I just finished interviewing something like 20 people over the past few days. And over and over and over again we discussed the merits of different caliber Nerf weapon options. To web developers, Nerf guns are everything. Can’t get someones attention that you need to chat with – fwap him in the back of the head. Someone disagrees with you on a code review? Bwap her in the nose for even considering being disagreeable. Your manager walks over and… no, he just walks over… BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM! Yeah, I get shot a lot. I mean, a lot. But heck, I deserve it. Someone has to take it for the team and give them a target for their pent up angst and stress! That’s about the only thing I’m really hired to do in my humble opinion.

Anyway, for years we worked on over clocking our Nerf guns by replacing springs, tightening components, ceiling air gaps, etc, in order to get maximum distances and velocities out of these things. Then the world changed when the Megas came out. Instead of a 30 foot overclocked range… we now can go 50 to 60 feet and more importantly, leave a significant welt on impact. Megas are incorporated into our daily work routines so integrally that I don’t know where the work starts and the play begins. So much so, we’ve been asked more than once if we ever work. (Minus the fact that my team is the one of the highest performing teams on the planet … I think some people may just be a bit jealous.)

Well, that’s all preamble, because I’m thinking that THIS is the next needed thing for my life! This is brilliant. Its a new kickstarter campaign that… oh, just watch the video yourself.

Its such a clever solution to develop hand thrown paint balls. We’ve gone paintballing before and have really had a blast. But the next logical step is to get these fantastic little things into our day in day out work routine!

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I mean, what could go wrong with this plan? Regardless, I for one am investing in this little startup. These look fantastic! Oh, and did I mention that you can even make them yourself? This is uber brilliant. You can check out the kickstarter here – but hurry, the campaign ends at the end of the month.

Hahah – I just keep saying it, but I love just how small the web is. Briana, the developer/inventor/etc just contacted me telling me thanks for this post. So so small this world is.

“Taylor, I just wanted to thank you for the article you wrote about my Kickstarter campaign, Goblies. It makes me really happy that you are excited about the product! I added your logo to the campaign page with a click through link to the article. Let me know if you would like to use a different logo. Also, let me know if I could ever help you in anyway.”

So go support her campaign dangit.

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