I am taking a break from stickers today. I was snowed in on Wednesday, and while I was home, I spent some time going through the permanent collection looking for items that had not been photographed. I found several, including this dog toy of Baby Huey. I had bought him on clearance a while ago at Tuesday Morning. I would like to note that much like the Forever 21 x Alec Monopoly travel case, the backing card credits Classic Media as the copyright holder even though they were DreamWorks Classics in 2013 when this toy was released.
I find it very hard to believe that it was back in October that I posted the first of the Richie Rich Three Dimensional Stickers, and started working on a way to differentiate the variants. Where does the time go? And here we are in February, and I have only posted one exhibit so far this year. To help compensate, today I am posting two exhibits!
Sorry for not posting last weekend, I was busy working behind the scenes to improve the Harvey Mercheum website. It is no secret that I am a big fan of Google and their various offerings, such as Google Calendar, which I used to create the Harvey Mercheum editorial calendar. I have been running Google’s PageSpeed Insights and trying to act upon its suggestions. But for a web browser, I use Firefox, and have for years. I recently found out about Lighthouse, and wanted to give it a try, so I installed Google Chrome on my new desktop computer and used it to run the Lighthouse audit. It gave me more suggestions, some of which I was able to act upon.
Today is National Bobblehead Day! To celebrate, the first exhibit for the new year is another Wacky Wobbler from Funko, this time Wendy the Good Little Witch! Made two years after the awful Richie Rich Wacky Wobbler, I think they did a much better job on Wendy. What do you think?
Happy New Year from the Harvey Mercheum! What a busy year 2017 was! Looking back, some of the highlights of 2017 that stand out to me include:
- Switching web hosting to a more reliable company
- Getting the Harvey Mercheum website on the Cloudflare Content Delivery Network (CDN)
- Providing true date archive navigation of the Mercheum Blog by creating the Harvey Mercheum Editorial Calendar on Google Calendar
- Being interviewed in Intelligent Collector magazine
- Formalizing the “Special Days” calendar
- Coining the new term Harveyana
- Analyzing the JA-RU rack toy collection
- Posting the 100th exhibit
- Posting 27 exhibits in the 2017 calendar year
I would say, looking at this list, that 2017 was a good year for the Mercheum. Here’s hoping that 2018 is even better!
Before I get busy unwrapping presents and eating and visiting friends and relatives, I would like to take a moment to wish all of you, my readers, a very merry Christmas!
It has been over three months since I turned a Harvey Mercheum exhibit image into a Jigidi puzzle! Where does the time go? Here we have one of the views of the Casper lampshade:
To see all of the Harvey Mercheum puzzles, use the “New Puzzle” post category on this website:
or visit the HMCurator creator page on Jigidi:
Sorry for not posting last weekend, but I finally got a new desktop computer, and spent what free time I had getting it set up. It is much faster than my old laptop, and I hope it will help me post exhibits quicker.
While I am still sad to have finished posting the JA-RU rack toy exhibits, having done so opens up some exciting possibilities. Having one or two parts of a set is nice, but having a complete (or near-complete) set allows you to look at the big picture, see things that may not be obvious when only looking at one part.
I have mentioned before how using WordPress has advantages over plain HTML pages. One of these advantages is that WordPress automatically provides Really Simple Syndication (RSS feeds). For years, there have been posts pronouncing RSS “dead”. But for every one of these posts, there is another like this one I read recently stating that RSS is still alive and relevant.