A Gamer's Guide to Parenting

I’ve discovered the amazing slow motion option on my iPhone 5. So far I’ve recorded my daughter laughing in slow motion (so evil!!!) and sneezing. A bunch more videos are waiting to be edited. If you jump on the band wagon, email me the video. I might just start a new tumblr of slow motion childhood! 

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting has been digitizing their archives. In this clip, the Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor announces the assassination of JFK (link).
If you wonder why the musicians already had the funeral march music on their stands, this Atlantic article explains that the musicians were told in advance (link). No cell phones, no immediate access to news…

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting has been digitizing their archives. In this clip, the Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor announces the assassination of JFK (link).

If you wonder why the musicians already had the funeral march music on their stands, this Atlantic article explains that the musicians were told in advance (link). No cell phones, no immediate access to news…

Proust, an app for grown-ups (definitely not the kids…) 
Proust is an iOS app where you sort lists of fairly random things. Then you share with your friends. And giggle… immaturely. If you’re a fan of Cards Against Humanity, you’ll like this. It’s free. 

Proust, an app for grown-ups (definitely not the kids…) 

Proust is an iOS app where you sort lists of fairly random things. Then you share with your friends. And giggle… immaturely. If you’re a fan of Cards Against Humanity, you’ll like this. It’s free. 

Even Up Kids! (iOS, $0.99): A simple puzzle game with one basic rule — combine numbers that are the same. It also has a create mode, which always makes me happy.

Even Up Kids! (iOS, $0.99): A simple puzzle game with one basic rule — combine numbers that are the same. It also has a create mode, which always makes me happy.

In other news around the Internet…
Remember I mentioned the make your own Knuffle Bunny pattern (link)? I probably should’ve known better than to follow an online pattern. But it did lead me to these hilarious examples of other things people have tried to recreate after seeing it on Pinterest (link)
Sony optioned the rights to make a movie of Lean In. 
The saga between the Candy Swipe game, which predates Candy Crush Saga will give you some good reasons to delete Candy Crush Saga from your life  
Are you willing to wear a grown-up onesie like the Olympians?

In other news around the Internet…

  • Remember I mentioned the make your own Knuffle Bunny pattern (link)? I probably should’ve known better than to follow an online pattern. But it did lead me to these hilarious examples of other things people have tried to recreate after seeing it on Pinterest (link)
  • Sony optioned the rights to make a movie of Lean In
  • The saga between the Candy Swipe game, which predates Candy Crush Saga will give you some good reasons to delete Candy Crush Saga from your life  
  • Are you willing to wear a grown-up onesie like the Olympians?
I think this qualifies as surreal art… Photographer Dariusz Klimczak manipulates and populates landscapes with bizarre and beautiful things. (Link) 

I think this qualifies as surreal art… Photographer Dariusz Klimczak manipulates and populates landscapes with bizarre and beautiful things. (Link

Perhaps you already own the Downton Tabby book or you might have seen the 2012 Downton Tabby video. And now we have one more cat pun to add to the repertoire with another Downton Tabby video. 

I still love Sesame Street: Upside Downton Abbey, too. 

I love when the iPad becomes a tool for augmenting roleplaying. Dr. PetPlay (iOS, $2.99) is a tool for aspiring vets to check on all the animals. It’s best for kids who can read. The X-ray tool is an awesome touch. 
Other favorites where it’s a tool include Toca Tea Party (for tea parties) and Monster Meter (for checking that there are no monsters in the room). 

I love when the iPad becomes a tool for augmenting roleplaying. Dr. PetPlay (iOS, $2.99) is a tool for aspiring vets to check on all the animals. It’s best for kids who can read. The X-ray tool is an awesome touch. 

Other favorites where it’s a tool include Toca Tea Party (for tea parties) and Monster Meter (for checking that there are no monsters in the room). 

While Swell (iOS, Free) is not a game nor really something for kids, it’s a great app that streams talk radio (in relatively small chunks). Like Pandora, the more you use it, the smarter the recommendations. Good for commuting, too. 
Thanks to Swell, I found an awesome Radio Lab episode about the Amazon shipping warehouses (and other big shipping companies).  

While Swell (iOS, Free) is not a game nor really something for kids, it’s a great app that streams talk radio (in relatively small chunks). Like Pandora, the more you use it, the smarter the recommendations. Good for commuting, too. 

Thanks to Swell, I found an awesome Radio Lab episode about the Amazon shipping warehouses (and other big shipping companies).  

