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The Birth Of The Phonecam And Vice Versa

This is apparently the first picture taken and sent by a cell phone. It is Philippe Kahn's daughter, born June 11, 1997. Kahn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who founded Borland, and then in 1994, he founded Starfish, a wearable computer...Show More Summary

Overthinking Sandra Boynton

Ian Bogost goes deep for The New Yorker on, of all board book authors, Sandra Boynton:Take "The Going to Bed Book": what appears to be an innocuous precursor to the activity that its reading facilitates turns out, on closer inspection, to be rather strange. Show More Summary

1,584 Of Seven

Until I clicked through to the actual article [which, is everything on 538 written in this faux-dumb voice?], I had assumed all 1,584 Sevens got their names because their parents were hot for the Borg. Which struck me as an unlikelyShow More Summary

London Real Estate Market Not Ready For Kaleidoscope House

London's housing market has been off the charts lately. And with local art fair Frieze, the contemporary art market's circus came to town last week, too. Yet this unholy confluence, along with the ascendance of Lena Dunham to the cultural...Show More Summary

'People Can Just Pick You Up And Move You And Put You Down'

Amanda Fortini's interview with the writer Mary Karr at The Paris Review includes this visceral description of childhood:INTERVIEWER In the first section of The Liars' Club, you inhabit the mind of a seven-year-old to an uncanny degree. Show More Summary

10 Years A Playmobil Slave-Turned-Pirate

A woman bought a big Playmobil pirate ship for her nephew, and then got Facebook-upset when the instructions said to put a slave collar on the brown-skinned pirate. Other people got Facebook upset back, pointing out how the pirate ship...Show More Summary

What's Wrong With "Mr. Mom"?

The movie, that is. It's easy to say what's wrong with the term itself. It's sexist, because it assumes home is a woman's natural domain. Also, even if it's not always the intention of people who throw this phrase at stay-at-home-dads,...Show More Summary

Marvel Super Heroes Magazine Subscription Giveaway

There's a new Marvel Super Heroes magazine! Marvel Super Heroes magazine invites families to bring home the “Mighty Marvel Universe!” Readers must get ready to join forces with all their favorite Avengers. Each issue features exciting...Show More Summary

21 Century Dad

The blogger known as EduDad (and also SaskaDad on Twitter, because Canada), recently uploaded a YouTube that I watched, thumbed-up, tweeted about, and LIKED, but somehow didn't put on this blog until now. Enjoy EduDad's/SaskaDad's "21 Century Dad"

The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1: Reader's Edition Review and Giveaway

Speaking of Father's Day(?), I got a copy of The Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 1 to review and to give to a reader. In 2010, when the book came out, it was described by Esquire Magazine as "The Dad Book of the Year," so I felt reviewing it around Father's Day was a good idea. Show More Summary

Philips Norelco IV: A Lost Hope

First, a recap of the first three episodes. Six months ago, I noticed Philips Norelco's only parenting item, a kids' hair clipper, was marketed as "Designed for Kids, Made for Moms." I contacted Philips, they promised a call back, and...Show More Summary

A Difference a Child Makes

How Playground Moms Look at Me When I Get to the Park How Playground Moms Look at Me When They Realize I'm There With My Girl Happy Father's Day!...

Review of Tyler Durman's Book: Birthday Suit

Tyler Durman - for Parents (why our children test) from Tyler Durman on Vimeo. I do most of my reading/writing when other people in the house are asleep, so I don't usually watch videos. If you're doing the same thing, I suggest youShow More Summary

"He's Gonna Kill Us All"

Comic John Heffron talks about his dad's parenting techniques: "We all thought he would kill us at any time." (And no, that's not my own parenting method. Until the day I have to change the doors in the house. Then I might reconside...

Mother's Name

Last year, I wrote about deciding against sending my kid to a nearby preschool just because the application form included "Fathers Business Address." Here's the form again: Well, maybe that was the third strike on that short form, after...Show More Summary

Louis C.K.: "A Kid Never Goes, 'Oh, Thanks. I Get It.'"

Just bought two tickets to see Louis C.K. on New Year's Eve. We're sitting all the way in the back, and all we'll see on the stage is a tiny red dot, but I'm sure it'll be worth it, especially since he's selling the tickets himself, bypassing the evil Ticketmaster. Also, how hard can it be to find a babysitter on New Year's Eve? And also, watch this video.

The Kingslayer's Daughters

Here's one for Game of Thrones fans. Like me, you're probably settling in for a long winter that will seem to last a lifetime until the show returns in April 2013. Until then, here's Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka the Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister)...Show More Summary

Duracell Powermat Review and Giveaway -- #neverbepowerless

The storm has passed and the power is back on, which means it's time to review the Duracell Powermat 24 Hour Power System. First of all, here's what it looks like. Duracell Powermat (iPhone not included. Really). I know. The package includes 3 items: The powermat, which comes in black or white. Show More Summary


Letters to my daughter We fill our blogs with widgets, and we submit posts to social media, and link to previous posts and announce future posts, and before we know it, we forget it's all about the writing. In the end, though, that's what blogging comes down to. Show More Summary

Review of Dan Rather's Book: Rather Outspoken

A book-PR company sent me a parenting book to review recently, and then emailed me again to ask if I'd like to get a review copy of Dan Rather's new book, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News. Of course, at first I said I couldn't do...Show More Summary

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