October 8, 2015


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 has been around for 10 years and it didn't offend their kids. Which, maybe not the point?


Playmobil got Twitter-responsive, tweeting that "In a purely historical context, the figure represents a pirate who was a former slave, and, as shown on the box, is now a member of the crew. We did not mean to offend anyone."

So far, in a purely historical context, no one's upset about the pirate having a gun.

Dark-skinned Playmobil pirate-ship doll wearing 'slave collar' ignites [sic] outrage [sic] [washpost]
Buy PLAYMOBIL Pirates Ship - 5135 for around $62 [amazon]

October 6, 2015


The contemporary art world is lately up in arms over flippers, speculating collectors who hoover up paintings by hot emerging artists, only to hype and dump them at auction, ideally for quick 10-100x returns.

It is not clear if the rocking llama market is subject to the same kind of flipping frenzy, but we may soon find out. It looks like this exact rocking llama was sold through this same Chicago auctioneer in 2011 for $250. Is four years the appropriate amount of time to buy and hold a rocking llama, or is it irresponsibly hasty?

As for the rocking llama itself, it definitely is one. They have turned up at various auctions before, and luxuriously marked up at 1stdibs. They have been described as Danish, and as having actual llama, but I think the Icelandic sheepskin is a better call. One auction site mentions a company, Animalia, Inc., but the only other citations are botscraped mirrors. Perhaps an original owner will emerge some day to verify their source. And then we'll all know whether $150-250 is a fair price or the deal of a century.

Oct. 13, 2015, Sale 422 Lot 560: A Fur Mounted Rocking Llama, est. $150-250 [lesliehindman.com]
Aug. 24, 2011, 481: A Fur and Carved Wood Rocking Llama, Height 49 inc [liveauctioneers]

September 28, 2015

We're all Trumans now

This has been weighing on me for a while now, the last several posts, and the meaning and relevance and viability of it all. And this, The Atlantic's thought piece on the economics of mommyblogging, starring, obviously, Heather Armstrong.

And the stress of doing what you love-for money-and the ambivalence over turning your kids out for sponsored content. And the conflicts of selling out and commercialization and celebrity and privacy and agency. As a parent your choices affect your kid, too, when they are very far from being able to understand, much less weigh in on things.

Let's look at the four most recent posts:

Is it all as terribly clear to you as it is to me?

Forget baby monitors, we need baby platforms: livecasting baby monitors that support social media engagement, native and sponsored content partnerships, and affiliate thinkfluencer retailing right out of the box, right out of the womb. We need to stop locking down our networks and start monetizing them.

The disruptive baby monitor is important, but it's just the first level in scaffolding your and your kid's digital brands. Why settle for facebooking or pinning tired, old, static pictures of your kid, when you can plug him into a live audience who is primed to purchase?

Do you remember the Korean people who make total bank livestreaming their meals to thousands of adoring, tipping fans? It's like that, only with babies.

Can Mommy Bloggers Still Make A Living? [theatlantic]

September 21, 2015

Here is a blog report of an interview from a magazine where a celebrity dad talked about his lifelong friend who tried to sell delivery room pics of their kid. Even on the narrow terms of copyright law, this is a no-brainer--those pics are the dad's to sell (or to, implausibly, but apparently as it happened in this case, to keep private)--but above all, it is just a dick move.

Ryan Reynolds no longer speaking to friend [defamer via @deray]

September 18, 2015

Internet- and WiFi-connected baby monitors are still ridiculously insecure and can be hacked and turned into surveillance devices for your home and your home networks, experts find.

Experts recommend a couple of easy fixes, such as not connecting your baby monitor to the Internet, not uploading video from your baby monitor to the internet, and not connecting your baby monitor to your WiFi network that has the same password as its cutesy name.

Now let me tell you about how we used to have to get up to change the frequency on the baby monitor because it kept picking up the neighbors' cordless phones. I assume if you're old enough to buy a baby monitor, you're old enough to remember cordless phones. Right?

Watch out, new parents--internet-connected baby monitors are easy to hack [fusion]

Enter the 4yo Mini-me Dragon

How do you get to 30 million views on your viral kidsploitation video? Practice, practice, practice.

Just because your kid has dutifully copied the Bruce Lee nunchuck moves you have been fixated on your own entire sentient life doesn't mean your video of him performing will immediately go viral.

Now you must master the viral videomaking skills of the modern parent by getting the costume, the angle, and the background just right. Tranform your entertainment center into a minimalist Bruce Lee shrine with photos and slipcovers made from Visqueen and packing tape.

