Category archive: about daddytypes

April 19, 2014

Do You Want Manpram.com?

Email me. We'll figure something out....
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April 18, 2014

Ima Let You Comment, But

I have temporarily disabled comments on Daddy Types, so if you have a comment or response to a post, please email it, or hold it for a little while. The last week or so I've heard from folks having a...
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April 3, 2014

Sometimes It's The Little Things

Seriously, ever have one of those days where you feel like your greatest accomplishment is finally loosening the kid's impacted ear wax? Or not stepping on that Cheerio you almost didn't see? Because until right before bedtime, when I taught...
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March 9, 2014

Much Ferrari So Not Bad: Ferrari FF With Booster Seat

It's right there! Behind the glare! Can you see it?? No, of course you cannot. But it is there, I swear. We pulled into McDonald's in McLean, VA yesterday afternoon on a post-Girl Scout cookie run, and parked next...
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March 4, 2014

Kevin Young Reads Poem About Miscarriage In His Poetry Voice

Writer Kevin Young was on NPR Fresh Air today talking about his new book of poetry, Book of Hours. It sounds like it's largely associated with the unexpected death of his father, and then becoming a father himself. Young also...
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February 26, 2014

Dadtown & Z Girls

Dark Roasted Blend's got a huge, motley, but all-around entertaining historical survey of WTF kid photos, check them all out. But the one that hit me is right here: a dad from the 70s taking his kid on his...
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January 26, 2014

DT Advertiser Shoutout: Macmillan Kids Book Sweep

It may be coincidence, or it may be because Daddy Types' readers are great connoisseurs of bedtime reading, but all the ads on DT this week are for kids' books from the Macmillan family of publishers. A big shoutout...
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December 10, 2013

Sophie's Choice (2013)

Oh no, the last bit of inorganic milk filled the entire sippy cup! And so I'm left filling the other cup with organic! How do I decide which kid gets the inferior milk?? DON'T MAKE ME DECIDE THIS, CRUEL...
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December 9, 2013

Dad Lang Syne

Jason and the Existential Why of Christmas:The first of a new kind of holiday for us. I thought of the Winter Solstice: in the face of days that had grown colder and nights that had grown longer, people huddled together...
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November 26, 2013

Goldieblox Is The Larry Flynt Of Our Generation

image: truckinweb.com Oh boy, it's gettin' real in the Goldieblox vs Beastie Boys media arena. Felix Salmon has an awesome column on Goldieblox, not as an empowering girl toy pioneer, but as an archetypal disruption-obsessed Silicon Valley startup.:Under what...
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November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Hunger Games

So we have survived the first night of ruthless competition for grandparental attention, only five days and nights to go. Anyone taking odds on when the first cartwheel- or backflip-off-the-sofa-related injury will occur? Will someone get strung up by her...
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September 26, 2013

I Think You're Gonna Need A Bigger VICKS Logo

Honestly, I think if the Vicks logo had actually been this big I might have noticed it before we bought these things. K2's been fighting the first cold of the school year, the kind of thing that happens when...
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September 3, 2013

DT Road Trip: West Virginia Badonk-A-Wagon

Wow, after 13 years of blogging, I might be due for one of those, "Sorry, I haven't updated in a while" posts. We went on a kid-free roadtrip this weekend in the least-wired region of the United States: the...
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August 27, 2013

MAK Daddy Types

So I knew that MAK in Vienna was doing a DIY exhibition, the first ever, as far as I could tell, based on Victor Papanek & James Hennessey's groundbreaking DIY bibles, Nomadic Furniture, but I admit, I'd lost track...
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August 15, 2013

Black Plate Special: Cherry Chevy Malibu Wagon In Utah

You never forget your kid's first classic car photo shoot. We are in Salt Lake City for a little grandparent facetime, and this sweet California black plate Chevy Malibu wagon merged onto the freeway next to us, and then...
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They Grow Up So Fast

Except when you're trying to get out the door. Not to be all Dave Barry about it, but srsly, what is up with that??...
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July 25, 2013

Something From The Comments

Just spotted this LOLZ story in the comments on an older post:Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear...
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July 19, 2013

Mountain-Dwelling Japanese Have One Word For Kids Sled. And Box.

