As geeks we frequently have a love of the arts, and I especially have a love for music and movies. Below we offer up a few things we use to enjoy them.
Disney’s epic animated adventure Gravity Falls may be over, but its spirit lives on in this gorgeous Blu-ray box set. From its gnome-plagued opener, “Tourist Trapped,” to the surreal three-part “Weirdmageddon” finale, Gravity Falls remains a wonder to behold. Binge it all at once or savor its included commentary tracks and behind-the-scenes features. However you watch it, you and your family are in for a treat! So join Dipper and Mabel, Grunkle Stan, Lil’ Gideon, Bill Cipher, the Manotaurs, and more in a town just west of weird. (Review materials provided by: Shout! Factory)
Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition
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Mfg: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Purchase: Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition
Featuring all 109 episodes of its three “seasons”—Batman: The Animated Series (65 episodes), The Adventures of Batman & Robin (20 episodes), and The New Batman Adventures (24 episodes)—Batman: The Complete Animated Series starts strong with its core contents alone. Add to this two bonus discs containing the recently-re-mastered animated films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, 25 bonus featurettes, 12 episode commentary tracks, and a bevy of special collectibles, and you’ve got the perfect gift for the Batman fan on your holiday gift list! (Review materials provided by: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Seattle chip-hoppers Supercommuter are back with the only album to truly capture the boundless ennui of the year 2018, Trash World. Sure, you could get the latest musical masterpiece by Wheelie Cyberman, Stenobot, and Tron Juan in a purely digital format for a mere $10, but why settle for that when you can score a completely unique, colored-spattered vinyl edition from our friends at Fangamer? Each copy features a one-of-a-kind colorway made from recycled vinyl, a 4×5 mini-comic, and a free digital download from Bandcamp.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day Collection
Suggested By: Jenny Bristol
Purchase: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day Collection
Whether you want to relive your childhood or share that childhood with your own kids or grandkids, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day Collection is the perfect gift. Fred Rogers’ friendly, calming voice and imaginative stories have been with us for decades. Owning your own DVD with 30 classic episodes from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, spanning from 1979 until 2001, allows you to share the best of one of the highest quality children’s shows of all time. See my full review at GeekDad.
My favorite way of enjoying music is at a live show. Usually loud, fuzzy, and raucous shows. The only problem is that the sound at many of these shows exceeds safe levels and can cause hearing loss. As a precaution my wife and I always carry hearing protection and one of the better plugs I’ve tried are the Vibes. They provide a 22db drop in sound pressure which brings most shows down to a level that doesn’t cause tinnitus or lasting hearing loss while preserving most of the sound experience.
Wicked Audio Arq True Wireless Bluetooth Earbud Headphones
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Mfg: Wicked Audio
Purchase: Wicked Audio Arq True Wireless Bluetooth Earbud Headphones
I recently upgraded to the Pixel 3. My first phone without a headphone jack. I know it’d be a problem in the wood shop as my sole Bluetooth headphones were terrible at noise isolation. When Wicked Audio offered up a pair of their Bluetooth earbuds, I took them up on their offer and boy am I glad I did. The light weight, long battery life, and great Bluetooth range allow me to leave my phone charging on the workbench as I move about the shop. Sound isolation is great, but not so much I can’t hear the equipment. The music audio is awesome for such a small device. The carrying case contains a battery so you can charge the earbuds anywhere and it even includes a USB type A for charging any other USB device.