November 2008 Archives

November 30, 2008

Finally, Nissan Cube Rounds The Corner

In answer to my question from August, "Is this the Nissan Cube I've been waiting for?" the answer is, "Yes, and they even flipped the rear asymmetry to accommodate LHD and Right Side of Road driving." Nissan finally unveiled...
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Untitled (Baby), 1973, Paul Thek

Sunday night is not a good time to have questions that Google can't answer. Like what is the deal with this sculpture by Paul Thek? Or even, where is it? According to the Paul Thek Project website, which is...
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Auction At Pooh Corner: Original EH Shepard Artwork At Sotheby's

Stanley Seeger and Christopher Cone have amassed and divested themselves of several major collections over the years: Picassos, early and mid-20th century art, and now Ernest Howard Shepard. In London December 17th, Sotheby's will auction off the couple's incredible...
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Babar Heartily Endorses This Event Or Product

I picked up a copy at the library sale of one of the stranger Babar titles I've ever seen: the 1965 Babar Comes To Amerca. Any history of the decline of children's culture into the pit of commercialism will...
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November 29, 2008

Private Jets Are For The Children, Part XVI

If blogs didn't exist, sociologists would invent them. Or more likely, they'd just complain to each other about the unjust slowness of traditional publishing. As it is, they are able to publish eleven--count'em, eleven--fun-to-read blogs at Contexts, a [the?] magazine...
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November 28, 2008

No W And X, Y, Z. And Å. And Ä. And Ö: Edholm Ullenius Posters For The Domestic Market

You may know Edholm Ullenius from such fabric patterns as all the bright ones you almost got at Ikea last year and the fallopian tube print they made for some ad agency's fertility medicine client. The Stockholm design duo...
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Giuliani Time Of His Life

Isn't it interesting how some politicians always seemed to have a Life magazine photographer handy when their children were born? You'll be wanting to check out the full set of Tad Thai's maternity ward fashion/photoshoot with then-US Attorney Rudy...
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To Shop: Reference Library @ Kiosk, Nov. 28 - Dec. 7

If you shop at only one blogger-curated pop-up store this holiday season, make it Andy Beach's Reference Library Mini-Exhibition at Kiosk in SoHo. Despite his fame as a retail artist/design guru/dad/ex-DT guest blogger is probably best known for his...
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DT Freakout Friday: Thanks A Lot Edition

Some alarming news and way-too-preliminary research to be thankful for this week: Thanks a lot, FDA, for the giant hit to your credibility about this whole melanine-in-baby-formula thing. I was all prepared to be all, "Bah, melamine-tainted formula is a...
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Thanks To Jamie Hayon, The Chicken Shape Is No Longer Unexplored

From Lladro hacker Jamie Hayon's website: The chicken, a rather unexplored shape, found its place amongst my green dreams. I wanted to portray this common bird as a sensational object by amplifying its characteristics and dimensions, turning it into...
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Fascist Italian Hillbillies Have A Tiny, Ridiculous Proposition

If you live in one of five certain, dwindling, depressed towns around Potenza in the arch of Italy's boot, some Fascist Party offshoot will pay you 1,500 euros to name your baby after Benito Mussolini or his wife Rachele. That's...
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November 27, 2008

Eames Walker

Thanks to everyone for your advice, experience, questions, tips, comments, support, suggestions, complaints, and generosity. I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving....
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November 26, 2008

Bear Claws Cat Fight

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is being taken to court by his baby mama because the 3-year-old boy comes home with Cinderella pull-ups and Bears Blue toenail polish on. Frankly, I think the woman's crazy; the kid wore nighttime pullups...
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Stan Brakhage, Father Of 'The Birth Film'

Experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage is probably not remembered best for being the film teacher of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker["We need a montage!"]. And he's also not known for what may be his greatest contribution to the...
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'Quirky' Phil & Teds To Have Own Sales, Distribution

It looks like Phil & Teds will be setting up their own US sales & distribution network soon. I just got a note from Regal+Lager saying that as of May 2009, the veteran distributor would no longer be handling the...
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November 25, 2008

DT Terrifying Tuesday: Powdered Formula Is A Preemie's Best Source For Deadly Meningitis??

