About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Super Mario Maker’

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Launching next week, Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario Maker’ is poised to make quite the impression on gamers young and old. With its blend of one of gaming’s most iconic properties and the sort of creative freedom usually only reserved for sandbox titles, it’s both a retro throwback and a new school virtual toolkit. But is it right for you and your family? Let’s see. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

New Nintendo 3DS Bundle Announced

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Ok, so I was wrong. Apparently we are getting the smaller, sexier New Nintendo 3DS here in the States. Sort of. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Light Up Your Life With Satechi’s LED IQ Strip

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Satechi has added some novel whimsy to connected lighting with the LED IQ Strip. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 12: Nervous Energy

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I can’t make autumn get here any sooner, but I can offer you 38 minutes of music and musings. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

You Know Who Else Likes the ‘Regular Show’ Movie? My Mom!

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‘Regular Show: The Movie’ is more of the characters your love in the outlandish situations you’ve come to expect. Now with more time travel! Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

‘Pokkén Tournament’ Announced for Wii U

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Yesterday The Pokémon Company International and Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed that ‘Pokkén Tournament’–an odd mash-up of the titular monsters from ‘Pokémon’ and beloved fighting franchise ‘Tekken’ that had previously been limited to a Japanese arcade release–is coming to living rooms everywhere via Nintendo’s Wii U. Continue reading

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Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Nintendo’s Best Gaming Value Just Got Better

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Yesterday it was announced that Nintendo is reducing the price of its 2DS system–the scrappy little brother of the 3DS line and a device that impressed me even at the original $130 price point–to just under $100 American. Continue reading

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Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

‘Splatoon’ Meets ‘Transformers’

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Just when I think I can’t possibly love Nintendo’s quirky shooter ‘Splatoon’ any more they drop this on me–the next scheduled special event, the August 28-29 Splatfest, will be ‘Transformers’ themed! Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

New ‘Super Mario Maker’ Trailer, Amazon Pre-Order Deal

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Gaze upon Nintendo’s latest ‘Super Mario Maker’ sizzle reel and be amazed; it’s seven minutes of madcap Mario mash-ups–not to mention a number of new reveals. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 11: Forgot How to Party

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It’s a party, and everyone’s invited! Well, not everyone. But you? You’re definitely invited. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

A GeekDad Import Guide: The New Nintendo 3DS

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While I’m certainly hopeful that this iteration of the 3DS will eventually be made domestically available, I remain unconvinced. So much so that I went out of my way to import a New Nintendo 3DS from Japan. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Doctor Popular Glitches Socks

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I’ve made no secret of my feelings concerning artist/musician/yo-yo ninja Doctor Popular–he is awesome–or, for that matter, my feelings concerning socks–also awesome. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I find the concept of socks designed by the aforementioned Doc Pop an enticing proposition. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Enjoy ‘Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season’ on Blu-ray and DVD

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I cut the cord a few years ago, and, to be honest, I haven’t really looked back. There are shows I miss, but, between Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, I manage to keep (reasonably) current on most of them. Still, there are some extra-special series, and those are the ones that inevitably end up on my media shelf. Continue reading

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Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Today Is National Kids Day

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Today we celebrate National Kids Day. This unofficial holiday encourages parents and other caregivers to spend a little additional quality time with the children in their lives. Continue reading

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Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 10: Double Digits

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In this exciting episode of Radio Free Hipster, enjoy the music of The Doubleclicks, Wordburglar, and John Anealio. And also the dulcet tones of me with a summer cold. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Piper Security Hub Adds New Video Feature

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The latest update for the Piper home security and automation hub, which arrives today with the release of software version 1.7.0, allows you to take the cloud-saved videos captured by your Piper and download them directly to your mobile device. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Massive ‘Splatoon’ Update Arrives Next Month

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If the Wii U’s exclusive, ink-covered shooter ‘Splatoon’ isn’t my 2015 game of the year… well, I’ll be surprised. Since its launch back in May, Nintendo has released a steady stream of new maps, weapons, events, and even a new game type (the “Tower Control” Ranked mode) at regular intervals to keep me and all the other squid-kids properly occupied. But next month’s update promises even more! Continue reading

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Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Clothes Make the Man: Get Shoe Furious

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I, like many people, have been a fan of Converse All Stars for a long time–even if they are the footwear equivalent of perfectly mussed hair. For me, though, the new, comfort-focused changes to the line come a bit too late, as I’ve already found a new favorite flavor in the iconic canvas high-top. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

What Is the Amazon Echo?

