About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Now on Netflix

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor—won’t you be mine?” And with that simple refrain, I’m a kid again. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Find Your Despicable Side in ‘Nefarious’

Nefarious

They thought I was mad, but wait until they see the effects of my Death Ray! Too cliched? How about this Doomsday Machine? Still not impressed? Maybe my Universal Solvent will do the trick. Just you wait—the world will be mine soon! Or perhaps yours. It all depends on who is the most ‘Nefarious.’ Continue reading

Portland Mini Maker Faire Coming Soon

Portland Mini Maker Faire

Portland’s Mini Maker Faire is coming up soon! Held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) as usual, this year’s Maker Faire will be on September 12 and 13. The weekend will also celebrate the opening of Portland’s newest bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, along with the new OMSI MAX (light rail) station. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Avalanche at Yeti Mountain’

avalanche at yeti mountain

Time to test out your rocket-powered skis, and what better place than Yeti Mountain? Sure, you might think ‘Avalanche at Yeti Mountain’ teaches you about overreaching genius and unintended consequences–but (like ‘Age of Ultron’) it’s actually about outrunning your mistakes. And one cranky yeti. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘GemPacked Cards’ and App

GemPacked Cards

Digital and tabletop games are blending into each other more and more often, and this Kickstarter project from Eduardo Baraf is a good example of that. ‘GemPacked’ is a single-player puzzle game for iOS, and ‘GemPacked Cards’ is a card game based on the app, though with somewhat different gameplay. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Stack Overflow: Adventures Out Loud

Stack Overflow

Today’s Stack Overflow: books I’ve read aloud to my kids. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Reaping the Rewards: ‘Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age’

Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age

In “Reaping the Rewards,” I take a look at a crowdfunded project in its final form. Today’s title is ‘Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age,’ a new version of Matt Leacock’s dice-rolling, civilization-building game. The game is similar to the original but has been beefed up, with new developments, warfare, and a Fate die. There’s also an included Mediterranean expansion that introduces exploration. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

See ‘The Iron Giant’ on the Big Screen!

The Iron Giant

In case you missed it earlier this week, Fathom Events is bringing ‘The Iron Giant’ back to the big screen in just over a month, and tickets are available now! Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

You’ll Go Crazy for Warpo’s Retro Toys

Warpo Spawn of Cthulhu

Warpo’s slogan is “Making Yesterday’s Toys,” and they’re doing a fantastic job of it. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Book Trailer: ‘The Wild Ones’ by C. Alexander London

The Wild Ones

GeekDad is pleased to present the book trailer for The Wild Ones, the latest middle grade book by C. Alexander London. It’s about a country raccoon who goes to the big city and finds himself at the center of a battle between the wild animals and the housepets. London is the author of several books for middle grade readers, young adults, and adults. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Reaping the Rewards: ‘Dead Man’s Draw’

Dead Man's Draw

In “Reaping the Rewards,” I take a look at a crowdfunded project in its final form. ‘Dead Man’s Draw’ is a fantastic press-your-luck card game with a pirate theme. The journey from idea to reality took a long time and had a few missteps. Was it worth the wait? Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

‘Project Mc²': Smart Is the New Cool

Project Mc2

This month there’s a new Netflix Original Series about geeky girls: ‘Project Mc²’. It’s targeted at tween girls and is intended to make STEM a bit more popular. I sat down and watched the first season with my daughters to find out if it works. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Better Late Than Never? My Gen Con 2015 Photo Recap

Gen Con crowds

Right after Gen Con this year, I left for a two-week family reunion. It was a blast, but remind me not to plan anything so close to Gen Con in the future. I didn’t even have time to host a game night before leaving, so most of those games from Suitcase Tetris are still waiting to be played. So although I did already mention some of my favorite things about Gen Con 2015, here’s a closer look at all the other things that didn’t quite fit there. Continue reading

The LEGO Movie Experience at Legoland California Resort

The Lego Movie Experience

This month we had a family reunion, and my sister and I took our older kids to Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad. The highlight of the day for me was the LEGO Movie Experience: a big room filled with an actual set from ‘The LEGO Movie’. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Level Up Your Standing Desk With FluidStance

