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BeastsAwhile back, I posted a giveaway here on The Rock Father that came with a unique method of entry. Instead of just throwing up an entry widget or taking a "like" or a "follow" for the a chance at a prize, I took a cue from the prize itself to accept entries. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD has garnered four Academy Award Nominations in addition to numerous other noms and wins over the past few months. Since it's a story about life lessons passed from Father to Child, I asked readers to submit to me a story of a lesson that they've learned, or one they've passed onto their children. I chose two winners, each of which will soon receive a copy of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD on Blu-Ray, courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. And now, the winning submissions...

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When I was a kid, my parents got me a Fisher-Price Camera that was manufactured by Kodak and took real 110 film. I remember that camera being built really well, with a protective coating and rubber corner bumpers to protect it from the inevitable drops to the floor it would receive over the years. In 1984, it was a big deal to take pictures, have to take the film to get developed, and then wait a week or more to see the results. Fast-forward nearly 30 years, and my daughter now has her own Fisher-Price camera, albeit a digital device that allows unlimited photo-taking with instant results.

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As countless conflicts continue to rage around the Globe, there's always a few that seem to get swept under the mental rug and forgotten about. We often think of the mess in the Middle East, with those "name-brand" clashes like the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the War in Afghanistan, etc., but often forget about those other places like Burma and the Congo until a new RAMBO movie comes out to remind us (thanks, Sly!). As blood continues to be shed elsewhere, here in the 'States rages a war that has been spoken about in the media for years, debated in blogs, and has recently flared up once more... those against "The Princess Industrial Complex" Vs. pretty much everyone else.

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Updated September 7, 2014 - After a year-and-a-half on the Windows Phone platform and experiencing problems with devices made by both Nokia and HTC, I can no longer support or recommend the Windows Phone Platform.

When the folks at Microsoft reached out to me asking if The Rock Father would like to be a part of Team Windows Phone, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. After nearly three years as an iPhone user, it was time to ditch the 3G and make a change. My version of iOS was outdated so the new Apps wouldn't run. The hardware was starting to show it's age, and aside from the iPhone, I've never owned another Apple product. In fact, my whole digital world outside the phone has always been powered by Windows. With other choices out there (like Android), I'd been exploring the options, and while Windows Phone is a relative newcomer in the Smartphone realm, it caught my attention.

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It's no secret that kids are getting into gadgets and tech at a super young age these days, and while toymakers are rapidly moving to support smartphones and tablets in their products, I was a little surprised that there's a move to bring the tech to the toilet. Being shown at CES this week is a product from CTA Digital (who does make some cool stuff) called the iPotty for iPad.

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Fisher PriceI didn't realize it until after the fact, but our kids received a lot of Fisher-Price toys for Christmas this year. I bought quite a few myself, including some from the "Laugh & Learn" line, which has been a staple here at Rock Father HQ for the past 3+ years. Now, Fisher-Price is bringing some serious tech to their "Laugh & Learn" toys with their expanding line of Apptivity products. 

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