Black Friday Deals


Hear ye, hear ye, the holiday season is upon us and shoppers everywhere are limbering up and staking out the best deals of the century. But are they really the best deals? Watch the fine print carefully for words that limit the quantity or duration of the deals. That amazingly cheap loss-leader TV might be limited to 5 or 10 per store, leaving your unsatisfied hunger for a new TV to chomp at a normally priced TV. Beware also of the trampling hordes and angry shoppers. Every year Black Friday inches closer and closer to in appearance to the running of the bulls.
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A Camera Called Light


The Light L16 camera is a novel approach to photography. Each press of the shutter fires up to 10 of the 16 cameras simultaneously capturing a range of exposures and focal lengths that are then processed into a perfectly exposed photo up to 52 megapixels. This gives the L16 many features we’d expect from an SLR camera, like depth of field, great low-light performance, and more pixels. The L16’s features can also produce stunning HDR (High Dynamic Range) images where both bright spots and shadows reveal their details, something your DSLR will need 3 or more rapid exposures to accomplish. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #4 Video Games


Today we take a peek at our favorite video games of the year. These are the games we’ve reviewed, played, loved, and sometimes hated. The games that spoke to us and pulled us in and kept us engaged for many hours. Most of these titles are suitable for all ages, but there are a couple that you may want to reserve for the older kids or parents. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #3 Tabletop Games

MTG Arena of the Planeswalkers package (1)

Most, if not all, of us here at GeekDad love to play games of all sorts. Digital or physical matters little to most of us so we’re splitting the games gift guide up into two parts. Today we’re featuring the physical games, ones made of cardboard, paper, and plastic. Tomorrow will showcase our favorite video games of the year. Read on for a list of our favorite games of the year. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #2 Books

Art of Dave Seeley cover

As GeekDads we have spent countless hours reading for ourselves and our kids, and sometimes we like a book well enough to recommend it to our readers. Read on as we feature some of our favorite books that we’ve discovered this year. Many of these have been, or soon will be, reviewed on GeekDad or GeekMom.
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Holiday Gift Guide #1: Toys


Halloween is over, and it is once again time to turn our full attention to that which we call the Holiday Season! First up is a list of toys that we’ve played with, geeked out on, and raved about to our friends. Read on to see what we liked, why we liked it, and where you can pick one up! Continue reading

BattleBots Week 5 Recap – The Great Eight, Fire Flips, and the De-Icer


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

BattleBots Week 3 Recap – Ice, Stingers, and Flying Art Installations


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

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: PLA vs Humidity


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

Marian Call at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas


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

Summer Camp for Gamers: The Game Experience, Part 1 — A Holistic Approach


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

Toy Fair 2015 Funko Booth

Funko Booth Toy Fair 2015

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

Acer Switch 11: DIY Printable Wall Mount

Acer Switch 11 hanging on the wall. Photo by Anton Olsen

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

Acer Switch 11 DIY Tablet Stand

The old control laptop on the left, the new portable control tablet on the right.
Photo by Anton Olsen

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’ Releases Love Potion Pop Fizz for Valentine’s Day


‘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

Tracks Air Headphones by Sol Republic


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

Skylanders Day at GameStop, Sunday January 10th, 2015


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.
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Holiday Gift Guide #8: Stocking Stuffer and Last Minute


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.
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Skylanders Introduces Two New Elements


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

Holiday Gift Guide #8: The Well-Dressed Geek

light up hoodie

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.
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