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Jason Boyett is a writer, speaker, and the author of several books, including O Me of Little Faith (Zondervan), and the Pocket Guide series (Jossey-Bass). His work has appeared in Salon, Paste, The Daily Beast, Relevant, and a variety of other publications. He has also appeared on the History Channel and National Geographic Channel. Jason lives in Texas with his wife and two kids. Follow him at twitter and jasonboyett.com.

Closing the Door on Dadequate

posted by Jason Boyett

As of this post I’m shutting down my Dadequate blog. It’s been less than half a year since my first post here, but it’s time to move along to other projects. Nothing dramatic — I’m not quitting fatherhood or anything. […]

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The Crazy Physics of Starling Flight

posted by Jason Boyett

Sorry for the paucity of posts this week and last. I’ve been knee-deep in my next book and am facing a self-imposed deadline. In the meantime, check out this video of a flock of starlings. The physics of bird behavior […]

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Robot Riding a Bicycle

posted by Jason Boyett

Behold: a video of a robot riding a bicycle. In case that didn’t register, I will say it again: A ROBOT RIDING A BICYCLE. What will they do next? Steal our jobs? Mow our lawns? Defeat Ken Jennings on Jeopardy? […]

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Halloween

posted by Jason Boyett

The great thing about the persistently growing zombie fad is that anyone — at any point during their day, regardless of their activity — can be turned into a zombie and therefore find themselves stuck in that outfit for the […]

Fight a Ninja?

posted by Jason Boyett

I love organized public improv events. Love them. Also, I love ninjas and sword-fighting. So this video, courtesy of Improv Toronto, makes me very, very happy. If I teach my kids anything, I hope to teach them to be the […]

Return of the Ocean-Bound Giant Lego Man

posted by Jason Boyett

Over the weekend, an unidentified 100-lb., 8 ft. tall Lego man washed up onto the beach at Siesta Key, Florida. He’s wearing a shirt that says “No real than you are.” A guy named Jeff Hindman discovered it, photographed it, […]

Most Awesome Hot Wheels Track in the History of the Universe

posted by Jason Boyett

Sure, today everyone’s talking about the death of Gaddafi/Qaddafi/Ghadafi or the end of the world (according to Harold Camping). But me? I want to point you toward this video of a 2,000 foot-long Hot Wheels track that goes on forever. […]

Parentocracy

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I had the privilege of getting to guest-post at Don Miller’s blog. It was dad-related, so I’ll re-post it here. (Thanks, Don and Jordan!) ———- There’s a hot new website — they still make those, you know — called […]

Dads on Tumblr

posted by Jason Boyett

There’s a Tumblr blog about pretty much everything, and fathers aren’t excluded. A few of my favorites: My Dad is a Bro. (Nothing says parenting success like raising a kid you can shotgun Natty Light with.) ———— Dads on Vacation. […]

Videos for Kids: Monkey Bathtime

posted by Jason Boyett

Baby monkey Nala is a black cap Capuchin who was born in April of this year. She was rescued from a veterinarian and is being used to help two autistic boys in Las Vegas. She’s the star of Baby Monkey […]

Mark Driscoll’s Daughter + Blogging = Worry

posted by Jason Boyett

I missed this news because I don’t pay too much attention to the theology-blogging world since closing my O Me of Little Faith blog, but it seems infamous Seattle pastor/movement leader Mark Driscoll has launched a new website called PastorMark.tv. […]

Cobra Weave Exploding Stick Bomb

posted by Jason Boyett

Have you heard of a “cobra weave” exploding stick bomb? There are lots of Instructables about how to assemble these, along with a variety of videos. You arrange the sticks as instructed, remove the first one, and watch the whole […]

Remembering Steve Jobs

posted by Jason Boyett

When something of note happens, like an earthquake in Japan or the death of someone like Steve Jobs, I make sure my kids are aware of it. We don’t watch TV at night — I consume most of my news […]

Raised Right: An Interview with Mike and Alisa Harris

posted by Jason Boyett

Alisa Harris’ debut book, Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics was one of the most compelling I’ve read this year. She’s a young journalist living in New York City but grew up in Middle America. Her parents […]

