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The first week of my new year

Well, I brought the origami calendar I got for Xmas into work today--it's great! Each page is a perfect square with a solid colored back, and the idea is to use the previous day's sheet to fold the current day's model. I had a little catching up to do, but now my cube is adorned with:

A New Year crown
An organ base
A file holder
A rectangular box
A ladybug
A fox puppet

Saturdays and Sundays are on one sheet. The models get more complex as the year rolls on. I think I'll get back into my origami obsession--this is a great city for it, with a fantastic bookstore in Japantown with a whole origami section (unfortunately, the more advanced are in Japanese, but I can usually follow the pictures. If I was really dedicated, I'd learn the language). The bookstore even has competitions occasionally.

I've loved origami since I was in 6th grade, and have a pretty respectable library myself. Here's a doggy I folded back in high school, I think:


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Jan. 8th, 2004 02:36 am (UTC)
i thought it had a dirty bum until i realized it was just a shadow effect...

suddenly i have the urge to hop in the shower. :)
Jan. 8th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
I guess it does kinda look like it's taking a dump!
Jan. 8th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
What a great idea for a calendar! Any idea where it was purchased? I'd like to get one.
Jan. 8th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yes....it came from Snickerdoodles on 24th St. in Noe Valley. Liwei wants one too!
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
I was filling time at Sequoia Station before class last night, and I went to Barnes & Noble just to see if they had the origami calendar. Yep! 50% off. Not sure if it's the same one. This one is by Margaret van Sicklen.
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
That's the one!!
Jan. 9th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
Great! Good job, Jack!
Jan. 8th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC)
I love origami, too, but have never been able to get the hang of it. I love your little dawg and the calander sounds like a great idea! One of my favorite possessions is an origami bird that a friend made and gave to me when I was exiting Houston, Tx. about 8 yrs. ago. Something about the simplicity marked with the extremely complex thought processes exercised to design these little creatures is a real turn on to me. I could look at it forever.
Jan. 8th, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
The most common model, the crane, is a symbol of good luck. Making a thousand cranes is thought to be a sort of prayer, and is often done to commemorate an important occasion.

The model I probably make most often is the flapping bird. It's similar to the crane, but when you hold it by the base of its neck and pull its tail, its wings flap. Kids love it, and it's easy to make.
Jan. 8th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC)
Ok. You have to promise to bring me one (a crane or flapping bird) when you guys come to dinner here, ok? :-) Still putting the loft together so it may be awhile....
Jan. 8th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'll bring some paper and show you how to make them!
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