Disable YouTube embedding so you can get your pre-rolls, and for Pete's sake, get it onto Facebook which, in addition to jacking all YT's viral videos, also screwed up the click and sharing experience.

Bruce Ryu's YouTube channel [youtube via my dad]

September 14, 2015

Was this scientific breakthrough suppressed for nearly ten years, or was it merely published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, where no one notices it?

A 45-year-old male complained of a profound reduction in his left ear acuity while staying at an island cottage in rural Ontario. His hearing loss was reducing his ability to hear his newborn son cry in the middle of the night, requiring his wife to carry out all late-night child care. As a result, correction of the problem was considered urgent.


The patient later reported a resumption in his nighttime ability to hear his infant son crying, which led to his being able to promptly jump out of bed and attend to his son's needs, excluding breast-feeding. This return to normal enhanced the state of their marital bliss on this island location.

If only they'd published a YouTube video of the earwax removal, this would have gone viral in like a week.

Keegan, D., Bannister, S.; A novel method for the removal of ear cerumen, CMAJ vol. 173 pp. 1496-7, Dec. 6, 2005 [cmaj.ca via dt reader kelly]

September 9, 2015


These alphabet blocks with nautical flags on them are quite nice-looking. In fact, many, many of the alphabet blocks by Uncle Goose are nice-looking. Like these Hindi blocks. Oh man, gorgeous.


In fact, many non-alphabet blocks by Uncle Goose are also gorgeous, including the Eames House and Neutraface blocks they've done with House Industries, when I didn't know who Uncle Goose even was.

Buy Uncle Goose Nautical Blocks with Canvas Bag - Made in USA, around $40-48 [amazon]
Or buy Uncle Goose Hindi Blocks, which are like $37-43 [amazon]
Uncle Goose has like 50 different styles of sweet-looking blocks, in fact [amazon]

September 8, 2015


I've always thought it took a special type to drive a Stokke Xplory. A confident, quiet sort who's comfortable in his decisions. An independent spirit who doesn't chase public approval. And now we can add a calm, cool, and collected luxury car vandal who'll key an Aston Martin in a Tesco Superstore parking lot for no apparent reason.

That's what Gary Brissett, 48, of, Glebeland, somewhere in England, did in June, while pushing his 13mo kid in his Xplory. He was recorded by the Aston's dashcam, and was apprehended in August after the footage was released.

Last Friday the single father pled guilty to causing £7,741.28 in damage. Which, let's keep things in perspective, is what an Aston costs any time you take it into the shop. Still, it's always the quiet ones.

Man is arrested over keying of Aston Martin [ metro.co.uk via carscoops, thanks dt stokkespotter jj daddy-o]
'Silly' Hackney father admits damaging £100k Aston Martin outside Tesco [hackneygazette.co.uk]

September 3, 2015

Abdullah Kurdi was the only survivor in his family after the overcrowded dinghy they were escaping from Turkey to Greece in sank, 500 meters from shore. Photos of his three-year-old son Aylan's body washed up on a Turkish beach have caused heartbreak and political outrage, and every time I think about this or see it I cannot not cry.

"Let this be the last," Kurdi and I say.

Aylan Kurdi's father rejects Canadian offer of citizenship [middleeasteye.net]

August 31, 2015

A wonderful video of a toddler playing hide and seek with a baby gorilla is available for licensing across all platforms. It's probably being ripped off and reloaded to Facebook as I type this.

Toddler playing Gorilla Toddler at the Columbus Zoo! [youtube via @moorehn]

August 27, 2015

I just, I mean, I, I, what?

WLS, ABC7 in Chicago is reporting:

Chicago rapper Chief Keef has named his son after his record label in an effort to promote his latest album, according to a statement from the CEO of FilmOn Records.

"Chief Keef and his newest baby mama have agreed to name the newborn Sno FilmOn Dot Com Cozart in order to promote the release of Sosa's double album Bang 3 with FilmOn Music and MondoTunes on September 18," Alki David said in a statement Thursday.

However, David released an updated statement Thursday following an apparent paternity dispute between Chief Keef and the child's mother.

"In light of new developments disputing that Chief Keef is the father of Baby Sno, the streaming TV and music platform FilmOn.com is retracting the right to let the mother, Lauren Woods, use the middle name FilmOn Dot Com until paternity is settled. We wish Ms. Woods all the best," David said in a written statement.

