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There have been many nights when I had to walk into my kids room and I’d swear this is what their floor was like as I stepped on sharp Lego corners.

I once read an article with "tips" on how to train to be a parent. One tip was to spread tacks on the floor and walk on them to prepare you for walking on Lego. Good tip.

Via nerdapproved.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: HUGE Gummy Python

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The whopping Gummy Python

This gummy snake is huge! Weighing in at just under 27 pounds it would be quite an undertaking to eat. He’s almost 8 foot long, packs 36,720 calories, and serves 306.

He’s really quite realistic for a gummy with spots, ridged coils, fully molded scales, and detailed eyes.

And he’s hand made in the US!

The gummy python is available in Blue Raspberry/Green Apple and Red Cherry/Blue Raspberry and costs a fairly steep $149.99 and is available at VAT19.

Imagine how awesome this guy would be at a kids party. He’d steal the show and they’d be talking about it for quite a while.

Via Gizmodo

A short history of Lego

As Lego celbrates their 80th anniversary, they have produced a short animated film about the how the company began and their history. Check it out.

 

 

 

Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: Big Head Squirrel Feeder

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Big Head Squirrel Feeder.

One word. Awesome.

I love squirrels. They are amazing animals. I love watching them in the yard, defying gravity in the trees, and just being awesome.

What could make watching them even better? The Big Head Squirrel Feeder.

Hang this feeder in front of a window or somewhere you can watch, fill it with things squirrels like to eat, and sit back and watch. Squirrels stick their head up into the feeder to eat and it looks like they have a giant cartoon head. Genius.

Be sure to keep a camera nearby. You’ll want to get pictures of your little squirrel buddies with their big head to post on Facebook.

The vinyl Big Head Squirrel Feeder is 5.5" x 8", has holes in the ears for hanging, and is available at Archie McPhee

 

Via BoingBoing

 

Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: Alien Chest Burster Plush

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An Alien to Call Your Own

This awesome plush alien is officially licensed from 20th Century Fox and is an exact scale replica of the original baby xenomorph from Alien, which burst from Kane’s chest.

He’s 48 inches long, made of smooth velour and matches the color of the film alien. But best of all, a wire runs from the head to the tail, allowing you to pose your little alien any way you want.

This Alien Chest-burster Plush
is just what you need to cuddle with you on a cold night.

Via Nerd Approved

 

 

The Cool Talking Comic Book Cover

Check out this clever talking comic book cover for X-O Manowar.

They way it works is you use your smartphone to scan the QR Code, then place your phone on the dotted line and an animation begins that causes the illusion of the character speaking. Very clever and possibly one of the best uses I’ve seen for QR Codes.

 

 

Via BoingBoing

Caine’s Arcade


Check out this great video about an awesome 9-year-old named Caine.

Caine built an arcade out of cardboard and the filmmaker stumbled upon it and made this film. In the process, he made a few posts that went viral and Caine ended up with a flashmob at his arcade.

After watching the video, check out the Caine’s Arcade website where you can donate to Caine’s scholarship fund.

Via BoingBoing

Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: Han Solo in Carbonite Crayons

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Han Solo Crayons

Etsy seller "extramoneyformommy" is selling these awesome Han Solo encased in carbonite crayons.

There was a set of 8 selling for only $4.00, but by the time I checked them out they were sold today. Hopefully there she will make more and they will be available again soon.

Currently she has 5 sets of 8 available for only $20.00. This is an amazing deal for a birthday party favor.

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R2 Crayons

One set consists of 8 crayons in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, and black. They are 1 3/4 inches tall and 3/4 inch wide and are made from 100% re-melted crayola crayons.

Get them quick before George Lucas or Crayola shuts her down!

She has other crayons available such as R2D2, Darth Vadar Heads (sorry, technically they are "Lord Black Helmet" crayons), and Yoda. In addition to crayons she makes sidewalk chalk and bath fizzies.

Via Gizmodo

 

 

Alex with Ollie

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Alex posing at Toy Fair with Ollie.

President Obama Shoots Marshmallows at Students in the White House

On February 7th, President Obama hosted the second White House Science Fair. 100 students from 30 teams showed their projects in various rooms in the White House.

The President viewed some of the displays and talked with students about their work, then spoke to all the students and teachers in the East Room.

After viewing the project of a Joey, from Phoenix, Arizona, President Obama wanted to see a demonstration of his air-powered marshmallow launcher, and he and the student, pumped up the gun and launched a marshmallow across the State Dining room.

What a cool president.

You can check out the White House Blog entry for this event here.

Via Gizmodo

Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: The Toy with No Name

Check out this post by a guy named Jamie. He has invented a cool walking robot toy and he’s looking for a name for it. You can leave your suggestions in the comments section of the video on YouTube and if they use your name, you will get a robot.

Jamie is a bit… enthusiastic… and, perhaps disorganized in this video, but it does look like a cool toy. Check it out.

 

Awesome Dad and Great Kids Cover Depeche Mode

Check out these great videos below. They feature Dicken Schraden and his kids, Mila and Korben covering Depeche Mode songs. Dad is awesome and talented. The kids are adorable and amazing. One comment I read on YouTube sums it up for me, "wait till these kids grow older and finally realize just? how cool their dad was."

 

Via Cubiclebot

 

Making a bracelet

20120129-151819.jpg Shains bracelet at gift fair in New York.

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Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: Quantum Levitation Racetrack (if it were real)

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The Wipeout track

There’s a video that caused some uproar online which appeared around Christmas of a very cool racetrack with two levitating cars racing around it. The cars, according to the inventors, are modeled after the vehicles in the video game WipeOut.

There was much discussion on whether or not it was real. It was not.

There are some clues in the video. For one, the inventors claim to be from the Japan Institute of Science and Technology, which doesn’t exists. At 1:15 the smoke trailing from the car overlays the walls of the track (very sloppy). They are never very clear on how they are controlling the cars. They use the name "Wipeout" at the end. And lastly, the credits say "(C) Copyright! All rights reserved belong to Sony Entertainment and SCE Studio Liverpool."

It turns out that the video was a viral ad for the new Sony videogame wipEout 2048.

Of course many folks felt deceived and cheated by the video. Presumably, they were planning on buying it. Not sure where they were planning on getting the liquid nitrogen.

But this video reminded me of an actual video that is in some ways more amazing than the fake one. This one is by the Association of Science-Technology Centers and it features a real quantum levitation track.

Below is the fake game video followed by the real quantum levitation video.

 

 

 

 

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