She’s 11! She has been waiting to turn 11 since she was 10. She’s funny, smart,

She’s 11! She has been waiting to turn 11 since she was 10. She’s funny, smart, confident, and talented. She loves hanging out with her friends. At 11, she is going to be going through so many physical and emotional changes that she hasn’t experienced since infancy. Hold tight! If she hasn’t already, she is going to go through a huge growth spurt. Can you believe it? Your little princess is almost a teenager. Tell her to make a wish. It better not be about boys. That’s a scary thought. While every 11 year old girl is not the same, here are the common milestones for 11 year old girls. When you are 11, a lot of girls start growing out of dolls and toys. You are sort of stuck between being a kid and a teenager. So what are the best birthday and Christmas gifts for 11 year old girls? Organizing everything by category, we’ve put together over 800 gift ideas for 11 year old girls that are perfect for birthdays and Christmas. Who doesn’t love getting onesies, pajamas, and sleepwear? It’s always fun to get her pajamas for Christmas or her birthday. We’ve found the cutest ones that she is going to want to cuddle up in. While she might have outgrown all the cartoony pajamas, there is noth...

It’s a great time to be a hobbyist. No matter how you feel about the Arduino/Raspberry

It’s a great time to be a hobbyist. No matter how you feel about the Arduino/Raspberry Pi effect, the influx of general enthusiasm and demand it has created translates to better availability of components, a broader community, and loads of freely available knowledge. When people have access to knowledge and ideas, great things can happen. Tools that were once restricted to industrial use become open source, and the price of entry-level versions goes into a nosedive. As we’ve seen over the last several years, the price of cheap 3D printers keeps falling while the bar of quality keeps rising. It’s happening with laser cutters and carving tools, too. Strolling through Microcenter a few weeks ago, I spotted a new toy on the back wall next to the 3D printers. It was LinkSprite’s desktop mini CNC. They didn’t have one out on display, but there were two of them in boxes on the shelf. And boy, those boxes were small. Laughably small. I wondered, could this adorable machine really be any good? To some, the $200 price tag suggests otherwise. To me, the price tag made it justifiable, especially considering that the next price point for a hobby CNC mill is at least twice as much. I took my ...