TMNT Guitar, SSB Tourney Come to SDCC

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So after publicly admitting that enormous conventions like San Diego Comic-Con are just too big for me, I have to take a moment to point out two things I’ll sorely miss out on by not attending this year’s SDCC. Continue reading

OK Go’s Latest Amazing Video

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OK Go is known for, among other things, really elaborate music videos, from stop-motion animation with toast or people, Rube Goldberg machines (some involving cars), and the Muppets. Their latest video, for “The Writing’s on the Wall,” features a lot of fun perspective illusions—things that look a certain way only from one particular point of view—and it’s a lot of fun to watch. Continue reading

Marian Call in Dallas Tonight at 8pm

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Marian Call is making her annual trip through Texas and is playing Poor David’s Pub tonight at 8. Poor David’s is one of the smaller and more personal listening rooms in Dallas with a long history of booking great acts. Doors open at 7 with a $10 cover. If you’re in the Dallas area, please stop by and say hi!
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RIP Nash the Slash

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Sad news out of the Great White North, where one of my all-time favorite musicians and a 1980s-era Toronto icon has passed away. Nash the Slash (Jeff Plewman) gained fame for appearing onstage exclusively in a bandaged mummy get-up while playing an electric mandolin. He was 66 years old and had recently retired from performing after 35 years or so of being onstage in bandages and sunglasses — and that’s after his earlier career as part of Canadian prog-rock band FM. RIP Nash the Slash. Continue reading

ArcAttack Places Bill Nye in a Faraday Cage

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Longtime friends of GeekDad, ArcAttack, attended the Liberty Science Center’s recent Gala alongside geeky greats like Bill Nye and Dean Kamen. My sources say they stuck Bill Nye in the Faraday cage, but there’s no video evidence of that fact yet. If anyone finds a video, hit me up with a link and I’ll post it.
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SMS Audio Celebrates Star Wars Day in Spectacular Style

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I am not, generally speaking, a vanity electronics kind of guy. I have thus been able to avoid the siren’s call of the now ubiquitous Beats by Dre headphones. However, when SMS Audio contacted me about a special version of their STREET by 50 line – rapper 50 Cent’s own take on high-performance, fashion-forward headphones – released with Star Wars fans in mind, I had to take a listen. Continue reading

Video Time Machine: Nostalgia in Your Pocket

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I bet sometimes you wish it were still the 1980s: Saturday morning cartoons, movies with special effects, Apple computer commercials… Well, you can’t go back for good, but now you can visit, thanks to the Video Time Machine app for iOS. Originally launched in 2011, there’s now a free version that gives you access to just one decade, or you can get the whole shebang for $2.99. Continue reading

GeekDad Interviews rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes’ Jason Michael Paul

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Just as video games and video gamers have grown up, so has the video game soundtrack. Whether it’s the tinny electronica of a retro-style beat-’em-up or the orchestral might of the latest system-selling FPS, game music composers are at long last being recognized for the work they do to help craft the immersive digital experience. Continue reading