David Liittschwager and One Cubic Foot

posted by Jason Boyett

What kinds of creatures can you find in one cubic foot of seawater? Or one cubic foot of rainforest? One cubic foot of the deciduous forest in Central Park? National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager and his team set up a […]

Why I Hated the Movie “Courageous”

posted by Jason Boyett

On Friday night, I went to see the premiere of Courageous, the new movie from Christian filmmakers Alex & Stephen Kendrick (the team behind Facing the Giants and Fireproof). I hadn’t seen either of those films, and am not generally […]

A Kid Reacts to the Big “Empire Strikes Back” Reveal

posted by Jason Boyett

One of the biggest moments in any child’s life occurs toward the end of Empire Strikes Back, when the viewer finds out that Darth Vader is Luke’s father. Noooooooo! It’s the biggest of big reveals. One dad thoughtfully captured this […]

Aurora Video from Orbiting International Space Station

posted by Jason Boyett

This is stunning. A time-lapse video of the aurora borealis (“northern lights”) and aurora australis (“southern lights”) as seen from the International Space Station in orbit. From what I can tell, it comes from 345 still photos taken during September […]

Facing Down Your Middle School Bully

posted by Jason Boyett

Why does one kid decide to bully another? It’s not just about random cruelty. It’s not just about power. It’s not just about bad or non-existent parenting. It’s about a whole mess of complicated circumstances and psychology. Troubled kids heap […]

Bear Cub Wrestling!

posted by Jason Boyett

Two bear cubs wrestle in the middle of a road at Yosemite. The commentary leaves a little to be desired, but wrestling bear cubs? Your kids will love it. [via Stellar]

Risk and the Teenage Brain

posted by Jason Boyett

“Our brains undergo a massive reorganization between our 12th and 25th years.” This National Geographic story on what’s happening in the circuits and neurons of the teenage brain is pretty fascinating. Having once been a teenager, I’m aware that teenage […]

Mr. Rogers Intro, 1967-2000

posted by Jason Boyett

I can’t watch this without getting a little choked up. Which surprised me. If that’s not a testimony of the influence Fred Rogers had on my generation and subsequent generations of kids, then I don’t know what is.

Kids and Chores

posted by Jason Boyett

We’re of the firm belief that it’s important to teach kids — while they’re kids — about how the real world works. In the real world, people just don’t give you money for nothing. You have to earn it. So […]

High-Resolution Space Photos

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m a sucker for crisp, clear space photography — my kids and I spend an inordinate amount of time digging into Google Earth — so I was happy to stumble upon this old 2009 blog post with 35 high-resolution astronomy […]

They Used to Mail BABIES?!?

posted by Jason Boyett

This is crazy. At one point in the history of the U.S. Postal Service — after parcel post service was introduced in 1913 — it briefly became possible to send a child somewhere else in the United States by mail. […]

Muppet Movie “Dragon Tattoo” Parody Trailer

posted by Jason Boyett

I don’t know who’s behind the marketing for the new Muppet Movie, but this “Girl with a Dragon Tattoo” parody trailer is completely genius. Well done, Muppet Movie people, Jason Segel, Kermit or whomever it is. Marketing brilliance. If you […]

When It’s Time to Tell Your Dog Goodbye

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday was a hard day. After 13 years, we had to say goodbye to Joe, our Yorkie. This is a photo our son took of him about a year ago: Yes, he was goofy-looking. Joe had bad teeth, and a […]

A Baby Gorilla Takes a Bath

posted by Jason Boyett

Nothing is cuter than a baby gorilla, unless it’s a baby gorilla taking a bath. Throw in a little pink washrag and it’s a rollicking good time. Show it to your kids. YouTube tells me this is “Baby Joe and […]

Is Your Child Ready for First Grade?

posted by Jason Boyett

In August, Chicago Now blogger Christine Whitley referred to a 1979 book called Your Six-Year-Old. In it, she found a checklist to help parents figure out if their kid was ready for first grade. Answer YES to 10 of these […]

