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This Lust-Worthy $99 Kit Lets Kids Build Their Own Computers | Wired Design | Wired.com

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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:57:55 +0000

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Industrial design, and cohesive instructions go a long way towards making technology affordable. While my kids aren’t yet old enough to dig into this (I Think)

I can’t wait to see iterations down the road. 99 dollars for a sleek well designed case.

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Cargo – Zombie Dad of the Year

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Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:40:21 +0000

Cargo – Zombie Dad of the Year

The Short film Cargo, Directed by Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke. It’s all about a zombie infected Dad’s quest to save his child. I have no clue if its the whole dad angle that got me or if its just the simple direct storytelling that only happens in short films but man alive this is a great film.

It’s just over 7 minutes long. And frankly tells a better and more heart breaking story than many 2 hour long movies I’ve seen.

Just watch it. I’m a sap so I cried big ass manly tears.

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Sesame Celebrates 1 Billion

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Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:30:10 +0000

Sesame Celebrates 1 Billion

Even if you don’t have kids Sesame Street probably played a big part of your childhood, or the childhood of kids and people you know. The Count has always been one of my favorites, maybe it was my dad’s spot on impression, maybe it was the secret knowledge that sometime the count has to feed… He is a vampire you know.

But I have always loved the way Sesame Workshop as a whole uses technology. At Sesame Place (The Sesame Theme Park) they hand out cards with free episodes of Sesame to download from iTunes, Their website is full of games and educational awesomeness for kids. And they even make great use of , ,

and everything else I can find  them on.

So when a company as big and as powerful still celebrate milestones, and still uses that to further enhance their core vision of educating people. It strikes a cord with me. Congrats on Hitting ONE BILLION Views. And incredibly well played

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Teach Coding!

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Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:24:54 +0000

Teach Coding!

, is how to code. From the bright minds and talented filmakers at Code.org, this video sheds light on some of the best and worst kept secrets of empowering kids today.

I remember my first coding class. Actually I started trying to learn how to code by reading my dad’s basic books for the Commodore 64. But i never got too far. “Hello World” and some ping pong action. But it opened my eyes.

; draws a square with sides 100 units long

FORWARD 100

LEFT 90

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FORWARD 100

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It all started to click when i took a seriously awesome class in coding in 6th grade with Logo, and   I made that turtle DANCE, and I’ve never felt more in control of myself. It gave me strength to do things i never thought i could do. And looking back on that start of things it was practice in the breaking down of problems into steps. And that behind the scenes of any piece of computer art there was a logical set of steps for how to get there. Things suddenly had an endgame!

After that I took a Class in Hyper-card… and never looked back. Now my biggest challenge is finding a way to make the turtles dance for my kids. And introducing them to these concepts as quickly as possible.

So how did you get your start? Did you ever take a class in coding? Or do you still want to? What has coding done for you?

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One Cake to Rule them all

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Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:31:06 +0000

One Cake to Rule them all

And one cake to find them, One Cake to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. You know after Happy Birthday has been sung.

I need one of these! Come on I’m turning 33 this year, that’s the Coming of Age for a Hobbit! I’m going to be an adult. Either way Ontario based pastry creator extraordinaire, ,   did an awesome job nailing this design. For more designs and awesomeness be sure to check out their

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Skywalker Family, After dark?

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Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:18:47 +0000

Skywalker Family, After dark?

Italian Artist Renny (DeviantArt user , also Tumblr user ) took an awesome take on the ultimate what if. What if Anakin Skywalker hadn’t turned to the dark side? What would scenes of his life have been.

I know its silly to play with that concept, i mean what would the movies have been about? The emperor whining about the one that got away? Maybe Tarkin would have blow up more planets en route to his fiery demise.

Or maybe the force would be an awesome way to deal with Dirty diapers.

Everything else has had a reboot how cool would this reality have been?

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Why Lego is Awesome

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Thu, 10 Jan 2013 03:51:25 +0000

Why Lego is Awesome

LEGO is a fun company, that happens to make one of the best toys you can buy to bring out a kid’s imagination. One of the most intimate joys I have had as a dad so far is watching my kids create something out of nothing with Lego. Watching their little eyebrows furrow as they try to figure out how to get the idea in their head to work with the blocks at their feet. It’s a nice time with the TV off and the minds working.

