BattleBots Week 5 Recap – The Great Eight, Fire Flips, and the De-Icer

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BattleBots Week 5 – aka the quarterfinals. As always, Anton Olsen and Kishore Hari are here to breakdown the best bouts, worst moments, and everything in between. Spoilers galore, so just watch the embed bouts before reading the commentary. Continue reading

Sphero – The Ball That Does It All (With Brent Spiner!)

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I would say that it is great to have a toy that not only the kids enjoy but I also like, but that is nearly all of them! I should probably say that it is great when I get a toy and the kids enjoy playing with it also – at least when I let them play with it. So is true with my latest acquisition, Sphero! Continue reading

Calling All Makers: Be a Part of the Denver Mini Maker Faire

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Fire up your soldering irons and sharpen up your scissors. The 2015 Mini Maker Faire is returning to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 13-14, and they want you. Continue reading

The Technology of Big Hero 6

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Disney’s Big Hero 6 is set in an alternate reality that differs from our world in two major ways: the culture is a melding of American and Japanese influences, and the technological development is slightly more advanced than ours. Let’s take a look at some of that technology. Continue reading

My Summer 2014 Eclectic Reading List – Part 1

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Now that summer has ended, I’m staring at a stack of books that I’ve finished at various times and need to share with GeekDad readers. I read a LOT more books this summer, but not all of them grabbed my attention or were even finished. One of the problems I have reviewing books for GeekDad is the sheer volume of books that show up in my box. I wish I had time to read them all. I wish all of them appealed to me. And I certainly wish I could devote lengthier discussions to all of them. But I’m a geek dad… meaning I have two boys who are now putting a much higher demand on my time. This means less time for me to read MY books, and even less time to write them up in a timely fashion. Continue reading

Man vs. Machine: Ping Pong Champ Wins One for Humanity

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There is heartening news for pro-humanity partisans. In at least one field of endeavor, human beings still reign supreme over our would-be robot overlords. A human ping pong champion has triumphed over an agile robot. But how long will it be before robots surpass us in every field, and what sort of world will that create for our grandkids? Continue reading

10 Things Science Fiction Promised Us That DIDN’T Happen in 2013

The Jetson’s flying car is never going to happen. Deal with it.

Science fiction makes a lot of predictions about the future — that’s really the point, isn’t it? The best science fiction looks at the future, trying to see where we are headed and what it will be like when we get there. Continue reading

12 Things Parents Should Know About The World’s End

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The World’s End is the final movie in Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s loosely connected “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy”, which started with romcomzom Shaun of the Dead and continued with cop buddy action movie Hot Fuzz. Here are 12 things parents should know about the movie. Continue reading

Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters

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I think what I find most fascinating about these books is the glimpse into the creator’s mind that they afford us–watching how a mere idea progresses through character building, world building, story-boarding, and ultimately into the reality of film. Sure, I know that most of it is CG these days, but that doesn’t detract from the artistic talent and vision that went into creating it. Continue reading

3rd Annual Robot Film Festival On Kickstarter

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It’s hard to believe that Robot Film Festival has been around three years. In those years the festival has expanded to both coasts with events in New York City and San Francisco.

This year they are raising some cash for the San Francisco event on Kickstarter. There are plenty of reasonably priced pledge levels with rewards including decals, posters, and even entry to the festival if you’re in the Bay Area on July 20th and 21st. Continue reading

New Pacific Rim Trailer Gives Us Awesome Gundam vs. Giant Alien Monsters Action

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Warner Brothers has released a new trailer for my most anticipated movie of the summer. Pacific Rim is a sci-fi action flick with giant robots, giant aliens, and [hopefully] a whole lot of action scenes. I don’t expect this to be as serious as District 9, nor will it be likely to win any awards, but robots! Continue reading