Figurines – Plamo http://plamo.info/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 10:19:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://plamo.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3-105x105.png Figurines – Plamo http://plamo.info/ 32 32 Toymakers are scrambling to get hot on social media https://plamo.info/toymakers-are-scrambling-to-get-hot-on-social-media/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 10:19:36 +0000 https://plamo.info/toymakers-are-scrambling-to-get-hot-on-social-media/ Not only has TikTok become kids’ favorite search engine, it’s also become the main place kids go to find the toys they want (and beg their parents). Why is this important: Where “hot” toys are catching the attention of the entire ad industry – and this season’s holiday hot toys are heavily tied to apps, […]]]>

Not only has TikTok become kids’ favorite search engine, it’s also become the main place kids go to find the toys they want (and beg their parents).

Why is this important: Where “hot” toys are catching the attention of the entire ad industry – and this season’s holiday hot toys are heavily tied to apps, video games and social media influencers.

  • Manufacturers are hastily shifting their marketing dollars from TV to TikTok, YouTube and other places where influencers strut their stuff.

Driving the news: At a ‘hot’ holiday toy preview event at Chelsea Piers in New York this week, toy brands were talking about the credibility of their products on social media and the licensing deals they have with influencers and video game franchises.

  • “It’s one thing to have a show on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon,” said Bonkers Toys chief marketing officer Joel Alicea. “The reality is kids are watching YouTube, kids are on TikTok.”
  • All of her company’s toys – which include a range of Addison Rae dolls and figures linked to YouTube video gamer Aphmau – are tied to specific influencers.
  • Many of the toys were tied to games kids play on Roblox and Nintendo Switch.
    • For example, each “Twilight Daycare” collectible doll comes with a code redeemable for goods on the wildly popular Roblox game.

Case study: A shape-puzzle toy called Kanoodle has gained unexpected popularity thanks to a math tutor who calls herself Miss Arlene and posts superfan videos on TikTok and Instagram (using a hashtag she coined: #kanoodlechallenge).

  • “This game is 16 years old and it’s had an incredible resurgence thanks to TikTok” – and Miss Arlene in particular, Educational Insights senior marketing manager Lee Parkhurst told Axios.
  • The company says it has no relationship with Miss Arlene – whose screen name is Silentmath – but will launch a new product next year inspired by her videos: Kanoodle Pyramid.

What they say : “My TV budget this year is zero,” Canal Toys President and CEO Bill Uzell told Forbes in 2021. “Last year I only used influencers, and this year only influencers, and I don’t see myself going back.”

Yes, but: Blockbuster movies always have the power to boost toy sales. The industry’s 2% growth in the first half of 2022 was encouraged by the release of “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” in April and “Jurassic World: Dominion” in June, market research firm NPD said. .

  • And some bestsellers don’t have big ties to media properties: Squishmallows — the cuddly stuffed animals that are the Beanie Babies of the moment — accounted for seven of the top 15 selling toys from January to June, NPD said. .

Where is it : At the Toy Insider-sponsored holiday preview, “hot” toys included many STEM-related products as well as an emerging category: toys that address children’s sensory or emotional well-being.

  • An “Express My Feelings Journal” asks children to draw a picture of what they look like when they feel lonely.
  • A new line of dolls called “Fidgie Friends” features clothing and accessories meant to be handled like a fidget toy.
  • No block of wood was in sight.

There were, however, plenty of modern twists on old favoriteslike a new Spirograph set with 3D glasses and Rubik’s Phantom, a heat-activated cube in which the heat from your fingers temporarily reveals the color of the tile, for added resolution fury.

  • Another sign of the times: Vtech’s “Level Up Gaming Chair” is a video game chair for toddlers, equipped with a joystick and fake headphones. (So ​​much for the wooden rocking horse…)

Between the lines: Children are not only watching TikTok — they also produce content.

  • Toys like “Studio Creator” help kids create “professional-looking digital content” like “dance videos, vlogs, baking videos, [and] unboxing videos”. (Slogan: “Become the next BIG influencer!”)

The commercial angle: The plunge in toy purchases that followed the Toys R Us bankruptcy in 2017 was followed by a rebound, including record sales in 2020 and 2021, per NPD.

  • Amazon, Target and Walmart have beefed up their toy departments.
  • Pandemic shutdowns and boredom have parents rushing to buy toys.

