The first ever GeekDad Day is Sunday, June 17th, 2012. People from all over the world are taking part in the celebration of modern parenthood, spending the day doing cool projects, building awesome things, and having fun with their kids. After all the fun, we hope you'll take a moment and share what you did with the greater GeekDad Community here. Feel free to post pictures, video, and stories here and in the multimedia section of the site. Let us know what amazing things you did with your kids!
Happy #GeekDadDay everyone! I was awakened this morning by my daughter at 6am as she was so excited about it all. After I got my lie in she gave me all the wonderful cards she made me, then showed me my customised computer before giving me my awesome pressie - one of Susan Kare's fabulous Mac Icon prints.
Currently playing lots of LCD Soundsystem very loud because no one can tell me not to today!
Knowing that I was going to be spending most of my morning running the Canton Marathon - and most of the rest of the day recovering - my daughter insisted on giving me my GeekDad Day card on Saturday night.
It features Doctor Who (eleventh), Harry Potter, Sherlock Homes (Cumberbatch version) and Frodo Baggins, stick figure-fied and slinging Father's Day quips.
As they say on TV: Priceless.
I got in a little early as my step-son was away to his dads today so we made a night of it last night. I got the old rulebooks out and introduced them to Warhammer 40k.
My kids and I spent a good chunk of the day washing both of our cars, which (of course) devolved into a huge water fight. It was a welcome respite from a very hot day. We then spent the remainder of the afternoon playing 7 Wonders and Power Grid. It was a very fun day!
Oooh, I wonder when my kids will be ready for Power Grid. That's a pretty heavy one—I'm impressed!
My son stuck with it pretty well, but the girls ... I think 7 Wonders had taken its toll.
Our GeekDad day got off to a rocky start because my wife woke up with a bad migraine, but I took the kids to church and then out to lunch, and in the afternoon we went to OMSI (the science museum) and had a nice time playing around with the hands-on exhibits. One of the coolest things was the ferrofluid — they had various magnetic bits in three tanks of water: "small, smaller, and nano." There were magnets you could hold up to the tank to see how the different-sized bits responded, and the nano-sized ferrofluid was really cool to watch.
We also stopped in the laser/holography lab. Holograms still blow my mind. They had a large hologram of a microscope, and you could look into the eyepiece and see the slide. Despite the diagrams and everything I still only have the vaguest idea of how it works.
If you are interested in learning more about holograms with your kids, you can get some very nice hologram kits that are simple to use and a lot of fun. I've made a lot of holograms with my kids, although that's because I actually founded a hologram company that makes these hologram kits. Still, the kids are blown away every time. The latest version is a color hologram kit that just got funded on Kickstarter, but you can get a single-color kit from Litiholo.com for about $100 bucks. Not bad for making holograms and getting a hands-on education in optical physics.
By the way, I've seen the hologram with the microscope, and it's very cool!
Well, for the most part we had a pretty normal day. Got up, spent some time in bed with the wife and kiddo watching some Psych and just talking. Then it was time to get up and head over to my parents for our obligatory Father's Day dinner. It was fairly non-descript from there, talking, going outside with the nephew to play "lawn darts," (They have this weird plastic bumper thing on the end for safety, not the darts I played with growing up), and enjoyed ourselves. There was one really cool thing, it was the first time we had four generations of women in one room (on my mother's side). Our daughter was the first great-granddaughter for my mother's parents, so I felt that was really cool.
After that came the fun part. My parents had agreed to watch our daughter so my wife and I could get out for our first night away from the kiddo. We packed up and drove about an hour away to a little town to go to one of the only Drive-in theaters anywhere near us. It was awesome! They had a double feature of Battleship and Men In Black 3 playing. We spent the first movie sitting out under the stars, then decided to hop into the car for the second since it was getting kind of chilly. And what made it even better was that my wife could go out and see first-run movies with me. So, I have to say it was a great father's day, and belated mother's day for my wife.
For Father's Day we made a 3D printer with plastic parts that glow in the dark. So you might ask, "Why make a 3d printer that glows in the dark?" As my four year son said, "Why not Dad? It will be so cool!"
I have also outlined the major steps to build one: projects
So we have finished building our glow-in-the-dark 3D printer.
It looks very cool in the dark and then when we turn on the LED rocker switches to power it on - it's even more awesome because the light from the LED reflects into the acrylic panels. It's tricky to photograph in the dark....
I asked what should 3d print first and my son wanted to make a toy truck.
It was a lot of work, and we have a great time together!
My wife makes and sells these machines, so we have everything that we need in the garage. However, you can get an assembled version or kit from the website.