Study and Dream With ‘American Homes’

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The new book ‘American Homes: The Landmark Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture’ is a feast for the eyes and the brain. It is filled with over 1,000 illustrations, home elevations, and floor plans. There are dozens of home styles, ranging from the Longhouse to the Saltbox to the German Colonial to the A-Frame to the Passive Solar. Continue reading

‘The World’s Great Wonders’ Explains the Planet’s Masterpieces

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If you’re looking for some fantastic background information on the world’s incredible sites and sights, Lonely Planet has another quality book that will teach you the wheres, whens, whys, and hows of 50 of them. Continue reading

Designers & Dragons 4-Volume Role Playing Game History Series via Kickstarter

1970 to 1979

If you’re like me and are fascinated by the history of role playing games (RPGs), the folks over at Evil Hat Productions are about to make your day. I’ve written recently about some of the current books available that focus on the history of RPGs, but I’m a firm believer that we can always use more. Continue reading

You Will Want to Own Letters of Note

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Every letter I read I end up saying, “Wow.” when I read it. The alternate history of what never was embodied in the letter written in case the first moon landing was unsuccessful. Mothers giving up their babies, the foundlings. Francis Crick sharing his co-discoveries about DNA with his son before the world heard about it. This is one book I will read, re-read, savor, and use to teach my children. Continue reading

10 Reasons the History of Science Matters

Camille Flammarion, L'Atmosphere, Meteorologie Populaire, Paris 1888  (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Studying the history of science allows you to have a glimpse into both the history of the world and into just how we discovered everything we know about the world. Those moments of discovery may seem anti-climactic to us now, but imagine not having discovered them at all. Imagine living without that knowledge. Continue reading

Serious Comics, Part 7: Making History

Serious Comics - History

Non-fiction writing, particularly biographies and coverage of historical events, often tends to be accompanied by pictures: illustrations and photography help to establish events in our minds by showing us what people and places look like. For the same reason, comics can be a great way to immerse the reader in these very real worlds, experiencing these very real events. Continue reading

16 Things Young Geeks Should Know About Internet Culture

Internet Things To Know

A big part of being a geek includes understanding the shared culture we experience when working with technology. Here are 16 things geeklets should know (but probably don’t) that can help form a base understanding of Internet Culture. Continue reading

Historic Board Games

Whether you’re celebrating or mourning last night’s election results, one thing’s for certain: our country’s electoral process is a very weird one. I was never really all that interested in social studies in middle school and high school, and it … Continue reading

Playing at the World Is a Must Read for Gaming Geeks

There aren’t many comprehensive and in-depth books that chart the vast and complex history of tabletop role-playing and simulation games. Weighing in at a colossal 720 pages, and more than five years in the making, a new book was published … Continue reading

iPad Game Run For President Teaches Kids About the Election Process

Just in time for the stretch run of the 2012 Presidential campaign comes a new iPad game that teaches kids about the election process. Election: Run For President sets the stage one year before America votes to elect its next … Continue reading

Revolution in France – Music for History Lovers (GeekDad Wayback Machine)

In honor of Bastille Day, here’s “Revolution in France,” set to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” in a music video created by a pair of teachers from Hawaii. The two have found an effective method of helping students remember history; they’ve … Continue reading

A Look at George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones Through the Lens of History

Just in time for the premiere this Sunday. The author of this article is Dr. Kelly DeVries, a fantastic history professor I was lucky enough to have when I attended Loyola University (then College) in Maryland during my undergraduate years. … Continue reading

Smithsonian’s History Explorer Website Is Improved!

You don’t need to be a homeschooler to need or want good reference materials at home for your kids. When we were kids, this often meant an expensive and heavy set of encyclopedias that are out of date as soon … Continue reading

Middle-Aged Math Prodigy? Never Say Never

The story was pretty much as I remembered it. A seemingly ordinary 10-year-old boy of humble origins blows away the ogre-like village schoolmaster with his ability to add up a series of one hundred numbers in his head. Feeling pretty … Continue reading