Pip-Boy: Desktop Edition

Pip-Boy: Desktop Edition

I’ve always dreamed of having my own wearable Pip-Boy and was seriously tempted by the ‘Fallout 4’ Pip-Boy Edition, but couldn’t justify the price. Now that I’ve read some reviews, and had a chance to look at one in person, I’m very glad that I didn’t splurge. While it works nicely and, with some distressing paint, would be great for cosplay, it isn’t practical or comfortable to wear while gaming. I still want a Pip-Boy-type device, so, instead of buying or building a wearable device, I’m working on a desktop model. Read More

2015 Holiday Gift Guide #10: Gift Card Liquidation

2015 Holiday Gift Guide #10: Gift Card Liquidation

We all know that Black Friday is the name of the most frenzied shopping day of the year, but is there a name for the day everyone returns their gifts to exchange for something they actually wanted? As a family we’ve scaled way back on how much we spend for Christmas so there are no gifts for us to return, but we did end up with some cash and gift cards to liquidate. Read on for our suggestions of things that you most likely did not receive for the holidays, but may make your 2016 a little geekier than 2015. Read More

2015 Holiday Gift Guide #7: DIY and Makers

2015 Holiday Gift Guide #7: DIY and Makers

Artist, maker, electronics geek, DIY enthusiast, and builder are just some of the names we call ourselves, but, whatever your moniker, we all share a love for creating, building, and the warm sense of accomplishment. Recent advances in technology, and price of the technology, have been a boon to the maker and DIY movement. Below we list the tools, technologies, supplies, and projects that inspired us this year. Read More

Holiday Gift Guide #6: Gadgets Part 2

Holiday Gift Guide #6: Gadgets Part 2

If I had a dollar for every gadget I’ve bought since Part 1 was published yesterday, I could buy four more gadgets! I’m almost done though. As we’ve grown GeekDad, so has the number of authors and the number of gadgets we collectively love. Here’s the next dozen gadgets we love, in no particular order. I’ll have a few stragglers to post tomorrow, so stay tuned.
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Holiday Gift Guide #6: Gadgets Part 1

Holiday Gift Guide #6: Gadgets Part 1

If I had a dollar for every gadget I’ve bought, I could buy more gadgets! As geeks, we have a special place in our hearts for elegant, useful, or just plain cool gadgets. In fact, we love our gadgets so much this year that we will have to split this guide into two parts. Read on for the first dozen gadgets that we have grown to love and treasure this year. Read More

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #5 Geek Culture

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #5 Geek Culture

Geek Culture is a many faceted thing with the term meaning different things to most geeks. This category highlights some of the things we feel define us as geeks. Music, movies, books, and games are all a part of the culture and here we try to celebrate that diversity. No matter the type of geek you are shopping for, there should be some great suggestions here. When shopping I always look for things that they would never buy themselves and this category if flush with them.
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Black Friday Deals

Black Friday Deals

Hear ye, hear ye, the holiday season is upon us and shoppers everywhere are limbering up and staking out the best deals of the century. But are they really the best deals? Watch the fine print carefully for words that limit the quantity or duration of the deals. That amazingly cheap loss-leader TV might be limited to 5 or 10 per store, leaving your unsatisfied hunger for a new TV to chomp at a normally priced TV. Beware also of the trampling hordes and angry shoppers. Every year Black Friday inches closer and closer to in appearance to the running of the bulls.
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A Camera Called Light

A Camera Called Light

The Light L16 camera is a novel approach to photography. Each press of the shutter fires up to 10 of the 16 cameras simultaneously capturing a range of exposures and focal lengths that are then processed into a perfectly exposed photo up to 52 megapixels. This gives the L16 many features we’d expect from an SLR camera, like depth of field, great low-light performance, and more pixels. The L16’s features can also produce stunning HDR (High Dynamic Range) images where both bright spots and shadows reveal their details, something your DSLR will need 3 or more rapid exposures to accomplish. Read More

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #4 Video Games

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #4 Video Games

Today we take a peek at our favorite video games of the year. These are the games we’ve reviewed, played, loved, and sometimes hated. The games that spoke to us and pulled us in and kept us engaged for many hours. Most of these titles are suitable for all ages, but there are a couple that you may want to reserve for the older kids or parents. Read More

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #3 Tabletop Games

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #3 Tabletop Games

Most, if not all, of us here at GeekDad love to play games of all sorts. Digital or physical matters little to most of us so we’re splitting the games gift guide up into two parts. Today we’re featuring the physical games, ones made of cardboard, paper, and plastic. Tomorrow will showcase our favorite video games of the year. Read on for a list of our favorite games of the year. Read More

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: PLA vs Humidity

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: PLA vs Humidity

I haven’t used my 3D printers much since February, so most of my filament has been sitting on the shelf since. This has not been an issue in recent years as this part of Texas is reasonably dry, and unusually so the last 5 years. This winter and spring, however, have conspired to teach me a lesson about the proper treatment and storage of PLA printer filament. Read More

Marian Call at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas

Marian Call at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas

Once again the lovely and talented Marian Call will be performing at Poor David’s in Dallas. If you are in the area this Sunday evening I encourage you to join us. Doors are at 6:30. In past years the show was finished by 9 or 9:30 so it’s not too terribly late to bring the kids. Poor David’s is a great little listening room with a modest bar a bit south if I-30 on South Lamar Street. Read More

Summer Camp for Gamers: The Game Experience, Part 1 — A Holistic Approach

Summer Camp for Gamers: The Game Experience, Part 1 — A Holistic Approach

Are your kids into videogames, and do they want to learn more about making them? Then The Game Experience may be the perfect summer camp for them. All this week, we’ll be exploring different aspects of the Barely Noticeable summer video game development immersion program offered by our sponsor, Experience America. Read More

Aiwa Is Making a Comeback

Aiwa Is Making a Comeback

Everybody’s favorite budget audio equipment manufacturer from the ’70s and ’80s is making a comeback in Chicago. Aiwa’s first product, a large Bluetooth speaker, is ready to fill the void between portable speakers and less-than-portable home stereos. Read More