You know what you’ll be for Halloween this year, but did you know your internal organs enjoy dressing up too? Our guts will masquerade as funk bass legend Bootsy Gallins, Prostafarian, Uterrorist, Mammary Mummy, FrankenSpleen, The Lung Ranger, Sexy Nurse Testicle, Thyroid Android and Devil Liver. We’ll be rolling out more ridiculousness this week on our Facebook page and on Twitter, if you go for that spooky social media stuff.
Archive for October, 2011
Oh what fun I had in New York! We sold guts, geeked out and had a grand time. Being there was like being home, I enjoyed seeing great friends, checking out old and new haunts and stomping around in Manhattan in autumn, which is of course a magical time. I met Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing without knowing it was him, which is probably all for the best because I would have acted like a geeky fan. Thanks to the peeps at Kidrobot, Shawnimals, Seibei, Mr. Toast, Tenacious Toys, and My Plastic Heart for being great neighbors, I had such fun! See some snapshots of all our fun here, take a video peek via a Booth Crash from Kidrobot, and I’ll catch you up on our toymaking panel soon!
We had some great fun at the Takoma Park Street Festival, despite the rain, the turnout was decent, and as usual we met lots of great people. A highlight was meeting Jason, pictured at left, who had a liver transplant ten years ago and is still going strong. His girlfriend got him a Liver Not a Fighter shirt to celebrate the event. Center, our new plush brain took his rightful spot as the head inside our silly new X-ray machine, and at right, my son, Bix, and his buddy Max had a great time looking at their innards, too. Thanks to everyone who came out!
We’d like to offer a 21-pancreas salute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer last night. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult to diagnose and treat. Mortality is high, and it is generally very painful. If you have not yet watched or read the transcript for the Stanford Commencement speech Jobs gave in 2005, do yourself a favor and check it out. Here’s an inspiring sample: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
If you live in the D.C. metro area (aka the DMV) and want to shop for guts locally tomorrow, urine luck because we will be out on the streets of Takoma Park at the street festival all day tomorrow selling soft fluffy organs. Stop by and snap a photo with your face behind our new x-ray machine that lets you see all the happy smiling organs inside your body (thanks to everyone who weighed in on the guts’ Facebook page about whether or not organs need faces — as it turns out, yes, they do). We’re gonna have lots of silly games, like Pin the Spleen on the Body, Follow the Bleeder and other goofiness. Don’t miss out on being freezing cold in the rain with us! We’ll be close to the Farmer’s Market, near the intersection of Laurel and Carroll, just steps from the red line metro Takoma station.