Teach Your Kids to Code Apps With Pocket Code

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You probably know about Scratch, the graphical programming environment developed at MIT that allows kids to code interactive stories, games, and animations. Researchers at the Graz University of Technology in Austria have been working hard at creating Pocket Code, a Scratch-like environment for the Android platform. Continue reading

Sunday Evening With Captain Owen Episode 021: ‘Star Wars Pop-up’


In today’s episode we read through Captain Owen’s newest favorite book–Star Wars:A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy. Captain Owen does several of his Star Wars impressions, and we learn who his current favorite character is. Continue reading

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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Cyber Monday Gadget Deal: The eyeSight Singlecue


Singlecue translates motions into wireless commands that control TVs, cable boxes, smart home thermostats and more. Select items with the flick of a finger, turn on the device by closing and opening the palm, and mute the system by placing a finger to the lips, in a “shush” motion. Continue reading

150 Years of Alice


November 25th, 1865 was the date when ‘Alice′s Adventures in Wonderland’ was presented to the world. An instant success, it changed Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson′s life, and became one of the most beloved children′s classics to date. Here are some of the books, features, and articles that spoke about this little girl′s journey into the unknown. Continue reading

Spend the Long Weekend Playing Free Games


There are only four days of voting left in the 2015 Children’s Game Print and Play Design Contest and with 25 games available, that is a lot of printing and playing to be had, but, hopefully, you have a long weekend in front of you with your family. What better way to spend it than playing free, original, made for kids games? Continue reading

Black Friday Deals


Hear ye, hear ye, the holiday season is upon us and shoppers everywhere are limbering up and staking out the best deals of the century. But are they really the best deals? Watch the fine print carefully for words that limit the quantity or duration of the deals. That amazingly cheap loss-leader TV might be limited to 5 or 10 per store, leaving your unsatisfied hunger for a new TV to chomp at a normally priced TV. Beware also of the trampling hordes and angry shoppers. Every year Black Friday inches closer and closer to in appearance to the running of the bulls.
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10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Good Dinosaur’

An example of Sharon Callahan's masterful cinematography in 'The Good Dinosaur'.
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Pixar’s long-delayed sixteenth film, ‘The Good Dinosaur,’ opens today. It’s a story you’ve seen many times in a variety of forms, but some stories are worth retelling and reimagining, and this is one of them. Continue reading

Dungeon Casting Part 2: Creating Custom Molds

Custom sarcophagus

In my prior post, Dungeon Casting Part 1: Creating Dungeons With Hirst Arts Molds, I showed you how to create the crypt from ‘Pathfinder’s Crypt of the Everflame’ game module. The key feature of the crypt is Kessen’s sarcophagus. This sarcophagus lid is cast from a custom mold that was surprisingly simple to create. In this post, I will show you how to create your own molds that can be used to cast your own pieces similar, or identical, to Hirst Arts stones. One reason you may want to do this is to create a custom piece otherwise not available, such as this sarcophagus lid. Continue reading