Baby Stroller Plus Bike Equals Genius

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Feb 032012


This is just genius. 

The picture on the above shows a Taga Bike, a company from the Netherlands that’s spent the last 4 years coming up with this design for a stroller that converts into a reverse tricycle to allow the parent to ride behind the child.



It costs a whopping $1500-2000 (depending on options, accessories, etc), but hey, if you got the dough and your wife want a more activity-friendly stroller, this could be a winner.  I think my wife may like this one – although Nathan’s a little to young (and my wallet a little too thin) to get it just yet…


Portion Control

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Feb 022012


So in the spirit of the first New Year’s Resolution, I’d like to post this up.  I saw this on

Now, I’ve heard of the ipod=steak portion guide, and I think the butter=postage stamp as well.  But pancake=DVD?  And pasta=ice scream scoop?  Yeah, good luck on that one.  I don’t think any restaurant in this country follows those rules.  Still, this gives a good idea of what a single person’s portion should roughly be like.  Of course, if you’re 6’ 6” and 200 pounds of muscle, then this portion sizing would have to be adjusted.  But for most of us, I’d think this is a good place to start in trying to lose weight. 

I bring this up for another reason.  Obesity among kids is supposed to be a growing problem, and if we can teach our kids one thing about nutrition, portion control would be at the top of my list.  This gives some good visual cues that kids can easily identify that should help them when mom and dad aren’t around (except for the shot glass thing – I’d use a salt shaker or tablespoon or something).


Efficient Dad

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Jan 212012

OK, that’s a weird title for a post, isn’t it? 

Well, I got to thinking about this because of my previous post, the one where I bemoaned how I got nothing done as I had planned.

I also got to thinking about this because I just finished the latest round of reviews at work, and as a senior technical manager juggling a number of different projects at any given time, discussions turned to my triumphs and mistakes and how I can become more efficient at work.

So if I am always looking to become more efficient at work, why not bring that same mindset to being a Dad?

I mean, we have to juggle our day job, our household duties and chores, playing with the kids and thinking and planning for their future, and if you have any dreams or interests of your own, somehow figuring out a way to work it all in to the same 24 hours and 7 days a week that you used to have before you had kids or got married.

To this end, I will start to bring up articles, other sites, and just tips and tricks that I am learning as I get deeper into this daddyhood business.

So to start off, let me start off by introducing a site that I’ve grown to really enjoy over the last few weeks.  It’s called, after Edison’s maxim that any genius is 99% perspiration.  It’s a site with articles on how to get things done, and make your ideas happen.  Anyway, I came across a cool article on their site on how doing is less is sometimes the best way to do more.  A paradoxical concept that’s also very cool and zen at the same time.  I’ll be coming back to this concept again, but it has a lot to do with the ability to focus and relax, and knowing how to regulate this with the proper rhythm so that when you are focused on doing this, you are truly on it, in the moment.  And when you’re relaxed, you are truly able to let go.  I am starting to realize that this kind of philosophy is important and applicable for work (where a lot of the articles focus on) but also child rearing.


Best Toys for Kids

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Jan 202012


Wooden Toys by Garry Knight (Flickr, Creative Commons)

Almost a year ago, I saw this on Wired, and I finally found it.  Kinda poignant considering my last post about toys for Nathan.

Here’s Wired Magazine’s Jonathan Liu’s list of the 5 greatest toys of all time.

  1. Stick
  2. Box
  3. String
  4. Cardboard tube
  5. Dirt

The honor of the 6th best toy of all time is more debatable, and Jonathan offers some helpful suggestions (along with his readers and commenters).

Just too funny not to share.


L.A. Dad: Archery For The Whole Family

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Jan 192012


A treat for us Dads in the Los Angeles area.  About a year after I moved to Southern California, I discovered a club in the city I lived in, Pasadena, for archery.  It was the Pasadena Roving Archers and I attended their practices for a few weeks before another hobby I was pursuing (my kung fu training) had a schedule conflict and I gave it up.  Now that I live in LA proper (and work in the Valley), and I have a little boy, I am looking to take archery up again.  Probably start myself, but then when Nathan is old enough, bring him out and play Robin Hood with him together.

I’ve discovered a club out in Culver City at the Rancho Park archery range.  Relatively close to where I live, so I’ll try them out and post a review.  I also found a club in the Valley close to where I work.  It’s the Woodley Park Archers and they are at Woodley Park off the 101.  They’re actually close enough to work that I could probably shoot off a few shots after office hours before going home.  I’ll try them out and post a review in the future as well.

So, you’re thinking, why archery?

I do martial arts, have been for almost twenty years, and I’ve learned to handle a lot of ancient weapons.  But I will admit that bow and arrow is the one weapon type that I never became proficient in so I’m interested from that perspective in rounding out my repertoire. 

But there is another reason.  One of the reasons that kyudo, the Japanese art of archery, is considered a gentleman’s martial art, is that it takes a great deal of discipline, control, and steadiness to get good at it.  Archery is one of the few martial arts where you can’t “muscle you way” and all the energy and ferocity in the world will do you no good.  In fact, being calm and steady, being zen in the face of a hurricane, that kind of demeanor is what makes a good archer.  And this kind of attribute is something that I want to impart on Nathan.  I think it’s a good attribute to impart on any child.

In any event, I’ll put up a follow-up post as soon as I try out the Rancho Park and Woodley Park clubs.  I’ll also try out Pasadena again – since it’s been more than 7 years since I was there.  Stay tuned.