A Scientist’s Curiosity Cabinet


A friend of mine sent me a link to this site: A Scientist’s Curiosity Cabinet. Professor T. Ross Kelly teaches chemistry at Boston College, and has been collecting little oddities for over two decades. Many of them illustrate various scientific principles; he has motors, cannons, flash paper, illusions, and more. Continue reading

This Thursday: Social Media Blackout Day

Social Media Blackout

Knock Knock, purveyor of fine paper goods (like funny checklists) and oddities (like Clump-o-Lumps) has declared this Thursday, October 16, the first ever Social Media Blackout Day. Continue reading

Toyota Targets Geeky Families With New 2015 Sienna Video Ad


For the launch of the new 2015 model Sienna minivan, Toyota has worked with well-known Internet video personalities to produce a series of soft-sell online ads. The first two have been released, and one is aimed straight at geek families, and geek dads in specific. Continue reading

Shadowrun: Crossfire Virtual Run


Shadowrun: Crossfire, a cooperative deck-building game set in the Shadowrun universe, is currently on a ship headed toward the US and should be in stores by the end of August. But here’s your chance to win an early copy that Catalyst Game Labs has sitting in their office now. Continue reading

Crowdfunding Basics: A Primer

Crowdfunding Basics

Here at GeekDad we write about a lot of crowdfunding projects—mostly on Kickstarter, but also on Indiegogo and various other platforms. We often assume you already know all about Kickstarter. But if you haven’t ever backed a campaign, you might not be familiar with crowdfunding works and what you should expect. Here’s a primer on what you should know before you pledge. Continue reading

Rejected Princesses: Too Much for the Mouse


A former effects animator at Dreamworks, Jason Porath has created Rejected Princesses, a website devoted to notable women who are too awesome, awful, oddball or horrifying to ever appear in an animated musical. The site is not at all appropriate for children (Jason’s a bit, shall we say, blunt and colorful in his language, and some of the featured ladies are sure to raise a lot of uncomfortable questions from young readers), but several of the stories, particularly the real-life women, might serve as subjects for school assignments for high school students. Continue reading

Stephan Pastis: Luckiest Cartoonist in the World

Pearls Before Swine

If you’re a comic strip fan, you need to drop everything and read this now, even if you’re not a fan of Pearls Before Swine. Trust me. Stephan Pastis, creator of the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, has a fantastic story about his latest series of strips. Continue reading

Truth, Justice & Stuff Like That

Splash screen featuring the Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation. Image: WGBH 2014

While everyone is enjoying superhero origin stories this year with X-Men, Spider-Man and Gotham, I thought I would (self-)indulge with my own trip down memory lane. Harking back to 2002, I and a handful of chums (Gentry, Kevin and Rick) formed the FFFBI, the Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation: a motley crew of animal agents led by Agents Elbow and Wrist guided kids on adventures to foreign lands and some closer to home in valiant attempts to thwart (there was a lot of thwarting) the strangely charismatic Skip Intro and his Cyber-Toothed Tigers, not to mention C.R.U.S.T. and the Sandwich Faced Daddy’s Boys. Continue reading