My Tolkien Ringbox


Here’s some video of the crowning achievement of my wooden box building phase in the early 90s: my Tolkien-inspired RingBox. Built entirely by hand without working drawings, the spring mechanism was perfected straight out of my toolbox…. tinkering and tinkering until it worked. The wood I used was from one of those bags of scrap wood you can find at hobby stores, and I’m not sure what Continue reading My Tolkien Ringbox

HotRats 2006 Photos

Well Ain't That Tim Hagan?
In a perfect world, where I was fabulously (and inexplicably) rich, I would spend my days eating chocolate pop-tarts and blogging. Unfortunately, this incredible turn of luck has yet to happen, so I plug away at my web goals a tiny bit at a time. Today’s success is the release of photos from a 2006 reunion our college architecture class (that’s our pal Tim Hagan and his lovely wife in the photo shown above). This reunion was fun, and scary, and sad, and sad, and sad, and mostly sad. Fatter, older, slower, meaner…. oh how the HotRats have fallen…..

Trailer Trashed Book Reception

Grant Henry is Trashed at the Hollis Gillespie Book PremiereHollis, I am so sorry…. I didn’t buy a copy of your book “Trailer Trashed” this past Tuesday at your big premiere at Paris on Ponce. When I texted you earlier in the day to ask if you needed help at the event I never believed that you’d actually need it, but I was only too glad to help out. Now you need to know that by the time I got there, Shane and Grant and Lary and your other friends had already dressed the outside of the building and organized the inside… I mean, it seemed like everything was practically done already. But, at some point I realized that I wasn’t dressed thematically enough for the occasion… I mean!! I was wearing a PiratePaloozaâ„¢ T-shirt and jeans; arguably an appropriate trailer park outfit, but not as instantly recognizable as the mechanic shirts and wifebeat Continue reading Trailer Trashed Book Reception

Sticky Stuff Hits YouTube

Hey look! It’s my friend Joe in his very own YouTube-style infomercial showing off his cool temporary adhesive product called “Joe’s Sticky Stuff”. I did the artwork for the product tin, but Joe and his family have been the people making this product a success. I think they did a great job with this video because in one minute you know exactly what the product does! Fast and clean, just like Joe’s Stick Stuff!!

The Curse of the Black Dog

Patrick Swayze and Tom Weston

Due to the untimely demise of actor Heath Ledger and the recent one-car accident by beloved entertainer Morgan Freeman, the American mass media has gleefully started pushing the idea that the latest Batman film “The Dark Knight” is cursed. And, while I do have my own infinitesimally tiny connection to Tim Burton’s original Batman picture, I know nothing about this latest Batman show and its potential damnations. I do, on the other hand, have the scoop (including photos!) on a Patrick Swayze film that was absolutely, positively cursed†; from an aneurysm at the beginning to an accidental explos Continue reading The Curse of the Black Dog

EPCOTbox

My EPCOT Box
I love boxes of all sorts, particularly wooden ones. Back in the 1980s I made my first “themed” wooden box. It was peculiarly awful, yet lovable in its own weird way…. especially if you like Disney’s EPCOT Center in Orlando, Florida. I was a huge EPCOT fan in my youth, to which this hysterical artifact will readily stand testament. I’ll be uploading more photos of some of my other nifty boxes in the next week or so, so stay tuned!