Link Roundup #6,945

I Miss Moranis video (slightly poopy lyrics):

Does this cultural reference date me as an older father? Rick Moranis became a full-time dad when his wife died in 1991. Read it all in Honey, I Shrunk the Career. His two kids are in college now. I had the impression Moranis is in no hurry to return to movies, but he’s reportedly signed up to return for Ghostbusters 3. He strikes me as far too humble, but I’d love for him to write a book about fatherhood and his life choices.

Okay, now the links!

  1. Question of the Day: With a name like Smuckers, can Child Protective Services be far behind?
  2. Baffling link between autism and vinyl flooring. I’m thinking cleaning agents, but who knows.
  3. History lesson: Dionne quintuplets fashioned into sideshow freaks at “Quintland” by Ontario government.
  4. The cost of raising a child is overblown — $1,300 a year, not $10,000, says an economic professor. I think reality lies somewhere in the middle.
  5. More babies born in US in 2007 than ever before. It surprises me only because my local schools go through budget cuts every year due to lack of students.
  6. When Grandma can’t be bothered — A trend? Grandparents not wanting to be too invested in the lives of their grandchildren.
  7. Awesome felt play food.
  8. Steven Hawking’s children’s books — For older kids, but wow, shazam!

Siftables video (loud start):

Siftables are electronic blocks with great potential for innovative learning and for replacing better existing teaching methods in favor of gimmicky technology. With great power comes great responsibility. Time will tell.

Here’s a bonus Rick Moranis video from Strange Brew, Rick’s first and best film. “One day, I was out looking for a nice place to build a city for my children.”


5 Responses to “Link Roundup #6,945”

  1. Christy says:

    * My favorite Rick Moranis flick is My Blue Heaven. I could watch that every time it’s on!

    * When we moved to MI from AR we knew we would miss the grandparents. Fortunately, they miss us too! We see them at least once a month!!

    * Vinyl Flooring. Hmm. I’d like to see more studies on that.

    * I’m always amazed by the interesting felt creations that crafters are always coming up with! Too bad felt is like a dog hair magnet….

    * Quintland only happened because TLC wasn’t around to produce the reality show!

    * Siftables=Awesome!

    April 6th, 2009 at 11:57 am

  2. Stephanie says:

    First, I miss Rick Moranis too… but knowing he put his family first after such a tragedy makes me admire him even more.

    Second, I was thinking about the costs of raising a child. Here’s something they didn’t factor in: when I had my daughter I didn’t have enough leave to make it “paid maternity leave”. When you add up lost wages, plus added costs, it changes the number. Then you add in the additional costs of childcare as the kid grows up because you have to work to put a roof over your head, food, clothing, education… well…it certainly isn’t $1300 per year. Unless you live somewhere really, really inexpensive.

    Third, I emailed my mother and father-in-law a big thank you for not being those grandparents that couldn’t be bothered. She’s awesome.

    April 8th, 2009 at 8:48 am

  3. Meg says:

    I was really moved by reading about Rick Moranis and his children – giving up such a successful career to care for his children full-time. I agree with you, I’d love to hear his story and more about what it was like for him.

    At the same time, I was also really struck by the fact that he gets so many kudoes for stepping up to do what women do every day in most families. If he were a woman, everyone would expect him to put his career on hold while caring for his children. This doesn’t make his choices less meaningful or touching, but it does make me take a critical look at responses to his story.

    April 8th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

  4. lisa says:

    Sigh…… mother in law is one of those..And i have two other friends (unrelated) who have the same issues with their inlaws/parents. Don’t knock me when i say….there is much value in being independent in the Baby Boomer generation. Breast feeding is too much work. Working for a wage is more important…..Disposable everything is perfect. My mother in law said she worked so hard (having daycare/babysitters/other family members to watch her kids) for what she has today that she NOW wants to work hard at enjoying what’s she’s worked hard to get (and she doesnt realize it’s at the expense of her grandchildren). But then again HER mom was a pretty cold fish too……..

    April 8th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

  5. Kidlet says:

    Great posts and links… I’ll get those Hawking books for myself I think. Oh, and the Strange Brew clip? As a Canadian I bow to you and say that I’m humbled.


    May 4th, 2009 at 9:19 pm