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Here’s a downloadable card we put together of some of the best content from our Tips My Dad Says collection. Why not print out some copies on card stock and give one to dad (and the other makers in your life)? And print one for yourself and post it in your work area or slot it into the back of your Maker’s Notebook. The PDF is available here [PDF, 48K].

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


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  • Daniel Kim

    re: Alden Hart.  When MBAs run the company, it’s time to leave.

    • Anonymous

      And if you ever hear the term “maximizing shareholder value”, it’s time to update your resume and start looking for a company that’s *doing* something.

  • http://twitter.com/Jteph Ștefan Rusu

    Dad’s always have the best advice. Even if all they say is: Shut up and give me a beer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Lt.Chandler Cameron Chandler

    “No Cop-py, no stop-py” -learning to drive with Dad

  • http://twitter.com/Danage420 Dan Age

    My grandfather once said, “I was in the military, that’s enough service from our family, you joint the army I’ll kill you”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ross-Brown/100001187198929 Ross Brown

    if you cant fix it. hit it with a hammer… if that didnt fix it find someone who can because all you did was put a dint in it…

  • isabel simao

    Why “don’t tell your mom”? If your dad married someone he has to keep secrets from, what makes him so wise?

  • isabel simao

    Why “don’t tell your mom”? If your dad married someone he has to keep secrets from, what makes him so wise?

    • Anonymous

      Mom’s worry, that’s why. I think you missed the joke in that one.

      • isabel simao

         Is this a sexist joke? I think I’m in culture shock.

        • http://www.facebook.com/igilbertson1 Isaac Gilbertson

          Its not really a sexist joke it’s just when it’s just you and dad ya get to do some stuff that mom might not approve of…Like drive, swear, drink

      • isabel simao

         Is this a sexist joke? I think I’m in culture shock.

        • WhyZeeGuy

          I see you’re a gradjewmate of Killjoke University

  • James Huffer

    “life is a participation sport, not a spectator sport” The worst that can happen is you fail and that puts you in the majority!

  • James Huffer

    “life is a participation sport, not a spectator sport” The worst that can happen is you fail and that puts you in the majority!

  • Scott Genn

    here’s one from my dad-these are truly words of wisdom:

    “if it don’t smell right, don’t eat it. and never stick your pecker anywhere you wouldn’t stick your tongue”.

  • http://twitter.com/wisechac J Carlos PerezLafarg

    Some of the best advice i got from my father (R.I.P.) are 1. Be honest no matter what. 2. Save at least 10% of your earnings. 3. Don’t ever argue with your wife in front of someone. 4. Don’t get the fanciest, get the best your money can buy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3MWBKXQNGDRUXVA6ZO7D6JBMPM Engineer Zero

    “Ya gotta make it before you can spend it.”  Needless to say, my dad wasn’t a politician or an investment banker.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.sooy Jon Sooy

    My dad always said:  Listen to what I mean, not what I say!

    • Lucy Patel

      My dad always said: “Do hard work continuously, Never wait for Result. “

  • http://balu.myid.net/ balu

    Actually I saw this one on TV and really liked it, “Treat everyone as a gentleman. Not because they are, but because you are.”

  • Anonymous

    “You’re bored? There’s no such thing as bored, just a lack of imagination”

  • http://www.bennixville.com bennix

    I really like this dude!thumbs up

  • http://www.bennixville.com bennix

    I really like this dude!thumbs up

  • John

    If no one hates you, your doing something wrong.