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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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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 […]

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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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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]  

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 […]

OK Go Does the Muppet Show Theme Song

posted by Jason Boyett

OK Go + Muppets = Genius

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 […]

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 […]

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]

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 […]

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), […]

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 & […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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]

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]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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The Crazy Physics of Starling Flight
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Robot Riding a Bicycle
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