Piece of Cake!

No matter how you slice it, cake decorating has become an art form! From the cute and cooky cakes of Charm City Cakes to the classically, detailed ones of Carlos’ Bake Shop, TV shows such as Ace of Cakes, Cake Boss, Food Network Challenge, and Cupcake Wars have provided a slice of life into the time and effort of these bakery businesses.

Specialty Cakes (from left to right) Wonder Woman Cake by Charm City Cakes as seen on Ace of Cakes, Poker Cake by Carlos' Bake Shop as seen on Cake Boss, Mr. Krabs Cake from Spongebob Cake Challenge as seen on The Food Network Challenge, and the 1000 cupcake display for Tim Burton as seen on Cupcake Wars.

Specialty Cakes (from left to right): Wonder Woman Cake by Charm City Cakes as seen on Ace of Cakes broadcasted by The Food Network, Poker Cake by Carlos’ Bake Shop as seen on Cake Boss broadcasted by TLC , Mr. Krabs Cake from Spongebob Cake Challenge as seen on The Food Network Challenge broadcasted by The Food Network, and the 1000 cupcake display for Tim Burton as seen on Cupcake Wars broadcasted by The Food Network.

Devil Horse Cake by the Tattooed Bakers from Feed the Beast cake shop.

Devil Horse Cake by the Tattooed Bakers from Feed the Beast cake shop.

From the world’s most extreme cake shop, Feed the Beast, The Tattooed Bakers’ Devil’s Horse Cake is one piece of art that takes the cake! With actual Kraken Rum pouring out of the horse’s nostrils, the added feature is certainly the cherry on top.

Devil Horse Cake by the Tattooed Bakers from Feed the Beast cake shop.

Devil Horse Cake by the Tattooed Bakers from Feed the Beast cake shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captioned from Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing

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Can you hear me now?

How old were you when you received your first cell phone?
I got mine soon after I entered high school for my 14th birthday.

The LG C1300 flip phone I received after entering high school.

The first flip phone I received after entering high school (LG C1300)

A kid friendly mobile phone designed to offer parental control in limiting and restricting contacts, calls, and texts.

A kid friendly mobile phone designed to offer parental control in limiting and restricting contacts, calls, and texts.

With little functional use other than to briefly connect with friends and family, it was one of the more basic phones available.  It was no different than the security phones offered at the time, i.e. Firefly, a pre-paid phone for children with parental control access.

However, for a generation now so mainstreamed to stay connected, waiting until high school seems a torturous endeavor for both parent and child akin. Technology is advancing and for the parent that needs to constantly be alert as to the whereabouts of their child, these basic flip phones have been redesigned thanks to the makers of FiLIP, a GPS tracker and voice watch for kids.

FiLIP: The World First Locator and Voice Watch for Kids by Evado FiLIP

FiLIP: The World First Locator and Voice Watch for Kids by Evado FiLIP

Though cool, I wonder how long they will last until kids start to want and ask for smartphones.

Story captioned by Thomas on Swiss-Miss

With and Without Sustainability

What the world will look like if we continue with no preventative measures, sustainable measures, to counteract the destruction being done.

Review of a Review

Recently, my classmate, Chris posted a review on Oculus Rift Goggles; goggles that allow you to experience gameplay in a new way by perceptually bringing you into the game.

Oculus Rift Goggles

Oculus Rift Goggles

The concept intrigues my gamer side, but I question the probability of developers eliminating the complaints surrounding motion sickness. Coming from experience, eye strain can lead to dizziness from sitting nose to nose with my computer while playing League of Legends and Skyrim for hours. It’s a common feeling linked with motion sickness and often leads to headaches and overall discomfort. Despite these conditions though, the entertainment of the games prevent gamers like me from breaking away from the screen thus leading to our continued use and problems.

League of Legends by Riot Games, INC

League of Legends by Riot Games, INC

Even if complaints arise, it’ll never stop the gamer from playing, so it’s safe to say the future of these goggles seems bright.

Story captioned from Chris’ blog

Bring Your Art to Life

The 3Doodler Pen by Wobbleworks

The 3Doodler Pen by Wobbleworks

Dream big to draw, create, and have your sketches come to life and jump off the page.…. literally. Thanks to the makers of “WobbleWorks”, the 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D printing pen, is expected to hit shelves in the near future thanks to funding received through Kickstarter.

Models made with the 3Doodler

Models made with the 3Doodler

The unique design persuaded me to donate to the project last year. It will finally give me and many alike an opportunity that would normally only be realistic in cartoons: the ability to draw in the air and create our own 3D version of doodlebob.

