Reviews coming soon!

One of the directions I would like to take this blog is into the realm of reviews. These reviews will range in all things geeky. From books and movies to comics and games, everything is fair game. I am currently reading The Wild West Exodus book The Jesse James Archives: Honor Among Outlaws by Craig Gallant which I will be reviewing once I am finished reading it. It might take a while to finish because this is a busy time at school.

Please stay tuned for my first review soon.

Until next time!

You know you’re a Geek Dad when…..5k edition

I recently was a participant in a charity 5k.  I had been training for awhile before and during my wife’s pregnancy.  Some time has past, and some pounds have been put on so my expectations were pretty low.  I went out to this particular 5k because it was a charity event for the school where I teach, with every intention on walking with another member of the Middle School team.  I get there and that member of the team is late, so I decided to try to hang with the other members who were going to be running the 5k.  I do have to say I looked the part…which is where being a Geek Dad comes in.

I was wearing Vibram 5 finger shoes (those are the weird toe shoes some runners wear) which I was happy to give a mini seminar on to anyone that would ask about them.  I also had my watch which links to GPS satellite to track where you are running, and uses the technology to calculate your speed, distance, pace, calories burned, and times. This watch also has the capability to upload this data to a computer.  As far as I can tell, I am the only one with this much data available on my wrist, and I am the only one in these Geeky shoes which I bought for completely geeky running science reasons (I’ll gladly share if asked).  

To top off the entire experience of running an impromptu 5k while being the biggest geek there, I found myself calculating my pace/split times in my head, then looking at the watch to see if I was correct.

You might be a Geek Dad if you run an impromptu 5k with a GPS watch, crazy shoes and find yourself doing somewhat complex calculations and checking your work in the middle of the run!  

Until next time!

You know you are a Geek Dad when…you find your own Waze!

Only a real Geek will find a way to turn something as mundane as driving into a game. I have a new app that does just that.
It started with a search for a GPS app that functioned more like a dashboard GPS than the Maps and Google Maps apps for iOS 7. A coworker pointed me to my new favorite driving app Waze.

Waze has many features other than getting you from point A to point B. Checkout the app in the App Store for more, but the best feature is giving points a achievements out for app activity and driving which basically turns driving into a game!

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Cool as a Cardinal

My regular day job is a teacher at a local Catholic school. Every week we have a Mass where the entire school attends and at this Mass the fourth graders are always in charge of the singing.

This past week at the Mass we had a surprise guest, a Cardinal. For anyone who is not a Catholic, a Cardinal is a bishop who elects the Pope should the Church require a new one. So you can imagine that this was a pretty big deal. During this Mass I happened to give the fourth graders a passing compliment that they were singing exceptionally well. At the end of the service the Cardinal personally thanked the fourth grade choir.

Then after a little time has past the fourth grade teacher asked her class if it was a neat experience, being complimented by a Cardinal. One student said “Well you know, Mr. S. also liked our singing.” So the teacher replied “A Cardinal, Mr. S., kinda the same thing?” And the kids said YES! Hahaha!