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Classic Album Covers Drawn On An Etch A Sketch

Back in high school, the now 30-year-old Philadelphia based artist Alli Katz found she had an unsual talent for drawing with an Etch A Sketch. In the years since, she has perfected that ability and now puts it to use creating Etch A Sketch versions of classic album covers that she posts to her Instagram. Katz talked to Fast Company about her medium—she rotates through a collection of about four Etch A Sketches and is always on the lookout for more—and her method, saying each drawing usually takes about 45 minutes, unless she runs into some trouble. "Sometimes I have to start a really simple one six or seven times because there is something off about it and there's no way to cover up mistakes," Katz told Fast Company. "I started 'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac like eight times. Something about the fluidity of Stevie's body and Mick's wooden balls made it really hard for me, but I really love that album and I was determined to do it." Check out the finished pieces:

Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA"

Born in the USA

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The Velvet Underground & Nico:

Velvet Underground and Nico

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George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass"

All This Must Pass

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David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane"

Bowie

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Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"

Fleet wood Mac Rumours. Happy New Years

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The Beatles' "Abbey Road"

Abbey Road/fun on a Friday night

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Barbie Is Now Giving Coding Lessons
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Mattel wants to help 10 million kids learn to code by 2020, and the toy giant is enlisting one of its most career-focused assets: Barbie. According to Engadget, Mattel is working with the coding education company Tynker to make seven Barbie-themed computer programming lessons.

Barbie has been a pilot, an architect, the president, and a computer engineer, so there may be no better character to teach kids the joys of coding. The lessons, arriving in summer 2018, will be designed for youngsters in kindergarten and up, and will teach Barbie-lovers more than just how to make apps. They’ll use Barbie’s many careers—which also included veterinarian, robotics engineer, and astronaut—as a way to guide kids through programming concepts.

An illustration depicts Barbie and her friends surrounded by cats and dogs and reads 'Barbie: Pet Vet.'

A screenshot of a Barbie coding lesson features a vet's office full of pets.

There are plenty of new initiatives that aim to teach kids how to code, from a Fisher-Price caterpillar toy to online games featuring Rey from Star Wars. This is the third partnership between Mattel and Tynker, who have already produced programming lessons using Hot Wheels and Monster High.

Kindergarten may seem a little soon to set kids on a career path as a computer programmer, but coding has been called “the most important job skill of the future,” and you don’t need to work for Google or Facebook to make learning it worthwhile. Coding can give you a leg up in applying for jobs in healthcare, finance, and other careers outside of Silicon Valley. More importantly for kids, coding games are fun. Who wouldn’t want to play Robotics Engineer Barbie?

[h/t Engadget]

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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