What’s On the Second Shelf? [Aug 26 – Sep 9]

So word’s getting around in the World of Somethings. The Second Shelf is a pretty cool place for a Something to hang out. I mean, you’re sort of on display but sort of not. It’s, like, cozy or something. But not lonely or overly sequestered. I mean, maybe it’s a little lonely (because nobody comes by to say “hi” or whatever), but you’ve got the other two Somethings to keep you company. And it might even be your cousin on the shelf with you. So it’s nice.

This fortnight’s three things are as follows:

  • Kaleidoscope! Which is pretty self-explanatorily awesome.
  • Blob of metal! Also: self-explanatorily awesome. It’s a blob! Of metal! (And heavier than it looks.)
  • Thermostatic expansion valve! Um. Awesome. But with some explanation. First: a caveat. I have no idea what this is or what it does. I suspect it has something to do with an air conditioning system. I also suspect that this particular specimen of a thermostatic expansion valve! is somehow busted and/or dead. But that’s not really what’s awesome about it. The first thing that’s awesome about it is that it’s got this whole sculptural vibe going on about it. Maybe it’s a thermostatic expansion valve! Maybe it’s a thermostatic expansion valve! that’s busted and/or dead. But it looks like a sculpture (to me) and I like that quality about it. It can be more than one thing at a time. Also there’s this: because I don’t really have any context for thermostatic expansion valves! in my life, I don’t really know how to see this one the way I’m “supposed” to see it. In fact, when I encountered it at first, I didn’t even know what it was called. It was just a thing on my desk. So it could be, you know, anything. It was the embodiment of raw possibility. And I liked that about it.

As per usual: you’re free to peruse any or all of these cool Somethings. The only thing is they need to stay in this room so that others can have access to them too.

Thanks. — The Management.

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