edit: weird tumblr layout cutting off half my pictures, click on the smaller ones to see full view
regarding that last picture: the frame withe explorers was empty for a very long time. i was going to put music for the masses there. but then tom decided to make this gorgeous object available to everyone so now it gets the last place of honour.
what i like about owning something like this, especially the hand-written note, is that a physical object creates a sort of connection that you don’t really get when you’re the silent online fan. i know that tom put an immense amount of work into this, that this record was the result of many many decisions on his part, and that he has held it in his own hands. now i have the record, i can hold it in my own hands, and i can feel all the work that was put into it. the physical object brings a sort of reality to the situation which otherwise is comprised solely of computer data.