Category Archives: Hacking the Holidays

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

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

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. Read More

2015 Holiday Gift Guide #7: DIY and Makers

2015 Holiday Gift Guide #7: DIY and Makers

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. Read More

AppLights Projection Spotlight: Inexpensive, App-Controlled Christmas Lighting

AppLights Projection Spotlight: Inexpensive, App-Controlled Christmas Lighting

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. Read More

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

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

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. Read More

My Top 11 Holiday Cookies*

My Top 11 Holiday Cookies*

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. Read More

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

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

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. Read More