And they just so happen to be run by incredibly awesome people too. First a little while ago we had the awesome story about , the fan with Aspergers (pictured above) who saved all his money to buy a very special set of LEGO (The Emerald Night Train) only to have it be way out of his price range.

As a collectible the set skyrocketed in price. James wrote a letter to LEGO headquarters and asked them for help to find the set.  Not gonna lie I criend big manly tears reading that story and seeing the joy on that boy’s face.

Now we have yet another example of customer service done right. a Young Ninjago fan took one of his minfigs out for a stroll and accidentally left the Ninja Jay at a store during a family outing  He wrote to the Customer Service people asking if they could help him. And this is how they responded.

My Hat’s off to Lego for continuing to make educational, and engaging toys fun for adults and kids. From one dad who spends hours helping his two kids play with Lego in it’s various incarnations  Thanks!

PS I got my own set of Lord of the Rings Lego for Christmas… Couldn’t have been more excited!

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A geeky Christmas to All

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Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:10:56 +0000

A geeky Christmas to All

With Darth Vader and Gandalf topping my tree i wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas. I know the season can be rough on humans and elves alike, just look what it did to poor Harry the elf, but i hope you find nothing but smiles and warm wishes in your travels.

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Parenting Win

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Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:10:07 +0000

Parenting Win

The original comment stands.

Parenting level OVER 9000!

Seriously though we have seen a bunch of awesome tandem costumes with parents helping their kids out with a fantastic costume. I’m going to have to start working with my kids to make this happen. My Son is going to Be Leonardo  and my daughter an owl… Not really any middle ground there. A Ninja Tree?

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CaffiNation Reviews: Borderlands 2

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:38:18 +0000

CaffiNation Reviews: Borderlands 2

Alright this has been a long time coming But i was trying to finish the game… Guess what Still not done but that’s Alright. Borderlands 2 is one of the top 5 titles to have been released in the last 5 years. It is that fun. The off color jokes are that good and funny, the landscape is that expansive. And the story-line just plain works. There are guns everywhere, there are characters, like good old fashioned western characters everywhere.

I’ll give you the high points, Because the only low point I have at this point is that I need more time to play the game!

Size Matters! In the last iteration of the game the landscape narrowly followed the path you were supposed to travel. Which is good, it was wide enough to wander around and small enough that you could usually see the road. There were quests that followed a similar storyline. This time you Hardly ever get to the edge of the map. there is a world with hidden caches of awesome loot EVERYWHERE around you. GET LOST! Seriously start wandering, but make sure you have a high health bar and a good shield.

Guns! I have lost count at this point of how many differernt versions of each gun I have found, How many awesome hilarious names that I’ve seen for a firearm. And Just how many little funny quirks are hidden in the game.

Smarts! The enemies are smarter. Plain and simple attacks now get flanked, outnumbered, and swarmed. No the bandits aren’t Rhode’s Scholars but they get the job done, they follow the loud sound of your guns and they try to flank you. Look for pinch points and watch out for feral fiends.

Interplay! Yes the bandits get attacked by the beasts of the realm like they should, for a hoot lead some bandits into a BullyMong area! Instant awesomness

BullyMongs!: Yeah giant multiarmed Apes with a penchant for tossing rocks, and charging. Not in the last game, everywhere now. The folks could have revamped the skins on the old Skags but they pulled out all the stops and mode some new friends to play with, new types of enemies and made the old ones more irritating. Spitter Skags can suck it… thats all i’m goign to say.

Small Hint… Bullymongs of a certain size can throw cars and water towers… Just saying. I was not expecting the water tower… totally knocked my block off… literally

The Villian! Yes this time there isn’t just a goal but a witty, somewhat narcissistic villain taunting you the whole time you play. So fun it has to be evil.

From front to back this game is engaging, awesome and Hilarious, why are you still reading this review? Buy the game, play it with your friends!

5 out of 5 beans! Only other game to get this rating was Portal 2 so enjoy and savor!

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