Philip English - Noreen Bawn


Noreen Bad News

Usually associated and known for their single-shot bolt-action 50 BMG rifles, Noreen released the Bad News series of rifles a couple of years ago, patterning them around the AR-15/AR-10. However, they went up on the caliber department; the Bad News is available in 30-06, .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua Magnum. Although they drew in a lot of interest, they appear to be plagued by quality control and reliability issues. Ironic choice of name. (GRH)

I have told Noreen’s story in the form of a lecture a number of times. Invariably, someone comes up to me and says, “She can’t be retarded.” A flat statement. Usually, they then turn and walk away, discounting everything. As if what happened to her is then not relevant.

Let me say that this attitude is bigotry, pure and simple. What is being said is that disabled people can’t be wise. What is being said is that wisdom is the domain of the privileged. White. Educated. Male. BUNK! Wisdom touches whomever it chooses. And it chooses all. If one takes a careful look at what Noreen knows, one will find a wisdom not contained in books, not taught in classrooms and not obscured by linguistic elegance. Yes, Noreen is wise. Yes, she is disabled. I fail to see the contradiction.


Dave Hingsburger, I Witness:  History and a Person with Developmental Disabilities

Autistic people aren’t the only ones who get undiagnosed from a distance the moment we show the slightest sign of understanding anything whatsoever.  This was published in a 1992.


Sneak Peek!

We are thrilled to finally share some of the incredible pin-ups and backgrounds of the Great Personality Exhibition, Project and interactive Dating Games! This non-traditional pin-up show is about the science of attraction, ambiance an attitude! 

You can see more details about this exhibition on our recent blog post

Great Personality Games are coming soon! See the Light Grey website for details


Sagmeister x Walsh

Adobe asked Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh for interpretive solutions for their logon and they came up with a game show.

The 5 episode show features a series of fun challenges, a panel of judges including Joshua Davis, Stefan Bucher, Jessica Hische, Noreen Morioka, and funny host Todd Newton. Enjoy the game!

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Noreen Thorne

Noreen is my main thief on GW2. She was intended to be an RP character and I spent a long time figuring out her personality and story, but in the end I never got to use her for anything. 

The ascended chest for medium armor is a pain to draw. I skipped a lot of the detail to save what’s left of my sanity. 

Currently trying to find a simple-ish style to draw and color in for my comic. Figured I’d use my GW2 characters as guinea pigs, so expect a lot more of these in the future!

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Twin Sisters Dress Alike for 88 Years 

Maurine and Noreene never asked to be famous. The two identical twins lived their lives in sleepy Denison, Texas, sharing a strong affection for each other and for snazzy matching outfits. But thanks to the Internet and a remarkable series of snapshots, the pair has become a global phenomenon. Roach Smith blogged about them on the Sister Project: “What entranced me was the pride with which the twins showed off their matching outfits.” After reading about the pair in a story on Retro Renovation, Kevin Howard located them in an online yearbook from Denison. He discovered that Maurine Elizabeth Everett and her sister Noreene Dodd died within four months of each other around 2004, at ages 88 and 89, respectively