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I’ll admit it: even as I was asking my Amazon rep if there was review product available for their new Echo, I didn’t really understand what the device was. A voice-activated, omnidirectional… speaker… thing? Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

‘Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad’ Is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventure

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I first discovered Oni Press through the works of Jim Mahfood and Chynna Clugston, creators who painstakingly weave music (and musical subcultures) into their comics. So when I learned that Oni was also to be the publisher of a new project from Jeffrey Burandt, AKA: Jef UK of incomparable synth-punkers the Americans UK, it only made sense. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 9: The Livin’ Is Greasy

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The first Radio Free Hipster of the summer includes talk about Mikal kHill and Tribe One’s ‘two weeks notice,’ commemorates the recent passing of Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, and gives props to Weird Al’s longtime drummer, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Explore Gravity Falls in ‘Legend of the Gnome Gemulets’

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The planets have aligned. The portents or unmistakable. The fates have spoken, and their words ring true: at long last we get a proper ‘Gravity Falls’ video game! Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Help Your Kids Love Learning With LoveMath

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Over the past several weeks I’ve spoken extensively about the LoveMath online learning system from GeekDad’s latest sponsor, GPA Learn. I’ve explored its robust progress tracker as well as its integrated reward system, but something I’ve only touched on is the effectiveness of the tutorials themselves. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Experience ‘Spirited Away,’ ‘The Cat Returns’ on Blu-ray Combo Pack

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A pair of new home media releases from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli are available on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and neither is to be missed! Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 8: Joyous Rapture

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The last couple of weeks have been–What’s the word?–oh yeah, brutal. However, in this episode I have elected to play totally against type and focus on the positive. For the most part. Hey, I’m as surprised as you are. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Follow Your Child’s Progress With LoveMath™

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Just like you, I’m a busy parent. I make it a point to try and keep my kids motivated to learn throughout the summer, but I don’t exactly have the time (or the skillset) to develop full lesson plans. Thankfully LoveMath™ from GPA Learn, GeekDad’s latest sponsor, does this heavy lifting for me. Continue reading

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Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

The Family That Plays Together: Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo 2015

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Last weekend was HeroesCon in Charlotte and the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo in Atlanta, in addition to that Saturday being Free RPG Day. I could only pick one, and I made the right choice: SFGE. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Reward the Work With LoveMath™

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One of the things that intrigued me about LoveMath™, the web-based educational program that’s also GeekDad’s newest sponsor, was its integrated reward system. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Pamper Dad With Dapper Box

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Father’s Day is imminent. We’ve come down to the wire, people, and if you haven’t picked up a gift for your old man you best do it soon. Thankfully, GeekDad–as always–is here to help. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

Nintendo Bets Big on Fan Creativity

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This September, Nintendo brings ‘Super Mario Maker ‘ and ‘Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer’ to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Fellow gamers, are you ready to flex your creativity? Are you ready to get weird?! Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.

For the GeekDad Who Has Everything

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Each year we at GeekDad spend the month of June compiling Father’s Day gift ideas, and each year I make it a point to step out and assemble some suggestions for those of us who are, shall we say, difficult to shop for. From the exotic to the plain ol’ pedestrian, here are a handful of gifts for dads with eclectic tastes. Continue reading

About Z

Z. is a proud father of two, Managing Editor of the GeekDad blog, a multiple Parsec award-winning podcaster and a lover of nerd music and culture.