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February 1, 2013
Etch A Sketch inventor dies: Andre Cassagnes, the man who came up with the idea of a drawing tool that may have been the analog manifestation of the iPad, has died at the age of 86 in his native France. The electrician came up with the idea, which involves two small joysticks, aluminum powder and a scraping mechanism, in 1950 — a product which the Ohio Art Company still sells today, and occasionally gets a little pop-culture recognition. “Etch A Sketch has brought much success to the Ohio Art Company, and we will be eternally grateful to Andre for that,” Larry Killgallon, the company’s president, said in a statement. “His invention brought joy to so many over such a long period of time.” You brought the nine-year-old version of me a lot of fun, Andre. Thanks. (ht @margafret; photo by bionicteaching/Flickr)

Etch A Sketch inventor dies: Andre Cassagnes, the man who came up with the idea of a drawing tool that may have been the analog manifestation of the iPad, has died at the age of 86 in his native France. The electrician came up with the idea, which involves two small joysticks, aluminum powder and a scraping mechanism, in 1950 — a product which the Ohio Art Company still sells today, and occasionally gets a little pop-culture recognition. “Etch A Sketch has brought much success to the Ohio Art Company, and we will be eternally grateful to Andre for that,” Larry Killgallon, the company’s president, said in a statement. “His invention brought joy to so many over such a long period of time.” You brought the nine-year-old version of me a lot of fun, Andre. Thanks. (ht @margafret; photo by bionicteaching/Flickr)

21:23 // 1 year ago
April 20, 2012

Ezra Klein would like you to know that if you obsess over nontroversies – whether Etch A Sketches or dog meat – you're not normal. 

I think most people in Washington believe voters would make better decisions if they spent more time following politics. But I spend a lot of time following politics, and quite often, I couldn’t be happier that voters are tuning out the inanities that obsess this town. Better that they worry about real mountains rather than hyped-up molehills.

The Washington Post columnist has it right. Sure, these stories are fun, but they’re distractions that conveniently fill air during dead periods of the news cycle.

20:03 // 2 years ago
March 30, 2012
20:54 // 2 years ago
March 28, 2012
The Republican Party has moved so far to the right, you can’t recognize Mitt Romney. What Mitt Romney will appear in October? Mitt Romney has changed positions more often than a pornographic movie queen.
Arlen Specter • Basically ensuring that there will be a “Crazy Stuff Arlen Specter Says” Tumblr by the end of the day. (via Matt)
13:57 // 2 years ago
March 23, 2012
So, sales of Etch A Sketches are way up over the past couple of days. Wonder why.

So, sales of Etch A Sketches are way up over the past couple of days. Wonder why.

10:41 // 2 years ago
March 22, 2012
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March 21, 2012
21:11 // 2 years ago

In which a Romney adviser compares his candidate to an Etch A Sketch: “You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.” Dear Mitt: You may want to shake this guy up and start all over again.

11:39 // 2 years ago