Remembering September 11

posted by Jason Boyett

Today I participate with other Beliefnet bloggers in remembering the events of September 11. You can read our collected remembrances here, and I’m also going to re-post mine below: I don’t have an especially dramatic 9/11 story to tell, no […]

Watch This and Be Happy

posted by Jason Boyett

In preparation for this weekend’s news stories and where-were-you? blog posts and photo galleries — which will be a somber affair, and rightly so — I want you to gather up your family members and watch this video together. It’s […]

How Did You Make It Through High School?

posted by Jason Boyett

How did you make it through high school? That’s the question the folks behind Rookie, a website for teenage girls, asked a bunch of celebrities. Not the flashy, pretty, Hollywood A-List celebrities, but the cool quirky ones who just seem […]

Breaking: Celebrities Love Fatherhood!

posted by Jason Boyett

I would never claim to be a frequent reader of US Weekly, but thanks to some leftover issues at a cabin we rented this summer in New Mexico, I’m aware that the gossip rag has a really silly section called […]

Back-to-School Shopping

posted by Jason Boyett

He went shopping yesterday with his cousin for some new school clothes. My mom sent this photo to update us on their progress. Apparently zip-from-the-front hoodies are now a thing. Also a thing? Guitar-playing skeletons. Both were distressed that they […]

Imperial Stormtrooper Knows Best

posted by Jason Boyett

This is wonderful: Kristina Alexanderson of Stockholm is photographing an action-figure-sized Star Wars Clone every day this year…and occasionally a young Clone gets to play, too. The photography is great and the results are surprisingly sweet. See many more photos […]

Meet a Dad: James Sutherland

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s Meet a Dad profile is James Sutherland, a photographer and video editor in the UK. (The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some of these dads will be […]

I’m Too Pretty to Blog About This

posted by Jason Boyett

So this week the Web has been abuzz about a t-shirt design that was, until today, available at J.C. Penney. It’s a white long-sleeve shirt with a graphic that says “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has […]

Visual Music

posted by Jason Boyett

Posted on my new favorite site and from the geniuses at Possible Metrics, here’s a video using (and showing) the sounds made by falling objects editing and synchronized into a sweet funky rhythm. Show it to your kids: [link]  

A Conversation with Cleverbot About School

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s time for another conversation with Cleverbot. I wanted to talk about kids going back to school, but weirdly (again), the conversation turned to fatherhood. Thanks, Cleverbot, for your help. ————— [ME]: Well, Cleverbot, it’s that time of year when […]

The Kid Should See This

posted by Jason Boyett

One of the things I’ve wanted to do with Dadequate is point readers toward cool stuff to experience online with your kids. I’m always on the lookout for great videos that aren’t necessarily made for kids but which we can […]

Meet a Dad: John Blase

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s Meet a Dad profile is John Blase, a writer and editor in Colorado. Most recently he has been collaborating with Brennan Manning on Manning’s upcoming memoir, Ragamuffin Grace — which I can’t wait to read. (The goal of Meet […]

On the First Days of a New School

posted by Jason Boyett

Until college, I was never a big fan of school. I’m an introvert. People liked me enough, I guess, but I was never a popular kid. I had trouble fitting into large groups, I got nervous when confronted with new […]

OK Go Does the Muppet Show Theme Song

posted by Jason Boyett

OK Go + Muppets = Genius

Meet a Dad: Winn Collier

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s Meet a Dad profile is Winn Collier, a pastor in Virginia and the author of books including Restless Faith and Holy Curiosity. (The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with […]

Why I (Still) Read to My Children

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week, after almost two years of weeknight sessions, I finished reading the Harry Potter series aloud to my kids. Occasionally my wife filled in, but mostly it was me doing the reading…and the voices…and the silent editing out of […]

LEGO Minifigure Extravaganza

posted by Jason Boyett

This is a shelf in my son’s room. It’s one of two: To say he’s into LEGO Minifigures is like saying Harold Camping is into the Rapture. Which is why we’re both excited to learn from GeekDad about a new […]

