You can do a lot with LEGO blocks, but surely nothing more remarkable than what’s pictured in these two books from No Starch Press. Should keep the kids busy over the holidays. – “Beautiful Lego” ($30), by Mike Doyle, is all pictures of completed projects, and beautiful they are, everything from a haunted house that seems to be falling apart, to a fantastic city floating in space. – “More Amazing Vehicles ($20), by Kuipers and Zamboni. Using step-by-step photos and instructions, the authors show us how to build anything from a Formula One race car to a fork-lift truck.
If you’re an artist, or like the game “Draw Something,” chances are you’re using a stylus, a special pen that makes it easier to draw on the iPad (though you could draw with a finger). Frankly, most of these styluses seem the same to us. But the “Pogo Connect Paint Brush” is something different. It looks and acts like a brush, only it’s digital.
ArtRage 4 is the latest version of a program hardly any writers cover anymore Too bad, because it’s a good one. It’s been around for several years, so why talk about it now? Well, the new version is really cheap. It’s $5 for the iPad, $2 for the iPhone, and $50 for a Windows computer.
Amazon.com/art is Amazon’s new fine-art site. Want Norman Rockwell’s “Packagefrom Home” for $4.85 million?They’ve got it. Other big ticket paintings include those from Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. It’s an Amazon partnership with America’s fine art We immediately turned to the “under $200″ category and found 143 pages of listings. The nice thing is they show you therelative size of the piece by always including a photo of the framed picture next to the same chair and table.
UnPlugtheTV.com has some funny, short, educational videos on a variety of topics. Like really short poems: “i” was the shortest. The author’s thumbprint served as the dot on the “i.” Joy thought it would have been cooler to dot it with his photo.