Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Living With Less Clutter Part 2: Going Paperless With NeatConnect and Evernote

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The problem with going paperless in any meaningful way means that it was doomed to fail if it does not follow the kiss-method. I share reasons for my current organizational success and failure in my past. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Living With Less Clutter, Part 1: Keys to Breaking The Paper Pile Curse

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My wife and I are winning the war against our accumulated mail and paperwork and it took learning from our previous mistakes before we got it right. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Kickstarter Alert: MERCS Recon – Cooperative Squad Based Board Game

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You like really good cooperative board games? Well Megacon Games (creators of MYTH) just announced the official Kickstarter for their new cooperative board game MERCS Recon. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

My Preview of A Druid’s Duel, a Whimsical Turn-Based Strategy Game

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A Druid’s Duel is a map-based strategy game that pits you against other players in a druid-fueled land grab. Safe for kids and entertaining for parents. Check out the demo and see if you like it, I know I did. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

A Very Special Dog Collar for My Scruffy Looking Canine Co-Pilot

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I didn’t want a cosplay prop for my dog, I wanted an honest to goodness heavy-duty dog collar like you might see on german shepherds and doberman pinchers. Instead of a spiked black collar with stainless rivets I was on a quest to find a brown leather dog collar that resembled the bandoleer worn by the famous wookie co-pilot Chewbacca. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Hiku: The Shopping List Application That Finally Replaced the Notepad on My Refrigerator

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If you are like my family we always struggle with remembering what we need from the store when we are at the store. Sure, I have a list on the refrigerator of the things we ran out of but I’m at the store now and can’t remember half the items on the list. I’m proud to say that a product called Hiku has become the supreme overlord of list-making in my household. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Creating a Better Experience for Buyers and Sellers of Kid Stuff With Kidizen

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When Pinterest and eBay had a baby, they sold the clothes it outgrew on Kidizen, a new marketplace for buying and selling pre-loved kid stuff. I invited the entire team that created the iOS app Kidizen to share their story about how it came to be, what the app does, and give a demo of how it works. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

How Word Lens Translates Text on Google Glass

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I recently downloaded Word Lens for my Glass (aka. Google Glass) and I was so shocked at the text translation feature I had to share what it could do. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Hero Kids: My Kids’ First Role-Playing Adventure

My kids and I experience our first family role-playing game together. Photo by Danielle Carlson

Hero Kids is a fantasy role-playing game for children ages 4 to 10 years old, written by Justin Halliday. As soon as I had read through the beautiful 20-page full color PDF I knew without a doubt that my daughters would love it. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Tech21: Using Science to Provide Impact Protection for Mobile Devices

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Tech21 is a company out of England with a wonderful story about how they applied modern scientific materials to better protect our electronics from impact without adding additional bulk. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Nakamichi 2.1 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer Review

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My experience with the Nakamichi NK 2.1 sound bar with wireless sub-woofer has me wondering how they can pack so much sound into such a slim audio component. How does it hold up against other audio equipment on the market? Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Loop & Tie: The Alternative To Giving Gift Cards to The Non-Geeks in Your Life

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Don’t know what non-geeks like for a gift? Loop & Tie is an online gift giving service that lets you send a collection of gifts and lets the recipient choose their favorite item based on their own tastes. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

The Next Best Thing to Teleportation: 360-Degree Live Streaming Video

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The Bublcam is a 360-degree video camera that can live stream in HD and was successfully funded in their Kickstarter. This tech is going to be a game changer. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

A Gadget for Grilling Geeks: Grill Daddy Pro Review

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Being a grilling geek I didn’t want to pass up the chance to see if the Grill Daddy Pro steam powered grill cleaner could get my neglected grill clean. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

How I Use Role-Playing Games to Create Teachable Moments For My Kids

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Playing kid-friendly role-playing games has given me a special opportunity to share one of my geeky passions with my girls and create teachable moments. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.

Costume Hoodies: My Costuming Protip for Geek Parents

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We recently discovered the existence of costume hoodies and they are a new family favorite. In addition to having an increase in fun super hero imaginary play, my kids haven’t fought me a single time these past few weeks about having to put on something weather appropriate for a chilly afternoon. Continue reading

Ryan Carlson

About Ryan Carlson

Father, Husband, GeekDad of 3 Girls, and a Glass Explorer. A Technologist for The Nerdery by day and an Alpha Geek by night: Wargaming / Painting, LEGO, Roleplaying, Board Games, Podcasting, and Writing.