Danny MacAskill Does Awesome Stuff with Trains

posted by Jason Boyett

Well, this is just crazy. If you’ve never heard of Danny MacAskill, he’s a stunt cyclist from Scotland. He’s had a number of amazing YouTube videos explode over the Internet, and there’s a new one out. This is what he […]

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy

posted by Jason Boyett

Lori Gottlieb’s recent article in The Atlantic has been on my mind for the last few weeks. Titled “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,” it’s about a potential epidemic of generational malaise, or how the contemporary parental obsession in […]

Meet a Dad: Tor Constantino

posted by Jason Boyett

The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some of these dads will be well-known in certain circles; others will be largely unknown outside of their immediate circles. Doesn’t matter, […]

Story Contest: The Shark Photo Explained

posted by Jason Boyett

The story contest has ended. Thanks to all of you who participated. I struggled to come up with a winner for this one. The explanatory story by Tim S. was longish, but felt right. It was creative, fantastical, and offered […]

Where Children Sleep

posted by Jason Boyett

This is stunning. Photographer James Mollison has a photo-essay book called Where Children Sleep, built around a powerful but very, very simple concept. It introduces us to children around the world by showing us the diversity of their bedrooms — […]

Slow-Mo Skateboarding Crashes

posted by Jason Boyett

I am a sucker for cool things in high-def slow motion, and these unsuccessfuly attempts by skateboarders to land kickflips and other jumps fall resolutely within the category of cool slow-mo things. Ever since we watched portions of X-Games 17 […]

Story Contest: Land Shark Edition

posted by Jason Boyett

Back at my old blog, I used to do the occasional story contest. I show a photo, set up a bunch of arbitrary and inflexible rules, and then invite readers to submit a story that goes along with the photo. […]

High-Def Slow-Mo Owl

posted by Jason Boyett

Watch this with your kids. It’s short, but the awesome starts about 25 seconds in. Notice the fluttery feathers at the landing. [H/T: kottke]

Brad Pitt on Fatherhood

posted by Jason Boyett

A couple of interesting statements in this recent interview with Brad Pitt, who is raising six kids with Angelina Jolie. (Their adopted kids are Maddox, 9, Pax, 7, and Zahara, 6, along with their biological children Shiloh, 5, and twins Knox […]

Meet a Dad: Trace Bundy

posted by Jason Boyett

The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some of these dads will be well-known in certain circles; others will be largely unknown outside of their immediate circles. Doesn’t matter, […]

What Is YOUR 12-Year-Old Game?

posted by Jason Boyett

Fascinating interview at Slate today with Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America (which releases tomorrow). I haven’t read the book, but in the interview, Ryan discusses the evolution of the Super Mario Bros. universe and what […]

Daniel Tiger Comes to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

posted by Jason Boyett

My poor kids. They had the (debatable) fortune of growing in the age of video-on-demand, instant music downloads, and cars equipped with DVD players. But they had the misfortune of growing up in a world without Mr. Rogers. They know […]

Meet a Dad: Rob Tucker

posted by Jason Boyett

The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some of these dads will be well-known in certain circles; others will be largely unknown outside of their immediate circles. Doesn’t matter, […]

Bats ARE Real!

posted by Jason Boyett

I went backpacking last weekend with some friends. At dusk, a smattering of bats came out, fluttering above the firelight. I told my kids about it in the car yesterday, while driving home from dinner. Son: “Really? There were bats?” […]

As a Child, I Wanted to Live in a Space Colony

posted by Jason Boyett

Feeling nostalgic today, thanks to this post from The Atlantic’s Alex Madrigal about the big movement in the ’70s to build space colonies. I had a set of Disney-produced books about science and history, and one of them had an […]

Kids and Snakes and Teachable Moments

posted by Jason Boyett

Nathan Reimer has been a long-time reader of my various blogs and has a great fatherhood/parenting blog of his own called Dads Can Cook Too! In a story he shared last weekend, he offered a great example of how to […]

Andrew Walker’s Catch

posted by Jason Boyett

I don’t understand Australian Rules Football, nor will I pretend to. And I don’t have much of an opinion as to whether this kind of offensive pass interference should be allowed in the NFL. But I do know that this […]

