Parental GeekeryIt’s a very special episode of Parental Geekery this week, as we are recording on Leap Day. We don’t think we’ve ever done that before!

We open with a correction to what we said about Going Postal in the last episode – thanks to our listener Trudy for the information

We then read some listener feedback from Anna (with apologies for John’s attempts at an Australian accent) in response to the question we asked about when children start putting themselves to bed.

Ruth gets distracted by bemoaning the fact that at least one of the kids now considers herself too old for soft play, and then we return to the topic of kids putting themselves to bed with some more listener feedback, this time from Rob.

We discuss Catherine’s lack of interest in story books, and talks about how much she is enjoying the Quest Adventures books. We also cover what books a 5 year old boy enjoys as we talk about David’s favourite stories.

As an alternative to soft play Ruth has taken the children to a trampolining centre a few times, and talks about how they got on.

John’s had a weekend away in Masham, and tells his tale of two flat caps. We try to offer a ray of hope to parents of younger kids – it really does get better.

Ruth has started the Couch to 5K running programme

Hopping back to our Half Term activities, Ruth talks about visiting Trentham Monkey Forest with the kids before John gets distracted by the Baby Metal world tour.

We talk about how to save money on taking the family to the cinema by taking advantage of Kids club movies, and give our opinions of Hotel Transylvania 2.

Ruth’s written about the new wave of Skylanders figures that have just been released on her blog, and we talk about how much David still enjoys this game, with a certain amount of comparison to Lego Dimensions

John’s been playing XCom 2, and has written a few blog posts on his Daddy Coder blog – worth checking out if you’re interested in teaching kids Python.

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Episode 67 – Weighing Anchor

by on February 15, 2016

Parental GeekeryWe open this week’s episode of Parental Geekery with shoutouts to a few listeners. Thanks to Trudy and Neil for sharing our show on Facebook and Anchor respectively. We talk a little about Anchor, a new audio app that makes it really easy to join in with conversations. John bemoans the fact that it’s only available on iOS, and we try really hard to stay off the “My OS is better than yours” subject!

Thanks to Rob for his feedback on Episode 64, and for pointing out that we’d said different things in earlier episodes. Not “obsessive” or “scary” at all… We also mention Dropbox discontinuing Mailbox, but can’t get upset about that because everyone’s using Google Inbox now anyway!

John talks about how much he wants the Amazon Echo (currently not available in the UK), and manages to refrain from saying “Alexa” for the whole discussion.

We have a quick update on Catherine’s gymnastics – Ruth is very proud that she’s been moved up to the next class, and might get to do another competition later this year.

We talk about our current bedtime routine for Catherine, and wonder when it is that kids start putting themselves to bed? Any listener feedback would be gratefully received.

We have an entirely innocent reason for buying bondage tape, and explain what’s going on.

Ruth’s introduced Catherine to the Harry Potter Trading Card Game, and we talk about how they’ve been getting on with that.

John’s been watching The Expanse, and we both enjoyed Going Postal on NowTV. Ruth’s an official NowTV blogger, and has an affiliate signup link over on her blog if you’re thinking of trying the service out.

John gives a quick update about his Flotilla – he took it to one of his Code Clubs this week, and talks about how the kids got on with it. He’s also decided his next project to do with them – a line-following robot. Which leads us into a quick discussion about John’s tea bell, and how its function has changed recently.

Finally John talks about his new chilli-growing kit, and what he plans to do with the chillis if they grow!

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunesStitcher, MixCloud or YouTube. We’d love it if you were to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. Come on over and join in the discussion on our Google+ community. We are always pleased to hear from you – please leave comments on the blog post for this episode, contact us by email, or leave us a voicemail via the website or Facebook page. If you enjoy listening to the show, please leave a review for us on iTunes

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Episode 66 – Kermit, Scratch and Python

February 8, 2016

Welcome to this week’s episode of Parental Geekery, where John appears to be channelling Kermit the Frog. Ruth recommends a new podcast she’s discovered, called Real Crime Profiles. Hosted by retired FBI behavioural analyst Jim Clemente, this podcast is a discussion of behavioural analysis techniques as applied to real crimes, and has started off tacking […]

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Episode 65 – The Gymnast’s got Rhythm

January 25, 2016

Only a week after the last episode Ruth and John are back with another discussion of all things parental and geeky. We open the show today with a special shoutout to listener Alice, and we hope she’s having a good boogie to our theme music again. We start off with the tragic story of how […]

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Episode 64 – The Podcast Awakens!

January 18, 2016

Happy New Year! It’s 2016 and Ruth and John are back with a bumper-sized episode for your listening pleasure! We talk about our family Christmas, and some of the best presents we all got. David is completely in love with his Sphero BB-8, and we mention the Tickle app for programming it. We can’t mention […]

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Episode 63 – Show Me, Xiaomi Mi

October 12, 2015

Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery – the podcast for parents and geeks. This week we are celebrating being named as the latest U.K. Podcasters featured podcast and would like to welcome any new listeners who have found us recently. We talk about Catherine’s 8th birthday, and the plans for her upcoming birthday […]

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Episode 62 – Coding for Girls

July 23, 2015

Ruth and John are back with another episode of Parental Geekery, the aspirationally-weekly podcast where we talk about whatever’s interesting us, which is generally something geeky or parenty! We start off this week talking about David’s impending surgery to repair his Hydrocele. We go through our plans for the day, what we’ve done to prepare […]

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Episode 61 – Pushing up the Daisies

July 2, 2015

Welcome back to a new episode of Parental Geekery, a podcast for geeks and parents. In this weeks show we start off talking about John’s new iMac (again). Then he tells the sorry tale of how his Drobo has died, which naturally leads us into the Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch. John recommends SpinRite for […]

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Episode 60 – Tales of Woe from Half Term

June 25, 2015

Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery, the podcast where John and Ruth talk all things parenting and geeky. We start off with some geek news – John is getting a new iMac, which he is very excited about. Ruth is making a play for his old one, due to wanting to work with […]

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Episode 59 – Missing an internal organ

May 24, 2015

In this episode of Parental Geekery Ruth and John, who are both parents and geeks, bring you the latest events in their world. We open with the news that this podcast is not available on Spotify but it will be in the future, thanks to their announcement this week that they will be making podcasts available […]

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