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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

On Hot Stay at Home Dads

I found a blog post on PaRANThood, called "The Quasi-Ellusive, Not-So-Mysterious.... SAHD." The short version, although you should read it because it's a fun read, is that stay-at-home-dads shouldn't be considered hot simply becauseShow More Summary

Giveaway Promote's Anniversary Giveaway: $1,375+ worth of prizes, 23 winners!

So I got a chance to be a part of this crazy giveaway. I've never participated in a communal(?) giveaway-sweepstakes-thingy before, but it's something I'll definitely do more of if enough people enter. And why shouldn't they? These are all cool prizes, and using the Rafflecopter is easy enough. Show More Summary

Dad to Dad -- Book Review

In the days, weeks, months, and years before our first baby was born, I read about a hundred parenting books. Well, maybe not a hundred, and maybe not years before the birth, but at least ten books, all of which were targeted toward expectant or new moms. So I skipped the birth parts and the breastfeeding parts, and a few other parts I skimmed. Show More Summary

Looking at My Boy

I'm early to pick my boy up from preschool, so I walk outside the building with his younger sister. I stop in front of the school playground, where my boy is running around. What used to be running for the sake of running, is now more complicated at the age of four, when he's more socially-aware. Show More Summary

Dan Gets a Minivan -- A Review

If you've ever wandered whether bookstore employees judge your choice of books, you'll be happy to know you're very perceptive. As someone who worked in a bookstore for 4 years, I can tell you that we judged, criticized, and scorned you. Show More Summary

$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

There's another sweepstake thingy I joined. It might be a little too soon after the last one, but then again, why not. Your scheduled programming will be back later, I promise. Meanwhile, good luck! Now, here's some cut-and-paste: Welcome...Show More Summary

I Answer Dude of the House's Questions. Yep.

So Jay (aka Dude of the House) tagged me in a blog post a while ago. Now, the honorable thing would have been to wait a year before acknowledging it, but I have no honor left, so I waited a month. I'm supposed to answer these 7 questions, then add 10 random things about myself. Show More Summary

A Dad Was Playing Online With His 2-Year-Old. Then, This Happened...

Saw this picture on Reddit. A dad was playing on the computer with his 2-year-old when this ad appeared... At first glance, it was kind of funny, I have to admit. But it's more than that. I wouldn't say it's the fault of the kids' game site, because I remember how tough it was to block these ads in the past. Show More Summary

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