3-Time Grammy-Nominated Musician, Songwriter, Family Entertainer and Author
Justin Roberts’ music has been the soundtrack to my kids’ lives since before either of them could walk. When you’re a work-at-home-dad of toddlers, you quickly become acutely aware of how long the work day is and the need to fill it with fun, creative activities for the little ones – and for your own sanity.
So, to make our days at home more enjoyable, not long after RocketteGirl was born in 2007, I scoured iTunes and loaded our pre-Alexa iPod with music that would feed her childlike wonder, nurture … READ MORE
Being An Imagineer
Back in the early 1950’s, Walt Disney was beginning to crystallize his vision for a theme park – different from the amusement parks he had visited with his kids. A theme park that would bring to life the stories he and his animators had created on film in an immersive, family-friendly environment. He took some of his animators and hired some engineers and coined term “Imagineer” — combining imagination and engineer as he believed these jobs and people had to dream as much as they applied the math and … READ MORE
Storytelling with Industrial Light & Magic’s Tim Alexander
Originally posted on May 4, 2017
When the first Star Wars film (Episode IV: A New Hope), hit theaters in 1977, it was an instant hit. With a budget of just $11 million, this simple story of good versus evil brought science fiction into the mainstream with a box office blowout of over $775 million. So, what made this new space epic so popular? Three simple elements: great story, a strong supporting cast, and unbelievable special and visual effects like nobody had seen before.
Forty years, (currently) eight movies, countless … READ MORE
Creative Activist Calls On All Nerds to Take Action
on Growing Toxic Laundry Epidemic
Viral artist and social activist, Ben Wong, is out to stop a monster. Not the creepy one from Netflix’s Stranger Thing, but a real world monster that is contaminating our water supply?
Clothing made from polyester, nylon, spandex and other synthetic material are releasing tiny plastic fibers every time we do our laundry. That water, in turn, gets put back into our water supply through wastewater treatment centers those fibers are too small to be captured through filtration processes. This “toxic laundry” … READ MORE
In honor of April being National Inventor’s Month, we’ve put together a series of amazing stories and posts on everyday and legendary inventors that are or have made an impact on our lives. This story of a creative kid that grew up to become an even more creative adult, originally appeared on Raising Nerd in November 2016 and it serves as a perfect example of how a little inspiration at a very young age can have a lifetime of influence.
From Creative Kid to World-Class Inventor
At the age of five, David Yakos’ mom had an instinct about … READ MORE
What does it take to write a bestselling thriller? For Brad Meltzer, it takes a passion for storytelling and a whole lot of paranoia.
Meltzer is, of course, the author of #1 New York Times bestselling books The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other thrillers. His latest is The House of Secrets, which explores a historical mystery surrounding George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Meltzer’s novels are the perfect combination of history, law, and mystery he loves so much.
But what you might not know is that Meltzer’s writing career goes far beyond just fiction. … READ MORE