May 2, 2015

Even More Tweets We Like

Because Twitter never sleeps, here are even more tweets we like.

Shaq vs Oprah on Twitter

(Note: the image above is old; it’s Shaq teasing Oprah about tweeting using all caps. I still find it amusing.)

Here’s a tip from the Library of Congress about book preservation. I think it will also make for better book presentation on the shelf.

I honestly don’t know what this next tweet is about, but it appears to be about books, so let’s go with that. Books are good. Reading is fundamental, after all.

From Daily Beast writer Kate Briquelet, we get this gem about Morrissey and Madison Square Garden. Apparently there will be no meat products served at his concert because the man is a vegan. Respect for this, we have. My question: what foods will they be able to sell? It’s like The Simpsons episode where they go to the all-you-can-eat fish restaurant, and Marge asks, “what about the bread? Does that have much fish in it?” The waiter says, “Yes.” Marge replies, “I think I have some TicTacs in my purse.” The waiter: “Excellent choice.” Here’s a pic. It’s from the episode titled “New Kid on the Block“. (Note: Kate wrote a story for The Daily Beast with my favorite headline of the week — Old Man Punches Bear. I also write for The Daily Beast. That’s full disclosure, people.)

And last but not least, De La Soul’s new album completed a successful Kickstarter campaign. (Note: we backed the album, because we like De La Soul.)

Be sure to follow Brett Singer on Twitter for all sorts of tweeting. Got a tweet you think we’d like? Let us know!



April 28, 2015

Tumblr And Disney

Tumblr and Disney are, I suppose, a natural pairing. Hardcore Disney fans are obsessive, and even non-hardcore fans are at least aware of Disney tropes. So the two coming together to create Interweb flotsam are as inevitable as chocolate and peanut butter.

Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform (I use it, it’s fun) that works particularly well with images. This post, from The Lion King, is about parenting and amused me.

Click below for a much larger collection of Disney/Tumblr musings, many of which use oddly profane language.

H/T to George Takei, the man from whom half of all Web content spreads these days.

31 Times Tumblr Had Serious Questions About Disney (via Buzzfeed)



April 26, 2015

Stop iTunes Song Pop-up

Starting with some version of Apple‘s iTunes software, the song title will pop-up over whatever you are doing. If you’re like me and can be distracted by, well, everything, this is annoying.

This is one of those features that was never necessary, or at least shouldn’t be turned on by default.

Luckily there is a simple way to turn it off. From Apple’s Support website:

Click iTunes -> preferences -> General -> Under “Notifications”, uncheck “when song changes”
What a relief!

Here’s some screenshots for ya:

BEFORE (GRRRR):

iTunes When Song Changes - checked

AFTER (YAYYYY!):

 

iTunes When Song Changes - unchecked

Thank you carpetfiber101 for the tip.

new song pop up window in iTunes | Apple Support Communities.



April 17, 2015

The Black Widow and Daredevil TV Show We Could Have Gotten

Ah, the 70s. Rich with history. Bell bottoms. Missed opportunities.

This is not one of them.

This photo is from Comic Book Resources (aka CBR), via The Mary Sue, both excellent websites for all things nerdy. Maybe I should say “all things formerly considered nerdy”, since when The Avengers movie makes $1.5 billion, it’s an Avengers world now, which kind of means there are a lot more nerds out there, and therefore how nerdy is it really to be into this stuff?

Answering my own question, caring at all about the fact that David Bowie’s ex-wife Angela Bowie (about whom The Rolling Stones’ song “Angie” may or may not be about, although that’s what most people think, including me until I just Googled it — trivia!) at one time “owned the TV rights to Daredevil and Black Widow”, according to CBR, is pretty nerdy.

This is a picture of the costumes. It is very 70s.

Daredevil and Black Widow That Never Happened

Considering how good the Netflix Daredevil series is, it’s probably for the best that this show never happened. Then again, there was 1988’s The Incredible Hulk Returns, which featured Hulk, Thor and Daredevil. That wasn’t particularly good (although of course I watched it), but it didn’t ruin the current incarnation. (Which really is quite good. You should check it out. Not with your kids, though, unless you have older kids. I’ll write more about it at some point.)

Perhaps it would have been interesting to see what Angela Bowie would have done with the role of Black Widow, since as a CBR commenter points out, “Bowie’s not really the problem in those DD/BW shots, though. That Daredevil costume is ridiculous.”

Indeed it is. But… the 70s. Even the entertainment that never happened was fun.

Comic Book Legends Revealed #440 – Page 3 of 3 – Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book ResourcesComics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources.

via The Mary Sue



April 13, 2015

Great Deals on Memory Cards and Flash Drives

DaddyDeal of the day – great deals on memory cards and flash drives from Amazon.com.

Amazon.com: Deal Of The Day: Crucial & Lexar Memory

 

Amazon.com: Deal Of The Day: Crucial & Lexar Memory.



April 6, 2015

Ah, Spring Break

Backpacking Dad understands Spring Break:

Ah. It’s funny cuz it’s true.


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March 29, 2015

Watching Great Movies With Your Kids

One of the pleasures of having kids is watching your favorite movies with them. Some are obvious — the original Star Wars trilogy, Superman, Terminator/Terminator II. Less obvious, but still a good choice, is Aliens. Matt Zoller Seitz sums up the experience of watching great movies with your kids nicely on RogerEbert.com:

as we watched, I realized again that while unfortunately you can’t see a great movie again for the first time, the next-best thing is to show it to people who’ve never seen it.

Star Wars aliens

Star Wars aliens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Note: the photo above has nothing to do with this article or the article on RogerEbert.com. I just thought it was a fun pic of characters from Star Wars.)

Well put. I’m not sure what the right age is to watch Aliens, since it’s a bit scarier than Star Wars and Superman. As always, we at DaddyTips advise using your own judgment when it comes to deciding when your children are ready to see certain movies. It’s definitely something that varies from kid to kid, and of course also from parent to parent. A lot of the movies I saw when I was as a kid I saw in theaters when I was younger than I might want my own kids to see said movie. The Jerk, for example. Or a number of R-rated films that I saw because it was a different time. Movies have changed, ratings have changed, kids have changed.

Sometimes it’s not even about the rating. For example, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is rated G. But without a background in the Trek characters, it’s impossible to appreciate the movie. And I personally feel it’s good parenting to make sure your children have seen Space Seed (the first appearance of the late, great Ricardo Montalbán as Khan Noonien Singh) before they see Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

To be honest, Aliens wasn’t even on my list of flicks I wanted to watch with my kids, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be. When they’re the right age, of course.

via Notes on watching “Aliens” for the first time again, with a bunch of kids | MZS | Roger Ebert.