Who said Lego building sets are for kids? This Lego Technic crane set is great to build and looks fantastic on a shelf or desktop. Even, better, its motorized functions work pretty well too. Read More
USPS Muscle Car Forever Stamps
If you have to buy stamps, why not buy some good-looking ones? The ones my wife brought home from the post office kiosk were absolutely dreadful! These muscle car forever stamps feature the 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Shelby GT-500, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, , 1970 Chevelle SS, and 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. They’re priced the same as […]
Starcraft II Heart of the Swarm
Starcraft II Heart of the Swarm – an expansion to the 2010 Starcraft II Wings of Liberty release – is due to be released on March 12, 2013. It continues where Wings of Liberty left off, with a focus on the Kerrigan/Zerg storyline. Starcraft is a real-time strategy game where you mine resources, build up an […]
Kickstarter: Omega Compact Titanium Wallet
Over at Kickstarter, the Omega Compact Solid Titanium Wallet was recently fully funded, and there’s still 24 days to back the campaign. The wallet consists of two CNC-machined slabs of titanium held together with rubber O-rings. I find the Omega wallet exceptionally appealing, but cannot quite put my finger on exactly why. Maybe it’s the titanium, […]
Lego Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sets
Lego is coming out with new building sets based off of Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. The line will be available starting in January 2013. Shown here is the Shellraiser Street Chase set, 79104, which will be priced at $60. Other Lego TMNT Sets: 79100 Kraang Lab Escape 79101 Shredder’s Dragon Bike 79102 Stealth Shell […]
I remember having scented markers way back 15-20 years ago, although what stands out most in my memory is the discovery that turquoise blue is my all-time favorite color. I don’t really member smelling the markers. These days, however, it’s not really a good idea to encourage children, or anyone else, to sniff their markers. Apparently […]
Tacticool Battle Mug
I’ve seen some weird and embellished mugs before, but this OPMOD Battle Mug is in a whole new league of excessiveness. The 24-ounce mug itself is machined out of a solid aluminum block that starts off at 13.5 lbs. On top of that, it features 3 functional Mil-Spec 1913 scope rails. The handle? A removable […]
Is This Armed Robot Walker the Greatest Toy in the Universe?
This unnamed hex-walker robot is radio (or at least infrared) controlled, fires 3-types of projectiles, and has blast-damage armor that falls off when hit. I want one, no, I NEED one of these. Seriously, this looks like an awesome toy. Beyond that, the (inexpensive?) hexapod platform looks to have great hacking potential for hobbyists. I […]
Wooden Ballista Kit is Perfect for Cubicle Warfare!
This laser-cut hardwood ballista kit provides a nice way to add a bit of fun into your day. It is modeled after Roman designs and features interlocking parts for quick and easy assembly. There are tons of small tabletop catapults, trebuchets, foam dart launchers, marshmallow shooters, and other such implements of cubicle warfare, and this […]
Lego Technic Pick-Up Tow Truck
In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge Lego fan, especially Lego Technics models, with the Supercar 8070 one of my strong favorites. A couple of new first-half 2012 (1H2012) Technic models were released this month, with the 9395 tow truck being particularly appealing. The Pick-Up Tow Truck features working steering, folding tow lift, working […]
Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity in an Easy-to-Follow Video from 1923
The folks at adafruit shared this video they found of a 1923 presentation that explains Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. I watched the ~20-minute video, and found it to be both entertaining and enlightening. It will make you think, but only a little bit. The Einstein Theory of Relativity 1923 from ricordidimenticati on Vimeo.
Toys to Avoid – Transformers Movie Action Figures
Let me start off by saying that I am a huge Transformers fan, always have been. The current line of Transformers “Generations” action figures are great models that resemble the robots they portray, and they transform easily. But the movie-themed action figures? Intricate and horribly complex to transform.
Gunny Lee Ermey Learns to… Knit?
That’s right, Crazy Aunt Purl sat next to Lee Ermey on a plane, and taught him how to knit – click here for pics. Thanks to my wife for the tip! I used to know how to knit, but didn’t enjoy it enough to knit anything useful. Hmm… I wonder if you can knit something out […]
Praying Mantis Eating an Insect’s Head – Video
AVS forum and YouTube member lucasberg put up this macro video of a praying mantis. If you’re short of time, fast forward to points 3:25, where the mantis catches a flying insect, and then at about 6:30, where the mantis proceeds to go all Thanksgiving feast on its prey. I have to say, the video is pretty […]
Lego Fire Brigade 10197
Lego’s Fire Brigade is the oldest of their current line of modular buildings. The model is built from 2231 pieces, and I’m told that the construction is challenging and highly enjoyable. The Fire Brigade features a 1930’s-style fire truck, 4 minifigures, a fire-dog (a Dalmatian would have been cooler), and tons of great details. The completed model […]
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