September 2011 Archives

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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]

“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 …Read More

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.

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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. …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More