Every time I write a parenting blog post…

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…I totally envision this happening. I go back 6 or 7 times to work the writing to ensure massive feedback kerfuffles don’t happen. Sometimes it works and other times I get called a smug asshole…

…unless my headline has something about being a Dad, and then nobody reads it ūüôā

Photo: AJ Montpetit

Video: Gennaro Contaldo: Spaghetti Carbonara


Yeah this is the day for a Carbonara

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My thoughts on the Popocalypse

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If you haven’t heard, the Pope is coming to Philadelphia¬†tomorrow.

People are excited.  People are annoyed.

It is¬†clear is that the city of Philadelphia wanted to ensure the Pope’s safety. ¬†This is admirable. ¬†But the end result is that major roads are closed. ¬†Bridges are closed. Business are closed.

The people who live in the city have fled.

There is a reason Philadelphia was selected for this visit. ¬†I don’t know what the exact reason is, but it is safe to assume it was because the city was evaluated in a positive light. ¬†The people who work and live in Philadelphia¬†define its character. ¬†They are the people leaving.

What is left is not a reflection of the city.  Yes the buildings and the restaurants are open (I think), but what makes Philadelphia not New York and not Washington DC Рthey are elsewhere this weekend.

This isn’t a slam on the Pope (as far as Popes go, he seems like an alright guy). ¬†This isn’t a slam on the thousands of Catholics converging on the city. ¬†This isn’t even a slam on the officials who planned it.

This whole thing played out the way it¬†should have (for logistical and security reasons), but it is a shame that the people who live in the area couldn’t actually appreciate what was happening.

PS: ¬†For as much crap¬†as the Washington Post wrote about Philadelphia, the “VIP-ready city” had to have a closed off section and¬†had traffic problems all day.

Photo: Republic of Korea, Flickr


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Vintage TV sent to space for music video


Director Joe Connor sent up two vintage Sony televisions via weather balloons for Kelvin Jones’ video for his song Call You Home.

Yup, that really is a TV in space, for real. I created this video by sending a vintage Sony TV into orbit on a weather balloon provided by Sent Into Space, surrounded by cameras so as to capture this spectacular footage hovering above the Big Blue Marble itself.

More precisely, it took two launches – both from Snowdonia in Wales, with two identical TVs, with each launch providing the opportunity to rig the GoPros in different positions.

Photo: NASA

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Recipe: Jamie Oliver: 100 Calorie Poppadom Snacks


I love poppadoms (and I haven’t seen them that big in the states). This is a low calorie simple recipe to do any time.

Photo: Chris Brown, Flickr

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Video: Anthony Bourdain: Kramer Knives

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Anthony Bourdain has a new web show covering hand crafted items. In this episode, he features hand made knives by Bob Kramer of Kramer Knives.

It is pretty incredible to see these this metal pounded into steel and then crafted into a pretty incredible knife.

Photo: Li Tsin Soon, Flickr

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Music: Ryan Adams: Bad Blood Cover


For those of you who are not Ryan Adams fans, you might not have heard that he is doing complete cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album (the entire album).

Kind of odd, but the 15 seconds clips he has been sharing have sounded pretty good.

He released his cover of Bad Blood late last week. Not a huge fan of this song (due to all the media coverage guessing who it is about), but I appreciate Adams’ attempt to strip it down and add some stank to the glossy production.


Picture: #PhillyFriday: Sunset on the Franklin


Came across this one on Reddit, not sure who the original photographer is.


Video: Hotel Okura


Japan’s Hotel Okura which has been heralded for its design and timeless features is about to undergo a massive redesign. Check out this documentary on some of the design feature that made the hotel a classic.

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