Month: December 2014

Misfit Toys, Genetic Diversity, and Disabled Virtual Pets

Which toy do you think has been loved the most?

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Well, I can imagine both toys being loved quite a bit.

The one on the right is from a series of photographs by Mark Nixon. My guess is that it has either been loved by a child for a very long time, or by a nervous puppy for about five minutes.

I have always been fascinated by strange animals.

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One reason I have been working on the genetic diversity of wiglets is to create a large diversity of forms, personalities, and styles of movement. Inspired by the abstract figures in the paintings of Paul Klee, I want to generate a never-ending menagerie of strange, funny – and sometimes pitiful – creatures.

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Pitiful? Sure. Why not. Pitiful critters need to be loved too, right? Just like Barbie and Ken.

This is what the Ugly Dolls web site says:

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I’m not sure if I would go as far as saying “Always be ugly”. But sure, ugly is OK.

Here’s a video I made recently that shows the way a bunch of genetically-diverse wiglets dance to pokey music.

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They will never make it to Bollywood, but that’s ok with me. I love these critters, defects and all. But then, I’m biased.

-Jeffrey