2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #5 Geek Culture


Geek Culture is a many faceted thing with the term meaning different things to most geeks. This category highlights some of the things we feel define us as geeks. Music, movies, books, and games are all a part of the culture and here we try to celebrate that diversity. No matter the type of geek you are shopping for, there should be some great suggestions here. When shopping I always look for things that they would never buy themselves and this category if flush with them.
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Creative Soundblaster Roar 2: The Swiss Army Knife of Bluetooth Speakers

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I’ve reviewed quite a collection of Bluetooth speakers in recent months, but the Creative Soundblaster Roar 2 has managed to leave a lasting impression. It not only holds its own against other speakers in its class when it comes to audio quality, it’s packed with additional features and capabilities. Continue reading

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 16: Flesh and Blood and Brain and Bone

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Halloween is nigh, so here’s another collection of seasonal songs for your listening pleasure. Prepare for 40 minutes of swears and scares in this, the second installment of my annual Radio Free Hipster Halloween Crap-tacular. Continue reading

Casio’s CGP-700: A Powerful Alternative to an Expensive Piano


Recently, I was given the opportunity to test out Casio’s new CGP-700, a full (88-key) electric piano. With a musician in the family (my wife) and a budding musician in the making (my daughter), we definitely put it through the wringer. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Tree Labs’ Minimalist Astro Speaker Delivers

Astro by Tree Labs

I was recently sent a review unit of an interesting new Bluetooth speaker set to launch on Kickstarter. The Astro speaker from Tree Labs takes a minimalist approach, both visually and in terms of digital tweaking of sound. It’s a different approach than most speakers offer and it’s kind of refreshing… Continue reading

‘DC Super Hero Girls’ Is Officially Live


The much anticipated ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ is finally live with the first three episodes of the cartoon, more details about both the action dolls and action figures, a new web based video game (who says girls aren’t gamers?), and interactive bios of the seven main heroes. Continue reading

Nestled Among the Monuments, Landmark Makes a Mark


The Landmark Music Festival recently set up camp in Washington DC’s West Potomac Park (that’s between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials for you out-of-towners) for the first time. Officially, the event drew approximately 50,000 people and raised about $570,000 for its cause. Continue reading

The Landmark Music Festival Seeks to Save Our Front Yard


This weekend in Washington, DC, the Landmark Music Festival debuts with an impressive lineup and an even more impressive cause: to repair the crumbling pathways, polluted waters, and weed-infested swaths of dirt that have come to be the norm around some of our country’s most famous monuments and landmarks. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Riva Turbo X Premium Bluetooth Speaker

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For the past few weeks I’ve been taking advantage of the extended summer weather, putting a Riva Turbo X Premium Bluetooth Speaker through its paces — and probably annoying my neighbors in the process. It may not be the most compact wireless speaker out there and it’s certainly not the cheapest, but it’s definitely among the best I’ve tried. Besides great sound, I’ve never tested a speaker that has the cord-free stamina of this one. Continue reading

Music Review: ‘Beatles Baby!’ by Caspar Babypants


Covering songs from The Beatles always seems like an easy go-to for bands, and it is because of the proliferation of those covers that it’s easy to dismiss Beatles cover albums. It is also why, when there is a great one, it easily stands out. ‘Beatles Baby!’ from Caspar Babypants is one of those albums. Continue reading

‘Compose Yourself’ and Compose a Masterpiece

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Music is often considered to be another language, and, if that’s the case, then our literacy in that language can be defined by our ability to read musical notes and piece together a composition. But we all have to start somewhere. And if Mozart is Shakespeare, then Compose Yourself is more like Dr. Seuss, helping kids discover and become aware of the sounds and patterns of the musical language. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Taco Dual, Stereo Bluetooth Speaker(s)

ideaUSA Taco Dual Bluetoothspeaker

One of the cooler tricks that some higher end wireless portable speakers are able to pull off is pairing two units for stereo sound. I’ve tried out this feature with speakers like the Vers 1Q and various Sonos products and it’s great—having a pair of wireless speakers for true stereo separation adds a lot to the listening experience compared to a single speaker. However, it’s also expensive. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Zipbuds SLIDE, Tangle-Free Earbuds

Zipbuds SLIDE

Last year I reviewed an interesting set of earbuds from Zipbuds, a company that promised “tangle free” listening through use of an innovative zipper system. They lived up to the promise. Zipbuds has a new product they sent for me to test, SLIDE earbuds featuring “Zipperless Zipper technology” that’s claimed to retain the tangle-free appeal of the originals while cutting down on weight and bulk. Continue reading

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

Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad

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