First off, the announcement of the kid's name only happened this morning. So the unannouncement is like only a few hours later. Second, I'm sorry, but you cannot "retract" the "right" to someone's baby name. Even if it is named after your brokeass basic holographic concert-flogging website. Ms Woods can name her kid Louis Vuitton Keef von Alki David-On-A-Stick if she wants to.

The point, though, is why would she want to saddle her kid with a URL for a name if she's not getting paid for it? Just sit tight and wait for the test results, mkay?

UPDATED, OBV: Chief Keef names newborn after record label [abc7chicago via dt reader noah]

August 24, 2015


A few days ago DT reader Nathan spotted this amazing-looking vintage cradle on eBay in St Louis. [Turns out it's also on craigslist.] "Had this been up a year ago," Nathan wrote, "I would have considered it for our second kid."

Right? But what even is it? I gotta admit, this one had me stumped.


It's a two-part molded fiberglass shell, which looks very Eames technology, if not exactly Eames design. But it's mounted on a vibrating/rocking motor base. The eBay description says the seller used it for their own kids, and their grandkids, and it's still going strong.


The label on the bottom says "Anthony & Co.," but it doesn't even mention the cradle, just the motor specs/disclaimers. The address in Los Angeles doesn't have a zip code, which dates it to pre-1963. And that's what we have. I couldn't turn up anything at all about an Anthony & Co., or a motorized fiberglass cradle.

Which made me think maybe it's a one-off, a hack. Like some enterprising dad had taken an old coin-operated rocking horse from in front of his family pizza joint and attached a custom cradle. The mind reeled, imagining all that effort for a piece of gear that might have six months of useful life, tops, per kid. And yet it's still rocking, two+ generations later.


But the title on this post is not Mystery Cradle, it's Magic Cradle. And the tell was the address. When I put the LA street address into Google Books, a bunch of old magazine ads for Stauffer Home Reducing Plan showed up. Stauffer manufactured the Magic Couch, a motorized oscillating weight loss machine that supposedly exercised for you. And the Magic Couch also converted to the Magic Cradle, the world's first [sic] motorized rocking bassinet. The ad above is from the Saturday Evening Post. [I enlarged the Cradle part.] And Popular Mechanics said the Magic Cradle could convert to a hobby horse and a "nursery" [a playpen, I guess].


The Magic Cradle was introduced in 1959, just as competition was heating up in the pointless mechanical vibrating weight loss contraption industry, and right before a damning report in Reader's Digest [right?] declared the whole concept was a ripoff. Rather than help diversify Stauffer's business, the Cradle was an expensive bust. The company was stuck with more than 3,000 unsold units as their sales tanked.

So greet this survivor with a kind salute; unless there's an undiscovered warehouse in Albuquerque full of them, this may be the only one you ever see.

Mid-century baby furniture
Eams style, egg-shaped, motorized, rocking, baby cradle, opening bid $150, BIN $400+freight, auction ends Aug. 27
[ebay via dt reader nathan]
A tax accountant's-eye view of Stauffer's business: ESTATE OF STAUFFER v COMMISSIONER [leagle.com]

August 22, 2015


The artist Rob Pruitt has been selling all kinds of his own random clutter on eBay for a couple of years now. This summer, he's turned his Rob Pruitt Flea Market into a Brant Family Flea Market, by setting up shop in the Greenwich art barn of collector/publisher/polo magnate Peter Brant, and his supermodel wife Stephanie Seymour.

While the Versace gowns and English suits and Louboutins are all priced up where you'd expect, the Brant Family Flea Market also includes mountains of cheap stuff, too.


So you can buy this five-pack of 0-3mo Gerber Onesies knowing that one might have been worn once by a tiny scion, that the money you spend goes to a good cause (Bard College), and that you now have an 8x10 glossy photo of the Onesies signed by Rob Pruitt, ideal for framing and hanging in the nursery. Why not buy the Belize onesie, too, and make a diptych?

Brant Family's Flea Market: Gerber 5 Plain White Cotton Onesies Size 0-3 Months, $5+$5s/h [ebay]
Brant Family's Flea Market: Kid Popular Peace Love Belize Ringer Onesie Size 6 M, $2+$5s/h

August 18, 2015


Look what I found while surfing around the website of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, looking for more info on Piet Klaarhamer, Gerrit Rietveld's mentor and De Stijl collaborator.

