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Well, if your kids can draw like this…

The Battle of the Fruit and Vegetable Soldiers

The Battle of the Fruit and Vegetable Soldiers

In celebration of Darwin’s 205th birthday yesterday, The Appendix urges visitors to check out the original manuscript of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.  Why?  Well, aside from some interesting notes in the margins and amazing drawings from the birthday boy himself, there are also these amazing drawings, like above, from his children (all ten of them).  Honestly, I’d hang most of them on my walls without thinking twice.

Things I’d totally play…

More than once you’ll find yourself asking: Is that stairway really a dead end? And the answer is, probably not.Monument Valley is full of optical illusions that test your spatial reasoning. But it’s your job to figure out what’s real, what’s fake and how you can bridge the gap between those two states using the visual cues from the game.

- Liz Stinson, Wired

 

Fully charged

Honestly, I don’t think io9 was excited enough about the supercapacitor – found by accident – profiled in this video.  Holy crud, this could change so much so quickly if it all pans out!

Late…but so worth it

I’m glad creator Mike Ando was so patient with his dream of building the linking book from Myst.  As an ardent fan of the game and its sequels, I was beyond excited to see this story pop up on Wired – and the teenager in me flipped his shit while watching the video.  I’ll take one!

The waiting game commences

I used to buy a new computer every 6 months when I was a decade younger.  I’d package up and eBay the previous generation gear and roll the money into the latest and greatest from Apple twice a year.  But when I got my 13″ MacBook in October of 2008, I found that the cycle had played itself out.  2009, 2010 and even 2011 came and went and the designs were mostly the same – and my little notebook kept chugging right along without any real issues.

This last year of freelance projects and a need for occasional forays into Windows has become increasingly sluggish, though.  And then the advent of the Retina display on notebooks sealed the deal:  it was time to upgrade, both for my strained eyes and for my cooked lap, burned under a more and more taxed set of four year old components.

So I plunked down an ungodly sum of money and placed an order for the above 13″ MacBook Pro on launch day today.  I’ll be checking the tracking site and scouting the driveway for FedEx trucks nonstop from here until up to 5 business days from now.  In some ways, perhaps nothing has changed in the last ten years…

 

Needed in my life

There are some things that are necessary in one’s life.  This “Dress Up Bigfoot” magnet set is one of them.  To quote the manufacturer:

Why can’t we find him? We think its because he’s right under our very noses, hidden in plain sight. So we’ve created this fun magnet set to help you find clues to catching a glimpse of the mythical beast.

Just wow

If my former car and my current car had a lovechild, it might look a bit like the 2013 Volvo V40.  Should this beast every make its way to America, I’m game.  Perhaps by 2015?