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Digital Dads: Mobile Office Movable Torture Chamber

The future is a fascinating place and I’m so glad to live here.

Back when I was younger (when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and I had to walk five miles to school, uphill both ways, dodging alligators and suffering through huge snow drifts now get offa my lawn), we thought of the future as the place where the skies would be filled with flying cars and jetpacks and other astonishing bits of transportation magic.

Turns out, at least so far, a car still is recognizably a car and wouldn’t surprise anyone from the dawn of the Age of the Automobile. What has changed, though, has been the way we communicate.

We still talk, laugh and scream, but the handwritten, stamped and addressed letter is dying a slow, inevitable death except for wedding invitations and thank-you notes to older relatives, and the three broadcast networks and newspapers no longer have a monopsony on information dispersal.

Yeah, it’s another post on computers and the internet.20140623-110347-39827043.jpg

This bit of stand-back-and-be-agog-about-computers was brought on by where and how I’m producing this post. I’m not at home or an office, but am away for the day. I didn’t bring my laptop computer, either.

Instead, I brought a flat, thin rectangle of touch-sensitive glass squished full of circuits and electronics and I connected it invisibly through complicated communications protocols to a tiny self-powered keyboard. Yeah, I am writing this on a wonderful Luvvitt keyboard and my iPad mini.

I’m with Zippy the Travelin’ Boy. Being the diligent college student that he is, The Zipster is working hard on perfecting his hard-won lessons from Sleeping The Day Away 101.

So I’m taking advantage of the quiet to get a little work done.

This ability to communicate via vastly different channels to a disparate group of dudes and dudettes can make for a wonderfully convenient work aide at times.

However, when we allow this constant connection to become a chain around our ankles as opposed to a rope to lift us from the muck and mire, we allow ourselves to be dragged from the somewhat-gleaming future and down into the dreary past.

All of which goes to say that I’m about to finish this up, go grab the Big Poking Stick to awaken Zippy the Travelin’ Boy from safe distance, and then go enjoy the day with my son who’s growing up much too fast already.

Put down the computers and unplug. Go out and have a great weekend with the people you love.

Even in the future, nothing beats an in-person hug.

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Memorial Day 2014

Take a moment to remember.

Here in America, today is set aside to remember and honor those who gave their lives in the service of this country.

As far as I know, Memorial Day is supposed to be reserved for those who died while in the armed forces, but I like to think that it includes all those who were working to make our country a better place.

Yes, it’s a broad definition, but I like it. Mostly because it means that killing people isn’t the only definition of greatness.

While you dudes are out at the cookout, or enjoying the warmth of late spring/early summer or doing whatever it is you’re doing instead of being at work, do take a little time to remember those who went before.

Talk to your little dudes about why they’re out of school.

You might also want to consider how you can honor the lives that have gone toward making our country a better place to live. Carrying on that sort of work sounds like the best way to me.

Make our country a better place for all its citizens*. Restore its justification to act as a moral beacon to the world.

Today isn’t only about getting a day off work or a day out of school.

Remember. Act. Improve.

Footnotes & Errata

* You have no idea how tempted I was to insert a blatantly political paragraph/rant here. I think I might have given myself an aneurysm from stopping my fingers. Ow.

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We’re Opening A Second Home

We’re not alone in the universe.

Okay, dudes, not really the universe. And, it’s not really, us. And we weren’t actually alone. Bud, dude. . . It sounded good.

What I meant to say was that we, the Dudes at the Guide, Barry and Richard, have a second home as of today. Yeah, that’s right, we found someone else who actually wanted us to write for them.

We found someone who actually wanted to hear our opinion, rather than screaming for pitchforks, torches and a dump-truck full of duck tape (which is like duct tape, but with many more feathers).

As of today, January 29, we’re going to be (at least) a monthly feature for Charlotte Parent Magazine. On even-numbered months (2,4,6, 8, 10, 12 [February, April, June, August, October, December]), we’re going to be inside the actual magazine itself, printed somewhere in actual paper.

On odd-numbered months (you figure it out), we’re going to be printed in pixels in the Charlotte Parent Magazine website. Because our column, Stay-At-Home Dudes, is going to be both print and pixels, we’ve been offered the opportunity to put up blog posts throughout the month, in addition to the column. And our print columns will run alongside the pixel columns, so you can find all our Charlotte Parent Magazine work in the same place.

We are, to put it mildly, a bit excited about the possibilities inherent in this opportunity. The folks at Charlotte Parent Magazine are really friendly, outgoing and thoroughly professional. We’re going to learn a lot from working with them.

Our first column from the actual magazine is on stands as of today. The magazine is published the 28th of every month. So February’s edition is out today, January 28, and March’s edition (which we won’t be in) will be published on March 28.

There. That wasn’t so hard, now was it?

So. To recap:  Charlotte Parent Magazine and the Stay-At-Home Dudes column are together as of today. If you live in Charlotte, go pick up a copy and let us know what you think.

If you don’t live in Charlotte, head on over to the  Charlotte Parent Magazine website and then you can still let us know what you think. Or, better yet, send the editors over there at  Charlotte Parent Magazine a note about how much you don’t hate us.

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