Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Polypopagon at POP

At Sunday's POP meeting, I had planned to share the Leaping Willy model that Mark Kennedy had shown me at PCOC.  Joel Stern recognized it as a model he learned years ago as "polypopagon".  Rather than pressing the "ears" down, the way Joel learned it was to fold the model in half and then watch it "self-pop":

Monday, October 28, 2013

The paper plane problem in baseball

Maureen Burt made mention of a paper glider that made its way near the pitcher's mound at the World Series.  

I looked for a video and believe this is the one in question:

And it would also appear that this isn't a unique occurrence.

May 29th at Dodger stadium:

Here's an interesting article:

July 22, 2013
Pebble Hunting
Baseball's Paper Airplane Problem
by Sam Miller

“As the game ground to a crawl in the late innings,” the LAist wrote last week, “each pitch taking on more importance on both sides, the scene throughout the stadium began to resemble the opening scene of M.I.A.'s ‘Paper Planes’ video. As the crowd of 50,796 got more and more restless, they decided to make their own entertainment, to give themselves something to cheer for as plane after plane get [sic] tantalyzingly close to touch [sic] the field.”
Paper planes are having a moment. Two weeks earlier, while Skip Schumaker was on the mound, a well-crafted plane landed with a flourish between the mound and home plate

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Fold-and-Give

First published in Creased Magazine, issue #5, I've been folding lots and lots of Talo Kawasaki's patty bat and giving them away- to my gymnasts, to random strangers...always bringing smiles to faces.  Not only does it create a great sound with the movement, but this model lends itself very well to shaping- from the face to the wings, if you want to go that extra fold.

I bought 500 black linen paper in bulk for about $27.

Diagrams on OUSA
Sara Adams' video

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NOA - Origami exhibited in shop of Nippon Origami Association, Tokyo

Ashok Saraf:

This place is amazing. They publish Origami magazines, certify teachers of Origami and arrange training classes and exhibitions of Origami .

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

PCOC Paperfolding Fiesta

This is a post about the recent Pacific Coast Origami Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  So why then is the lead photo of a hotel urinal?

You're one mouse click away from the answer....

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How I mentioned your origami

Daniel Scher reports on the O-List that in last night's How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 5 - The Poker Game, a reference was made to origami:

Ted: Well, call me Akira Yoshizawa…
[Quizzical looks from the other players]

Ted:…the world's most famous origamist…I fold. [Throws his cards on the table and walks out.]

*UPDATE* 10/16/2013 23:47

Chris Lott uploaded the clip in question:


This episode reviewer notes:

  Ted WOULD know the name of the most famous origami artist in the world. His sheer exasperation when no one got his reference and he breathed, "I fold," was douche Ted at his finest.

In doing some light research, I found this:

Apparently, the show also featured something called an "origami stroller" in past episodes.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Encyclopedia Origamica

Completed October 7, 2013

I got home a few hours ago after a 13 hour drive from PCOC in Albuquerque. 

I wasn't able to get into Glenn Sapaden's class on how to fold this model set; but Arlene Gorchov was kind enough to teach it to me during late nite Sunday folding. 

15 single bills in total to complete the 12 volume series (the bookcase is made up of 3 bills).  The hardest bills for me to find were the ones with "1", "5", and "9" (The number that signifies which of the 12 federal banks the note was printed at).

In fact, I had to dismantle a Wensdy Whitehead dollar spinning tip top, because it was the only one with the number 9 that I could readily spot.  (I went through all my fresh bills immediately on hand, without luck).

I'll post a bit on PCOC, after I've recovered.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

It Came to Him....In a Dream

Jeremy Shafer's Dream Cube story reminds me of Special Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks, where he wakes up from a dream in which Laura Palmer whispers the name of her killer in his ear:

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

5th Sunday in September

Joel Stern taught twice, Pasquale D'Auria's Bird Bath, published in this year's OUSA Convention Book

It was John Andrisan, Marti Reis, and Jim Cowling's birthday month: