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March 29 at 10:29am

The Evolution Of Life

Is it the mayfly that has shortest life cycle?  I think in 24 hours they are born, live, mate, grow old, and die.  Maybe I am wrong.  Yet in the history of time, humankind is like a blink of the eye, kind of like a mayfly’s life.

SEED magazine offered up this 60 second overview of life as we know it; that is, not human kind, but what it took to get us here, and how short our journey has been, comparatively speaking.
The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds is an experiment in scale: By condensing 4.6 billion years of history into a minute, the video is a self-contained timepiece. Like a specialized clock, it gives one a sense of perspective. Everything — from the formation of the Earth, to the Cambrian Explosion, to the evolution of mice and squirrels — is proportionate to everything else, displaying humankind as a blip, almost indiscernible in the layered course of history.

Each event in the Evolution of Life fades gradually over the course of the minute, leaving typographic traces that echo all the way to the present day. Just as our blood still bears the salt water of our most ancient evolutionary ancestors.


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March 28 at 10:04am

Robo Roundup: Reallife RoboCop & Iron Giant.

This robo throws a net at robbers.  The RoboCops are coming; don’t mess with them.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, remember how at the end of Iron Giant, the pieces started to put themselves together again?  Well, we just got one step closer to that future too.


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March 26 at 12:25pm

Inside all of us….

some wild thing.  

We are hesitant to post trailers in our bowl, but we have been waiting too long for this film and it seems like they may have done everything right!  We are going to get our time machine working this weekend and hop on over to Oct. 17th.  Unfortunately, when we return our memory is always wiped clean so we won’t be able to tell you how great it is quite yet.  Luckily we can enjoy this right here and now.


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March 22 at 10:22am

Neat-o Toys: All Season Sled

Now that winter is fleeing, we are thinking back to all the good sledding days we didn’t take full advantage of.  How come there aren’t more night sledding runs in New York City anyway?

We haven’t solved the problem of needing to sled in darkness, but at least someone else had solved the problem of sledding in the summer. The Slicer by Ice Meister is definitely something to live in our bowl of tricks.  If we could start that summer camp, we’d put six on the shelf and have weekly races down Wipe-out Lane!  Winner gets to jump in the mud pool.

Here’s what the inventors had to say:
For snow sledding, the SLICER works like any normal sled that is placed on a slope that is covered with snow or ice. But to slide down grass covered slopes, just the opposite is done: instead of putting the SLICERTM on the snow or ice, ice is put on the bottom of the SLICERTM!

Inside the SLICER’s hollow, double-walled construction are two patent pending (in USA, Canada, and Europe) Icers that can be removed (from within the inside of the sled) and then used to freeze and form thin ice blocks that can then be easily attached to the bottom of the SLICER. When outdoor temperatures are above freezing, the melting ice provides for a very slippery surface, providing winter sledding fun in the summer!

The SLICER does not take a back seat to other sleds, either, when used in the winter on snow. Its smooth contoured shape and low profile runners enable it to work well on packed snow as well as deep powder. Owing to its double-walled, unibody design, the SLICER is able to absorb bumps while cushioning riders weighing up to 200 lbs. And its rugged polyethylene plastic design makes it less than the cost of many snow-only sleds.

Thanks Cool Hunting!


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March 21 at 9:59am

Silly Kid Tricks: Shake Those Eyebrows!

Commercial Alert!  Commercial Alert!  We interrupt our highly educational regular programming to bring you a blatant attempt to take some money from jar.  But we had to.  These kids had something to teach us.  Not much to say, but they sure have talent.


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March 20 at 11:20am

Extreme Shepherding

When we were drawing up our list of the top things to grow up to do, we had mad scientist, ice cream taster, lego designer, merry prankster, and archaeologist high on the list, but we hadn’t considered taking a bunch of sheep and few dogs out to the hillside.  Now we realize how much fun we were missing.


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March 15 at 10:15am

Creepy Lego MiniFigs


Who said Halloween is just for October?  Why not have a little freaky all year round?  Or at least in March?  In our bowl we revisit this Brickshelf Gallery on a regular basis.


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