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17 DECEMBER 2015

Even tails can have unexpected affordances

"Affordance is a term used to describe the potential uses or actions latent in materials and designs. Glass affords transparency and brittleness. Steel affords strength, smoothness, hardness, and durability. Cotton affords fluffiness, but also breathable cloth when it is spun into yarn and thread. Specific designs, which organize these materials, then lay claim to their own range of affordances. A fork affords stabbing and scooping. A doorknob affords not only hardness and durability, but also turning, pushing, and pulling. Designed things may also have unexpected affordances generated by imaginative users: we may hang signs or clothes on a doorknob, for example, or use a fork to pry open a lid, and so expand the intended affordances of an object."

Caroline Levine (2015) "Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network", Princeton University Press.

Fig.1 YouTube clip titled "What tails are for!" showing an unexpected affordance for a dog's tail.

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affordancescandid videochildhood agencychildhood imaginationchildhood innocence • children and their pets • designed thingsdivergent thinkingdog • dogs tail • free range playimaginative thinking • imaginative users • intended affordances • Lance Ellis • latent actions • latent uses • mischievous behaviour • painting a picture • perceivable action possibilities • potential actions latent in designs • potential actions latent in materials • potential uses latent in designs • potential uses latent in materials • rethinking limitations • tail • technology affordances • unexpected affordances • useful significanceyoung child

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Simon Perkins
20 NOVEMBER 2012

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: 26 varieties of misadventure

"The deaths in Edward Gorey's picture book, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, are funny in all these ways: 'G is for George smothered under a rug, H is for Hector done in by a thug ... M is for Maud who was swept out to sea, N is for Neville who died of ennui, O is for Olive run through with an awl, P is for Prue trampled flat in a brawl ... R is for Rhoda consumed by a fire...'

The Gashlycrumb Tinies is many things. It's a rhyming alphabet of 26 boys' and girls' names. It's a Dance of Death, detailing 26 varieties of misadventure. It's in a tradition of cruel comic verse: Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter, Belloc's Cautionary Tales, Graham's Ruthless Rhymes. It's a homage to the Victorian cult of childhood innocence and child mortality (eg Little Nell)."

(Tom Lubbock, 08 August 2008, The Independent)

Edward Gorey (1963). "The Gashlycrumb Tinies": or, "After the Outing".

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1963 • 26 • After the Outing • alphabetalphabet book • awl • bearblack humourboys • brawl • cartoon • Cautionary Tales (book) • child mortalitychildhood innocencechildrens bookchildrens book illustration • cruel comic verse • cult of childhood innocence • dance of death • dark comedydeath • deaths • Der Struwwelpeter (book) • Edward Gorey • ennui • firefunnygirlsgrizzly bear • Harry Graham • Heinrich Hoffmann • Hilaire Belloc • humourillustrationillustrative style • Little Nell • meet their ends • misadventure • names • nasty mishapspicture book • rhyming alphabet • rug • Ruthless Rhymes (book) • smothered • stupid deaths • The Gashlycrumb Tinies • thug • trampled • Victorianyoung child

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Simon Perkins
11 NOVEMBER 2011

Baby plays with iPad, frustrated by paper magazine

"A YouTube video shows a 1–year–old expertly using an iPad – pinching and swiping – and then tries the same moves on a paper magazine without results."

(Jeff Glor reports, 14 October 2011, CBS News)

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Simon Perkins
14 MARCH 2009

Charlie bit my finger

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2007 • accidental fame • baby • bite • boysbrotherscandid shotcandid video • Charlie Bit Me (2007) • Charlie Bit My Finger (2007) • Charlie Davies-Carr • childchildhood innocencechildrendigital youthfame • famous • finger • finger-biting • giggle • growing up • Harry Davies-Carr • home video • Howard Davies-Carr • hurt • Internet mememememouth • ouch • painpainful experiencessiblings • that really hurt • user-generated contentvideo sharingviral videoyoung childYouTube

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Simon Perkins
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