Friday, October 7, 2011

Learn to Make (& Manipulate) a Puppet

©2011 Mike Harding/Applefun Puppetry
Want to learn how to make your own foam and fur puppet? An iSchool student who took this class last year, Kaye, let me know about this upcoming workshop and thought that it might be of interest to this year's INF2141 group (thinking about skills it might be useful to have as future children's librarians/service providers). The workshop is hosted by Open Door Designs and features 2 classes with professional puppeteer Mike Harding of Applefun Puppetry (also V-P of The Ontario Puppetry Association). The classes are taking place on Oct. 16 and 23 (sundays) from 10am to 4pm. The registration fee isn't super student-friendly, but does include materials and two full days of hands on learning. That said, I don't know much (or anything) more about this other than what's listed on the website, so I don't have a clue as to what the classes will be like (i.e. I can't vouch for any of this)....Just passing along info!

Here are the details:
Mike Harding of Applefun Puppetry, with over 20 years of puppet crafting skill, will help you to create a fantastic Muppet-style puppet. Uncover the secrets behind the "Henson stitch"! Beguile at as you master fur cutting! Amaze you friends with your foam gluing techniques! At the end of the day you will go home with a brand new puppet of you very own!
Basic puppet manipulation will be covered.
No prior experience is necessary.

And here's where you can find for further info (incl. contact info and registration forms).

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Video Game Craze of 1982

In keeping with this week's themes, the video below shows a series of news segments from 1982 about the arcade video game craze. I found the link on Retroist. Apparently they come from a Los Angeles-based ABC station.

Note the imagery that the use to make the kids look half-crazed as the play. This despite the testimony from the psychologist who appears in the last segment that video games are really no big deal.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Upcoming Event: From Hobbits to HTML

"Hobbit Hole" ©2009-2011 ~Legacy0 on devianArt

I love fall - there are always so many interesting talks and events going on around town...many of them free. Here's one coming up on October 20th at 8 p.m. at the Lillian H. Smith Branch (Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street):

The 24th annual Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lecture
Arthur Slade: "From Hobbits to HTML" 
Art Slade is one of Canada's most versatile authors, whose award-winning work ranges from realistic historical fiction about the Great War through steampunk, graphic novels and fantasy adventures. As a young reader, Art was influenced by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Ray Bradbury. Now an established author, he explores becoming his own publisher through ebooks. Is this the future of children's writers?
Be sure to check out the Facebook page for the event, and Arthur Slade's website as well.