Month: January 2016

Fiery Friday: Japanese Dragon–Counting Toes!

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There are a few differences between Chinese Dragons and Japanese ones. Chinese mythology almost always portrays dragons as benevolent, whereas Japanese legends sometimes feature them as evil monsters similar to European dragons.

Also, in ancient China, the addition of one extra toe or claw to a painting or sculpture of a dragon could be a fatal lapse in judgement. Reason being: a dragon with five toes(or claws) was a symbol of the imperial family. Punishment was dealt on anyone of lower status who dared to decorate his clothing or household with a five-toed dragon. Therefore, dragons with four toes are more common in China, and artwork depicting a five-clawed dragon usually indicates the piece is for imperial use only.
Even though the Japanese dragon was also a symbol of imperial power,the Japan’s artists often portrayed dragons with three toes;a Japanese dragon’s number of toes does not indicate its status.

 

 

Monster Monday (late) Engraving of a Camphor.

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In looking up creatures in engravings tonight, I came across this unicorn with webbed hind feet and no visible ears. Upon further research I discovered that this is known as the camphor, an Ethiopian species of unicorn. It also has a very whiskered face, a stubby tail, and a thick curly mane that covers the entire neck. Cute little guy.

Here. Have a Yeti.

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Sigh. Here in Georgia, we do not get much snow. The smallest amount of snow in my area, which I will simply call the Metro Atlanta Area, tends to paralyze the city because 1) generally, natives do not know how to drive in it, and 2) until recently, we had no infrastructure to deal with it. Also, we tend to get more ice than snow.

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The One-Eyed Christmas Beast, 2015

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Since my mood has at last improved,I finally got around to creating this year’s One Eyed Christmas Beast. It may be 2016 now(at LAST), but this is for 2015. You can see last year’s  One Eyed Christmas Beast here.
Here he is being welcomed into the family here at Ice Station Eyeball.

My god. David Bowie is dead.

This was my first real exposure to The Thin White Duke. I had always heard the name but didn’t really pay that much attention. Then, I watched Live Aid all day on the day it happened, and this video premiered sometime during that day. Since I taped the whole broadcast, I had this on tape and I watched over and over. Loved it, loved it. the humor these two display with each other is priceless.

And of course, as Jared, he completely captivated me as he probably did many of you. Since I was a girl about Sarah’s age when the movie debuted, Labyrinth made me ponder about growing up, prodded into areas of my mind that hadn’t been awakened yet, and both disturbed me and turned me on.
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It’s only forever, not long at all.

RIP, Our Goblin King.

Toys n’ Stuff: Mister E!

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Feeling nostalgic again today, and still in a very “toy” mood because of Christmas,I thought I would share with you another of my favorite, but very weird, old toys.
This is Mister E. Once you get the name, you understand. He has been a lifelong companion, yet he has never told me what he is.
He’s about a foot long, covered in thick, good-quality plush fur. One side of his body is  sky blue, the other half is deep green. And his underside is traffic cone orange felt. He has protruding, froglike eyes. He is shaped somewhat like an anteater. And I love him dearly. I bought him sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s at our McCrory’s store at Northlake Mall, with some allowance money. I had seen him in the massive wire bin filled with oodles of assorted stuffed animals, and he was the only one of his kind I saw then or have seen since. He was just so odd I had to have him.

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I think he was five dollars. My grandparents often took me to this mall, and the McCrory’s was a genuine destination as it was a dimestore loaded with housewares, toys, clothes, candy,you name it. It was great to not only have a Kay-Bee Toys in the mall but also a store with a small toy department. I also bought many Imperial monsters and dinosaurs there, and more Rain-Blo bubble gum than I would care to think about at the moment.
Mister E is also a beanbag–more specifically, I think he is stuffed with crushed walnut shells,which was a popular “beanbag” stuffing back then. He is stuffed too tightly to pose very well, but he has a good, solid weight to him.

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The choice of that bright, bright orange is so odd for his underneath. Nevertheless, he was one of my most popular traveling toys as a kid and he has the scuffed eyeballs to prove it. Most often, he went to my grandparents’ house and back a lot, and sometimes to the Piccadilly Cafeteria. Good times!

 

Some Christmas Fallout 2015: Presents from Steve!

Actually, these are some little gifts Steve brought me back from his trip to visit his family in New Jersey.

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Visiting our usual haunts of vintage toy stores such as The House of Fun, and new toy stores like The Happy Hippo, yer Uncle Steve brought a delightful  bag of tricks home that definitely helped to cheer my mood after having possibly one of the rottenest years of my life.

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