Ho-Lee smokes. At least 17 cases of spinal meningitis, a potentially fatal or debilitating brain infection, can be attributed to the use of powdered formula or preemie nutrient supplements. The cases have happened in both NICU and home situations, and...
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Baby Gap X Maclaren: Mashup Or Mujun?

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Baby Gap X Maclaren mashup?, originally uploaded by daddytypes. The Japanese word for "contradiction" is...
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Car & Driver Spies Honda Accord Wagon, Gets Ready To Climb In Backseat

You'd never know it from their US lineup, but Honda has been making awesome Accord Tourer wagons for years. YEARS. Including some with ultra-quiet, ultra-low emission diesel engines that get like 10,000 miles/gallon. And for most of those years, Honda...
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Foreskins: The New Trend In Danish Modern Design

After banning female circumcision last year, the Danish Parliament is now considering a ban on male infant circumcision. In the case of religious or culturally dictated circumcisions, they would have to wait until the kid is 15 and can make...
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And Joan Ganz Cooney Said, 'Let There Be 'Street'

You probably already know that the Children's Educational Television Workshop was co-founded by Joan Ganz Cooney to create Sesame Street in order to help ghetto kids learn their ABC's and 123's as easily as they learned advertising jingles. In other...
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Fantastique! Papa Built His Kids A Birds Nest In 70's France

Readers of the previous Ikea post may have the mistaken impression that I disapprove of the "shipping palette aesthetic." Pas de tout. I mean, just check out this insane kids room built by a dad somewhere in France sometime in...
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Ikea Store Ikeahack? Play Kitchen Made From Something Else

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Ikea play kitchen in the Elizabeth City, NJ store, originally uploaded by daddytypes. When I...
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November 24, 2008

Michael Bloomberg Drives Er, Drove A Maclaren!

Long before he switched to Mike and became the mayor of New York City, and before his info terminals made him a billionaire, Michael Bloomberg was just another ex-Salomon trader/d-bag on the Upper East Side with a couple of...
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The Mystery Of Life: Who Designed This "Modern Playground Equipment"?

The search results for "playground" at Life magazine's photo archive are dominated by one series of images: nearly 200 photos of surrealist bent steel playground equipment from 1951-2 created by an unidentified female sculptor. The stuff is awesome: creatures...
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DT Freakout Monday? The New Yorker Looks At Overparenting

So you want to prep yourself for Thanksgiving table discussions of the Overparenting Crisis, but, what with the baby yoga and Mandarin playgroups, you don't have time? No problem. Joan Acocella has summed it all up for you in this...
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November 23, 2008

Radiolab: The Sperm Episode

We were driving back into the city Friday, and I switched the radio station and ended up in the last few minutes of the WNYC-produced series Radiolab. It was a woman talking about using her dead husband's sperm to conceive,...
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Changing Tables We Can Believe In!

One of the first entries on the Daddy Types Men's Room Changing Table Map was one of our standard Chinese restaurants: Ollie's Noodles on Broadway and 68th St. Back in 2004, they had no changing table at all. But today...
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November 22, 2008

The Hand That Pushes The Rear-Facing Stroller Changes The World

Sheesh, can't believe I missed putting this one into the Friday Freakout. Researchers at the University of Dundee have published a report titled What's Life in a Baby Buggy Like? which is based on two studies. The key finding: all...
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Quirky Canada Has Own Laws, Crazy, Calder-Inspired Sideways Circus

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } circus, originally uploaded by Rob Cruickshank. If it weren't in Canada, and thus even colder...
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November 21, 2008

DT Freakout Friday, Thy Name Is Bronx Mowgli Edition

It's a travel day, so DT Freakout Friday is short, just the bare necessities, you might say: Not only is he messed up for the school year cutoff, but now it turns out that babies born in the fall have...
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Before MTV, There Was Life Cribs

Here's a short thematic post from the archives of Life featuring some of the cribs of our parents' generation which serves as a roundabout tribute to the CPSC: I'm guessing that after Leonard Mccombe's 1957 photo of "Babysitter Judy...
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Strolling Thunder: The Oakley Roddler

The Oakley Custom Roddler has been sitting in my browser tabs for a week, ever since I found it on Kid Kustoms' blog. It was apparently designed as a one-off showpiece for Oakley's headquarters. Though I could never quite...
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November 20, 2008

