Category archive: work

August 31, 2014

Area High-End Woodsman Wears Kid On Back

One of the 1,200 high-end culture experiences on the globally curious digital storytelling platform Nowness is a short film about visceral artist Elias Hansen, who is not one of the Hanson Hansens, obviously, but who does chop down saplings...
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July 21, 2014

Videos Of Toys Popular Among Ignored Children

OK what, this Buzzfeed article about the anonymous, disembodied hands behind DisneyCollectorBR, a YouTube toy unboxing and play demo channel is utterly bonkers. Apparently the 55 million views/week translates into between $1 and $13 million per year in ad...
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July 18, 2014

Action Movie Kid, Dad To Rule The Viral Marketing Galaxy As Father And Son

In case you were worried about the fate of ActionMovieKid and his dad as their 2015 Toyota Sienna #SwaggerWagon gets caught in the space station's powerful tractor beam, let the "Fictitious scene with stationary vehicle" disclaimer put your mind...
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July 17, 2014

That's No Lactation Room

I've had these lactation room stories sitting here in my tabs for weeks now, hoping they'll all get better. But I don't think they do! Abe Sauer wrote about the difficulties facing working moms in Minnesota, where companies like...
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June 30, 2014

You'll Never Guess The Corporation That's Shamelessly Melting Your Heart

So we took the kids to the movies the other night, a non-trivial event for them, because srsly, what would they ever go see: 1) some too-loud, dumb, animated fart-fest full of Gen Y culture references they know nothing...
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March 25, 2014

Buddhist Publicist Dad Ready To Renounce 95% Of Nothing

The BBC reports that the "Boss of £1m firm will give it away to be a full-time dad." He was a publicist for the Dalai Lama and TED and the Prince of Wales. For just £10,000, he will "hand over"...
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March 17, 2014

There Is Still No Better Breast Pump

Speaking of It Doesn't Get Better, the Times asks, "Shouldn't the Breast Pump Be as Elegant as an iPhone and as Quiet as a Prius by Now?" Yeah, no. Considering how recent the iPhone is, and how rare design talent...
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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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Hey, I Just Met You, And This Is Crazy

This was on Facebook and had a zillion Likes but it's actually very sad for multiple reasons: pic.twitter.com/1BdsEH3pPd— Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) March 5, 2014 I guess I should specify that the dad of Baby Harper is a US military...
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February 9, 2014

This AOL Distressed Babies BS Really Pisses Me Off.

I've had several friends and colleagues I admire deeply who have worked for AOL over the years, but I passed on at least three opportunities to work there myself. When AOL people kicked around Daddy Types early in the blogging...
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January 29, 2014

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,...
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December 27, 2013

War-Ravaged England Builds Giant Dollhouse For Queen

Sometimes England is so weird. Like the time the whole place was devastated and dejected and injured and dead in the wake of World War I, and Princess Marie-Louise thought building a huge dollhouse for Queen Mary filled with...
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December 10, 2013

Vladimir Nabokov, At-Home-Dad

I knew he was an uprooted aristocrat, a refugee, and a serious amateur lepidopterist. But nothing prepared me for the shocking revelations about the home life of one of my favorite writers. From Jason Edward Harrington's review of Andrea Pitzer's...
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December 3, 2013

'Supermax Creche'

Life under capitalism is a supermax creche in which 'neither growing up nor working hard will do you any good'. Madame Tlank and Clinical Wasteman anatomise the dialectic of childhood and adulthood as one in which wise children of...
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November 13, 2013

This. Is. CNN's Ridiculous Paternity Leave Policy.

This case has been brewing for a couple of weeks now, but it's never too late to point out how Time Warner has bumbled its way into an unnecessarily unfair, even discriminatory parental leave policy, and the obvious, right thing...
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October 30, 2013

'Ohh You're Crying, Monkey. OK, Mommy's Done.'

