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Inhabitots » Kids in Malawi Make Their Own Toys Out Of Junk!.(via Boing Boing)

This makes me want to give away all our toys and just put a box of ‘stuff’ in the playroom.

Echoes what I’m, perhaps deliberately naively, hoping President Obama’s inauguration speech will do: Further increase the trend towards DIY and making.

One can hope.

Video killed the radio star.


Looking at this:

Browser brawl: Street Fighter comes to YouTube – Offworld.

So, yeah. Kinda neat. But the technology just isn’t there. Don’t get me wrong, this is an awesome exploration of what can be done with a ‘new technology’.

But then you look at an ‘old’ technology:

Play With Me

And get blown away.

So, is our goal the notoriety of having a YouTube based ‘game’ or a fully realized experience? (I’m sure in this case, Browser Brawl is a fun experiment, with a little hope for notoriety thrown in. No harm there.)

As a technologist I’m constantly asked “What’s new technology we could do something with?”. And answering that is tricky, for exactly this reason. Is it that we want to be using the latest bleeding edge technology for it’s own sake, or do we have an idea and a vision of what we want for the user, and find the tool that suits?


One of my youngest’s batman figures is now more repaired than original.

Repaired, restored, ready...
Repaired, restored, ready...

That’s a big ass BOLT* going through his legs. What you can’t see clearly is that his torso is joined to his legs ALSO with a big bolt.
He still has full movement of his legs and arms, his body twists (easier now, actually) and more to the point:

My 3.25 year old helped me drill and bolt the parts together.

Homo faber meet Homo ludens! What a specious distinction.

*Ironically, my dad just had hip replacement surgery a few weeks back… hm…