Monday, June 26, 2017

CRASH BANDICOOT'S SISTER COMES TO THE RESCUE IN " N. SANE TRILOGY " VIDEO GAME

Activision is bringing back one of their most popular video game characters from the '90s!  Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will let Playstation 4 owners play a fully-remastered high definition collection of Activision's original collection of  Crash Bandicoot™ video games.  In the updated version of the games, Crash's sister, Coco, joins in the action coming to her brother's rescue.  In Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Coco has decided to hack into the Time Twister to travel back in time to help Crash in his previous adventures.



Players can switch between playing as Crash or Coca as both are fully playable characters.  Each has their own set of N. Sane special attacks that flaunt their own style.  Where Crash body slams enemies, Coco takes them out with a double leg drop.  Checking out all of Coco's animations and moves adds a fun new twist to the game.


Developed by Vicarious Visions, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy takes advantage of Playstation 4's capabilities to provide brand-new lighting, animations, textures, models and recreated cinematics.  You're going to want to see Crash Bandicoot in dazzling N. Hanced Fur-K! The game also provides full analog stick support and a unified save and checkpoint system making it easier to enjoy these classic games.  Activision and Vicarious are honoring the original game's in a variety of ways in N. Sane Trilogy including a revamped soundtrack packed with all the didgeridoos, xylophones, and thumpin' bass lines you can handle, as well as newly recorded dialogue from some of the original voice actors.
 

For those of you who may not be familiar with the original Crash Bandicoot games here is a summary of what you'll be experiencing when playing them in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy:

Crash BandicootDr. Neo Cortex has a plan to take over the world, and he wants to create genetically engineered animals to do his bidding. To create his minions, Cortex kidnaps as many animals as he can; Crash Bandicoot’s girlfriend just happens to be one of his victims. Take control of Crash as he runs, jumps, and spins through 30 levels of intense action on three different Australian islands. Only you can help Crash save the animals, save his girlfriend and foil Dr. Cortex’s plot.
 
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back The evil Dr. Neo Cortex is back…out this time to save the world? And he’s asking for help from his arch nemesis, Crash Bandicoot? Is this just a conniving plan to lure Crash into Cortex’s next dastardly experiment? Can Crash win again or will he join Cortex’s mindless zoo? Bigger free-roaming 3-D environments, all-new animations and a whole host of colorful characters – watch as our hero Crash, ice-skates, rodeo-rides a polar bear and jet-packs through zero-gravity in the continuing adventures of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – This time he ain’t joking!

Crash Bandicoot Warped Oh yeah…he’s back…AND he’s ready! It’s a Whole New Time-Traveling Adventure! All new-style gameplay action – scuba dive, ride a motorcycle or a baby T-Rex and go free-roaming airborne in a plane! Play as Coco! Gallop along the Great Wall of China on a tiger, go extreme on a jet-ski and other high-flying surprises! Prove your skills with the new Super-charge Body Slam, Super Slide, Double Jump, Death-Tornado Spin and a Laser-Guided Bazooka. All new enemies include a new Big Boss, Uka Uka, N. Tropy, a menacing Dingodile and of course, the return of some favorites like N. Gin and Tiny. More Action. More Fun. More Puzzles and Secret Levels. And you didn’t think it could get any better!

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be available on June 30, 2017 for the suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information about Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, please visit www.crashbandicoot.com or follow @CrashBandicoot on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

National Geographic Kids: ULTIMATE OCEAN-PEDIA

** A Geek Daddy received the featured product for FREE to review **

My daughter loves visiting the Michigan SEA LIFE Aquarium.  She really enjoys sliding into all the nooks and crannies the place has which provide kids with unique close up views of the fish.  Then as soon as we get home she pulls out her National Geographic KiDS Ultimate Ocean-pedia to read more about the oceans and the sea creatures that live in them.


Written by Christina Wilsdon, who specializes in writing books for children about natural history and biology, and Rick Keil, a chemical oceanography professor at the University of Washington's School of Oceanography, this 272 page hardcover book is full of wacky facts and amazing photos plus the latest and greatest scientific facts from National Geographic experts.  Aimed for children ages 7 to 10 years old, National Geographic KiDs Ultimate Ocean-pedia is laid out to make learning interesting and fun for kids!

The incredible photography included in the book will especially draw kids to peruse through its pages.  My kids get so excited flipping through the Ultimate Ocean-pedia's pages examining all the photos that brilliantly capture life under the sea.  The book features more than 400 colorful photos and illustrations.  Of course Nat Geo is known for its wonderful nature photography so you wouldn't expect anything less from a book like this.


The book doesn't just provide information about sea life though, it also has a lot of information about a variety of ocean topics ranging from tsunamis to riptides.  In addition to discovering information about a variety of creatures that live in the sea, kids will also learn about science and ecology when they read this book.  It also features conservation tips challenging kids to help contribute to preserving the health of our planet's oceans.  Plus a mini ocean atlas included inside provides a great geography resource for families. 


The Ultimate Ocean-pedia is available to purchase from National Geographic's online store for $24.99.  Purchase 3 or more kids' books and receive a 20% discount on your order at the National Geographic Store.  For more information about National Geographic KiDS publications and programs, please visit kids.nationalgeographic.com


Sunday, June 25, 2017

AVOID EXPENSIVE HOME REPAIR BILLS WITH DO IT YOURSELF FIXES

** Roto-Rooter Drain Care Products sponsored this post **
Home repairs can be daunting for those of us who aren't handy at fixing things.  That being said there are often things that at first glance look difficult to do that in fact are relatively easy for people to do themselves.  Here are four examples of do it yourself fixes to avoid an expensive bill from a handyman, plumber or electrician:

REPLACE A LIGHT SWITCH

When it comes to electrical work in most cases it is really worth the cost to hire a professional to make sure a project is done safely and properly.  You absolutely don't want to electrocute yourself or have your house burn down trying to save a few bucks.  That being said, switching a light switch is a very low-risk thing to do yourself that can save your checkbook a hundred dollars or more when avoiding an electrician to come out to do it.

All you need to accomplish this task are a pair of standard sized flathead and phillips head screwdrivers, a replacement light switch and if you desire a new faceplate.  Remove the faceplate covering the switch with your flathead screwdriver.  Next use the phillips head screwdriver to take the switch out of the wall.  Turn off the power to the switch on your circuit board. Then flip the switch to make sure the electricity has been cut off.  Remove the two wires connected to the switch and attach them to the new one.  Reinsert the switch back into the wall, cover it with a faceplate and you're all done.

AIR CONDITIONER / FURNACE FIX

If you air conditioner or heater stop working ask yourself when was the last time you changed the air filter in your furnace?  The furnace directs the air flow for both your home's heating and cooling systems.  If the air flow is being restricted or clogged it can shut everything down.  You don't want to pay for an expensive repair visit to find out all that needed to be done was change your air filter.  Try this fix yourself before making a service call.

An air conditioner's evaporator coil will begin freezing up when it is not getting the proper air flow and it will stop cooling your home.  Turn off the conditioner for a few hours to allow it to thaw. Replace your furnace's air filter, turn your central air back on and your problem should be solved.

Restricted air flow will also impact your furnace's ability to generate heat.  Clogged air filters will cause the heat exchanger's temperature to get too hot and the furnace's safety guards will trigger its burners to turn off.  Letting the furnace cool down then replacing the air filter could be the fix to your problem.

FIXING A LEAKY FAUCET

Instead of paying for an expensive plumber visit, give it a shot first at fixing a leaky faucet yourself.  In most cases fixing a deteriorated washer or o-ring is the heart of your problem.  Shut off the water to your house.  Find the concealed screw for the faucet hand and remove it.  Next use pliers to remove the packing nut. Take out the valve stem and any screws that are holding a washer or o-ring in place.  Grab the deteriorated washer/o-ring to the hardware store and find a matching replacement.  Replace the part and put everything back together again.

Do a youtube search if you need more detailed instructions as this is a popular topic for do it yourself repair videos.  Also the dummies-learning made easy website has a variety of useful instructional pages for tips on doing home repairs yourself.

CLOGGED DRAINS

If you have stubborn clogs caused by soap scum, grease and other gunk blocking up your drains try one of Roto-Rooter's Drain Care products before calling a plumber to snake them out. It is an easy and affordable way to fix the problem.  Roto-Rooter's clog removers have the precise viscosity to power through what has plugged up your drain.  In addition to being useful in bathrooms this product is also great for kitchen sinks because in addition to not harming pipes it also can be used without worrying about damaging a garbage disposal.  Note though that neither of these products are meant to be used for stopped up toilets or pipes that are blocked by tree roots.

 
I've used Roto-Rooter Hair Clog Remover to deal with a bathroom sink in our house that my wife and daughter brush their hair over and where I shave at that kept backing up.  Following the directions on the packaging,  I poured 1/4 of the bottle down the drain, waited 10 minutes, then flushed the plumbing with hot water.  Whoosh the water ran straight through the drain and the clog was gone!

