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“LOST” Baby Nursery [INTERVIEW]
7 years ago

“LOST” Baby Nursery [INTERVIEW]

Ohhh “LOST”, I can’t quit you. Apparently, neither can Monica and Joao from Portugal. This husband and wife collecting duo have some unique items and aren’t afraid to show it. Their blog, m-and-j-collection.blogspot.pt, features an amazing collection that they are both passionate about.

There are photos of everything you could possibly imagine. Some of my favorites include a Terminator 2 T-800 Endoskull, a 1996 bootleg of Nine Inch Nails – Soundquakes: Quake Soundtrack, an authentic special collector’s edition Top Gun U.S. Navy G-1 Jacket and a special edition Borat DVD with Mankini from Australia. If you want to see a room filled with most of their collection, there’s even a 3D overview.

Their home is literally a museum for everything they love… and they’re weeks away from bringing home their greatest love of all.

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Four Ways To Save Money on a Last-Minute Summer Family Outing
7 years ago

Four Ways To Save Money on a Last-Minute Summer Family Outing

Four Ways To Save Money on a Last-Minute Summer Family Outing

With the United States back on the upswing from the recession, you’re thinking that this year might be the one where you pull together a family trip in the waning moments of summer. I mean, hey, the economy’s in a minor upswing, right? There’s a lot of places you’ve missed going to during the economic hardship, and now that it’s slowly moving on, it’s time for your family to party, right?

Well don’t be stupid, stupid.

Don’t let the slightly-lower gas prices and general sense of impending back-to-schoolism get you all hot in the pants – we’re still tightening our belts and making the best of what we’ve got, just in case international politics go all ape on us again. I mean, dude, you’re the head-of-household. You’ve got to have a plan. And a gun.

This is why I humbly present to you four satisfactory replacements for a last-minute family outing. You want to take care of your kids, but you definitely want to pinch your pennies for the zombie apocalypse.

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LIVe Safe: An Emotional Story Of A Girl Gone Too Soon
7 years ago

LIVe Safe: An Emotional Story Of A Girl Gone Too Soon

It’s really difficult for me to write this. Not that I have a problem sharing this story but it’s physically impossible to see my screen through the tears.

It’s amazing to think that someone you’ve never met, now thousands of miles away, can impact your life in a way that can make you sob alone in front of a computer screen. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I have a daughter, but this is just one of those stories.

Twitter is kind of amazing. Yah, I’m one of those people. Not the fanatic every-second-of-the-day tweeps, but I can proudly admit that I have my moments. I do my best with the @8BitDads to connect with other parents on the Twitter. I enjoy sharing powerful stories that might not ever make it to major news outlets or go viral. I am thankful for anyone who can poke at my emotional bad-ass-man-fabric long enough until salty tears dissipate.

Today, I’m thankful for @dad_or_alive.

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Do Fathers Get a Medal at the London Olympics?
7 years ago

Do Fathers Get a Medal at the London Olympics?

Do Fathers Get a Medal in London?

The Olympics have been on for a week now (really, only a week!), and even with all the hub-bub over tape delays, people are glued to their televisions at all hours to see the world compete in everything from archery to wrestling (there was no sport starting with a z, boo hoo). It got us wondering, as we always do elsewhere, how the Olympics would honor dads.

After all, there have got to be a whole lot of Olympians that were coached by fathers, carpooled to their practices by fathers, or at least bought equipment by fathers…right? So, that should translate into viewership and consumers – meaning dads watching the Olympics with their little hopefuls, watching all of the ads, saying “son and/or daughter – tomorrow, we’ll buy one of those products in the commercial.”

Well, we watched, and watched, and then watched some more. At times, we were watching two events picture-in-picture on television, while streaming another on our phone and another on our computer (and another on our laptop)! We sucked up almost everything the Olympics put out there, except for the really long bathroom break we took during equestrian jumping.

We found: the Olympics have definitely been sold to mom this time around, but dad hasn’t been completely forgotten. Really, there’s been one big offender that’s forgotten dads, but we saw it coming and expected it. We’ll explain.

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Three Reasons Why Babies Make Great Activists
7 years ago

Three Reasons Why Babies Make Great Activists

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Two lawmakers, Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum, were recently banned from speaking in the Michigan House of Representatives after arguing against a piece of legislation that contained a bunch of essentially anti-woman program cuts and abortion restrictions. The legislation itself raised some concern in Michigan because it was being rushed through at the last legislative minute, but things really got kicked off when the news came out that these women had been silenced for speaking their minds. This spurred an event called, “Vaginas Take Back the Capitol!”

Since you don’t actually have to have a vagina to help vaginas take back the capitol, my son and I attended the event, and I discovered that babies make awesome activists.

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Viral Video Lightsaber Dad Brad Lewis Talks Star Wars & Fatherhood With 8BD
7 years ago

Viral Video Lightsaber Dad Brad Lewis Talks Star Wars & Fatherhood With 8BD

Brad Lewis Jedi Trainer Dad

You may have recently seen on – yawn – every other website, a video of a little girl having the cutest little lightsaber fight with her dad. It’s cute, it’s ultra cool a father is playing with Star Wars stuff with his daughter, and we love it. But we also noticed something…and when we noticed it, we nerdgasmed.

The dad in the video, Brad Lewis, is a Texas native, who grew up on a ranch and knew when he saw Star Wars that he wanted to be a part of that universe. Years later, he’s had a 15 year career in the video game industry, and currently works at BioWare, as a senior VFX artist. He and his wife Katie have one child – Samantha – the baby Jedi you’ve seen in the viral video.

That viral video and a Q&A are after the jump.

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8BD Advisory Panel: Things You Should Buy Before the Baby Arrives
7 years ago

8BD Advisory Panel: Things You Should Buy Before the Baby Arrives

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So you’re going to be a father. Congrats! You’re about to enter the most awesome and most terrifying stage of your life! Starting today, your life is going to get complicated; there’s so much to think about, so many things to buy, and so many things you’re going to need to baby-proof.

But enough of that baby talk. You need some gear – that is, non-baby gear – to make fatherhood easier. And while we can tell you about the coolest crib sheets, best baby monitors, or the bottles that won’t give your kid gas, we’d rather have a man-to-man about all the things you haven’t yet considered

Want to know about all the gear us 8BitDads use to transform themselves into superheroes? Then read on.

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Review: Bear Grylls Survival and Pocket Tools
7 years ago

Review: Bear Grylls Survival and Pocket Tools

Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Tools

As summer creeps in and people plan their family camping, hunting and fishing trips, a dad’s got to assemble a Batman-like utility belt. Recently, knife wizards Gerber sent me a couple of their Bear Grylls line tools to
play with – the Survival Tool and Pocket Tool. These two tools are great for the camper, fisherman and hunter – but also really handy for weekend warriors and suburbanite dads alike.

Oh, and before you’re left wondering – this is the Gerber Legendary Blades company…not that baby food subdivision of Nestlé. We know: you’re a dad, you hear “Gerber” and all you think of is mashed peas.

So – if you are indeed the outdoorsy type, boy do these Gerber tools fit the job. But a guy like me that gets out only once a year for a fishing trip and spends most of the year as an indoorsy, tech-inclined dad still can get a whole lot of usage out of them.

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