Sugar/Honey Smacks

Earlier today I had cause to proclaim the following to the world:


This led me to wonder about the name switch from the Sugar Smacks of my youth:

  • 1953-1990s the name was Sugar Smacks
  • early 1990’s until 2004 the name was simply Smacks
  • 2004 to present the name has been Honey Smacks
  • future name: Gluten Smacks?

Thinking about this lead me to go eat another bowl of it,which then lead me to research the box art and mascots of the Smacks cereal line over the years. Go pour a bowl of Smacks and enjoy.

It all began with illustrations of real world Ringling Brother’s clowns.

1953-1956 Cliffy the Clown

1953-1956 Clown Paul Jung


Next came an animated seal. Go check out the animated ads, they’re wonderful.

1957-1960 Smaxey the Seal

1957-1960 Smaxey the Seal

In came the Hanna-Barbera horse sheriff, Quick Draw McGraw.

1961-1965 Quick Draw McGraw

1961-1965 Quick Draw McGraw


The Smacking’ Brothers loved roughhousing and sugar.

1966 - 1969 Smackin' Brothers

1966 – 1969 Smackin’ Brothers


The Indian Chief was the next mascot/spokesman, for a very short period of time.

1970-1972 Indian Chief

1970-1972 Indian Chief


Dig’em Frog came in in the seventies, went out briefly, and then came back.

1972-1985 Dig'em Frog

1972-1985 Dig’em Frog


The very short-lived Wally the Bear, just here to remind us of the switch to Honey?

1986-1987 Wally the Bear

1986-1987 Wally the Bear


Dig’em Frog came back for good.

1990's Dig'em Frog

1990’s Dig’em Frog

And, of course, since we can’t have nice things, the modern version has been tarted up with so much gratuitous photoshop airbrushery that… sigh.

current Dig'em Frog

current Dig’em Frog

Can’t we just go back to clowns?


another Cliffy the Clown

another Clown


and another

and another


Cord Wrapping Method of the Gods

Oh how total is the pain and suffering of coiling a long extension cord for storage, only to have it twist and snag and tangle upon uncoiling for later use. I have a 100′ long power cord that I often dread using for this reason.

Please, then, understand my utter joy and excitement upon learning this superior method as taught by Dirt Farmer Jay.

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Thanks, Dirt Farmer Jay!

Practice Locks for Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder


Have you heard about Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder? It’s a three-day festival coming this September 18-20, 2015 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California, where you will “learn about exciting new DIY technologies, make cool stuff, immerse yourself in an alternate reality adventure, hang out with nerd superstars*, and be surprised by cool special events you’ll never forget.”


I’ll be one of the event’s special guests, there to present nifty stuff and teach interesting skills. I’m currently planning a few workshops on locks — how they work, how to open them in unconventional ways, and how to make your own associated tools.


These are just a few example locks I’ll be bringing to help people learn and practice their new skills. These represent a variety of common wafer locks, pin tumbler locks, warded locks, and combination locks that you may encounter in the course of daily life/secret operations/ninja-ing around.

Hope to see you there!


*My first time being called a “nerd superstar”. And I kinda like it.

Pick part two

More good stuff from the heart of Burbank picking.



Wood handled screwdrivers



Spiral screwdriver, adjustable wrench, box wrench, pliers




Snap-on 1/4″ x 5/16″ ratchet box wrench, German thread nipper




Craftsman tape measure, Ma Bell keychain with screw drivers, feeler gauges, hex drivers




Weird hammer, weird DTMF phone keypad box…


I’m looking forward to digging into this phone keypad box. I’d love to hear from anyone with info on this hammer.




Estate sale haul 

Burbank garages are full of great old stuff. 

Pratt & Whitney end mills

Mine Safety Appliances Co. safety harness


Lyon steel lockers


Dayton Electric metal cutting shears


General Electric DC volt meter


Scout stapler


Trombero Carlson powered handsets


yet another hammer