Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 2 Tech Books

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 8.55.42 AM

GeekDad James Floyd Kelly is an accomplished technical writer with more than twenty books published. He is an expert at proposing books and meeting deadlines. We’ll discuss his writing process and how he has built a career from writing technology books. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Recent Reads

Stack Overflow

I had all these grand plans to write a weekly column starting this year about the books I’m reading. Then January happened. Continue reading

Batman and Aliens Meet the Real World: GeekDad Interviews Nate Ball

Nate Ball power ascends.

I spoke recently to uber-geek and new dad Nate Ball about his inventions, his books, and his role in helping a new generation of makers get inspired about engineering. We didn’t get to discuss his beatboxing, but you’ll find a link to his Ted X talk on that here also. Continue reading

Jim Kay Reimagines Harry Potter

Hermione Granger by Jim Kay

Harry Potter fans, start saving up your pennies! Starting this fall, Scholastic and Bloomsbury UK will be publishing a new deluxe hardcover edition of the Harry Potter series, with new illustrations by Jim Kay. Four new images were released earlier this week. Continue reading

You Are NPH in Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Image: Crown Archetype

In Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, you are Neil Patrick Harris as you choose your way through life, making decisions about your upbringing, personal life, acting career, and mad magic skills. Continue reading

The Astronomically Correct “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Is Fun and Factual

cover art for Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle

Tired of singing about your confusion as to what stars are–when you know exactly what they are and why they twinkle? Try this new version instead! Continue reading

Try Family Meditation for Closer Relationships and Personal Growth

Image CC 2.0 Generic by Flickr user Peter Merholz

In an effort to go through life with more mindfulness and as a way to teach my kids to be more introspective and thoughtful about themselves, we have begun a daily family meditation. Not the legs-crossed/eyes-closed/upturned-hands/”Om” type of meditation, but rather the kind where you read short but meaningful passages and discuss them. It only takes about ten minutes per day, but it builds a lot of personal skills in all of us. Continue reading

Best Books of 2014

More to Life Than Books

“There’s more to life than books, you know. But not much.” So says the little Emily Martin print I bought for my wife for Christmas, which we now have hanging right near the doorway to our dining room/library. Yep, my family adores books, and so do a lot of us GeekDad contributors. Here are some of our favorite reads from 2014. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Careful, You Might Learn Something (Part 2)

Stack Overflow Learning

Last time I shared a bunch of books that were educational usually through stories. This time I have a stack of books that are (mostly) more non-fiction for kids, making them a good bet for readers who like lots of facts. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Careful, You Might Learn Something (Part 1)

Educational Picture books

Continuing on my not-a-year-end-list series… most of the books I read are fiction, whether they’re comics, adult fiction, picture books, stories I’m reading to my kids. I always have big plans to read more non-fiction, but it just doesn’t happen quite as much. Still, there are a lot of books that teach you something, and you can learn from fiction and non-fiction. With that in mind, I’ve got a lot of cool books that taught us something or made us think about a topic in a new way. Continue reading