MATT'S CATCH OF THE DAY - WILLIAMSBURG 2000
5/03/00 - Well, it's been pretty slow in the
Urban Achaeology area. I scored some nice sheets of wood
around the corner, and I'm using a 274 megabyte HDD in the Linux box that I found on the street
when I was driving with Dr. Israel. I salvaged 3 security domes from the garbage at my job, Tower Records,
and have one running on my webcam, with a power supply taken from a x386 I found on North 7th Street.
3/18/00 - I admit, it's been a while since I
found anything cool. Almost a month. I scored a wire table
with a glass top, then broke the top. Doh! I got a cool studio divider and some drum hardware from Dr. Israel,
but that doesn't count because I didn't find the stuff. Hmmm. A few porno mags, some trinkets...most bullshit.
Then, when I was headed for work, Wednesday, I saw this -
A fuckin' wheelchair! How cool is that! The
second I saw it, I took it back to the headquarters.
I looked back to make sure I wasn't jackin' some crippled dude.
Anyway it makes a great computer chair. I am L33ty
It's been a while since I found anything cool
- check out the froggie watergun and assorted jewelry
I found in the Moshe Bakery garbage this morning. I also found two banners from Belgium and a hat box.
Squonkamatic scored the Catch of the Day on the 14th of January - he found an Apple monitor
and mouse, a plaster pedestal, a nice white frame with leaf motif and a old Bass case (not pictured)
Look at these wierd metal klingon rings I just found!
I found an Autoharp on the last day of the Century
I took the bars off, cleaned the body, tuned
and recorded a couple of trips
Damn I can't keep up with all the things I
2000 is gonna be a great year for finding cool stuff
because stupid people are even stupider than they were last year
In the box with tuning hammer and cheesey strap. DAMN!!
Today is 12/22/99 and I found 4 cool things -
3 nice fresh Terrycloth towels and a plastic
Queen tiarafrom Kent Avenue,
a book on Multination Finance (brand new) from North 7th Street and another cool bottle
from the gravel factory around the corner
I'm gonna reverse the chart below so new
things go at the bottom.
And add new icons to replace the pot leaves.
Maybe I'm gonna chuck the chart altogether. I don't know.
**Late Update - I was checking out the book I
found and it was really interesting.
I went back out to where I found it and brought the whole stack it was in home.
A few more financial pamphlets and Polish fashion magazines! Cool! **
Today is 12/21/99 and I found 4 cool things -
The glass jars on the left and the green
perfume bottles are from
the gravel factory around the corner. They make aquarium gravel from these things.
They just got all these huge boxes this afternoon and they were just sitting in the lot.
I thought they looked cool and liberated a few from the confines of the boxes they were stored in.
I also found a really heavy fire hydrant cap, made of iron. This item made a crazy loud noise when
I smashed it on the dumpster outside to get the homeless couples' hands outta' my garbage bin.
Jeez, I pay for that. The last thing I found was a little circuit board with a capacitor and
some resistors sitting on the dumpster on North 6th Street. WTF is it?
** Oh yeah I found a warez'ed version of
Photoshop 5.5 for
Power PC in the trashcan on North 7th Street.!! I swear!
I gave it to Squonkamatic to test - If it works it'll get 5 dots! (3/00 Still dont know if it works :))
|12.13.99||Iron Dumbell, Weight lifting food additives, Indian Spices||North 6th Street||Just one - 10 Lbs - time to work out|
|12.14.99 afternoon||Black 60's chair||North 7th Street||Matches the blue and pink ones I found - $220 in Canada - I swear|
|12.14.99 night||Aluminum Ladder||North 7th Street near Kent Avenue||Not as tall as the one I borrow from next door, but it's mine! Nice score|
|12.15.99||Lampshades (2)||North 7th Street near Berry Avenue||I actually thought I needed a lampshade, but I didn't . Never know when I might need 'em, though. One's a funky red with pleats|
|12.16.99||Hewlett Packard 7729 Printer||North 7th Street near Kent Avenue||Cool but unfortunately for Mac and no floppies - Squonk will check it out later|
|12.22.99||Small circuit thingy, Photoshop 5.5 Bootleg||North 7th Street||WTF is it?|
|Glass jars, Iron Hydrant cover||North 6th Street||Nice - I like them|
|12.23.99||Towels, Tiara, book, glass bottle||Kent Avenue|
|Apple IIc computer and monitor, metal cabinet (with nickel bag inside)||North 7th Street||Yes it works - used to belong to a Yale professor named Iraqi with real bad spelling|
|Books - War and Peace, The Zoo Story, John Updike set, etc.||North 7th Street and Berry||People are fuckin' dumb|
|12.30.99||Autoharp||North 6th and Kent||People are really fuckin' dumb|
|1.9.2000||Metal Rings, Coiled Bracelet, misc Hardware
|NO MORE CHART - TOO MUCH TIME||CHECK ABOVE FOR RECENT SCORES|
So far, off the top of my
head, I've found about 15 chairs, a giant operating table,
a wheelchair, a brand new Gazeebo (guess where the name of our network Gazeebo.net came from),
uh...the tables we work on in the Lab, a washing machine, a giant pipe clothing rack, 5 giant slabs of acoustic foam
(make me an offer), computers and parts galore, and more stuff that I can't remember right now. Oh yeah - I just found
a whole package of Bodybuilding Powders and the day before that, I found a whole collection of Indian spices!
It's amazing what people throw out. A lot of the time people move out and leave all their stuff
for the landlord to throw out, or they chuck it all themselves.
The most disturbing sign of human waste is
when people throw out
books, videos and records. I've found so many records and 8 tracks in the garbage, it's not funny.
I've carried records under my arm in the rain from across Brooklyn just to get them back home.
I'm gonna run the chart until I get the
motivation to transfer all of it to the boxes below.
Soon. Until then, here's some of the first few things I found when I moved to Brooklyn -
Busted vending machine recovered from
North 6th Street and Wythe Avenue
Lamppost base recovered from the
corner of North 6th Street and Wythe Ave
Various metal pipes found around
Kent Avenue and Wythe Avenue
Jesus statue and Angel casting found on
North 7th Street and Wythe Avenue -
photoshop image of Blue and Sheets by
Klaus X. Member
Video grabs by Squonkamatic
for the People! Live on the scene - man it was hot as fuck that day
ICED TEA, ANYONE?
Snapple Lemonade, Arizona Iced Tea, Lipton Strawberry Zinger
8/19/99 Recovering mountains of Beverages from a closed Beverage warehouse
on North 6th Street and Berry. I drank Rasberry Iced Tea for a month. So did the band.
The lamp in the Catch of the Day window, the cool shell/ashtray, the woodgrained table
underneath and the cart pictured below were all found in my neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.