International Pixel-stained Technopeasant Day

Before I unveil my contribution to International Pixel-stained Technopeasant Day, I’d like to make an important and relevant announcement. I’ve been posting my novel, Shades of Milk and Honey as I’ve been writing it. Among the people reading it, was an agent. I’m pleased to report that as a direct result of posting my fiction …

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Handmade Puppet Deams

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for awhile, but now I have a really, really good reason. Go watch the trailer for Handmade Puppet Deams. This is a collection of short puppet films curated by Heather Henson (Jim Henson’s daughter) and the trailer shows some of the most exciting puppetry I’ve seen. There is …

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The Rag (show)

The Rag (show) is a weekly puppet video blog with very short (like 45 seconds), funny pieces using “wayang xerox”* to hit some topical subjects. This week? An iceberg discusses global warming. *I promise that makes sense and is funny to a puppeteer. Wayang kulit is a style of traditional Indonesian rod puppets, they are …

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Dr Who: Destination Prague

Look! The Dr. Who anthology that I’m in, Destination Prague, came out today. Oh my goodness. I’m such a geek, because you know, Dr. Who! I think that my early watching of Tom Baker’s Dr. Who really marked the beginning of my geekhood. (Dad? Care to comment?) It is especially apropos that Destination Prague comes …

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World Puppetry Day

If you can, today, seek out a puppet show whether that’s a live show or something on video or film. Puppets are one of the oldest forms of theater and have had so many different incarnations, it can’t be hard to find one. You just have to look for them. Don’t know where to start? …

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Things to amuse you while I fly

Modern Mechanix » Puppets Made from Light Bulbs Guido Daniele does amazing body paint. See that picture of the athlete? She’s naked. (Thanks to momk for this) The Cube – An hour of experimental television produced by Jim Henson before the Muppets. (Thanks to Jeremy Tolbert for this one.) We’re boarding now.

“It depends on how much monkey you have left.”

Are we done yet? Lots of good work today. I made baskets for the puppets and only have one more to do. I took a break to do some sewing, but otherwise, most of today was basketry. Emily had a whole bunch of volunteers in to sew the mini monkeys.

Brain Basketry

Thank heavens. I solved the moving mouth issue on the monkey puppets without needing to run the control to the rod. I took photos, but left the cable to upload them, so you’ll have to continue waiting for illustrations. After installing the mechs in all three of the boys, I screwed their tails on and …

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So, much as I love my job, there are days when things go wrong. Today is one of those days. Now, I say this, knowing that in fact, the first part of the day went very well. I installed the heads and controls on four puppets and then, as a minor miracle, figured out how …

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