 
Wow that really was impressive!  No more having to continually pour and flush the drain over and over again as I've experienced with other liquid clog removers in the past or having to spend a half hour or an hour trying to scrape the hair all out of the pipe myself by hand with a snake.  Of course we won't even go into the expense of having a plumber come out to fix the problem.  Using Roto-Rooter Clog Remover was a quick, efficient and clean way to accomplish a task that can be a pain to deal with.

In fact, Roto-Rooter is so confident its line of home drain care products will satisfy you they provide a double guarantee.  If you are not completely satisfied with the product they will refund your money. Plus if you need to call in a Roto-Rooter plumber for help give your bottle to the visiting service tech to receive 10% off your next service call. For complete details on how to redeem a refund on this guarantee please visit rotorooter-products.com for more information.



I've been so impressed by my experience using these products, I'm serving as a 2017 Brand Ambassador for Roto-Rooter Drain Care Products.  Throughout the year, I will be posting sponsored content featuring their different products, providing tips on simple plumbing problem fixes you can do yourself, and hosting some great giveaways.  Whether is it discussing routine maintenance by providing simple steps to protect your pipes or giving an overview about the most common ways clogs occur, A Geek Daddy will be providing a lot of useful information through this partnership with Roto-Rooter Drain Care Products to help you save money and keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.


For more information, please visit rotorooter-products.com
Change the air filter in your central heat and air unit often, especially during peak usage months. Thirty days is the absolute longest you should ever leave an air filter in place; two weeks is maximum for high-usage months.
Using cheap fiberglass filters is actually preferred as opposed to more expensive HEPA filters for two reasons: First, replacing the more expensive filters often isn’t cost-effective. Second, the fiberglass filters actually allow for more air to flow into your climate-controlled unit, reducing the amount of energy needed to effectively heat or cool your home.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Teen Titans Go!

My kids are big fans of Cartoon Networks' Teen Titans Go! animated television series because they can easily relate to these youthful characters  The show portrays DC Comics superheroes such as Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven, Robin, and Starfire as kids that take on a variety of challenges as the Teen Titans.  Children, like my own son and daughter, are sure to be delighted when the Teen Titans join LEGO Dimensions on September 12, 2017 as two of the video game's upcoming Wave 9 expansion packs.



The Teen Titans Go! Team Pack includes LEGO minifigures of the DC Super Hero team Raven and Beast Boy.  It also features the 3-in-1 T-Car which can also be rebuilt into a forklift and plane.  Players can also transform the Spellbook of Azarath into Raven Wings and the Giant Hand to either take flight or dig through the earth for adventures in the sky as well as under the ground.

The Teen Titans Go! Fun Pack includes a Starfire LEGO minifigure.  Players can unleash her special abilities to battle enemies and solve puzzles.  Players can also build the 3-in-1 Titan Robot for a roller-coaster fun-filled adventure and then rebuild it into a rocket or robot retriever for more supercharged adventures with the rest of the Titans gang.



Raven, Beast Boy and Starfire each provide access to the Teen Titans Go! Adventure World in Jump City where players can explore several psychedelic areas from the Titans Tower to Wacka Doodles Amusement Park.  Plus these characters also unlock a Teens Titans Go! themed battle arena.  Purchasing either of the Teen Titans Go! expansion packs also allows access to an exclusive original animated episode of the TV show where viewers discover how the vibrant team of teenage heroes stumbled upon the LEGO Dimensions multiverse.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Dimensions is available for PlayStation 4 / Playstation 3, Xbox One / Xbox 360 and Wii U.  For more information about the video game, please visit www.lego.com/en-us/dimensions

BE A BACKYARD SUPERHERO

Educational publisher Scholastic has teamed up with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute's Education and Research Foundation to create an online resource portal to help parents avoid their kids suffering from succumbing to the "summer slide" -- the phenomenon where students lose important skills they've learned over the last year during the break from school.  By visiting scholastic.com/turfmutt kids between the ages of 5 and 12 can participate in a variety of activities meant to encourage them to care for the environment and which demonstrate how science impacts the world around us.  Topics include how to take better care of green spaces, understanding how climate impacts ecosystems and the importance of living landscapes.

A band of cartoon superheroes, TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers, demonstrate how to become a "backyard superhero" through lighthearted lessons that are meant to be both educational and entertaining.  These resources are all FREE for families to access online as well as to download and print out.  Activities include:

Digital Storybooks

Encourage summer reading by providing a child with TurfMutt's digital storybooks.  There are two to choose from.  The West Coast Mission and Saving the Planet, One Yard at a Time.  They can be read online or downloaded a a pdf file to read on a mobile device or as a print out.



