Was I supposed to cry?
Anyway, I used to be fond of making these dioramas back in grade school. I felt like a genius when I came up with this scroll-like apparatus that could mimic a TV screen (so that one could read the story behind these models).
And then I found out that everyone else had the same idea but theirs were even better (the manila papers they used were soaked in coffee overnight, plus burnt on the edges to achieve that classic sepia look).
Yes, I learned early in life that there would always be someone much better (or dorkier) than yourself.
(Originally published June 9, 2018.)