It's a cradle! More importantly, it's a cradle on wheels, like a wheelbarrow. This feels good to me. As good as the big arched cornice feels bad. But whatever, it was 1910; De Stijl was not even a twinkle in Klaarhamer's eye at that point.

Wieg/Cradle (ca. 1910) P.J.C. Klaarhamer [centraalmuseum.nl]


The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague has the largest collection of Mondrians in the world, and one of the largest collections of art and furniture from the broader de Stijl movement. Hometown favorites, I guess.

Anyway, this boys bedroom design just caught my eye. Vilmos Huszar designed the color schemes in 1918 for the Bruynzeel family, with furniture by Gerrit Rietveld's lesser known mentor Piet Klaarhamer. It holds up.

de Stijl boys bedroom at Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, photo by mariannebevis [flickr]
Previously: Two High Chairs, Both Alike In Uncomfortableness

Oh right, how could I forget to mention in that previous post that Amazon is one of the main sources of revenue for Daddy Types via its affiliate link/kickback program. Also that it's apparently a family-hostile quant-obsessed corporate hellcult?

Perhaps you've read the article about Amazon's brutal office culture (which is separate from its even more punitive warehouse culture) in the NY Times by my hero, friend, and former editor Jodi Kantor, which she and her colleagues spent six months reporting? Six months while she has also been busy making a baby?? She's due in a couple of weeks. Just amazing.

Meanwhile, perhaps you've also read the outstanding work of her husband Ron Lieber on the American realities of paternity leave? I am glad to know he will be taking it soon.

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace [nyt]
Bringing Paternity Leave Into The Mainstream [nyt]


So this guy Ted Benson [who named his kid Everest, great move] just posted about how easy it is to hack Amazon Dash buttons, those ridiculous little gadgets Amazon wants you to put around your life so you can reorder stuff with one-product-one-click, to automatically track kid data. You just write these python scripts and capture these MAC addresses and automatically post the data to a Google spreadsheet using the app his startup just launched last week and--aha. Always be evangelizing.

Basically the Dashes send out a single message over wifi with a single touch; Amazon intends for that to be a product order, but you can reprogram them to log, say, diaper changes or feedings or naptimes. It wasn't clear from the writeup, so it took me a little while to confirm that Benson's solution requires a separate button for each type of data. You could have one diaper change button, but you'd need two buttons to track pee and poo. For feeding, you could have one near the fridge, or near the bed or the rocker, but you'd need it somewhere. Unless you're going to wear it like a Fitbit or something.

Weighted Companion Cube rendering by saphirenishi at deviantart

Couldn't you put all the Dashes into one device? Just put a different button on each side of a gently glowing, wifi-enabled cube, and it could be a companion for the kid. Why has no one thought of this already? Get me Kickstarter on the horn!

How I Hacked Amazon's $5 WiFi Button to track Baby Data [medium]
See what these Amazon Dash Button things are about [amazon]

August 13, 2015


via @TheRyanParker


August 12, 2015


One good thing about leaving the toddler bed behind is that you're back in real furniture land again. And in that real furniture world, twin beds are usually discounted pretty heavily.

Like the 1940s-1950s Station Wagon series Paul Frankl designed for the Johnson Furniture Company. The mahogany and pearwood pattern looks like a classic Woody, and the bed is probably the best looking piece of them all. The nightstand and dressers in the series have leather handles, which are kind of cool. A little leather goes a long way.

But the price of dressers and such online are bonkers, from $6-24,000. This bed and nightstand, however, are in Rago Arts' upcoming no reserve summer auction with a reasonable-seeming estimate of $1,500-2,000. And if no one else wants to put their kid in the Station Wagon, you might get it for even less.

Aug 29, 2015, 1343 PAUL FRANKL; JOHNSON FURNITURE CO, Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000 [ragoarts]

August 11, 2015


Twitter is a gold mine today, a freakin' gold mine. Siddiqi is the editor of The New Inquiry, which just dropped The Daddy Issue last week. So she knows from Brooklyn Rugrats dads.

The New Inqiury | The Daddy Issue [thenewinquiry.com]


August 7, 2015


I think these Daddy Against Patriarchy t-shirts are designed by the artist Nayland Blake. What I do know is that they are available only for a limited time--less than two weeks--so if you want to bring down the patriarchy through fashion, you need to hurry.

