December 19, 2014

As far as Friday Freakouts go, this is it. It's like having a drought and a flood at the same time. Not coincidentally.

There is a whooping cough wave crashing on California right now. We're closing in on 10,000 cases in 2014, a 24% increase over last year. The cause is unvaccinated yuppy hippy children.

Whose parents read blogs and facebooks and stop vaccinating their children because they hear it causes autism. It does not. Just vaccinate your kids already, or they will get pertussis when it comes around.

But autism? What about autism, you say? AH, BUT AUTISM IS CAUSED BY CARS.

A new Harvard study links increased ASD diagnoses to exposure to particulate matter--airborne pollution--during pregnancy, especially the third trimester.

Which supports a study reported here almost four years ago to the very day--it's beginning to look a lot like Pollution-linked Autism Season!--that found increased likelihood of ASD among kids born to moms who lived near freeways. In California.

Maybe we can start calling it Cartism. Smogtism. LAtism.

California whooping cough epidemic worst in seven decades [cir.ca]
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Particulate Matter Air Pollution before, during, and after Pregnancy: A Nested Case-Control Analysis within the Nurses' Health Study II Cohort [nih.gov via dt freakout senior correspondent dt]

December 18, 2014

Some magic Eames moments from my recent immersion in the archives of esoteric survey:

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Here is Baby Valastro perched on the family's red CTM coffee table. The Valastros used their wedding money in 1954 to buy a houseful of Eames furniture, which they lived with for 50 years. JF Chen bought it all, and David Ostroff made a book documenting their modernist life.[pics here]

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And here's a snapshot from an Eames for Kids roundup which I assume is an actual Eames Kid? That does not compute. How old are Lucia's kids? Does this make the giant rooster mask a grandparent project. HAHA, NO, turns out the Eameses made whimsical animal masks for a 1951 LIFE Magazine photoshoot with Allan Grant. These must have been local urchins gathered from the streets and vacant lots of Pacific Palisades. Google is our friend.

Eames / Valastro [esotericsurvey]
Eames / For Kids [ibid]

December 16, 2014

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In 1955-7, Jerrold Lomax, working at Craig Ellwood's architecture firm, designed basically the greatest Southern California modernist beach house ever: the 2BR, 1,350-sq ft Hunt House in Malibu.

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Ellwood's firm also designed the amazing bunk beds seen above, in vintage photos from Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California.

Whoever grew up sleeping in those beds apparently survived, because the house didn't come up for sale until 2012, which is when the modern design gurus from Esoteric Survey visited, and found the bed was still there, with only the slightest of alterations: a safety rail made from a small piece of wire. Perhaps it was the strut from an old lawn chair, or a coat hanger.

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Here is a contemporary photo of the beds, with Trina Turk linens trying and failing to flatter the bloated mattresses of our day. We really do need to get back to simpler mattress times. If only for the children.

For the full Hunt House Experience: Ellwood - Hunt House | Inside [esotericsurvey]
Craig Ellwood / Trina Turk [esotericsurvey]

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From Cleveland Browns' Andrew Hawkins' statement to the media yesterday about his wearing a Tamir Rice & John Crawford t-shirt on Sunday, as reported by ESPN:

As you well know, and it's well documented, I have a 2-year-old little boy. The same 2-year-old little boy that everyone said was cute when I jokingly threw him out of the house earlier this year. That little boy is my entire world. And the No. 1 reason for me wearing the T-shirt was the thought of what happened to Tamir Rice happening to my little Austin scares the living hell out of me. And my heart was broken for the parents of Tamir and John Crawford knowing they had to live that nightmare of a reality.
This is exactly what I think about. No parent should ever have to fear this.

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins on wearing protest T-shirt: My heart was in the right place [espncleaveland via tpm]

December 15, 2014

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This rather awesome Windsor high chair is from Philadelphia c. 1790, and has a very old-looking green painted finish. It sold for $1,375 at Freeman's Pennsylvania Sale last month, so chances are you didn't buy it.

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I was going to say you could re-create the look by laying down some kind of Martha Stewart distress painting on an Ikea Gulliver high chair, but I only just now realized it's been discontinued. Craiglist, I guess.

