Octonauts at Ease! Captain Barnacles at the Seattle Aquarium

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My son is in love with undersea creatures so we maintain an annual pass at the Seattle Aquarium and go frequently. Recently, the Seattle Aquarium had a special event with an ‘Octonauts’ story time and a chance to meet Captain Barnacles. Since my son is also a huge ‘Octonauts’ fan, we made sure to take a special father-son trip to the aquarium for the event. Continue reading

Bill Shatner and Wil Wheaton Geek Out on ‘Brown Bag Wine Tasting’

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What do you get when you put Bill Shatner and Wil Wheaton together, mix wine, beer, and geeking out about Star Trek and videogames? You get an episode of ‘Brown Bag Wine Tasting’ that is truly a joy to watch. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert and Interview: Jason Anarchy’s ‘Haiku Warrior’

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‘Haiku Warrior’ is a new RPG card game from Jason Anarchy the creator of ‘Drinking Quest’. ‘Haiku Warrior’ is a quiet, introspective RPG told entirely in haiku and is intended to be played solo or with up to four players. Continue reading

‘Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’ Lands at EMP

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The ‘Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’ exhibit opened last weekend at the EMP Museum here in Seattle. I was lucky enough to attend the press preview, and it certainly does not disappoint. Continue reading

There’s a Vulcan in My Tolkien

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Last month I found myself spiraling down an internet hobbit hole. Leonard Nimoy had passed (LLAP), and I was surfing the web reminiscing about a man that was aptly described in a tweet as “every geek’s grandfather.” But what does this have to do with hobbits? Continue reading

Music Preview: ‘Legend of the Boar Knight’ by Careless Juja

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Video game cover duo Careless Juja has announced that it’s releasing its third full-length album, ‘Legend of the Boar Knight,’ on March 7th. It’s a double album that tells a fun story rife with parodies of video game tropes accented with appropriate video game covers. Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Harrison Ford and Patrick Stewart!

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Please join all of us at GeekDad in wishing Harrison Ford and Sir Patrick Stewart a very happy birthday, and many more to come! Continue reading

Where One Particular RPG Boldly Went…

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I will always be a D&D fan. If all the various RPGs I’ve played in my life were listed in order of time spent playing, D&D (and AD&D) would hold the top spot. But a close second would be a game from another very popular gaming company called FASA (rhymes with NASA). FASA will be remembered (fondly) by many of us for Shadowrun and BattleTech — and BattleTech would definitely fall in the Top 10 on my list. But for me, FASA will always and forever be linked to Star Trek: The Role Playing Game. Continue reading

At Conventions, Skywalkers, Bagginses, Batmans and Lannisters Provide Back-to-School Lessons in Tolerance

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Whether they were born on Tatooine or Krypton, play Grand Theft Auto V or Cloudberry Kingdom, or watch Walking Dead or True Blood, factions from these diverse but often opposing universes, posing with their fake laser blasters and purple-tinted wigs at conventions, manage to get along, at least for one weekend. Why can’t the rest of us? Continue reading

Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz

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f you’re a fan of the original Star Trek (or know someone who is), this is your lucky day. A new oversized book from Titan titled Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz has just been released that contains artwork from artist Ortiz that offers up each of the original episodes as either a movie poster, magazine cover, or book cover. All 80 episodes (this includes The Cage) are made available as 11 x 17 inch prints, and I’m having a very difficult time trying to figure out which one is my favorite and will be pulled out and framed for hanging in my office. Continue reading

“Worlds Within Worlds”: Shattering Conventions Explores and Exposes Con Culture

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Writer Bob Calhoun’s new tome is Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor, an insightful and fun romp through what he calls “temporary worlds created in concrete convention centers and hotel conference rooms.” We chat about his book, his take on Comic-Con, and the days he used to wrestle men in Sasquatch suits while drunks tossed food at him. Continue reading

Happy (1 Day Late) Birthday to Harrison Ford and Patrick Stewart!

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Please join all of us at GeekDad in wishing Harrison Ford and Sir Patrick Stewart a very happy birthday (one day late), and many more to come! Continue reading

Have Geeklets, Will Travel: Exploring Conventions

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There are gatherings for every imaginable fandom — from Minecraft to anime to Doctor Who. You can hit a comic convention and see a plethora of characters, or zero in on a particular television show, such as Star Trek. We’ve rounded up a few that will take place in various parts of the US this summer, but start Googling to find out if people are gathering to discuss and celebrate your favorite things. Or better yet, throw together your own informal convention at home by trying to get a critical mass together to discuss a particular show, movie, superhero, or video game. Continue reading

A Q&A With Bully.com Author Joe Lawlor

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In author Joe Lawlor’s middle-grade mystery Bully.com, a thirteen-year-old detective named Jun Li is accused of a crime he didn’t commit — a cyberbullying crime. To clear his name, Jun launches an investigation that includes hackers, a jealous boyfriend, and other students in his middle school who are also victims of bullying. The result? A story perfect for kids that’s being called “well-plotted” and “clever.” Continue reading

William Shatner reads Where the Wild Things Are at Denver Comic Con

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At the recent Denver Comic Con, he arrived unexpectedly at the children’s story time stage (aka the “Comic Book Classroom Corral”) and delivered a special styling of the Maurice Sendak picture book Where the Wild Things Are. And, yes, Shatner can get away with it. With anything, it seems, at this point in his over-dramatic career. Continue reading

Why This Geek Is Not Watching Star Trek

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This month, fans flocked to see the much-anticipated second installment of J.J. Abrams reboot of the franchise, Star Trek: Into Darkness. I was not among them. Why would a lifelong Trekkie not see what is widely considered to be a good action film? It failed the Bechdel Test. Continue reading

What is the Best Age for Star Trek?

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And then we started rethinking the no-violence rule. It wasn’t because we wanted our kids to fit in — I mean, we did, but there was only so far we were willing to go on that end — but we realized that we didn’t have a firm reason for the rule. We couldn’t explain it to others because we couldn’t explain it to ourselves. It wasn’t enough to ban violence in all forms simply because we didn’t like violence — I mean, truly, who likes violence? We needed a reason for why we lumped all violence into one big pile and stamped a NO across it. Continue reading