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Fatherhood On the Go, Part 4: Bring Your Child to Work Day
7 years ago

Fatherhood On the Go, Part 4: Bring Your Child to Work Day

Editor’s Note: “Fatherhood On the Go” is the multi-part story of Remy Stevensen and his family. Please read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Also, consider donating to this cause (links removed, campaign over) to make Remy’s ride a success!

I just wasted so much water, standing in the shower, thinking, thinking, thinking. I am hole’d up in the hotel bathroom with a million thoughts running through my head. As if riding all day left alone with nothing but my own thoughts, demons and dreams was enough, they persist into the down time. I hear and see so many things on the road but all I really have are my thoughts.

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Fatherhood On the Go, Part 3: Love-Hate Relationship With the Road
7 years ago

Fatherhood On the Go, Part 3: Love-Hate Relationship With the Road

Editor’s Note: “Fatherhood On the Go” is the multi-part story of Remy Stevensen and his family. Please read Part 1 and Part 2. Also, consider donating to this cause (links removed, campaign over) to make Remy’s ride a success!

We needed the extra day off in Yuma. We were able to lose 20 lbs of gear and collect our thoughts. Beautiful pictures were taken with my wife’s grandmother and my beard was trimmed down to a very dapper French-looking goatee.

Arizona is one of the few states where bicyclist can ride on the Interstate, a fact we did not know until we were in Yuma. We have been able to capitalize on this in order to make this last leg of the trip less stressful on the children. Our ride out of Yuma flew by, and next thing we knew, we were underneath the overpass of our intended stop. Our “maybe” from the host turned into silence so we pushed out another six or seven miles to the first motel we found. It was rather dive-y but we got a cash discount. We dined on overpriced gas station oatmeal, cereal bars, Fritos, Powerade, sunflower seeds and bean dip and watched as much of the three-station cable TV we could. Needless to say we bounced as the sun was rising over the mountains and pedaled towards Gila Bend.

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Lysol “Healthy Families” Means Mom & Baby
7 years ago

Lysol “Healthy Families” Means Mom & Baby

168 – 3. If you were watching a sports game, this would be considered an upset. If those numbers were an election result, it’d become abundantly clear that no one liked the second candidate. But – whew, thank heaven – those are only the amount of mentions of mom versus dad on Lysol’s website.

That’s right – at our last count, 168 mentions between “mom” and “mother.” And only THREE for “dad.” None for “father.”

You’re obviously tired of 8BitDad muck-raking through websites and trying to squint hard enough to find a bias against fathers. But with a 168-3 ratio, it’s hard to say that Lysol is embracing fathers in the home.

Clearly, Lysol doesn’t like “the second candidate.”

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Star Wars Kids Alphabet: Interview With Artists, Brandon and Emma
7 years ago

Star Wars Kids Alphabet: Interview With Artists, Brandon and Emma

If you are searching for a unique way to teach younglings the ways of the alphabet, then look no further because we have a nerdtastic treat for you!

I admittedly only recently discovered these illustrations, much later than others in internet years, through a bilingual French site, Geek-Art.net; a wonderful blog managed by Thomas Olivri, where I notably fawned over the mutual adoration of Star Wars. In Thomas’ original post, he provided a link to the source of the alphabet illustrations which lead me to a cantina where I happened to meet up with the two bounty hunters artists.

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Fatherhood On The Go, Part 2: Taking Chaos Into Consideration
7 years ago

Fatherhood On The Go, Part 2: Taking Chaos Into Consideration

Editor’s Note: “Fatherhood On the Go” is the multi-part story of Remy Stevensen and his family. Please read Part 1, and consider donating to this cause (links removed, campaign over) to make Remy’s ride a success!

How does one begin to sum up and describe one of the biggest undertakings they’ve had? I was hoping to be able to write with beautiful prose, spinning tales of wonderfulness, but that just isn’t going to happen this time. We have ridden over 300 miles from Long Beach, California to Yuma, Arizona. We have faced California’s Santa Ana winds the whole week. We’ve dumped over 20 pounds of excess weight. The Chariot has had two flat tires and we’ve gotten lost twice.

This bicycle tour is the toughest thing I have done as a father.

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Kids’ Toys That Should Really Exist
7 years ago

Kids’ Toys That Should Really Exist

There was a story on io9 last week about all of the toy concepts that George Lucas originally rejected for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – things like an inflatable Emperor’s throne, a Death Star basketball, or a Jabba the Hutt beanbag chair. (It’s kind of crazy to realize that Lucasfilm actually rejects ANY marketing tie-in or merchandising concept.) And, while I mourn for the Dagobah-themed pencil sharpener that I’ll never get to own, it did get me thinking about all of the toys as a kid that I used to dream about, but that never actually existed.

As a kid, I could never understand why toy companies hadn’t thought to make me the toys I REALLY coveted, toys like (and these will date me) an uber-detailed Ghostbusters proton pack, full-sized M.A.S.K. Matt Trakker mask, a remote-controlled time-travelling Delorean, a Bionic Commando grappling hook arm, or a full action figure set of the cast of The Misfits of Science. (I am a very old man.) In my mind, those all seemed like concepts that could EASILY become the best-selling toys in the world, so I just couldn’t grasp why I never saw any of those toys on the shelf at my local Toys R Us.

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8BitDad Talks to Rob Kimmel, Lunch Post Dad
7 years ago

8BitDad Talks to Rob Kimmel, Lunch Post Dad

Parents always want a way to remind their kids that they love them when they go off to school everyday, and for graphic designer Rob Kimmel, the answer was on his desk: Post Its. Kimmel, an east coaster (Chicago, New York, Massachusetts – holla!), started putting Post Its in his son’s lunch box when he was in kindergarten. Originally, the Post Its quizzed his son, Ben, on things like numbers and spelling. But as time went on, Rob began a game that had Ben, now almost 9 years old, finishing full sentences and pictures.

We were lucky enough to get both Rob and Ben Kimmel to talk to us about the idea behind the art, as well as some of their musical interests, and one of our favorite topics, Star Wars.

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Real World Math: Close Enough
7 years ago

Real World Math: Close Enough

In ‘Real World Math’, Richard makes math fun and engaging to kids, while satisfying their innate desire to understand how things work. Richard figures that if he can make math fun for kids that it will also satisfy their curiosity and point their energy in a positive direction.

My dad used to say “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades”, however in the vast majority of everyday math that we use throughout our lives we rely on “close enough” a lot more often than we do getting the kind of very specific answer that’s demanded of us in math class.

In fact, using the “close enough” vs. “not close” evaluation will suffice in almost every math-related situation most people will encounter in life unless they’re an engineer or statistician.

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