Nov 12, 2014, Lot 213 Green-painted bow-back Windsor high chair, est. $1,500-2,500, sold $1,375 including premium [freemansauction]

December 13, 2014

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This just tears me up inside, no kid should have to fear this, and no parent should have to worry so much that they train their kid to not be killed at the hands of the police. [via @petitemaoiste]

December 12, 2014

It looked like a Clickhole story, as so much news does these days, and so I didn't need to click it. But John Hermann traced the link chain of "This Mom Eats A Roll Of Toilet Paper Every Day" backwards, from the New York Post, as it circled the globe, to--

You know, why break the chain? Republish this unfactcheckable paid nonsense from some British online backwater to seven blogs or social media sites, and in two weeks you will receive Paypals for up to £2,000!

I will say that I was surprised it has been presented as a vestigial pregnancy craving, though. Did not see that coming.

Holes Filled [theawl]

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Sometimes one cannot improve on the copy one is presented with, and so one just runs with it:

Few boys get to play with their model train set surrounded by exquisite hand-painted Chinese wallpaper, but that was the backdrop for William Herbert, 18th Earl of Pembroke - an upstairs room at Wilton House. Constructed three decades ago in a labour of love by the family butler, the railway is soon to be handed on to the next in line, the two-year-old Lord Herbert. See more in the January issue of The World of Interiors. Photography: Simon Upton.
Also, plywood. Also, "South West Bedroom".

World of Interiors FB [facebook]
Wilton House [wiltonhouse.co.uk]

December 11, 2014

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The grown-up sized Adventure Time Christmas sweater is sold out at Forbidden Planet; the Cartoon Network is only sending them to media people they want to suck up to, like the fine folks at Anorak Magazine.

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But there is still a kid-size version available. In ONE size, called ONE. Whether that size is blanket-like enough to swaddle a pair of twins, or so tiny your kindergartner ends up with a bare midriff is not important. Just buy it.

Adventure Time Christmas Jumper - RED - Child - Medium, Web Price £29.99 plus one million dollars international shipping, I have no idea, send it to Anorak and have them forward it on [forbiddenplanet via @anorakmagazine]

December 9, 2014

ganked pacman win from andy baio on medium

Oh man, Andy Baio just won video game parenting.

If you have a kid, why not run experiments on them? It's like running experiments on a little clone of yourself! And almost always probably legal.

It's disappointing how many people have children and miss this golden opportunity...My original plan was to raise him thinking he was living in a computer simulation, but sadly, my wife vetoed it. And any other potentially harmful, but funny, life-altering scenarios.

But I managed to sneak one in anyway.

My son Eliot was born in 2004 -- the year of Half-Life 2, Doom 3, and the launch of the Nintendo DS. By the time he was born, video games were a $26B industry.

I love games, and I genuinely wanted Eliot to love and appreciate them too. So, here was my experiment:

Start with the arcade classics and Atari 2600, from Asteroids to Zaxxon. After a year, move on to the 8-bit era with the NES and Sega classics. The next year, the SNES, Game Boy, and classic PC adventure games. Then the PlayStation and N64, Xbox and GBA, and so on until we're caught up with the modern era of gaming.

Would that child better appreciate modern independent games that don't have the budgets of AAA monstrosities like Destiny and Call of Duty? Would they appreciate the retro aesthetic, or just think it looks crappy?

This is so much greater than the Which Order Do I Show The Kid Star Wars? experiment.

Playing With My Son -- Andy Baio [medium]

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It feels like more of a Style section piece, or maybe a Home section feature about product lines and Stuff, but even though there are no prices or renovation costs, the NY Times has put this nice story about Kinder Modern's Lora Appleton in the Real Estate section.

What stands out for me, though, is not Adam Stegner's Pagholz molded ply chair, or the blue-stained McCobb dresser--it must have been in really bad shape, so why not??--it's that at Kinder Modern you can buy your kid's vintage with confidence, knowing that each piece has had its patina tested and professionally enhanced by Appleton's 5yo son Willem. #servicey.

At Lora Appleton's Place, the Living Is Rambunctious [nyt]
Previously:OG French School Desk at Kinder Modern

December 8, 2014

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When Sonoma County woodworker Jim Heimbach found out his son and daughter-in-law were expecting their first kid, and he himself had no commissions at the moment, he decided to make them a cradle. And he was inspired by his daughter-in-law's Norwegian heritage--and the movie The Legend of Roan Inish--to make a cradle shaped like a Viking longboat.

The cradle, designed and produced in Claro walnut, was not completed before the kid was, so it only saw a couple of months' use. Instead of what, three months? Come on, people, this is a cradle we're talking about! The most useless thoughtful piece of furniture in the entire kid furniture repertoire!

But that's OK, because they're having another kid, and the cradle's been saling around picking up awards at fairs and woodworking competitions and such, and Heimbach has refined it by adding rare earth magnets in the base to keep it from rocking too much. And now it's available to order for like $9000 and change. You'll want to watch the lead time.

And you're all done with babies you can light it on fire and send it out into the lake, Viking-style.

Lake County wood artist's Viking-inspired cradle wows [pressdemocrat via AJ of thingamababy, bring that sucker back!]
The Story of "An Enchanted Cradle" [workerinwood.com]

December 7, 2014

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Well, they've gone and done it. They've finally gone and done it.

After building an awesome diapers-in-the-mail business, then buying Diapers.com, and introducing subscriptions, and Amazon Mom [sic, obv], Amazon has finally unveiled its own brand of diapers and wipes.

Amazon Elements diapers are made by Irving Personal Care, the largest diaper manufacturer in Canada, which is owned by JD Irving, the largest privately held company in Canada, which makes them the Koch Brothers of Canada, minus the political controversies.

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All of which is beside the point, I guess. What matters is quality and cost, right? Quality, who knows, but cost, well, they're only available to Amazon Prime members. So that's $99. And if you subscribe, via Amazon Mom, for more than five months, Amazon Elements diapers cost about 19 cents each. Which is as much as Huggies at Costco, which cost the same as Kirkland diapers, which are made by Huggies' conglomerate Kimberly-Clark.

Otherwise, the retail prices are close to other diapers on Amazon. So we're right back where we were. Everyone's been pitching this as a direct attack on the big diaper brands, which, sure, Amazon is a formidable competitor.

But you can subscribe to Pampers for almost the same price. The direct competition here is to a big membership retailer like Costco. That's Prime. And Amazon just wants you to subscribe.

Personally, I am skeptical of the convenience of subscription purchasing, for diapers or whatever. I am also not thrilled with it business-wise, and don't really promote it, because Amazon gives DaddyTypes a small cut of purchases made through ads and affiliate links here, but not for subscriptions. Also, HELLO, at this point AMAZON MOM as a concept is just trolling me and every dad out there. I guess I am a Costco Dad and proud of it. Even though they don't pay DT anything.

Check out Amazon Elements diapers and wipes at Amazon, obv [amazon]
Compare and shop for all sorts of diapers on Amazon [amazon]
Amazon Unveils Its Own Line of Diapers, Confirming Partners' Biggest Fears [recode]

December 6, 2014

Apparently there's a breastfeeding in public dustup in the UK right now? Where Ukip, the local reactionary, nativist political party, objects to the present not being the past? Who would like to return England to the good old days when mums fed their babies opium on the factory floor, so they wouldn't disrupt the shift? I don't know why I'm typing in uptalk, I guess it's to try and sound like an incredulous Scot amazed that we're still saddled with this pack of hooligans?

Anyway, Women Against Ukip, made this convenient sign, suitable for posting in restaurants and pubs:

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[@jjohnstonmezzo via dt reader josh]

December 5, 2014

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Parents Magazine, July 1970, via alexandra lange for saturatedspace

As part of her tireless mission to lead our culture out of the Pink & Purple Is For Girls wilderness, Alexandra Lange has written an essay on the historical shifts in kids' color coding for Saturated Space, the color & design blog for the Architecture Association School of Architecture. It is titled, "Blue is for Blondes," which it apparently was at one point.

In other eras, Lange writes, kids were color coded by age, not gender. When industrially produced cotton and bleach and washing machines happened, white became the color of sanitary, hygienic nurseries.

She provides more context to the situation that's always baffled me: how and when bright primary McDonaldland colors took over in the 60s or 70s or 80s or whenever. That said, we could probably use some sharp thinking about the desaturated, greige Restoration Hardware hellscape we're teetering on the edge of right now, too, before we end up raising the next generation of extras for The Hunger Games.

Blue is for Blondes [saturatedspace.org, warning issuu alert]

December 4, 2014

The CDC recently released a recommendation that circumcision leads to lower HIV infection rates in men.

Noted man and intactivist Andrew Sullivan is not having it--the rationale, that is, not circumcision, though I assume he is also not having that--and he finds several nontrivial concerns with the basis for the CDC's announcement.

Though it regularly pains me to agree with him, usually for strident stylistic reasons, I find Sullivan's arguments here persuasive, or at least worth considering. If I were charged with deciding fate of some other man's foreskin, Sullivan's critique would diminish the potency of the government's recommendation for me.

Wherever you stand on the issue, though, the official Daddy Types position on whether to circumcise your kid remains the same: ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT IT FIRST, THEN MAYBE WAIT AND LET THE KID DECIDE.

The CDC vs Penises [andrewsullivan]

Here is a YouTube video of some American folks in Capetown, South Africa, and the dad who guts a dead shark on the beach to release three pups, who then get put into the water.

The video is sped up, the audio is not. And there is karmically soothing music laid over the whole thing. This YouTube user uploaded the video two days ago, but they are not the source. Their channel is filled with inspiringly viral videos on many subjects, only some of which are shark-, whale- or sea-related. In looking for the original video, I see that there are now dozens of copies of this video, from all manner of bandwagoning accounts.

And there are other videos of pregnant sharks being sliced open on beaches and boat decks. Here is a video from 2011 of some folks fishing in Florida, who brought in a shark, and then delivered the pups back to the sea:

Oh here is a video from two weeks ago, where instead of "GOOD SAMARITANS," we have "Idiots" who kill the pregnant shark, cut off its fin, and leave dozens of babies to flop around in the sand. That guy also liked the shark c-section video above. Maybe they know each other from some Pregnant Animal Planet Channel convention somewhere. The world is an amazing and confounding place in every possible regard.

DEAD SHARK GIVES BIRTH TO 3 BABY SHARKS WITH HELP OF GOOD SAMARITAN ON THE BEACH [youtube]

December 3, 2014

The National Health Service has issued new guidelines recommending that births in low-risk pregnancies would be better handled by midwives than in hospitals. This recommendation applies for up to 45% of pregnancies in the UK.

The UK is a country where health care is provided to everyone in the country via a national health care service called the National Health Service. Though they do speak English there, they have different words for many things, funny-looking money, and a queen. And they drive on the wrong side of the road.

For all these and many other reasons, the concept of a national health care system and wider use of midwives for low-risk pregnancies are uncomfortably foreign and unsuitable for the United States, which prides itself on paying for epidurals, cesareans, and episiotomies, though a network of for-profit hospitals, medical technology firms, and insurance companies.

Yeah, capitalism!

Low-risk pregnant women urged to avoid hospital births [guardian]

December 2, 2014

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People in Brentwood know a thing or two about restraint and good taste. pic.twitter.com/fLlbddhMHU

— hydeordie (@hydeordie) December 3, 2014

I just--there are no words. No words. [via @hydeordie]

HAHAHA UPDATE THERE ARE WORDS: DT princelings correspondent jjdaddy-o suggests the Cayenne is probably just the daily driver for a Chinese college student. Which, support US vinyl wrap jobs, obv:

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Archinect is running a giveaway for Tiny Modernism, the architecture-themed onesie sublabel of Alex & Kaori Walter's Belly Sesame kids clothing collection.

To win, all you need to do is, by Dec. 8, "tell us which dream combination of any four architects (dead or alive) would adorn your t-shirt." Go ahead and enter if you want, if the winner isn't

Kazuyo&
Denise&
Eileen&
Charlotte,

the fix is obviously in.

I heartily approve of a Nakagin Tower t-shirt, though, for kids of all genders who want to live alone in deteriorating futuristic pods:

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Win a Tiny Modernism 'designer shirt' for your future architects [archinect via @langealexandra]
Tiny Modernism merch for tiny men [sic], $25 [tinymodernism]
Belly Sesame other graphically designed kidswear [bellysesame]

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As the entire plot of Smokey and the Bandit revolves around the Bandit picking up Sally Field, who is the runaway bride of Sheriff Buford T. Justice's son, and this Smokey and the Bandit go-kart has but one seat, I just don't understand what kind of interest it would have to the community of child Bandit historical re-enactors. Best to let the Burt Reynolds fanbois duke it out amongst themselves.

Property From The Life and Career of Burt Reynolds, Lot 324 of 676: SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT GO-KART, est. $600-800, current bid $2,500, auction ends Dec.11 [julienslive via dt kiddie car guru dt]

November 29, 2014

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I will confess, I've had this screencap of the Sunday Slacker Onesies on my desktop for months now--since May!--scavenged from my Twitter feed, unblogged about. I just literally could not even.

And I still can't. But then yesterday someone else tweeted about their giant onesie. Someone I never would have imagined would even.

So I clicked through. And there is a thing called "#SocialCurrency" that lets you "Pay with your followers!" Apparently I have been pimped out by someone I barely know for a grownup-sized infant pajama from Norway.

Well if this is how the Gerber Infant Clothing Company's trademark on the term Onesie is going to be destroyed, tossed into a Norwegian pit of Idiocratic slacker fire, with a trademark on the name OnePiece to arise from its ashes, that's fine, but I want no part of it.

LOLOLOL: "OnePiece® Jumpsuits - The Norwegian Original Onesie...The OnePiece name, jumpsuits and logo are registered trademarks and designs of OnePiece Jump In AS" [no link, are you kidding me?]

November 28, 2014

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"Deal is 58% Claimed". [amazon via kottke]

Friends don't let friends buy Amazon Black Friday deals. For themselves. But they might buy them for their friends' baby showers. Or for their brothers who just had a kid. Just sayin'.

Three Minutes Later Update: "Deal is 62% Claimed".

An Hour Later Update: The pace has slowed a bit, but "Deal is 75% Claimed". #knowfear

And Four Hours And 35 Minutes Later Update It is done. "Deal is 100% Claimed".

Morning After Update: OK, it's time for a reckoning. You who bought the iPotty for $9.99 yesterday, please show yourselves. Who are you? What was your thinking there? Will you fill the bowl with ice and use it as an iPad stand with built-in cooler? Think of the children; we need to know.

November 27, 2014

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The Jeff Koons retrospective has closed, the Whitney Museum has packed up and moved downtown. And so the balloon dog-covered leggings from Candy Kirby are on sale, for 40% off.

organic cotton leggings in balloon dog, $22.80 0-3mo to 4T [candykirbydesigns via dt hero @langealexandra]

November 26, 2014

Come to Laura June's Parent Rap post about giving a kid time alone for The Awl for the license it gives you to not spend every waking minute attached and focused on the kid. Stay for writing, and the emotional and developmental benefits the kid gets from having a little Me Time:

I know now from observing my daughter that she has acquired most of her basic skills while she is left alone, in the space of the early morning between waking and starting her day with me. I watched her struggle to roll over on the baby monitor. I watched her up on all fours, rocking back and forth ready to launch herself into a crawl. I have heard her mumbling to herself in her sleep: first, unintelligible sounds, then noises that are not words but that seem to be communications, but only with herself. She is figuring it out, and she is doing it, for a short period each morning, alone.
Though I swear when I opened this tab a couple of days ago, there was a baby monitor nightvision picture of a kid in a crib, and now it's a slug...

The Symbiote [theawl]

November 24, 2014

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Here is a picture of Nirvana backstage at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, where RuPaul tries to deal with a fussy Frances Bean.

And here is an interview after Nirvana won Best Alternative Video where Kurt Cobain doesn't let FB have a cookie.

When we were shopping for baby announcements, we went back to the venerable Upper East Side stationery place who'd made our wedding invitations. The lady pulled out a box of examples that included a very tasteful announcement for Frances Bean Cobain. I've always wondered if it was real, or just a carefully crafted marketing prop. I guess I could tweet Courtney about it. [thx dt reader dean]

November 22, 2014

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Last month Brendan McAleer found the Paris Auto Show full of awesome station wagons we will never get in the US of SUV. You'd think 10 would be enough.

But no. VW unveiled the 296-hp Golf R Wagon at the LA Auto Show, even though, supposedly, it will not be available in the US. Watch this space for the outraged tears of autobloggers.

Volkswagen Golf R is real [jalopnik]

November 21, 2014

The NYT has a thing about "What It Means To Be A Dad". It is essentially a pitch for the Dad Magazine tag on The Toast, disguised as a trend piece. That it does not mention Kindling Quarterly helps to mark the gestation period of dad self-awareness: a little under two years.

Generally, you really just do not start even conceiving of dadhood until you're in the business of conceiving. You just tune it all out. There were It Strollers and swaddling stories a year before you got someone pregnant, but you were happily oblivious to them. There were dads figuring shit out before you, too, but you don't relate. Your reference point is your own, your experience, and that includes your own childhood. Which includes, most likely and however it played out, your own experience and perception of your father.

Feeling like, being completely sure that, scarily, thrillingly aware that you are discovering and inventing parenthood as you go is an intrinsic part of the process. That's just how it is. If at some point you realize that we've all been reinventing this wheel of life since the beginning, great. But it's obviously not required.

What It Means To Be A Dad

Saw this today and was rather surprised. 90% seems pretty high; I would have thought the answer was 0%. The reality is probably somewhere in between. Do you take baths? Do you take more/any baths now that you give baths to a kid? Share your experience and thoughts about bathing in the comments!

What's that, the comments are disabled because of off-the-charts spam? That's alright, I really don't want to know more about your bathing habits anyway. Maybe you could just think about them on your own, perhaps while you're in the shower.

November 20, 2014

"Oh, you got a new kitchen sponge."

Said K2 with an offhand and chatty tone that sounded, not at all like a child, but like a work colleague, making banal and slightly awkward conversation with the recently promoted admin of the most boring office in the world.

November 15, 2014

Meaghan O'Connell's epic, unflinching, and hilarous account of her 30+hours of labor, the delivery saga, and the birth of her son Nameless is the longread of the week.

And if you think it's too long, just ask someone who's gone through labor for some sympathy. I'm sure they'll be glad to weigh in.

A Birth Story [longreads.com]

November 12, 2014

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There's no third row of seats, and you probably can't haul too much plywood in it, but this coachbuilt 1990 Mercedes 560 SEL station wagon looks excellent. A quality build with attention to the lines, price no object. Except that, I do object to that price: EUR42,000? Really?

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Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL KOMBI T-SHOOTING-BRAKE, EUR42,000 [?] [mobile.de via bringatrailer]

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Canadian auto writer Brendan McAleer recently visited Dulles for a Virginia backroad test drive of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

The Hellcat is, what, Dodge's AMG? Dodge's Msport? Dodge's Hemi? Oh wait. Anyway, the Charger is a 4-door sedan outfitted with a 6.2L Hemi producing 707hp, and all the performance and trimmings that fit within that badboy aura.

This includes, incredibly, two booster seats, upholstered in matched saddle-stitch leather.

Which is surely a publicist stunt, the junket equivalent of hardwood flooring in the concept car at the auto show. I believe they were inspired by this unfortunate setup: a mis-matched booster seat in a Ferrari FF.

Those are just standard Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 car seats fitted with custom leather slipcovers. The skirt around the bottom seems to cover the car seat's plastic foot. The slipcovers look very well-made. If anyone ever sees anything remotely like this in a real-world Hellcat, please let us know

Get a non-leather Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat for around $150 [amazon]
First Drive: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat [driving.ca via dt car guru dt]

November 8, 2014

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Psycho high chair, qu'est ce que c'est?

The well-known heirs Paul Mellon & Bunny Lambert Mellon are both gone now, and Mrs Mellon's vast tracts of land and the art and antiques that filled their houses are all being sold off, with proceeds going to a foundation named after her parents. All well and good.

But seriously, what is going on with this high chair, which is coming from the Mellons' 2,000-acre race farm in Upperville, Virginia? The Sotheby's description calls it "A Louis XV Provincial" and dates it from the 18th/19th century, which is several decades better than Louis XV himself managed to do.

The point is, though, this thing is incredibly tall. At 64 inches, it's easily two feet taller than a normal modern high chair. And it's too tall for a standard bar. And that last step into the actual chair is a real stretch. Unless you all eat standing up, I just don't get it.

Nov. 21-3, Lot 956 | A Louis XV provincial fruitwood child's chair 18th/19th century, est. 400-600 [sothebys]

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Oh man, other than maybe switching to Roman numerals, this is just about perfect. Carry on! [via twitter, @youhadonejob]

This article about a newspaper writer worrying whether he'll be as sexy as a movie star, a professional athlete, or a boy band member when he becomes a dad, reminds me of the joke about the guy who asks his doctor if he'll be able to play the piano after his operation: "Sure," the doctor says. "Great, because I couldn't play it before!"

Is this really progress, that the media's insecurity monetization machinery now targets men alongside women? You were apparently sexy enough to someone to have a kid, so maybe bank that and move on.

Are you a sexy dad? [theguardian.com]

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New Born Fame is a series of social media-enabled baby gear created by Laura Cornet for her graduation show at Eindhoven Design Academy. It went viral during Dutch Design Week.

Though kid-free herself, Cornet studied the steady stream of newborns popping up in her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook streams, and wondered what the kids themselves might have to say about it [Nothing! They're babies! Ha. Oh wait.]

So she figured out how to empower kids to upload their own photos and videos, by equipping crib toys with motion- and play-activated cameras that automatically post to social media platforms. A ball logs its GPS coordinates whenever it's squeezed, and a pair of booties post their motion logs [which go nowhere, right? Kid can't crawl?]

From Dezeen:

The tools aim to plainly demonstrate that an infant has no idea that it is providing information about itself to an audience, in the same way as when a parent does it for them.

"If you show it like this, people say: 'the baby doesn't know what he's doing, it is awful that it just puts everything online'. But when a mother does the same thing, it is suddenly accepted; while the baby has no say in that."

From before the kid was born, back when the only thing we thought we had to worry about was her Google results, we've kept our kids out of our public online spaces and social media networks. We're right at the cusp of where our older kid is thinking of venturing into the world herself. So alongside Cornet's study subject, kids "brought up by parents who grew up with Facebook," we turn out to have the rare kids brought up away from Facebook. i feel like a control group in Cornet's little experiment.

Laura Cornet | New Born Fame [lauracornet.nl]
Interactive Soft Toys Let Babies Post To Facebook [dezeen]

November 4, 2014

It's been a week. Has this been solved? Are all the bacteria-laden store label wipes cleared from the shelves and diaper bags of America?

Last week Nutek Disposables, a private label wipe manufacturer for stores from Walgreens and Sam's Club to Diapers.com, recalled basically all the wipes it's made because discolored, smelly, and generally nasty-sounding packages were reported that contained Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), which might pose a pneumonia or infection risk to certain folks.

This awesome sentence comes from the FDA's recall announcement:

After some additional lots were tested, as a precautionary measure, Nutek believed it was a prudent decision to withdraw all its baby wipe products.
Collect'em all!

Details of the affected retailers and at-risk populations are at FDA.gov.

For future reference, the Burkholderia cepacia complex of pathogens includes 18 different species of bacteria and is linked to both onion skin rot and lung failure in cystic fibrosis. It's named after Walter Burkholder, the Cornell phytopathologist who identified the bacteria in 1949.

Nutek Disposables, Inc. Issues Alert Due to Potential Bacteria in Baby Wipes [fda.gov via dt guru dt]

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October 31, 2014

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In the case of Ruth Baby Ginsburg vs. every other baby Halloween costume in existence, the Court rules unanimously in favor of the plaintiff. There is no dissent. [via dt neighbor sarah]

October 29, 2014

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In the great green room,
there was a telephone
and a Rolling Stone
snorting out of a spoon

As befits any Goodnight Moon parody about Keith Moon, this one turns NSFBedtime. And some of the rhymes do make one wonder if anyone at Rolling Stone has actually read Goodnight Moon. But it exists, and that's enough.

And it leaves a lot of good lines on the table [heh] for the future creators of Goodnight Keith Moon. So there's hope.

Goodnight Spoon | Keith Richards' Lost Kiddie Classic [rollingstone]

October 28, 2014

Launa Hall, a Pre-K teacher in Northern Virginia, writes in the Washington Post about lockdown drills. There will be a longterm psychological, emotional, and political price for these lockdowns, what Hall calls, with righteous outrage, "rehearsing our deaths," and it will be paid by our children.

Rehearsing for death: A pre-K teacher on the trouble with lockdown drills [washpost]

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Not everything was better in the old days. Take parody book marketing campaigns, for instance.

"The Tripe Council was originally known as The Tripe Industry Development Council and, briefly, the British Tripe Council." [tripemarketingboard.co.uk]

October 24, 2014

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A is for Activist is the alphabet boardbook "for the unflinching progressive with a child/children in your life." And by now, I assume he or she already has it. So now we'd like to open it up to the wishy-washier progressives, the progressive-curious, and occasional recyclers and Prius admirers of all stripes. A is for Activist will give your kid the foundation she needs to work for social justice and a sustainable, habitable planet, while you shop your way back from the edge of revolution.

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And now it's available in Spanish! A de Activista has just been released, and it looks like a libro fabuloso. Buy it directly from the independent publisher who took a chance on it; locate an indie bookstore who carries it; or be a complete and utter capitalist by ordering it from Amazon. For a tiny kickback we'll keep our mouths shut!

A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara [aisforactivist.com via bitch]
A de Activista, Un libro del alfabeto para los niños del 99% [adeactivista.com]
New Book "A de Activista" Teaches Activism Along With the Spanish ABCs [bitchmagazine]

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Interesting. Here is a 2000 BMW E39 540i Touring, which has undergone an M5 conversion. It has the M 6-speed manual transmission, M brakes, hella dropped springs, cambered rear wheels, wait wait, I think we got off track here.

Anyway, $18,000 or trade for an air-cooled 911. And it's already in Portland. Sounds like a perfect scenario for a new dad looking for a family hauler/tuning project.

2000 BMW Touring M5 Conversion - $18000 (Portland) [craigslist via the healthy debaters at bring a trailer]

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Evenflo has recalled over 202,000 Embrace 35 rear-facing infant carriers, which were manufactured between Dec. 2011 and May 2013. See the affected model numbers at Evenflo's site.

The carriers are still safe, crash-wise, but the buckles and harnesses become sticky and hard to open when covered with food and stuff, and that slowness can pose a safety hazard. So they're sending out replacement harness kits, which you install yourself.

Also, think about cleaning the car seat once in a while; it's disgusting. If you're in an accident, no one really cares if you're wearing fresh underwear, but investigators are going to see all the encrusted goo and crumbs and cheerios and crap all over and under the kid's car seat.

Evenflo Embrace 35 Harness Buckle Recall [safety.evenflo.com via cars.com]

Facebook has removed images of a couple of women giving birth and temporarily banned the group that posted them, the Postive Birth Movement. But not to worry, The Guardian is on the story, and has the pictures ready and waiting for your thoughtful consideration.

One shows a woman kneeling, and if you look real close, there's a nipple in there, so obviously THAT'S out.

The other shows a woman with extensive henna tattoos on her belly delivering her kid right into her own hands, underwater. It really is an impressive sight, also yeah, never gonna fly on FB.

It's too bad there is no internet left where people could post useful, informative stuff like this.

By removing photos of childbirth, Facebook is censoring powerful female images [theguardian]

October 23, 2014

October 22, 2014

The Norwegians-in-Brooklyn architecutre firm Snohetta are doing the new SFMOMA building. So when the museum leaned on them to donate work to a fundraising auction last year, they put up a dollhouse.

It is an insane, psychedelic wunderkammer of a dollhouse, overloaded with decoration and lasercut pattern like a Facebook acquihire billionaire's gingerbread Victorian, which is probably exactly who it was targeting. [The estimate for the house, one of two made, was $15-25,000. No word on the final take, but it was certainly the cheapest house sold in San Francisco since 2000.]

Anyway, in the Vine above, Snohetta partner Craig Dykers demonstrates how to open the dollhouse by just--wow, just a couple of fingers, and it splits wide open in some staggered, mysterious, asymmetrical and perhaps allusive way, delivering up the miniaturized wonder hidden inside.

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Here it is in its more sedate, closed state on the architects' website: 74 - Bloomberry Dollhouse. First created for a children's hospital charity auction. Those exposed joists and complex interior bring to mind the Serpentine Pavilion from 2007. There are additional interior shots, but me, I can't stop staring at that Vine.

Snohetta Dollhouse, 2012, est. $15,000 - 25,000 [sfmoma.org]
74 - Bloomberry Dollhouse [snohetta.com, thanks dt reader erik for the suggestive]

October 21, 2014

A new Marcel the Shell video has appeared, just in time to promote the release of Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp's new Marcel book, The Most Surprised I've Ever Been. This kind of marketing synergy works, though it would work better if they had a video every week instead of every 18 months. No pressure.

Also, this Marcel video turns it up a notch, language-wise: does anyone have a favorite kid-size explanation for what "BS" stands for?

Buy Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been at Amazon for around $12 [amazon]

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