LEGO® Architecture Studio now in stores | News | Archinect.

This is cuckoo. Boxes of LEGO packaged to introduce you to architecture. That, in itself, is just fine–even though every single box of LEGO every made does that. It’s that:

  1. The blocks come in a very narrow range of sizes (really only good for massing studies).
  2. The blocks are all white.
  3. It’s $150 per box.

What an incredible waste of money. A stifling of creativity. A reduction of what architecture is and can be. A reduction of what LEGO already is. Also, hilariously pompous.

Ages 16+. Because anyone younger than a sophomore will have the sense to call this is stupid.

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Maguro Figure: il modellino perfetto per gli amanti del Sushi!.

Or, if you want the non-Italian version [about this Japanese product] (fewer pics):

Sushi tuna model that decomposes into individual delicacies

I want this. And I want similar models of all the meats I eat. But what would you package the cow in? Surely not an icebox.

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Crayola Light Marker for iPad lets you ‘paint in the air’ for $29.99 | The Verge.

This is ridiculous on several levels. Here are two.

#1: The pen is (probably) an infrared LED and can be made for $5.

#2: Why is it better to draw on an iPad while swinging your hand in the air?

Markers on paper are fun. And they’re especially fun for young kids who are just getting started with drawing. Putting your hands on a pen and making it move on paper is an invaluable experience–a necessary one, in fact. The brain learns by drawing, and the tangible part of drawing is crucial to that learning. An air pen is no better than an air guitar. Maybe fun for a few minutes, but ultimately a waste of time and a dissatisfying experience.

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