Join the D.A.P., t-shirt $20, Available until Aug. 20 [teespring.com, yes indeed, via @naylandblake]

August 6, 2015


Kidpost was created by some awesome, web-savvy parents to share photos with less plugged-in relatives and friends. It solves a small but real challenge, and it does it very thoughtfully. And now they have upgraded. Read co-creator Khoi Vinh's announcement and and give Kidpost a try today.

Kidpost [kidpost.net]
Major Update to Kidpost [subtraction.com]
Previously: Kidpost will automatically email kidpics to whomever you want

August 3, 2015

The first generation of kids to watch Teletubbies are now in college, and they are paralyzed with anxiety and inadequacy. And their OG helicopter parents have already called all their professors to discuss it.

Kids these days aren't getting enough free play. They are kept inside at all times and not allowed to go anywhere unsupervised because of terrified parents, who nonetheless remember their own free-range childhoods.

After prioritizing equality in parenting and a less-work-more-life balance, millennial dads are reverting to traditional gender paradigms.

This means that everyone from your parents' generation forward, over the last twenty years, and the last ten, have failed in their own way, and now it's your turn. I'm sure you'll figure it out.

The Play Deficit [aeon.co]
The Case for Free-Range Parenting [nyt]
Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection [nyt] Millennial Men Aren't the Dads They Thought They'd Be [nyt]

Anthony Caro, Child's Tower Room, 1983-84, image: anthonycaro.org

Relentlessly experimental British sculptor Anthony Caro was interested to make a sculpture that was also architecture, and a sculpture that had no inside or outside. And so in 1983-4, he made a playscape-like sculpture you could enter [if you were under four feet tall]: Child's Tower Room. It's around 4m tall and made of polished oak.

Anthony Caro, Tower of Discovery, 1991, image: anthonycaro.org

By the time he scaled that up for the Tate in 1991, and created the 7m-tall Tower of Discovery, Caro had workshopped some stuff with Frank Gehry. Caro figured that Gehry was a sculptor at heart, while he himself, the actual sculptor, was most interested in the experience of moving in and through his "sculpitecture" structures.

Caro's Tower of Discovery, ridiculously installed in 2012, image: hitsujicafe

Which was apparently not interesting enough for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, who slapped a couple of color-coordinated barriers on Tower of Discovery in 2012 and, what, assumed no one would notice? What an embarrassment. One hope this wasn't the Cass Sculpture Foundation's idea. I'd hate to ramp up the kid's expectations for a wild, sculpture-climbing trip to West Sussex, only to have her hope's dashed on a steel fence.

Child's Tower Room is currently on view, and climbable, at the Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire.

Caro in Yorkshire
Saturday 18 July - Sunday 1 November 2015
Anthony Caro's Tower of Discovery [sculpture.org.uk]
Anthony Caro interview on collaborating with Frank Gehry and 'Sculpitecture' [webofstories.com]

July 30, 2015


The Tactical Baby Carrier from Mission Critical looks like it's just a bodycam and a couple of Kevlar inserts shy of a Take Your Kid To Work outfit for law enforcement. There is black for urban crowd control, coyote for desert and border deployments, and grey for fashion, I guess.


The only way this baby carrier could be more outstandingly manly is if it came with a rock climbing harness. Also that back panel is huge.

Mission Critical Baby Carrier, $190, plus extra for some matching manly accessories [missioncritical.cc via dt's man nathan]
Compare to the original BABYBJORN Baby Carrier for like $59 [amazon]
Related, previously: Does this baby carrier make my manboobs look big?

July 23, 2015

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the family prisons. image: ICE

I'll be honest, when I first heard that the ICE immigrant family detention centers full of Central American refugee kids and moms had animal-themed cell blocks like red bird and blue butterfly, I imagined they were using Eric Carle drawings, and I got a dark, blogging thrill.

But no. The South Texas Residential Center in Dilley, the largest family detention center in the world, run by the for-profit prison contractor, Corrections Corporation of America, was too cheap to license Carle's work, and just used random clip art instead.

ICE, ICE, babies

Also, the government's punitive detention of these people is shameful, and it can't end soon enough. Most of these families are fleeing war, violence, and abuse in their home countries and have already qualified for refugee hearings the US, but remain in these remote prisons, guarded by actual prison guards, temping in khakis and polo shirts, as a feeble deterrent to other refugees.

Home of the free, land of the brave. image: Bob Owen for San Antonio Express News

I resisted comparing ICE's outsourced prisons to the desert detention centers Japanese-American families were forced into during WWII, even when I saw Bob Owen's photo in the San Antonio Express News, which is a damningly straight-up evocation of Dorothea Lange's photos of the War Relocation Authority's internment camp at Manzanar, California.

