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Just Add Imagination

Geekdad: The 5 Best Toys of All Time

[T]o help you out, I’ve worked really hard to narrow down this list to five items that no kid should be without. All five should fit easily within any budget, and are appropriate for a wide age range so you get the most play out of each one. These are time-tested and kid-approved! And as a bonus, these five can be combined for extra-super-happy-fun-time.

These are great toys because the added ingredient is imagination, which is usually in abundant supply.

Conundrum: if you gave a child a box, and wrapped it in another box, would s/he want to play with the box, or the box it came in?

‘Tis the Season

Winter Holiday Projects from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

The First Brickbender

Bend LEGO Bricks, Learn Some Non-Euclidean Geometry

The slight bendability of the small 1×2 and 1×3 bricks, combined with mathematical principles has allowed Sanders to keep building up and out with his designs. Right now, the largest, a “sunflower,” [picture at link] is made of more than 1,800 bricks.

Cauchy Plushie

… and friends

Collection of 10 Distribution Plushies

They are claimed to be anatomically correct.

Prepare Yourself For a LEGO Nerdgasm

LEGO + kinetic sculpture = AWESOME

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Once Again, Separating Me From My Money

[Shakes fist at sky] Think Geeeeeek!

Back when the Monolith Action Figure was just an April Fool’s joke, I wrote

I wonder of this will turn into a real product, not just available on Europa, based on consumer demand. I’d buy one.

It’s now a real product. When you click on Buy Now it takes you to a real shopping cart, instead of a gotcha! page. I am following through on my vow (Ha! Who says I’ve got commitment issues?!)

They still bring the snark, though. There are some LEGO™ randomly selected toys, and they tell you

-Random packed means you have a 1 in 16 chance of getting any particular figure

-For liberal arts school graduates: Ordering 16 will not “guarantee” you get all 16 figures.


The Reverse Geocache™ Puzzle Box

A puzzle box that can only be opened when at a particular location.

Recursion, Lego Style

MakerLegoBot is made of Lego, makes things out of Lego, is so meta it hurts

Building things out of Lego? Lots of fun. Building a thing out of Lego that itself builds other things out of Lego? That’s totally mindblowing, and that’s what Mindstorm master Will Gorman managed here with his MakerLegoBot masterpiece. The machine takes input from a PC running MLCAD, a sort of industrial design tool for blocknauts, and then churns out anything you like — so long as it is comprised of 1×2, 2×2, 3×2, 4×2, and 8×2 bricks.

All we need is a LEGO robot to play with the finished product, and we’re all set.

Jump, Frog! Jump!

More accurately, it’s “Backflip, Frog! Backflip!”

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My sister had bought some of these toys for the purpose of distracting small children (with whom she works), and since I often play a small children on not-TV, I had to film it. Unfortunately I was lacking in the proper lighting equipment and it was raining, I made do with indoor lighting and my one lamp. Ergo, it’s a little dark (as far as the lighting goes. The plot is rather uplifting, I would say) though I was able to improve it a little with iMovie.

He’s Gone Into B-fib. Get Ready to Shock Him! Clear!

How to revive dry Play-Doh

After months of tinkering, I have discovered the best and easiest way to restore dry Play-Doh to its perfect state (besides Hasbro’s former suggestion that you buy a new can).

Several decades too late to help me, which I assume is everybody’s first concern, but good to know nonetheless. Tinkering to systematically find the best method. That’s science, baby!

I Wish I Had One When I was a Kid

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Getting it All Squared Away

How to make a square egg

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