Monday, February 19, 2007

THINK / Musings / Resolution, from Thomas the tank engine to the Wii

Thomas the Tank Engine Inspires John Borthwick:

THINK / Musings / Resolution, from Thomas the tank engine to the Wii: "Resolution, from Thomas the tank engine to the Wii"

With the battery powered train the focus became setting up the tracks in some form of circular shape and then watch them go round and round. Play with the push trains had been much more imaginative, it was about setting up the tracks, creating narratives and pushing the trains around, speaking the narratives out loud. Thomas the electric tank engine stopped most of that. It was now about just watching him (the train that is) chug round and round the track, usually pulling cars, sometimes on his own. Less creative, less social, less physical, and shorter time wise. I was thinking how does the resolution of media and experience effect the experience of the media and play associated with it.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Photo: Great Thomas the Tank Engine Balloon Art

Someone sent me this balloon picture. Here it is:

All the Thomas balloons I've ever seen have been like the ones below, found at a day out with Thomas events. They're neat, but seem canned and manufactured rather than this one... this one seems like art.

Friday, February 02, 2007

News: Thomas the Tank Engine to Star in the Super Bowl (exclusive pics!)

As super sunday approaches, it turns out that Thomas the Tank Engine (aka Thomas Jones) - son a of a coal miner - will have a starring role on the Chicago Bears Team. "February 2, 2007 -- MIAMI - It was one of those questions that often crop up at a Super Bowl, a query that seemingly does not make sense. Bears running back Thomas Jones was asked how his profession is similar to the one his mother, Betty, grinded away at for 20 years.

Betty Jones worked in a coal mine. "We go into holes," Thomas Jones said yesterday. "She goes into a hole that's dangerous, and I go into a hole that's dangerous. It's kind of weird, we ended up having the same job, somehow."

read the whole article here:
THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE - Sports - New York Post Online Edition