This Amazon Daily Deal Is Going Down the Drain

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Most mornings that I post one of these Amazon Daily Deals, I try to focus on gadgets, electronics, pop culture, and other stuff that will appeal to the geeky folks who read GeekDad. And while there is a nice pair of Skullcandy bluetooth headphones on sale today, I think the other big daily deal is a more homey alternative. Continue reading

Philips Hue Makes Household Lighting Dimmable

Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Switch

The Philips Hue wireless dimming kit is the lightbulb moment that will spark the natural progression into the modern, connected home. Not only does the kit show how simple it is to have clever products in your home, but like all Philips Hue products it is entirely future-proof. Continue reading

Review: Brackitz Allows Architectural Feats With Wooden Blocks

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Brackitz is a new building block line of toys that allows children to take block building to a whole new level. Brackitz is labeled as being appropriate for ages 3 – 103 and helps kids begin to learn about engineering and architecture. Continue reading

‘Project Mc²': Smart Is the New Cool

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This month there’s a new Netflix Original Series about geeky girls: ‘Project Mc²’. It’s targeted at tween girls and is intended to make STEM a bit more popular. I sat down and watched the first season with my daughters to find out if it works. Continue reading

Level Up Your Standing Desk With FluidStance

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Two and a half years in, I’m still happy with my standing desk. I stand about 90% of the time without lowering the desk to sitting level (though after Gen Con this year I did have to take a seat for a couple of days), and occasionally I’ll lower it slightly to use the Wobble Stool or Focal Upright stool. Recently I got to try another option, one that keeps me on my feet but makes me a little more active while I type: the FluidStance Level. Continue reading

Be Prepared for Disaster With These Red Cross Emergency Lights – Amazon Daily Deal

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With the recent spate of small earthquakes along the fault that runs about a mile past my home, making sure our emergency preparedness kit is up to date has become a to-do list item for our family. Amazon is making checking off this item a little easier again with their daily deal today: Red Cross emergency lights. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: Build a Mech to Beat Japan’s Kuratas!

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Having challenged Japan’s Kuratas mech to a duel, Megabots, Inc. is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to modify their mech to include better combat capabilities, including melee combat options. Find out how you can get in the cockpit. Continue reading

Insight, Energy, Crickets, And the Science of the Snooze Button

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Are the offsprings’ brains better off setting the alarm for 6:00am and hitting snooze for a blissful half an hour, or setting the alarm for 6:34am and sledding to breakfast on a piece of greased cardboard? The answer has to do with crickets… and brain waves… and insight. Continue reading

Kindle HD6 and Sony Monitor Headphones on Sale Today at Amazon

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Two pretty good tech/lifestyle deals today at Amazon. First, they’ve put a couple of their Kindle Fire tablets on discount again, including the HD6 for just $69, and the HD Fire Kids Edition for $119. Also, the very well-reviewed Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones are down to $55 today. Continue reading

CARROT Hunger: Lose Weight Like a Geek

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Like any other middle-aged GeekDad, my metabolism is starting to slow down and the time I have available for exercise is decreasing. What is a geek to do? So, of course, I turned to technology and found a highly entertaining and abusive app called CARROT Hunger: Talking Calorie Counter and CARROT has been whipping me into shape ever since. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Zipbuds SLIDE, Tangle-Free Earbuds

Zipbuds SLIDE

Last year I reviewed an interesting set of earbuds from Zipbuds, a company that promised “tangle free” listening through use of an innovative zipper system. They lived up to the promise. Zipbuds has a new product they sent for me to test, SLIDE earbuds featuring “Zipperless Zipper technology” that’s claimed to retain the tangle-free appeal of the originals while cutting down on weight and bulk. Continue reading

Critical Flaw in Smart Homes and Internet of Things

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Security researchers identified a critical vulnerability in the wireless standard used for connectivity in many Internet of Things and smart home devices. Continue reading

Daytona International Speedway Stadium Project Nearing Completion

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It took the Romans approximately eight years to build the Coliseum. It’s taking a considerably shorter period, less than three years, to finish the $400 million Daytona Rising project for Daytona International Speedway, a project that will completely alter the fan experience while being one of the most modern public stadiums ever. Continue reading

My Gen Con Bag of Essentials

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I’ve been attending some gaming conventions in the past few years, and I’ve been refining the set of things I carry around with me during the day. There are still a few tweaks I’d probably make for next time, but while it’s fresh in my mind I thought I’d share some of the essentials I had at Gen Con this year. Continue reading

Programming With Robots, Part I: Sphero SPRK

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Who says learning shouldn’t be fun and there can’t be value in play? Certainly not the folks behind the new SPRK Edition Sphero. Continue reading

Studies Show Hufflepuff Key to Creativity

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Creativity isn’t the lucky gift it seems. “This research demonstrates that persistence is a critical determinant of creative performance and that people may undervalue and underutilize persistence in everyday creative problem solving,” write authors Brain Lucas and Loran Nordgren from Northwestern University. Continue reading