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Realization while talking with [personal profile] branna: I've been folding origami for 40 years. My usual personal marker for no longer being a youngster is my time online (35 years, starting with dial-up BBSs) but this is an even longer measure. And in its way more impressive.

Since, however significant this may be to me, that's not enough to make a post, here's a couple recent results of all that practice:

Three-headed dragon

Folded from a 10" (25cm) square, no cuts: three long necks with dragon heads, four legs, wings, and a tail. This was something like the 5th or 6th time I've made this model, and despite it being several years since the last one, it was not the technical challenge I remembered -- just long and complicated. Huh.

The apatosaurus was a very small dinosaur

A tiny apatosaurus* folded from 3" (7.5cm) paper from memory, by way of stretching myself. I can hold about a dozen models in my head at any given time, and this is the most complicated one I've ever memorized. With TBD old enough I don't have to pocket a tissue pack everywhere I go, I now carry small folding papers. I managed this model without resorting to a toothpick or the like, for working the smaller folds. And then repeated the feat in light green (not shown).


* AKA the Artist Formerly Known As Brontosaurus.

Subject quote from "Let's Go Crazy," Prince.

Originally posted at http://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/642755.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.



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Jul. 8th, 2017 05:51 pm (UTC)
it was not the technical challenge I remembered

And yet it's magic, so far as I'm concerned. One of your giraffes stands sun-faded guard over my modem. After a dozen years, the little folds that make the ears and horns still astonish me.

Yellow Giraffe sends greetings to his maker.
Jul. 8th, 2017 07:23 pm (UTC)
Greetings, O long-lived paper critter! You have outlasted almost all your peers.
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