This video starts out, "Mommy's gonna sing you a song. You want Mommy to sing a song, honey? Let me know how you feel about the song." Mommy is holding a video camera. Someone else is sitting silently next...
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October 8, 2013

Capitalism Works For Elmo

Elmo contemplates capitalism #CAPITALISMWFM pic.twitter.com/65XizXLbXg— Handel (@handelsaurus) October 8, 2013 Speaking of Kickstarter, I backed Steve Lambert's project to build this giant sign, CAPITALISM WORKS FOR ME! True/False a couple of years ago now, and it has been a blast...
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September 27, 2013

Mormon Prune Crate Play Furniture Was A Communist Plot

We're making progress on the vintage Mormon Sunday School Nursery play furniture plans I posted a little while ago. I recently found an earlier edition of the teachers' manual, called Sunday Morning in the Nursery, that dated from 1949,...
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August 30, 2013

1978 Child Laborers, Where Are They Now?

I totally remember this Benetton ad showing tiny kids in Bogota working in a brickyard. But I did not know that the photographer, Jean-Pierre Laffont, had not shot it for Benetton. It was a few years earlier, for the...
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August 29, 2013

An At-Home Cartoonist's Advice

If you need a boost to your day/week/year, head over to Gavin Aung Than's new web comic at Zen Pencils. The latest is based on a quote from Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson's 1990 commencement speech at Kenyon...
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July 24, 2013

Creative Vocational Educational Playthings

Learning how to tie shoelaces is just one way you can give your kid an edge over his Velcro-dependent playmates. It's important to help your kid prepare for a career, ideally through fun, inspiring, roleplaying toys. And given the way...
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May 28, 2013

Hedge Fund Manager Mansplains Breastfeeding

Have you heard the one about the hedge fund manager who mansplained how those trader gals are totally useless after they have a kid? As soon as that baby's lips touch that girl's bosom, forget it. Every single investment idea,...
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May 15, 2013

'Head In Mini-Bar'

Come for the photo that accompanies this caption: "Pictured, clockwise: Whit Honea (head in mini-bar), Andy Hinds, Charlie Capen and Doug French." Stay for Betadad's very mature takedown of the Wall Street Journal's nonsensically sexist story about "Mommy Business Trips"...
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April 17, 2013

America's Day Care Hellscape Is A Political Choice

From The New Republic:First, Mire tried KinderCare again, but they wouldn't take Kendyll until Mire paid her debt; when she did, there were no openings. She called about a dozen centers, all of which were either too expensive or had...
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February 27, 2013

Hey FB Dads, What Did You Do With Your 'Baby Cash'?

In the most cursory of roundups of parental leave policies at various [three large] technology firms, the NY Times mentions that Facebook not only provides 16 weeks paid leave for all full-time employees who become parents. The company also gives...
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January 15, 2013

The First Production Baby

It's been a tradition at Pixar since Toy Story to list the "production babies" born to crew, in each film's credits. Other animation houses do it, too, and lately video game designers picked up on the trend. [They're called "development...
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January 6, 2013

The Ford Treasury Of New Jersey Station Wagon Living

The NY Times has discovered a New Jersey dad whose kids helped him discover the joys of Ford Station Wagon Living. Reading lines like this:"Until the kids, I wasn't into wagons," he said. "Now, it's an adventure every time...
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September 10, 2012

How Can Paul Ryan Be Vice President AND A Dad?

So a couple of ball-bustin' reporters from the Chicago Sun-Times cornered a local politician at the Democratic National Convention and started firin' off the tough questions:[Illinois Attorney General Lisa] Madigan and her husband, Pat Byrnes, have two young children, ages...
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August 16, 2012

The Gamification Of Hugs

"Choremonster says rewards can be anything from 'hugs to money to a camping trip.'" "Parents around the web have reviewed the app, and most say it's a fun way to force kids to help out around the house." You know,...
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July 16, 2012

Yahoo!

Another piece of good news today - @zackbogue and I are expecting a new baby boy!postcards.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/07/16/may...— marissamayer (@marissamayer) July 17, 2012 When I heard on NPR this afternoon that Marissa Meyer was the next CEO of Yahoo, I was like,...
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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 10, 2012

RT If You Like Sponsors!

My youngest daughter, Vittoria! Beautiful!//Minha filha mais nova, Vittoria! Linda! @evokeeyewear @fosgoodwood twitter.com/emmofittipaldi...— Emerson Fittipaldi (@emmofittipaldi) July 10, 2012 When your dad's job is to drive in circles all day in a logo-covered car, you learn the spokesmodel value...
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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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June 27, 2012

'It Was The Life Of The Times'

Because it's blowing my dadmind right now, here is an expanded quote from William Duckworth's interview with pioneering minimalist composer Terry Riley, who traded the VW Bus his young family was living in for a loft in SoHo:RILEY: [My] wife...
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April 23, 2012

