J2 Content – Perspectives

A varied collection of thoughts on education and parenting

A Father’s Day Gift – The Green Lantern

In July 1983, at the age of 12, I bought my first comic book: Green Lantern #166. It was a great introduction to comics for me. Earth’s Green Lantern was summoned to combat three renegade lanterns: equal vs. equal. The same year, Flash vs. Reverse Flash and Batman vs. Manbat were going on in other…. read more

Spinoffs of Children’s TV Shows I’d Like to See

When one of our favorite TV shows goes off the air, it can be devastating. However, many times, the cancellation is the birth of a spinoff. Sometimes it can be a great thing (Frasier) and sometimes not so much (After M*A*S*H). Here are some spinoff ideas that I would love to see. Ookla in the…. read more

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Having been born in 1970, I was exposed to some of the greatest fandoms of the last century in their hey day.  I was able to experience Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, John Cusack films, MST3K, Marvel and DC comics, Saturday Night Live, the Rolling Stones, the Police, not to mention a bevy of…. read more

Is Our Childhood Coming Back to Haunt Us?

The other night, I was at the movies with my girlfriend and she stopped to peruse a poster for the new Smurfs movie. She expressed concern that the Smurfs were drawn to look fuzzy, as if they were covered by  short blue fur. I said to her, “That’s what concerns you? Not the fact that…. read more

Anakin is not the Hero of Star Wars!

On any list of the top movie villans of all time, Darth Vader routinely places among the top 5. For example, Vader  is #3 in AFI’s top 50 villians, #1 in the Sunday Times’ top 50, and #2 at listverse.com. According to many sources, Darth Vader was conceived by George Lucas “as the epitomy of…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: R-rated Movies

An informal survey of 5 parents revealed that at least 4 of the 5 had allowed a child under the age of 13 to watch an R-rated movie on cable or DVD (the fifth parent could not recall whether any of the films their child watched before age 13 had been rated “R”). We found…. read more

A Tale of Two San Diego Charger Fans

For the last couple of years, the San Diego Chargers have been a Super Bowl contender. Led by the league’s #1 passer at quarterback and the game’s best tight end, the Chargers have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. This past season the team’s star wide receiver held out for more money,…. read more

March Forth for National Grammar Day

Today, the 4th of March, is National Grammar Day! What better way to celebrate than with some Schoolhouse Rock? Watch the videos after the jump and then please comment and tell us your favorite. (We are partial to Mr. Morton, but they’re all great.) National Grammar Day was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: The Busy Signal

Last weekend, we conducted an informal survey of 5 couples with a total of 11 pre-teen children. We were shocked to learn that 9 of the 11 children have NEVER heard a busy signal. (The other two both thought the telephone was broken when they heard their first busy signals) We were reminded of Jean-Christophe…. read more

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