Kickstarter Alert: Studio Cosplay

Kickstarter Alert: Studio Cosplay

Many of us in the GeekDad community have experience with makerspaces and DIY work, including cosplay. The cosplay I have seen over the years simply boggles my mind. When people are given the right tools and have the push, the cosplay results can be spectacular and bring fandoms to life. A Kickstarter campaign, Studio Cosplay, seeks to give more people access to those tools. There are several Kickstarters that I have backed quietly, but this is one that I have not only pledged my money towards but also want to spread the word. Read More

Need a New Desktop? Build Your Own!

Need a New Desktop? Build Your Own!

Recently, I had a crazy idea. I had identified that I needed a new desktop machine. Ok, needed is a stretch. I wanted a new desktop computer. I had the desire for a more powerful, dedicated machine that could run some games and handle 3D rendering and other higher-performance duties well. It had to be Windows-based for some of the utilities I wanted to run and didn’t want to bother with VM performance or dual booting. I started looking at the traditional pre-built sites like Dell and even some amazing high-end market providers like Maingear. I was impressed by what I saw, but what I really longed for was something I hadn’t done since about 1992: build my own computer from scratch. It was easy enough when I built a 486-based machine. I was in for a lesson on exactly how much had changed under my nose while I was buying computers in a commodity style. Read More

Win a Tektronix Oscilloscope With GeekDad!

Win a Tektronix Oscilloscope With GeekDad!

Having the right tools for the job is crucial for any development project. There is a standard array of tools that folks working on electronics have in their arsenal. A soldering iron, a board holder, a digital multimeter, and a slew of similar tools. One of those tools that many are missing is a quality oscilloscope. Read More

11 Things to Watch Rather Than SyFy’s Aliens on the Moon “Documentary”

11 Things to Watch Rather Than SyFy’s Aliens on the Moon “Documentary”

There are some things we encounter in the world that just make a person want to shake their head. We, at GeekDad, recently received a press release from a public relations company asking us to post an announcement about an upcoming “SYFY Event Documentary” titled “ALIENS ON THE MOON: THE TRUTH EXPOSED” because they are certain that our readers will be intrigued. As we care deeply for our readers we wish to make sure you read our announcement.

Announcement: Do not waste any of your time on the farcical waste that will premiere on the SyFy channel on July 20th titled “ALIENS ON THE MOON: THE TRUTH EXPOSED.” Read More

Calculating Time By The Second

How do you know what time it is right now? One good way to find out is to check with the time standard at the US Naval Observatory. You can always go to that website but it is also the time standard used by GPS, which transmits the time information as part of position determination. How about your cell phone? That time generally comes from the USNO. You could set your local network to use the USNO Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers or do-it-yourself and pull it directly from GPS for your network. How exactly is that time measured? One second at a time as shown in this great video from The Atlantic interviewing Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for USNO’s Time Services. Read More

Harold Ramis: The Passing Of An Icon

Harold Ramis: The Passing Of An Icon

How do you memorialize the death of someone you never knew personally yet you feel like you’ve known your entire life? Last night, we lost one of those people that has probably made almost every one of you reading this laugh. Harold Ramis passed away from complications due to an ongoing battle with an autoimmune disease. He was only sixty nine years old. Far too young for a person who filled the world with so much laughter. Read More

A Tale of Two Drones: Parallax ELEV-8 & AR.Drone 2.0

A Tale of Two Drones: Parallax ELEV-8 & AR.Drone 2.0

As we come out of a cold and bitter winter into spring, you may look towards the sky yourself and think of getting a UAV or drone of your own. There are lots of great smaller models of drone out there but in this article, I take a look at two of the heavier hitters, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and the Parallax ELEV-8. These are two very different commercial options, in a similar class, and both are outstanding for their different uses. Read More

Kickstarter Alert: UDOO Development Board

Kickstarter Alert: UDOO Development Board

The UDOO is a dual processor system featuring an ARM i.MX6 from Freescale Semiconductors and a ARM SAM3X8E from Atmel. The Atmel ARM chip is the same chip as the Arduino DUE and the UDOO board has the footprint of a DUE built right into the board, including all of the IO pins. The Freescale ARM i.MX6 is available as a dual core or a quad core and runs at 1 GHz. Read More

Learning the Arduino Is an Adventure!

Learning the Arduino Is an Adventure!

The world is abuzz with Makers moving from scripting to physical computing using the Arduino platform. GeekDad’s own James Floyd Kelly and Harold Timmis make learning how to make the jump to physical computing with the Arduino an adventure in their new book, Arduino Adventures: Escape from Gemini Station. Read More