M-I-C C Is For Cigarette

Wait, he's only two and he's reading Mickey Mouse comic books? And wearing French cuffs? That's so advanced for his age! A 2-year-old smoking, 1959 for Life magazine by Michael Rougier [images.google.com via daringfireball]...
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Morigeauing, Geauing, Gone. Canadian Baby Industrial Complex Just Got Smaller

Morigeau Lepine is--whoops, make that was. Morigeau Lepine was an old-line baby furniture manufacturer in Quebec, which had been in business for over sixty years. The family-owned company suddenly closed its factory doors last Friday and laid off its...
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Oh, My Aching Rack!

If you see a Motrin ad that offends your delicate mothering sensibilities, don't get mad, and don't get even. Get a boob job! This has been a public service announcement from Motherhood Uncensored [dot net, remember] and The Imperfect Parent....
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Aung San Stokke? Guy Delisle's Burma Chronicles

If you are a journalist who followed his wife to Burma for her Medecins sans Frontieres gig, and so you ended up being the one who took care of your infant son most of the time, and you ended...
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November 19, 2008

Marc Jacobs For Bugaboo. For Real.

Well that's something. I just got a press release about the Marc Jacobs for Bugaboo. It's a special all-black Cameleon with a canopy and bassinet cover out of Little Marc signature fabric. To be honest, though I'm not a...
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JFK: President Elect, New Dad

I never realized that JFK Jr. was born a few weeks after JFK won the election. Life photographer Al Fenn had a series of crowded candids with the president-elect and new dad in the hallways of Georgetown Hospital in...
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Life Is Good. Pappy's Pram

Another awesome find from the freshly digitized photo archives of Life magazine. This is a closeup from a 1943 portrait by Frank Scherschel of the crew of "Pappy's Pram," a B-26 Marauder bomber from the 322nd BG, which flew...
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Ko Verzuu? Don't Mind If I Do

FWIW, I toggle back and forth between the just-the-facts headlines and the annoying, jokey ones. Guess which one this is? A couple of very interesting looking ADO toys designed by Ko Verzuu just popped up on eBay Austria: a...
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Kibbeh! Kibbeh Kibbeh Kibbeh!

I was reading somewhere last week that research shows that between 6 and 12 months, a kid can learn hundreds of words, even though they're not yet able to talk themselves. So though it was tempting to take a...
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November 18, 2008

To Life! Orthodox Hipster Dad Strolls Through Promised Land

Another sweet find from the archives of Life magazine: John Phillips' 1949 picture from Israel of a hip-looking Orthodox Jewish dad out for a walk with his kid: Full size image: Orthodox jewish man pushing a pram with his child...
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Such Is Life! Harold's Club's 1949 Silver Dollar Buick Super Estate Wagon

Google just opened a high-res archive of all the photos from Life magazine, and it's pure surfing gold. But the first awesome thing I found was silver. Harolds Club in Reno was the first themed casino in the world,...
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Fake Circumciser's Ad In Turkey

Now I'm sure that WPP/Grey didn't get to be largest ad agency in the world by turning away work. But you cannot convince me that the Grey Healthcare office in Istanbul actually got paid cash money to produce a...
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I Wanna The Whole World In A Bag, Muji, 'N Ever'thinissinit

For the fourth Christmas in a row, Muji has expanded its "In A Bag" series, a megalomaniacal mission to distill entire swaths of the known universe into tiny, little wooden toys, and then trap and sell it in little...
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Muji ABC & Kanji Stamp Sets

You know the old saying: there are no atheists in Muji Xmas Gift Departments. Once again, the minimalist, eco-friendly, no-frills retailer has come up with a giant mountain of stuff I want to buy. First up in the Mujimix: great...
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November 17, 2008

Rumor Leaking 2: Electric Bugaboo

OK, now I'm hearing from a second retailer that in fact, the impending extinction of the Bugaboo Frog is a sign of a new Bugaboo model on the horizon. So what's up with that? Has anyone seen a camo'd up...
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"RETRO SUV"

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Spotted at Target, originally uploaded by daddytypes.Alright, suburbs, you win this round. This pristine Buick...
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Twitstorm Erupts After Motrin Ad Mocks Babywearing

So you leave the office Friday from your job as the account exec of the Motrin online account, and you think things are going fine. Then you get in Monday to find out that a mob of Twittering mombloggers has...
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At-Home MacGyver Helps Fire-Stricken Strangers In OC

A minivan, some scrap wood, some zip ties, a Sharpie, a desire to help, and an at-home parent's keep-it-together-through-the-day expertise is all [sic] Paul Prunty needed to help out a whole neighborhood of people chased from their homes by fire...
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WHOA, Bugaboo Frog On Its Last Legs??

