If you recall my first review for Giant Microbes, you’ll remember that the idea that someone was making plushies out of germs and bacterias and viruses was pretty awesome. I am, after all, a nerd. The company has now branched out from biological to computer warfare with Computer Virus Dolls. That’s right, you can now own your own:
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These aren’t as soft and fuzzy as Giant Microbes. In fact, the silver and black designs remind me of tech much more. However, what I really love is that each of these “dolls” is made out of a combination of 1s and 0s. If you aren’t familiar, all binary code breaks down to a series of 1s and 0s, so this is clever. Everyone who I’ve explained this to has been. Each doll has its own tag with its name in binary, too.
Like giant microbes, each doll comes with a tag defining the type of infection. I received a bug, which is a glitch and not necessarily a maliciously designed piece of code. I was impressed that the tag included info about Grace Hopper, a BAMF computer programming for the US Navy who coined the term. Grace Hopper is one of my favorite geeks of all time so I was thrilled to see this.
And what about kids, will they Like Computer Virus Dolls? Absolutely! I passed this one off to my sister for her birthday — she’s now 11, eeps! — and she loves it. The bug looks very insectlike, and she enjoys carrying it around and sticking it in your face because AH IT’S A BUG.
Of course, little eyes on them certainly make them adorable. My sister loveloveloves her. In fact, she wanted to spend her birthday money to buy more “bugs” and “germs.”
If you think your children or even you would like this adorable piece of geekery, keep reading. I am proud to host a giveaway for one Computer Virus Doll for one reader of Reviews by Cole. Simply use the widget below to enter the giveaway, which is open to US residents only.
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