Creative Writing

 After a child has read TurfMutt's digital storybooks encourage them to write their own story.  Utilize the learning portal's online story creator app to help.  Children simply add their name, select their age range, and off they go!  TurfMutt's story idea spinner suggests imaginative topics with a countless combination of options to encourage kids to get writing.  The app even includes a drawing screen so  illustrations can be added to their stories.



Outdoor-Themed Activity Sheets

Print out these activity sheets, turn off the computer and get outside to complete them.  These hands-on activities are based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles and encourage kids to learn about the green spaces around them.  The activity sheets are available in two categories --> for students in grades K - 2 and for those in grades 3 - 5.



Climate Quest Game

This video game challenges children to answer questions correctly to help TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers move through various climate regions on an interactive map of the United States.


Educational Videos

This special section of the Scholastic website also offers several educational short movies for kids to view that cover topics about living landscapes.  They teach children how to help their families be good environmental stewards of the green spaces in their communities.



Additionally, the learning portal includes section with resources for parents and teachers to help them get kids engaged in learning STEM concepts relating to the environment.  Click here to check out the campaign partners, which include the EPA, the Center for Green Schools, and Outdoors Alliance for Kids, who want to encourage kids to be involved with the conservation and preservation of our planet's environment one yard at a time.

Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends

Ella Jenkins, know as The First Lady of Children's Music because she's devoted her life to instilling a love of music in kids, is turning 93 in August.  She's not letting her age preclude her from continuing to entertain and educate audiences of all ages though.  The artist, who received a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY from the Recording Academy in 2004 and is celebrating 60 years as a Smithsonian Folkways artist this year, just released a new album titled Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins & Friends.

Jenkins assembled a group a group of children, parents and teachers from Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music along with Tony and Kate Seeger from Camp Killooleet to provide an album full of beloved campfire sing-alongs that have been sung by generations of campers.  She selected some of her favorite tunes from her own childhood camp experiences as well as from having worked at summer camps as an adult.  Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins & Friends begins with a chorus of children singing the familiar "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" which was one of her favorite campfire songs as a child.  She made sure to include selections on the album that reflect a broad array of traditions including African-American spirituals and European folk songs.  One of the songs, "Everybody Loves Saturday Night" has lines in a dozen languages, including Mandarin, Hindi, Serbian, and Nigerian.



Although Jenkins only takes the lead singing one song on the album, "Sipping Cider Through a Straw," The First Lady of Children's Music is an engaging presence throughout it singing in the chorus, harmonica playing, and conversing about camp experiences and musical traditions with her assemble from the Old Town School of Folk Music.  She selected all of the songs performed for the album and provides introductions for many of them explaining why she picked particular tunes.  Wanting to promote the fun, bonding experience that people share when singing these camp songs together; the album's final give numbers, which include "Sloop John B" and "Goodnight Irene" are sequenced to resemble a campfire sing-along.


This 25-track collection is a great family-friendly way to entertain children during a vacation car ride, inside the house on a rainy day, or of course while sitting under the stars during a camping trip.  Click here to stream a selection of songs from the album from SoundCloud. Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends is available to purchase through Smithsonian Folkway Recordings, Amazon, and iTunes.

Plus you know that I love to give stuff away, so A GEEK DADDY also has an album to giveaway to one lucky winner.  See it pays off to read all the way through my posts doesn't it?!  I will randomly select one winner who submits entries via the rafflecopter form below.  Must be over 18 years old and have a United States mailing address (No P.O. Boxes) to be eligible to win.  The selected winner must respond to their winner notification email within 48 hours or a new person will be selected to receive the prize.  Smithsonian Folkway Recordings will be responsible for delivery of the album to the winner. Good luck!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Despicable Me 3 Giveaway

Despicable Me 3 Prize Pack

You'll go BANANAS just like a Minion for this great Despicable Me 3 prize pack! The third installment of Despicable Me is a must-see animated movie for a family outing to the movie theater this summer.  My family are huge fans of this movie franchise and to share our anticipation for the theatrical release of Despicable Me 3 I've partnered with The Hopping Bloggers to put together an awesome prize pack we're giving away! One lucky, randomly selected entrant will win over $100 in Despicable Me swag that includes:
  • 3 Movie Collection on Blu-Ray: Minions, Despicable Me, & Despicable Me 2
  • Despicable Me 3 Learn to Read Book
  • Despicable Me 3 Mega Construx Building Set
  • Despicable Me 3 Mystery Plush
  • Despicable Me 3 Operation
  • Despicable Me 3 Fluffy Funko Pop
  • Despicable Me 3 Spy Gru Funko Pop
Synopsis Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) must stop former '80s child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) from achieving world domination.

Despicable Me comes to theaters June 30th!



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