Thanksgiving And Turkey Fryers

Bayou Classic 9195 Turkey Fryer Kit With Thanksgiving here in America, turkey fryers are in seasonal vogue. I’m fascinated with those tipsy, flimsy contraptions, which combine a tall aluminum cauldron, gas-burner and basic metal stand.

The turkey fryer’s size, awkwardness, assembly, open flames, dangerous hot oil and primal nature tend to fascinate and lure men, while scaring off women.… Read the rest

Bedbugs And Head Lice Strike

Bed bug (Cimex lectularius)As a relatively new dad with two toddlers, outbreaks of bedbugs and head lice concern me more than ever before. The health risks, stealth outbreaks and creepy-crawly nature of bedbugs and head lice prompt paranoia and create real problems. These pests are also great at prompting intense discussion, empathy and stories among fellow dads!… Read the rest

The Diaper Conspiracy

With two toddlers, our family has invested several thousand dollars in diapers, and we’re not finished yet. A recent discussion with our pediatrician revealed some interesting insights about the diaper industry.

The diaper industry has become more sophisticated over the years.… Read the rest

When It Comes To Bullying, The Problem Is People, Not Technology

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By now, you’ve heard the news of the Rutgers freshman and violinist who committed suicide after his roommate secretly filmed him during a sexual encounter in his dorm room and posted it on the Web. It’s a tragedy, and it’s sparked a lot of debate about a “new dangerous era wrought by the Internet.” It’s easy to blame technology or point to it as an enabler, and so many have. But that’s lazy thinking and, unfortunately, a self-fulfilling prophecy in public discourse.… Read the rest