April 20, 2014

The Tweets That Ate The Bronx

Eventually I’ll run out of semi-clever titles for collections of tweets that I’ve recently found interesting. For now you’ll have to bear with me as I use stuff like The Tweets That Ate The Bronx. Which would be scary if it actually happened.


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Emergency “Twitter was down so I wrote my tweet on paper and photographed it and posted on flickr” : Satire on internet culture (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Here’s some stuff found on Twitter that we deemed worthy of being included in a DaddyTips Tweet Roundup. Yee-ha! (Get it? Round-up? Like rodeo? Yee-ha? Oh forget it.)

I have a lot more to say about this than I have time to right now, but here’s the simple version. There is nothing wrong with little kids using iPads or other technology. They also need to develop fine motor skills. So for someone to say “hey, they don’t need to know how to tie their shoes as long as they can play Flappy Bird” is pretty stupid. (Note: that is not a direct quote, I’m making a point.)

Orange is the New Black is back soon. Here’s the new trailer. I haven’t quite finished Season 1, but so far it’s one of the best TV shows I’ve ever seen. Not remotely kid-friendly, in case you were wondering. But very very good. Here’s the trailer for Season 2.

The good folks at Babble.com ask, “Could this text message program really prevent teen pregnancy?” Um… maybe? I think the best way to prevent teen pregnancy is sexual education programs. But maybe this way helps too.

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April 19, 2014

SpaceX Launches Rocket Into Orbit | TIME.com

Remember when we said we were going to start getting more excited about space travel? This is us doing that.

SpaceX Launches Rocket Into Orbit | TIME.com.

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April 17, 2014

Goalrilla Spring Trainer – Amazon Lightning Deal

Act fast or you’ll miss this great Amazon Lightning Deal on the Goalrilla Spring Trainer, a device that could help your child be a better baseball player.

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Jeff says: Buy this now!

Basically the Goalrilla Spring Trainer looks like a way for your kid to practice batting without a pitcher. Which is handy. (I misread this item as Gorilla Spring Trainer, which is funnier. Maybe it’s a gorilla that pitches to your kid. That too would be handy, although messier since you’d have to feed the gorilla and clean up it’s poop.)

The regular price is $286.13, as of this writing Amazon is selling it for $149.99. That’s over 50% off. (63% to be precise. And no, I did not do the math. Amazon did it for me. Thanks Jeff!)

If you want it, here it is, come and get it. It’s a Lightning Deal, and those actually do expire quickly.

Amazon.com: Goalrilla Spring Trainer: Sports & Outdoors.

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April 17, 2014

Chelsea Clinton Pregnant — Why Is This News?

Chelsea Clinton pregnant. This was just announced. Why is this news? I mean, I know why it’s news. But why is it really news?

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Here is NY1′s tweet about Chelsea’s announce:

Are the Clintons the new Kennedys? Definitely not, if only because there aren’t enough of them. There are/were a LOT of Kennedys, and Chelsea is an only child. I suppose she could be the start of a dynasty, but I have a feeling that that days of political dynasties are over.

I’ve always been fascinated by Chelsea Clinton. Bill Clinton was the first President I voted for, and I remember how Bill and Hillary tried very hard to keep her out of the spotlight. They succeeded for the most part, largely because she was so young, but also because this was before the explosion of social media made it more difficult for First Kids to have private lives. Then again, remember Amy Carter, daughter of President Jimmy Carter? She made headlines way back in 1977 for reading during a state dinner; Art Buchwald praised her, but she was the subject of much scorn… at the tender age of 9. I remember that one as well, albeit less vividly because I was younger.

My point is, it has to be weird to grow up in the White House. Sasha and Malia Obama seem to handle the role of First Daughters very well, perhaps in part because they are media savvy kids. Digital natives, if you will. And perhaps the White House press corps showed some restraint, although I can’t say that with total confidence. I can say that whenever I’ve seen the current Presidential daughters they appear to be happy, well-adjusted, and very normal. I’ll go out on a limb and attribute this to good parenting by the President and First Lady, as well as Michelle Obama’s mom, who moved into the White House to help out, which to me made a lot of sense. (Not sure if she’s still there.)

Back to Chelsea Clinton being pregnant. I guess it seems a little… sexist? Maybe? To make this a big news story?

You know what? I’m not sure why it bugs me. But it does. It isn’t the most egregious example of news that maybe shouldn’t be news.

Maybe it’s just that, as a parent, I have a general feeling of protectiveness when it comes to somebody’s child’s privacy. Not that Chelsea is a child. She is very much a public figure, and an adult. But I think that’s the root of my troubled mind here. Over-protective parent, even of someone else’s kid. Go figure.

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April 17, 2014

Acer Aspire Touchscreen Ultrabook Windows 8 (DaddyDeal)

Nice little DaddyDeal for you from TigerDirect on a laptop, the Acer Aspire Touchscreen Ultrabook running Windows 8.

Here’s the full specs and model number:

Acer Aspire V7-582P-6673 NX.MBRAA.001
Intel Core i5
8GB Memory
15.6 Touchscreen Ultrabook
Windows 8 64-bit

All deals are subject to terms and conditions of the site that is selling the product. We just post the links. Make sure to check the price before you buy. Caveat emptor. Let’s be careful out there.

Acer Aspire 15.6″ Touchscreen Ultrabook – Intel Core i5 8GB Memory 500GB HDD – $649.99 with Private Affiliate Coupon CHC124213 Through 4/26

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April 10, 2014

Rattlesnake Roundup is Real-Life Whacking Day

Some of you may recall the Whacking Day episode of The Simpsons, in which residents of the town of Springfield whack snakes with sticks. It’s a tradition. Turns out there is a real-life version of Whacking Day called Rattlesnake Roundup.

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Here’s a link to the script of The Simpsons’ episode at snpp.com. The TV Guide synopsis, also via that site: “The soulful sound of Barry White and a key discovery by Bart—who was expelled from school—help Lisa in her efforts to save Springfield’s snakes from the annual Whacking Day.”

It happens to be an awesome episode, in no small part due to the presence of Mr. Barry White. The fact that there is an actual event that is even remotely similar to what was on The Simpsons is awful. Wendy Townsend, writing for CNN.com, agrees.

Again, in case you missed it the first time:

Oh. So. Creepy.

Opinion: ‘Rattlesnake Roundup’ teaches cruelty is fun – CNN.com.

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April 6, 2014

Return Of The Son Of Tweets We Like Today

Here are more tweets that we like. At least today. By which we mean that we will probably still like these tweets tomorrow, but tomorrow there will be even MORE tweets.

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Actually, there are 500 million tweets tweeted every day, according to this source. That’s a lot of tweeting! Who has time to read all those tweets? How many times can I use a variation of the word tweet in one post? Tweet tweet tweety tweet?

Anyway, here are a few we read today that we liked: Read more »