Category Archives: Holidays

Happy World Pasta Day

Ever suffered 40 lashes with a wet noodle? Maybe it was just the common punishment for pint-sized misdemeanors when I was growing up, but I can’t help but hope that this rich tradition of minor affliction in the face of tiny crimes has lived on.

For those who decry my seemingly sadomasochistic sentimentality, 40 lashes with a wet noodle don’t actually hurt — but you can serve the noodle for dinner afterwards without dessert if you really want a kid to rethink the choices of his or her so-far short lifetime.

And when you run out of wet noodles, you can just make more.

Happy World Pasta Day!

Happy World Pasta Day

Star Wars Advent Calendar is Jediriffic Year-Round

I got a LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar!

The idea of using an Advent calendar once held deep, religious significance for me – but since evolving into a non-Catholic, I only seem to appreciate the winter Holiday season for nostalgic reasons. I love the sights and sounds of Christmas, but… not its largely-borrowed-by-Christianity foundation. As such, I don’t feel the slightest bit of guilt when I go about my merry way, spreading love and joy without being chained to an outdated dogma.

Speaking of chains and Advent calendars… when I was a child, my brothers and I would find ourselves counting down the days to Christmas by stapling together (then tearing apart) a string of paper rings. It was a Christmastime staple! And, yes, we used staples to keep those chains together. I took the tradition too far one year and accidentally stapled my finger to one of the links.

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a bandage.

I’m quite grateful that LEGO is producing Advent calendars which do not require the usage of any pointed object. I may not have the best hand-eye coordination, but I can click bricks with the best of ’em. I’ve missed a few earlier LEGO Advent calendars, but that won’t happen again now that I’ve come out of the bin as an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO). I even decided to completely assemble the 2011 Star Wars Advent Calendar long before this Holiday season was upon us.

My girlfriend and I stumbled through a couple of the models, but it wasn’t too much of a challenge. We’re certainly ready to open more presents! Having streamed the LEGO build live on YouTube, this particular walkthrough was an hour in the making.

The full list of items (including the ones I couldn’t quite identify by sight):

  • Day 1 – Red Republic ship
  • Day 2 – Nute Gunray
  • Day 3 – Hologram Walker
  • Day 4 – Homing Spider Droid
  • Day 5 – Slave I
  • Day 6 – Chewbacca
  • Day 7 – Weapon holder with barrel of tools
  • Day 8 – Rebel Pilot with completely white helmet
  • Day 9 – X-wing
  • Day 10 – Imperial Shuttle
  • Day 11 – Battle Droid Pilot
  • Day 12 – Rebel Snowspeeder
  • Day 13 – Imperial Astromech Droid
  • Day 14 – Mouse Droid
  • Day 15 – Republic Gunship
  • Day 16 – Clone Pilot
  • Day 17 – Another Weapons Holder
  • Day 18 – Y-wing
  • Day 19 − 2010 TIE Fighter Pilot
  • Day 20 – TIE Fighter
  • Day 21 – Millennium Falcon
  • Day 22 − A-wing
  • Day 23 – Christmas Tree
  • Day 24 – Santa Yoda

Wouldn’t it be nice for LEGO to create a full 365-day calendar with new bricks every day?

Happy 2011

It’s difficult to make myself believe that 2011 is here already. Didn’t 2010 just start a couple of weeks ago? Where the hell has the time gone so quickly? It almost feels as though each and every year goes by faster than the one before. I’m not getting old, so that cannot be the reasoning. In any case – for better or for worse – it’s now 2011.

This year is going to be a better one. I don’t believe in making resolutions on New Year’s Day. I feel it’s more important to make changes in your life as soon as you know they need to occur. Don’t wait for a specific day to start living better. It’s better to evolve yourself year-round. By making a resolution, you’re putting WAY too much pressure on yourself and the chances of failure are much higher. Additionally, some people set unrealistic goals for themselves, making things more difficult and convoluted.

I have hopes and wishes for the coming twelve months, of course. Many of them involve all of you. We plan to continue building the community and giving you the tools and resources you need to go out and make a difference in your world. We hope that by connecting you to each other, collaborations between people who may otherwise have never met will happen. I’ve seen some pretty amazing things begin thanks to the meeting of minds that can occur within a community, and ours is no exception.

I’d like to thank each of you for contributing to the community – and to my life – every day of the year. Doing the things we do isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth it when we see the interaction between you, and the bonds that are created… both personal and professional.

Happy 2011 everyone!

Christmas Unboxing Geek Style

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a good haul! This happens to be my favorite holiday, even when I happen to be celebrating it alone. I’m very glad to know you’re here with me (even virtually, in homes of your own).

I bought myself a very cool Boba Fett hoodie this year. I’ve been wanting one forever, so I decided to go ahead and splurge!

I received several really cool gifts from various friends, including some great new LEGO and Star Wars stuff! Thank you to all of you.

I also bought myself a Panasonic DMP-B500 Portable DVD Player. Gosh, how did I ever figure out what it was I really wanted?

YouTube sent a gift to some of the producers, as well. We were asked to go to B&H Photo and Video and choose a few things we knew we could need/use. I chose wisely, knowing I will be broadcasting live soon from CES 2011. I’ll be in the Grand Lobby, and uploading all of the resulting videos to my YouTube account. Thanks so much to the folks at YouTube for these goodies.

ThinkGeek also sent me a nice care package. It was sitting downstairs for at least a week, and I’ve been dying to open it. They sent me the new Bluetooth Keyboard and iPad Case that I’ve had my eyes on for a while now. I also recieved the USB Classic Atari Joystick, the Star Wars Dark Side Coffee, an Otamatone, a Not Here to Make Friends shirt (which I WILL wear in public frequently!), the FML shirt (which again – I WILL wear often!!) and a few other assorted goodies.

What’d you get for Christmas this year?

Holiday Charity: Chrome for a Cause

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Bowman is using his time this week to urge you to help donate to charitable organizations – without giving up a single cent of your own money. From now until December 19th, Google will donate money on your behalf for every Chrome tab you have open. You’ll need to install the free Chrome for a Cause Extension in your browser. Google has said they will donate up to one million dollars in this venture.

The Extension will keep track of how many tabs you use each day. At the end of the day, choose where you would like your donation to be sent: The Nature Conservacy, Charity: Water, Doctors Without Borders, Un Techo para mi País or Room to Read. That’s all you have to do – choose. Google will do the rest, including writing those checks.