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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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Dad Haul Video #1: Book Haul

A quick video showing the books I bought this week. These are all great books for dads, though not all of them are kids books. Books Hauled 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids) Vistas of Many Worlds: A Journey Through Space and Time How to Fake a Moon Landing: […]

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Reading List: Terra Nova, Strange Spheres, Park City, Giant Pythons and Climate Change

Robert Falcon Scott’s wrecked ship Terra Nova found off Greenland  “She went through a lot in her lengthy history and really was the pinnacle of Scottish wooden shipbuilding. “It is incredible that one of the most famous ships in history has been found 100 years after the race for the pole and in the year […]

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Reading List: The Moon, Mars, solar aircraft, glaciers and an essay from The Dude of The House

What Does the Top of the Moon Look Like? NASA scientists created this mosaic by stitching together 983 images of the moon’s North Pole region taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The LRO robotic probe, which has been mapping the moon from above since 2009, has acquired thousands of wide-angle camera shots of its […]

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I eat my peas with honey

The strange thing is that my son loves peas. He prefers them cold and eats them with his fingers. I did not love peas and my parents had some tricks to get me to eat them. My dad’s was to tell me that if i didn’t eat them, caterpillars would crawl between my toes. I […]

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Goodbye Maurice

The first time I read my son Where The Wild Things Are I realized what the book meant and why it was so important. It’s funny how that works. It’s a subtle take of a kid being a kid and a mom being a mom. It’ brilliant. And I know it sticks. Once my wife […]

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Better Pictures, Better Stories: 9 tips for better family photos

One thing I’m really into, and have been since high school, is photography. In fact, some people think I had a kid just to gain a captive photo subject. While that’s not true (we did it for the tax deduction) I take a lot of photos of my son. A few weeks ago I spoke […]

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Gizzard Stone Reading List: Jan, 5 2012

Life in the deep ocean Ninety per cent of the planet’s living space–and biodiversity–is under water. And there are only five manned craft on Earth that can get to the bottom of it. What they find is both terrifying and alluring. J.M. Ledgard probes the weird world of the submersible … (

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Booger King

Gizzard Stone Reading List: 12/26/2011

The Science of Booger Eating Mucus, chemically, is quite fascinating. Sugar chains are attached to a protein backbone in mucus cells, with the contraption released out into the open. These glycoprotein molecules rapidly and aggressively suck up water until they are plump, slick, and slimy. To an invader, this is a nightmare to navigate: tangled […]

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