Random Post Thursday

Let loose this holiday season and forget about your low fat diet for a few days. To help you along that path here are links to a couple books I’m planning to pick up (admittedly as gags) for stocking stuffers and such:

Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, With Recipes

Bones: Recipes, History, and Lore

SharmaDesigns over at Etsy has a ton of reasonably priced, wooden jewelry suitable for adults and maybe for older kids as well. You can browse their store here

TheStranger compares a couple of interesting photographs of little girls (one unknown, one suddenly in the spotlight) on The Slog. I’ll leave you to check them out yourself as I’m sure my attempts at a description wouldn’t do the post justice.

Gizmodo.com posted information on leaked Toys ‘R’ Us Black Friday sale details. While I’m sure there won’t be nearly enough for most of us to secure them, the doorbusters promise insane deals for those willing to stand in line to save money for Jr’s gifts this year. It’s going to be a tough Holiday for most of us, but it appears that deals will be plentiful on toys and other items your kids are asking for.

Kidhaus posted about the Puj Tub for the baby on the go. It fits in a bathroom sink and flattens for easy portability… what’s even better? Head over to Kidhaus and benefit from their discount on Puj products. G’wan git!

Speaking of discounts, head over to Babygadget for the details of their 20% discount on the Short Hat Company’s winter hat collection.

Like I said, there will be sales aplenty this Holiday season!

Need A Name And Losing Patience?

Give What A Lovely Name a try.

I will admit that I didn’t use it much, but I don’t think I’d consider the vast majority of the names suggested… that said its an interesting site.

You can start your baby name search by sorting based on Disposition, Celebrity Babies and Traditions. From there you specify whether you’re looking to name a baby boy or a baby girl, and can just point and click to narrow the result set before looking at the names themselves.

There seems to be a certain ethnic focus as the recommendations were generally names that I’ve never encountered before. For example, you want to base your search on Disposition of brave, calm and independent? No problem, there are 2 results.

Mas’ud and… well, Mas’ud again.

Unique And Expensive Gifts That Will Leave You Shaking Your Head

Seriously, is there no better way to spend money than on nonsense like this? These items were all found on BornRich.com

1953 Corvette Pedal Car
Sure your kid will look cute riding up and down the sidewalk in a classic corvette pedal car… but she’d look even better graduating from college thanks to the investment of that $1,500 in order to fund her education. Still… that’s a pretty sweet pedal car.

Solar Powered Stroller
I have no idea what this is about… I mean what is being powered? I guess it could be used to power mom and dad’s cellphone or laptop or something, but I’ve seen a lot of strollers, and very few of them are lacking for not offering a power outlet.

Baby Benz SLK AMG
Surely this won’t cost as much as the Corvette pedal car above and so might be a better option for you yuppies in these trying economic times. Or you could give the kid a stick, or a box or read to them :)

Titanium Tricycle
At $2,500 I have nothing to say about this one.

Waterbirth Vessel Birthing Tub
Calling all future hippies… the future is now. No more Mr. Turtle pool in the living room, you can open your extra-wide french doors and install the very StarTrek-esque birthing vessel to welcome Jr. to your piles of cash.

Terrifying $3,000 Angelina Jolie Doll
Now all you need to do is win those eBay auctions for her fingernails and a lock of hair and the fun begins.

Cake Recipe Guaranteed To Be A Hit At Your Little Guy’s Birthday Party

Kitty Litter Cake Pic: Your children will love to have a cat poo cake on their birthday

The person who came up with this is a genius. An absolute GENIUS.
I’m not even 6 and I love this. Check out the Kitty Litter Cake for yourself over at the Noble Pig.

For those of you not into eating fake kitty litter, rest assured that the Noble Pig has fantastic recipes for you too. I can’t cook worth sh*t and I’m still able to pull some of them off.

Education: Arm Your Kids With Tech Skills

Admit it, you wish you could program. At minimum you wish you understood how your computer worked… how to stop making it do that thing that drives you crazy… how to program the damn vcr… how to upgrade from a VCR to whatever it is the kids are using these days.

ReadWriteWeb provides a brief outline of a new language being promoted by Microsoft called Small Basic designed to make it easy for children to learn how to program.

I have to admit that when I read this I thought it was a great idea for kids in technology, and wondered whether it would be a good opportunity for me to brush up on my own coding skills.

Gift Idea For The Boys

Automoblox Convertible Photo: Automoblox cars allow your kids to play with cool vehicles and interchange parts to build their own

I decided to theme today’s post around a new addition to the Automoblox line of toy cars and trucks. This particular item is the Automoblox C9-S berlinetta. Looking at the images on the site this one appears to be modeled loosely against the Chevrolet Corvette, but with massive 22″ wheels. At $38 this may be the perfect primary stocking ingredient for the 2009 season.

Also of note, and on offer at Automoblox are the following:
X9X Sport Utility
C9R Sportscar
A-9S Convertible

For those of you in the US, have a look at Amazon for Automoblox on SALE!