Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's Just a Number!


Does anyone really care about personal metrics?  Nobody really cares about your weight or shoe size.   I don't think anybody really cares about your IQ or your GPA.  Or about your net worth or speed on the 100 yard dash.

With that said, I'd like to share one of my numbers: 2,039.

That's my number, two thousand thirty nine different jokers. I just counted.  Counting is a bit of a chore although I've now organized it so it should be easier going forward.

Since I have categories, I counted each of my 23 major categories.   Here's the count of the first ten categories. Thsi says that in the first catalog, the first category of jokers is animals and there are 134 different animal jokers.  The next category, which is my favorite, are the topsy-turvy jokers.




As I mentioend, the topsy turvy jokers are my favorites.  A topsy turvy jokers are those that are, like so many playing cards, symmetrical along the X axis.  Or more simply, they are the same upside down as right side up. Or there is no way for them to be upside down.  Here's 71 of them as they appear in my joker album.


















This next page is one of  my favorite pages in the entire joker collection.  Why?  I like the topsy turvies generally and specifically, the ones on the top left and right were designed by me.  HEre's the story, I run a company in the educational technology industry and I have a small budget for SWAG. One year, I decided to create our own deck of jokers.  The characters come from our products.  So there is Ed Mouse, the Educational Mouse.   There is also the Penguin from Word-O-Rama. And lastly, there is the very famous cat and mouse from VocabularySpellingCity's Hangman game (actually, it's HangMouse). They also appear in Sound It Out.

Favorite Jokers
Favorite Jokers
The other really fun thing about the page above is that the jokers in the bottom left and right of the page are from GoNoodle, the great brain break software that's so popular in schools.

These last two pages are the pages that I haven't yet filled up with nine jokers.






Here is the total count of hte joker collections. It's maybe a little small to see.



Here's the count of the other major album of jokers





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Clown Jokers



I have a section in my collection with clown jokers. Can I be honest? I don't really like clown jokers. I think jokers should have jesters on them.  I think clowns are a mistake, a poor substitute.

With that said, I thought I would share a few of the more interesting clown jokers with you.

Scary Joker Clown 


Scary Joker Clown Card
Scary Joker Clown Card

Below are all the pages as of today in the clown section of the joker collection.  I count 41 different jokers. There are four pages with nine jokers plus five on the next page.  The pages have a minor themes. For instance, the first one below is mostly clowns juggling, balancing, or generally performing.

Clowns on Jokers Performing & Juggling
Clowns on Jokers Performing & Jugglines
Clowns on Jokers Performing & Juggling

This set of jokers has more of a bicycling theme and since they are clowns, it's more a cycling theme with most of them on unicycles. It might not surprise you to know that I have a unicycle in the garage but I cannot balance on it. However, I am a good juggler.  (see me juggling).

Clowns & Jokers Together: Why?

Clowns & Jokers Together: Why?
Clowns & Jokers Together: Why?


More Cycling Clown Jokers


Clown Jokers Juggling & Balancing: One with Balloons


Left Over Clown Jokers


This last shot is a jester, a spooky jester face. I included him so you can see that a jester wears a jester hat. Jokers have pointed or roundish clown hats.

Spooky Clown Head Joker
Spooky Clown Head Joker




Clowns & Jokers Together: Why?
Clowns & Jokers Together: Why?




More Jokers and Clowns
More Jokers and Clowns