Skip Owens

A rocket-scientist, father of 3, amateur astronomer, piano/keyboard player and soon to be sci-fi author who wears his geek badge with pride.

Commonplace Books Part 6: Helpful Products and Tools

This is the sixth and final article in my series about commonplace books, which highlights a number of products that…

Commonplace Books Part 5: Automation

In this fifth article of the series about keeping a commonplace book I talk about how I am using automation…

Commonplace Books Part 4: My Setup Using Ulysses

For the fourth article in my commonplace book series I talk about how I configure and use Ulysses to keep…

Geek Links: The Hitch Crossbody Brief by Waterfield

Here's a cool new product to look forward to when we all go back to work. Courtesy: Waterfield

Add Funds to iTunes and Watch a Free Movie at Home

From now thru Friday April 3, 2020 Apple is running a promotion where you get a 10% bonus added to…

Commonplace Books Part 3: Choosing a System

The purpose of this article isn't to go into excruciating detail on my commonplace book system selection process. Instead, what…

Commonplace Books Part 2: Why Keep One and How?

If you read books at all (and I mean even if you read just a little) you should consider keeping…

Commonplace Books Part 1: What Are They?

If you read books at all (and I mean even if you read just a little) you should consider keeping…

Simple and Effective Garage Door HomeKit Automation

I can’t tell you how many times my family has gone to bed with our garage door open, and it…

Is This the Year For a Stand Alone Apple Watch?

With the coming change to cellular data plans due to 5G data networks, I think a stand alone cellular enabled…

Vibes Earplugs – Simple But Geeky Ear Protection

Why wife and I recently got to see Elton John as part of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” concert tour…

Review: Waterfield Leather Key Clip

Sometimes the simplest and sturdiest product can also be the most useful. Waterfield added a touch of class and a…

Geek Links: Dad Builds a ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean so He Can Drive His Kids to School In Style

37-year-old James Napier spent an enormous sum of money (and even more of his personal time) restoring a DeLorean and…

Review: ‘Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is a book of quotes and life lessons taken…

Review: ‘Some Distant Memory’ For Nintendo Switch

If you're in the market for a really good story (some history, science, technology and a bit of romance) and…

7 Things Parents Should Know About ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’

These are the 7 things parents should know before seeing A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.

Review – Libertad Merino Wool Travel Shirts

The folks at Libertad somehow made a shirt that is formal enough for business use but also looks natural in…

Perk Clothing – Simplicity for Us Geeks

If you would rather spend your time reading a good comic book, playing a good video game or hanging out…

A Neighborly Review: ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History’

Mister Rogers wasn’t just a persona he used for the show, he was the real deal and his knowledge of…

Flume – Never Leave Water Running at Home Again

Flume is a wireless device you physically connect to your home’s water meter and with the help of Wi-Fi, a…

The Nano Torch Twist: A Modern Twist on the Flashlight

Have you ever tried holding your smartphone in your mouth? That’s just one reason why the Nano Torch Twist flashlight…

Review: ‘The Balance Point’ by Jordan Ring

If you are an entrepreneur or even just someone like me who has a regular 9-to-5 job but does a…

Geek Links: Side Pocket Gives Fanny Packs a Charge

Side Pocket is the first fanny pack in the world that wirelessly charges your device while it is in the…

Tapplock Lite Review: Do You Need a Smart Padlock?

Everything else is going “smart” these days, so why not a padlock? The Tapplock lite is a smart fingerprint padlock…

Cell Phone Power Management During a Hurricane

Many people these days opt not to have landline telephone service and completely depend on cellular. This makes battery and…

‘The Making of a Farewell to Kings’ Graphic Novel

I think David Calcano nailed it: 'The Making of A Farewell to Kings' graphic novel is something that both Rush…

Should You Settle for ‘Catan’ on Nintendo Switch?

Do you ever get the urge to play your favorite board game but have no one else to play it…

Geek Links: ‘Ticket to Ride: 15th Anniversary Special Edition’

We have covered the board game 'Ticket to Ride' a lot here on GeekDad, so we were excited to see…

Mr. Monopoly Gets a Voice with the All-New ‘Monopoly Voice Banking’

If there is a downside to 'Monopoly' it is that games can sometimes run a little on the long side.…

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’: Mister Rogers Isn’t Just for Kids But Adults Too!

I do believe that is exactly what Fred Rogers would be doing right now if he were still with us,…

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