June 29th, 2019 | 41 mins 5 secs
barbie, behind the scenes, brian volk-weiss, comedy, comedy dynamics, discontinued, gi joe, hello kitty, lego, marvel, netflix, pop culture, star trek, star wars, the toys that made us, toys, transformers, tv
I talk the business of toys and pop culture, and what goes into making a documentary series about their history, with The Toys That Made Us producer/director Brian Volk-Weiss. Brian has lots to say about the hidden world behind toys and popular culture, the critical quality of a successful toy, why failure is interesting, the way your past dreams and passions have a way of shaping your future, and more.
April 5th, 2019 | 27 mins 56 secs
history, playgrounds, singapore, teamlab, toys, travelogue
An experimental piece on a travel experience of mine last year. I went to Singapore for a week with my fiancée in July and was surprised to find lots of playful touches, despite — or maybe because of — the reputation it has for law and order. And I thought it'd be nice to put together a sort of part travelogue, part essay thing about it.
You can find an accompanying photo essay for this story at ludiphilia.net/singaporephotos.