Dadequate

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 a question or type a statement into a Googley kind of box. The bot then…

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 more interested in “cute.” Like baby sloth cute. Or teacup pig cute. In that vein,…

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, there was some serious personal annoyance being expressed, and it led to some dinnertime sniping,…

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 necessarily safe for work (NNSFW?) and some are fakes, but there are a handful of…

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 24-year-old New Zealander named Jed Mildon doing what, apparently, is the first BMX triple backflip…

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 moving to Austin now that my brother-in-law has taken another job…with another, bigger software company.…

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]

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 totally want to be an astronaut when I grow up. If only for the eye…

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 gift(s). From the Chicago Sun-Times: Shoppers are forecast to spend an average of $106.49 each…

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 measure our success by a complex system of metrics. Anyone doing work on the Internet…

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Jason Boyett

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.

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