Dorothea Lange, flag and barracks at Manzanar internment camp, July 1942

Ansel Adams also took photos at Manzanar, which he published in a book, Born Free And Equal, alongside a text that reads today as disturbingly upbeat in its praise of the gumption and loyalty of American citizens forced into desert prisons. I've always viewed Adams' project as a protest, a condemnation of the injustice visited upon Americans because of the racist fears of their neighbors and political leaders. But that is over-optimistic hindsight. Re-reading Adams' text now is pretty depressing. To think that it's all the Constitution and fundamental principle that wartime white America could handle at the time.

Dilley want to build a playground? image: Will Weissert/AP via themarshallproject.org

At least it helps make sense for how this country could get so cross-wise with its own professed ideals today; we really have not changed that much at all. And when I tried to put some evolved distance between the ironies of Adams' treacly government-reviewed-and-approved fluffing and this account from inside Dilley, I couldn't. So here it is:

While children wait for their mothers to talk to lawyers and legal aids, they are usually watching kids' movies dubbed in Spanish, namely Rio or Frozen. The children of Dilley, like children everywhere, have taken to singing Frozen's iconic song "Let It Go."

The Spanish-language refrain to the song "Libre soy! Libre soy!" translates to "I am free! I am free!" It's an irony that makes the adults of Dilley uneasy. Mehta recalls one mother responding to her singing child under her breath: "Pero no lo somos" (But we aren't).

Do you know the chorus of "Let it Go" in Spanish? I did not, but it is one helluva song for kids to be singing in a corporate prison in 2015:

Libre soy, libre soy
No puedo ocultarlo más
Libre soy, libre soy
Libertad sin vuelta atrás
Y firme así me quedo aquí
Libre soy, libre soy
El frío es parte también de mí

I am free, I am free
I can't hide it anymore
I am free, I am free
Freedom without turning back
And I'm staying here, firm like this
I am free, I am free
The cold is also a part of me

'Drink more water': Horror stories from the medical ward of a Texas immigration detention center [fusion.net]
which is basically a re-reporting of this: Immigrant families in detention: A look inside one holding center [latimes]
Ansel Adams, Born Free And Equal, 1944 [loc.gov]
Related: Translating "Frozen" into Arabic [newyorker]
"Let it Go" in 25 languages [youtube]

July 18, 2015

I wish I would've seen this tweet earlier; we're on a road trip, and K2 just woke up at 4AM and needed some hanging out. But alas, our connecting flight didn't strand us in Chicago. Instead, we're in a houseful of cousins, so my wife took the little firecracker out driving for two hours. [!]

July 17, 2015


I am deeply unsettled by the coloring books for grownups trend. Honestly, if you have that much time, you should be editing Wikipedia articles, or working on your Pinterest board or something.

Unless you're talking about something actually unsettling, in which case, go crazy, color it out! Oh wait, no no no, that IS the coloring for grownups trend. What to do? Should I just suck it up and wait for my 40 cents/apiece cut? NO don't do it, go buy something else do anything else!

the Coloring For Grownups Activity Book on Amazon [amazon via awkwardfamilyphotos thx dt hero rolf, from like march, but I've been in denial]


With all the hype about Pluto, now's the time to get your kid psyched for the next cosmic destination, The Sonar System.

The Sonar System is a group of planets orbiting around a giant speaker, where everyone's really into amazing sound systems. It's the subject of MC Ras Mykha's awesome-looking new kids book called, obviously, The Sonar System.

It is being published by One Love Books as part of the Sound System Culture National Tour, which celebrates "the history of Reggae sound systems in cities across the UK."

The Sonar System by Ras Mykha is £10 / €15 / $20 [onelovebooks via fader, thanks dt og mc rolf]

July 15, 2015

Just one more and naming your kid after the kid in the podcast will officially be a trend:

July 13, 2015


Meanwhile, if anyone does invent this, I'll just scootch mine over to the stairs and end it all. I'll make sure to have my cam on, tho, so the kids will be able to get some viral video ad revenue. [via @pmarca]

Mazda's commercial about nervous new parents being well prepared to bring the kid home from the hospital in their safe CX-5 warms the hearts of everyone who doesn't notice that the kid's car seat straps are ridiculously loose.


