Pony for sale.

Read the original article on the Spoon Graphics blog [link] to see more custom creations and find links to the artists’ websites. For a tutorial in how to create your own custom creation, check out the Custom Pony website at [Link]

When Etsy Art Goes Wrong, There’s Regretsy

Take a look. Look hard, if you can stand it.


This is a Fish in a Squirrel Suit Taxidermy available on for $350.00 dollars.

And take a look at this:


The picture is pretty self-explanatory but if not, these too — knitted key chain tampon holders, are also available on

You can find these gems plus more on the newish website called Regretsy. The site began in September of this year and is slowly starting to make a splash in the world of  websites about things gone wrong. (See People of Walmart or Look at this f**king hipster for examples.)

Browse the site and you will find etsy art like a pink leopard goat coat, a fetus-shaped catnip toy, reusable cloth Pokemon menstrual pads, and corn poo soap that is much too real-looking.

A lot of the bad etsy art featured on the site is oriented towards vaginas and sex. So much so, that some of those against the site have suggested that the site’s producer has a problem with her “lady parts.”

Luckily the site has a disclaimer that reminds everyone that “art is totally subjective.” Art like these hand silkscreened giant condom pillows with small condom pocket.


If anything, the site gives everyone else something to read and chuckle about.

What’s That Building in Downtown Oakland?

I used to be quite the walker when I first moved back to the Bay. I had an active social life and no car to support it. One of the things I would almost always see and wonder about on my walks is this building at 1100 Broadway in Oakland.

Luckily, Jonathan Haeber, a local urban explorer, was also curious about the building and dedicated one of his urban explorations to uncovering what the building looks like now and what the history of the building is.

Turns out the building used to house the privately owned company Key System.[link] Key System provided mass transit to most of the Bay Area from 1903 to 1960.

According to Wikipedia, Key System was dismantled around 1958. Declining ridership and lobbying by National City Lines [link], an affliate of General Motors ended much of the company’s rail ways.  In 1949, National City Lines, along with General Motors, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California, and others (Phillips Petroleum, Mack) were sued by the United States for conspiracy to form a “transportation monopoly, and conspiring to monopolize sales of buses and supplies to companies owned by City Lines.” [link]

To find out what else Haeber discovered –like rave flyers from the 80s on one of the floors, and see more photos, check out Haber’s post on Bearings. [link]