Interviews, interviews: let’s talk!

On any given week it seems like I’m either launching an interview with someone interesting I bump into or receiving a query from a Web site asking if they can interview me. It’s fun and it’s a great way to build content for your site and get on the radar screen of some cool folk. And after all, who doesn’t like to be interviewed in a format where you can take your time and come…Read More

Review: fun, huge building blocks: Brik-a-Blok

A rather surprising email arrived in my inbox a few weeks ago from a PR company that represented a toy inventor in Québec, Brik-a-Blok Toys. Seems they have a sort of human-size Lego set and were interested if I’d like to have a look. Here’s a pic from their site: Looked pretty cool and my 6yo girl is always pushing things around to make forts and hideouts, so I answered their query “sure!” and dutifully…Read More

Honey, it’s our fetus on the phone again!

I am just so entertained by this phenomenally wacky hardware add-on to our handy Apple iPhones: the Ritmo Advanced Pregnancy Sound System, which, according to its makers, “was created to provide a convenient, comfortable and safe way for families to share the sensory and emotional experience of bonding through sound and music with their developing baby.” Marketing talk, for sure, but the basic concept is just hilarious: it’s a sort of two piece belt that…Read More

Fighting H1N1 with a cool soap dispenser

I’m not a big fan of vaccinations. I think that it’s one of the reasons that we’re seeing more and more extreme allergies and auto-immune deficiency illnesses, a path that only seems to have one direction for us to travel: to a world where people are more and more sickly, more reliant on the vaccinations and big pharma medications. Probably makes me sound a bit paranoid. Ah well, can’t be helped, I’m just being transparent….Read More

Teaching Internet Safety: I need resources

After becoming fairly alarmed at my 7th grade daughter’s requests for a Facebook account “because most of the kids in my class are already there”, I brought up the subject of Internet safety at the most recent parent evening. From what I could tell, most of the parents were completely clueless that their kids were using Facebook, let alone the other sites they’re doubtless visiting. My comment was “From what I can understand, about 1/3…Read More

Review: Panasonic ES 8249 electric razor

Yes, I’m serious. Panasonic sent me its high-end electric razor to try out after I complained about needing to learn how to shave again when I transitioned from a rather scraggly beard to a neatly trimmed goatee. As I’ve said earlier, it was a sort of strange thing to be a forty(cough)-year old man having to learn how to shave smoothly again after having a beard for over a decade, but ask I did, and…Read More

80% of children under two watch HOW much media per day?

I realize that we’re an outlier in the entire TV and media discussion because we don’t watch any TV at all. That’s right. When they’re deathly sick we might okay a video once in a blue moon, but I estimate that our three children, ages 2, 6, 9, watch less than twenty hours of TV/movies annually, and zero video or computer games. Usually when I tell people that they gasp and act uncomfortable, immediately trotting…Read More