A baby gear retailer just emailed me saying they've heard that Bugaboo will be discontinuing the Frog in "early 2009." The retailer speculated as to whether that meant there'd be a new model coming out, or what. I have no...
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November 16, 2008

iPhone Baby Monitor App: The Call Is Coming From Inside The Crib!

I don't know about your kid, but K2 does not have an iPhone. So that means I'd have to load CodeGoo's Baby Monitor onto my iPhone, and then program it to call me on my other phone when it...
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Friday Freakout: Argentine Time Edition

The wife's in Argentina, and I hear everything starts late in there. Though I also accept that it's hard to ruin your weekend with alarming parenting news and way-too preliminary research findings if I'm only getting the post out on...
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November 15, 2008

Fort Bragg Has A Surge Of Its Own

I know what you did starting last fall, 82nd Airborne. The entire division of the US Army was deployed to Iraq for The Surge last summer, and now it seems that births are up 50 percent at the on-base medical...
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Pups.It Italian Indie Plush Is Freakin' Awes... Sigh

Crazy creatures, quirky personalities and backstory, imaginary cartoon world, lumpy plush toys, tight jeans--holy smokes, they actually call themselves "The Kidult Lab." But here's the catch: It's Italian! Wake me up when someone pulls one of those Marvel vs....
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November 14, 2008

Patentastic Standup Car Seat, c. 1959

Between the advent of the car and the formal legislation of the car seat, thousands of inventors spent decades laying the innovative groundwork for the modern products we depend on to protect our children. And though patents expire, these...
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Whoops, Happy Belated Birthday, Minivan!

The wife's representing at the official opening of some gigantic observatory in Argentina, so I've been a little overbooked the last few days. Otherwise, I'm sure I totally would have been celebrating the 25th anniversary of Chrysler's Dodge Caravan as...
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Sweet Slot-Together Rocker/Chair From Master Woodcraft [?]

If it becomes as useless as "Eames Era," I'm sure I'll come to hate it, but for now, I count it as progress that an eBay seller tries to rope in business by calling something "Creative Playthings Era." It...
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Nirvana Baby, 17, Going Through Awkward Fame Stage

The naked baby from the cover of Nevermind is 17 now. It's an age where kids face face challenges figuring out who they are, and experiment with addictive drugs like alcohol, heroin--and arbitrary fame derived from their parents dropping them...
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November 13, 2008

I'd Like To Be Told. When It's Going To Suck: Busted Mister Rogers Talking Key Chain

A few months back, I felt like a heretic even asking the question, whether some slightly expanded, thoughtful licensed merchandise from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood might not be a nice alternative to parents facing down the Sesame Street juggernaut. Now...
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Cookie In The Oven?

The upscale online boutique Stupid.com is selling this fetus-shaped cookie cutter for $10, and that's all I'll have to say about that. update: Except to add that Jason Higgins, the creator of Fetal Bites, The Original Fetus-shaped Cookie Cutter,...
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Solar-Powered Stroller At Tokyo Design Week

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Design Week - student's exhibition, originally uploaded by pingmag. Somebody from somewhere showed this concept...
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November 12, 2008

Hey, Neighbor! We Heard You Had A Baby!

