• The Green Scarf Dispatch Company
  • Playmo Tyre Center
  • Northwood University
  • Playmobil Collectors Club

Weekend 299.0 (Great Company)

(1) Horst Brandstätter inducted into Hall of Fame by Toy Industry Association (Playmobil Collectors Club)

“He received the award for his outstanding role in the growth and development of the North American Toy Industry and hereby joins famous leaders like F.A.O. Schwarz, George Lucas or Walt Disney.”

(2) One of my Playmobil365.com photos.

(2a) Need to recreate this frame from Clannad: After Story for Playmobil365.com.

(3) Kogepan!!!!

Weekend 298.0 (Anniversary Edition)

Rubik’s Cube joins a list of pop culture icons celebrating significant anniversaries in 2014. The list already includes; Playmobil, 1964/65 New York World’s Fair, MST3K, Ford Mustang, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Nintendo Game Boy.

(1) Rubik’s Cube Proves It’s Hip to be Square: Fortieth Anniversary of Toy Celebrated with Art Exhibition (WSJ)

(1a) Classic design plastic: Playmobil comes of age (The Guardian)

(2) The Rise of the ‘Shelfie’: Instagram’s Next Craze (WSJ)

“The trend for creating assemblages extends further than Instagram…Thanks, in part, to the heritage movement and our collective obsession with the past and the authentic, anything legitimately old, scarred, patinated, obsolete, handcrafted or organic has held particular allure.”

(2a) The Stuff of Life by Hilary Robertson

(3) The Swedish Cottage in Central Park


(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 McKinley, collecting can also serve as a means of control to elicit a comfort zone in one’s life — a way to calm fears and ease insecurity.”

Weekend 297.0 (Easter 2014)

(1) ‘Let Us Be Lights of Hope!’ by Pope Francis (Parade)

Credit: Kim L

(2) Yorkshire arts festival to mark Tour de France launch (BBC)

(3) Bike-Share Wobbles On Path to Prosperity (WSJ)

(4) World’s Fair Anniversary Turns Attention to New York State Pavilion (WSJ)

(5) A rainbow over St Pancras: vivid new sculpture unveiled at transport hub (London Evening Standard)

*Scan is from the Official New York World’s Fair Game by MILTON BRADLEY

Weekend 296.0

NYC Cityscape“I hope you are teaching Quality to your students.”
— Sarah to Phaedrus (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

(1) Commuting: The Joys of the Brompton Bicycle

(2) Northampton’s Traditional Shoemaking Revival (WSJ Magazine)

(3) Designer Konstantin Grcic on Dream Cars, Puffed-Up Trends (WSJ)

“My greatest passion today is: bicycles, specifically small-wheeled ones. I have an old Moulton with its so-called “F” frame. The [circa 1960s] design by Alexander Moulton is one of the first modern bikes with front and rear suspension.”

(4) AOC adds wall-hung bicycles and basket-weave flooring to London townhouse (Dezeen)

*Scan is from Cut & Assemble New York Harbor, 1986

Weekend 295.0

(1) Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney (NY TIMES)

(2) Book Review: ‘Whistler’ by Daniel E. Sutherland (WSJ – Registration Required)

“Unity and coherence in Whistler’s life, Mr. Sutherland suggests, came solely through creative purpose.”

Weekend 294.0

(1) 10 Need-To-Know Fun Facts About The Wind Rises (D23)

(1a) The Wind Rises: Directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Rolling Stone)

“The wind is rising.
We must try to live.”
— Paul Valéry

(2) Digital Love Story: Boy Meets Girl on Flickr

Weekend 293.0

(1) The beauty of the UK’s loneliest bus stops (BBC)

(2) Forget Dystopian Fiction. Sochi Is Pure Dystopian Reality (Wired)

Weekend 292.0

(1) Brompton Bicycle shows British manufacturing how to shift up a gear

(2) Playmobil kicks off 40th year with double award win

(3) Buying With the Bitcoin Crowd (Wall Street Journal)

Weekend 291.1

(1) Finn the Human and Princess Bubblegum in the new Honda Civic ad

Weekend 291.0

(1) A Good Book Is a Good Friend (The Huffington Post)

(2) How Real is Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In (WSJ)

(2a) Tech Time Warp of the Week: In 1959, a Fitbit Weighed 2,000 Pounds (Wired)

(3) Learning to Love Life on the Downslope (WSJ)

I know there shall be enjoyments for me
Amid sorrows, cares and anxieties:
At times I again will be intoxicated by harmony,
Weep over my fantasy’s creation,
And perhaps on my sad sunset
Love will shine its farewell smile.

(4) Looking for a New Old House? (WSJ)

“Even with extra shipping costs, panelization saves time and money and is more precise than increasingly expensive on-site building, said Mr. Connor: ‘Traditional architecture is probably going to be saved by robotic carpentry.’”

(4a) Selling the Dwelling: The Books That Built America’s Houses, 1775-2000

(4b) stephanie robb architect

*Scan is from ROBO FORCE™, 1984

Weekend 290.0 [And this is my deputy, McMillan and Wife.]

(1) Playmobil celebrates 40th anniversary with special edition products (Toy News)

(1a) ITVS GE signs with Playmobil for Super 4 animation

(2) The fructose kingpin. Photo by Kristin H.

(3) data, data, data

*The scan is a postcard from the 1939 New York World’s Fair — THE DONUT CASINO in the Health Building, 300 ft. from the Theme Center on Constitution Mall.

Trappist Monks

(1) Monks in Spencer launch brewery (Boston Globe)

Credit: Catherine A

Weekend 289.0

(1) The map that saved the London Underground (BBC)

(2) How to Save Detroit: The Motor City needs help. Why not turn it into Hong Kong? (WSJ)

(2a) Foundations Aim to Save Pensions in Detroit Crisis (NY Times)

Credit: WOPR

(3) Forgotten Messages From the Angry 1930s (WSJ)

New Year’s Day 2014

Any predictions (bold or otherwise)? Resolutions or regrets?

One of my resolutions for 2014 is to work on more creative projects. On that note…

Just launched Playmobil365. The site is a year long photo tribute to Playmobil in honor of their 40th Anniversary.

*The scan is from Here Is New York City (1962) by Susan Elizabeth Lyman and Dorothy W. Furman. Illustrated by Mary Royt and George Buctel