And after: The return of Toys R Us to Macy’s stores next month is expected to boost toy sales, as will Amazon Prime Day this fall.

  • “I expect the toy industry to continue to outperform other general merchandise categories for the remainder of the year,” said NPD toy expert Juli Lennett.
At left, Thompson Clarke, a speed-solving champion who works for Spin Master Toys, demonstrates the Rubik’s Phantom, which looks like a dark cube until the heat from your hands reveals the colors of the tiles. Right: Lee Parkhurst demonstrates the Kanoodle. Photos: Jennifer A. Kingson/Axios

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Reverend Maury Dean Riney – The Owensboro Times https://plamo.info/reverend-maury-dean-riney-the-owensboro-times/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 01:42:19 +0000 https://plamo.info/reverend-maury-dean-riney-the-owensboro-times/ Reverend Maury Dean Riney, 71, died Friday, September 16, 2022 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Reverend Riney was born in Owensboro, March 18, 1951, to the late Thomas Marnell Riney and the late Mary Edna Russell. He received seminary training and studied at St. Mary’s Seminary in St. Mary, Kentucky and Saint Meinrad’s Seminary in […]]]>

Reverend Maury Dean Riney, 71, died Friday, September 16, 2022 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Reverend Riney was born in Owensboro, March 18, 1951, to the late Thomas Marnell Riney and the late Mary Edna Russell.

He received seminary training and studied at St. Mary’s Seminary in St. Mary, Kentucky and Saint Meinrad’s Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana. Pr. Maury was ordained on May 7, 1977 at Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Owensboro. He faithfully served Bishops Henry J. Soenneker, John J. McRaith and William F. Medley throughout his 45 years of priestly service.

Reverend Riney served in several parishes in the Diocese of Owensboro. Among his assignments as pastor or associate pastor were St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Immaculate Parish of Owensboro, St. Michael of Sebree, St. Paul of Leitchfield, St. Elizabeth in Clarkson, St. Rose in Cloverport, St. Sebastian in Calhoun, St. Charles in Livermore, St. Mary of the Woods in Whitesville, St. Pius X in Owensboro and St. Martin in Rome. He has also served as chaplain at Carmel Home in Owensboro and in pastoral ministry at the Owensboro Regional Health Hospital. Reverend Riney has served many other parish communities in the Diocese of Owensboro in his role of providing substitute help in the absence of a pastor. His last assignment was at Holy Name Parish in Henderson where he lived until his recent move to Carmel Home in Owensboro.

Pr. Maury collected unique rocks, which he polished and transformed into works of art, coins and Fontanini figurines, from which he created a beautiful display for the enjoyment of others. Reverend Riney also enjoyed drawing, traveling and was very fond of animals.

He is survived by his sisters, Ann Petrie (Gerald) of Indianapolis, IN and Cynthia Rumage (Michael) of Florence, KY; two nieces; two nephews; and many dear friends.

Funeral mass will be held at noon on Tuesday, September 20 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Henderson. Visiting hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the church. Burial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.

Care by Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name Catholic Church, 511 2n/a Street, Henderson, KY 42420 or Carmel Home, 2501 Old Hartford Rd., Owensboro, KY 42303.

Remembrances and condolences can be offered online at www.glenncares.com.

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MPs give green light to controversial artifact loan law at committee level https://plamo.info/mps-give-green-light-to-controversial-artifact-loan-law-at-committee-level/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 06:40:59 +0000 https://plamo.info/mps-give-green-light-to-controversial-artifact-loan-law-at-committee-level/ An agreement between Greece and the United States for the loan of a private collection of 161 Cycladic figurines was ratified on Monday in committee in Parliament. The Standing Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs has approved the ruling New Democracy Vote Strength Bill. The main opposition SYRIZA, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and […]]]>

An agreement between Greece and the United States for the loan of a private collection of 161 Cycladic figurines was ratified on Monday in committee in Parliament.

The Standing Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs has approved the ruling New Democracy Vote Strength Bill. The main opposition SYRIZA, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and MeRA25 voted against ratification, while PASOK-Movement for Change and the Greek Solution said they would take a position at the plenary level.