Time Travel Is Impossible?

posted by Jason Boyett

If you’ve always dreamed of using your neighborhood mad scientist’s DeLorean to go back in time, meet your nerdy dad, and make sure he falls in love with Lea Thompson…you’re out of luck. Physicists at the Hong Kong University of […]

Meet a Dad: Ken Grant

posted by Jason Boyett

The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some of these dads will be well-known in certain circles; others will be largely unknown outside of their immediate circles. Doesn’t matter, […]

20 Personal Childhood Memories That Are Completely Foreign to My Kids

posted by Jason Boyett

Kids these days. They have no concept of… 1. Staying home sick from school and watching stupid game shows because I felt too bad to get up and change the channel. 2. Crushing on Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island. 3. […]

Kids, Sugar, Soft Drinks and Sports Drinks

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s a question for you dads and moms out there: What kinds of stuff do you let your kids drink? I’m not talking alcohol or anything scandalous. Just regular drinks. Soft drinks. Sports drinks. That kind of stuff. My wife […]

What We Did This Weekend

posted by Jason Boyett

On Saturday, my son and I both competed in a local sprint triathlon. Mine was a traditional sprint with a 325-yard swim, 11.5-mile bike, and 5K run. His was shorter but no less intense: a 25-yard swim followed by a […]

Meet a Dad: Scott McClellan

posted by Jason Boyett

The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some of these dads will be well-known in certain circles; others will be largely unknown outside of their immediate circles. Doesn’t matter, […]

Tyler Neylon and the 50-Lego Project

posted by Jason Boyett

Ran across this today via Kottke, and find it both impressive and inspiring. But then, I’m a Lego nerd. Designer/programmer Tyler Neylon started with a base set of 50 Lego pieces (actually 58, counting some of the really tiny ones), […]

Drawing Games with Your Kids

posted by Jason Boyett

In light of Monday’s post — which still fills me with warm fuzzies — I thought I’d share with you two of the drawing games we Boyetts have spent a lot of time playing. It’s great for kids to just […]

Holy Robin Video Compilation, Batman!

posted by Jason Boyett

When I was a teenager old enough to pretend to enjoy things ironically but actually enjoying them for reals, I loved watching the old Batman cartoons. (Fat Albert cartoons were also favorites.) The main thing I liked about Batman & […]

Sam Harris, Kids, and LSD

posted by Jason Boyett

If you’ve spent much time blogging about religion or belief or the lack of it, you’re aware of Sam Harris. He’s a neuroscientist who has become well-known as one of the public faces of what’s known as “The New Atheism.” […]

Imagine Awesome

posted by Jason Boyett

Wow. I love this idea. LOVE IT. When I was a kid, I spent hours doodling. I drew highly detailed spaceships, space stations, and the cold, rugged landscapes of undiscovered planets (complete with alien outposts). I drew elaborate circus scenes […]

Meet a Dad: Rob Stennett

posted by Jason Boyett

The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some of these dads will be well-known in certain circles; others will be largely unknown outside of their immediate circles. Doesn’t matter, […]

Quirk Theory and Parenting

posted by Jason Boyett

A couple weeks ago, we discussed the importance of letting your kids be weird, based on a passage in Alexandra Robbins’ new book, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. In the book, Robbins conjectures that teenage outcasts often are poised […]

Monkey Photography

posted by Jason Boyett

File this under “things your kids will think is hilarious”: According to this article in the Daily Mail, the photographer David Slater was visiting a national park in Indonesia. He left his camera unattended. There was a group of crested […]

Words with Friends with Your Kids

posted by Jason Boyett

I originally posted this at jasonboyett.com a few months ago, but thought it would be worth posting here, too. If you already read it there, forgive me the re-post. ———— Within the last year, both of my kids have bought […]

Active Fathers vs. Absent Fathers

posted by Jason Boyett

Interesting opinion piece last week in the Austin American-Statesman. Ashley Sanchez writes about the obvious impact out-of-wedlock fatherhood and divorce have on the amount of time a dad is able to spend with his kids. The Pew study found that […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

posted by Jason Boyett

If last week’s posting schedule seemed a little light, it was because I spent the week on vacation. My family holed up in a friend’s lake house at Beaver Lake, Arkansas, for 6 days of boating, skiing, tubing, swimming, kayaking, […]

