Holiday Gift Guide #3: Board and Tabletop Games

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It matters little if the games are made of cards, paper, cardboard, or just imagination. What matters are times spent together as a group and memories formed of those times. We seem to have a difficult time getting together to play games, but when we do we always have fun. Here are a few of the games we’ve all enjoyed playing. Some take tens of minutes, and some take many hours. Whatever your time schedule, there’s sure to be a game in here that you can enjoy with your family and friends.
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Holiday Gift Guide #4: Video Games and Apps

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Games made of pixels have been a favorite of mine since the Atari 2600 hit the streets. Today’s games are barely recognizable by those standards, with more realistic graphics, multi-player modes, and advanced stories. In this guide we take a look at some of our favorite games. Many of these are rated Teen, or Mature, so be sure to check the ratings before buying them for your younger kids.
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7 Things Parents Should Know About The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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GeekDad takes a quick look at what parents should know about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. The short answers are that you and your kids will like it, you need to have seen the prior movies, and it is very PG-13. Read on for more. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #2: Books

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Books are something that I believe all geeks have in common. Some geeks love the books themselves, the smell of the paper, the feel of the spine, and the sound of a turning page. Others are beholden to the story, characters, and imaginary worlds that lay beyond the pages, regardless if they be ink on paper or pixels on a screen. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #1: Toys

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So, it’s once again that time of year. The time where we at GeekDad scour our reviews and products for the best gifts any geek would love. I know that Halloween has just barely passed, but with only six weeks left to Christmas, and barely four left to Hanukkah, it’s probably time to start some shopping.

This week we turn our eyes toward toys. Read on to see what the favorite picks from Jenny Williams, Z, Corrina Lawson, Jonathan Liu, Dave Banks, Brad Moon, Michael Harrison, and me.
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Zumby: Clean Your Dog’s Teeth With a Toy

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Are you a member of the 1%? That is, the 1% of dog owners who regularly tackle the issue of doggy dental hygiene. While I do have two dogs, I must admit I’m in the other group. We use dental chews, and hard bones, but that doesn’t entirely solve the bad breath.
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Skylanders Trap Team: Released October 5th

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Skylanders Trap Team will be released this Sunday in the US. My family and I, along with a few friends, had a chance to play a demo of the new game last weekend, and what we saw has us stoked for the release. This release delivers new characters, new elements, and the trap itself.
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The Maze Runner Experienced In 270 Degrees

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Cinemark Theatres and Barco Escape have teamed up to present Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner with a 270 degree immersive screen. By adding two screens to either side of the theater the audience can be fully immersed in the scene, complete with peripheral vision. Continue reading

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

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Audible has put together an interesting group of voices for the audio edition of The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R.A. Salvatore. The cast list features Sean Astin, Michael Chiklis, Wil Wheaton, Ice-T, Tom Felton, Al Yankovic, David Duchovny, Greg Grunberg, Felicia Day, Melissa Rauch, Danny Pudi and Dan Harmon. Continue reading

SpruKits Are Not Your Childhood Models

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My son and I spent the last couple evenings putting together some SpruKits from Bandai. Like the model cars and planes I assembled as a kid, the SpruKits arrive still on their sprues. Unlike the models of the 70s and 80s, the SpruKits snap together well and make a finished model that is durable and playable. Continue reading

ROCCAT Lua Gaming Mouse

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Like most people who spend too much time on a keyboard, I have issues with repetitive stress, especially when mousing. To solve (well, postpone) this issue I have taken to using two mice. I switch frequently from right to left hand as pain and typing patterns dictate. On the right is my trusty MX Anywhere and on the left is the ROCCAT Lua Tri-Button Gaming Mouse. The latter is corded so it also gets more attention when the office is filled with robots and the wireless starts stuttering across the screen. Continue reading

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Blu-ray and DVD

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If you missed any episodes of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s awesome series Cosmos, there are many ways to catch up. If you’ve missed all the episodes then what are you waiting for, now is the time to binge watch it all! Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a modern reboot of Carl Sagan’s PBS Series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson, with help from producers Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, and Seth MacFarlane, leads us on a fantastic journey to explore the Cosmos, near and far.
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Marian Call in Dallas Tonight at 8pm

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Marian Call is making her annual trip through Texas and is playing Poor David’s Pub tonight at 8. Poor David’s is one of the smaller and more personal listening rooms in Dallas with a long history of booking great acts. Doors open at 7 with a $10 cover. If you’re in the Dallas area, please stop by and say hi!
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