might be a bit of a risk telling you this, but I saw an advertisement
appear on the RF Cafe homepage that struck me as so funny that I had
ad serving company that prohibits bringing attention to a particular
ad that might encourage clicks. So, rather than providing a screen capture
of the banner ad, let me describe what I saw. An imaginative guy named
Ramiro Cairo, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, created a "family" of
electronic novelty characters called
that are made from salvaged vacuum tubes, colorful rubber computer keyboard
spring cones, clothing snaps, and toothed metal clasps. According to
Mr. Cairo's bio, he was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971, then
emigrated to the U.S. in 2011. "The word 'Boludo' is slang from the
city of Buenos Aires. It's often used as a filler word in sentences
directed towards someone. The phrase most often heard is, 'Che, boludo,
guessing it's akin to "Yo, dawg..."
Adding to the intrigue of
Los Boludos is a Storybook of their adventures. Brought to life by a
chance bolt of lightning, these tubes from an old, long-forgotten B&W
television set came to life. Finding themselves in a strange environment,
they set off to explore the house around them. This first chapter, with
a promise of more to come, lands them in a perilous situation when they
mistakenly assume a device on the kitchen counter is another TV set.
Read on to discover their fate...
Here are a few scenes from the
Prices start at $35 apiece, which might seem a bit high, but consider
the work involved in gathering and assembling the components, plus the
cost of advertising in a pay-per-click campaign can be very high. Accordingly,
in order to safeguard my participation in such programs, I hereby request
that you get to the
website from a hyperlink on this page rather than clicking on the ad
if it happens to appear in the page border. Think of part of the cost
going toward promoting recycling of electronic components rather than
having them end up in a landfill somewhere.
Posted February 4, 2014