Film Review: Peterloo

It’s easy to underestimate the massive economic impact that the introduction of the mechanical power loom had on the working town of Manchester and adjacent communities in early 1800’s England. Hundreds of families that relied on bare, subsistence pay for long hours of toil were supplanted by these mechanical marvels, leaving factory owners delighted and workers severely underemployed. Throwing fuel on the growing unrest was the inspiration of the worker-lead French Revolution, only recently quelled…Read More

Into the Rockies with the 2019 Toyota C-HR XLE

While it’s really fun to drive expensive supercars and luxury sedans, I have a spot in my heart for entry level and budget vehicles too. Perhaps unusually for car writers, actually, as I feel like most just complain that lower cost vehicles don’t have all the fancy bells and whistles of a $50K alternative. Not everyone can afford those swanky vehicles, of course, and not everyone wants to have the responsibility of an expensive car…Read More

Dad Skills 101: How to Commiserate

It might mark me as old school, but I don’t think us guys are particularly good at commiserating when we hear someone who’s having a hard time. And if it’s one of our kids, we’ll go right into protective mode and leap head-first into trying to solve problems, even to the point of cutting them off to share our ideas. The book’s not as popular as it once was, but I actually found John Gray’s…Read More

The Good, And Not So Good, of the 2018 Mazda Mazda6 Signature

As a Mazda CX-5 owner, it’s always fun to get behind the wheel of a different model Mazda vehicle. A chance to see what’s the same and what’s changed. The car in question this time was the 2018 Mazda6 Signature, Mazda’s higher end sedan with a base MSRP of almost $35K. Introduced back in 2003 it replaced the 626 and Millenia sedans and has been slowly evolving ever since. It’s a peppy drive and there’s…Read More

Lots and Lots of Cool Cars at the 2019 Denver Auto Show

I get a chance to drive a lot of cars in a given year. On average, I’m in 15-20 vehicles in a given 12mo period and sometimes it’s quite a bit more than that, like when I attend the journalist-only Rocky Mountain Drive Experience. In 2017 I logged about a dozen cars at the event (“A Million Dollars Worth of Cars“) and in 2018 figured I drove at least as many cars in my two…Read More

A few great new Dad books in da house!

We get stuff. I mean, really, I get a lot of different things from companies, whether it’s gear to review on my YouTube channel, films to write about here on the Dad at the Movies corner of GoFatherhood, or books to check out. I’m an avid reader, finishing 50-75 books/year or thereabouts (follow me on Goodreads to see what I’m reading at any given moment) so getting books in the mail is a fantastic boon!…Read More

The Fantastic Christian Dior Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum

This month’s been one for visiting museums and seeing exhibits, which has been great fun. A couple of weeks ago it was the new Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and this time it was ensuring that we caught the Christian Dior exhibit at the Denver Art Museum before it ended. By the time you read this, you’ll have missed the boat on Dior as Sunday, Mar. 17 was…Read More

Tasting Riboli Wines: American Winery of the Year

The wine industry has gone through huge changes in the last twenty years as lots of tech billionaires have decided that having a vineyard is a nice hobby project. Consolidation has hit too, so there are some really big beverage conglomerates that own dozens of different labels. Even a single winery might now have multiple labels for their different target demographics or beverage price points. Agricultural science has offered a different energy too, as more…Read More

Jigsaw Puzzle-palooza with Pressman Toys!

My Mum used to do jigsaw puzzles and I can remember as a kid thinking it was odd, but being pulled into the challenge of visual identification every time I’d walk past and glance at the table. Whether it’s the 20-piece puzzles for infants that help build a sense of image identification, continuity and shape recognition or the hundreds – or thousands – of puzzle pieces that make up a full size puzzle, there’s a…Read More

So I Got New Computer Glasses from Pixel Eyewear…

I can’t deny it, I spend a lot of darn time staring at computer screens. Not only that, but it’s quite often my MacBook Pro screen set to full brightness to ensure I’m seeing correct colors when editing photographs or video footage. Accurate it may be, but I’m seeing colors and frequencies that don’t appear in nature and it’s no surprise that I get eye fatigue after a few hours or sometimes faster. Sure, I…Read More

Film Review: Captain Marvel

Even casual Marvel Cinematic Universe fans remember how the latest Avengers movie ended. Thanos snapped his fingers, something not so good happened and all looked quite dire. Until a 90’s era pager from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) connected with a mysterious hero called Captain Marvel who, we hope, can save the day. Zoom forward and we finally get to meet the mysterious Captain in the new film Captain Marvel. Opening with a bang, we…Read More

Film Review: Apollo 11

It was the height of the Cold War and every time the United States tried to pull ahead in space, the Russians got there first. Americans were afraid, and Sputnik was to blame. Sputnik, the first orbiting satellite, meant that the Russians could spy on America and there wasn’t a darn thing the USA could do about it. We raced to get an American in orbit but the USSR beat us there too when cosmonaut…Read More

Leonardo Da Vinci Visits The Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Of the billions of people who have lived in the last few thousand years, it’s not hard to make a case the Leonardo da Vinci was one of the smartest. Born of poor parents and self-educated, he managed to turn the Renaissance on its head with his endless stream of inventions, artwork, scientific research, sketches and smart philosophies. He is the very definition of a “Renaissance Man” with his extraordinary output and often astonishingly forward…Read More

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Ready for a Blizzard

Did you know that the very first pickup truck hit the market back in 1927? Yup, it was the “Model T Runabout with Pickup Body” and it cost a cool $278.00. From that very first year, the combination of a cab for driver and passengers, combined with a flat bed – or flatbed with sidewalls – has proven a useful and popular configuration. According to Statista, there were 3.7 million pickup trucks sold worldwide in…Read More

What To Expect When You Head to College Parent Weekend

I’ve had kids in college for a couple of years now and have visited them on a number of different campuses. Prior to that I attended three colleges (yup, three degrees) and have lectured at more than a dozen other colleges. Suffice to say, I’m reasonably familiar with the world of higher education, even if it’s been a while since I attended class. As a parent, the experience of attending college becomes an adventure balanced…Read More