Once the agreement is ratified, a selection of 15 Cycladic figurines – dated between 3300 and 1100 BC – which are not already represented in Greek museums will arrive in Greece by October 15, expenses paid by the Met, and will be exhibited at the Cyclades Museum for a year, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni told the committee. The 161 figurines will then be loaned to the Met in January 2024 for 10 years, after which (in January 2034) they will begin to be sent back to Greece in batches of 15 every five years. The loan deal with the Met will close in January 2049, and the Greek state reserves the right to extend it.

The terms raised objection from SYRIZA, which called for the draft agreement to be revoked. (Opposition parties argue that the deal legitimizes possession of Greek antiquities that were illegally taken from the country.) Mendoni criticized the opposition’s stance, saying “the bill will bring back to Greece 161 antiquities including we were unaware of the existence, were not recorded in any ministerial department, and therefore we would never have acquired or claimed.

Responding to comments that the government may have launched proceedings for their repatriation, Mendoni said “why should Greece claim in court a collection handed over to it”. She said the agreement does not prevent Greece from demanding other antiquities that can be found in other countries. Under Greek law, the state is the sole legal owner of Greek antiquities. According to Mendoni, however, “the law does not state that the Greek state is the sole owner, as ownership can also be granted to others”.

The rare figurines were donated to the Institute of Ancient Greek Culture in Delaware, on the condition that they be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum before returning to Greece. Mendoni said the institute will promote Greece’s cultural heritage and includes statutes that oblige it to abide by Greek archaeological law and that any action must be approved by the Greek Ministry of Culture. The ministry did not sign an agreement with a donor, but with the legal entity that received the donation, Mendoni insisted.

Any disagreements will be resolved by the Greek courts, she said. [AMNA]

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The Iconic Spider-Man Pointing Meme Comes To Life As A Spectacular Statue https://plamo.info/the-iconic-spider-man-pointing-meme-comes-to-life-as-a-spectacular-statue/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 15:26:00 +0000 https://plamo.info/the-iconic-spider-man-pointing-meme-comes-to-life-as-a-spectacular-statue/ Spider-Man’s most iconic meme has been lovingly recreated with a new figure. A replica of the statue released by Iron Studios faithfully captures the beloved 1960s Spider-Man pointing meme Spider Man cartoon. The 1:10 scale figure features a single Web-Head raising his right arm and pointing his finger. Unfortunately, fans will have to purchase two […]]]>

Spider-Man’s most iconic meme has been lovingly recreated with a new figure.

A replica of the statue released by Iron Studios faithfully captures the beloved 1960s Spider-Man pointing meme Spider Man cartoon. The 1:10 scale figure features a single Web-Head raising his right arm and pointing his finger. Unfortunately, fans will have to purchase two figures to recreate the meme at home. Each statuette is made of high quality polystone and stands approximately 8 inches tall.

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The image is from episode 19b of Spider Man, “Dual identity”. The meme uses a famous setting where two people wearing identical Spider-Man costumes are pointing at each other. In the episode, the villain, Charles Cameo, possesses the ability to look like anyone, an ability he uses to commit various crimes. The captured moment depicts Spider-Man’s confrontation with Cameo as he poses as none other than the friendly neighborhood web-slinger.

The famous snap began gaining notoriety online in the 2010s, with social media users sharing it to poke fun at oddly similar situations or people, usually to humorous effect. On February 23, 2022, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland recreated the meme for a photoshoot to promote Spider-Man: No Coming Home, which saw the three actors unite for the first time through the multiverse.

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The 1960s Spider Man the cartoon is celebrated by fans of all generations for being the first anime adaptation of The Amazing Spider-Man comic. The show is widely recognized for its catchy theme song “Spider-Man, Spider-Man Does Everything a Spider Can” composed by Paul Francis Webster and Bob Harris quickly became synonymous with the character. The series was produced by Robert L. Lawrence and Ralph Bakshi and originally aired on the ABC television network.

The series’ relative rarity in modern times adds to the nostalgia appeal surrounding Spider-Man’s maiden voyage to animated television. Apart from a few scattered episodes on VHS and DVD, the entire series would not be compiled until 2004. Buena Vista Home Video released all episodes on DVD as Spider-Man: The 67 Collection. The 6 DVD set has since sold out.

All Iron Studios figures are individually hand painted and licensed by the rights holder. The figure retails for $161.99 and is available for pre-order from Entertainment Earth.

