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Train Cab View Videos Are My New Favorite Thing

Train cab view videos are a relaxing, enjoyable experience that will let you see the world in some form, even…

June 4, 2020

How to (Almost) Make Espresso With an AeroPress

While making real espresso requires specialized equipment, you can get remarkably close using an AeroPress and a Prismo attachment.

May 13, 2020

Commonplace Books Part 6: Helpful Products and Tools

This is the sixth and final article in my series about commonplace books, which highlights a number of products that…

April 28, 2020

Cartamundi Makes Playing Card Magic

A magical merger of massive magnitude as Cartamundi, the world’s leading manufacturer of playing cards, acquired The United States Playing…

March 13, 2020

Commonplace Books Part 2: Why Keep One and How?

If you read books at all (and I mean even if you read just a little) you should consider keeping…

March 10, 2020

Etchtober Gallery: Tabletop Games on Etch-a-Sketch

Here's a look back on my Etch-a-Sketch drawings for Etchtober!

November 15, 2019

How to Hack a LEGO Power Functions Cable for Direct 9V Power

Sick of eating through batteries to power LEGO Motors? A little bit of work and a few dollars of electronics…

October 7, 2019

Summer Is Here: What Are Your Favorite Grilling Hacks?

What are YOUR tips, tricks, and hacks for pulling off great backyard cooking?

July 4, 2019

The Therapeutic Value of Model Railroading

I’m a model railroader. To me there’s something so wonderfully comforting to recreate the heyday of American railroading—itself an undeniable…

June 11, 2019

The Force Is With the LEGO ‘Star Wars’ BOOST Droid Commander Set

You don’t need to be a kid on Tatooine to build and code a few droids. Announced for May the…

May 4, 2019

Learn Entry-Level Astronomy With National Geographic’s ‘Backyard Guide to the Night Sky’

Study the night sky from your own backyard, with your kids, your friends, or just yourself, but don't forget to…

April 25, 2019

‘The LEGO Movie 2’ Set Reviews

Which of the two $30 sets from The LEGO Movie 2 is a better deal, Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader! or Ultrakatty…

February 7, 2019

2018 LEGO Idea Book Roundup From No Starch Press

Learn about No Starch Press's latest slate of LEGO idea books!

November 15, 2018

Gift Idea: Get the GeekDad Books for the Geeky Parents in Your Life!

One of the most important things we can do with our kids is spend time with them, playing games and…

November 15, 2018

Step Back in Time With Your Kids for Shrinky Dinks’ 45th Birthday!

TIL that Shrinky Dinks came out the same year that I did: 1973. October 19th, to be exact.

November 10, 2018

Talk and Build Like a Pirate With the LEGO Pirate Roller Coaster

LEGO my pirate treasure! This year, spend Talk Like a Pirate Day assembling your new LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Roller…

September 19, 2018

We Are Knitters Dinka Scarf for Kids Kit

Get crafting and making with your kids! Teaching them how to knit is the perfect craft for kids as young…

August 23, 2018

Puzzle Books for the Whole Family

If you or your family is the puzzle-loving sort, here are three new puzzle books, with a little something for…

August 14, 2018

Fandoms and Geekery: It’s Okay to Not Like What Other People Like

If everyone but you likes the latest geeky thing, do not fret. Stick with what you like—it's important to be…

July 9, 2018

My 30-Day LEGO Build Challenge: The End Result

Learn what happened when I built 30 different LEGO Architecture Studio structures in 30-ish days.

July 3, 2018

Bring Order to a Chaotic World With ‘How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps’

Design and make your own custom hand-made maps using the inspiration and step-by-step instructions in this gorgeous and informative book.

June 25, 2018

My 30-Day Build Challenge: LEGO Architecture Studio

Kicking off a 30-day LEGO build challenge with an architecture theme.

May 22, 2018

Welcome Springtime With LEGO

Build on the season's beginnings with some themed and some new LEGO sets.

April 16, 2018

Happy 40th Anniversary to the LEGO Minifigure!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Minifigure. Which one was your first?

April 3, 2018

Itty Bitty Books: Uncovering a Lost Storybook From Queen Mary’s Doll’s House, Plus Make Your Own Tiny Book Library

Shrink yourself down to size and step into Queen Mary's (or your own) dollhouse library, reading tiny literary works.

March 16, 2018

Discover Your Roots, Part #4: Using Local and More Obscure Records to Focus Your Search

Some of the most helpful or enlightening documents are often some of the most obscure or hard to find. Here…

February 25, 2018

GeekDad Paints! Use Zenithal Shading for Quick and Easy Highlights

Sometimes, the most daunting part of painting a miniature is getting started. Here's a trick I've started to use to…

February 25, 2018

6 Facts We Learned About ‘The Toys That Made Us’ From Producer Brian Volk-Weiss (Including What’s Next)

We interview the Brian Volk-Weiss, the creator and producer of the Netflix series 'The Toys That Made Us,' about some…

February 21, 2018

GeekDad Paints: ‘Star Wars: Imperial Assault’ – Luke, IG-88, Jyn Odan, Mak Eshka’rey, Rebel Saboteurs

It's been a long couple of years, but my initial primed 'Imperial Assault' figures are finally all painted! Does this…

February 2, 2018

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