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Geek Dad

Geek Dad

Have a youngling — or younglings — to whom you'd like to impart a bit of your geeky ways? Let Geek Dad ($12) be your guide. Written by Ken Denmead, engineer and editor of Wired's GeekDad blog, this 240-page tome is a collection of geeky projects and activities you can do with your little ones, like launching a video camera with balloons, creating a comic strip, making geeky crafts, and constructing the "Best Slip n' Slide Ever." Just remember: these are projects for you to share with your kids, not for you to tinker with yourself out in the garage.

  • 48 Hour Magazine

    One of the most common complaints you'll hear from the execs of the dying print magazine business is the time it takes to get an issue pulled together. Well, the crazy collaborators behind 48 Hour Magazine ($10) said "to hell with that." Issue Zero of the new magazine was written, photographed, illustrated, designed, edited, and shipped in just two days, with each new issue based around a central theme and produced on the same timeline. Yes, Newsweek, you actually can make money on magazines — you just have to "unlearn what you have learned."

  • Two Dudes, One Pan

    No, this isn't some disgusting sequel to the infamous video-that-must-not-be-named. Written by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of the hot Hollywood catering company Caramelized Productions, Two Dudes, One Pan ($17) is a minimalistic, man-focused cookbook offering up over 100 tasty recipes — ranging from desserts to full-on meals — that can be made using only a single piece of kitchen equipment (not counting utensils). [Thanks, Josh]