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Geek Dad Book Giveaway

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My hunch is many of you probably check in often with our friends over at the Geek Dad blog on Wired.com. I've always considered it one of the best parenting blogs on the Web--especially for dad _flossers. If you're not a regular, you're missing out on great posts like this one: Top 10 Helpful Hints for Geeky Dads-To-Be, written by Geek Dad editor and friend of the _floss, Ken Denmead (wish I'd read that one before I had my son!). Or how about this really well written post by one of my favorite regular contributors, Jenny Williams: Disneyland: A Great Destination For All Generations.

Today's an extra special day over at the Geek Dad blog because it's their debut into the publishing world. And we're happy to help them celebrate their first book by giving you _flossers a chance to win one of three copies Ken and his publisher have been kind enough to provide for us. Full of all kinds of cool projects you can do with your kids, the book is a must-have for any dad (hint: perfect father's day gift!) who loves to get geeky with the little ones. Some of the projects I can't wait to try with my son are: Build a Binary Calendar, Portable Electronic Flash Cards, Fly a Kite at Night, and Model Building with a Cake! (You can check out the full table of contents over at Amazon.com.)

So who's ready to win a copy? Great! HDYK? co-puzzle master Josh Halbur and I have put together a fun little series of challenges you'll have to solve before you can be considered eligible for the random drawing. We'll leave the contest open until midnight PDT tonight!

If you're accustom to playing our monthly 5-day Trivia Hunt, then you know we turn comments off so people can't accidentaly leave spoilers. Ready to get your Hunt on?

Take the Geek Dad Book challenge now!

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook
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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge. Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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