Ninja the Mission Force: Better Than Real Life

The Father Geek inbox gets a lot of mail nowadays. Subject matter ranges from review requests, questions from our readers, and so much SPAM we could put Hormel Foods out of business. I look through it all to make sure I don’t miss any opportunities and kindly responding to those who took the time to write to me. Today, the inbox was sent an invitation to take a look at a project that was described as “a bunch of twenty-somethings, mostly dudes, getting together to shoot some online videos.” Most of the time, I would stop right there, but then they said “Ninja”. Intrigued, I continued… Continue reading

My Toothbrush Is Smarter Than You (Part 2)

To quickly recap, I was asked to try a new toothbrush and tell you what I thought of it. Admittedly, not the “norm” for our site, but I’m willing to give anything a try and goodness knows I love writing. It was with some amusement, then, that I took on the responsibility of testing out the new Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide. Continue reading

Better Games Through Data Mining

Consider board and card games. Each game has a rule set that defines what a player can and cannot do. Within that rule set, game mechanisms are used to help facilitate play and further reinforce the rules. If you can see patterns in the way the game plays, the way players interact with the game, and the outcome, you can make very smart choices on your turn. You already do this, to a point, and its one of the important Geek Skills: Logical and Critical Thinking. Continue reading

My Toothbrush Is Smarter Than You (Part 1)

My toothbrush is smarter than you. I’m not saying this to anger or provoke you. I am simply stating a fact. And if it makes you feel any better, the toothbrush is smarter than me, too. Where my toothbrush leaves you and I in the dust is oral hygiene. Which, when you stop and consider it, is really the only place where a “smart toothbrush” could have any advantage. Continue reading

Geek Organization: Out With the Old, In With the New

Last year, I was having a personal geek problem. To my shame, my game collection was in total disarray. I couldn’t easily find the games I wanted to play, I had games all over the floor, and I had a hard time getting into the room where my games were kept. I decided “enough was enough” and started addressing the problem by getting organized and cleaning up the clutter. Continue reading

Dance Until You Can Dance No More!

I spend a ridiculously amount of time on the computer. I can’t help it; it’s my job. Whenever I find something that I really enjoy, and is little geek friendly, I make it a point to show it to my children so they can enjoy it, too. More times than not, this gets me in trouble with my goodly wife as my sense of humor is borderline insane. However, my little geeks love it. In the end, the cheers and laughter of my children outweight the eye rolling of my wife. Sorry, babe… Continue reading

Geek Life On a Budget

The hobby of board games, card games, dice games, and the mixing of all three is not a cheap one. In fact, you can expect to pay at least $20 for a game and from there the price skyrockets. It is not unheard of for games to be as expensive as over $100. That might seem like a great deal of money (and in all honesty, it really is), but for those who are passionate about the hobby, the money is well spent. Continue reading