Maurice Sendak Google Doodle

Maurice Sendak Google Doodle

I usually don’t post, or really care about Google Doodles, but this one is too good not to stop and take a look. Google honors Maurice Sendak with an nice animated doodle. He was born on June 10, 1928 — 85 years ago. Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books. [...]

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Charlie Capen Skating with his son

Shredding with your kid

The best thing about being a kid is shredding with your dad. All my life, from the time I could walk, to this very day, I’ve been hiking, skiing, riding, climbing and adventuring with my dad. Stoked to be doing the same with my boy now. Here’s a video Andy and Charlie from How To [...]

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REI Nesting Tableware set

Dad Gear: REI Nesting Tableware Set

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Nesting Tableware Set? This is what qualifies as dad gear in your world? IT’S FOR CAMPING!!!! In my world, camping is the man’s domain. The kitchen at home is man’s domain too, but I really only get excited about the camping part, and this camp utensil and dish set [...]

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How a bicycle is made

How Bikes Are Made

My brother in law sent me this 17 minute video from 1945 showing the making of the classic Raleigh steel bicycles in England. What’s amazing about industrial manufacturing that you see when watching videos like this and the Science channel show, How It’s Made, is how, despite the heavy use of machinery, and automation, everything [...]

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Strider Mountain Bike Ride

Strider Bike Racers

My son and his cousin love their Strider Bikes. And my dad is teaching them to race. Strider Bikes The Strider Bike is an awesome product. It’s the only toddler running bike that I’ve seen that is adjustable for 1 year olds and 3 year olds. I wrote a review of Strider’s pedal-less kick bikes [...]

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Book Haul: The Big Bad Book of Beasts by Michael Largo

I have always been a fan of encyclopedic books. Books that provide short digests of information that you can burn through quickly and gain enough information to sound interesting at a party, but not so much that you have to write things down and read a ton of footnotes. The book I featured in my [...]

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Science Deniers and Their Straw Men

Ok, this post isn’t going to be interesting to your kids. Except for when you teach them to identify how others will try to misrepresent common sense in debate to win an argument. In the clip below Texas congressman Joe Barton reframes the argument of human caused climate change in absurdity. This post isn’t about [...]

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One Man Band. Image Credit: O.C. Knox, Athol Depot, MA

One Man Bands

I’ve been tracking this phenomenon on YouTube for a few weeks since I saw a great one man band video pop up on Laughing Squid or some similar blog. I’ve always loved the one man band for the sheer entertainment value of a performer talented enough to do more than one thing at once to [...]

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Festo Dragonfly Robot mechanical

3 Weird Robots

Here are three strange little robots named and modeled after real organisms that might seem on the surface to be pointlessly weird, but all three were developed to mimic nature and serve a purpose. The Sand Flea: A Jumping Robot The Sand Flea is a tiny 4 wheeled Robot built by Boston Dynamics that moves [...]

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Story Time: Vistas of Many Worlds

Vistas of Many Worlds

When I was a kid my favorite book was National Geographic’s Our Universe. It’s an amazing coffee table book with information and images, real, imagined and projected, of the solar system and the galaxy. I read most of it and looked at the pictures hundreds of times. Even before my son was born, I ordered [...]

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