Tinker, Tinker, Little Star

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

3977 Articles

We hope you and yours are having a fantastic holiday, in whatever tradition you celebrate. Speaking of tradition, last year, we posed this Depression-era Fleischer brothers cartoon, “Christmas Comes But Once a Year.” It got such a positive response, I think we’ll turn it into a tradition. It’s sweet, inventive, and a perfect holiday message about the maker spirit.

Merry Christmas to all of you, from your friends at MAKE!

PS: While poking around on YouTube, I found a Casper the Friendly Ghost animation from 1952 that is almost the exact plot with identical inventions. In fact, it was done by many of the same team that worked on the Fleischer film.