Thursday, May 24, 2012

So I was all up on the Tee Vee yesterday...

It's true.  I wrote an article for the Headline News website. (Are they just called HLN now?  I don't know.  Ain't got the Tee Vee.)  It was an article about dad blogging, meant as a primer for the uninitiated.  My hope was that it might get some civilians interested in what we do here in the dadosphere.

This is what's known as "on-air chemistry"
Well, apparently somebody from the TV part of the operation thought that it would be interesting to put one of these "dad blogger" characters in a segment, and, you know, they had my email address and all, so I was the dude.

This is the part where the robot made the pretty lady cry
Look! The robot can smirk1
It all went down pretty quickly, and it was fine.  I had hoped to talk more about the dad blogging community, issues that we discuss, maybe some of the recent controversies, but that's not really how it turned out.  We talked mostly about me, which, thankfully is one of the subjects I'm the most authoritative and enthusiastic about. 

It must have killed her that I was so much prettier. I feel bad now.
We did the interview via Skype, right from my couch, while the kids were in the office/guest room/junk-storage unit, absorbed in an episode of Barney on the iPad.  I wish I would have been a little looser and maybe shown some kind of expression on my face, but it was a pretty weird talking straight at the little green light on my MacBook while hearing the disembodied voice of the interviewer.

Why don't you judge for yourself.  Here's the article I wrote, which has the video embedded in it.  And here's just the video, if you don't care about the words part.
 

I don't often beg you to "like" and "share" stuff; but it would be pretty cool if this article got some traction on a mainstream news website, just so more people became aware of all the great dad blogs out there.  Also, I think the guys at HLN told me that every time you share the article, they save a puppy from euthanasia.

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Now that I've been all up on the Tee Vee, I expect to become hugely famous.  That's how it happens, right?  In any case, I sure hope that a couple people came over here after seeing the segment, and I hope you'll poke around and read some of my stuff.  To help you with your poking,  I've linked to some of my posts that were either well-received or that I really wanted to be well-received because I was happy with the way they turned out.

If you like what you read here, I hope you'll add Beta Dad to your RSS, or your reader, or follow the blog by clicking that thing on the right with all the little faces, or by some other means keep in touch.  You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook too.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Now, here's your reading assignment:

Night at the park  Ruminations on the urban ecosystem of the park near our house, where I spend a lot of time with my kids and dog.  It also has a thriving hobo population and gay cruising scene.  #trannyhookers 

Five things for cynics to do at church   How I got through a church service in order to get our kids on the waiting list for their preschool.
  
Large dog drags babies through park  Our much-maligned Swissy dog doing what she does best--pulling a wagon and looking beautiful.

Pets from the past: Moscow '79  A visit to a back-alley vet after a car vs. dog collision on a winter night during the cold war, when my dad was posted at the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
 
Failing at feminist fathering  Blah blah blah whatever.  This has some really cute pictures of the girls in their girly party clothes.

The Shiny: an animated short  The twins try to pull off a heist on the Beta Family Dishwasher, using an ATV and a mustard bottle.

Greta and the Grief Stalker   A crazy(ish) lady follows me around the park as I prepare to have my dog euthanized.  Good times.  I guess I write about dogs a lot.

Project Trike I built plywood trikes that convert into balance bikes for the kids.  I kind of went overboard. 

The First Time I Told My Kids I was Proud of Them  I'm not comfortable with pride.

Video Response to the Rootin'-Tootin' Laptop-Shootin' Dad  Remember when that guy made the viral video of him shooting his daughter's laptop because she said some mean things about him on Facebook?  His problem is he didn't start with the munitions-based discipline early enough.

Goodnight Moon: The Nauseating Landscape of Childhood  I've written a bunch of overwrought literary and rhetorical analyses of children's books here, but people really seemed to like this one.

Wordless Wednesday: Sledding in San Diego  Pictures of my kids.  People tell me they're cute.  I don't know, they just seem like regular kids to me.  I'm gonna go stare at them while they sleep now.

Tex: A Special Father's Day Post By...My Dad!  This is one of my all time favorites.  I've probably read it 50 times.  I asked my dad to write some of his recollections of his own dad (my grandpa) for Father's Day last year, and man, did he deliver.  Grandpa was the real deal.  Montana (via Arkansas) cowboy, brawler, badass, family man.  I think I'll go read it again right now.   




23 comments:

  1. Very cool clip.
    Don't go getting all rockstar on us.

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    1. Too late. ::smashes empty Jack Daniels bottle on head::

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  2. Beta Dad for Vice President of the Dad Bloggers!

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  3. I told you, when on a national news show, always go with mooning. Always.

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  4. Andy, your a bonafide star, man! Now, how nervous were you? I'd pretty much be sitting in a puddle of pee. But then, my bladder strength was compromised in the Great Twin Invasion of 2007. I imagine yours is made of stronger stuff.

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    1. Eff me. "You're." I embarrass us all, don't I?

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    2. Hah. I was ranting about some super important parent blogging issue recently and used "mom's" as the plural of "mom". Mortifying.

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  5. Ok, so you were raising awareness about all the good dad blogs out there, but you never mentioned Father Muskrat? You fail.

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    1. Hey--I mentioned that crummy group blog you "write" for. Isn't that enough?

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  6. Already on my reader. Nice words.

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    1. Thanks, man! Hope you're not disappointed.

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  7. Nicely done. Beta Dad made the big time. News anchor lady loved you, way to represent.

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    1. Hey, how could she resist the disheveled automaton?

      Thanks, Jack.

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  8. Hey there - My dad happened to be watching HLN when he saw your piece. He immediately called me at told me to find you online because I also have a dad blog (www.genxdaddy.com). Very nice site, I've bookmarked you and will continue to read your stuff!

    Very cool!

    Jason

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    1. Cool! Thanks for stopping by! I'll swing over and check out your blog.

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  9. I always get a big kick out of the 'daddy blogs'!

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  10. Wow, you're changing lives, BD. I fully expect teachers to start handing out your posts as required reading!

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  11. I'm one of the people that saw you on the news before I went to work! I love the name of your blog site Beta Dad and your sense of humor! I love your perspective on the daily life of parenting.

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