2013 Commercials

Observations on Dad-Bias in 140 Commercials from 2013

I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 

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Making Retro Video Game Pixel Art With Perler Beads

Making Retro Video Game Pixel Art With Perler Beads

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People Magazine has a special Father’s Day essay from President Barack Obama, where he speaks about his own father’s absence.

Barack Sr. left when the now-United States President was only two years old.

Barack Jr. says that he was raised by a “wonderful” mother and grandparents, but wondered what it would have been like if his father was more involved. “It is perhaps for this reason that fatherhood is so important to me,” says Barack in the essay, “and why I’ve tried so hard to be there for my own children.”

He admits there’s more work to be done – saying that during his campaign, “not a day went by that I didn’t wish I could spend more time with the family I love more than anything else in the world.”

The full essay comes out in this Friday’s edition of People.

Sauce: People


The Denver Post has an article up about some sons of famous fathers around sports, and more particularly, in the MLB draft.

Trevor Gretzky, for example, prefers baseball over his dad’s Hall of Fame hockey legacy – and was selected in the seventh round by the Chicago Cubs. Gretzky is planning on going to San Diego State college if he doesn’t sign with the Cubs.

The Cubs also drafted Shawon Dunston Jr. in the 11th round – hearkening back to their drafting of Shawon Sr. in 1982.

The Denver Post has a couple of other father-son combos in their Draft Day 2 update, sauced below.

Denver Post


Review: ‘Man With a Pan’ by John Donohue


Man With a Pan
Parent Rating5
Kid Approval2.5
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Publisher(s): Algonquin Books
Author(s): John Donohue
Genre(s): Non-Fiction / Cooking

Back in February, we shoveled you over to a Time interview with John Donohue, the “Stay at Stove Dad.” Donohue’s back with a book out that’s a great read for kitchen-savvy fathers, called “Man With a Pan.” I don’t want to tell you how to live your life, but if your dad’s into cooking, this would be a great Father’s Day gift.

John was nice enough to send a copy out to 8BitDad, and unfortunately, reading it took me longer than expected. I was planning on giving it a skim and letting you guys know it was a “wonderful jaunt through food and fatherhood.” But then I started reading it and, well hell, if this book isn’t one of the most easy-to-read, interesting fatherhood AND food books, I don’t know what is.


Oh, Washington Post. You truly know how to tug at a dude’s heartstrings. And while the WaPo‘s recounting of this AP story doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with Father’s Day, by god, they put it in the title.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the greatest Father’s Day gift ever: home-cured bacon.

And as they mention in the opening line, most people think that it’s a daunting task for the average dude to cure his own bacon. Evidently, the hardest part is finding a butcher that can secure an uncured pork belly for you.

Well, what are you still here for? You’ve got to get that pork belly going if you want to give your dad some homebrew bacon for Father’s Day!

Washington Post


Did your dad embarrass you in high school? No matter what they did, it isn’t this bad. 16 year old Rain Price’s dad, Dale, wins the “troll dad of the (school) year” for standing outside on his doorstep every morning and waving to his son’s bus – in costume.

A different costume every one of the 170 days that Rain’s bus passed the house. He’s been men and women – a secret service agent, the Little Mermaid, a Star Trek fleet member, Michael Jackson, a soccer player, a leprachaun, a gypsy, Pocahontas, and even Lady Gaga – to name a few.

It’s not all embarrassment, however. Rain’s dad says that it’s a little way of showing his son that he cares about him – a “father’s way” of saying I love you.

You can see some of the costumes on the Price family’s website: www.waveatthebus.blogspot.com or read more about it from the Deseret News at the sauce below.

Deseret News


A Day at the Park for a Dad of Color

Shawn Taylor had, let’s just say, a terrible day at the park.

We know that racism is alive and well in the United States – but even Taylor’s account makes you think – holy s**t, this stuff still happens?

Give Taylor’s “A Day at the Park” a read over at the DadsGood wing of The Good Men Project, and keep it in mind the next time you’re at the park. If nothing else, remember that us fathers have to stick together – we don’t have time to dice ourselves up according to race – we’ve got to band together to get the respect we deserve just being parents!

There’s no intro to Taylor’s piece, so you’re kind of thrown-into it, having to figure out what it’s about (and why it’s a list). Other than that, it’s a sad-but-true glimpse into at least one father’s day at the park. I suspect, unfortunately, that this is all too common.

Sauce: DadsGood


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A Cookie Monster / Rammstein mashup that you and you (and you!) will love.

I LOL’d hard.



Florida father Dennis Hobbs was found not guilty yesterday of stalking his daughter.

The 60 year old was arrested outside of the shelter where his 18 year old daughter was living. He was in a car, dressed in black, with face paint and a wig on, and had with him journals of the daughter’s activities and a loaded gun.

Remember, we said he was found “not guilty.”

The St. Petersburg Times reports that the defense attorney in the case said the daughter was making poor choices – skipping school, smoking and – get this – dating. Well, what father hasn’t wanted to have a loaded gun handy while his daughter is dating?!

Pretty sure we covered all the details, but if you’re still thirsty for more, check the sauce.

Sauce: St. Petersburg Times