My greatest joy in life is being a father, and in comparing how I grew up with how my father grew up, there is no doubt that I lived the birth of the tech-savvy generation. Then I look at my children and its as if we are in a whole new world. My dad has a black and white TV when he was growing up and he was lucky to see 2-3 channels. I grew up with color TV, a VCR and the birth of the remote control. My kids have DVR’s, 1000 channels, and can set programs to record from anywhere on their Ipod Touches.
I spent last weekend with my 9 year old son and we were looking online to rent a movie, and I saw Star Wars. I asked him if he wanted to watch that, and he asked “what is that about?” What? You don’t know? It’s only the most iconic techy movie of my generation. He agreed to watch it and about half way through he was complaining that the effects are “old”. I had to pull out my driver’s licence to see how ancient I actually was.
I realized that it is time to take my level of “geek” up a few notches. I recently aquired a copy of Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share. The book was written by Ken Denmead, the editor of “GeekDad,” the blog on Wired magazine’s web site. It’s a great blog, check it out. In fact, the blog is so good that we are adding the feed to our homepage!
I am almost done with the book and have plans to implement some of the projects this holiday weekend with my kids. Wish me luck!
I will report back how it goes. In the meantime check out the book on Amazon.com.