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Silence, Glass Crib By Mona Hatoum

Was at MoMA today and saw Silence, a 1994 sculpture by Mona Hatoum. The wall text says, "Made of glass, this life-size crib threatens any child in its care with shattering collapse and inevitable injury." And if that weren't enough, I thought, it's got dropsides. Silence, 1994, Mona Hatoum [moma.org]

Amazing Hippie Crochet Bunting Thing You Must Buy Now

Holy smokes, if one of you hippies doesn't buy this crocheted 70s afghan bunting at Wary Meyers today, I swear, I'm gonna buy it myself. And then I'm going to steal a baby from Trader Joe's and keep it dressed in this thing every day,...Show More Summary

Minnesota Nice Mutton Bustin'

I understand that there's not much to do in Minnesota this time of year, especially for kids who aren't old enough to get drunk ice-fishing. So yes, in theory, a World's Toughest Mutton Bustin' Competition would a nice evening out for the whole family. Show More Summary

10, 7, 5

Those are the ages of Philip Seymour Hoffman's kids, roughly the same age range as mine. Beyond anything else, this is what tears me up about his death: the loss his family is experiencing, and the pain and difficult times ahead forShow More Summary

Aging Punk Hoons Little Tike

After a virtual garageful of head-scratching, WTF projects, a couple of Oxfordshire hoons have finally hit upon the crazy, one-off car mod that's destined for viral greatness: they've built a full-size, street-legal version of the Little...Show More Summary

Kid-Size Art Installations By Benin's Own Beshac Gaba

La Mode en Miniature (2008) installation view, Stevenson I just found images of these kid-related works I saw from the Frieze Art Fair in London last fall, by the Beninese artist Beshac Gaba. Gaba often makes installations that take on the form of stores. Show More Summary

Polizei Onesie

This doesn't inspire confidence. #siko #sicherheitskonferenz pic.twitter.com/2ZXO5kWkmv — Nein. (@NeinQuarterly) January 31, 2014 Spotted at the Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz, the Munich Security Conference, sort of a Davos of international...Show More Summary

If Not Breastfeeding Is Illegal, Only Criminals Won't Breastfeed

Breast is best, in fact, it's so great, that the United Arab Emirates' legislature, whose members are appointed by each emirate's ruling monarch, has decided that every child should be breastfed until the age of two. And so they passed a Child Rights Law that requires mothers to breastfeed. Show More Summary

Hey, Mommy Writes, Too

Wow, it turns out becoming a parent totally upends lady writers' lives and creative practices, too, not just the dads'. Go read up on dad/writer Shane Jones' creative struggles, then take in Vogue's Q&A with Jenny Offill, whose second...Show More Summary

No Kids Is One Of My Favorite Stores

Bring the kids! pic.twitter.com/TLGSh2xzEG — Andy Baio (@waxpancake) January 30, 2014 OK, I get it. They could do like MOSS in SoHo, which just put all the merchandise in glass vitrines so no one could touch it.

Daddy Writes

Shane Jones has a very thoughtful essay in The Paris Review about writing and fatherhood. It makes me wish he'd write another that picks up where he leaves off, and that thus deals a decisive blow to his troubled premise, that you can't...Show More Summary

A Children's Treasury Of The Holocaust

Bedrich Fritta was a Jewish Czech artist forced to produce construction plans and diagrams for the Nazis. His son Tomas was one when the family was sent to the Theresienstadt ghetto. Bedrich made unauthorized drawings, too, documenting and criticizing the horrific conditions in the Nazis' model concentration camp. Show More Summary

Maybe Raccoons Aren't So Bad, Is What I'm Thinking?

Jennifer Liss had her second kid at home, in Oakland:"What would you like to do with the placenta?" the midwife asked. "You can take it," I said, staring at my son's perfect, perfect face. "Oh, no, it's yours," she said. How, in ourShow More Summary

This USB-Lookin' Wet Diaper Detector Will Be A Thing

It looks like a normal, everyday USB stick, but when it gets near a wet diaper, it lights up! Because it's a wet diaper detector. Made out of a USB casing. That's how Eric Schuh designed his Kickstarter, and that's what he's going to use to build the 400+ wet diaper detectors that have been ordered so far. Show More Summary

FYI: The JL421 Badonkadonk Landcruiser Does NOT Have LATCH

The JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank's manufacturers say it fits five, but if you put more than one Jabba-the-Hut-sized passenger in there, I suspect someone's gonna have to walk. What's more interesting, though, is that even with...Show More Summary

Rocking Hoth Roundup

These rocking tauntauns have bubbled up from the random picdump sites last week, and are now appearing on more mainstream blogs. There is no information available yet about who made them or where. All we know is the build quality isShow More Summary

The Starsky & Hutch Wagon

Holy smokes, I had no idea this car existed, but now it's obvious that every station wagon should have a giant, white Starsky & Hutch stripe down the side. It's a 1973 AMC Matador Wagon, in exceptional condition, with just 71k miles,...Show More Summary

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