Friday Finds – August 29, 2008

Cara’s Finds

Got a dinosaur-freak on your hands? Me, too. My son loves dinosaurs! So when I saw that the show, Walking With Dinosaurs was coming close to our town, I knew I had to get tickets. If you haven’t seen video of these dinosaurs, you have to check it out... It’s amazing! The live show features fifteen life-sized dinosaurs all controlled by someone driving the dinosaur while another person controls hands and facial movements by remote control. The dinosaurs were featured on GMA back in April. Watch the story to learn more about how they created these lifelike creatures.

Get yourself some kickin’ Keds. Remember Keds? Now you can customize your own pair without breaking out the markers and puffy paint. Go to to start from a template or upload your own design. (Thanks to the Goodyblog for the find.)

Jack-O turns 5-0. Today is Michael Jackson’s 50th birthday. Surprising or not? I assumed he was older.

Susan’s Finds
Keep on voting. One more week of voting remains in the SmartNow makeover/NYC trip contest. I’m a finalist. Every time you vote for me, I like you a little bit more.

Witness a Birth this weekend. If you’re in Cincinnati, check out this documentary-style play at the Know Theatre this weekend. Birth tells the birth stories of eight women, painting a picture of how low-risk, educated mothers are giving birth today. Proceeds will go to Birth & Beyond, which provides education and resources to women on healthcare options in the greater Cincinnati area.

Not in Cincinnati? More than 100 performances of this play are happening in cities across America over Labor Day weekend and the month of September to raise awareness and money for childbirth choices that work for mothers.

Kinda like Borat, only American. Have you seen The Marc Horowitz Signature Series on He’s a comedian who travels around the U.S. and has wacky adventures while attempting to “improve life” for people along the way. It’s pretty funny stuff, if you like Borat style mockumentaries. Thanks to hubs for the link!

Extra homework help (BONUS GIVEAWAY!). Microsoft has a new all-in-one homework tool that can help kids in grades K-12 called Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2009. It’s supposed to aid parents and students in navigating math, reading, research papers, foreign languages, geography, science and literature assignments. Want to win a free download of this software (valued at $49.95)? Email us at with the subject line “Homework Giveaway” before midnight on Sept. 1 (that’s Labor Day) and we’ll pick one reader to win.

Wine tastes even better when it’s for a good cause. Again for the Nati readers: Help support Cincinnati blogger Michelle Lentz’s scholarship fund in memory of her sister by attending this wine-tasting fundraiser on Sept. 11.

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