Source: Iron Studios via Entertainment Earth

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Superman II’s Ingenious Use Of Miniatures No One Noticed https://plamo.info/superman-iis-ingenious-use-of-miniatures-no-one-noticed/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 22:00:28 +0000 https://plamo.info/superman-iis-ingenious-use-of-miniatures-no-one-noticed/ Superman II was made in a totally different era of cinema. Here are some of the visual effects tricks that completely blew the audience away. the original Superman and Superman 2 are classics of the genre, bolstered by an incredibly strong performance from Christopher Reeve as the titular hero. These movies came out before audiences […]]]>

Superman II was made in a totally different era of cinema. Here are some of the visual effects tricks that completely blew the audience away.

the original Superman and Superman 2 are classics of the genre, bolstered by an incredibly strong performance from Christopher Reeve as the titular hero. These movies came out before audiences could tap into an endless well of superhero content. This was a pre-CGI era where movies relied on more hands-on effects and camera trickery to interact with the audience.

Indeed, one of those cleverest uses of practical effects seen in those films was during Superman 2 in 1980. This is during the sequence in which General Zod realizes that Superman cares about the people of Earth and subsequently begins to terrorize the citizens of Metropolis with his accomplices. One of the most iconic moments is when the three use their super breath to wreak havoc on the streets.

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The Superman 2 scene is essentially a masterclass in classic Hollywood cinema. The actors playing the three Kryptonians stand in front of a rear screen projection that shows the rest of the city, as in front of them a wind turbine is operated on a convenient set carrying away the citizens. What follows is a series of increasingly elaborate stunts, as the winds blow people over each other, and cars are thrown across the set and into each other.

Except, of course, that it’s extremely dangerous to launch a burning car into a tray full of extras. So instead, the most important moments of the set are shot in miniature on a scaled-down version of the full set. Much safer to launch a flaming model car than a real car. However, this poses a continuity problem. The main set is full of windblown extras, so the challenge for the filmmakers becomes to recreate that in miniature.

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The first step is to fill the miniature set with scale figures, but people should also move around in such a way as not to interfere with the miniature effects work being carried out at the same time. Thus, the filmmakers placed the figurines on small treadmills which gently moved them along the set, giving the illusion of life and movement. It’s not something the audience would easily notice in the moment. And yet, a paused frame reveals that it’s just miniature figures in the scene.


More often than not, modern Hollywood’s solution to a visual effects problem is digital compositing, or CGI. And that’s very understandable; these tools have reached such a level of visual fidelity that anything is possible. But sometimes it can be just as important to take note of the creative problem-solving the filmmakers love behind it. Superman 2 participated when they did not have access to such advanced tools.

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New Vankleek Hill Event for ‘Little Ones’ and Ancient Treasures https://plamo.info/new-vankleek-hill-event-for-little-ones-and-ancient-treasures/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 13:31:44 +0000 https://plamo.info/new-vankleek-hill-event-for-little-ones-and-ancient-treasures/ If you know someone who has an overcrowded china cabinet, or if you’ve collected too many teacups and saucers over the years, this new event might be just what you’re looking for. Tea and Timeless Treasures is a new event taking place in Vankleek Hill on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. […]]]>

If you know someone who has an overcrowded china cabinet, or if you’ve collected too many teacups and saucers over the years, this new event might be just what you’re looking for.

Tea and Timeless Treasures is a new event taking place in Vankleek Hill on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Taking place in local church halls, people will be able to rent tables and sell china, figurines, collectibles, teacups and saucers, serving platters, cutlery, antique jewelry and more , says organizer Louise Sproule, who is editor of The Review.

She says the idea came to her as a result of her additional career in real estate.

“I’ve met so many people who have beautiful things they’ve collected over the years, but now, when these people are faced with the task of downsizing, they’re asking, ‘What can I do with it? all of this ?’ “Sproule explained. “I realized that even if they are not ready to give away their treasures, they would like nothing better than to sell items to someone who really wants them,” Sproule continued.

And so: creating some kind of quality vintage sale seemed like an opportunity for people from across the region to come together with some great things that could be snapped up by others who love these items.

“Sometimes we have to let go, but often there is someone who will cherish our items with newfound enthusiasm,” Sproule said.

This first year is kind of a risky thing, she admitted. She has already booked all three church halls and people are already booking seats at St. John’s Anglican Church Hall.

“I’m starting with this parish hall and then I’ll fill the other parish halls, if things go as planned,” Sproule said, adding that several tea tables will be set up in part in each parish hall, the ladies of the church offering tea. and sandwiches or treats.

