No Starch Press recently sent me their latest Lego book. The title of the book is The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles. My Lego-loving son and I love this book. The LEGO Build-It Book features step-by-step instructions on how to build ten different vehicles. The 136-page paperback is available now for $19.95. However, you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.46. The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles was written by Nathanäel Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni.
No Starch Press sent me their latest book for review on my geek dad blog. It’s called Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects. Arduino is an easy-to-use, but powerful prototyping board. The book explains how to use the Arduino system to create fun applications like LED displays, responsive robots and Twitter-enabled appliances. Arduino Workshop was written by John Boxall. The book is available now with a list price of $29.95. However, you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $20.24.
I discovered something new today — an interactive YouTube game called Cheetos Cheetahpult. In the game, you can use either your mouse or smartphone to launch Cheetos at a man lying on the carpet. The Flash video game is easy to play, fun and a bit addictive. Best of all, it’s free. It’s a nice and safe game for your child to play. Note: if your son is like mine, I’m sure he will go for a shot at the groin area and then laugh hysterically. Boys will be boys.
Most of us have heard of Little Red Riding Hood. Now there is an app for that too. Actually, there are probably multiple apps based on the classic fairly tale. Today’s review on my geek dad blog is about Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow [disclosure: they sent me a review code]. Unlike a lot of book apps I’ve looked at, the new Red Riding Hood features multiple paths with different endings. For instance, in one story the big bad wolf is scared off by a spider. In another ending, the wolf is taken away by the police. The Little Red Riding Hood app is intended for children ages three to eight. It is designed for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.
A Good Day to Die Hard comes out on Blu-ray and DVD today. If you’re a Die Hard and video game fan, then you should check out the A Good Day to Die Hard online video game. It’s free and easy to play. The game resembles an old style arcade game. But instead of a joystick, you use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move forward, backward, or up.
Over the weekend, I played with a game called Space Settlers. The makers of the game have been trying to get me to review the app for about a month now. So I finally set some time to play with the free app on my iPod Touch. According to their iTunes page, Space Settlers is an online multi-player Sci-Fi game that features “mecha combat and real-time strategy” (their words). I never actually got to the combat part because I got bored with the first part of the game and quitted.
I recently checked out Fable: The Journey at the library. I was intrigued by the description on the back cover, which leads you to believe it’s a game about magic. My kids are into magic (thanks to Harry Potter), so I checked out the video game for them. I played the game with my oldest daughter. We both enjoyed Fable: The Journey, but we thought the game starts off really, really slow.
No Starch Press sent me their Python for Kids book to review on my geek dad blog. I think it’s part of their plan to turn all kids into geeks. Python For Kids, written by Jason R. Briggs, is an introductory book about the Python computer programming language. The book features fun examples, colorful illustrations, and kid friendly explanation. The book is intended for children aged 10 and up. However, it’s also suitable for adults who want to learn how to program with Python. For instance, I don’t know the language and I can see myself using this book if I wanted to get started on Python. Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming is available now with a list price of $34.95. You can currently purchase it on Amazon for $18.52.
No Starch Press sent me three LEGO books for review on my geek dad blog. The titles of the books are:
- The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
- The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide
- The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide
My son and I think the LEGO books are awesome. In my opinion, the books are excellent holiday gifts for the LEGO geeks in your family.
I checked out Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two at the library last week. Unfortunately, I had to return the video game before I started writing this review on my geek dad blog. As a result, I’m writing a review based on my memory. BTW, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is available now for the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U.