parental geekery logoThis week’s episode of Parental Geekery is packed with a variety of topics. We start off with a conversation about table-top role-playing games as John talks about his evenings spent playing Pathfinder with a group of friends, and Ruth bemoans a lack of D&D in her life. We then move on to board games, and talk about the games we have enjoyed playing as a family, as well as games we’d like to play in the future. We mention The Game of Life (comparing the old edition to the new edition), Kids of Carcassonne, Catan Junior (which we incorrectly call Pirates of Catan) and Dungeon!

As a Nintendo family blogger Ruth has just been given access to download a review copy of the forthcoming Mario Party 10 on the Wii-U and we give our initial impressions of the game, which actually plays much like a board game.

We had a rare kid-free night this weekend as both of ours went for a sleepover at their cousin’s house. We of course made the most of this by going out for the evening, but not with each other! John took part in a Pathfinder evening, and Ruth went to a play reading.

The saga of Ruth’s gallstones continues. Ruth has now had her MRI scan, and talks about what a very “science fiction” experience it all was.

John has turned his hand to plumbing by attempting to install a new kitchen tap. You can hear how successful that was.

And we couldn’t finish this week without paying tribute to Leonard Nimoy who has just died. We talk about his final tweet, and also about his photography.

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Episode 54 – As You Wish

by on February 23, 2015

parental geekery logoAnother week, another episode of Parental Geekery, the show about parenting and geekiness. Ruth and John are back with their relaxed conversational style. We open with a little bit about health – three out of the four members of the family have been poorly, and to add to the complications Ruth’s gallbladder surgery has been postponed, which is making Ruth stressed as she doesn’t have a plan right now!

We talk about the kids’ pocket money, as we’ve recently changed the way it works to try to encourage them to save more. So now the rules are that they can spend half and save half, and we’ve got them special money boxes to help them save.

We talk about our Half Term activities, and particularly our family trip to see The Lion King on stage.

We also had a family movie trip to see the Shaun the Sheep movie, and give our verdict on that. Whilst we’re talking about film we mention the Oscars, and the winners that we are most pleased about. We’re making plans for a family movie night, and the first movie is going to have to be The Princess Bride. Both of us have just finished reading Cary Elwes’ book As You Wish, which is packed full of behind the scenes stories about the making of the movie. We highly recommend this.

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Welcome to another episode of Parental Geekery. This is the show about parenting and geeky stuff, but for some reason we open today with a discussion about walking and chewing gum.

We then get into a more serious discussion about the recent news that the UK has paved the way for the creation of babies with 3 parents, and you can hear our opinion on this. Is it really fair to describe it as “3-parent babies”, or is that just the press trying to simplify the concept for us?

We went to see Big Hero 6 at the cinema (yes, it finally opened here in the UK), and we talk about what we thought of it. We also talk about how the kids have been “fist bump“-ing non stop since seeing it.

We’ve invested in the Exploding Kittens Kickstarter, and we talk about this amazingly successful campaign, and what fun it is to be part of it. It seems to have become more than just a card game, especially with the newly-released community achievements for stretch goals. John also talks about the Flotilla Kickstarter which he has backed – this is a cool looking electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi. And speaking of the Raspberry Pi, we talk about the newly released Raspberry Pi 2 – we give you the lowdown on what’s new with this tiny, budget computer.

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parental geekery logoHello, and welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery. Following the news that Cadbury have changed the chocolate used for Creme Eggs this year, Ruth and John very nobly undertake a “taste test” to see if they can tell the difference, and more importantly whether it will stop them eating them.

Catherine has joined Brownies, and Ruth talks about the surprisingly short waiting list, and what she made of the first meeting. David was “Star of the week” at school this week, which meant we had custody of the class mascot for a few days.

As a Nintendo family blogger, Ruth has just been sent the new Nintendo 3DS for review, although John seems to have claimed it as his own. We chat about the games we’ve been playing recently on both 3DS and Wii-U, including Super Smash Brothers and Pokemon Omega Ruby. We also give our thoughts on Nintendo’s new Amiibo range – what are these new figurines and are they worth getting?

John’s bought a new camera – he’s trading in his Panasonic GX7 for the Olympus EM-1 – and he talks about why.

Ruth’s been suffering a bit with her gallstones, and is preparing to go into hospital in a few weeks to have her gallbladder removed. We’re hoping we can use this experience to prepare David for the minor surgery he’ll be undergoing in the summer to correct his hydrocele.

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parental geekery logoWelcome back to Parental Geekery, where we’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year. We’re back after taking a little break over Christmas, with a suitably Big Opening.

Join us as we ramble through our world of parenting and geekery. This week John talks about playing Elite: Dangerous, but it’s not long before he starts talking about his new camera, which leads onto discussion about daily photo projects, Blipfoto and iPhones and other camera phones.

We talk about our Christmas, which was mostly all about time with kids. We managed to fit in two cinema trips and really enjoyed both Paddington and Annie.

