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So here's the deal: People ask me all the time, "The Rock Father, why do you rock so hard how do you look so great all the time?" Yes, they address me with "The" before "Rock Father," much like you'd always address THE AQUABATS as "The" Aquabats. But nevermind that, because I'm being silly here... people never ask me that, because I look completely disheveled more often than not these days, but I'm working on it. I'm a work-at-home Dad, and while this website and my adventures in media are a big part of my life, the biggest part of my life is raising my two daughters, Adalyn and Finley. With all the time I spend with them (as I type this, we're actually in-between Parent-Tot Playtime at the Park District and Gymnastics this afternoon), sometimes I forget to take care of myself.

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On February 25th, the folks at Shout! Factory Kids will be releasing TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE as a low-priced DVD exclusive to Walmart Stores. This disc features the kid-favorite Autobot in four adventures, and retails for under ten bucks. Check out the full specs and announcement below, right here on The Rock Father...

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It's Day 19 of 31 Days of Halloween already, and as we continue counting down the days 'till the best day of the year, I've still got a few tricks and treats up my sleeve. Once in awhile, though - something comes up that forces me to bump something else in order to get it worked in. A prime example: Crayola and their line Halloween Crayons. Like their recent assortment of Back-to-School colors (which I covered here), these snuck-up with no warning or announcement, appearing tucked into a corner at the local Walmart. This new collection of eight, seasonally-themed color collections and an accompanying coloring book (each priced at just .97) secured themselves a position on my annual countdown after becoming an immediate hit with the kids (and grownups!) here at Rock Father HQ.

Last Christmas, I bought Addie a set of five Scooby-Doo Action Figures - the whole "Mystery Inc." Gang. Oddly enough, in the six months since those figures arrived here at Rock Father HQ, we've been finding that somehow one of them keeps going missing. We're not sure how or why it's always her, but Velma Dinkley disappears about 33% of the time. Yes, it's a certified mystery, and one that needs solving... often under the cover of darkness. With that in mind, I set out to score some bright headlights that would help us in our next search, as Addie tends to run around the backyard like the Energizer Bunny when she can't find something. "It's lost forever!," the almost-four-year-old will tell me. No. No, it's not.

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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.

1997. That was the year that I became highly desirable to women... wait. Let me start this off a bit differently. 1997 was, according to my wife, the year I "ruled Walmart." She likened it to the way that "jocks" rule the halls of a high school... the way my friends and I, my crew... ruled a certain Walmart in the South Suburbs of Chicago. She reiterated this tonight when I told her that I was going to be writing a Valentine's Day-inspired "How We Met" blog as a part of my affiliation with Microsoft as a member of Team Windows Phone. "You guys were the sh**," she said.

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My girls are way too young for this, but if my speed-demon/daredevil daughter Addie saw it, she'd probably be off and racing quicker that we could possibly move to stop her. I'm talking about the new URBAN SHREDDER by Hot Wheels and Dynacraft, a $349 vehicle touted as "part motorcycle, part skateboard, part super engine — all beast." If I were about 12 (or they made an adult version), I'd be all over this thing. Check out the commercial below...

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