It's Father's Day here in the U.S. (there are fathers outside the U.S., right?), so I'll try to keep things short this week. We'll see how that goes. It's funny to see all these "Best Father's Day Gadgets" lists for something that's largely a made-up holiday. Do we do that for Mother's Day? I dunno.

That said, here's what probably would be on mine: A proper tablet (and, seriously, those new Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets are really good), a Nest Thermostat (I'm still digging mine), anything and everything Sonos (expensive, but so good), a Chromecast, and a good set of Bluetooth buds for using out in the yard, or exercising. Those are all things that I use if not every day, at least a few times a week.

I think next year I'll ask the family to forgo cards, though, and just stick with the hugs.

A few other thoughts on the week that was, and the week that is:

  • How did we celebrate Mother's/Father's day before social networks? Where did we post our pictures?
  • Back to the moms for a second: I loved seeing Facebook quietly reverse its position on removing breastfeeding photos. While I would question whether that's something that really needs to be posted to a social network, treating it as sexual content is just stupid.
  • I got off a plane Thursday and went straight to Five Guys for a little post-flight/post-sickness cure-all. (Don't judge.) There was a woman breastfeeding her baby at a table. Now tell me Five Guys isn't the greatest restaurant in the world.
  • (And, no, I wasn't about to post a picture of it to Facebook.)
  • I haven't gotten to watch as much of the World Cup as I'd like. That Sterling kid (good lord, he's almost half my age) for England looks pretty damn good, though.
  • But c'mon. It's England in the World Cup. We know that's not going to end well.
  • And that PK in the Brazil game? Are these replacement refs?
  • Finally took our own advice and added the World Cup schedule to my Google calendar. I'm glad I did.
  • If you somehow have yet to see last week's takedown of FIFA by John Oliver, watch it now.
  • Some great goals so far, though. My 7-year-old managed to stay up for the entire Ivory Coast/Japan game. It's great for her to learn a little geography while learning some more soccer, too.
  • The more I learn to use it, the more I'm loving our new header. (Especially with all the post-launch tweaks.) And more good changes are on the way. Grow or die.

That's it for this week. I'm on the road again tomorrow, and we've got lots going on. Let's get to work.


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Phil you are dead on about Five Guys, their burgers are ridiculously good. There has to be some crack like ingredients in there!

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Ya but there are way better burgers in some local places in Tennessee but then again terrible ones too lol
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There's better in my area too. But sometimes you just gotta have a Five Guys burger. :P

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I remember going to Five Guys in Alexandria VA back in 2000 when they first started...delicious! Sadly, I think they went downhill after they started franchising :(.

Agreed. You may not know this, but 5 Guys has a license to put cocaine in their burgers.

Phil, I will not argue with you about the deliciousness of 5 guys... You're right, they're great, but........ . have you tried smashburger???????? Get back to me

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Phil, I will not argue with you about the deliciousness of 5 guys... You're right, they're great, but........ . have you tried smashburger???????? Get back to me

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No, Phil...Five guys is NOT the best... Not after you've had IN-n-OUT!

Ok, I'll give Five Guys the fries trophy, but when it comes to the burgers...In-n-Out takes the CAKE.

...So I'm a California loyalist...sue me!

Happy Father's day to Phil and all the other Dads out there. Have a good one, and hopefully there is a nifty new device wrapped up for you!

Thoughts on the new header:

took me a few to realize it's supposed to look that way. Refreshed the page a couple times even.... not sure I'm a fan of that shade of blue when I'm used to AC using green a lot. Oh well, I'll get used to it

Thoughts on Fathers Day.

I'm gonna finish my coffee while everyone else wakes up, then I'm gonna go spend time with them.

Happy Fathers day. Its about the family, not just about being a dad.

Happy Fathers day to those that are and those that will be soon. I cannot be with the family today because of work but I know when I get back whats is waiting for me.

Have a great day everyone, and thanks again AC staff for all the good stuff you all put out

No new gadget for fathers day but the kids (mum really) got me the second best thing. Vodka. If the kids bought it I need a word with the shop that sold it to them. Also it was to drown the sorrows of the England game. Well to all the other dads have a great day from us long suffering Engla...I mean dads. ;-)

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Happy Father's Day, Phil...But the LG Bluetooth Buds sell at Best Buy for $69.00 a day, every day - versus the $109 the market is charging on AC...That's a $40.00 markup...Ridiculous.

You realize that he bashes AC Mart at every turn? I am not sure what you did to pee in his Wheaties but he has had that vendetta for quite a long time now.

And SmartphoneNerd is going to spend three days in time-out for that (since deleted) reply. I don't mind dissent. (I encourage it, actually.) But I won't tolerate disrespect for other members. That goes for everyone.

I dunno at what point we all decided it was OK to be dicks to each other, but it's not. Stop it.

I missed the reply (and I am sure I am better off for it) but oh well, Have a good fathers day phil!

If you want it to stop, you'd pretty much have to remove the whole comment feature. :P

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Happy Father's Day! Just wanted to let you that we here in Canada celebrate this pretend holiday too.

I thought it was funny to read "made up holiday".... as if most of the others were just "made up" too.

I believe fathers day actually came first. It was intended to recognise that fathers have an important part to play in raising children and to celebrate that.

In England we have Mothering Sunday, to celebrate the hard work they do. In the USA it became Mothers' Day.

In the USA, Mother's day was "invented" in 1908 which became official in 1914.

But Father's day didn't become official until much later (despite lobbying by the ties and pipes industries :) ) in 1972, 58 years later. How many fathers died in vain waiting for their recognition compared to mothers???!!!

Happy Father's Day to everyone. Great articles and reviews. Keep up the great work.

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Both fathers day and mothers day are made up. Both of these should be skipped. We should be honoring our parents every day and not on some made up day when everyone is doing it because it is the day to do so. So give your mom something in October because she gave birth to you. Give your father something in August because you wouldn't be here without him. Next year change up the dates. I did this and, my parents were always thrilled.

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Happy late father's day, Phil. Adorable picture.

Those are some great recommendations. I use my BT ear buds and Chromecast *every* day :)

And I love my Nest. My electric bill is down $40/month since I got the Nest (some of that is probably also because of the newer and more energy efficient TV, though).