BattleBots Week 5 – aka the quarterfinals. As always, Anton Olsen and Kishore Hari are here to breakdown the best bouts, worst moments, and everything in between. Spoilers galore, so just watch the embed bouts before reading the commentary. Continue reading
From Kickstarter to reality, the GeckoTek 3D printer build plate works very well and has changed how I use my printer. Continue reading
BattleBots is back for their third episode with the round of 16 and GeekDad will be doing weekly breakdowns of the competition. This week, we have Anton Olsen and Kishore Hari doing breakdowns of the best bouts. Spoilers galore, so beware if you did not watch. Continue reading
When people learn that I’ve built a couple 3D printers one of the first questions I hear is: “What do you print with it?” Continue reading
One of my favorite party games is Schmovie. It is easy to play, difficult to mess up, and can be suitable for all ages. It can also be a little racy and a lot of fun after the kids go to bed and the adult beverages start flowing. Continue reading
I haven’t used my 3D printers much since February, so most of my filament has been sitting on the shelf since. This has not been an issue in recent years as this part of Texas is reasonably dry, and unusually so the last 5 years. This winter and spring, however, have conspired to teach me a lesson about the proper treatment and storage of PLA printer filament. Continue reading
’12 Realms: Bedtime Story’ is the 4th expansion for the ’12 Realms’ cooperative boardgame series. ‘Bedtime Story’ adds four realms, four fortresses, eight new hero miniatures, and a lot of cards and tokens.
Once again the lovely and talented Marian Call will be performing at Poor David’s in Dallas. If you are in the area this Sunday evening I encourage you to join us. Doors are at 6:30. In past years the show was finished by 9 or 9:30 so it’s not too terribly late to bring the kids. Poor David’s is a great little listening room with a modest bar a bit south if I-30 on South Lamar Street. Continue reading
I realize I probably spend too much time playing games, but this is getting absurd. According to the Xbox monthly newsletter I clocked 7062 hours of multiplayer in March… Continue reading
Are your kids into videogames, and do they want to learn more about making them? Then The Game Experience may be the perfect summer camp for them. All this week, we’ll be exploring different aspects of the Barely Noticeable summer video game development immersion program offered by our sponsor, Experience America. Continue reading
It’s a post-apocalyptic movie for kids! Find out what you should know before you take your family to see it. Continue reading
Everybody’s favorite budget audio equipment manufacturer from the ’70s and ’80s is making a comeback in Chicago. Aiwa’s first product, a large Bluetooth speaker, is ready to fill the void between portable speakers and less-than-portable home stereos. Continue reading
A few of the Muppets are auditioning for Disney Junior and the results are hilarious. Animal is always my favorite, but Miss Piggy as Sofia ir pretty good too. You can see more like this on the premier of ‘Muppet Moments’ on Friday, April 3rd on Disney Channel
The Robox 3D printer is an attempt to reduce the finicky nature of the 3D printing process with a number of innovations. Some of these I’ve seen before, but Robox may be one of the first to compile them into one reasonably priced plug-and-print machine. Continue reading
As usual, Funko had one of the most interesting booths at Toy Fair this year. I didn’t take an official tour, but I did take a ton of photos. I managed to quickly snap photos of most of the figures. I had to delete a few that were blurry, and missed a couple small sections because a tour of buyers was in the way, but I still got over 240 photos of figures. Continue reading
As part of Acer’s Seize The Idea contest I’ve continued looking around the house for a good project, and my eyes once again came back to my 3D printer table. It is cluttered, messy, and much too small for the number of things I use it for. Soon after printing the stand for the Switch 11 and changing to Octoprint for printer control a new soldering station arrived. With its placement on the table here is little room left to actually solder anything, so something else has to go. Continue reading
As part of Acer’s Seize The Idea contest I’ve been looking around the house at my half finished DIY projects and thinking of innovative ways to use one of the Acer products to finally wrap a few of them up. Since nearly of all my recent projects involve one or both of my 3D printers, it seems fitting that I should take this opportunity to solve a little control issue I’ve been having. Continue reading
‘Skylanders’ has released another great holiday character. This time it is Love Potion Pop Fizz. Rumor is he was working on a raspberry soda when his recipe backfired and what you see is the result. A raspberry pink Love Potion Pop Fizz, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading
Acer is offering up some cool products for their Seize the Idea contest. You have from now until February 28th to submit your essay on what you would do with Acer Idea Kit which includes an Aspire Switch 11, Aspire AZ3 Touch All-in-One, and the Acer H6510 3D Projector.
The Tracks Air headphones bring the technology of Motorola together with the style and sound of Sol Republic for a great pair of wireless headphones. Paired via Bluetooth with your phone, the Tracks Air deliver clear sound with distinct highs and reasonable bass. The built in microphones allow you to take phone calls on the Air Tracks. They even support NFC for easy pairing with your phone. Continue reading
From open to close, all local GameStop stores will be hosting a Light & Dark Skylanders Day. Stop in for some great deals and exclusive traps and characters. Eon’s Elite Stealth Elf and Elite Terrafin will be on sale for $20 and if you haven’t joined the Trap Team, all starter packs will be $30 off.
With only a few sleeps left before presents start magically appearing under our Christmas trees, the time is short to finish the gift buying. Fortunately I’ve finished all my shopping with only one final present in transit at this time. Most of the items below are available for quick shipping and should make it to your door by sometime Wednesday if you order early enough.
For the first time in the franchise’s history, Skylanders is introducing two new elements. Light and Dark elements join the other eight elements in Skylanders Trap Team with the introduction of two new characters. Knight Mare and Knight Light will be available soon along with a location piece that will unlock a special level in the game. Continue reading
Well dressed, well groomed, and well organized are things that are rarely associated with geeks. I admit I’m more often wearing an old (usually free) t-shirt and shorts. Whether I’m writing code, or writing articles, my comfort is my top priority, but there are times when we need to make an impression and that AOL shirt from the last COMDEX (circa 2003) won’t do. Below we bring together a few of the things we’ve reviewed over the year that help with that first impression.
One of my favorite things about the maker revolution is the availability of tools that a decade ago were out of reach of the average hobbyist. Sure, magazines like Nuts & Volts catered to the die-hard hobbyists, but before the internet, and before e-commerce it was difficult for the average guy to find the parts for their projects. It wasn’t just availability either, the price of these things was high. Development boards for microcontrollers cost upwards of $100 and more, and small parts often had a minimum order of 100 units.
Marian Call, my favorite geek songstress, has released a new holiday EP titled Yippee Ki Yay. Like most of Marian’s catalog, this release is an eclectic mix of tracks, eight in all, that emphasize her voice and witty writing style. The album opens with Marian’s acapella rendition of Ave Maria which I’ve had the privilege of hearing live. What follows is a delightful path through the beauty and comedy of Marian’s work. Continue reading
From home automation, to mini home construction, we have bring you some of our favorite DIY projects, tools, and home improvement products. Read more to find out which products we recommend to make your life easier.
I, like most geeks, enjoy the form and function of a well made gadget. Below we present some of the favorite things we’ve reviewed this year. Any of these would make great gifts, or wish-list additions.
Check out GeekDad’s holiday picks for music, movies and media. Continue reading
Many congratulations to our friends at Toys For Bob, and Activision. Eruptor, one of my favorite Skylanders, is to appear in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The larger than life Eruptor balloon took more than 40 gallons of fluorescent paint and five barrels of glitter to recreate his fiery personality. Check out the parade on turkey day starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Continue reading
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.
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.