Fluidstance Level

Two and a half years in, I’m still happy with my standing desk. I stand about 90% of the time without lowering the desk to sitting level (though after Gen Con this year I did have to take a seat for a couple of days), and occasionally I’ll lower it slightly to use the Wobble Stool or Focal Upright stool. Recently I got to try another option, one that keeps me on my feet but makes me a little more active while I type: the FluidStance Level. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Bounded Enthusiasm #13: Andy Weir and ‘The Martian’

The Martian - Andy Weir

Andy Weir was a software engineer for over two decades, writing short stories and Sherlock Holmes fan fiction in his spare time. And then he wrote ‘The Martian.’ Maybe you’ve heard of it. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

My #GenCant Prize: ‘Emperor’s New Clothes Designer Edition’

Emperor's New Clothes cards, signed by various designers. Photo: Jonathan H. Liu

A closer look at all the co-designers of ‘Emperor’s New Clothes Designer Edition.’ Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Last Game of Gen Con: Suitcase Tetris

Suitcase Tetris

It’s Sunday morning: there’s still half a day left of Gen Con, but you’ve gotta check out of your hotel by noon. It’s time for a little game I like to call Suitcase Tetris. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

My Gen Con Bag of Essentials

Convention Bag

I’ve been attending some gaming conventions in the past few years, and I’ve been refining the set of things I carry around with me during the day. There are still a few tweaks I’d probably make for next time, but while it’s fresh in my mind I thought I’d share some of the essentials I had at Gen Con this year. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Get Some ‘Perspective’

Perspective

Do you ever feel like everyone knows more than you do? Or like everything has gotten turned around? Maybe you just need a little ‘Perspective.’ Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Daily #Dadjoke for August 5, 2015

David & Goliath

Here’s a joke my daughter told me after I came home from Gen Con.

Daughter: Knock, knock.

Dad: Who’s there?

Daughter: Goliath. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

The Geekly Reader: ‘Fowl Play’

Fowl Play

‘Fowl Play’ by Travis Nichols is a picture book filled with idioms, and my daughter loves it. Here’s her review, with an assist from dad. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Stack Overflow: All in the Family

StackOverflow-Family

Ah, family: it can be the source of such great joy and yet also completely maddening at times. As you may expect, there are lots of kids’ books about family, some just to entertain, some meant to teach important life lessons. Here’s a collection of books about siblings, parents, and other family. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Reaping the Rewards: ‘Space Movers’

Space Movers

In “Reaping the Rewards,” I take a look at a crowdfunded project in its final form. Today’s title: ‘Space Movers’ from KnA Games, funded last November. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Reaping the Rewards: The Evolution of ‘Evolution’

Evolution

In “Reaping the Rewards,” I take a look at a crowdfunded project in its final form. Today’s game: the second edition of ‘Evolution’ from North Star Games, along with the ‘Flight’ expansion. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Upgrading My Sous Vide Tech

Nomiku sous vide

A few years ago I wrote about trying the “poor man’s sous vide” hack. Since then, sous vide has gained popularity, and recently I’ve tried two devices that are more precise than the cooler-and-meat-thermometer method, but still more budget-friendly than full-fledged sous vide cookers. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Netflix Enters the Movie Biz

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Not content simply to stream movies and television shows, Netflix has already shown that it’s capable of producing some great series. Earlier this month, they also announced plans to start making movies, too. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Crafteeo: Awesome Cardboard Armor

Crafteeo gluing

In May, we ran a giveaway for some Crafteeo cardboard armor, and I’m happy to announce that Crafteeo has now launched a Kickstarter campaign with some pretty amazing options. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Flipping Out Over ‘Flip City’

Flip City

Welcome to ‘Flip City.’ It’s a small town: a convenience store, a hospital, a factory, a central park, and a few residents. But you’ve got big plans. Raise money to expand and improve your city, but watch out that you don’t make your residents too unhappy! Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.

Stack Overflow: Movie Magic

The Art of Inside Out

One of my favorite things about movies is exploring how they were made. Even a mediocre film can be fascinating when you find out what went into its production, and I love getting a peek behind the curtain. Here’s a collection of books about creating movie magic. Continue reading

About Jonathan H. Liu

Jonathan H. Liu is a stay-at-home dad in Portland, Oregon, who loves to read, is always up for a board game, and has a bit of a Kickstarter habit.