On this week’s episode, Norm claps his hands, Joey gets ready for a celebration, and Will preps for PAX. All that, plus the latest on the Apple vs. Samsung verdict, Sony and Samsung announce tons of products, Kepler finds a neat planet, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
I can’t believe this thing still exists. It’s a tracing of my childhood teddy bear, Jingle—so named for a defunct bell in his right ear.
It’s the earliest independently made piece of artwork that I have any record of, and I actually remember creating it. I was 5, and I was doing something I’d do again and again in my life as a maker: breaking rules.
I was supposed to be taking a nap, but instead I snuck out of my room and into Dad’s studio behind our house in North Tarrytown, New York. I had a vision for Jingle, and this was where all the cool art supplies were. (My dad was a painter.)
I laid Jingle on a piece of brown paper and drew his outline, then wrote, as well as I could at that age, “Savage” on one leg and “Jingle” on the other. I gave him some paw pads (something my actual bear didn’t have, for although I kept optimistically adding them with a marker, they always faded away). Then I gave him a nifty blue vest, a belt with a gold buckle, and a Superman symbol on his chest.
But my new Jingle wasn’t fully realized yet, so I broke another rule, the only one in my dad’s studio: Don’t touch the single-edged razor blades. I picked one up and carefully cut out Jingle along his perimeter. Mission accomplished.
I don’t recall being punished. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t. I do remember that my dad was happy enough with my creation that he framed it, which is why I still have it.
About a year later, Jingle’s place in my heart was usurped by the awesome Gus, a larger teddy bear for which my dad built a fiberglass race car out of hardware cloth and polyester resin. Gus could actually sit in it. For a while I could even squeeze myself into it too. It was the best present ever, and it taught me a vital lesson that has stuck with me ever since: The coolest toys don’t have to be bought; they can be built. In fact, sometimes the only way they’ll ever exist is if you make them yourself.
(This post originally ran on Wired.com in July 2012)
Space, the final front… well you know. This week, Adam, Will, and Norm discuss space exploration past and present, the value of science education, and the speed of light.
On this week’s show, Norm connects with dinosaurs, Wes makes a poignant observation, and Will forgets a name. All that, plus the latest on Nikon’s Android camera, the problem with passwords, iPhone rumor rumors, AT&T vs. Facetime, and another episode of fake outtakes. Enjoy!
Adam explains why he read the script for the as-yet-unfinished Tarantino movie, Django Unchained.
On this week’s show, Joey is curious about Windows 8, Will enjoys the heat, and Norm tells a horrifying story. All that, plus Windows 8 RTM impressions, a Mars Curiosity update, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1, and another edition of fake outtakes. Enjoy!