[thx @JosephRooks via @KevinBuist]

I have no idea, but I've learned to trust Neojaponisme on these sorts of things. So here is Matt Treyvaud's tightly curated little playlist of summer dad music for sitting on the engawa, watching the kids hunt semi. Read Treyvaud's descriptions because, again, I have no idea, but I tracked down some videos and Amazon.jp links to sample them:

the ethereal country music of Oshima Yasukatsu,

zoning, synthy 70s jazz from Fukumachi Jun,

and Taj Mahal Travellers' underground Vangelish rock.

Dad music for the Japanese summer [neojaponisme]

July 10, 2015


We remember Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's 1960 classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird," as that novel's moral conscience: kind, wise, honorable, an avatar of integrity who used his gifts as a lawyer to defend a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town filled with prejudice and hatred in the 1930s. As indelibly played by Gregory Peck in the 1962 movie, he was the perfect man -- the ideal father and a principled idealist, an enlightened, almost saintly believer in justice and fairness. In real life, people named their children after Atticus. People went to law school and became lawyers because of Atticus.

Shockingly, in Ms. Lee's long-awaited novel, "Go Set a Watchman" (due out Tuesday), Atticus is a racist who once attended a Klan meeting [emphasis added]

It would be more complicated still if the Atticus in either book were an actual person, or even the same one. Or if they're even in the same universe. Because I'm pretty sure publishing a novel written first, but set much later, fifty years after the first, I mean, second, has altered the space-time continuum in ways we can't even begin to understand.

Review: Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman give Atticus Finch a Dark Side [nyt]
a couple of days later update: insightful NYT reviewer finds Atticus complicated

Fred Rogers just made me cry, and it's ok. At least it'll take my mind off of Inside Out.

Fred Rogers Message to those who grew up with the Neighborhood [vimeo via khoi]

July 7, 2015

I know, "The Disease of Manhood" sounds like about half the thinkpieces on The Good Men Project, but Dan Duray's review of the Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's film Force Majeure and My Struggle is a solidly interesting discussion of contemporary [i.e., Scandinavian] notions of dadhood AND probably the easiest way to get parenting tips out of Norwegian lit-hipster god Karl Ove Knausgaard's six or whatever-volume memoir:

The Swedes and their priggishness about reproductive relationships are a source of amusement and frustration for that self-loathing (and self-celebrating) Norwegian. Karl Ove leaves his first wife at the beginning of My Struggle Book Two (ominously sub-titled A Man in Love), moves to Stockholm, gets a haircut (a reference to Swann, in Knausgaard's avowed inspiration, getting one when Odette's spell is finally broken?), and reconnects with the Swedish Linda, the woman of his dreams. He'd met her years prior in a writing program. She rejected him then, and in response he methodically cut his own face with shards of glass. They go on to have four children.

This means that Karl Ove, who elsewhere details the baroque abuses of his own father, must now navigate the hazards of parenthood himself. He has to mingle with parents at nurturing Swedish birthday parties where the kids couldn't care less about the elaborate games and sugarless cake. He wants to leave the country for a soccer match, but much as he'd like to he can't leave a week after the birth, explaining to his friends, "We're not men from the 1950s." He joins in singalongs at the library with his daughter while dreaming of bedding the woman with the guitar. "As a result," he narrates, pushing a stroller, "I walked around Stockholm's streets, modern and feminized, with a furious nineteenth-century man inside me."

If you want that kind of thing, of course. I can't even finish that guy's NYT Magazine articles.

"Force Majeure," Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the Disease of Manhood [bookforum]

When you name the heir do a media and financial info dynasty, it's not just the kid; you have to think about how the name will look on a terminal, or a TV caption, or a museum wall. There is a lot of branding going on in this story of Michael Bloomberg's grandchildren [mazeltov btw]:

Ms. Bloomberg, 36, and her husband, 35, married in 2005, and their daughter's surname -- Frissora plus Bloomberg equals Frissberg -- is a term used by friends to describe them as a couple. The name is meant to represent that Zelda is a combination of her parents, according to a spokesman for Mr. Bloomberg.
And a little rebranding, too:Jasper was given the surname of his father, Ramiro Quintana, at birth. Georgina Bloomberg and Mr. Quintana have since broken up, and the toddler now goes by Jasper Bloomberg.Bloomberg's Granddaughter Gets a Hybrid Surname [nyt via dt hero alexandra]

July 6, 2015

Last December Andy Baio wrote about an experiment he performed on his son: exposing him to the history of video games in chronological order, rather than just starting at the state of the art of today.

