So a publicist sent me  a Nintendo DSi the other day, which I still haven't opened yet. Though I'm a video game culture guy, I'm not really a video game guy. And I try to be upfront with the game folks, letting them know my reservations about the appropriateness of screen games for the site's zygote-to-preschool demographic. Kids that age, I say, why they'd be just as happy playing with a cardboard box.
And damned if the Nintendo folks didn't pack the DSi in the awesomest cardboard box K2 has ever seen. Spotlights, a hearty round of applause, and a mirror; what more could any 1-year-old ask for?
 Nintendo Guys and I have talked before, but I really discourage unsolicited samples and freebies  here at Daddy Types, both in the interest of editorial integrity and because it creates clutter, and then I have to be the one having to drive perfectly usable but unwanted stuff to Goodwill.
 This obviously does not apply to a 2009 Mercedes B200 Turbo with Mountain Grey metallic paint, Alpaca leather interior, and manufacturer certification of its US-DOT and EPA compliance. A-P-P-E-L-E-Z M-O-I, Mercedes Canada!