R2D2 Finds Love

This short film is adorable! It’s a story about our favorite little droid, R2-D2, looking for love in San Francisco and Berkeley. He falls hard for a quiet mailbox and tries to woo her… Watch to find out how the story ends.

If you’re curious about how “Artoo In Love” was made, check out the official project site: http://www.artooinlove.com/. Writer/Director Evan Atherton.

LEGO Minecraft Food and Potions

Minecraft has been compared to playing with virtual LEGO pieces. Both games are based on cubes and block shapes. It is fun to see physical objects from the Minecraft world, built from LEGO bricks. I’m not talking about the official Minecraft LEGO sets, although those are wonderful, too. These are Minecraft food objects and potion shapes, built from assorted LEGO pieces.

YouTuber ZaziNombies LEGO Creations has built some perfect replicas of Minecraft foods with real LEGO pieces. His creations include a cake, bucket of milk, red apple, golden apple, and assorted potions.

Building Minecraft objects with LEGO bricks would be a fun snow day activity, or a nice break from electronics and screens.

Amazing Water “Printer” aka the Waterfall Swing

I don’t know how I haven’t seen this before, but this Waterfall Swing is amazing! The video is from the World Maker Faire in 2011, and it is beautiful and mesmerizing. Take a look and see how this programmed waterfall “prints” shapes of water in the air.

What a great demonstration of science and art! I’d like one of these for my backyard, please.

For more information, including additional videos, photos, and technical specifications, check out the Waterfall Swing site.

“To This Day,” by Shane Koyczan

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“To This Day” is a powerful and moving poem by Shane Koyczan. It’s been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, and I took a few minutes to watch it this morning. And you should, too.

It’s an anti-bullying anthem that I can relate to, as a parent, as a person who’s been treated for depression, and as a human being with a soft heart.


seems like each school has an arsenal of names
getting updated every year
and if a kid breaks in a school
and no one around chooses to hear
do they make a sound?
are they just the background noise
of a soundtrack stuck on repeat
when people say things like
kids can be cruel?

(excerpt from “To This Day”)

Shane is planning to continue the “To This Day” movement against bullying, and you can sign up to help.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Trailer

You know I’m a fan of Call of Duty, and I’m looking forward to the next installment of Black Ops. Today, the trailer for Black Ops 2 was released!

Hey, gamer girls! You know I’m a fan of Call of Duty, and I’m looking forward to the next installment of Black Ops, due out on November 13, 2012. Today, the trailer for Black Ops 2 was released!

It shows a conflict in the year 2025, with some future vehicles, weapons, and gadgets. The narrative alludes to a plot where our enemies have taken control of the technology and machines that were developed to keep us safe. That’s where the elite humans of Black Ops take over. Watch the trailer and let me know what you think!

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Caine’s Arcade: Boy + Unlimited Cardboard + Summer Vacation + Hope

Caine in his arcade office
Caine in his office

Caine’s Arcadeis the creation of one Los Angeles 9 year old boy, named Caine. Given a steady supply of cardboard boxes and packing tape, plus a whole summer vacation to fill, Caine built his own arcade. He built the games, complete with calculators for Fun Pass verification (enter the PIN and press the checkmark button, and then make sure the big number matches the one written on the back of the Pass), and manually-operated prize ticket dispensers (he crawls inside the box to push tickets out through the slot when a player wins), and waited for customers.

He got his first customer when Nirvan Mullick stopped by his dad’s auto parts shop. Nirvan was Caine’s only customer, and decided to organize a surprise flash mob to show up and play at Caine’s Arcade.

I hate it when the Internet makes me cry, but I couldn’t help it when I watched how strangers came together to make a little boy smile. His dad doubted that people would show up to a used auto parts shop in East LA. Watch the video and get the whole story. If you want to help Caine, you can get involved at CainesArcade.com.

Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

A 9 year old boy – who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto part store – is about to have the best day of his life.

Help Caine’s Scholarship Fund:
http://cainesarcade.com

Caine’s Arcade Online:
http://facebook.com/cainesarcade
http://twitter.com/cainesarcade

Credits:
Directed by Nirvan
http://twitter.com/nirvan