Parenting and Panic

Parenting is a hostage situation: you’re in the car, but your child is the one driving it—and he doesn’t know how to drive. You can’t get out, because you decided to love him before you knew who he was—before he even was anyone. Your life split at that point into multiple tracks, and one of them is not under your control. The worst part is: you can’t even cover your eyes. You have to keep them open, to try to talk him through it. He needs your help, at least for now. One day, of course, he will stop noticing you sitting there.

Agnes Callard, Parenting and Panic

Spoon & Beck & Cage the Elephant & the RAIN

Yesterday was the first time I was out at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, for a concert (or for anything, really). Months ago, I picked up some tickets for the Beck, Cage the Elephant and Spoon Night Running Tour. It’s always a risky move to plan an outdoor event in the thick of summer. You know it’s either going to be super hot. Or super wet. In this case, it was both.

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Crowdfunding caveats

In receiving review offers for The Gadgeteer, one type of item that comes up almost every week (or more) are truly wireless stereo earbuds. Everyone’s got their own little spin on the same tune. And sometimes, they’re not even out of prototyping, like these Reecho earbuds that I got to test, and rip into in my review.

You can see from the picture that the initial product image compared to what was actually shipped (after months of delays) is grossly different. It’s something that really makes me thing twice about backing anything on Kickstarter or Indiegogo.