Weekend 339.0






(1) The Secret Life of Yo-Yos: The modern version of the toy is practically unrecognizable, an Object Lesson. (The Atlantic) Credit: Bear

Weekend 328.0






(1) In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting ‘Aibo’ (WSJ) (2) Playing House (Metropolis)

Weekend 319.0






(1) Playmobil Prototypes (YouTube)

a-big-world-out-there






(1) My little collector (Brattleboro Reformer) “Mark McKinley, writing in ‘The National Psychologist,’ lists the many reasons why humans collect things: for fun and enjoyment, connecting with others who share similar interests, or viewing it as a big quest. Still others derive pleasure from ‘experimenting with arranging, re-arranging, and classifying parts of a-big-world-out-there.’ According to […]

Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 (ISON Edition)






This is a close approximation! (1) Eastern and Western attitudes about life explained in 18 simple infographics Credit: Felicia (2) Drivers Get Rolled: Bicyclists are making unreasonable claims to the road—and winning (2a) Road safety minister to ride Brompton on tour of London’s danger spots (2b) The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By […]

Hand-drawn and in 2-D






(1) GASP! (1a) Disney bringing back Mickey Mouse in 2-D shorts (CBS News) (2) A Celebration of Days Gone By (WSJ) (3) 3 Juicy Leadership Lessons From…Boardgames? (Forbes) (4) Toys for Tight Schedules (WSJ)

Weekend 244.0






(1) Writing in Darkness and Light (WSJ) “In his reply, he introduces her to epiphanies—”instances of intense revelation (through love or a glimpse of transcendental beauty in the natural world) which gave such a sense of joy and self-realization that that they justified and, in effect, ratified…existence. In other words, the existential anguish becomes undone; […]

Weekend 232.1






I took Burgoyne to see “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000” at the MoMA this weekend. This was an incredible exhibition and included works by Peter Ellenshaw and Mary Blair. This is more than a toy exhibit and explores, in the words of Juliet Kinchin: …the fascinating confluence, unique to the twentieth century, […]

Weekend 213.3 (bits and bobs)






(1) “What other commute can compete with the sights of the limestone Landwasser Viaduct and the Piz Bernina peak?” – MONOCLE, February 2012 (2) Kibun is NO Toast but he’s squishy nonetheless (2a) PRICELESS: “Botan! Plushie mode. This is one of Botan’s seven tricks. When she’s like this people will think you’re a plushie enthusiast […]

Weekend 209.1 (Tires/Tyres)






Yeah. I’ve added a category for tires/tyres because of my obsession with vulcanized rubber. Photographs of tires/tyres for me are like hi-res food shots to foodies. I watched Tokyo Story last night and Noriko [Setsuko Hara] was employed by the Yoneyama Trading Company whose business was tires apparently (?). Speaking of pron; here is some […]

Thanksgiving 2011






(1) Playmofan (2) The Original Disneyland Hotel (2a) Disneyland Hotel interior lobby area (3) Christmas and winter photoshop styles (4) “We are writing a primer on planning for the same people which probably is an indication that the American industrialists are replacing the intellectual liberal in whatever his role is as defender of the intangible […]

Weekend 200.1






Found a pamphlet from the 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair at the Housatonic Model Railroad Club / Fairfield Historical Society train show this morning. From the pamphlet Retracing The Growth of a Nation As American railroading has grown so has the nation. Steel rails have been the veritable backbone of our country in its development from […]

Weekend 188.0






(1) Magnetic Color Cubes® by The Orb Factory (2) Festival of colors (Design You Trust) (3) Birth by Sleep (KH 358/2) (3a) Disney Epic Mickey Digicomics (4) Television: Pan Am Promo Trailer (4a) Community without propinquity: Communities without a sense of place formed by professional, familial, and recreation ties, bound by avocation instead of location. […]

Weekend 168.1






(1) Model Train Collector’s One Track Mind (2) Now Arriving: A Giant Toy-Train Offering The Greenes want the collection to go to a single buyer who will leave it intact. They can also reject a bid in favor of someone who pledges to build a museum for the collection, which they say is their preference. […]

Weekend 167.0






(1) An exceptional PLAYMOBIL display at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA. Arranging PLAYMOBIL tyres in a pile makes me a bit giddy. Daran habe ich gar nicht gedacht. I got a serious thing for PLAYMOBIL tyres. (2) “We dreamed dreams and the dreams all came true. We stimulated the world. We did our […]