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Saw a link to this video on the Micro Persuasion blog. This little girl is incredibly cute and so well-spoken ūüėČ Check it out…

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One of my favorite toys growing up were LEGOs and just last month LEGO celebrated their 50th anniversary. When I was a kid the LEGO craze was somewhat limited to small plastic bricks. Now there are LEGO theme parks, LEGO conventions, and, of course, LEGO video games.

I’ve heard a lot¬†of buzz about the LEGO video games, in particular, and I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of¬†LEGO Star Wars for my Nintendo DS, but I might just have to hold out because two great new games are coming –¬†LEGO Indiana Jones (for console systems – and hopefully DS) and LEGO Universe (a new online virtual LEGO world).

Additional details about the new LEGO Universe were released last week at the Game Developers Conference. Massively.com has a great post about what they learned at GDC on their blog here.

In LEGO Universe, you have an in-game “avatar” that takes the shape of a traditional LEGO person. As a player, you’ll be able to customize the face and body of your LEGO minifigure as well as gain accessories, weapons, tools, and custom pets that will make your character¬†unique in a virtual world filled with other LEGO people. And when the game launches (not for over a year), players will also be able to purchase traditional real-life LEGO sets of whatever structure they build using virtual blocks in the game. Very cool.

The LEGO Indiana Jones game should be coming out this summer. They haven’t announced what platforms the game will be for, but I anticipate that they will have a DS version. Check out the very cute game trailer here:

I’m looking forward to seeing how these games come out. In the meantime, I’ve pulled together a list of LEGO links that may just blow your mind:

BrickJournal – A magazine spotlighting the LEGO community.

The Brick Testament –¬†A co-worker of mine pointed out this site to me. It is the largest and most¬†comprehensive¬†illustrated bible in the world with thousands of LEGO¬†images depicting¬†stories from the bible.

LegoLand – A theme park dedicated to the world of LEGO in Carlsbad, CA.

Lego Factory РDesign, share and buy your own customized LEGO models online.

BrickWorld– An annual LEGO fan convention. This year BrickWorld will be held June 19 – 22 in Weeling, IL.

LUGNET – The International LEGO Users Group.

Flickr LEGO Photo Pool – Tons of LEGO photos.

ILTCO – International LEGO Train Club Organization

Brothers Brick – A blog dedicated to LEGOs. Check out their blogroll for a TON of other LEGO blogs.

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Mic Monarchy will be playing their first-ever show on Saturday, March 8th at the All Asia Bar in Cambridge, MA. The show is half hip-hop and half stand-up comedy, which means that the performers will alternate between hip-hop acts and comedians. Mic Monarchy will be playing a 20 – 25 minute set around 10:10 PM. I’ve never seen any of the other acts in the show, but it should be fun and MM will be going all out for their first show as a group!

For more information about the show, click the image above or check out the landing page. A full website is coming soon. If you just can’t wait, you can hear some of their music now.

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(AP) Managua, Nicaragua – The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl and ended the season with a perfect 19-0 record – at least it looks that way in Nicaragua.

The NFL donated 290 Patriots hats and an equal number of team jerseys trumpeting the slogans “Super Bowl Champions, 19-0” to impoverished children from two small communities in southern Nicaragua.

The gifts could not change history – the Patriots lost the Feb. 3 gam to the New York Giants 17-14 – but they made a lot of youngsters in the communities of San Gregorio and Buena Vista very happy, said Miriam Diaz, spokeswoman for the humanitarian organization World Vision, which arranged the donation with the NFL.

“They (Patriots) lost, but the children won,” Diaz said. The only “football” most of the children know is soccer, but they were very enthusiastic about the U.S. version of the game once the rules were explained to them, she said.

“They were very happy to receive the hats and jerseys,” Diaz said. “They said they did not expect such a surprise.”

Neither did the Patriots.

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For the past six months or so the Framingham / Worcester line of the MBTA commuter rail has been running off schedule. In my experience, at least every other day the train will be between 5 to 20 minutes late. For someone who just worked a full day and is eager to get home, 10 minutes can seem like a lifetime. Not to mention Back Bay station is the most miserable place to spend any of your free time Рdark, dingy, damp, and dirty!

Over the past month, things have been on the up-and-up and the delays were fewer and farther between. Just this week the MBTA revised the Framingham / Worcester schedule. They claim that recent delays have been a result of an increase in ridership and, therefore, an increase in the amount of time spent at each stop loading and unloading passengers. Seeing the MBTA taking action gave me hope. I thought to myself ‘this is a good sign.’

I should have known better.

This evening, as I waited in Back Bay station filled with hope, I could almost hear the announcement before it was made — “Framingham local boarding next on track 5.” Instead, the intercom kicked in and¬†I was disappointed.¬†¬†The announcer proclaimed “For those waiting for the Framingham local, this train has been slightly delayed.”

It wasn’t too bad of a wait (maybe 5 minutes), but I hope its not a sign of things to come.

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Lucky for Dorothy, she had a cute 3-bedroom 2-bath house with a picket fence on an 8-acre farm¬† in Kansas to think¬†about when she uttered the famous words “there’s no place like home.” If she were living in an apartment with Auntie Em, Uncle whatever-his-name-was, Toto and the rest of the farm animals, I’m sure her memories of the place would be a little less sweet.

We’re eager to say ‘goodbye’ to renting and say ‘hello’ to a house of our own in Massachusetts. As a result, we’ve spent a good chunk of time surfing the web to see what is on the market. In order of preference, here is a list of some helpful real estate websites that I’ve encountered thus far in our search:

  1. Trulia.com (great design, search features and selection)
  2. Realtor.com (similar features to Trulia.com)
  3. ISoldMyHouse.com (“For Sale By Owner” listings)
  4. Zillow.com (also, very similar to Trulia.com)
  5. MLSHomeFinder.com (MA-specific site)
  6. Boston.com (website of The Boston Globe)
  7. HomesForSaleInMA.com (another MA-specific site)

Drop us a comment if you have any other sites to recommend or even if you just have some tips for first-time home buyers in Massachusetts!

Props to Motley Crew, of course, for the Home Sweet Home video.

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It’s interesting to look back at how some of our greatest presidents thought about many of the same important issues that are at forefront of the current election –¬†for example, JFK’s take on¬†taxes. From one of my favorite blogs, Carpe Diem, here is JFK in his own words¬†during August of 1962 – John F. Kennedy, Early Supply-Sider.

Also, HBO will be airing a 7-part miniseries, executive produced by Tom Hanks, from March 16 РApril 20 that explores American history through the eyes of one of its greatest founding fathers, John Adams. Set up the DVR/TIVO and click the link if you want to read more about it.

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