Monday, July 29, 2013

POP Sunday Meeting, July 28, 2013

Pacific Ocean Paperfolders met once again at the temporary location in the Beverly Hills area.

When I arrived, I believe Joel had taught a pajarita, since there were some sitting on people's tables; and he passed around to me a box of pajarita chocolates he picked up in his travel to Spain a couple of weeks ago.

Folded chocolate?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Quote of the Day

From the O-List mail:

Topic:  Collapse the model symbol

Question posed by KDianne Stephens:  What is the Origami diagramming symbol for “collapse the model” ?

Answered by Dr. Robert J. Lang:   I vote for this.

Shape Your Mind

Photo taken by Sok Song of an ad on a subway platform

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Happy Model

Well....I'm not sure what Fernando Gilgado is calling this thing....but boy, does he sure look like one handsome,  happy camper!

This wouldn't be my first paper choice, as it's a bit thick (no inappropriate jokes, please) and so the eyes won't lay down as flat as I would like; but this modest sized, 6" square paper was already premade, left over from this project.

I swear (not expletively), I want this blog to remain family-friendly- but I just couldn't pass up sharing this adorable little guy with the larger community of folders!  After all, the model in itself is nothing dirty but perfectly natural.   And look at him!  He's got such a grin and is soooo happy! 

Not sure why, though...

His hat looks a little too tall; but I'm too lazy to go back and fix it right now.

Diagram is generously posted by its creator, Fernando Gilgado.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Jeremy Shafer's Loud Mouth (Castanet)

This is a great model for kids!  It utilizes the same action mechanism that you find in the classic clapping hands action model (not Jeremy's version), Deg Farrelly's flapping butterfly, and Talo Kawasaki's Patty Bat (all excellent models!).

It's also a great way to conserve the extra paper you have left over when cutting an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square from letter size paper.

The model appears in Jeremy's 2nd book, "Origami Ooh La La", sold on Amazon

He also generously shares the model on his YouTube channel:

Sunday Folding Funnies

Friday, July 19, 2013

When Paper has Memory

I uploaded this 4 years ago:

Hope I didn't make you sit through all 3 minutes of that?  (^_^)  You can view this one if you lack patience.

Jeremy Shafer is a prolific YouTube uploader of tutorials.  Extremely generous in sharing so much of his work (especially in light of some of the rude, thankless commenters you find on YouTube).

About a week ago, he posted a tutorial on Chris Palmer's famous hat tent, taught by Chris Palmer, himself.  It's timely, because I was just teaching the model recently myself to a few at WCOG last weekend.  It's an amazing model:

You can find some cool spinner variants nowadays, as well.  CP variants here.

To support Chris Palmer's work, visit Shadowfolds and check out his cds.

Tomoko Fuse- Pako Pako

PAKO PAKO from Paulo Mulatinho on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

(The Return of) The Ultimate Double-Barreled Paper Banger!

This is a repost- but I doubt most of you have yet seen this video (it's been "off the air" for the last couple of years when a primary YouTube account was deleted).  Joe Hamamoto demonstrates the ultimate paper snapper.  Pay close attention- and remember:  If you're going to fold one yourself, make sure you do so under licensed, adult supervision- this is serious, dangerous stuff:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Random Sights and Sounds from OUSA 2007

I can't seem to find where I posted the original video on this blog (so maybe I never did).  So I'm including the re-upload here, in this post (original YouTube account was suspended a few years ago).  Many people probably never saw it back in 2007, anyway.

I also restored the video in the post on the coke bottle (video's actually been up for a while now on the YouTube channel; just finally got around to re-embedding in the post).

Friday, July 12, 2013

Magic Moving Images

My quest for the ultimate next best business card entertainment continues.

Another idea is utilizing moving images:

Joel Bauer gave me a couple of rulers years ago, that incorporates this illusion technology.  It'd make a cool (albeit expensive) business card to have a moving picture of, say, an origami flapping bird.

 Here's an example of a business card designed for a barber:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Conjunction Junction, What's Your Function? Why, it's Tearigami!

An impossible object?

Naw, I'm not promoting Schoolhouse Rock (Oops!  See what I just did there?).

In my process of trying to figure out the next great business card design, so that my business card doesn't get accused of being crap by mentalist Joel Bauer, I stumbled across this 2006 tearigami invention:

Conjunction is a remarkable effect with a very simple description. You take one of your business cards, give it a series of folds and tears, and in the process transform it into an impossible object: two unbroken cardboard rings that end up linked through one another.

