May 06 2013

I Wasn’t The Only One Who Made a Choice to Stay Home

A story from the Financial Times about a dad who made a choice to stay home with the kids while the wife works. See also: SAHD WAHD explained.

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Apr 24 2013

When Your Dead Dad Is Attacked By Commenters

I haven’t yet read this article by Julia Hobsbawm about her father, Eric Hobsbawm, described by the Financial Times as a “historian and champion of the left.” But a quick skim shows that some folks were not, shall we say, fans of Mr. Hobsbawm’s work. I wonder what it’s like when your dead dad is attacked by commenters online.

It can’t feel good, right?

To see what I mean, scroll down to the comments section. It would seem that Eric Hobsbawm was a supporter of Communism, and some people are still rather upset about this. Because, as we all know, writers are the ones who control governments, not politicians. (It reminds me of when Christopher Hitchens died and many criticized his support of the United States invasion of Iraq, as if he was the only person who had any responsibility in that matter.)

As I said, I have not yet read the Financial Times article so I don’t know if Hobsbawm believed that Communism works in theory, as the great Homer Simpson said. Although Homer has also been critical of Democracy:

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I guess what my point is that it’s possible that the situation is more nuanced than one might be led to believe. I know. It’s just The Hive, a massive pile of opinion, flotsam, jetsam, some valid, some not. I keep a copy of this xkcd cartoon handy whenever I forget that I shouldn’t take such things personally.

XKCD - Duty Calls

All that being said, I still wonder what it feels like to have people say nasty stuff about your dead dad on the Internet. I don’t know, and I imagine Julia Hobsbawm has a thick enough skin to deal with it. But it seems unnecessarily rude. The guy is DEAD.

As for the commenters, perhaps they have a point. Or perhaps they could take a tip from another Simpsons moment:

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Remembering Dad –

Feb 14 2013

Hi Dad, I Don’t Need Your Help, Just Saying Hi

Video from ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.’ Guy calls his dad and… well, just watch it.

Who wants to be a millionaire-awesome-very smart – YouTube.

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Nov 22 2012

Calvin Johnson’s Dad Told Him It Would Be OK

Watching some Thanksgiving football now. Phil Simms just told a little story about the Detroits Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Apparently Johnson had been getting frustrated by his stats so far this season. Calvin’s dad said it would be OK. (I’m paraphrasing from memory, so that’s not a quote.)

Anyway, it would appear dad was correct. Calvin Johnson just made an amazing touchdown catch and is already over 100 yards receiving in the first half of the game against the Houston Texans. UPDATE: Here’s video of the catch.

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The lesson? Listen to your father.

Happy turkey day!

Dec 15 2011

SAHD WAHD Explained


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Jul 29 2011

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May 31 2011

Ted Mann Discovers Ted Nugent is His Dad

Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent
Grown-up adoptees who find their birth parents stories are a dime a dozen these days, right? It’s much easier than it used to be to find that information if you want it. But let’s say you find out your dad is Ted Nugent. Would that be weird?

That’s what happened to New York restauranteur Ted Mann. Turns out Ted’s father is another Ted, the one who wrote “Cat Scratch Fever” and is really into hunting. Read more »