“Church groups have been so supportive and are considering what they will offer in their church hall,” said Sproule, who says information about the tea offerings will be released soon.

If you have items you want to sell, you need to make sure the items are sparkling clean.

“I have this image in my head of people spending the day on the town, buying unique items to take home, and wandering down memory lane. I love antique stores and thought it was maybe -be a way to create an antique store spread over several sites for a day.

For more information or to reserve a table (tables are provided), write to: [email protected]

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Kickstarter Highlights: Sherlock Holmes Takes on Cthulhu and More https://plamo.info/kickstarter-highlights-sherlock-holmes-takes-on-cthulhu-and-more/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 21:14:54 +0000 https://plamo.info/kickstarter-highlights-sherlock-holmes-takes-on-cthulhu-and-more/ Come check out this week’s bundle of Kickstarter crowdfunding and highlights – including board games, TTRPGs, and dice! Knives out – Dark Borg Knives out is a zine designed by Greyson Yandt for MORK BORG which features way too many knives, a side of rapiers and fencing rulers, a seedy tavern (called the Red Rogue) […]]]>

Come check out this week’s bundle of Kickstarter crowdfunding and highlights – including board games, TTRPGs, and dice!

Knives out – Dark Borg

Knives out is a zine designed by Greyson Yandt for MORK BORG which features way too many knives, a side of rapiers and fencing rulers, a seedy tavern (called the Red Rogue) that houses an underground enclave of thieves. Plus a handful of jobs that should be done with discretion, a detective class that doesn’t believe in luck or fate, and a massive heist (written by Tessa Lyne of Sailing Fox Press) to steal the crown of a Mad King lost in time! And more.

Contributions start at $5 for a PDF.


Arbiter Miniatures: The Orc Horde – 3D printing

Do you have a 3d printer? Love printing badass thumbnails but hate the process of removing supports? Look no further! Here’s your chance to get a full set of easy-to-print epic quality miniatures, specially designed to be printable without supports, whether you use resin or fdm printing!

The Ork Horde is a Kickstarter project for epic, high quality models – ready to 3D print as miniatures for your gaming table or large printed collectibles.

Pledges start at $28 for a basic set.


Famous – Singleplayer RPG

Famous is a science fiction role-playing game for one player.

Play to tell stories of Nomads; notorious bounty hunters who strike fear among the scum and villainy of the universe and follow the dubious code of Nomads Guild. In the midst of an intergalactic war, you will accept a lucrative contract with one of six factions. The job is simple: bring the target back, dead or alive, without decay.

Contributions start at $7 for a PDF.


Primordial Secrets

Before the birth of time itself, great divine beings called Primordials held court in the great void. Take your place among this eldritch pantheon as they dance, plot, create and devour. The universe to be born will be yours alone to shape.

Secret action selection, simultaneous play, big reveals, and multiple paths to victory elevate this interactive deck-building game into something more… cosmic. Fans of classic deck-building games will be at home with this new entry in the genre, but Primordial Secrets is so much more than that.

Pledges start at $39 for the base game.


Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened 🇺🇦

This week’s header image is from this game.

A harrowing Lovecraftian adventure. JHe woke up is a Lovecraft-Conan Doyle crossover detective adventure game it puts you in the skin of a young Sherlock who is standing against a sinister sect who worships an ancient monstrous deity – cthulhu.

Developed in Ukraine during the Russian invasion.

Pledges start at $36 for a digital download – PC, PS4, PS5, X1, Switch.

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    Going to the Bud Billiken 2022 show? Here’s what you need to know. https://plamo.info/going-to-the-bud-billiken-2022-show-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 23:21:00 +0000 https://plamo.info/going-to-the-bud-billiken-2022-show-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ Dubbed “The Bud,” the parade has been a back-to-school celebration and showcase for Chicago’s young talent since 1929. For four generations, the Sengstacke family has staged what they say is the largest African-American parade in the states. United States and the second largest parade in the United States after the Rose Parade. Hundreds of thousands […]]]>

    Dubbed “The Bud,” the parade has been a back-to-school celebration and showcase for Chicago’s young talent since 1929. For four generations, the Sengstacke family has staged what they say is the largest African-American parade in the states. United States and the second largest parade in the United States after the Rose Parade.

