GBBP 39: Claudia Gray


This week, we welcome Claudia Gray, who wrote ‘Lost Stars,’ a YA novel set during the events of the original trilogy but which follows a pair of best friends who give a unique perspective to everything we think we know. Imagine ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ set in the ‘Star Wars’ universe, and you’re close. Continue reading

Ryan Britt Will Open Your Eyes to a Galaxy of Illiteracy with ‘Luke Skywalker Can’t Read’


Ryan Britt is a guy with a wealth of geeky knowledge, yes, but he also comes with a wealth of love for most of the franchises, books, shows, and films he discusses in his new book: ‘Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths.’ Each of the essays in this book takes on various geeky properties from a unique perspective: a slightly twisted, slightly tongue-in-cheek, but wholly sincere angle. Continue reading

Awaken to ‘Star Wars’: Season of the Force at the Disneyland Resort

Star Tours the Force Awakens

Disneyland Resort has made traveling to a galaxy far, far away a whole lot easier. ‘Star Wars’: Season of the Force is now open in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park, and the Force is strong in everyone. Also, churros. Continue reading

Sunday Evening With Captain Owen Episode 020: ‘Sith Tea Party’


We start today’s episode with a tea party with all of Captain Owen’s animals along with Darth Tater ( the Mr. Potato Head Darth Vader). We then talk about our trip to IKEA before a rampaging Owen crashes everyone at the party. Continue reading

Parenting Lessons From a Galaxy Far, Far Away


Instead of enjoying the lightsaber fights and bombing runs that I did as a child and young adult, my parenting-warped brain wondered things like, “was Obi Wan or Chancellor Palpatine more effective in inspiring an interest in faith, and why?” Eventually, I grabbed my laptop and started writing down parenting lessons for myself. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #1: Toys


Halloween is over, and it is once again time to turn our full attention to that which we call the Holiday Season! First up is a list of toys that we’ve played with, geeked out on, and raved about to our friends. Read on to see what we liked, why we liked it, and where you can pick one up! Continue reading

18 Great Trailers for Terrible Movies


Let’s take a moment to reflect on 18 of the best trailers ever made . . . for what were ultimately some pretty terrible movies. Let me be clear: these are neither the best trailers ever made nor the worst movies ever made. This group of trailers did their job remarkably well – they made bad movies look amazing, and they tricked us into paying good money to see the movies. Continue reading

Halloween Costume Round-up 2015


For many of us here at GeekDad, Halloween is a great time of year to show off and share our favorite geeky pursuits through costuming. Here is the Halloween round-up of some of our costumes from this year for you to enjoy. Continue reading

Making a BB-8 Pumpkin With littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets

littleBits BB8 Finished

My son decided to reuse his Comic Con costume, so this was the first Halloween in years that I didn’t get to help make one. Since it doesn’t feel quite like Halloween unless I’m rushing around trying to finish some project, I decided to build a BB-8 O’ Lantern with the help of the littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets kit. Continue reading

Before the Force Awakens, Witness the Rise of the Empire


Since Disney and Lucasfilm swept away nearly 30 years of Expanded Universe stories (and relegated them to non-canon Legends), they’ve been slowly rebuilding the “expanded” (i.e., non-film) Star Wars universe through ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ several Marvel comics series, and various novels. Continue reading

Dadawan #3: The Force Truly Awakens


It’s been a huge week for ‘Star Wars’ news and insights, all of it in anticipation of ‘The Force Awakens.’ With record breaking, website crashing ticket pre-sales, new ‘Disney Infinity 3.0’ announcements, the release of the films final poster and an epic final trailer, there is much to discuss in episode 3 of the Dadawan podcast. Continue reading

GBBP Unplugged 1: ‘Star Wars’ Merch and ‘Spy Vs. Spy’


Welcome to the first of what will be semi-regular “bonus” episodes of The Great Big Beautiful Podcast. We’re joined by fellow GeekDads Gerry Tolbert and Sean Hallenbeck, and we tackle the evergreen topic of Star Wars merchandise. The second half of this episode is an interview with the editor-in-chief of Mad Magazine, John Ficarra, and the current artist/author of the Spy Vs. Spy strip, Peter Kuper. Continue reading

GeekGirlCon 2015 Recap


GeekGirlCon just held their fifth annual convention here in Seattle, WA. GeekGirlCon is all about celebrating women and their contributions across the sciences, technology, arts, and gaming. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Movie Mania

Stack Overflow - movies

Love movies? And books? You’ve come to the right place. Today’s Stack Overflow is full of books about movies or inspired by movies … or at least tangentially related to them. Hey, it’s called “Stack Overflow” for a reason. Continue reading