Tram-POOL-ine

posted by Jason Boyett

Instructions for hot summer afternoons: 1. Get a round trampoline. The bigger the better. 2. Get a little inflatable kiddie pool. 3. Inflate the kiddie pool and place it in the middle of the trampoline. 4. Fill the pool with […]

Scrawny Muppet Legs! Avert Your Eyes!

posted by Jason Boyett

I am predisposed to be excited about the upcoming Muppet Movie, just because I loved those when I was a kid and I’m excited about what Jason Segel will do with the franchise. Along with Segel, Amy Adams and Rashida […]

A Conversation with Cleverbot about Vacations

posted by Jason Boyett

In today’s conversation with Cleverbot, I wanted to see what it thought about vacations. Inexplicably, the conversation turned immediately to fatherhood, and I am totally not making this up. Cleverbot must know about this blog. ————— [ME]: Do you like […]

In the Future, All Children Will Travel Via Pogo Stick

posted by Jason Boyett

A conversation, while riding bikes and scooters around the nearby high school, only a block from our house… ————– “Do kids ride their bikes to this school?” “Some probably do.” “I’m not going to.” “Why not?” “I’m going to ride […]

Meet a Dad: Bryan Allain

posted by Jason Boyett

The goal of Meet a Dad: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some of these dads will be well-known in certain circles; others will be largely unknown outside of their immediate circles. Doesn’t matter, […]

Parents, Let Your Children Be Weird

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m reading an excellent book right now called The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. It’s the newest title from Alexandra Robbins, the best-selling author of Pledged and Overachievers. It’s a fascinating look at kids on the “cafeteria fringe” in high […]

Bobby Cannavale on Fatherhood

posted by Jason Boyett

At Broadway.com, recent Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale talks about his newish black comedy, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, and touche on the impact fatherhood has had on his career. At 41, Cannavale and ex-wife Jenny Lumet are the parents of […]

How to Introduce Your Kids to Good Music

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m proud of my kids for a lot of reasons, but one of the things I’m most proud of as a parent is this: My kids know more songs by Mumford & Sons than they do songs by Justin Bieber. […]

President Obama Comforts a Crying Baby

posted by Jason Boyett

I can’t imagine how this may or may not impact his role as leader of the free world, but I am strangely comforted by the fact that President Obama knows how to hold and comfort a crying baby. It’s like […]

In Praise of Boring Parents

posted by Jason Boyett

Over the past 8 years, I’ve written or contributed to something like a dozen books while also holding down a 9-to-5 day job. Ask me how I’ve been able to do it — while also being an active and present […]

A Conversation with Cleverbot About Father’s Day

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s time for another Cleverbot conversation. Cleverbot is an artificial-intelligence software program that “learns” how to reply to certain statements, questions, and key words by scouring the Internet for similar conversations, drawing from its database of more than 20 million […]

NASCAR Dads and Dangerous Jobs

posted by Jason Boyett

There was a surplus of fatherhood-related articles online last week due to Father’s Day, but one that really captured my attention was this piece about the psychological and emotional impact of being a dad while making a living driving cars […]

The Top Ten Father’s Day Top Ten Lists on the Internet

posted by Jason Boyett

Happy Father’s Day! I wrote the following Father’s Day post for my friends at Halogen.tv. You could go read it there today or, um, just stay here to read it. Your call. —————– It’s Father’s Day. I briefly considered writing […]

16 Seconds of Glorious Fatherly Awesomeness

posted by Jason Boyett

You may have seen this a few weeks ago on Tosh.0, who noted it as “our early nomination for Dad of the Year.” At a Chattanooga Lookouts minor-league game, a dad catches a foul ball with one hand while holding […]

Why Dads Should Roughhouse With Their Kids

posted by Jason Boyett

When my daughter was little, we learned how to make adults to gasp in horror with a playtime trick routine the two of us devised. She would stand on my shoulders. I would hold tightly to her ankles. Then she […]

