Tag: Nerf

Obscure Object of Desire: Heat-Seeking NERF Vulcan

The genesis of inventor Rick Prescott’s infrared seeking Sentinel (a.k.a. “Dilbert’s Revenge”) from the man himself, via makezine.com:

An idea sparked in my mind one day while walking the toy gun isle in a store with my kid and later that evening learning of the workings of a thermopile array while surfing the internet. The result is this infrared seeking sentinel which joins a realistically priced infrared sensor to a realistically operatable Nerf® machine gun to create a slightly less deadly yet still highly deterring automated machine. Personally I have grand plans to deploy the infrared seeking sentinel facing the entrance of my work cubical in order to speed interaction with less desirable visitors.

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Jack Kerouac Can Bite Me.

I’m on the road again, picking up my all-too-distant offspring for her summer vacation. Along the way, I came across this truck stop display. I’ve known a lot of truckers in my time. I’ve never known one of the “knights of the road” to go to work unarmed. While I can imagine a trucker shooting some motel art glass with one of these faux NERF guns for a few hours, pacing back and forth like a caged animal, the gun is clearly targeted at small fry. Having survived multiple extended road trips with my sister, I’ve gotta say that handing a cranky kid anything capable of shooting projectiles from the back seat to the front is just asking for trouble. Which is why it’s catnip to pre-pubescent boys. Moving on . . .  Continue Reading

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Editorial: Is Anti-Gun Culture Lowering Boys’ Reading Skills?

I don’t know about you, but I’m a boy. Well, I was one, back in the day. I played guns all the time, perfecting the art of finger shooting, quick draw and dying while diving in a pool. I watched a lot of gun TV: The Rifleman, The WIld, Wild West, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and more. My favorite movies featured gunplay. And I read a lot of books about war, cowboys and Indians, hunting, spies and exploration. (NB: The Hardy Boys were pussies.)  As TTAG’s Brad Kozak pointed out in a recent editorial, the gun gestalt taught me a lot about right and wrong. Today, Gun Culture for Boysis still thriving. There’s a huge range of Nerf and Airsoft guns and any number of hyper-violent, hyper-realistic video games. Rap music is suffused with romantic gun references. Still, something’s missing: gun-celebratory novels. At literacy levels below Tom Clancy (yes there is such a thing), boy’s books about gunplay are awfully thin on the ground. Is that a major contributory factor for falling levels of pre-adult male literacy?

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Colorado University Alows Nerf Guns For Zombie Hunt

Boulder Colorado is one of America’s best cities. Disclaimer: this writer is moving there. Well, I was, before I learned that zombies lurk inside Colorado University’s engineering building. And I am again, now that I know that it was all a dream and Bobby was in the shower all that time (Jesus, think of the hot water bills). No wait. Sorry. Now that I know that it’s just a game player by “Nerds for Nerf,” a protest group formed to defeat the University’s ban on guns both real and simulated. See what I did there? There is no such group. But there is such a ban and zombie game, and the campus cops did give them a pass. “This was the second zombie invasion in a month at the University of Colorado, following a weeklong game earlier this month that hosted more than 200 players,” the school paper reports. “But Saturday night’s event was no ordinary game. . .”

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