Sunday, October 07, 2063


Update 3/9/2014 10:38

Caricature by Lar DeSouza
I'm finally updating the welcome post which is only able to sit at the top of this dated blog because it's post-posted 49 years into the future.  The last update was 7 years ago.

When I first began this blog back in late 2004, It was for the purpose of hosting videos documenting the Westcoast Origami Guild- I believe the longest, most established origami folding group in the greater LA area.

Since that time, Have Paper Will Travel has evolved.  It's more an aggregate blog for all sorts of origami and origami-related items floating around out there that I find interesting; and which I may think readers and followers out there might also find of interest.

There is so much content on the internet these days, it's hard to follow it all.  

My sidebar is one of the largest collections of origami-content links in one place.  FYI, it gets updated periodically with new links as I find them.  I should alert readers whenever I add something new, but haven't been (yet).  If you'd like your site or photo album linked and don't see it in the sidebar (check around very carefully and under the proper category), just let me know.  There are sooooo many photo albums out there (it seems almost every folder on the planet has one), I could spend all day collecting up links and still have more to go.

 I'd like to do what I can to expand the audience and draw more attention to noteworthy sites and folders; to bring more exposure to the art and science of paperfolding; and to bring more people into "the fold".

  There are so many great folders out there on the level of well-known luminaries like Satoshi Kamiya, Brian Chan, and Robert Lang.  I think this especially began to happen after Dr. Lang published "Origami Design Secrets", which I've still not taken the time to sit down and study (let alone fold much from). 

Anyway, thanks to everyone who comes by and takes something of usefulness away from here.  Feel free to drop in a comment for any suggestions.  

I realize that those viewing on mobile devices may have a difficult time reading the lighter colored font.  I still do not like the background layout of what blogger did to this blog and may eventually update the layout again when I have the time and energy to research into it.  In the meantime....


Friday, September 21, 2018

Celebrating Mr. Rogers


On this date, September 21, 1967, 51 years ago, Fred Rogers walked into the television studio at WQED in Pittsburgh to tape the very first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which would premiere nationally on PBS in February 1968. He became known as Mister Rogers, nationally beloved, sweater wearing, “television neighbor,” whose groundbreaking children’s series inspired and educated generations of young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty. Today’s stop-motion, animated video Doodle celebrating Mister Rogers was created in collaboration with Fred Rogers Productions, The Fred Rogers Center, and BixPix Entertainment. Set to the iconic opening song of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor"), the Doodle aims to be a reminder of the nurturing, caring, and whimsy that made the show feel like a “television visit” between Mister Rogers and his young viewers.

Hat tip:  Yaacov and Leslie Cefali via Origami-L

Flasher aboard the International Space Station

Posted back in April, there's a demonstration of Jeremy Shafer's flasher aboard the ISS

Hat tip:  Joel Stern

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

折り紙 (Origami) 鶴 (tsuru) with ハート

Crane with a Heart 2.0
Designed by 櫻井亮佑 (SAKURAI Ryosuke)
Folded by Michael Sanders
Single 25 cm x 25 cm square of kami

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Lego Sisyphus (Off topic)

In origami, there are some models that I consider "kid's craft" and others I put into the category of "art". Similarly, there are some Lego models that are just for play; and others that belong in a museum or on a work desk and admired as "art". This is one of those art pieces, made of Lego bricks.
Designed by Jason Allemann, I saved up my pennies to purchase the parts to build this beautiful, kinetic automaton.
All four sides of the model have a relief depicting scenes from Sisyphus' life.
From Greek mythology, Sisyphus was the founder and king of Ephyra (later named "Corinth"). He grew infamous for his greed and deceitfulness, known as "the most cunning knave on earth".
Having betrayed one of Zeus' secrets, Zeus ordered Hades to chain Sisyphus in Tartarus. Hades personally went to fetch for Sisyphus, bringing the chains he was to bind Sisyphus with in the underworld. Sisyphus expressed so much interest in the chains and handcuffs, that he persuaded Hades to demonstrate their use - on himself.
Tricked, Hades became trapped in his own chains, locked in a closet at Sisyphus' house. As a consequence, no one was able to die on earth. The sick and infirmed went on suffering, unable to leave this life. A soldier might be eviscerated in battle and still return to his camp for dinner.
Ares, the god of war, became enraged that no one would die upon the field of battle, ruining his "fun"; and so he freed Hades.
Sisyphus was ordered to report to the Underworld; but Sisyphus had another trick up his sleeve.
He simply told his wife not to bury him and then complained to Persephone, goddess of the Underworld, that he had not been accorded the proper funeral honors. What's more, as an unburied corpse he had no business on the far side of the river Styx at all - his wife hadn't placed a coin under his tongue to secure passage with Charon the ferryman. Surely her highness could see that Sisyphus must be given leave to journey back to the world of the living and put things right.
Persephone granted the request and Sisyphus made his way back to his kingdom, where he promptly forgot all about funerals and such drab affairs and lived on in dissipation for another good stretch of time. But even Sisyphus could only go so far in postponing the inevitable. Eventually he was hauled down to Hades by Hermes, messenger of the gods, where his indiscretions and trespasses finally caught up with him. For a crime against the gods - especially his hubris against Zeus, thinking himself more clever than the king of the gods - he was condemned to an eternity of hard labor. And frustrating labor at that. For his assignment was to roll a great boulder to the top of a hill. Only every time Sisyphus, by the greatest of exertion and toil, attained the summit, the huge boulder would roll down the hill, back to the bottom. His punishing afterlife was to spend eternity in useless effort and unending frustration.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Traditional origami on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

Season 4, episode 2, starting around 5:42 mark:

She passed away in 2013.  A YouTube commenter notes:

Mrs. Shiono (the lovely origami lady in this video), was my grandmother, who sadly passed away a few years ago. As you can tell from the video, she was an incredible origami artist and was still folding til the end. The fact that she had been on Mister Rogers' was a little fun fact my family loved to share: I still remember freaking out when this episode re-ran on our PBS station one time. She would be happy to know this episode made an impression on so many of you in the comments, when you were watching it on TV and even watching it now so many years later.

I haven't seen the recent Mr. Rogers documentary movie, but I've only heard great things about it.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Guinness World Record Paper Glider Throwing

Hat tip Fermin Fernandez Mendez:
It takes South Korea's Junguk Lee six minutes to fold each of his powerful piercing paper planes, essential for this record attempt, as seen on China's CCTV Guinness World Records Special 

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