Monday, March 31, 2014

Average Barbie Is Just As Fake

An amusing little article by Virginia Postrel.
When I was a little girl, my favorite dolls came from Mattel and had wildly inhuman proportions. To me, they were magical and special and didn't look the least bit strange. But once, probably when I was making a Christmas wish list, my mother let her adult perspective slip. "You mean," she asked, with a disapproving edge, "one of those dolls with the huge heads?"

Yes, I spent my childhood playing with Liddle Kiddles, whose heads were roughly the height of their torsos and twice as wide. Yet never once, as a child or an adult, have I wished for a four-foot-high head. Toys exist in an imaginative world. Nobody expects them to be scale models of reality.

Except for Barbie, of course....
Read it all.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Just put it in the trunk.

cement_mixer_bmw_thumb.jpgI went to look at a used cement mixer in Cave Junction today. Old Montgomery Ward model. Heavy duty. They don't make them like that any more.

"I was kind of expecting a guy in a pickup," he said.

Pickup? Who needs a pickup?