Now the Gel Conference has posted video of Andy telling his and his son's story, and sharing the results. And it's really great. I am not a gamer anymore, but I found myself getting choked up at all the right level ups.

Andy Baio at Gel 2015 conference [vimeo via waxy]
Previously: Andy Baio's Video Game Parenting Experiment FTW

July 5, 2015


Not that you should plan for it, of course, but it's nice to know that if you did forget about her, an Octopus Mini Lilo can keep your 10-month-old afloat a kilometer out to sea until the coast guard picks her up.

Baby rescued 1km out to sea after parents forgot about her [independent via dt reader nathan]
Octopus Mini Lilo, £4.37 [amazon.co.uk]

July 1, 2015

Oh there are so many ways to parse this story about Amber Pangborn, who gave birth to her daughter Marisa alone in the forest. Where she was stranded out of gas. And attacked by placenta-hunting bees, And started a forest fire to get attention. But this seems like it belongs farther up in the article:

Pangborn's mother, Dianna Williams, told the L.A. Times that her nine-months-pregnant daughter went to a casino on Wednesday to visit a friend and get a respite from the hot temperatures. Pangborn, she said, was also hoping to induce labor.

After visiting the casino, she decided to head home, but she turned on the wrong road and ran out of gas, her mother said. She was forced to give birth to her baby in the forest.

She was nine months pregnant, and drove on an empty tank of gas to the casino to induce labor. Yess go on.

Woman gives birth, fights off bees, starts wildfire in Northern California [latimes]

June 28, 2015


We are on a road trip, and have spent the last week visiting with family in Orange County, Newport Beach, to be precise. Which has presented many opportunities to explain to the kids that Rolls Royces and Bentleys used to come from the same company, and that they were very fancy, and handbuilt cars of some rarity and prestige. And now they are ridiculous embarrassments of bad taste, bought by people who literally have too much money and too little sense for how to spend it well. So it's been a disheartening exercise.

The appearance of this 1968 Silver Shadow shooting brake thus comes at an excellent time, and it reminds us of an age gone by, when people with too much money did have some sense for how to spend it, and so they made station wagons out of unchanging Rolls Royce Silver Shadows and drove them across the lawns and fields of their hunting estates. Those were good times.

Blenheim Palace auction, 11 July 2015, Lot 217 - 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow "Shooting Brake", [improbably est.] £48,000 - £60,000 [coys.co.uk via dt shooting brake analyst dt]

Previously, just one of many: The Station Wagons Of Rolls Royce Not Exactly The Rolls Royces Of Station Wagons


I'd seen the link to this before, but hadn't clicked through until dt reader Erik sent it along tonight. Photographer James Mollison has traveled the world to show what playgrounds look like, or more precisely, to show what masses of kids photoshopped to fill empty spaces look like.

For instance, though it appears to be a deleted Agent Smith fight scene from Matrix: Revolutions, this school in the UK uses its courtyard to deliver beatings and tauntings that will prepare boys for careers at sea. Rum, sodomy and the lash and all that, I guess. Cheerio!

James Mollison's Playground is an exhibition and a photobook by Aperture [aperture.org]
What Playgrounds Look Like Around The World [wired via dt reader erik]

June 25, 2015


Basically this Cubs fan's catch of a side-retiring foul ball was so awesome that while the Dodgers were demanding a player interference ruling, the crowd was going wild reviewing the tape. He and his 7mo accomplice were allowed to stay.

Fan Makes Amazing Catch While Holding Sleeping Baby At Cubs Game [wgntv]

June 23, 2015

Are not out there yet, but they definitely should be. Someone get on it please.

LOL there goes that million-dollar bizness idea. As the URL shows, when I first linked to this Fusion story, the headline was "Confederate Flag Sales up 2305% on Amazon." And now it's Reuters reporting that Amazon will stop selling Confederate Flag merchandise.

June 20, 2015


Renate Müller is still alive and awesome, and for the last few years R&Co. in NYC has been bringing new creations by Müller alongside her pioneering East German-era designs.

This is a play sculpture R&Co. are showing at Design Miami/Basel in Basel this week. There are storage and new stuffed jute animals and objects at R&Co's site, too. [via @sarafitzmaurice]

Renate Müller objects [r-and-company.com]

June 16, 2015

June 12, 2015


Speaking of clay, here are some Mad Max Fury Road My Little Ponies.

Mad Max Fury Road Ponies [savethewailes via dt reader jp]

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