This is truly unbelievable: Lego has built a 1:1 scale model of the X-Wing fighter using an astounding 5,335,200 bricks! It’s as big as the real thing, capable of fitting the real Luke Skywalker—and Porkins.
Today would’ve been Jim Henson’s 77th birthday. Here’s something I wrote about him a few years back.
Jim Henson walked into a meeting of executives and financial backers declaring he wanted to create a kid’s show that brought about world peace. I love that story. It was a pitch meeting for Fraggle Rock. Few people can say things like that without sounding naive. He had a way of making people believe anything was possible. I know he made me feel that way -and continues to.
As a kid who grew up obsessed with the Muppets and anything with Henson’s name attached it’d be an understatement to say I’ve been influenced by his work. There’s a shirt the Onion sold that said “I understand the Muppets on a deeper level than you.” I’m embarrassed to say I feel that way. The cool thing is I know I’m not alone. He had the ability to create art that made kids feel as though it was made just for them.
The thing about The Muppets that I loved (and continue to love) is they’re a group of weirdos and chickens and monsters and things all just trying to figure life out together. Kermit is at the center of it all attempting to put on a show, bring them together and stay sane in the process.
They’re a beautiful almost functional family.
This will sound strange and morbid, but did you know you can watch Jim Henson’s funeral on YouTube? One day I found myself watching it. Yeah - I know, but I promise you - it’s not as weird as you’d think. Sure it’s sad, but it’s so much more. Watching it left me inspired -inspired to create, to unite, to bring joy and to live a life that would one day result in a celebration like that.
There’s a line in The Muppet Movie:
Kermit: Yeah, well, I’ve got a dream too - but it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. That’s the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with. And, well, I’ve found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And, well, it kind of makes us like a family.
Don’t worry. I’ll resume posting idiotic, pointless things on this blog again soon. For some reason though, this week I felt compelled to share people and things that inspire me. If you have something or someone you’d like to share I’ll be posting those later: firstname.lastname@example.org
He promised a show that would bring about world peace. It might not have happened- but I do believe he did give us a glimpse, in his way, of what that might look like.