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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Geek Camp: Peeta and Petaflops

Geek Camp: Peeta and Petaflops

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. Read More

Geek Camp

Geek Camp

Our family Geek Camp is a couple years old, originating as a way to kill some time while watching a friend’s kids for the week. We’re turning it up to eleven this year with a dozen-plus kids and multiple tracks for project work. The week of making, gaming and coding will be accompanied by daily articles on our progress. Read More

Mythbusters Taught me Everything I Know About Parenting

Mythbusters Taught me Everything I Know About Parenting

The geek cult around Discovery’s Mythbusters extends beyond the urban legends and movie magic that hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage bust each week. Through their science and creativity, the lessons learned on that show may also serve as insights into good parenting. As the crew celebrates the show’s 10th anniversary, GeekDads mines parenting tips from familiar quotes. Read More

The Music of Calvin and Hobbes Available Online

The Music of Calvin and Hobbes Available Online

Director Joel Schroeder made sure to elicit the appropriate emotional responses from viewers of his Calvin & Hobbes documentary with a soundtrack provided by Washington, D.C. band, We Were Pirates. The original film score, now available online, can’t help but conjure images of boy Calvin romping through the woods with his tiger, or fighting evil space aliens as his alter ego Spaceman Spiff. Read More

Do Not Touch: A Crowdsourced Music Video

Do Not Touch: A Crowdsourced Music Video

Music videos are nothing new to the Internet. However, it is rare when a video changes based on how people interact with it. With Do Not Touch, viewers are given instructions on what to do as the music plays, creating a living art that depicts demographics, collective wisdom, and human behavior. The video — which… Read More

Tiny Games Needs Help to Play in Public

Tiny Games Needs Help to Play in Public

Launched on Kickstarter last month, Tiny Games is still trying to go digital with a fundraising campaign that runs through this Saturday, April 13. The app-to-be will provide access to a rules library for simple, easy-to-understand games by asking probing questions that attempt to match your current situation (place and props) with a social activity. Read More

The Fingerprints of Star Wars

The Fingerprints of Star Wars

One of my favorite sources of information visualization is Jeff Clark, a Canadian programmer who has been using Processing for a few years to reveal interesting attributes of Twitter content. When a YouTube project ran all six Star Wars films simultaneously in 2×3 matrix, Clark took the opportunity to snag some material for an interesting visualization of the movie series. Read More