Sesame Street Makes a Really Sweet Star Wars Parody

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This is just brilliant. Even if the rest of it weren’t also great, it would be worth watching this just for the Yoda – er, Groda – part. Trust me, it’s five minutes of your life you won’t regret spending. Continue reading

Toyota Targets Geeky Families With New 2015 Sienna Video Ad

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For the launch of the new 2015 model Sienna minivan, Toyota has worked with well-known Internet video personalities to produce a series of soft-sell online ads. The first two have been released, and one is aimed straight at geek families, and geek dads in specific. Continue reading

How to Be a Father and a Filmmaker: Interview with Jeff Stern, Director of The Morning of Everything

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The Morning of Everything is a new film about a father losing himself in the world of childrearing, and the three-year-old son who must journey through a treacherous adult world of fun-house encounters in search of his lost owl, eventually helping the dad find himself again. We speak to filmmaker Jeff Stern about the struggle to be a father and a filmmaker, or any creative person. Continue reading

Check Out the Nintendo World Pokémon Series Showcase

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Over the weekend I finally managed to sneak in enough playtime to defeat the Elite Four in Pokémon Y and claim my rightful place as the Pokémon League Champion. In-between a few rounds of multiplayer battle and some Pokémon trading — we had to evolve those Haunters — the kids and I also took a few minutes to check out this great series retrospective from Nintendo. Continue reading

How to Raise Good Geeks

How to Raise Good Geeks

Being called a geek used to be an insult, but we all know it as a badge of honor. Fostering geekiness, however, often has to be an intentional choice to get out of the way of our innate joy of learning. Here are eleven things to consider with your own young geeks.
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Nuclear Bubble Wrap Brings Us “Hulkulele”

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One of the many major announcements coming out of last week’s San Diego Comic-Con concerned the Avengers sequel — tellingly entitled Avengers: Age of Ultron. Of course the biggest news in the franchise was largely ignored by the general public. Continue reading

Video: SpaceX’s Grasshopper Makes Vertical Takeoff, Vertical Landing a Reality

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SpaceX, the private space transport company founded and run by Elon Musk, has made yet another advance: rockets that not only don’t burn up in the atmosphere on the way down, but are actually capable of landing vertically on the exact spot from which they took off. Continue reading

Geek Camp: Alka Seltzer and Frickin’ Laser Beams

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Days 3 and 4 of our family Geek Camp included a trip to a nearby hackerspace and playtesting a water tag game. This is a report from the field. Continue reading

Geek Camp: Peeta and Petaflops

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The second day of Geek Camp is in the books. With 15 campers, three pets and at least one bum knee to manage this week, our carefully crafted schedule became more of a Disneyland map than a flight plan. Yet to come is a hacker space, comic book day, and a game involving alka seltzer and duct tape. In the meantime, here’s a report from the field. Continue reading

All the Lasers, All the Feels

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If there are two things I love about nerd folk, they’re surely Angela and Aubrey Webber. (See what I did there, internet?!) The sisters, also known as Portland-based duo The Doubleclicks, recently released a new music video for the track “Lasers and Feelings,” and it’s a love song for the super villain in all of us. Continue reading

Adam WarRock Raps Gravity Falls (Again)

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Nearly a year ago, pop culture rapper Adam WarRock released his original musical tribute to Disney Channel’s Gravity Falls. At the time the fledgling animated series was a mere four episodes in, but even then the fierce fan community welcomed the track and Adam with open arms. Continue reading