Seen on board a Lego recreation of the USS Missouri at Catigny Museum
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One of my Twitter buddies mentioned today that, as a kid, he wanted to make a career out of creating the images below.
They’re Spirograph, which was one of my favorite toys as a kid. (If you haven’t heard of it, well, you’re probably not a Boomer.)
We used pen and ink on paper and the special Spirograph tools to create those images — this was years before laptop computers or Photoshop manipulation were common.
They were all handmade.
Looking at all the discs and circles in the kit, I am itching to play with it again. It was a lot of fun.
Wonder what became of our Spirograph?
Egg siblings — any ideas?
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When we were young, my sister and I spent many a fun-filled afternoon playing “camping” with our Barbie dolls — and our brother’s GI Joe action figures — in our family’s formal living room.
(Other than Christmas, it was the best use of that room.)
The green carpet was obviously the grassy forest floor. We used Kleenex as sleeping bags. And Dr. Seuss books tilted open were the perfect tents. Plus, GI Joe had a jeep, so there were lots of four wheelin’ and other shenanigans.
Those were simpler times. Barbie wanted simpler things.
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This morning many New Yorkers were puzzled by the presence of a particularly prodigious Rubik’s Cube, floating along the Hudson River on a barge.
Or maybe not. (They live here….they’ve seen everything by now.)
The colossal cube was created by the Liberty Science Center in neighboring Jersey City as part of their weekend-long celebration of the popular game’s 40th birthday.
While you are recovering from that punch to your sense of time and space, think about this —
What other games from our childhood deserve to be made ginormous and set afloat on a nearby body of water?
Easy Bake Ovens? Troll Dolls? Pet Rocks?
Cast your vote in the comments!
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I am old enough to recognize the sock puppet toy peeking down at us from a high shelf at the pet store —
I used to watch her on Saturday morning television when I was a little-bitty thing.
I’m kinda surprised she is still around, but according to the Google machine, the daughter of Lamp Chop’s creator still performs with the puppet, mainly for the military.
In fact, Lamp Chop was given a field promotion to three-star general.
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When I was in Singapore this past weekend, I thought about flying on to Australia. It’s only a seven-hour flight.
This guy made that voyage by water…in the opposite direction.
Rubber Duck, a ginormous piece of conceptual art by Florentijin Hofman, was last spied bobbing about in Sydney’s Darling Harbor. Today the inflatable duck, which measures 46 feet tall and 55 feet long, arrived in Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong for a month’s stay with a little help from a much smaller tug boat.
Let’s call it a Duck Boat — it’s earned it!
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Exhibit A: 2013 Sock Monkey Calendar
Purchased December 30, 2012. Brand new. Twelve month-themed sock monkey images contained within imaginative and in excellent condition.
Fun year ahead — check.
Exhibit B: Rory with Sock Monkey
Given to Rory on Christmas Eve 2012. Brand new. Ball on Santa hat chewed off within moments of gifting.
Hat destroyed — check.
Relationship with sock monkey secured — double check.
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I saw Snuffles twin at Rockefeller Center today.
Well, perhaps ancestor is the better word.
That’s Snuffles on the left — on the right, the brand spanking new version from Gund. I saw a little girl carrying him in a shopping bag near the ice rink. She had ‘adopted’ him from the Central Park Zoo.
What a difference two decades can make.
The newer version is obviously fluffier and puffier and whiter, his ears a bit perkier, his eyes shiny and direct. But his mouth is stitched down flat, whereas my Snuffles smile is a moveable thread…so he can smile, frown, smirk, pout — whatever he’s feeling that day.
I mean, look at that face — so expressive.
But I’m sure after ten years or so, that new Gund bear will start showing some personality, too.
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