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Arthur to Young Sherlock Holmes – 2011’s miscellaneous GeekDad stuff

In addition to the reviews and interviews I did for GeekDad this year, I also wrote a half-dozen posts about things like discovering the TV show Eureka, spooky Ray Bradbury stories, and attending the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 with my daughter. I loved writing these.

Eureka – I Have (Finally) Found It!

Young Sherlock Holmes Revisited

Pick A Doctor, Any Doctor, on Netflix

Harry Potter and the Nostalgic GeekDad (Probably my favorite GeekDad contribution this year.)

Ten Tales by Ray Bradbury to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

The 15 Geekiest Episodes of PBS’s Arthur

The Fellowship of the Ring and a Decade of Family Geekdom

GeekDad also featured my Delving Into Dungeons & Dragons As A Family post – originally from summer 2010 – as a “wayback machine” post this July. Since this is one of my other favorites, I was glad to see it up there again.

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December 31, 2011 Posted by | Film, geek, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2011 in (GeekDad) review

GeekDad reviewsI reviewed some awfully fun stuff this year for GeekDad – a dozen books and a couple TV shows, most of which are well worth checking out:

Gaming Fix: Jane McGonigal’s Reality is Broken

It’s A Craft Trap! The Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton

Fuzzy Reboot: John Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation

Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer

Simon Pegg’s Nerd Do Well

The Transformers Vault: Treasures from Cybertron

The Snow Queen’s Shadow by Jim C. Hines

The Science Channel: Dark Matters

Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition

Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads by Kirk Demarais

Man in Black: Star Wars: The Complete Vader

Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C.

Doctor Who: The sixth series DVD set

The Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual

December 30, 2011 Posted by | Books, Fiction, geek, science fiction, Television, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Dusk at the edge of Upper Sandusky

My mom, my daughter and I drove to Upper Sandusky on Thursday, Dec. 29, to visit my grandma. We spent several hours with her, going out for a late lunch and hanging out in the big sun room of the facility where she lives. My nephews were there, and my brother and sister-in-law, and my aunt and uncle, too.

On the way home, mom and I talked about her childhood in Upper, and she asked me about my earliest memories, which go back to living in the farmhouse where she grew up. We stayed there with my grandparents during some of my dad’s service in the Air Force. We were both a little surprised to find that I have an accurate memory of the kitchen tile floor pattern, even though I was less than a year old when we moved in.

More than usual – maybe it was the early sunset, maybe it was the bare, harvested fields stretching into the distance – Upper Sandusky felt very much today like a tiny outpost on the edge of a vast gulf of land and sky and constant wind. It’s not an unfamiliar or unpleasant feeling, but it was particularly strong this afternoon.

Upper Sandusky sunset and moon

Upper Sandusky sunset

Upper Sandusky - tree

Upper Sandusky - clouds and cornfield

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Family history, Ohio, photos, Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment

My GeekDad interviews of 2011

Two facts: One, contributing to Wired‘s GeekDad is, no question, one of the most fun things I get to do as a writer; and two, I’ve always loved the inspiration and energy rush that comes from talking with creative people about their imaginations, work and passion.

So when I get to do both of those things at the same time, well, it’s like sticking the equivalent of a plant nutrient spike into the nerdiest corner of my brain.

I wrote up four interviews for GeekDad in 2011:

From Monty Python to Mad to Manga: An Interview with Mark CrilleyDon’t forget, Brody’s Ghost, Volume 3  is set for a May release.

Please Don’t Stab John Scalzi in the EyeballsWe talked about Fuzzy Nation and geek parenting, and he shared a father-daughter anecdote which he later turned into a Penny Arcade comic strip.

Air Cars to X-Ray Spex – My friend Kirk Demarais has a blast pulling back the curtain on the real stuff in old comic book ads in his book Mail-Order Mysteries.

What’s Behind James Gough’s Cloak? – Great premise for a book, fantastic guy to talk to. You’re ever in the market for an extra kiloton of energy, spending five minutes with James will replenish your stores and then some.

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Books, Fiction, geek, Ohio, science fiction, writing | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Knights Archive Reviews Collect All 21!

Collect All 21 by John Booth

Andrew over at the Star Wars fan site Knights Archive has written a nice dual review of Collect All 21!  and Tony Pacitti’s My Best Friend is a Wookiee.

(You may try not to snicker when you get to the part where he describes me as the “matured family man.” I know it made me grin.)

 

December 20, 2011 Posted by | 1970s, 1980s, Books, eighties, Film, geek, science fiction, writing | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Boba flakes out.

Boba Fett paper snowflake

Click for a larger version.

 

My crafting skills are fair at best, and I haven’t folded a paper snowflake in years, but after seeing the link to Anthony Herrera’s Star Wars templates on GeekDad, I gave the Boba Fett a whirl. (Note: The Boba Fett design actually came from Matters of Grey, which inspired Anthony’s creations.)

December 15, 2011 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Film, geek, science fiction | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

One… Ho Ho … Caaaaaake!

So, moments before I was introduced to “Ho Ho Cake” at work today, one of my colleagues brought the dessert into the kitchen, and announced, in a sing-song voice that rang familiar, “Niiiine … coconut cream … piiiiiiiiiies!”

WOW. I hadn’t thought of this guy in YEARS! Enjoy:

(Also, yes, Ho Ho cake tastes just as awesome as the snack. Even better, because it’s slightly more moist. And way better than Swiss Cake Rolls, which are NOT Ho Hos, no matter how hard they try.)

December 6, 2011 Posted by | 1970s, Food and Drink | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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