GeekDad Review: Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Push Mower

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My life has come full circle, at least in terms of lawn care. When I was a kid, I started cutting grass using my grandfather’s old reel mower. More decades than I care to admit later, I’m once again using a push reel mower and I couldn’t be happier. The Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Mower is a little more high tech than the one I started with, but the reasons for human power — reducing air and noise pollution while providing exercise — are more important than ever. Continue reading

Review: EasyAcc iChoc 5000 Dual Port Power Bank

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If you’re anything like me, you use your smartphone or tablet so much while you’re out and about that you are always on the verge of draining your battery. I’ve been looking around for a great, portable power source, and I’ve found a winner with EasyAcc’s iChoc 5000 Dual Port Power Bank. Continue reading

Tynker: Visual Game Programming Tools For Kids

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I’m teaching a bunch of technology camps this summer, and one of the camps I’m most looking forward to is Beginning Game Programming. My goal is to introduce the students to the basic concepts of programming but also to give them hands-on time with as many game development platforms as we can fit into the week.

One of the tools that I’m definitely going to introduce to the students is Tynker. If you’re not familiar with it and have a student who is showing strong interesting in creating his or her own games, you’ll definitely want to check out their website. Continue reading

What Will Tomorrow Look Like? Show the Sci-fi Museum to Win Tomorrowland Prizes

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In his song “Tomorrow,” Morrisssey posses the question, “Tomorrow, will it ever come? And if it does come, will I still be human?”Something like that is the question posed by Disney’s new movie Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and premiering nationwide 22 May. Continue reading

Beeline Cases – For Those Who Are All Thumbs

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I have a confession to make: I am clumsy. I have dropped an iPad, a laptop, a child, multiple drinks, and, of course, my phone–all in the last month. I have lost 2 phones to water disasters; one fell in a gutter full of rainwater and one fell in a toilet. I am so paranoid now that when I go camping, I put my iPhone in a Ziploc bag inside a closed cargo pocket. Continue reading

M-Edge Tablet Cases for Any Need

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It seems as though I’ve been trying out various M-Edge tablet and smartphone accessories for years now. In fact, it’s been five years. And I still have most of those accessories, a testament to good design and quality construction. This time M-Edge sent a trio of new universal tablet cases: The Sneak, Folio Plus Pro Keyboard, and Stealth Power. Continue reading