Geek and Sundry and Critical Role!

  
If you didn’t already know…Geek and Sundry is awesome. Like this post if you agree…and if you don’t then I’m going to assume that you don’t know what I am talking about. 

Geek and Sundry is run by overlord Felicia Day, actress and geek culture extraordinaire. They write articles and produce webshows which first aid in the site, then later are made available on YouTube. Some of their programming highlights include Co-Optitude, where Felicia plays video games with her brother, TableTop where Wil Wheaton plays board games with several other celebrities, Spellslingers where day9 plays Magic the Gathering with celebrity guests, and finally Critical Role where 9 voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons.

This has to be one of the best things that I have discovered about nerd culture. Whether you know everything or nothing about DnD you owe it to yourself to at least watch an episode. To see the ease with which these actors slip into and out of character is astounding. Currently I am a bit behind the live shows…especially since I just recently discovered this show yet I find myself feverishly trying to catch up so that I can watch on Live on the Geek and Sundry Twitch channel. 

They really are great ambassadors for geek culture. The website fundraisers for different causes and through donations during play Critical Role raises money for 826 LA, which is a nonprofit which provides after school tutoring for students. 

As I said, you owe it to yourself to at least check out an episode.

Critical Role airs live on the Geek and Sundry Twitch channel Thursday nights at 7pm Pacific Time or you can catch old episodes on the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel. There is literally a little something for everyone on the website. Please visit their website and puts around by clicking here.

Where do you get your geeky fix on the Internet? Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll let you know what I think. Also please Like me on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter.

Tech Talk: Disney 

So there are many companies that come to mind when I think of Tech companies. Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft to name a few. What I don’t typically think of is Disney.

Since becoming an Annual Pass Holder, I have been able to witness more Disney tech recently than I have in the past. For a look at some of the tech being used outside the parks, see my article here.  Let me start by saying that the MagicBands are absolutely genius! They function wonderfully.

  
Image credit goes to Disney. No challenge of ownership is implied.

These bands house RFID tech and function as your keys to the park. They act as your ticket, by scanning at the gate, and a using a fingerprint to authenticate your identify. This is really cool, especially when used by gate staff to add to the magical experience of visiting Disney. As Claire scanned her band, a staff member looked at their reader, took note of her name and said “Welcome Claire!” as we entered. That alone could have made Claire’s day! 

They also function as your FastPass allowing you to cut the line for certain rides provided you signed up to receive a FastPass from that ride. It used to be that a FastPass was an extra slip of paper that you would have to keep track of and sometimes would lose. 

If paired with a credit card, the band can also be used for paying in the parks. This uses much of the same technology that Apple Pay uses. 

I think one of the coolest applications for the Bands is using them for a photo pass. Throughout the park are photographers taking pictures of guests. If I equipped they will scan a card with a QR code. When ready the pictures can be previewed and purchased at a store or can be viewed through the Disney Park app. As previously stated, I lose things, and this card is just something else to lose track of in the park. The band can be scanned and used as the photo pass. Brilliant.

That last application is that if styling on property the band can be used as a room key for your hotel room. I love Disney’s commitment to making a wearable device with so many applications! 

Please let me know what you think of the MagicBands! Leave a comment below, and check me out on TwitterFacebook, Periscope @dadthegeekblog and YouTube at DadtheGeek.

Man have I been busy!

So it has been a long time since there has been a post. School has flown by, as it is now the end of the first marking period. It has been a blur raising 2 children, 2 dogs and holding a full time teaching position. 

I do have to give a little shout out to all of my students who found my blog. Hi guys…now stop reading this and do your homework.

But, I am officially out from under my mountain of grading and am back with the expectation of a new post every week. 

I do have plans for moving the blog forward. Stay tuned to my official social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to sign up for Periscope so that you can checkout my live broadcasts. I have done a couple around town and will be doing one this weekend of the RPG campaign I am a part of. You must watch to get the inside information on the campaign and our characters. Hopefully we will be introducing a new character to the mix this weekend. Be looking for the announcement on Twitter.

Now time for an UPDATE: Simon is now 5 months old and is on track to be a Defensive End. His hands are huge me he is easily the length of my torso. For his first Halloween, Simon went as a tiger. The funniest part was that after we put his costume on, any part of his body the costume was touching, Simon would not move. We ended up having more of a tiger sausage than an actual tiger.  

    
 Claire is living large. Being a big sister sometime tires her out, but she really enjoys being one of only a few people who can consistently make Simon smile. She also enjoys going to Disney now that we have Annual Passes and she is particularly looking forward to trying out our new Magic Bands this weekend. 

Don’t worry I’ll be sure to write about all of it! See you soon. Please comment below and visit Facebook and Twitter!