Samples: little oddities

samples:myB52Here are some samples of the little things that would be found in

the Haven for Dreamers,

possibly the first physical step toward The Musement Park.
There may not be much you can do with these things, but then again maybe finding things to do with them will be part of the fun and challenge. At any rate, I think they will spark some creativity and imagination.

Here’s a short clip of the Levitron in action — a magnetic top that maintains its position by the stabilizing effects of its rotation.

This demonstrates a “hand bubbler,” a device which shows the effects of thermal expansion in a dramatic way.  One fun and creative way to use it is as a cartoony version of a fever thermometer.

Ah, I also have something to share which can provide hours of imaginative play: a track for marbles.

Sorry I don’t have time for more samples right now.  Perhaps soon I’ll add a video of the Drinking Bird desktop toy (a hand bubbler with some extras that works by cooling the top rather than warming the bottom). I also have a Mirage 3D illusion device handy, and a number of other things packed away. Oh, I may have a post with all my robots (well, robot toys, anyway).

A lot of these kinds of things are hardly worth paying for, just for one person to keep. All the more reason to have a place where everybody can contribute such “ingredients” to share with each other.  You probably have some fun things that get your brain excited or tickled, but have ended up in a drawer or closet. There are some things that have a lot more potential if everybody contributes, such as construction toys. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a huge set of Lego™ pieces of all sorts, and teams of friends to build things with them? Years ago, two students at MIT made a mechanical tic-tac-toe playing computer out of Tinkertoys™!

Remember, this is just a part of what

the Haven for Dreamers

could be — and what else it might be could be something you think of or contribute!

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

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