Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste



There is looking at life’s debris (see finkbuilt masthead), and then there is encapsulating it in one-inch diameter clear plastic balls and selling it in gumball machines. D.C. junkman/artist Christopher Goodwin does the latter with his wonderful Trashball! project.

Mail Order Trashballs

If you’re not in the D.C. area (currently the only city that has Trashball! machines) you can have them delivered right to your door for the unbelievably low price of $3.00 for a randomly selected 4-pack. Being the debris enthusiast that I am, I found it irresistable to give Trashballs! a try, and today my order arrived – a mere 3 days after I placed it.

The Balls

The actual capsules that the trash treats are packaged in are not your ordinary gumball machine bubbles. These clear polycabonate spheres are not meant to be easily opened. The only place that I have ever seen a case like these is at the core of of one of those light-up superballs. I actually had to destroy one ball to get it open. So what did I get?


Trashball 1: Rather uninteresting register receipt for $2.09 worth of flooring materials from National Wholesale Liqudators.


Trashball 2: Also sort of uninteresting bit of refuse, a baggage claim ticket.


Trashball 3: Slightly more intriguing, an auction lot stub for 2 chairs from a school auction in K.C. Missouri

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Trashball 4: Here is where it gets more interesting, at least for the visually oriented like myself, this one has the most story to tell. An unmounted frame of Ektachrome showing a woman in a nightgown helping a little kid in the late 1980′s or so, trying on his new prize-fighter gear that he presumably just received for his birthday or Christmas.

At $3.00 for a 4-pack, I probably won’t be ordering more, but if there was a Trashball! machine at my local watering hole, I would deffinately be plunking quarters into that thing like a blue-hair at a slot machine.

Try some yourself.

5 Responses to “Trashballs!”

  1. Chris Says:

    For what it’s worth, the baggage claim ticket holds some interest simply because it’s from a defunct airline (although I suppose those are a dime a dozen, for that matter). At any rate, thanks for featuring Trashball.

  2. Steve Says:

    Hey Chris,

    Don’t get me wrong. I was not at all dissappointed to see either the receipt, or the baggage claim ticket, or trying to imply that they did not belong inside a trashball. I was just putting them in order as my “unballing” reached a crescendo with the discovery of the slide film.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Ken Says:

    It looks like someone lit a ground bloom flower on the hardwood floor in that last pic. See the burns?

  4. Steve Says:

    ken- That’s actually emulsion damage from the film being wadded up inside the ball.


  5. not a doktor Says:

    I’d use the balls a x-mass tree decorations

    maybe just set them on the branches