Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies 11.23

It’s a grab bag of cool things today plus a handful of awesome items for kids. Not a single turkey in this list.

Lots more stuff plus Henson like you never saw him.

  • It’s described as “paper airplanes meet Origami meets Pokemon”. It’s Papertoy Monsters!
  • Winning awards and accolades, Sprout is a kids’ furniture line. It’s so beautifully designed that kids can assemble this modular furniture. Inventor Clark Davis explains in a very cool video. We love that he was inspired by Lego.
  • There are a lot of very fun and informative twitter accounts out there. But we found one that raises the bar: @RealTimeWWII, live-tweeting World War II as it happens daily in 1939 and for six years to come. {via Maria}
  • Type-O-Matic It’s snail mail created from email on vintage typewriters.
  • At Nervous System, they say their “trajectory focuses on generative design methods using both algorithmic and physical tools to create innovative products and environments.” And their work is elegant. We knew about their jewelry but then we found out about Reaction. It’s their new housewares line. {thanks to jes3ica}

Here’s a short look at the Muppets’ long history. Actually, it’s not so short and Muppets’ fans will find lots to love here. And this is where we found this little bit of puppet lore:
Sam & Friends – a promo spot, circa 1961

But puppet aficionado or not, you HAVE to watch this excerpt from Jim Henson’s 1966 Academy Award nominated short film. It’s an experimental piece that’s probably not at all what you would expect, and yet it’s unsurprisingly brilliant.

Time Piece


Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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  1. SO many great links here!
    Here’s a neat thing: I first watched Jim Henson’s Time Piece because I know the woman who plays ‘the wife’. I help her stretch canvas some times, as she is a painter. We got to talking about it because she was asking me how to change info online because there are some mistakes on her bios that pop up online. and I asked what she needed to change and she told me about this film.
    Afterwords, I went home and watched it right away. So great!

  2. Love the obscure punctuation piece! I was familiar with a few of them, including the interrobang, which is incredibly useful. Don’t you think?! (See, wasted a whole character there!)

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