What Did Your Dad Teach You?

posted by Jason Boyett

This morning’s post is nothing but a question. I’m relying on you for the content: With Father’s Day coming up, it seems a good time to reflect. All of us learn stuff from our fathers. Sometimes good things and sometimes […]

Lioness Tries to Eat Baby Through Zoo Glass

posted by Jason Boyett

Parents: Don’t attempt this without thick, shatterproof glass between your child and fierce predators. This video comes from one of the observation windows at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. The glass is very thick, but it’s still a […]

Pie Pan Portraits by Idan Friedman

posted by Jason Boyett

Idan Friedman of Reddish Studio in Israel hand-embosses people’s profiles into disposable aluminum pans. It is ridiculously cool. View a whole gallery of them here. I would try it myself but I couldn’t handle the fear that someone might accidentally […]

The Mastodon Matrix Project

posted by Jason Boyett

This is such a creative solution to an unwieldy problem. In 2000, while deepening a backyard pond in Hyde Park, New York, excavators uncovered the remains of a prehistoric mastodon. Not wanting to lose any potentially important pieces, they isolated […]

Milestones

posted by Jason Boyett

Parents and their children share a few common milestones over the life of a family. There’s the first day of kindergarten, the first day of middle school, the first day of high school, graduation day, and then one more moment […]

Conversations: Inaccurate Television Predictions

posted by Jason Boyett

Occasionally we’ll order pizza or Mexican food for dinner and have a picnic in the living room while we watch something on the DVR. Most often it’s one of our many hours of recorded “Minute to Win It” episodes, because…well, […]

Hula-Hooping Is Such a Weird Thing to Do

posted by Jason Boyett

…especially when you watch it from the perspective of the hoop: Show this to your kids. [HT: kottke]

Dwyane Wade on Fatherhood

posted by Jason Boyett

In honor of last night’s conclusion of the NBA Finals (Go Mavs!), it seems appropriate to call attention to a great op-ed piece last Friday in the Chicago Tribune by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who grew up in Chicago. […]

Injuries and No Regrets

posted by Jason Boyett

I compete in sprint triathlons. When I decided to get in shape several years ago, having signed up for one of these races was the goal that got me out the door early each morning to run, bike or swim. […]

Meet a Dad: Kristian Mattila

posted by Jason Boyett

Today begins a regular weekly series that — on account of my endless well of creativity — I’m calling “Meet a Dad.” It’s a pretty simple idea: Profile a dad and let him share his fatherly wisdom with us. Some […]

Does Fatherhood Improve Your Game?

posted by Jason Boyett

I used to be a pretty good softball pitcher. That’s a totally lame thing to say, kind of like “I used to be an excellent lawn-mower.” It wasn’t really anything impressive — just rec-league, slow-pitch kind of stuff — but […]

How Not to Honor Your Children

posted by Jason Boyett

There are a lot of ways to show gratitude and respect for your children. Very few of them involve what you inscribe on your gravestone, because, as a rule, it’s probably better to appreciate your kids while you’re alive. They’d […]

Introverted Parenting

posted by Jason Boyett

photo © 2010 Tanya Little | more info (via: Wylio)My friend Adam McHugh is the author of a great book called Introverts in the Church, about how the contemporary Christianity has become geared toward extroversion — and how this characteristic […]

Phineas and Ferb: The Movie

posted by Jason Boyett

Are we excited that Phineas and Ferb is being made into a feature-length TV movie on the Disney Channel? Yes. Yes we are. And the trailer: [via GeekDad]

A Conversation with Cleverbot about Fatherhood

posted by Jason Boyett

One of my favorite podcasts is WNYC’s RadioLab. Last week’s episode was about talking to machines, and mentioned a web application called Cleverbot. Designed by Rollo Carpenter, it’s an artificial-intelligence software program that uses the Internet to “learn.” You ask […]

This Post Has Photos of Show-Jumping Rabbits

posted by Jason Boyett

I tend to browse for things that I can fit into the category of “awesome,” because those are fun things to show my kids. But not every kid is interested in awesome. Some kids, depending on age and/or gender, are […]

