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Last week to subscribe to Mark's 5th Quarterly.co mailing

Quarterly.co is a subscription service for wonderful things. People can subscribe to a curator (such as me, Joel Johnson, Veronica Belmont, Tim Ferriss, Joshua Foer, Gretchen Rubin, and others) to receive a box of items selected by the curator.

My previous four mailings have included packages containing multiple items such as microscopes, Mexican jumping beans, magic tricks, a nice-smelling piece of wood that sells for $25,000 a pound, and berries that make any sour thing you eat taste sweet. I'm excited for my next mailing, which is a secret.

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My latest Quarterly.co mailing - a precious fragment of oudh

Quarterly.co is a subscription service for wonderful things. People can subscribe to a curator (such as me, Joel Johnson, Veronica Belmont, Tim Ferriss, Joshua Foer, Gretchen Rubin, and others) to receive a box of items selected by the curator.

In my most recent mailing (MLF03), I sent my subscribers a fungal infection. From my letter:

Before you call a hazardous waste team to dispose of it, though, read what what Chandler Burr, author of the fascinating book, The Emperor of Scent, has to say about the odor of oudh:

It's a drop-dead smell, very complex, honey, fresh tobacco, spices, amber, cream. ... Incredibly strong, first of all. It knocks you over, clubs you like a falling stone. But its vast dimension is what astonishes: a huge smell, spatially immense, and incredibly complex, a buttery layer as deep as a quarry…

Oudh grows inside a particular species of evergreen tree in south Asia. When the fungus attacks the tree, its wood becomes dark and resinous. Oudh is arguably the most-highly prized ingredient for perfume makers and a pound can cost as much as $25,000 (making it over six time more costly than high-grade medical cannabis).

Below, more photos from my mailing.

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Last week to subscribe to Mark's 3rd Quarterly.co mailing

Quarterly.co is a subscription service for wonderful things. People can subscribe to a curator (such as Joel Johnson, Veronica Belmont, Tim Ferriss, Joshua Foer, Gretchen Rubin and others) and pay $25 per quarter to receive a box of surprise items selected by the curator.

My first mailing included a number of "fantastic plastic" gadgets (shown above). My second mailing contained a length of EL wire, a tiny microscope, and a black light flashlight. My third mailing is still a secret, but I'm really excited about it. Here's a hint -- it requires a flame to enjoy.

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Mark's mailing from Quarterly.co: EL wire, tiny microscope, and a black light flashlight

Quarterly.co is a subscription service for wonderful things. People can subscribe to a curator (such as Joel Johnson, Veronica Belmont, Tim Ferriss, Joshua Foer, Gretchen Rubin and others) and pay $25 per quarter to receive a box of items selected by the curator.

I'm a curator and my most recent mailing includes things to stimulate your sense of vision: a length of EL wire, a tiny microscope, and a black light flashlight. Take a look at what people are saying about my latest mailing on Twitter.

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Quarterly Co. interviews Mark

Sneak peek at my Quarterly.co package of Fantastic Plastic gadgets and novelties

Quarterly Co. interviews Mark

Quarterly Co. is a "subscription service for wonderful things. [They] send people physical items in the mail from influential contributors of their choice." Today, they interviewed me about my Quarterly picks and some good and bad things I get in the mail.

1. How did you come up with the idea for your latest Quarterly mailing?

As a kid, I loved the Johnson Smith Catalog. It was a thick, digest sized catalog loaded with different kinds of novelties: miniature cameras, magic tricks, specialty wristwatches, glow-in-the-dark paints, rubber masks, and other odd curios. I wanted to recapture that magic feeling that I got when I perused the catalog.

5 Questions for Mark Frauenfelder