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• No chance a blind person would be allowed to touch an original marble horse head statue in a British museum. But that’s exactly what someone did with Vista resident Cosmo Wenman’s 3-D replica of the famous artwork at a recent expo. “Wenman believes if more 3D copies of important artworks become available, the public will find all kinds of uses for them, just like the blind man did,” KPBS reports.
• Metallica announced it will play a secret location as part of a visit to Comic-Con to promote the band’s upcoming 3-D IMAX film. The U-T’s George Varga starts the process of elimination about where the band’s likely not to play. (U-T, New York Times)
• Blogger Jim Highsmith visited San Diego’s Mingei Museum and picked up a lesson about what can drive innovation. (Hint: Scarcity of materials and constraints play a role.) (Dzone.com) We’ve been exploring innovation and what could stymie it in our current quest series.
• Here are some details about San Diego’s bike-share program coming in 2014.
• What will happen at a defunct Post Office in North Park? CityBeat digs into eight spaces with projects under way — keep your eye out for them.
• A whimsical house designed by beloved architect and designer James Hubbell is on the market. (U-T)
• Volunteers built a miniature replica of the Santa Fe train depot using the station’s actual blueprints and completed it down to tiny adobe tiles. The depot’s part of the Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park, which is now rallying volunteers to build a replica of the 1915 expo that kicked off the park in time for a centennial celebration. (U-T)
• Deirdre Clancy has designed 704 costumes for The Old Globe’s summer Shakespeare festival since 2010. (U-T)
• Vegetable peeler salesman Larry Scheidt carves birds out of apples and roses out of radishes as he hawks his wares at the San Diego County Fair, where he’s been selling for 11 years. (KPBS)
• You’ve got to see the bear-inspired table that woodcarver Don Madison made for his home near Julian. The artisan makes his pieces from wood that has burned in wildfires. He used to work as a set builder for San Diego Opera. (U-T)
• Sam Halpern traces some of his bluntness — and the roots of his new novel — to his childhood on a farm in Kentucky. The retired UC San Diego nuclear medicine professor has been mulling this book for decades. He’s also the dad from “Shit My Dad Says.”
• Pacific Beach residents coaxed historic preservationist Bruce Coons to their yard last weekend to check out a stubby, heavy cannon, and he recognized it from photographs of the original Horton Plaza. It was built in 1876. (U-T)
• Pro skateboarder Bucky Lasek has a 13.5-foot deep skate pool in his Encinitas backyard. Now age 40, he just won three gold medals in pro competitions. The U-T has a photo gallery of Lasek’s backyard antics.
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