Stack Overflow: Reading Resolutions

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We’re a week and a half into 2016–are you still keeping up with your resolutions? Here are some reading resolutions from a couple of GeekDads. Continue reading

A Geek Dad’s Year-End, Get-It-Done Self Review for 2015

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It’s that time again… the end of the year where I give a look back at my geek-related work and home life and try to grade myself (always on a curve and with extra credit tossed in before averaging) on my various endeavors. 2015 was a great year for me for many reasons–there were the inevitable potholes and detours and complete traffic shutdowns, but, all-in-all, I have to say it was a pretty straight road for me personally and professionally. Continue reading

Enjoy ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ on Netflix

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Well, the big day is over and everyone’s settling into food comas and post-unwrapping quietude. If you’re looking for a new holiday flick, look no further than ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ on Netflix. It’s a new Netflix Original, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring (of course) Bill Murray. Continue reading

GeekDad and AT&T #SpreadTheCheer and Donate $1,000 to Local Orgs

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‘Tis the season for family, fun, and getting one or two of those toys we’ve really wanted all year long. It’s also the time to do a little giving back, which is why, when we at GeekDad were approached by AT&T to be part of their Spread the Cheer campaign, we decided to jump in with both feet. Continue reading

Paper: It’s Time to Take Santa Workplace Safety Seriously

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As a society, we systematically fail to take into account issues of workplace safety that affect or have the potential to affect Santa Claus and his ungulate co-workers every Christmas Eve. A commentary by University of Alberta medical researcher Sebastian Straube hopes to change that. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide #7: DIY and Makers

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Artist, maker, electronics geek, DIY enthusiast, and builder are just some of the names we call ourselves, but, whatever your moniker, we all share a love for creating, building, and the warm sense of accomplishment. Recent advances in technology, and price of the technology, have been a boon to the maker and DIY movement. Below we list the tools, technologies, supplies, and projects that inspired us this year. Continue reading

AppLights Projection Spotlight: Inexpensive, App-Controlled Christmas Lighting

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It’s holiday decorating season and as I do every year, I was keeping my eye out for interesting outdoor lights. I’ve been quite happy with connected lights like the Philips Hue series and when we saw the AppLights Projection Spotlight at Home Depot, we thought we’d give it a try to supplement our usual assortment of LED Christmas lights. Here’s how it’s worked out. Continue reading

Ugly Holiday Sweaters, Refurbed Kindles, Green Toys, Anime, and Harmony Remotes – DEALS DEALS DEALS!

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The holiday shopping season must be close to peaking, because Amazon is throwing everything but the kitchen sink (and they do sell kitchen sinks) at their daily deals. Here’s the list of Amazon Daily Deals we at GeekDad think might be pertinent to your interests. Continue reading

My Top 11 Holiday Cookies*

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One of my family’s holiday traditions is to make seasonal cookies. From my mom’s early days of parenting to my ex-boyfriend’s mother’s marathon creations to our own favorites and traditions, a holiday plethora of cookies (and the like) seem to show up in our house every year. What are our favorite must haves? Here they are, in no particular order. Continue reading

Bose Solo 15 TV Sound, Preschool Toys, Black + Decker Matrix, and More Great Deals Today

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Really, it’s as if Black Friday and Cyber Monday have already happened as far as many of the retailers are concerned. Amazon is really ramping up their daily deals, and today has a whole batch of products that will make great gifts for the kids and kids-at-heart on your shopping list. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #2 Books

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As GeekDads we have spent countless hours reading for ourselves and our kids, and sometimes we like a book well enough to recommend it to our readers. Read on as we feature some of our favorite books that we’ve discovered this year. Many of these have been, or soon will be, reviewed on GeekDad or GeekMom.
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Holiday Gift Guide #1: Toys

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Halloween is over, and it is once again time to turn our full attention to that which we call the Holiday Season! First up is a list of toys that we’ve played with, geeked out on, and raved about to our friends. Read on to see what we liked, why we liked it, and where you can pick one up! Continue reading

Halloween Costume Round-up 2015

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For many of us here at GeekDad, Halloween is a great time of year to show off and share our favorite geeky pursuits through costuming. Here is the Halloween round-up of some of our costumes from this year for you to enjoy. Continue reading

Making a BB-8 Pumpkin With littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets

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My son decided to reuse his Comic Con costume, so this was the first Halloween in years that I didn’t get to help make one. Since it doesn’t feel quite like Halloween unless I’m rushing around trying to finish some project, I decided to build a BB-8 O’ Lantern with the help of the littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets kit. Continue reading

Top 10 #Halloween Movies With More Laughter, Less Slaughter

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Finding horror movies for a Halloween marathon is easy — there’s the occasional good one, and the rest are usually somewhere in the bad to so-bad-it’s-good range. What if you’re a parent of a pre-teen, though, and don’t want to risk a month of nightmares? Finding something good to watch that still feels properly Halloween-y can be tough. Continue reading

Science Finally Proves Superiority of Geek Brain

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Studies show that “cultural dysfluency” — Halloween plates on Labor Day, a purple wedding tux, a “good riddance” obituary — jolts brains from complacency and makes people perform better on cognitive tests. This, my friends, is why the geek brain thinks while the mainstream brain coasts. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Spooky Reads for Halloween

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I have to admit: I’m not much of one for horror. I like my zombie pop culture but I tend to stick to things that are at least halfway humorous and not out-and-out terrifying. Since Halloween is approaching, I figured today I’ll focus on a few of the titles from my stacks that fit the season, though maybe not quite THAT scary. Continue reading