The NY Times' Julie Scelfo reports that thanks to Ricki Lake's documentary about having her baby in her bathtub in the West Village, home births are all cool now in the city. And not just among "hippie freaks or religious...
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Onfim's Dad Has Like 14 Fingers

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } BBL 210, originally uploaded by quinn.anya. Actually, I'm not sure if this is Onfim or...
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Suddenly I Want 1,700 Japanese Babies [By Reiji Esaki]

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } 1700 JAPANESE BABIES -- Back in the Days When the Japanese Were Actually Having SEX,...
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Stroll In A Circle, Stroll In A Circle Now

Apparently dissatisfied with the performance of the current offerings on the Neglect-o-matic market, Evan Staul decided to take matters into his own hands. And so with little more than a cordless drill, a cheap-ass umbrella stroller, and an extra...
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Bu-donk-aboo: Airborne Mini Wants To Be The JC Whitney Of Strollers

I was pushing the Volo down the street the other day, listening to the hard, plastic wheels clacking along the sidewalk. That one inside wheel looks a little wobbly, is it cracking? Wonder if I should take it to the...
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November 11, 2008

Hey, Little Buddy! Mingei Bamboo Stool/High Chair

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, A tale of a shopping trip Involving Euro Modernists and architects--so hip. The greatest: Charlotte Perriand, Designed Corb's furniture. Bruno Taut also sailed that way For an East Asian tour,...
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Muppet News Flash: Sesame Street Coming To YouTube, &c.!

Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here: Sesame Workshop announced that clips from Sesame Street will be uploaded to YouTube. Seriously. While you're processing that stunning development, they also announced that clips would be available on NBC's YouTube competitor Hulu.com. And...
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November 10, 2008

Adbusters Get Mad About The Childbirth Industrial Complex

There's your argument against national health care right there, in the pages of the culture jamming magazine, Adbusters. Writer Shonagh Strachan sounds like she had a pretty horrible time of it giving birth in Dublin, Ireland a few years ago....
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The New York Times Loves The Hip Hop Speaks To Children

I'll admit it: the kid is hip-hop-deprived. the closest I've gotten to rapping for her is shouting out "Help the police! Help, help, help the police!" when I get pulled over, and chanting a few fragments of Tom Tom...
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The School Search

Regular readers will have noticed a drop in posting volume recently. Myself, I have noticed a steady increase in the number of open browser tabs and flagged-yet-unread/unanswered emails with tips, questions, and press releases. I usually try to tee up...
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November 9, 2008

DTQ&A: Gary Panter On His Classic Paramount Hotel Playroom

Gary Panter was creative director of one of the most groundbreaking children's TV shows in a generation PeeWee's Playhouse. On the heels of that success, he also designed a children's playroom for Ian Schrager & Philippe Starck's Paramount Hotel...
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Obamadorable Photos From The Night Before In Manassas, Virginia

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } P1040550, originally uploaded by nvidutis. The time will probably come when I'll lose interest in...
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November 7, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: Sara Edition

You know, I'm not feeling particularly freaked out this weekend. In fact, I'm feeling pretty good. And here are a few more reasons why: Because I'm not "mommy dating," and imagining that people are judging me for my watch and...
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HAHAHAHAnnah Montana THAT, Baby! Club Libby Lu Is Closing!

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } 20080823-DSC_9401, originally uploaded by JimSneddon So awesome. Club Libby Lu is closing all its stores....
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With Old Navy T-Shirts, Charley Harper Is The New Morgan Fairchild

Seriously, what Charley Harper this prolific when he was still alive? Charley Harper's ABC Boardbook is consistently the most popular item purchased at Amazon by Daddy Types readers. Now DT secret shopper Katy sends word that Harper's trademark stylized...
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What Do You Make Of This? There's A Sale At Amazon!

Amazon's Baby Store is holding "4-Day Super Sales-Every Weekend in November." Which is funny, because weekends are only two days long. No matter, I'm sure they used all their math skills to calculate "Big Savings" on such things as...
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PLAY Mobile! Sweet Rocking Cycle At Designblok 2008

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } PLAY!, originally uploaded by pavelm. Will the owner of the velo-tastic tubular rocking horse parked...
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It's The End Of The World As You Know It

You live in San Francisco. You find out you're having a kid, which means you'll never be able to hop in the car with your friends on a whim and just go wherever ever again. What better way to celebrate...
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Lou Lou La La! Tiny Little Philippe Starck Chairs--And Other Designblok Sightings

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Designblok Prague 2008, originally uploaded by WallisPhotos. Rolf with 2 fake labs, originally uploaded by...
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November 6, 2008

Beaba Babycook By Svan: The Innovation Award Is For Actually Answering The BPA Question