    Hundreds of thousands of spectators and generations of families will gather along the two-mile route in Bronzeville on Saturday to cheer on a variety of performers – bands, dance and drill teams, goblets and cheerleaders – and watch honorary grand marshals and celebrities ride in style in tanks and classic cars. And thousands of school supplies and other gear will be distributed in Washington Park after the parade.

    At least a million more are expected to watch the parade live stream from 10 a.m. to noon on WLS-Ch. 7 and abc7chicago.com.

    • Time and date: 10 a.m., Saturday, August 13.
    • Location: Bronzeville.
    • Itinerary: The parade begins at the intersection of East Pershing Road (39th Street) and South King Drive and heads south to Washington Park.
    • Festival: As in previous years, a family fair called will take place after the parade in Washington Park and will remain open until 4 p.m.

    Car park: The seats are limited. Carpooling or public transport is recommended.

    Chicago Transit Authority: The green line is your best bet; exit at the 43rd Street, 47th Street or 51st Street stops and walk east towards the route. If you’re taking the Red Line, exit at the 47th Street stop. Take the #47 bus east and get off at Prairie Avenue; the parade is two blocks east. Details of additional bus and train services are available on the CTA website.

    Arrive early to find a good spot along the 2-mile parade route. Candy, school supplies and gifts will be available in Washington Park after the parade.

    Can’t be at the parade? At least a million more are expected to watch a live broadcast from 10 a.m. to noon on WLS-Ch. 7 and abc7chicago.com.

    • Grand Marshal: jeremihR&B singer
    • Honorary Grand Marshals: Brett Hartpresident of United Airlines; General Rodney Boydcommander of the Illinois National Guard; Cheryl Greenpresident of Governors State University; Dorri McWhorterPresident and CEO of the Chicago Metropolitan YMCA; Sanja Rickette Stinsonfounder and CEO of Matthew House; Mark Edmond, Jamuel Lewis and Charles Alexanderfounders of Black Bread Co.

    The Chicago Defender was founded in 1905 by Robert Sengstacke Abbott.

    In 1924, Abbott hosted a picnic for five of his publication’s newsboys.

    The first parade took place on August 11, 1929, when Abbott wanted to thank the children who peddled his newspaper on street corners. He couldn’t think of a better way than to give them what they loved: ice cream, hot dogs and a day outdoors.

    In 1921, Abbott launched Defender Junior, a page in his weekly devoted to children. It grew to include a club, attracting children from across the United States and Africa and serving as an alternative to Boy Scouts in response to segregation at the time.

    Bud Billiken, the page’s fictional editor/mascot described as the guardian and protector of children, was invented by Abbott and Defender editor Lucius Harper. Depending on which authority you ask, either the two found the word “billiken” in a dictionary or Harper had a carving of it on his desk.

    Additional note: Lucky figurines called billikens were a craze in popular culture in the early 1900s. Kansas City art teacher Florence Pretz created the stocky little lucky creature – a cross between a Kewpie doll and a Buddha figure – and for a moment the mischievous-looking “god of things as they should be” was all the rage. The Billiken Company of Chicago made dolls, banks, figurines, and other memorabilia in his likeness.

    Many personalities have participated in the parade since its inception. Here are a few:

    • Politicians and civic leaders: The two Daley mayors; Reverend Jesse Jackson; Barack Obama, both senator and US president; President Harry Truman; and Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington.
    • Facilitators: James Brown, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Chaka Khan, Spike Lee, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Oprah Winfrey and Chance the Rapper.
    • Athletes: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Candace Parker, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens and Floyd Patterson.

    Sources: Chicago Defender Charities; Grandstand archives and photos

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    Triana and Madison Libraries Offer Makerspace for High-Tech Crafts and More – The Madison Record https://plamo.info/triana-and-madison-libraries-offer-makerspace-for-high-tech-crafts-and-more-the-madison-record/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 00:48:30 +0000 https://plamo.info/triana-and-madison-libraries-offer-makerspace-for-high-tech-crafts-and-more-the-madison-record/ MADISON – Seven branches of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, including Madison which had equipment and Triana which recently received devices, have Makerspace Studio equipment for 3D printing and other processes. Madison and Triana Libraries both offer on-demand 3D printing that a customer can order from their own computer. Individuals can visit the library’s blog […]]]>

    MADISON – Seven branches of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, including Madison which had equipment and Triana which recently received devices, have Makerspace Studio equipment for 3D printing and other processes.