An Important Life Lesson From The Parents Of Baby Cha-Cha

Tara Ariano reports for The Awl, from a bar in Orange County somewhere, where the kid who was Dancing Baby is paying his way through UC Irvine by doing public appearances. His dad Steven got him the Ally McBeal...
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April 14, 2012

DT Is Long BNNY

The Wall Street Journal has a nice profile of Molly Ashby, the private equity rock star whose firm took a controlling interest in Annie's, Inc., the organic food products company, in 2002, and which just took it public. With the...
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April 10, 2012

Kids Play The Darnedest Things

So K2's got the Playmobil house and garden set out on the floor next to me, and I suddenly hear, "Let's go play!" "Great, how can I get out of my meeting?" Playmobil The Home Office, $13.99 [amazon]...
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April 2, 2012

The Invisible Cost Of Free Shipping

It's Monday before lunchtime, and Mac McClelland's account of being a warehouse wage slave is already the most depressing thing I'll read all week:The gal conducting our training reminds us again that we cannot miss any days our first week....
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February 24, 2012

The Children's Literary Group

Wow, This glimpse at ur-Yuppie parenting is only one of the many gems in Maria Bustillos' piece on 1970s child publishing prodigy Alexandra SheedyIn June of 1977, when Sheedy was fifteen, a piece on "A Young Writers Salon" appeared in...
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February 3, 2012

Blue Ivy's Got 99 Problems, But A Drawn Out Trademark Application Process Ain't One

From TESS, the US Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Electronic Search System: Word Mark BLUE IVY CARTER Goods and Services IC 003. US 001 004 006 050 051 052. G & S: Fragrances, cosmetics, skin care products, namely, non-medicated skin...
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January 12, 2012

Nanna Bespoke Kid Management App By Jackie Ki

This is like seven kinds of awesome. Designer Jackie Ki created this custom kid management app for an extended family in Los Angeles, so that five parents could keep track of seven kids and four nannies. It syncs and reports...
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January 6, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Boing Boing Edition

It's the weekend! Which will now be ruined by freaking out over these news stories from the worlds of parenting, health, science, and whatever: Fetal cells basically stay floating in the mother's bloodstream forever. It's called microchimerism. [boingboing, which, hmm,...
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December 6, 2011

Where In The World Is The Carmen Sandiego Generation?

Is it too early to see what happened to the overeager, overachieving yuppie children of the 90s, who were raised on Carmen Sandiego? They dorked out, cheated a little, really showed that private school jerk from Manhattan, and went on...
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November 22, 2011

The Boomer Over-Parenting Paradigm Is Failing Before Our Eyes

I was really not too motivated to read the NY Times' report on analysts being demoralized after getting laid off from investment banks--haven't these people ever heard of going to business school? But then Choire Sicha reminded me why I...
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November 20, 2011

DT Friday Freakout: Selfish Edition

Oh there is so much to freak out over already, I'm not sure ruining one weekend will be enough: Day care in the US runs from awful-to-deadly, those are your only choices. [tnr] Which is too bad, because there's no...
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November 9, 2011

It's Take Your Daughters To Jobsite Day

Walking K2 to preschool the other day, I noticed something unusual in front of one of our neighbor's renovation projects: two contractors' vehicles--a pickup and a cargo van--with booster seats in the front [and only seats]. For the record,...
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September 21, 2011

Mad Typing Skillz Roundup

Read these important things: Are people just paranoid about using family-friendly programs at work, or are their companies really after them? I can't tell. [wsj, probably via @workingdad] Figures that Dadwagon was into Park Slope Rock School PARIS before it...
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September 2, 2011

Maternity Of One, Paternity Of The Other

Kudos to John Gruber for catching this last night: On this week's The Talk Show, Gruber and Merlin Mann talk about grocery shopping and the sugared cereals of their youth. You know, typical tech guy podcast stuff. [daringfireball.net]...
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August 23, 2011

Help, Mom! There Are Communist Environmentalists Under My Bed!

Leftist subversives are using their "stranglehold" on the Liberal Children's Media to unleash their ungodly "political indoctrination" of sharing, cooperation, and environmentalism on your vulnerable children! If only the Liberals didn't control the rest of the media, too, maybe someone...
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July 27, 2011

Jason Rohrer And The Game Of Life

There was a moment on the plane yesterday where the kids had all the iPads, and I was left to read Hemispheres Inflight Magazine. Which had a nice but kind of bewildering profile of awesome independent video game developer Jason...
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