Holiday Gift Guide #1: Toys
Holiday Gift Guide #2: Books
The Perfect Gift for Any <cite>Pathfinder</cite> Fiend
Six Things Parents Should Know About <cite>Big Hero 6</cite>
Asmodee Continues Growth, Acquires Fantasy Flight
Nokia’s Lumia 530 Phone Is a Great Option for Kids
EMP, Nintendo and the <cite>Indie Game Revolution</cite>
Why Animals Make the Best Protagonists
10 Things Parents Should Know About <cite>Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire</cite>
10 Things Parents Should Know About <cite>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</cite>

Kickstarter Reminder — Ingocraft 3D Printable Construction Set

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Ingocraft is offering up a kit of parts that allows young makers to not only create parts that stay put, but more parts can be printed on a 3D printer… and both my boys are completely fascinated by my 3D printer and the things I print out. Add the Ingos (the name for the Ingocraft parts) to that list as well as the app that well let my sons first design on the screen and then convert their designs to real-world objects with physical parts they snap and bolt together. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: It’s the End of the World as We Know It…

Stack Overflow for the end of the world

Some say the world will end in fire, some say with sentient robots turning against their human masters. I’ve always been fond of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction for some odd reason. Here are several titles I’ve been reading lately that play with world-ending, evil robots, and more. Continue reading

Gravlander Episode 5, a New Serial Story by Erik Wecks

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And here we are… halfway through Erik Weck’s 10-part serial story, Gravlander. Jo is definitely in a tight situation, and if you read last week’s post then you know she is completely unwelcome in her new locale.

Are you just discovering this story? The good news is you’ve only got four episodes to read to catch up. Continue reading

Donate to Worldbuilders, Feel Good About Yourself, Get a Chance to Win Some Really Cool Stuff

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Patrick Rothfuss’s charity, Worldbuilders, is hosting its annual fundraiser. Here’s your chance to make a difference and maybe get some really cool stuff at the same time. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Google Nexus 9 Tablet

The Google Nexus 9 tablet

It’s that time of year when holiday gift lists are being checked, and there’s a good chance a tablet is on many of those. Once again Google is offering a Nexus tablet, which means pure Android with no third party UI nonsense to get in the way. But while the Nexus 7 was a real bargain last year at $199, it’s been replaced by the larger Nexus 9 and the price has jumped to $399. Is the newest Nexus tablet a worthy choice for Android fans? Will its unusual 8.9-inch display size make it a good choice for kids? HTC — the company that manufactures the Nexus 9 — sent me one to try out. Continue reading

Explore Your Inner Victorian With The Steampunk User’s Manual

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Back in 2011, The Steampunk Bible provided an “illustrated guide to the world of imaginary airships, corsets and goggles, mad scientists, and strange literature.” It was one of the more comprehensive books that tried to tackle the larger definition of the steampunk movement. Jump forward three years, and Jeff VanderMeer has returned along with Desirina Boskovich (a fellow Atlanta resident!) to offer up a sequel of sorts — The Steampunk User’s Manual. As with its predecessor, this full-color hardback reference provides dozens and dozens of essays, photos, interviews, and more… but this time around with a slightly different intention. Continue reading

Get Ready for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire With New Pokémon Animation

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The Pokémon Company International has just released a sweet new animated video to introduce some of the Mega Evolved Pokémon you’ll encounter in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Continue reading

7 Things Parents Should Know About The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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GeekDad takes a quick look at what parents should know about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. The short answers are that you and your kids will like it, you need to have seen the prior movies, and it is very PG-13. Read on for more. Continue reading

10 Things Parents Should Know About Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Now that you’re up to speed on the latest Pokémon titles, let’s move along to this week’s other massive release from Nintendo: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. You’re excited, right? Of course you’re excited! Continue reading

A Scientist’s Curiosity Cabinet

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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