Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Alrighty then, I finally completed "Breakfast With Badgers" and it only took till 3:30 in the morning. The proof is only black and white so far but it folded up nice and there weren`t any obvious flaws to fix with the images.

I had to draw from 3 blocks this time. Not all of the fore ground breakfast block was looking good enough. The squid tentacle holding a coffee cup was just a confusing tangle, and the espresso looked better than the coffee.

So there it is, enjoy, but remember if the badgers ask you to pass the marmalade you probably shouldn`t make them wait. As before, the best assembly instructions I`ve found are by Sam Ciulla online in pdf form. Other than that the hint photos in the previous post might be useful here as well. I had some challenges opening the pdf instructions after saving them to print them out, so here they are in jpg form eh?


Monday, December 20, 2010


Ah-yup, there`s a cheery thought. Getting past the arithmetic blocks didn`t cause the outpouring of block post variety I had expected, but I have taken a couple of interesting themes up. Toaster And Squid cartoons and finally a pair of blocks, were just the beginning. The "Toaster Squid" spiky-ball Christmas ornament was a challenging but fun experiment that led to the "Xmas-Bones," ball and then the "Tribe-Ball." Each of these ornaments include faces from two wood-burned, cube-shaped blocks draped over the faces of stellated-octahedra (spiky-balls). Forgive my black and white proofs, my printer`s stumblin.

 The single sheet origami stella-octangula plan I used was designed by Sam Ciulla. The instructions I found most useful were, stellated_octahedron.pdf.

I`ve made several in the process of working out image placement precision. The only things I would add to these directions are, these hints as to how it should look as you get close to finished folding. If you got this far with the folding, you probably woulda figured it out anyway, but here they are.

My friend Keven came through wit the color proofs, and they`re pretty cool even with no jingle bell showing.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Alright I`m about tired of messin whith this book, I hope somebody enjoys it. for viewing on the computer screen or some mobile device these images are organized as they would appear in the booklet, but for printing the 2 previous posts are the ones you want. Anyway here they are.

Alrighty then.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Well the loading of the big booklet went smooth enough, reckon I`ll just git on with it eh? Here`s the 6 pages of proofs for the shirt pocket (2 7/8 inch square) size booklet. All these proofs were setup to print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.You had a little wiggle room on the larger one, but registration is closer here. Anda one ,anda two, anda...

Welcome to my world. This some what different world view fits like gravy in mashed potatoes into Flatware County. I can`t help but think of this little booklet as a passport to Flatware County ( yeah, like we hada border). these pages also don`t have the text that matches the pictures next to them (except for the middle page) as they are print ordered...
The next post will contain the correctly juxtaposed pictures and text for perusal on the web.
                                                                       Inaminute, eh?

Thursday, September 23, 2010



 BlockLogic was started as a way to share the fun of making and playing with blocks.  The Arithmetic Block Project, spun up out of day dream about a curving wambly looking wall-stack of kinda clumsily home-made blocks. I thought "In the tradition of John Steinbeck`s "The Drapes Of Math", I could probably get away with some wambly walls-o-withmetic blocks even if they won`t stack straight." Leave it to Plush Neon Monkey to notice that the six and the nine burned into the same block was not the most efficient use of time. "So is there some pattern to how the numbers fall on the faces,"he asked innocently?                                                                      

Who knew that can-worms would end up containing 12 kinds of Arithmetic blocks and include 36 math symbols. Chloe and Madison was glad to get the blocks, but their parents, Neko and Amy wanted if not instructions at least some definitions. What 36 math symbols? With the help of Mineral Comix and the Flatware County Gazette, it was Buffalo Mao #47 to the rescue. Well, we made two sets of arithmetic blocks and the booklets to go with them. All totaled there are currently more kinds of Arithmetic Blocks inna set than there are copies of Buffalo Mao #47. What tha hey?. I tried to put them side by side, but without resizing them (which might make them not print as well) they only fit one wide on the blog page. These pages are print ordered, so they won`t have the pictures across from the text intended to show there in the book. They`re meant to print front to back, with a fold at the center line (probably easier to fold first). Then mark lightly in pencil on the guide marks (except center lines) and cut with scissors. The booklet is too wide for most staplers, and I liked how the stitcher stapler at the print shop hit right on the fold and tightened everything up neatly. I offered but they were real nice about it and wouldn't `t take money for just a couple of staples. They did offer a good price to print copies collated, folded, cut, and stapled. They also had the kind of color copier that made brilliant durable copies.  The cover prints front up. It looks good on white and even better on ivory parchment (paper), which seems tougher too.

Well thats it, the top of the stack. When you`ve gotten everything printed folded and slipped one inside the other, this is the middle of the booklet. The next post will contain the the 6 page proofs for the shirt pocket sized 2 7/8 in version. In the words of famous native-American mathematician Buffalo Mao," Power flows from the point of a pencil, keep your eraser handy"