So, you may ask, what sets Conjunction apart from the multitude of other effects that have bits of card linking together? Simple: You do it for real.

According to people who have learned it, this is not a magic trick:  It is "legit", where the paper truly is linked.

On this Magic Cafe forum thread, the author, Joshua Quinn, answers some FAQ:

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Business Card Modular Tetrahedron Frame

Joel Stern learned this from someone at OUSA and taught it to me this morning:

 Folded from 6 business cards (Joel taught it to me using 3 x 5 index cards- actually, Yami's prescored doodlebug cards, which made some of the folding process easier with some of the necessary creaselines already present).

The person who taught Joel didn't know who the creator is.  So if anyone can help identify, I'd be much obliged.

Joel Stern's My First Origami Kit

Joel Stern's most recent origami book:

My First Origami Kit is the perfect introduction to the joys of origami for kids of all ages. Featuring sheets of stickers along with folding paper, this kit is sure to keep them engaged and happy for hours!

Included are whimsical origami penguins, foxes, pigs, airplanes and more—even a cute teddy bear that "talks" when you open and close its arms. All of the papers are colorfully decorated on both sides with a different design for each of the 22 models! There are feathers for the duck, metal plates for the airplane, scales for the cobra, and so on. In most cases, it doesn't even matter which side of the paper kids use—they'll still end up with a great-looking model!

Kids will love to add sticker details to their models—eyes, noses, paws, and many other cute features. They can make the finished models look as silly or as serious as they want. Your child will proudly display the finished handiwork—their very first origami!

Projects include:
  • Diablo the Cobra
  • Clarence the Mouse
  • Magic Box
  • Barkley the Sea Lion
  • Edward Elephant
  • Cootie Catcher
  • Soaring Sam
Tuttle Publishing has done a handsome job with the packaging of this and extremely well priced for what you get.  Very eye-catching and should hold great appeal to kids of all ages (yes, including you 70 year old kids out there!).

My favorite model in the book might be the teddy bear (shown in the upper left corner in this photo montage of models Leyla Torres folded at Convention).  Joel taught it to us at POP, earlier this year I think it was.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Origami Condoms

I heard about this being developed before (article I read); but just now when I was running a Google search for "origami female", a YouTube video came up, demonstrating how to use an origami condom product.

About the company:

Latex condoms were first introduced around 1918,  just 15 years after the Wright Brothers' first successful flight at Kitty Hawk. Airplane technology has advanced to a landing on the moon and another on Mars while the condom has essentially remained the same.
Today, almost 100 years later, condom technology has now advanced with radical re-design ideas, new materials, and significant functional changes for the 21st century. Three patented silicone innovations began US clinical trials in the fall of 2011, with clinical research funding from the National institutes of Allergies and Infectious Disease, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
I wonder if the Founder, Danny Resnic, has actually done any origami?

Please be advised:  Sexual content posted below.

Photos from Natural History Museum 2010

I've been lazy and negligent over the last few years of organizing and uploading photos from festivals and origami meetings. 

Here are some photos a friend of mine took of a stint Yami and I did for the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Horsing Around in Little Tokyo

Last Friday, I made my monthly trip to Little Tokyo to pick up my NOA subscription.

Kinokuniya Bookstore in Los Angeles. The selection of Japanese origami books seems to have shrunk.

 I found John Montroll's recent book with 26 horse models and purchased it.

SKU: B13-128
Price: $19.95

26 wonderful horse-themed models from John Montroll and an international group of contributors. Models range from mythical (Pegasus, Unicorn, Centaur) to useful (Horse Bookmark and Pop-Up Horse Card) to various horse breeds (Quarter Horse, Clydesdale, Mustang, Lippizzan). There are easier models (Stick Horse, Simple Pony, Ponytail Pony) and more complex models, such and a painted horse that uses both sides of the paper to achieve the color effect, and a horse and rider from a single sheet. All models are folded from one square sheet of uncut paper, except for one horse folded from a dollar bill. Each diagram includes interesting facts on the model. Color photos and color diagrams with helpful text descriptions.
Classic Montroll horse will always remain my favorite:


 Next year will be the Year of the Horse, so it's a very timely book.

For those familiar with J-Town, ever take a notice at the lobby of what's across the street?

Corner of San Pedro and 1st St.

Monday, July 01, 2013

My 1st 5th Sunday at Carol Steven's

The table I did not sit at to fold; didn't even meet everyone...

Carol Stevens has long hosted a 5th Sunday of the month folding fest in her home.  I finally made it to one of these.