Jim has generously shared a brilliant and uber-geeky parent hack: entertain the kid by clicking Flickr photo tags! Who's gonna complain when presented with random photos of dump trucks, or elephants, or volcanoes, or whatever the latest toddler obsession happens to be? Great learning tool, too.Link (Thanks, Rael!)
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.