A recent study from the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School illustrates a direct correlation between using computers for entertainment purposes and the development of computer skills that are transferable to more “productive” computing tasks.
Get ready to book a return flight on the invisible jet and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.
Most famous for their plastic model kits of classic Hollywood monsters, New York-based Aurora Plastics Corporation also produced a series of licensed models based on other characters from movies, television shows and comic books in the 1950s and ’60s.
Is it a toy, math puzzle or logic game? When it comes to the Rubik’s Cube, the answer is a definitive yes to all three questions. Invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik, the cube recently hit mid-life crisis status and celebrated its 40th birthday.
A light bulb creates an environment by its mere presence.
Alejandro Bustos of apt613.ca interviews me and takes a look at Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven.
People continue to do some amazing things with Lego and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.
Wink reviews books that “demonstrate what paper books can do”. I’m honoured that Light Bulb Baking made the cut!
Captain Citrus to the rescue… of orange juice and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Over forty years before Blackberry introduced their PlayBook tablet, Kenner Products rolled out a decidedly lower-tech version of the term as part of the My Books That Talk and Record Player.
Collectors Weekly, the go-to resource for collectors and admirers of vintage treasures, takes an exhaustive look at the role the Easy-Bake Oven plays in the collective consciousness of North Americans.
Joel Haslam of CTV’s Regional Contact talks with author Todd Coopee about his book Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven. The two discuss the appeal of nostalgia and the popularity of the Easy-Bake Oven. They also bake a cake in the toy oven and play a rousing game of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.
Written for the Toronto Star by award-winning author and toy historian Todd Coopee, The Light Bulb Moment – A History of the Easy-Bake Oven takes an affectionate look back at Kenner Products, the Easy-Bake Oven, and the efforts of the toy manufacturer to launch what would become one of the most popular toys in North America.
In the The Globe and Mail article Why the Easy-Bake Oven Continues to Fascinate Us, the author ponders the staying power and lasting appeal of the Easy-Bake Oven. While reflecting on his own childhood memories of the perennially popular toy, the article takes a look at the history and borrows from Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven.