April 24, 2015

Maybe someone can set up a playdate for the $80/week formula, make sure I can return your birthday gift for cash parents with this guy, who has turned his kid's butt into an ATM dispensing 100-yuan notes. [via kottke]

April 23, 2015


More news from England, that just happens to be America:

Lately I find that I leave things alone for a few days, see if they remain interesting. And then I decide whether to post them. It gives time for the reddit to fill up with tasty upvoted comments, and for the facebook outrage machine to complete its cycle.

And I'm glad I waited here, because the Daily Mirror already had to change their headline, which originally said a bossy mom was demanding expensive gifts, when the email was clearly signed by both parents.

But they still haven't changed the expensive gift part, even though the instructions are just for specific random junk from Walmart and Ikea.

Also, they're only "demanding" the stuff from family. Probably the grandparents. Which, there's a history we're not seeing in this email?

But. 1) Why does formula cost $80/week, are there other babies around? Because now the kid's one; switch to regular milk? 2) The no book except the Cheerios book thing is legitimately heartbreaking. 3) I really do not think that monogrammed items are "the number one thing leading to kidnappings." Is there data on that? I doubt it. Also, the kid is one. He's too small for the ballpit at Ikea. Which city street or mall are you letting him wander unattended in?

Anyway, the point is, people get whipped up about stuff when they write emails, when they're dealing with their parents and in-laws, and when they're planning the kid's first birthday party. [Which is a total parent party in the first place, as the kid literally has no idea.]

And people get whipped up online, and it's cheap and easy, but ultimately kind of pointless.

Most Demanding 1st Birthday Party Invite Ever [reddit]
Parents demand expensive gifts for child in bossy birthday party invitation


A woman and a pram were swallowed up by what's being called a 'sinkhole' on a London street today, but if you look at the Instagram pictures by eyewitness kskittenkat, you'll see it's actually a cellar door that had been covered with pavers and, what, like a sheet of plywood? Who laid that sidewalk? Just incredibly stupid.

Anyway, now that we know the victims are shaken, but alright, we need to know about the pram. And once again, social media exposes another tragic embarrassment: I still haven't created a daddytypes Instagram account.

Woman 'disappears' into a hole in the pavement in London [mashable]

April 20, 2015


It's 1970, you're 23, living in a studio in the suburbs of Geneva with your wife, your applications for larger apartments are thrown in the garbage because of a citywide housing crisis, and your kid's on the way. What do you do?


If you answered, "Oh, I just ask some utopian architects to build me a concrete shell bubble with a window and a skylight, which we'll hang off our window in the dead of night, and which will hang over the entrance to our building, and we'll just let the kid sleep in there," you're either delusional, Marcel Lachat, or both.


And yet here we are. Lachat's "La Bulle Pirate," aka the Pirate Bubble, was designed by concrete shell pioneers Pascal Haüsermann and Jean-Louis Chanéac, and was outfitted with the same ticky-tacky curtains and wicker bassinet you'd find in any Swiss nursery. There are shelves for toys and books, and a little closet nook with adorable sandals and outfits in it.

Julien Donada's short 2010 film includes an unusually comprehensive photo documentation of the making and installation of la Bulle Pirate. Which, a viewer only learns from a passing comment, was only up for five weeks.

When the media storm broke over his unauthorized addition, Lachat argued he wasn't the only one flouting housing and zoning regulations, just the most up front about it. Housing authorities quickly found his little family a larger apartment.

In the mid-2000s la Bulle Pirate when on public display, to remind the orderly Swiss that you can jump the line and get what you want by embarrassing bureaucrats and dangling your baby and a 600-lb cement blob over the heads of your neighbors.


April 18, 2015

I hadn't heard Jeff Cohen's 2012 radio interview with his daughters about the disastrous haircut the 5yo performed on the 3yo's head, but it's fantastic. I might even listen to it again right now. [3min later] YEP, still great!

And while I'm stoked that Cohen got a book deal out of it, and that Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! came out last year, and sounds like it captures the story so well, and even though Harper Collins Children's imprint has advertised on Daddy Types before, and I'm grateful, hoo boy.

The idea of reading a kid an endearing, engrossing story about a horrific haircut seems like an INCALCULABLY HUGE MISTAKE. How can it NOT be planting the seed for a haircut adventure? It might as well come packaged with two little sets of scissors!

Maybe keep this story for yourself, and back Cohen's podcast Kickstarter or something instead? Just thinking out loud here.

Two Little Girls Explain The Worst Haircut Ever [beta.prx.org]
buy Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER!, maybe not for the kids [amazon]


So far the Language Log folks at UPenn have not found an explanation for why the pregnant lady graphic on this Korean train priority seating plaque has wifi.

Though I wouldn't be surprised if Korean signmakers expect every fetus to be taking in utero cram courses to prep for their preschool exams.

Pre-Natal Wi-Fi [languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu]

April 17, 2015

So I've already ruined the first kid by showing her Star Wars way too early, and she freaked out at the spooky cantina scene, and has never come back. K2's more into it, though.

I believe in Rod Hilton's Machete Order for viewing Star Wars: IV, V, II, III, VI. But we just haven't ever gotten around to buying the prequels, and so the no one's seen past Empire Strikes Back yet.

Which I completely forgot when I, in an adrenalin rush, showed K2 the new Star Wars VII trailer.

Cut to Darth's mangled mask. "WAIT, HE DIES??"


WHOA MINDBLOWING GIRLS UPDATE: OK, DT reader Kelli just blew my mind and but the whole Machete Order thing into question by sending a link to Amy's discussion of girls and Star Wars and Episode I. Can having a female character do more than swoon, get pregnant and die overcome the embarrassing minstrel show that is Jar-Jar Binks and the shaved Ewok blight that is young Annikin? I believe it can. Amazing.

Star Wars and my girls [angrychicken via dt hero kelli]

April 15, 2015


The Food Non Food department of the Design Academy Eindhoven picked up and moved to Milan for Salone 2015, and their exhibition program about the cycle that keeps living things alive is called Eat Shit. I don't know if they pronounce DAE like "die," but if they do, their hashtag has already won Milano.


Darunee Terdtoontaveedej tweeted a photo of an awesome toy industrial pig farm/slaughterhouse [above], designer as yet unidentified. I'd worry that the piglets, the chainsaws, and some of the cuts of meat might pose a choke hazard, so no unsupervised play.

The best pic I've seen yet is from the run-up, where department chair Marije Vogelzang announced the show by screenprinting the logo, an impressionistic portrait of the poo emoji, on her kid's pants [top]. And during the exhibition you, too, can screenprint the logo on a garment of your choice, for just 5 euro. What can I say, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

Marije Vogelzang on Shit, Food Non Food and Why Food Is the Most Important Material In the World [thisismold via @annegalloway]

April 14, 2015


Moooi is launching a bunch of merch at the Milan thing this week, including this limited edition, rhinestone-covered rocking unicorn by Marcel Wanders. Called Arion--which, be sure you hit that ON in there, otherwise, kind of awkward--I assume they're made by chopping the legs off a very select group of people's grandmothers' dining tables.

It really is an embarrassing object about which Dezeen will only have good things to say, since they've just launched a year-long PR project with Moooi.

Moooi unveils 2015 furniture
and homeware collection

April 10, 2015


Brenda Ann Kenneally apparently took this photo in Miami in the early 1990s, which means this dad was either 20 years behind or ahead of the curve, and this kid is now in college, and just bumped the "Signed by Warhol at the bookstore" baby out of the top spot on the DT Where Are They Now? list.

See What Vintage Miami Was Like [time via @johnpowersus]

It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout, a roundup of headlines from the worlds of health, science, and parenting, bottled up and delivered all at once to ruin your weekend instead of your entire week:

  • A survey found 10% of the breast milk bought online was cut with cow's milk up to 10%. [nih via npr]

  • A survey also found that none of the breast milk bought online arrived frozen, and half arrived above refrigerated temperature (4C/39F). [same]

  • A survey also found that 75% of breast milk bought online was contaminated with bacteria. [npr, 2013]

  • A survey of the doctors who worked on the survey of buying breast milk online would probably find that they would recommend against buying from an unknown or unscreened source. [just guessin']

  • I will tell you what freaks ME out: a giant Sabra hummus recall because of listeria. We are definitely buying local for the time being. [check your sku atfda; via reuters/huffpo via someone on twitter, freaking me out]

  • Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison for "feticide" in Indiana. She had a miscarriage about 30 weeks into her pregnancy. [washpost]

April 8, 2015


Sadly, we've seen this before. After her show stopped production, Dora became a dirt punk, living on Avenue C with her monkeydog and backpack. Most of her residuals from reruns go for her habit, but at least she doesn't have to turn tricks for frat bros from Rutgers for cash. [via my twitter feed this morning]

Inside The Nick Jr Actors' Studio
That Guy From Blues Clues Totally Dodged A Baby Bullet
"I Hog The Ground" Video By Steve & Steven: Great Ideas From, For Noggin

April 7, 2015

When we look for videos on how to pull out a loose tooth, we find a six year old YouTube video about a guy who attached his kid's tooth to a model rocket.

And most of us think, WTF is wrong with people, just get over here and I'll pull it out. Some of us think, WTF, just let it fall out on its own. Here, eat some pudding.

And a very few guys'll think, how I can get 3 million views? And they will set up their slomo and GoPro cameras on a mini motorcycle and fabricate a whole narrative arc, and all but add a shoutout to the Tooth Fairy to subscribe to their kids' YouTube channel.

And some preacher livin' the Swagger Wagon dream will turn it into a family project, and after dinner they'll all head out to the driveway, where their teen driver needs seven tries to gently coax the tooth out of the kid's head with the Camry. Of course there's a royalty-free guitar solo soundtrack.

And then some dude'll be like, here hold the phonecam honey, and he'll jump in his hashtag Camaro and hop down the street 20 feet, and then start working the crowds in the comments like a busker at a street fair.

This is just where we are right now as a tooth-pull-viral-video-making civilization.

Tooth pulling via #camaro [rob venomous's youtube]
2009: How to pull out a tooth with a rocket... [bradley harris's youtube]
2011: mini motorcycle tooth pull [rubyandroan's youtube]
How to pull out a loose tooth with a car
[noel jesse heikkinen's youtube]

April 6, 2015

"Diesel named his new baby Pauline." is the last line of this story. [p6]

April 2, 2015


Jason Y. Evans saw these Wry Baby onesies at the NYU bookstore, and posted them on Facebook eight hours ago. Three hours, several hundred likes, some viral bumps, and a few dozen outraged phone calls later, they were pulled.

Jason Y. Evans's Photos [fb via someone, thanks!]


I have no idea, but am awaiting more information. The Future is now, though.

Update a few seconds later: It was from a "mini Comic-con" held at Kevin's kid's school.

March 31, 2015


This beautiful 1967 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon looks great, and sounds like it's in original condition. It has a 390 cu-in. V8. It has seat belts!


It does not have a rear-facing third row, but the seller says he'll load you up with a jump seat and some brackets and let you figure out what to do with them.

1967 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon - RARE - $8500 (Morris County - Best Offer) [newjersey.craigslist.org via dt wagon guru dt]

1953 photo by Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos via NYT

Magnum photographer Misha Erwitt has a very nice remembrance of his mother Lucienne Matthews, who was photographed by her husband Elliott Erwitt a few days after the birth of their daughter Ellen.

Erwitt's 1953 photo was included in Edward Steichen and Wayne Miller's landmark exhibition, "The Family of Man," which made Ellen's butt famous.

My mother and my father divorced seven years later -- after I; my brother, David; and sister Jennifer came along -- making her a single mother raising four children, ages 1 to 7, as well as a changing cast of animal refugees, averaging at around 6. We all lived in an apartment in Manhattan, then in the Bronx.

You wouldn't know it by this photo, but this woman was a pretty tough cookie. She survived being starved and orphaned by the Nazis in occupied Holland. Stories about her carrying messages for the Dutch underground in her schoolbooks, and having her toe smashed by a Nazi's rifle, were told and retold. She single-handedly raised the four of us while working full time at a variety of jobs ending with her longest, as a ticket agent for Pan Am. She endured two spinal fusions, lupus and chronic pain -- including my adolescence -- and she never flinched. Now that's a strong woman.

The Woman In The Family Of Man [lens.blogs.nytimes]

March 30, 2015


[mazeltov to the DHs, who also win tweet of the year, via @soulellis]

Update: Everyone's doing well, and the driver's expecting a girl in a couple of months, and the Uber manager's a new dad, babies are just all over this story. [nypost]

March 29, 2015


I'm glad it finally got built, and that it's being taken care of, and I'm a fan of Isamu Noguchi no matter what, but I've kind of lost interest in his Atlanta playground as a playground. It just doesn't look that engaging. Which is a bit tricky, perhaps, for keeping it nice, since its historic importance outweighs its playability.

Anyway, Herman Miller donated a few thousand bucks to repaint the thing, and then they got a cozy warm hug of a story about it from the always good Alexandra Lange.

The Great Playscapes | Isamu Noguchi's recently restored Atlanta Playscapes serves as a model for playgrounds of the future. [hermanmiller]

When Ross and Sarah Gray learned one of their twins was anencephalic and wouldn't survive, they decided to donate his organs and tissues to medical research. Their sons were born five years and six days ago; today is the anniversary of Thomas's death.

It turns out healthy newborn tissue and organ donations are extremely rare, and are thus invaluable to research.

[Gray's] mantra has become donate, donate, donate, and not just for transplant, but also for research. Even if nobody asks you - doctors are often uncomfortable when a child is dying - bring it up yourself, she says.
The Grays went to visit university labs where their son's corneas, retinas, liver, and cord blood went, and met the doctors and scientists who are still conducting research with Thomas's tissue five years later.

"The way I see it, our son got into Harvard, Duke, and Penn. He has a job," said Sarah Gray at the end of a weepy but amazing story. None of which is any pressure for Gray's other son, who is healthy and five, and is presumably working on his college admissions essays.

Thomas Gray lived six days, but his life has lasting impact [philly.com]

March 27, 2015


A kourotrophos is a type of Etruscan sculpture depicting a female figure carrying a child. Like on this amber pendant at the Getty Villa, where she's got her kid in a baby wrap. OG.


There are more pics at the Getty site, in case you want to recreate this look yourself.

Pendant: Female Holding a Child (Kourotrophos), c 600-550 BC [getty.edu via @queensclassics]

March 24, 2015


I'd kind of given up hope, but one of my favorite design/inspiration blogs an ambitious project collapsing is back in the swing again. It's great.

And one of Andrew's new finds: kids resort furniture by the French architect Georges Candilis. In the early 1970s Candilis and Anja Blomstedt designed Les Carrats, a modernist family vacation resort in the south Mediterranean beach town of Port-Leucate, just north of Perpignan. The supremely simple, functional furniture was made locally from lumber and L-shaped brackets.


There were tables, stools, benches, and chairs in a couple of sizes, but most of it had been tossed out in 2004. Perpignan design dealer Clement Cividino managed to track down just four surviving pieces, which he sold to the Pompidou last year. After securing a 20-year license on Candilis' furniture designs. So maybe these pieces will come back into production soon. Qui sait? Pas moi.

Georges Candilis & Anja Blomstedt furniture [anambitiousprojectcollapsing]
Leucate : le mobilier Candilis des Carrats entre au centre Pompidou [lindependant.fr]
Galerie Clement Cividino [clementcividino.com]


2yo Quincy got to meet his heroes Friday, the guys who collect garbage on his Cincinnati street on Fridays. And it was a little overwhelming, reported his dad. To the local news station, because I guess nothing more awesome than this has happened in Cincinnati for months. Keep on recycling, little man!

Toddler breaks down after meeting garbage collecting heroes [6abc.com via dt reader jp]

March 22, 2015



Nos. 2 -10 are doing the same thing, just with a different stuffed animal.

NHTSA has fined Graco $10 million for failing to report customer complaints to the government in the run-up to the Jan. 2014 recall of several million car seats.

The car seats had defective buckles that were extremely difficult-to-impossible to release.

Graco said it was NDB, just kids gettin' goo on the buckle is all. The federal safety agency disagreed, and declared the buckles to be a safety hazard, which the company had known about since 2009 but did jack about. Once the government found out, they demanded a huge recall, which Graco resisted, then caved on.

Having been on the car seat recall beat for over a decade now, I have to say, I'm amazed that the fine and settlement includes a statement from Graco acknowledging that "it did not provide the required notice to N.H.T.S.A." and that the company "fell short of N.H.T.S.A.'s expectations for data collection and reporting procedures." That kind of thing never used to happen.

What hasn't changed, though, is companies getting of fairly easy, even when it government penalties sound harsh. $7 million of Graco's penalty is actually a promise to launch a car seat safety awareness campaign. Which sounds like a boondoggle for a company in the car seat business.

Graco to pay $10 million for delay in recall of defective child seats [nyt]

March 21, 2015

Here is a real estate project that must happen.

First is the utterly amazing yet apocalyptic story in the NY Times about kids shopping for their families' seven- and eight-figure real estate. The headline, "When the 13-Year-Old Picks a $14 Million Condo", is not hyperbolic, but a real thing that an actual Upper West Side family did.

My friend Ron Lieber has an excellent book out, The Opposite Of Spoiled, about educating your kids to be wise about money by involving them in family financial decisions, and by giving them both responsibility and tools for earning, saving, and spending money. I don't think he had this kids-buying-beach-houses scenario in mind when he wrote it; perhaps his advice comes too late for some elements of our society.


Due to an extraordinary set of circumstances, an early, significant house designed by Frank Gehry is set to be auctioned in May. The Winton Guest House was originally commissioned in 1983 to sit alongside a Philip Johnson-designed house on Lake Minnetonka, MN. Its collection of sculptural forms clad in different materials is inspired by the still lifes of Giorgio Morandi, but also by a village, where each element grows up independently, but still coheres into a unified whole.


The house is around 2,400 square feet, has two bedrooms and two baths, a full basement, a sleeping loft/crow's nest above the kitchen, and its main feature: a 35-foot truncated pyramidal tower for a living room. The materials are limestone, lead-painted copper, steel, Finnish marine plywood, flagstone, and brick.


The Wintons sold their property in 2002, which the next guy subdivided, and since he couldn't tear down the Gehry, he donated it to the University of St. Thomas in 2009. They moved the house in ten parts over 60 miles to a conference center in BF Minnesota, and rebuilt and updated the mechanicals. It took ten months. The work was completed in 2011. The house has probably never been better.

And now the school has sold the land, and the house must be moved again. By August 2016. On the bright side, at least you know it's possible. I bet it's even easier the second time. The Chicago-based design auction house Wright 20 will sell the Winton House on May 19. Their estimate is $1-1.5 million. Plus shipping and handling.

BUT don't worry. The Mississippi River is only 65 miles away. Surely the house could be put onto trucks, then barges, and taken anywhere in the world. And thus the Winton Guest House is rebuilt, on a lot reasonably near a navigable waterway.


And then this climbing net goes in the living room tower. Probably with a rock climbing wall installed along at least two, if not all four, of the walls. Frank Gehry will certainly approve. And if he doesn't, I wish him a long, healthy, and productive life. He is 86. But come on, he'd have to be so psyched at the prospect. psyched.


This kids' climbing tower/studio is from Tower House (2014) by Andrew Maynard Architects in Victoria, Australia. The 2,300-sf renovation and expansion added various structures in various forms and materials to a standard row house, transforming it into an indoor-outdoor village. It is basically the Winton House minus the starchitecture.


And here's the kicker. Maynard told ArchDaily that the tower which catalyzed the entire project was based on drawings created during an early meeting by the client family's twin boys.

So basically, the kid is going to make me do this unless one of you beats us to it. So please, bid before it's too late.

When the 13-Year-Old Picks a $14 Million Condo [nyt]
Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House, 5/19/15 [wright20]
Tower House, Andrew Maynard Architects [archdaily via dt reader rolf]

March 20, 2015

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is here/back, a collection of freakout-inducing headlines from the worlds of science, politics and parenting, dumped all at once to ruin just your weekend.

Sometimes the headline doesn't need changing at all:

  • The longer babies breastfeed, the more they achieve in life - major study
    In Brazil, it turns out. Breastfeeding for a year raised IQ 4 points and income $140/mo. [guardian

  • Raising teenagers as protagonists in their own story, not yours, is pretty useful perspective for people who use their kids as brand extensions on their lifestyle blogs. [nyt mag, I know, mea culpa, but I'll have that conversation anytime you're ready]

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome may actually be a theory, not a thing. The Washington Post has published an extensive investigation into the science, medicine, and legal aspects of a diagnosis that basically exists for use in a courtroom. [wash post]

Previously, and because some might wonder how this photo of Uma Thurman became the Daddy Types patron saint of breastfeeding: Hollywood's Most Glamorous Nursing Pads


This week was tough on the Big Red Cars That Are Probably Trouble But Really I Wouldn't Mind front. First I spotted this great Range Rover Classic in Camel Trophy livery. Tobacco sponsorships and tearing up rain forests are both taboo now, of course, but I really wish this could be grandfathered in somehow. Maybe buy some carbon offsets, and take the Camel logo off the side facing the preschool pickup?


On a more subdued note, yesterday a diplomat pulled up right in front of me and flaunted her EPA/DOT immunity with her VW Sharan. Available everywhere but North America, the fine-looking, 7-seat Sharan is the metric system to the VWTF Routan's Imperial.

But no worries, an intrepid auto journalist must have asked about bringing back the Microbus, because VW said they're thinking about bringing a van to the US. Which is what they've been saying for 15 years, at least. Whatever.

Volkswagen mulls VW van, high-performance Golf for U.S. [autonews]

March 18, 2015


Andy Warhol was definitely in the famous for being famous phase of his career when he published his memoir, Popism: The Warhol Sixties in 1980. Popism was based on audio tapes Warhol recorded during the 60s and co-written with Pat Hackett who, of course, was also recording reports Andy made to her on the phone each morning to document the previous day's activities and expenses. After the artist's unexpected death in 1987, Hackett published these as The Warhol Diaries. And they are indispensably awesome.

Like Andy's account of traveling to Washington, DC for a Popism reading and book signing 35 years ago at Kramerbooks, which is a landmark now, but at the time was a mere hotspot:

Well, it was St. Paddy's day. Bob [Colacello, Interview magazine editor] ordered breakfast up. I didn't have a good sleep. We watched the Match Game and it was a fast round where the answer was "Andy Warhol" and one person was guessing "Peter Max" and then "Soup Can" and then "Pop Artist."

Our breakfast was cancelled at the White House. I guess the Carter administration doesn't want to see us anymore because I did the Ted Kennedy poster...

A girl came and took us to Kramerbooks, it's a bookshop coffee house, and so everybody was drinking. Bob loves the place because it's where he picked kids up when he was at Georgetown. People were shoving everything at me to sign and I signed it all--underwear, a knife. Oh, (laughs) and I signed a baby.

We had to get to the shuttle at 9:00 (tickets $153). Bought some newspapers and a Newsweek ($2). And Newsweek had a great review of Popism

So you see why I've called you all here. We must find this baby, and the overachieving DC parent who got it signed by Andy Warhol. At a drunken Dupont Circle book party on St Patrick's Day.

So we are looking for a 35-6yo person, born in the DC area, who may have Andy Warhol's signature tattooed across his or her forehead. Please step forward to claim your next fifteen minutes of fame. Stay tuned. [via @warhollives]

March 17, 2015

Ever since the state replaced the water it normally serves with Disneyland Measles™, concerned parents in California have begun taking "extreme steps" to keep their kids from getting sick. Extreme steps like not having playdates with unvaccinated kids. And keeping their too-small-to-vaccinate-yet kids out of large, germy, public places.

I'm going to assume this is extreme like Nacho Flavor Blast Goldfish, not extreme like ungrounded refusal to accept basic tenets of science and medicine, thereby putting entire communities at risk.

Parents take extreme steps to keep their kids from the unvaccinated [lat]

March 13, 2015

The note in the corner of this note Wes Anderson gave his personal assistant in 1999 is basically the fish crawling out of the ocean onto land of the hipster station wagon.

Though the E39 model 5-Series replaced the E34 in 1997, BMW only introduced the Touring version of the E39 in the 1999 model year. So the answer was yes, Wes. [thanks ben]

see also: BMW E39 M5 Touring Unicorn Conversion
BMWTF: The World's Fastest Wagon v3.0, The M5 Touring
Bulgogische Motoren Werke

March 11, 2015

I really don't have time for this right now! Just use a bench!

March 9, 2015


Dezeen has pics of a sweet new bedroom addition Melbourne-based architects Mihaly Slocombe made to a low-slung, rammed earth house they built eight years ago in a retired couple's vineyard. Called the Kid Pod, it's "for future grandchildren," which, no pressure.

The Kid Pod is separated from the main house by a glassed in walkway. Two sleeping areas are connected by a wide hall with a bathroom in between them. The whole space can feel like a contiguous loft, or the rooms can be closed off by heavy curtains. Everything is lined with pale plywood, which looks gorgeous.


Though if the perforated timber shutters seem familiar to you, too, it means we've been going to some of the same Chipotles.

Mihaly Slocombe extend vineyard home with timber nursery [dezeen]

There was a time when Sesame Street's classic animation sequences were hard to find, and when finding the details of their creation were even harder. In the early days, Daddy Types spent an inordinate amount of the kid's naptime researching this stuff, and making the info more widely available.

One of the by-products of this effort, and the broader increase in our cultural knowledge, is that we know to mourn the passing of Jeff Hale, whose animation studio Imagination, Inc. made so many of the OG Sesame Street animations of the early 1970s.

Hale was 92, and he will be missed. Fortunately, Imagination, Inc.'s wonderful creations like Pinball Number Count, Jazzy Spies, Capital I, 4-Armed Swami, and many more, will live on, at least in low-res glory, as a studio fire at Imagination, Inc. destroyed most of the original material long ago. [Actually, the compilation above is pretty clean. I'm watching now.]

Jeff Hale, Sesame Street and Thank You, Mask Man Animator, RIP [cartoonbrew via @langealexandra]

Recovered: Matt Jones' unofficial history of Pinball Number Count
What's the story with the four-armed swami counting to twenty?
Sesame Street Counting Swami Backgrounds photoset [flickr]

March 6, 2015


This card has nearly a million reblogs on tumblr by now, which makes it virtually impossible to trace. Oh well. Print your own, I guess.


Here is a vintage picture of Muppeteer Carroll Spinney with his Big Bird legs on as he performs Oscar. And now you wonder why you never see Oscar and Big Bird together. [via @gabrielroth]
Another Spinney leg shot at Muppet Wiki [wikia]

March 2, 2015

Smokey Sue Smokes For Two is designed to teach powerful lessons, including:

Don't buy a Smokey Sue Smokes For Two at this price are you nuts? [amazon]

February 24, 2015


Koppie Koppie is a new online store that wants to teach us all an Important Lesson About Privacy--by slapping photos of random kids they've scraped from flickr onto mugs you, a total stranger, can buy.

Their point is about how we unwittingly give control of our images, text, and video--our entire online lives--to companies and websites who can sell or exploit it however they want. I'm not sure that selling mugs with Creative Commons-licensed flickr photos is the cleanest way to make this point.

But as someone who long ago decided not to post pics or names or other info of his kid on the public web, and who has written before about this image/product circulation mayhem, which I dubbed "Scraper Capitalism," I heartily encourage awareness, informed discussion, and robust privacy tools.

And in the interest of preserving the privacy options of folks whose kids' mugs are on the mugs above, DT is obscuring their identities. Images on actual mugs will be unredacted.

Koppie Koppie [koppie-koppie.biz]
On Scraper Capitalism [greg.org]


In 2013 the Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo began creating exhibitions in Berlin using his own artworks, Galleri Feldt's mid-century Danish furniture, and Leonor Antunes' brass objects. Which means that since it's not on Feldt's 1st dibs page, this Nanna Ditzel high chair is probably only available as part of a mindblowingly priced art installation. Sure looks pretty, though.

Danh Vo at Galleri Feldt with Leonor Antunes, through Apr 2015 [contemporaryartdaily]

A couple of years ago Cabel Sasser wrote about Pixar's production babies, the kids born during the years-long creation of animated films, who get shoutouts in the credits. And he found evidence of what still stands as the earliest production baby, a birth announcement in the 1988 Intellivision video game Spiker! Super Pro Volleyball.

Steve Ettinger had worked on Spiker and put an easter egg announcing his daughter Jessica's birth in the game code. Cabel found the text, but the secret combo of button & joystick moves that located the egg were long lost.


Until now. Intellivision high priest Joe Zbiciak analyzed the video game's ROM and discovered the codes, and has restored baby Jessica's birth announcement in its full emulated glory. Apparently the contorted cheat codes were a little easier to execute on the original game controllers.

By her own account, Jessica is doing fine, and as she lives her life, she probably looks forward to expanding her Wikipedia presence. She is glad, though, to now know the exact time of her birth. #LLAP

Lost Easter Egg in Spiker [atariage.com, thanks steve]
Previously:">The First Production Baby

February 23, 2015

Paul Kalanithi is a Stanford neurosurgeon and a new dad with metastatic lung cancer.

And his most recent essay and interview for Stanford Medical School's magazine about his experience is the reason I am crying right now.

Before I Go [stanmed.stanford.edu]
Previously, when he was diagnosed: How Long Have I Got Left? [nyt]


I have some inexplicable apps on my phone, I'll admit. And if I haven't used the phone as a peacemaker in the backseat of the car for a couple of weeks, I'll might get an alert to remind me that my dragon misses me and is hungry.

And I don't even know WTF a makeup app is. But judging from the bonkers results of Unicornreality's makeovers of her newborn son, it is worth every entertaining penny.

Mom Tries Out A Makeup App On Her 7-Week-Old Son [boredpanda via dt reader rolf]
Unicornreality's imgur [imgur]

February 20, 2015


It sounds like a Robert Ludlum book posing as a Tennessee Williams play, but it is actually a mid-century nurseryful of Danish teak toys for sale in one fell swoop. If you don't mind a bear three-way and some giant monkey/hippo hookups, it could even be Bojesen's Ark.

With buyer's premium, the estimate could hit high retail, though, so Bojesen pickers and thrifters will probably want to steer clear.

Mar 1, 2015, Lot 79 | Kay Bojesen, Animals (11), est. $3-5,000 [lamodern]

February 18, 2015


A barrage of word salad on Chicago Craigslist heralds the arrival of a low-miles 1994 BMW 530i Touring in seemingly excellent condition. It is "rare" in the way that all station wagons are in the US. It has an automatic, not a 6-speed, but it does have the 218hp 3.0L V8 BMW introduced to the 5-series in 1992. "Rare" would be the 540i Touring, which was not offered in the States. "VERY RARE" would be an M5 Touring which, keep shopping.

Still, the greatest features are the miles: 34,000, and the price: $8,000. Add the cost of a thorough inspection and your daycare dropoff dream will come true.

1994 BMW 530 I TOURING V8 RARE MODEL LOW MILAGE 36 K ONLY NO RUST MINT - $8000 (NILES) [chicago.craigslist.org, via dt bmw shark dt]
Previously: USA! USA! USA! 1993 BMW E34 M5 Touring


The French artist Arman first received critical attention in the late 1950s for his Accumulations and Poubelle works, in which he stuffed plexiglass vitrines with as many identical objects or garbage as he could fit, respectively. Violins, mussel shells, hammers, that sort of thing. He then proceeded to beat this concept into the ground by repeating it until the day he died, in 2005.

This work, a dollhouse stuffed with dollhouse furniture titled Interior Architecture, is from right in the middle of his career, 1981.If we're feeling charitable, or if you need a little push to bid, we could call this period the apex of his career. Otherwise it is a dollhouse stuffed with dollhouse furniture for maybe $15,000.

05 Mar 2015 | Lot 115, Arman, INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE, Est. USD15,000 -- 20,000 [sothebys]

February 17, 2015


Meccano Home exists. It was conceived by a constellation of designers and engineers in France whose names appear on various websites in varying pairs, so who knows, Meccano Home has a thousand fathers. The brand is licensed from the toy manufacturer, though. So technically a separate operation.

Meccano Home feels pretty true to the toys. It is made of sheet steel, painted and rough-finished; if it doesn't feel totally like a truck bedliner, then it is still rougher than a powdercoat. Probably helps with fingerprints. Colors are mix and match. Except legs are sold in packs of four. Some retailers have already done the mixing for you, so you get what you get.

There is some hype about Meccano Home right now, but there was this time last year, too. It is because of the Maison & Objet trade fair. And possibly because the launch hype preceded the actual retail/distribution hype. I can't find any US distributor yet. The UK distributor, Holloways of Ludlow, from whom the photo above was ganked, only just got on Twitter.

Though everything looks appropriately childish, the only actual Kids items are a small chair and playtable/desk, and an easel. Of course, you should feel free to put a bunch of storage cubes and shelf units in the kid's room too. It is rather expensive, though I've also seen it for 40% less than this.

Meccano Home [Kids section is 404 at the moment, fyi] [meccanohome thanks dt reader whose email I lost]
Children's desk - 90 x 60 cm - Meccano Home £397 [madeindesign.co.uk]
Children's chair - Meccano Home £229 [madeindesign.co.uk]

February 14, 2015

This website was founded on the principle of countering treacly baby-related writing that calls babies baby, like in "wipe warmers are best for baby," or DD or DS, and so we have only ever called babies and children kids. Our own kid is the kid. This is not an accident, it is on purpose, and it has worked out pretty well so far.

UPDATE: And here is Maza's full report of the encounter, from WWD:

"No -- don't, don't, don't, don't," West snarled, indignant. "'Where did you guys leave the kid?'" The problem seemed to be the reference to his firstborn with something as ordinary as "the kid." "We don't call it the kid," Kardashian added helpfully. Once he was talked off a ledge, West backed down, if only a little. What did he think of Wang's show?

"I'm not going to answer any more questions. I'm just telling you, you don't ask about our damn kid," he said. OK!

We don't call it the kid.



Here is a Jaguar Lynx Eventer, an XJ-S converted from new by Lynx into a shooting brake. 67 were made. This is number 20. It's from 1984. Here is number 40, from 1988, which gives you a sense of their popularity at the time.


I think they're pretty gorgeous. The single rear glass on the Lynx looks better than the split glass on this purple XJ-S conversion DT ran in 2007. Now I wonder who did that one. [Ooh, maybe it's one of the French or Belgian counterfeit Lynxes.] Also the rear seat and rear storage space are surprising. I remember being shoehorned into the back of an XJ-S once as a kid, and this seems like an improvement.

The only thing rarer than Eventers is Eventer buyers, as they are traded pretty regularly; Google results turn up one or two for sale or auction every year. So maybe not an impulse purchase; shop around. On the other hand, a £35,000 - 40,000 estimate seems lower than recent examples, so maybe this is the one.

Feb. 21, Lot 309: 1984 Lynx Eventer XJS, est. £35,000 - 40,000 [silverstoneauctions via dt shooting brake sharpshooter dt]

February 10, 2015

The walking bike dad phonevideo genre has found its Goodfellas, and David Friedman is its Scorsese. He's using Hyperlapse, the timelapse video app from Instagram, at 1:1 speed as a Steadicam to follow his kid around the playground on his walking bike. This leaves the rest of us no excuse to stay hanging out on the bench.

Hyperlapse app as pocket steadicam - Test [vimeo]

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