The “For Boys” Problem

This is my daughter, Mattie (and the back of my other daughter, Eva).  The girls have taken on my love of comics, mostly due to the show Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  M is wearing her new Captain America hoodie which may be her new favorite possession.  Upon seeing it in the… Continue reading The “For Boys” Problem

How to Train Your Dragon Live!

The fam and I saw the How to Train Your Dragon Live show over the weekend, and we have pictures!  It’s a tough thing to photograph, but these are the best.  And of course, a few pictures of the cutest kids in the world are in there.

Thanksgiving Timeline

It’s time, once again, for what might be the best holiday of them all for grown-ups – Thanksgiving.  That goes double if you aren’t trusted to prepare food by your family.  You get awesome food, and it’s expected that you are going to eat a ton of it.  If you love football, there are some genuinely… Continue reading Thanksgiving Timeline

NaNoWriMo? Should I subject myself to this again?

Why am I considering this?  Shall I torment myself yet another year?  Yeah, actually, I think so.  Looking at the 10 Types of writer’s block I linked earlier, I think I might have a way past the ones that typically take me down.  I have ideas, and I think I can strangle my inner critic,… Continue reading NaNoWriMo? Should I subject myself to this again?

Friday Finds – Downy Canadian Dinosaurs and Colliding Galaxies

Hey everybody, hope you had a fun week.  Here’s the posts from this week: Movie Review: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D – Time did seem to stretch out before me in this, for sure. Old Game Tuesday – Civilization II – *snore* – Huh, what?  I wasn’t sleeping after staying… Continue reading Friday Finds – Downy Canadian Dinosaurs and Colliding Galaxies

Friday Finds – Robot Octopi and Arctic Airships

A light week this week, due to the holidays and not being home much. Raising a Reader – Getting boys to read. But that does leave plenty of room for links! Star Wars:  Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition, a fine gift for the SW geek in your family. A horribly incomplete list of… Continue reading Friday Finds – Robot Octopi and Arctic Airships

Raising a Reader

Michael Forbes, whom I follow on Twitter for hockey stuff, linked an article in the New York Times, “Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope?” by Robert Lipsyte.  The issues brought up in the essay are boiled down to this passage: If we’re to counter this tendency and encourage reading among boys who may collectively… Continue reading Raising a Reader

Growing Older (But Not Up)

Ways I know I still haven’t grown up: Video games are still fun. Most of my favorite movies are animated. Almost all of my t-shirts are either video game or sports team related. I cheer when watching a sporting event…even if I’m at home alone. LEGO stuff is awesome (this will never change). The best… Continue reading Growing Older (But Not Up)

Dads get the shaft

 Father’s Day is coming up (June 19th if you’re scoring at home), and even if you decry the commercial aspects of the various parental celebration days, you have to admit that we Dads kind of get shafted with this one.  First, thanks to it’s placement on the calendar, we will never escape the lame ad… Continue reading Dads get the shaft

Things our kids won’t believe

For sports: Baseball was played mostly during the day. The only way to track the stats of your favorite players was through the box scores in the newspaper. There were no Russians in the NHL. The Mets were good and the Red Sox were perpetual losers, often in heart-breaking fashion. For media: MTV showed music… Continue reading Things our kids won’t believe