    Madison and Triana Libraries both offer on-demand 3D printing that a customer can order from their own computer. Individuals can visit the library’s blog at blog.hmcpl.org to determine the types of tools and machines available at a studio and the steps for 3D printing a design.

    In addition to Triana, two other branches, Gurley and Monrovia, are now equipped with 3D printers and studio space to create fun projects, crafts and gadgets.

    The library system has increased the technical capabilities of studios with on-demand 3D printing. In a few simple steps, customers can upload a design and wait for approval and printing; then the person will receive an alert when the project is available for pickup.

    All additional guidelines, restrictions and instructions are available on the “3D Print on Demand” page at hmcpl.org/ondemand.

    The library blog says Makerspace Studios offers a variety of free tools, machines, and activities to anyone with a library card. A studio novice can use a 3D printer, which creates a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model; typically, this process successively deposits many thin layers of a material.

    Another design tool is a cricut. A designer uses this electronic machine to cut with extreme precision and eliminates the need for scissors or an X-Acto knife. Additionally, pad printing involves the technology of transferring a two-dimensional image onto a three-dimensional part. (howjoyful.com)

    “Whether you’re printing fun animal figures that bend and twist, carving that perfect design, or just looking for a new hobby, Makerspace Studios is here to help you create and explore,” according to hmcpl.org/ondemand.

    Madison Public Library tools include 3D Doodle pens, two 3D printers and a 3D scanner, Carvey CNC, Cricut Maker, sewing machines, iFixit kit, Little Bit kits, media conversion center, maker of Pin-Back buttons and a serger.

    To prepare for 3D printing on demand, several steps will help in the procedure:

    * Modeling – Design the project with 3D modeling or CAD software, such as Tinkercad or pre-designed files anyone can download from Thingiverse.

    * Submission – Submit 3D project files to the library for printing using the online form. The project will be printed on a 3D printer at the library after review and approval. Library staff will notify the user when the work is complete.

    * Guidelines — All 3D printing projects must follow library restrictions. For example, the library will accept a maximum of two print requests per month.

    Makerspace studios are also in place at public libraries in Cavalry Hill, North Huntsville, Gurley, Monrovia and South Huntsville. Makerspace Studios offers scheduled appointments to ensure the necessary tool will be available.

    For more information, visit blog.hmcpl.org and click on the topic for 3D printers.

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    Artist tells how he sculpts lifelike clay figurines of celebrities https://plamo.info/artist-tells-how-he-sculpts-lifelike-clay-figurines-of-celebrities/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 20:23:07 +0000 https://plamo.info/artist-tells-how-he-sculpts-lifelike-clay-figurines-of-celebrities/ A sculptor known simply as Jay recreates some of the world’s biggest stars using polymer clay. Through his Artisan Store studio, he makes small figurines of celebrities such as Lionel Messi, Chris Hemsworth, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande and many more. Each piece contains an incredible level of detail rendered on a small scale; Jay conveys […]]]>

    A sculptor known simply as Jay recreates some of the world’s biggest stars using polymer clay. Through his Artisan Store studio, he makes small figurines of celebrities such as Lionel Messi, Chris Hemsworth, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande and many more. Each piece contains an incredible level of detail rendered on a small scale; Jay conveys the fine facial features of these famous characters and gets so gritty that he sculpts strands of hair and seams of clothing.

    Jay offers insight into his process through time-lapse videos. One popular piece is a sculpture by Khaby Lame, a Senegalese social media star known for his silent mockery of overly complex lifehack videos. To begin the artwork, Jay starts with a lump of clay, then uses sculpting tools to develop and articulate Lame’s features, including his signature smirk. After finishing Lame’s face, he then sculpts the body of the figure which includes another signature of the star: the way Lame holds his hands in his videos.

    Scroll down to watch Jay work. If you want one of his figurines for yourself, custom sculpts are available in the Artisan Store.

    A sculptor known simply as Jay recreates some of the world’s biggest stars using polymer clay.

    Through his Artisan Store workshop, he makes small figurines of celebrities and pop culture characters.

    He shares his process in fascinating videos.

    Jay’s topics cover football players like Lionel Messi…

    …to social media stars like Kim Kardashian and Khaby Lame.

    Craft Shop: Website | Instagram | YouTube | ICT Tac
    h/t: [Reddit]

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