Friday night link dumping

Found … um… I can’t remember where:

20+ Tools For Creating Your Own Games
In case you have a lot of time to make games.
Type better faster!

BabyCenter Top Baby Names of 2007
Unique names everyone will have.

Another five-year-old on the no-fly list: meet Sam Adams

Healthy Children: The Parent Blame Game
What are we all doing wrong now?

Davenetics* : The Best Peanut Butter in the World
He seems pretty serious. I think I’d take him at his word.

Flickr: The Gingerbread House Showcase Pool

Edit: slightly improved title.

Saturday Night Linkdump Fest

I think these are mostly for Seth, but the rest of you might enjoy them, too:

Dadlabs: a short, funny vodcast on the dad-life.

The Economic Consequences of Mr. Bush: Joseph Stiglitz on the fallout we can expect from this administration after January 2009. I’m looking for an easy-to-use urban composter. Any recommendations?

No Alternative: A surgeon questions unproven medical practices.

Three Things Cloning Isn’t: so much for the Great Clone Army.

Feminist Gamers: on the intersection of politics, pop culture, and Carcassonne.

Religious scholars mull Flying Spaghetti Monster: papers to be presented include “Holy Pasta and Authentic Sauce: The Flying Spaghetti Monster’s Messy Implications for Theorizing Religion” and “Noodling around with Religion: Carnival Play, Monstrous Humor, and the Noodly Master.”

Not a Cough in a Carload: how the tobacco industry used advertising to downplay the effects of cigarettes.

Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving

The New Dawn of Solar: the amazing nanosolar power sheet.

Via lots of places, including The Presurfer and Boing Boing.

Parenting tests for the unprepared

If you are considering becoming parents, try these simple tests:

Get ready to go out. Wait outside the bathroom for half an hour. Go out the front door. Come in again. Go out. Come back in. Go out again. Walk down the front path. Walk back up it. Walk down it again. Walk very slowly down the road for 5 minutes. Stop to inspect minutely every cigarette butt, piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue, and dead insect along the way. Retrace your steps. Scream that you’ve had as much as you can stand until the neighbors come out and stare at you. Give up and go back into the house. You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

Yup, that’s about right. In a day where my son:

  1. Took most of the letters off of the G4
  2. Rubbed blueberries into the playroom carpet
  3. Hid Seth’s glasses
  4. Dumped uncooked pasta (which he was eating)
  5. Dumped cooked pasta (which he was eating)
  6. Stole another kid’s food

these tests don’t seem like much of an exaggeration.

From The Presurfer.

So what is the deal with parents today?

Is there a Safe Child Syndrome? Have we parents gone kind of nuts about protecting our children? I hope I can figure out how to teach David to be independent without exposing him to too many risks, but risk is impossible to avoid in any case.

Weird observation: I’ve been to a couple of block parties lately. There’s always kids running around all over the place. But at all other times, the streets the parties were on are pretty quiet. I almost never see anyone. I wish there were more kids running around.