I don't know why, I guess it's because I didn't watch enough [any] Grizzly Adams when I was a boy, but I just assumed that in the olden times in the mountains of Japan, when the snow fell thick...
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July 12, 2013

B-Side Label Sticker Desk, Also Rampant Japanese Sexism

The dancing baby sticker i posted from Tokyo was from B-side Label. We came across an entire store in downtown Kyoto, which had this awesome little school desk and chair in front. As K2 pointed out, the double d-cup...
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July 11, 2013

Worst Daddy

I thought that even by Japlish standards, Worst Daddy was the world's strangest name for a water purifier company. But looking it up online, it turns out to be one of the newest teams in the Hida Takayama amateur...
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July 3, 2013

Muji Baby Room

One of our first stops in Tokyo yesterday: the Muji mother ship in Ginza. Here is the front half of the baby room, with changing tables for three. There was also a sink and bottle warming station, and a...
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The Tooth Fairy Came To Japan

The kid lost a tooth on the plane, eating a starburst. I don't know what the going rate for tooth fairies is in Japan, so we want with 500 yen. Which she found under her pillow when she woke up...
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June 30, 2013

DT Roadtrip: Visiting The Muji Motherland

A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law sent this photo of a young family in Tokyo checking out a sweet-looking Muji bunkbed. I looked online and couldn't find any information on it, so we decided to go visit it...
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June 26, 2013

Brinca Dada 2 For 1 Doll McMansions

My mother-in-law is retiring to the desert, and she's not taking the Brinca Dada dollhouse. So we just inherited it in all its Neutra-inspired, fully furnished, modernist glory. And damn, is it big, definitely suburban size, and it weighs...
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May 25, 2013

Life Is The Rollercoaster

So K2's sitting on the sofa, waiting for her turn on the iPad, and telling us about some boy who chases her around the playground and is "sooo annoying," and suddenly I'm like, I don't even need to look at...
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April 24, 2013

This Is Not A Drill. Should I Teach The Kids The McCrew Dance?

Alright, so we know that McDonald's Japan has made this McCrew Dance video to virally recruit the Kids Of Today to work there. This is not my concern. But there is also a McCrew Dance instructional video. Which makes...
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February 20, 2013

DTQ: Should You Go In The Family Security Line At The Airport?

Dulles Airport, by Eero Saarinen, photo: Ezra Stoller, 1964 Dulles, I love you, but you're bringin' me down. Let's just start by agreeing that after 25 years of construction and $190 billion, the new underground security screening & train...
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January 21, 2013

The Greatest Creative Playthings Kaleidoscope I've Ever Seen!

If the first half of the lifespan of Daddy Types is a documentation of all the kidstuff I've bought, the second half is about unloading it all on the next generation. And yes, this weekend feels like a milestone;...
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January 18, 2013

Seriously, What The Hell Is Up With The Captcha??

UPDATE OK, MAYBE IT'S FIXED NOW, GET IT ALL OFF YOUR CHESTS. Special thanks to DT reader and dev wiz Chris who got all CSI:PNG with his suggestion to check gamma conversion settings, and BAM. I swear, I can't figure...
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January 10, 2013

Ja, FRA: Lufthansa Loaner Stroller

I've been busy dealing with the blowback of leaving my kids on the school doorstep at 5AM--YOU AMERICANS ARE SO UPTIGHT!--which means I'm only just starting to work my way through my photos from our recent European Family Vacation....
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January 8, 2013

The Impending Destruction Of The Planet, Or Chicco Rocking Eggplant

Your mind is altered a bit by traveling abroad. Also by getting up at 4AM, so you can get yourselves and two little kids to the Nice airport--two boxes set at opposite ends of a sadistic, disastrous traffic labyrinth--by...
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December 26, 2012

Daddy Types European Vacation

I hope everyone out there is having a happy holiday season. The clan and I are just setting out to the airport for a 3-hour tour of France, a 3-hour tour. I'd say what could go wrong, but the last...
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November 25, 2012

Charlie Bit My Wheat Thins!

