Monday, August 31, 2015

The Sharpest Fingers in Clayburn County

Via Joseph Wu on the O-List:

Inspired by the storytelling of O Henry and Mark Twain, our little film tells the twisty story of two testosterone-driven men in a tavern who unexpectedly enter the world of origami.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Slinky Dog

Leyla Torres put out a video tutorial of Yara Yagi's charming dachshund model that is reminiscent of the slinky dog from Toy Story:

I've been seeing this all over Facebook, so may have to fold one myself fairly soon....or several.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Saturday Morning Cartoon

Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of President Harry S. Truman who gave the order for the dropping of "Little Boy" and "Fat Man", referencing the story of Sadako:

Truman’s Grandson & Japan’s A-Bomb Survivors: A Story of Reconciliation

As the generation that survived the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki begins to pass, the grandson of President Truman works to end the threat of nuclear weapons.
In June of 2012, I was driving home from taking my son, Gates, to high school when, contrary to common sense and Chicago ordinance, I decided to check the messages on my cellphone. There was only one. Someone with a lovely soprano voice was singing me “Happy Birthday.”
It turned out to be Shigeko Sasamori, who survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, an attack ordered by my grandfather, Harry S. Truman.

I had met Shigeko only a couple of weeks earlier, in New York. She was there working with Hibakusha Stories, a United Nations-affiliated NGO that, as of this date, has brought atomic bomb survivors to share their experiences with more than 25,000 New York Metro-area high school students.

Needless to say, I never expected to know a survivor of Hiroshima, let alone have her sing me “Happy Birthday.” My grandfather never spoke to me about the atomic bombings. I learned about them like everyone else, from history books. Aside from casualty figures, the books told me very little about what happened to the people.

In 1999, when my older son, Wesley, was in fifth grade, he brought home a copy of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. The book is based on the life of Sadako Sasaki, a little girl in Hiroshima sickened by radiation. She followed a Japanese tradition that says if you fold 1,000 origami paper cranes, you are granted a wish. Sadako’s wish was to live. Sadly, though she folded more than 1,000 cranes, she died of leukemia on October 25, 1955. There’s a memorial to her and all children killed or wounded by the bomb in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Jurassic Origami

No.....I've never seen any of the Jurassic movies.

But I did hear about the Chris Pratt Jurassic meme.

The Satoshi KAMIYA Coelophysis was folded by me today (just for this); and the shoddy photoshopping was all done using a phone app.

If I had a bit more patience, I would have liked to have tried using these models: