January 23, 2015

Raising Kids To Be Fans Of Perpetually Poor Sports Teams

A debate on Twitter — maybe not a DEBATE exactly, more of a series of tweets, some of which are amusing — regarding the raising of kids and whether or not it is a good idea to indoctrinate them into becoming fans of your favorite sports team, even if that team isn’t exactly known for winning it all. (Apologies if anyone is offended by the language of the Tweeter’s username. I’m not offended, but maybe someone else is. If so, sorry.)

My view? Don’t force the issue. If you’re a real fan of a team, your kid will probably pick up on that fandom as they grow up. Sometimes strange things happen; it’s easy to forget that our children are humans with minds of their own.

In my case it’s easy — I’m a Yankees fan and a Giants fan. Neither team breaks your heart the way the Mets and the Jets do. But if I lived somewhere other than New York, I would be more inclined to encourage my kids to consider our local franchises, even if I maintained my own life-long loyalties.

Here’s the tweet that spawned this post:

This reply amused me:

The thing is, if you live in Philly, and you’re an Eagles fan, there’s nothing wrong with passing that fandom onto your children. Maybe you shouldn’t encourage them to boo Santa Claus, though.

And for anyone out there who thinks being a Yankee fan is easy, one word — A-Rod. Is that even a word? I don’t know.

January 21, 2015

Patrick Stump’s Dad Big Deadhead

Fall Out Boy has a new album out, American Beauty/American Psycho. The “Beauty” part comes from the Grateful Dead album of the same name; the “Psycho” is for the Bret Easton Ellis novel.

American Beauty/American Psycho

(There are actually movies with the same title — “American Beauty” and “American Psycho“, the latter being actually based on the Easton Ellis novel, which I’ve read and don’t recommend because it’s very disturbing. Never saw the movie, which stars Christian Bale. “American Beauty” the movie has nothing to do with the Grateful Dead album as far as I know, and I personally found it to be a bit overrated. The Dead album is good. Now that you know my opinion of everything, let’s move on with the article, shall we?)

I read that Fall Out Boy sampled a Mötley Crüe song on their new record but after listening to every song on American Beauty/American Psycho I couldn’t find it. So I hit the Google. An Billboard article from December 2014 clued me in that a bit of “Too Fast For Love” is used on the title track. I’ll have to listen to it again. (Note: I like Fall Out Boy a lot. This isn’t their best album but I’m OK with that.)

Further down in the Billboard story is this little tidbit of info:

Despite the nod to the Dead, there is no “Box of Rain” cover, though it would score Stump some points with his family. “I was talking about that record with some friends the other day. My dad is a huge Deadhead,” he said.

I’m trying to imagine a Fall Out Boy cover of Box of Rain, and it’s not easy. I could see Patrick Stump singing/playing it acoustic, whereas if the whole band did it they’d need to do it more hardcore, in my humble opinion. Like most of what Fall Out Boy does, I’d give it a listen.

It’s funny to think of the lead singer’s dad being “a huge Deadhead”. It’s a small, personal detail that made me smile. One of the things I like about Fall Out Boy (other than their music) is that they come across as honest and fairly normal. I don’t know them, and of course it’s possible that they’re all weird dudes. But that’s not the impression I get when I read about them. It helps that I like their music.

via Fall Out Boy Talk New Album, Motley Crue & Grateful Dead | Billboard.

January 9, 2015

What To Do When It’s Stupid Cold Outside (Tips)

Came across this article of tips about what to do when it’s stupid cold outside. It appears to be warming up a little, but it’s still cold. Really cold. Did I mention that it was cold?

WINTER 1973 - 1974 MAMMOTH by NASA/Glenn Research Center

The image above is, thankfully, not from my window. It’s a NASA pic from the 70s. Looks cool, though, right? (Ouch. Bad pun. Sorry.)

One of the tips is to wear good socks, something that is near and dear to my heart. Or, more accurately, my feet.

Stay warm! Or as warm as you can. Cuz baby, it’s cold outside.

