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Wed
Apr 30 2014 1:30pm

No, McDonald’s Did Not Do A Good Job With Its Spider-Man Toys “For Girls”

Pink Spider-Man

Okay, so we all know that McDonald’s has had gendered toys for years now, and it’s time that stopped being a thing. Barbies don’t need to be “for girls,” Hot Wheels don’t need to be “for boys.” More importantly, no one should be labeling them as such because giving a kid anxiety over wanting a toy that’s not “for” their gender is ridiculous when toys are for everyone.

Suddenly, McDonald’s is getting a great deal of praise for its latest toy line, tied to the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Because look, everybody! We acknowledged that girls like Spider-Man, too! Girls like boy heroes! (We are still pretending that we don’t know this?) Girls want toys with Spider-Man’s picture on it, so we made them—we did an AWESOME job.

Except, I’m looking at those toys right now and no, they did not. They did not do a good job. In fact, I’m sort of angry over what a botched mess this is.

[Lemme explain a thing…]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 1:40pm

Who Cares About Lyrics Anyway? 4-Year-Old Sings Frozen’s “Let It Go”

Frozen, Let It Go

Speaking from childhood experience, nothing is more fun than singing songs from your favorite musical cartoons. And now that Disney’s Frozen seems to have revived the tradition, we’ve got the most adorable recording for you—4-year-old Ella singing Idina Menzel’s number “Let It Go.”

[No heart’s staying frozen while this plays.]

Mon
Oct 24 2011 3:00pm

These Kids Aren’t All Right

“There’s nothing as pure and cruel as a child.” - Jet Black, Cowboy Bebop, “Pierrot Le Fou.”

In the rampaging horde of vampires, werewolves, zombies, fae, ghosts, geists, creatures and crawlers that daily swarm our pages and screens, it’s easy to forget the ankle-biters. After all, the grown-up versions are so much sexier and more exciting. But even Grendel was somebody’s baby, once. Won’t somebody please think of the children?

[Creepy kids]

Wed
Sep 14 2011 5:21pm

LeVar Burton Launches Reading Rainbow of the Future

LeVar Burton is back with a mission that matters far more than any bold trek: he’s going to teach your kids to read.

The man who brought the world Reading Rainbow has returned, and it looks like he still knows exactly what children are looking for in entertainment. Just as Reading Rainbow managed to be a television show that encouraged children to love books, Burton is planning a new series that will do just the same thing — on your iPad.

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Fri
Sep 9 2011 3:09pm

Hiding From Daleks Behind the Couch: The Doctor’s Love of Children

Hiding From Daleks Behind the Couch: The Doctor’s Love of Children

Believe it or not, Doctor Who was originally designed exclusively for children: it was an educational show that was meant to teach kids history by way of a time traveling alien. That in itself is a truly brilliant concept, but the show quickly morphed far beyond that into a sweeping, epic tale about that alien — his friends and enemies, his trials and adventures, his meddling and madcap sense of humor. The villains eventually received quite a bit more screen time, and every Whovian who has seen interviews or talked to a fan who watched “back in the day” has undoubtedly heard the classic story about hiding behind the sofa every time the Daleks appeared on screen.

The good old horror hook: you’re terrified, but you can’t look away. That is one of the deepest traditions Doctor Who has, a contract with its initial target audience, and it stems from a belief that campfire tales confirm every time — kids love to be scared.

[Please save me from the monsters...]

Thu
Nov 18 2010 5:05pm

Violent Video Games Are Good for You

Violent video gamesRock and roll music? Bad for you. Comic books? They promote deviant behavior. Rap music? Dangerous.

Ditto for the internet, heavy metal and role-playing games. All were feared when they first arrived. Each in its own way was supposed to corrupt the youth of America.

[Read more about the corruption of young souls]

Tue
Jan 5 2010 1:06pm

Read Like A Child

Children's BooksSo, here we are again. That time of year when we're supposed to make resolutions for the coming twelve-months. Newspapers and magazine shows love it—it gives them an excuse to run stories on weight-loss programs and basket-weaving classes, the kind of stuff that doesn't require...well, anything in the way of actual reporting. I've always sort of wondered who these people are, the ones who make solemn promises about the year to come, but now I have joined their ranks. Not to lose weight, or improve myself in some unattainable way, but recapture something that I lost somewhere along the road from then to now.

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Thu
Apr 30 2009 1:33pm

Star Trek Re-watch: “Miri”

“Miri”
Written by Adrian Spies
Directed by Vincent McEveety

Season 1, Episode 8
Production episode: 1x11
Original air date: October 27, 1966
Star date: 2713.5

Mission summary
The Enterprise picks up an S.O.S. and follows it to a planet eerily similar to Earth, as it was in the mid-twentieth century. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Janice, and two red shirts beam down to the surface. They find the planet is a desolate wasteland (that looks remarkably like a late ’60s Hollywood lot...), uninhabited for at least 300 years. Doctor McCoy bends down to examine a tricycle sitting atop a huge heap of garbage, and a disfigured humanoid creature leaps out at him. The creature claims the tricycle is his, and in the broken thoughts of a child whose toy has been seized, he attacks the landing party. A brief skirmish breaks out until the boy-creature succumbs to seizures and dies. McCoy, somewhat stunned, takes a few readings and realizes: “Its metabolic rate. It’s impossibly high, as if it’s burning itself up, almost as if it aged a century in just the past few minutes.”

[No, you can’t use it for weight loss.]