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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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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), […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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