Watching K2's unprompted, awesomely and unexpectedly combative re-creation of the Family Guy Wheat Thins commercial is the closest I think I've ever come to regretting my perhaps overly principled decision--made, I might addd, before YouTube itself existed--to not pursue...
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November 21, 2012

Mother May You?

"Mommy, when you have a minute, may you get me some water?" - K2, standing next to our bed, 2:30 AM....
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November 5, 2012

A Large Company Is Opening A Store

And they would like you to know about it. By paying a firm to ask me to write about it for free. Yeah, capitalism!...
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October 26, 2012

My Kid The Mutton Buster

90 minutes 'til show time. #dad2summit@ MetLife Stadium instagr.am/p/RPuCWpix4H/— Doug French (@LOD) October 26, 2012 I can't believe I'm missing seeing the OG dadbloggin' crew at Dad2Summit's Dove-in today. But we've got family in town, three sets of contractors in...
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October 17, 2012

Romney Onesies

I am an MBA who used to work in private equity, who's distantly related to Romney through some shared polygamist ancestors. Some good friends are raising mad money for him. Josh Romney crashed on my couch in New York....
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Obama Onesies

I am voting for Barack Obama because I have kids--daughters. I am also wondering what the hell is going on with Beyonce's $65 Obama onesies, which not only aren't capitalized, but which also are a cotton/poly blend. Because not...
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October 12, 2012

Parisian Playmobil Incubator

Sometimes you wonder if being the go-to blogger for European Spottings Of Random Playmobil And/Or Incubators is where you want to be in life. And sometimes, it's just nice to be understood, and to know people are thinking of you....
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August 13, 2012

Grandma Made Awesome Doll Furniture

So now we're at my mother-in-law's house in southern Utah, and the kids have prevailed on my wife to get down her box of dolls. Which turns out to include this awesome set of dollhouse chairs my wife's grandmother...
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August 8, 2012

DTQ: Why Did Putting Vicks Vaporub On The Kid's Feet Stop Her Cough?

So K2 woke up in the middle of the night with a sudden and intense cough, and had a really hard time even breathing; it seemed like a mid-night ER visit for sure, but I just sat her on the...
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July 13, 2012

It's My Desk In A Box, Or CBS-Era Creative Playthings' Most Depressing Toy

At what point in the development of the Creative Playthings L'il Boss Desk In A Case do you think it occurred to folks that this would be the toy most likely to destroy the sweet, little dreams of their...
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July 11, 2012

The Real Dadbloggers Of Utah County

Single Dad Laughing. There, I typed it. Wasn't so hard after all. In the last few weeks, I've heard rumblings about a big, Year Of The Dadblogging Gang Wars trend piece in the works which, well, with SDL and Dan...
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July 6, 2012

WWMD?

Greg McKeown has a nice piece on the Harvard Business Review blog about how, contra the example and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, he totally went to some random Very Important Client Meeting the day after his kid was born.To my...
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July 5, 2012

July 05, 2012

We started these late in the afternoon, but we decided that a concept's a concept, and if they didn't finish them before bedtime, we'd destroy them. Fortunately, that did not happen. On Kawara: Date Painting(s) in New York and...
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June 21, 2012

The Family That Plays Together Eats Food Out Of A Bag Together

Holy moley, I see the headline on Matt Ritchel's NYT longread about baby food in a squeezebag, and I'm like, "Wait, exactly what family ritual is being squeezed here, exactly? The ritual of spooning mashed carrots into a Ziploc...
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June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Now to celebrate, check out this slideshow of Daddy Types' 18 Favorite TV-Watching Dads!...
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June 16, 2012

School Of Rachel Harrison

It took me a long time to wise up to Rachel Harrison's art. Too long, in fact, and by the time I realized the intelligence and complexity of her sculptures, I couldn't afford them. Live and learn. Meanwhile, the...
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June 1, 2012

Ah, Summer

The time of year when preschool lets out, watermelon and strawberries stain little linen outfits, and I once again pay $8.99 for the privilege of wondering what the hell was I thinking when I registered manpram.com, and what the hell...
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May 28, 2012

Comforter Down!

You know, it's not like the implications of feeding a 4yo extra slices of watermelon were unconsidered at 7:30. It's just....
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