Category Archive: Learning

The Laptop Project

Got a dead laptop? We know what to do with it! My online buddy and fellow GeekDad, Mordechai Luchins, has a little charity endeavor called The Laptop Project that I want to tell you about.

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Everything You Ever Wondered About LA

If you’ve been in Los Angeles for more than a week or three, you start to notice things, and you may begin to wonder about them. Like why is there a Hollywood sign, and why did it used to say Hollywoodland, as seen in The Rocketeer? Why are LA’s so-called rivers just ugly concrete trenches? What’s with all the palm trees? And why is this place so spread out?

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Explore the California Missions

Visiting a mission with your children provides an opportunity to step back in time and experience the history of California. Most of the missions display art and historical artifacts, and many have living history and other special events.

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Your Job Is Not Your Life

Recently, as I was packing up archery equipment following our weekly classes, I was approached by a family of four: father, mother, son and daughter. They all agreed that archery looked like a lot of fun. Watching a small group of archers shoot brought back many memories for the father. He recalled the six years of archery he had done during childhood and adolescence. The longer he watched, the more excited he became, remembering the positive experience.

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Ron Howard and Distinguished Speaker Events

Recently I was fortunate to receive an invitation to attend the Distinguished Speakers Series to hear Actor/Director Ron Howard speak.
It was great. He told lots of stories of growing up on camera, working with Andy Griffith, starring in Happy Days, making Cocoon and working with great old school Hollywood actors. He even took a selfie on stage. Ron Howard lived an extremely unusual life which he readily acknowledges. Not every 14 year old kid making movies in 8mm gets to show their work to Henry Fonda.

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Learn to Draw for Free!

Back when I was a kid in the early 1970s, I spent a lot of time at the Torrance library, most of it in the Dewey Decimal System’s 700 section, which is where they keep the art books. I spent hours there reading about everything from the great comic book heroes to the history of …

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Jimmy

It seems like lifestyle bloggers come in three flavors:  1) Cute, hip DIY crafts featuring cute, sometimes quirky young women and their magazine-ready homes and  beautiful lush photography 2) Coupons, flash sales, giveaways, and mostly corporate-sponsored posts; 3) Christian homeschoolers who primarily feature recipes and frugal living advice. Blue Collar, Black Tie doesn’t really fall …

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DIY Tuesday: Star Trek communicator

As everybody who ever met me can tell you, I’m a geek, a nerd, a complete chump for any and all pop culture detritus that strikes my whimsy, especially anything from prior to the early ’80s. One thign I’ve always wanted and could never have was a cell phone that was also a replica of …

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What’s stopping you?

Sometimes when we talk to someone about something fun we’ve done, the other person will say something like “I’ve always wanted to try that.” We hear it all the time when we talk about our archery classes. Scuba divers, skydivers, dancers, actors, artists and writers all hear it over and over. Well, if you’ve always wanted to try it, why haven’t you?

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