Tagged:  Star Wars

If you are searching for a unique way to teach younglings the ways of the alphabet, then look no further because we have a nerdtastic treat for you!

I admittedly only recently discovered these illustrations, much later than others in internet years, through a bilingual French site, Geek-Art.net; a wonderful blog managed by Thomas Olivri, where I notably fawned over the mutual adoration of Star Wars. In Thomas’ original post, he provided a link to the source of the alphabet illustrations which lead me to a cantina where I happened to meet up with the two bounty hunters artists.

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Kids’ Toys That Should Really Exist

There was a story on io9 last week about all of the toy concepts that George Lucas originally rejected for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – things like an inflatable Emperor’s throne, a Death Star basketball, or a Jabba the Hutt beanbag chair. (It’s kind of crazy to realize that Lucasfilm actually rejects ANY marketing tie-in or merchandising concept.) And, while I mourn for the Dagobah-themed pencil sharpener that I’ll never get to own, it did get me thinking about all of the toys as a kid that I used to dream about, but that never actually existed.

As a kid, I could never understand why toy companies hadn’t thought to make me the toys I REALLY coveted, toys like (and these will date me) an uber-detailed Ghostbusters proton pack, full-sized M.A.S.K. Matt Trakker mask, a remote-controlled time-travelling Delorean, a Bionic Commando grappling hook arm, or a full action figure set of the cast of The Misfits of Science. (I am a very old man.) In my mind, those all seemed like concepts that could EASILY become the best-selling toys in the world, so I just couldn’t grasp why I never saw any of those toys on the shelf at my local Toys R Us.

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Parents always want a way to remind their kids that they love them when they go off to school everyday, and for graphic designer Rob Kimmel, the answer was on his desk: Post Its. Kimmel, an east coaster (Chicago, New York, Massachusetts - holla!), started putting Post Its in his son’s lunch box when he was in kindergarten. Originally, the Post Its quizzed his son, Ben, on things like numbers and spelling. But as time went on, Rob began a game that had Ben, now almost 9 years old, finishing full sentences and pictures.

We were lucky enough to get both Rob and Ben Kimmel to talk to us about the idea behind the art, as well as some of their musical interests, and one of our favorite topics, Star Wars.

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Episode 018: Bad Breathe
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Episode 018: Bad Breathe

This week’s episode covers the following stories on 8bitdad.com for the week leading up to February 21st, 2012: PQotW: Do You Give Your Kids Valentines? / England Gets Two Fatherhood Shows – Are They Fair to Dads? / Babyccinos Are a Trend, But So Is Childhood Obesity / Morning Wood: Fatherhood’s Most Awkward Topic / Doulas: The Force Is With Them

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Doulas: The Force Is With Them

If you have children, it’s likely that you know about or have considered – maybe even hired – a doula. Doula comes from Ancient Greek (doulē) meaning “female slave.” Ladies love the slave part.

The concept of a doula is not new. In fact, it’s a tradition that goes back many years in many cultures. Some women don’t live in close-knit communities where their sisters, mothers, aunts, and friends are available to support them through pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood; these events can be scary and can make a woman feel lost if she has to experience them alone.

There’s absolutely no reason to feel threatened by a doula. They help fill an important gap by providing support to the woman and her partner/support system throughout the childbearing year. A doula does not replace the support system or the father, they help and assist with support so that the family can focus on loving and encouraging the laboring woman. Doulas can serve as a source of information during pregnancy, labor and birth, even postnatal. They assists families in gathering information about their pregnancy, labor and the options available for delivery and support in recovery.

Thanks, Wikipedia.

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Episode 017: Save It For The Ladies
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What’s more special than a handmade card on Valentine’s Day? A handmade Star Wars card on Valentine’s Day! These adorable do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day cards by artist, Katie Cook, have a place in every geek’s heart. With the recent re-release of Episode I – The Phantom Menace in RealD 3D (which, I must say, is pretty awesome), this is a cute and timely card for your kids to distribute at school. I’m not sure how far this would get you if you printed this out for friends or your significant other, but it’s worth a shot if you’re looking for last minute cards before you leave work today!

These 4 cards plus the DIY envelope are so brilliant I wanted to know who exactly Katie Cook was. I contacted her and she was awesome enough to answer a few questions! Download the card designs and check out her interview after the jump.

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Cool Craft: DIY Star Wars Snowflakes
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This is a cool little task to perform with your kids – hell, even if you don’t have kids this is cool. Not only does this involve Star Wars, but it’s a seasonal craft (kind of) and slightly challenging! Plus you have some pretty badass snowflakes to display around your home or office to make your other friends/coworkers jealous that you just did something pretty epic.

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