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For being as immersed in tech as I am, I'm not a big "messaging" guy. I'm not a fan of the text-speak, I just started using emojis, and when it comes to GIF reponses, my defacto is The Emperor from RETURN OF THE JEDI with "GOOD, GOOD." above it. That said, quick-text GIF stories are all the rage right now, and I've even seen some of my daughters' little friends (I still shudder to think that these kids are the "under 10" crowd) breaking them out.  So what's the new one I expect to see getting a lot of use in the months ahead? The Hello Kitty StoryGIF App is a solid bet, the first release to come from Zoobe Message Entertainment's partnership with Sanrio.

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Holiday Wish GuideWith HELLO KITTY celebrating her 40th Anniversary this year, it's almost a wonder that I haven't featured more of Sanrio's biggest star here on the site. After all, my girls have more HELLO KITTY stuff than I can count, from clothes to plushies, DVDs to toothbrushes... and a few of the MEGA Bloks sets that have been coming out over the past couple of years. The latest of the bunch is one that MEGA Brands sent us for review, the HELLO KITTY Fun at the Fair Set (10956), a 233-piece affair geared toward builders ages 5-12. Well-received here at Rock Father HQ and built with assistance from yours truly, this new one lands firmly in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide.

If you caught my blog entry for August 7th, you already know that 8/7 is a date that holds massive significance for our family. One reason is that it's Adalyn's birthday, and this year, Addie turned four. She's the reason that this site exists (well, if you get really technical, you could say this site exists because I had sex with my wife at some point in the Fall of 2008), and I've long held that I wish I'd started The Rock Father upon her birth in 2009 rather than waiting until 2011. While I don't have her first two birthdays documented here on the site (I may correct that), I started a tradition of sharing her party starting with #3 last year, and here we are with #4. Yes, Addie is now "four, just like Caillou!", as she keeps reminding me, which makes me think we should've waited to do a Caillou-themed party until this year (it was last year's), but that's ok... Hello Kitty stepped up to the thematic challenge. But that was for a party on August 10th...

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TFUPDATED with some prototype shots (2/11/13): Straight from the American International TOY FAIR in New York comes word that Sanrio and NECA have announced a licensing agreement "to produce games, collectibles, toys and novelty items featuring HELLO KITTY and other Sanrio characters." Translation: There's more Hello Kitty stuff bound to show up in my daughters' rooms here at Rock Father HQ in the months ahead.