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Some artists put an incredible amount of work into their creations. They spend numerous hours doting over every detail and trying to make things just right. In the end, they hope to have produced an amazing work of art. Scott Weaver has done just that.

Weaver has just spent the last 34 years of his life building a miniature model of San Fransisco…completely out of toothpicks.

The artist calls his creation “Rolling Through the Bay,” mainly because of the fact that he incorporated several tracks in the model to roll ping pong balls on. There are a few points of entry that each ball can be inserted into to make them run around the tracks.  That is what makes this a true masterpiece.

According to Oddity Central, Weaver used over one million toothpicks. The model is 9 feet tall, 7 feet wide and 2 feet deep with actual recreations of Golden State Park, Bay Bridge, and a few others. In fact, Ripley’s Believe It or Not actually offered the toothpick wizard a whopping $40,000 for his creation, but he dutifully declined.

To look at more pictures of the model and watch a unique video detailing just how he did it, click here.

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I know I recently did a post about Sirius Satellite radio and it’s celebration of “Jerry Week,” but today just wouldn’t be the same without some acknowledgement of the anniversary of his death. (By the way, Jerry Week ends today.)

Thank you, Jerry, for so many years of wonderful music. Photo from cuckoobird.net.

Thank you, Jerry, for so many years of wonderful music. Photo from cuckoobird.net.

On this date, 24 years ago, Jerry Garica suffered a fatal heart attack while he was at a drug treament center. He was only 53 years old. Not incredibly young, but young enough to declare that “only the good die young.”

Now he lives on through the thousands of recordings of his music. Also in the spirit of Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead tribute band, and Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, two of the remaining members who still tour the country regularly.

Many Grateful Dad fans paid their respects yesterday (and I’m sure more will today) by visiting Jerry’s hometown near San Francisco, CA.

Of course, Jerry has generated so much business since his death, it’s a real shame he couldn’t have been around to witness it. Think about all the commercial products available to consumers — Cherry Garcia ice cream, the Jerry Garcia necktie, t-shirts, photographs, Grateful Dead bears, books, music, and guitar picks. His family, I’m sure, is doing well in the horrible economy of today.

As the years go by, I can only hope that this important musician will stay as remembered as he is today. The Grateful Dead may not be one of the most recognizable bands in the world, but they are certainly one of the most loved. Deadheads are like no other fans around. They are loyal and always see the music for what it truly is.

I’d like to take this one opportunity to say “Thank you Jerry” for creating such an immense number of recordings and providing so many of us with a sense of good feeling and peacefulness.

We will always remember you.

Visit the New York Times for a very nice story on the anniversary of Jerry’s death.

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