Doodlebob from Spongebob Squarepants

Doodlebob from season 2 episode 34b (‘Frankendoodle’) of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’. A nickelodeon series produced by Nicktoons and United Plankton Pictures.

 
With all the fun this pen could bring, the real problem would be deciding what to build first.

 

 

 

 

Story captioned from RedPeak

You Write with What You Eat

Everyone suffers from procrastination; some more than others.

My first all nighter during the fall semester of my senior year.

My first all-nighter during the fall semester of my senior year

Din-Ink Pens by Andrea Cingoli

Din-Ink Pens by Andrea Cingoli

We’ve all experienced the grueling moment when our bosses or professors have assigned so much work we can’t seem to break free from our desk for even a lunch break.

Whether it be for the procrastinator or the work-a-holic, Din-Ink seems like a cute way to help people like me who need to satisfy their hunger cravings but still maintain their working stride.

Din-ink are cutlery pen caps by Andrea Cingoli that attach to one’s favorite pen to enable them to eat while they write without having to continually switch between a pen or pencil and their utensils. (Buy Here)

The only downside that could arise from people like me owning these pens is the habit to constantly gnaw on the caps during a brain fart; it might cause them to break them within the first few minutes.

Me chewing on my pen cap during my all-nighter.

Me chewing on my pen cap during my all-nighter.

What my pen cap basically looked like an hour after me chewing on it.

What my pen cap basically looked like after an hour of me chewing on it 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story captioned by RedPeak

Lace Up!

Loop-de-Loop by Ween from season 2 episode 21 (‘Untied’) of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’. A nickelodeon series produced by Nicktoons and United Plankton Pictures.
Bunny Ears Tie

Bunny Ears Tie

Do you remember sitting to watch and learn how to tie your shoes for the first time? Do you remember how you learned or how long it took? It took Spongebob an entire episode

Even with songs, it took me days to learn methods like the “Bunny Ears” tie. However, no matter what method I used my laces always became untied.

 

Hickies Shoelaces

Hickies Shoelaces

Shoe tying has gotten easier and this problem can now be resolved with Hickies shoelaces, a elastic lacing system incorporating a tieless and aesthetic look. Though a little aesthetically awkward, the laces are reminiscent of all the different shoelaces you can see on the streets giving them a unique design. (To Learn More)

With Hickies, maybe Spongebob wouldn’t have needed to spend an episode on learning to tie his shoes and I would’ve spent less of my childhood with untied shoelaces.

From left to right: glitter laces, glow-in-the-dark laces, curly laces, lock up laces.

Recognizable Shoelace Designs (From left to right: glitter laces, glow-in-the-dark laces, curly laces, lock up laces)

Story captioned by Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing

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Promotion of Sustainability

The importance of promoting and conserving sustainability for our future.

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Mini Sand Sculptures!

A moldable sand toy for children to design mini sand sculptures!

A moldable sand toy for children to design mini sand sculptures by WABA Fun

An easy to use sand toy for people to mold and shape!
Can you guess what it is?

 *Final Jeopardy theme music*

It’s a advertisement for a product called Kinetic Sand by WABA Fun. A toy for people to create simple sculptures; Kinetic Sand, also assists in fine motor, sensory, and cognitive development.

Was your guess right? Mine wasn’t

The overall concept sounds similar and reminds me of a mix of commercial jingles I frequently heard as a kid including:

“Moon Sand, Moon Sand, the sand that molds like dough!” – Moon Sand!

“Squeeze it, shape it, mold it, and then bounce it!” – Bounce Putty

“Stretch, mold, and shape into detail with no mess and it’ll never dry out!” – Skwooshi

“Build, sculpt, and create all underwater! Take it out of water and look its dry!” – Aqua Sand

From left to right:  Moon Sand, Bouncy Putty, Swooshi, Aqua Sand

From left to right:
Moon Sand, Bouncy Putty, Swooshi, Aqua Sand

To buy any of the following: Moon Sand!Bouncy Putty!Skwooshi!, and Aqua Sand!

With so many similar features, it’s safe to say that whichever product you own, they would all promote fun and help with relaxation.

The only obvious standout point between all the models is its brand-name and price. WABA Fun offers more of the product for less money giving it an edge on the competition.

And to that I say, that after a long day of classes and build up stress……. I NEEEEDD IT!

Story captioned by hipstomp/Rain Noe to Core777

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