(That’s Ricardo Montalbán, by the way. He’s awesome. The lovely lady is Esther Williams; they’re singing Frank Loesser’s Academy Award-winning song Baby, It’s Cold Outside in the film Neptune’s Daughter. Who says this isn’t the DaddyTips age of extra information?)

Image: WINTER 1973 – 1974 MAMMOTH by NASA/Glenn Research Centervia via Archive.org

18 Ways to Stay Warm (and Safe) When It’s Ridiculously Cold | NBC New York.

January 7, 2015

Kindle Book Sale (DaddyDeals)

A lil’ post-holiday season DaddyDeal — big ol’ Kindle Book Sale.

$1.99 each. That’s not bad.

One of the titles is this:

Shame on You

That seems like the 50 Shades of Grey influence. Or maybe these filthy, filthy books were always out there, but now they are more heavily promoted.

But don’t worry. There’s also stuff for the kids!

Sneezy the Snowman

Bottom line: lots of Kindle books for $1.99 each. Now through January 25, 2015. Check Amazon’s website for details. Prices subject to change. Your mileage may vary. You probably shouldn’t buy that book with the handcuffs on the cover for your kids. But you knew that.

Amazon.com: Kindle Book Sale: Kindle Store.

January 6, 2015

The World is Doomed, Part 984

Once again, proof that the world is doomed. This is a “Hot Network Question” on StackExchange.com:

How do centaurs get enough to live?

I found it here. The answer is fairly simple: CENTAURS DON’T EXIST.

Except on this car commercial. WHICH ISN’T REAL.

To be fair, the current list toppers are Drawing an histogram from a bash command output (that’s a Unix-thing I think) and How would plants be affected by a 48 hour day? which in my opinion is an interesting question. Consider: what if we find a planet that has 48 hour days? Could the plants that we grow on Earth survive there?

But seriously folks. Centaurs? C’mon. Let’s step up our game for 2015.


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December 29, 2014

Cool Space Images of Saturn

In our ongoing effort to get more excited about space, here is a link to some cool space images of Saturn.

Captain Video And His Video Rangers

(This isn’t a picture of real space travel. It’s Captain Video and His Video Rangers. Old TV show.)

This quote from writer Jesus Diaz sums it up nicely:

I don’t know about you, but all these photos taken by a camera 746 million miles (1.2 billion kilometers) away from us blow me away.

Two-mile-high structures rising on Saturn’s rings. (via Sploid)

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December 21, 2014

Who Sang You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch? Thurl Ravenscroft

I was wondering who sang You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch. A quick bit o’ Googling and I had my answer — Thurl Ravenscroft.

Who, pray tell, was Thurl Ravenscroft? Well, he sang You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. But he also, according to Wikipedia, was the original voice of Tony The Tiger on the old Frosted Flakes ads, declaring the sugar cereal to be “grrrreat!”

Here’s video of a Frosted Flakes ad from the 1950’s. Listen and you can really hear that it’s the same guy who declared that Mr. Grinch was a mean one.

Ravenscroft (what a great name) also had a long association with Disney, with his voice-over work being used at Disneyland and Disney World — “The most well known of these attractions are The Haunted Mansion, The Country Bear Jamboree, The Mark Twain Riverboat, The Pirates of the Caribbean and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room”, according to Wikipedpia.

He was also Thing One in the animated version of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, the Goblins in the Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit (which we recently praised here), among numerous other credits. (Seriously, he did a lot.) Here’s my favorite, by which I mean the silliest sounding:
“Donny & Marie – Darth Vader/Narrator (Star Wars Segment)”

I’m not 100% certain but I think this is that bit.

Hey, work is work, right?

So if you, like me, were curious who sang You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinchnow you know!

Thurl Ravenscroft – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Let Me Call You Sweetheart (featuring Thurl Ravenscroft)

Barbershop Melodies, Volume 2 (featuring Thurl Ravenscroft)

Thurl Ravenscroft at Amazon.com