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.

Oh Dan. Lacey Does Portraits of Michael Jackson

You might remember Dan Lacey as the guy who paints portraits of people with pancakes on their heads. Or, you might remember him as the guy who likes to paint current president, Barack Obama, butt-naked on a unicorn.

Lacey is back again. His muse this time? Michael Jackson. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence since we are now on the first anniversary of  his death.

You can check out Lacey’s MJ gallery here. My two favorites pieces are posted below. There’s even this creepy one of MJ butt-naked.

He shed his skin cuz God loves and wants him just as he is?

It’s nice to think Tupac and MJ the child are hanging out in heaven together. Maybe doing some new collaborations and creating mash-ups of their old songs.

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]