Need Father’s Day ideas…think Fifth SunĀ 

So a few weeks ago I was contacted by a company to do a review. That company was Fifth Sun which is an apparel company that has a large amount of licenses. 

Let me start out by saying that first, this is the first time that I have reviewed a company that has asked for a review. Second, please read this completely through so that you read the entire story. 

So after I was approached and told to pick a shirt, I set off to attempt to do exactly that. Let me tell you, Fifth Sun has a bunch of licenses, so you will have no problem finding a brand that your Geek Dad is a fan of. The problem comes with the next step, finding a design that you like. I narrowed my search to the Star Wars selection…and found that they literally have over 1,000 shirts which have a Star Wars design. 

After making a selection and ordering I rather unpatiently awaited the arrival of my shirt. When it arrived however I was a little confused. I had ordered a large men’s shirt, however I received a small woman’s tank top, which said “Let’s get Physical!”

  
I quickly got on the phone to call customer service. They quickly remedied the situation, by ordering the correct shirt and even allowed me to keep the tank top to pass off to someone else. 

  
After the reorder I got the correct shirt, and I have to say that it is fantastic. It is very comfortable, and I love the graphic. I would definitely order from them again.

So to conclude, a crazy large selection, super helpful customer service, and a comfortable product. I give Fifth Sun four and a half geeky glasses out of five. (The only reason for the half off is because of the initial slip up in the order). Please send them your business this Father’s Day and let them know you heard about them from Dad the Geek. 

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The Art of Shaving! A Review

This post is going to be mainly geared toward the men out there. Ladies if you read this further, this is going to be a killer gift idea for any man in your life (unless he has a ridiculously awesome beard).

Men I have found a line of products that makes every shave the BEST SHAVE OF YOUR LIFE! That’s right I have found the Holy Grail of shaving products and it all started in the geekiest way possible, with a trip to Comic Con.

The product line is put out by a company called “The Art of Shaving.” Check out their website hereWhat they sell are shaving kits that include a preshave oil, shaving cream, a shaving brush made from pure badger hair, and an after-shave balm. They sell other items such as handles which fit standard razors from companies like Gillette or Schick, fancier brushes, and straight razors, but I would like to focus more on the kits.

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As you can see from their website there are four main scents associated with the kits. There are unscented, sandalwood, lemon, and lavender. The starter kit has a small amount of each product, and is only $25. It also comes with a $25 coupon off of the full size kits. Once you have picked a scent we are off to how to use the kits.

Kits come in a varying degree of sizes, but all work the same way. First as always you will want to have hot water on your face. This will cause your facial hair to stand up so that you will get a closer shave. You will also want to fill the sink with hot water. Next is the pre-shave oil. This is going to coat your face. Next it is time for the shaving cream. This step might also be foreign to some guys, especially those using cream from a can. You want to use just a small bit on the wet brush and brush it on your face. Now shave normally, but rinse your blade in the sink which is filled with hot water. Once finished rinse with COLD water, dry and apply a small amount of the after-shave balm.

If you have done all of that you should have just experienced one of the best shaves of your life. I am told it is only second to a barbershop style shave. I have not had one but will UPDATE once I have.

Have you had a barbershop shave? Let me know in the comments below. Also be sure to check me out on Twitter and Facebook.

A Study In Sequels…Girl Meets World Edition

A Study in Sequels…Girl Meets World Edition.

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Claire loves Disney programming, especially the Disney Junior Channel. All summer the Disney Channel and Disney Junior Channel have been running commercials for upcoming series. One of these new shows is “Girl Meets World,” a sequel to the popular program “Boy Meets World.”

For me a sequel, any sequel, needs to have certain components in order to be considered good. One of the first things is if roles are being repeated the sequel must have the original actors in those roles. Next a sequel has to have its own original story but stay true to the original themes and elements of the original.

“Girl Meets World” presented all the elements of a great sequel during its premier. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel returned as Corey and Topanga Matthews, now grown with 2 kids of their own. SPOILER ALERT: The end of the episode also saw a cameo of William Daniels as Mr. Feeny. The thing that I liked was that the writers kept the essence of these characters alive in their writing of them.

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I grew up with Corey, Shawn, and Topenga
They kept the essence of the original show by using the humor of the time to be comedic but also had some serious moments. In a world of Disney Channel original shows that are just cheesy one liners strung together into a pseudo-story and an obnoxious laugh track that plays every minute, “Girl Meets World” brought some serious moments with it. The show certainly had silly jokes, but one of the most serious moments was when Maya (the friend main character much like Shawn) looks at Corey (now Mr. Matthews) and says, seriously, “I have no one at home who helps me with homework.” I grew up with Corey, Shawn, and Topanga, and when they experienced real life situations was when I felt the most connected with these characters. I still cry during the episode where Shawn deals with one of his teachers is in a motorcycle accident. I hope in my heart of hearts that this show will continue to deal with serious issues and not simply become a silly Disney Channel comedy.

The writers also gave little nods to the original series. The new kids attend John Quincy Adams High School. John Quincy Adams is the son of John Adams (for the non-history buffs out there); and in the original series they attended John Adams High School. They also made some references to different original story lines. The biggest reference that I did not care for was the repeated reference to both show’s titles. Riley (the new title character) was repeatedly told to make it “her world.”

I enjoyed this show and will probably tune in for the new episodes. The thing to remember is that this is not “Boy Meets World,” and that this show is geared to a new generation of kids to grow up with a new set of characters.

Did you watch or enjoy “Girl Meets World?” What is your favorite sequel? Leave me a comment in the comments section. Also be sure to like me on Facebook and follow me on twitter.

Magic the Gathering Initial Review

So this is my second weekend play Magic the Gathering and I have to say that I am enjoying every game that I have played.

For those who have not played it. It is a Trading Card Game in which you summon creatures to both block damage from and deal damage to an opponent.

Naturally since you are summoning things and performing spells you play as a kind of wizard. In the Magic universe these wizards are called “Planeswalkers.” You can base your deck around the five colors or mana or magic. All of the starter decks come centered around 2 colors. From there you can choose for yourself whether or not to diversify.

For the most part game play is quick. There was little to no analysis paralysis except when we had to look up an effect or keyword. From what I can tell Magic releases new sets every year and each set has new keywords for each color.

I can honestly say that the starter packs seem like the most affordable way to get started and seem to be relatively well matched across the different color combinations.

Even though I currently have a loosing record, I look forward to my next game! I do. Not know why I have waited this long to get Into this game, especially since it is this nerdy.

I am going to give it a 4 out of 5 for the average nerdy gamer, +1 if you are into the fantasy genre and -1 if you do not like Trading Card Games.
Enjoy some pics of Alex and I playing today.

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