At Least You’re Not on Fire

posted by Jason Boyett

Around a year ago, at the dinner table, one of us was complaining about something. I forget what it was and who it was. Maybe it was me. Maybe I was frustrated with a project or a work situation. Regardless, […]

Rare Photos of Famous Fathers

posted by Jason Boyett

The photography site Crack Two is a rich source of galleries, whether showcasing cool logo design or Depression-era color photos. Last week Kottke pointed to a 2010 gallery containing rare photos of famous people. A few of them are not […]

Jed Mildon and the First BMX Triple Backflip

posted by Jason Boyett

I am showing this to my kids with the caveat that I’d better never come home and see one of these ramps built in our backyard, regardless of what they may have learned by watching Phineas & Ferb. It’s a […]

You Are Not Your Job

posted by Jason Boyett

My sister, Micha Boyett-Hohorst, has spent the last couple years living in San Francisco with her husband and young son. She’s a stay-at-home mom. He works for a software company. Fresh on the heels of son #2 arriving, they are […]

Baby Parkour!

posted by Jason Boyett

The headline sort of frightens you a little, but then you see the photo below. And it is awesome. [HT: Stellar | original photo: Anil Dash]

What Astronauts See

posted by Jason Boyett

This is fascinating stuff for Google Earth nerds like me. It’s footage shot from orbit, with some of the highlights narrated by Dr. Justin Wilkinson, a scientist with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Watch this with your kids. I […]

For Father’s Day, You Get $106.49

posted by Jason Boyett

photo © 2006 Kris Arnold | more info (via: Wylio)Father’s Day is less than two weeks from today. If you are an average dad, according to the National Retail Federation, you can expect your family to spend $106.49 on your […]

You Can’t Check the Stats on Your Parenting

posted by Jason Boyett

At NPR, Dave Pell has a great piece (“I Don’t Care if You Read This Article“) about the temptation offered by life in the Internet age — a constant stream of data, stats, responses, likes, retweets, and page views. We […]

Serving Your Kid and the Cutting of Waffles

posted by Jason Boyett

When I was a kid, one of the things I loved most about going to my maternal grandparents’ house was that 1) Deenie (my grandmother) would always fix us waffles for breakfast, and 2) she would cut them up before […]

The Secret to My Son’s Affection

posted by Jason Boyett

A conversation, while riding bikes in a nearby affluent neighborhood for the purpose of looking at large houses… ———– “Whoa, Daddy, look at THAT one!” “Yep. It’s big.” “If we lived in that house I would hug you all the […]

Dads are the Original Hipsters (The Book)

posted by Jason Boyett

Word on the publishing street is that the tumblr blog Dads are the Original Hipsters is headed down the blog-turned-book road. This is welcome news because it’s a killer, well-executed idea. (Too use a couple of violent adjectives.) Your dad […]

“Call of Duty” vs. Call of Duty

posted by Jason Boyett

Interesting recent piece in the St. Petersburg Times by staff writer Joshua Gillin, about being a geek forced, by impending fatherhood, to “grow up.” Being a geek is all about obsession, Gillin writes. So he’s preparing for an obsession transformation, […]

Best. Teacher. Ever.

posted by Jason Boyett

A conversation last Thursday: ———— “Are you happy school’s about to be out?” “No.” “Really? You’re not ready for summer?” “Well, I’m kind of excited but I’m kind of not excited, too.” “Why?” “Because I’m going to miss Mrs. B.” […]

The LEGO Difference Engine

posted by Jason Boyett

This is what I make with LEGOs. Spaceships are my specialty. This is what Apple software engineer Andrew Carol makes with LEGOs: It’s a Babbage Difference Engine, a working model of a mid-19th century machine designed to “evaluate polynomials of […]

The First Post on a New Blog is Always Awkward

posted by Jason Boyett

This is my 701st blog post. That seems like a lot, but those posts have been spread out over three different blogs. The first one I started back in 2007 when it became clear that, as a guy who wrote […]

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