So early in the summer, Williams-Sonoma began selling the Beaba Babycook, a miraculous food processor/steamer/reheater from France that had been a grey market importing sensation for a couple of years. The only problem: Bisphenol-A [BPA] awareness had kicked in...
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Quirky Kenya Has Own Laws, Obama Baby Boom

Note to Twitter users whose Obama Baby trend takes nine months to be realized: you will have your meme handed right back to you by the pregnant population of Kenya, where 99.9% of the babies born in that country will...
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Fresh From Prague: Baby Tron Chopper By Pesr Polak

Designboom reported from Designblok08 in Prague, where students in an industrial design class at the AAAD exhibited their class project: a series of ride-on toys for kids ages 1-4. I can't quite make out how Pesr Polak's super-slick actually...
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For Sale: Creative Playthings Carriage, One Owner

Jenn from Minor Details spotted this sweet 1960's Creative Playthings plywood wagon/carriage on Craigslist. It's being sold out of Huntington, Long Island by the original owner, who is a big girl now, and can do things like research the...
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Thonet 511 Rocker At Christie's

Thonet was the pioneer of bentwood furniture at the end of the 19th century. This rocking chair is a variant on the Model No. 511, which is made from molded beech. The flat edges make it feel a little...
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November 5, 2008

A Place Full Of Babies Called Hope

My sense of Twitter is that it's perfectly suited for the fleeting thoughts that rarely made it out of your head, much less onto your blog. This theory is only supported by the multiple, simultaneous appearances of the Obama Baby...
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Hmm, Am I Missing Something About This Obama Thing?

Because so far, it's not working for me. So last night after the big speech, we're feeling pretty good, getting ready for bed, and my wife mentions all the bowls from the Obama cookies we made, "I'll do the dishes...
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November 4, 2008

Actually, Crazy Is His Middle Name

19 year-old George Garratt, of Glastonbury, Somerset, UK, changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined. The guy, who will go by Captain Fantastic for short, "thinks his new name is...
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With Kumar Nowhere In Sight, Harold Heads To The Delivery Room

Really? John Cho had a kid? There seems to have been a couple of mentions that they were expecting in April, but then nothing. Mazel tov to him, his wife, and their new son, who Cho cites as the reason...
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November 3, 2008

Lost New York: Gary Panter's Paramount Hotel Playroom

Uh, Campana Brothers, can I see you outside for a minute? When Ian Schrager reopened the dumpy Paramount Hotel in Times Square in 1990, it had been redesigned by Philippe Starck. The rooms were still tiny, but the lobby...
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Parental Advisory: Red Hot Chili Peppers Album Art By Gary Panter

Dude, guess what. You're on the other side of those Parental Advisory warning stickers now. I can't quite tell if Christie's upcoming sale of punk memorabilia is awesome or a bust, but it doesn't feel monumental. If, on the...
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Nothing Comes Between This Baby And His Wrangler Jeans

Are we just supposed to feel all warm and cuddly that Wrangler is part of the human family after watching this commercial? Or are we supposed to think that this kid's knees'd fare a lot better if he had on...
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Mumbleboy Papier Mache Awesomeness

The artist Kinya Hanada, who works as Mumbleboy, was into trippy indie plush before trippy indie plush was cool. Which may or may not mean that papier mache is the next plush; for all its clean, simple, aesthetic pleasure,...
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November 2, 2008

Whoops, Missed The [OG Milk Crate] Potty

There's milk crates, and then there's Milk Crates. The brands branded [is that where that term comes from?] on the sides of some of the crates used to make this old potty chair date to the turn of the...
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Greg Lynn, For One, Welcomes Our Plastic Toy-Recycling Robot Overlords

Ho. Lee. Smokes. Mister Jalopy posted the making of video for Greg Lynn's giant plastic riding toy recycling project. I previously criticized Lynn's project, but I clearly had incomplete information. Lynn is not only off the hook, he is off...
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November 1, 2008

"Panel No. 59: In the North, the Negro had freedom to vote."

Sunday afternoon, the kid was kind of high, and she'd been acting up all day, putting herself at repeated risk of not being allowed to go to the big Boo at the Zoo party last night if she kept it...
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