In other news around the Internet…
Sculptures that look like real people (link)
Is your house a Mo Willems Knuffle Bunny house? Make your own knuffle bunny (link)
Measure the speed of light with a hot dog and a microwave (link)
A treatise on how to make the perfect french fry (link)

In other news around the Internet…

  • Sculptures that look like real people (link)
  • Is your house a Mo Willems Knuffle Bunny house? Make your own knuffle bunny (link)
  • Measure the speed of light with a hot dog and a microwave (link)
  • A treatise on how to make the perfect french fry (link)
Play
Look and Find Elmo (iOS, $1.99): A hidden object game (or HOG for those in games) that’s super preschool-friendly. If you’re not quite up for Elmo, Little Things Forever is a great one to play together.
Little Galaxy (iOS, $1.99): A one-touch game where you leap from planet to planet. Waiting until the right moment to jump is the tough part. Challenging for kids or adults.
Four Little Corners (iOS, $2.99): A sweet eBook about Little Square and all his circular friends. 
Read
BuzzFeed further worms their way into my heart with an absurd quiz “What Arbitrary Thing Are You?” (link) 
The creepy side of mailing lists and how a family received an OfficeMax mailing addressed to the father’s name, followed by “Daughter Killed in Car Crash” (link) 
What would the iPhone have cost in 1991? Guess a number and then read this.
A super-weird human font with eyeballs and hair. (link)
Amazing bookstores from around the world (link and one pictured above)
Watch
Frontline has an upcoming documentary on teens and social media (Generation Like, Airing Feb 18) 
The amazingly epic Georgia lawyer’s local Super Bowl ad. He has a flaming hammer of justice. It’s as bad and as good as you could possibly hope. (link) 
A bizarre talking piano. The notes are played so quickly and in such an order that it sounds like words… sort of. (link)

Play

  • Look and Find Elmo (iOS, $1.99): A hidden object game (or HOG for those in games) that’s super preschool-friendly. If you’re not quite up for Elmo, Little Things Forever is a great one to play together.
  • Little Galaxy (iOS, $1.99): A one-touch game where you leap from planet to planet. Waiting until the right moment to jump is the tough part. Challenging for kids or adults.
  • Four Little Corners (iOS, $2.99): A sweet eBook about Little Square and all his circular friends. 

Read

  • BuzzFeed further worms their way into my heart with an absurd quiz “What Arbitrary Thing Are You?” (link
  • The creepy side of mailing lists and how a family received an OfficeMax mailing addressed to the father’s name, followed by “Daughter Killed in Car Crash” (link
  • What would the iPhone have cost in 1991? Guess a number and then read this.
  • A super-weird human font with eyeballs and hair. (link)
  • Amazing bookstores from around the world (link and one pictured above)

Watch

  • Frontline has an upcoming documentary on teens and social media (Generation Like, Airing Feb 18) 
  • The amazingly epic Georgia lawyer’s local Super Bowl ad. He has a flaming hammer of justice. It’s as bad and as good as you could possibly hope. (link
  • A bizarre talking piano. The notes are played so quickly and in such an order that it sounds like words… sort of. (link)
A reported delved into the anonymous, aggregated Google search data and found that “contemporary American parents are far more likely to want their boys smart and their girls skinny.” The entire article is fascinating, if not slightly uncomfortable, glimpse at parent hang-ups. (Link via NY Times) 

A reported delved into the anonymous, aggregated Google search data and found that “contemporary American parents are far more likely to want their boys smart and their girls skinny.” The entire article is fascinating, if not slightly uncomfortable, glimpse at parent hang-ups. (Link via NY Times

Always wonderful when someone makes a great mash-up, especially when it involves Taylor Swift. It’s 30 seconds and well worth the giggles. 

Behavioral economists rejoice. Now there’s an app that penalizes you monetarily for not exercising or eating your vegetables. Pact holds you to your promises by charging you money (up to $10) when you don’t meet your goals. It even syncs with your Fitbit or other wireless activity tracker. (iTunes) 

Behavioral economists rejoice. Now there’s an app that penalizes you monetarily for not exercising or eating your vegetables. Pact holds you to your promises by charging you money (up to $10) when you don’t meet your goals. It even syncs with your Fitbit or other wireless activity tracker. (iTunes

Createrria (iOS, free with in-app purchases) is a game creation tool without the programming. You can visually create all sorts of puzzle and scroller-type games and then share them with the community. It’s a great tool for making games together, though younger kids will definitely need help. (For kids who are likely to be easily frustrated, try making most of the game level before hand and then finish it together.)  

Createrria (iOS, free with in-app purchases) is a game creation tool without the programming. You can visually create all sorts of puzzle and scroller-type games and then share them with the community. It’s a great tool for making games together, though younger kids will definitely need help. (For kids who are likely to be easily frustrated, try making most of the game level before hand and then finish it together.)