The thesaurus comes into play!

And finally, with a warning to anyone who is listening with small children, we talk about what happened when Catherine figured out the whole Santa thing. She did it on Christmas Eve, no less!

We finish up talking about the presents that seem to have proved most popular with the kids this year.

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Episode 50 – The Full Half Hour

by on December 2, 2014

parental geekery logoWelcome back to Parental Geekery. Taking our lead from Serial we took a break last week, but we’re back now (and before the next episode of Serial!), and opening straight into an argument about iPads (like you do!).

John talks about his reaction to the New Star Wars trailer. Ruth just thinks it’s great that within 24 hours of it being released someone had recreated it entirely from Lego. And then there’s the George Lucas special edition. We then talk about one of the biggest geekdilemmas that there is – when is it the right time to show our kids the Star Wars movies? And which ones?

Advent has begun, and that means advent calendars, although Ruth was a little mean to the kids and kept them hidden until the last moment. We briefly talk about our experiences with Lego advent calendars.

John took both kids to the school Christmas fair. On his own.

We’ve been battling with kids fears this week. Catherine is getting upset because Mummy and Daddy are out a lot, and David seems to be developing a fear of the dark. One of these is easier to tackle than the other.

Coming up next year Catherine has her first ever School residential – can we cope with her staying away for a night somewhere? And can school cope with her?!

We’ve had some listener feedback on our recommendation for the Serial podcast last week. Neil recommends the Dr Gilmer and Mr Hyde episode of This American Life – thanks for that Neil.

John’s been playing Elite Dangerous which he backed on Kickstarter. It goes Live on 16th December if you want to join in the fun.

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parental geekery logoWelcome back to another epiosode of Parental Geekery. We open this week with a discussion as to what a Shiv is. Random I know, but that’s how we roll sometimes!

Our friend Richard has posted a video in the Parental Geekery Google+ community that is supposed to be the next “Gangnam Style”. We’re not convinced, and we’re certainly not going to play it on the show, but it has inspired us to share our latest obsession with you all. We play an excerpt from “Gimme Chocolate” by Babymetal.

It was Catherine’s birthday party this weekend. We talk about why it came so long after her birthday, and what the party actually entailed. We also think we may have cracked that age-old problem of how to get kids to write their thank you letters.

Discussion moves to sweets, and in particular how to get more (according to a 7 year old). That 7 year old nearly got run over today.

We’ve both been listening to the Serial podcast, and are very much enjoying it. We also make the most of an opportunity to mention Game of Thrones again 🙂

John’s playing Valkyria Chronicles, and wants to tell you all (again) about his revamped Photowalkthrough site.

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parental geekery logoWell would you look at that. Two episodes in the space of two weeks? We are spoiling you! As the show opens we talk a little bit about why we’re so busy at the moment, and a little bit about our hard summer.

We didn’t go to Alton Towers today. But we did get to see The Boxtrolls at the cinema finally. We then talk a bit about The Book of Life which Ruth took the kids to see recently, and compare both movies from a parent’s point of view.

We lead into talk about superheroes, covering Disney Infinity 2, John watching Rise of the Dark Knight on Amazon Instant Video and we then talk about superhero movies for kids.

Thanks to Ruth winning a competition through the Tots100 blogging network we’ve had the loan of a Kia Carens for the last two weeks, and we talk about how we found it.

We touch briefly on Music streaming and bemoan the lack of a family plan for Google Play Music. We can but hope it’s coming soon.

There is some discussion over Trick or Treating. Ruth wrote about how we are a family divided over this activity on her blog last week. John talks about his experiences of taking the kids Trick or Treating for the first time, and how they found it.

Finally john talks about the re-launch of his Photowalkthrough site – he’d love you to check it out as he’s very pleased with it!

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Episode 47 – A Bit of a Catch Up

by on November 2, 2014

parental geekery logoWelcome back to a long overdue episode of Parental Geekery. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do. First of all, someone had a birthday last month, and we talk about that.

We were lucky enough to get tickets to the recording of the CBeebies Christmas Panto this year – we can’t tell you anything about the actual show, but we talk a bit about the day. John bemoans confusing Cat and Gem, and we express our love for Dr Ranj. There’s a quick mention of Little Fun Fest in there too.

David’s latest obsession is Team Umizoomi, which we’re watching on Netflix (UK). We give a couple of talking book recommendations for kids as well – Catherine is enjoying the Horrid Henry books whilst David wanted How To Train Your Dragon (Ruth’s happy about this one as it is narrated by David Tennant 🙂

We talk about how David’s getting on with his reading and writing.

We had a trip to see Matilda in the West End. Both kids took part in a musical theatre workshop during Half Term, and we discovered that the trick to getting Catherine to attend was to tell her she would be putting on a show at the end! We also talk about the kids swimming lessons.

John is taking part in Movember again this year. He’s set himself a really aggressive target, so he would be very grateful of any donations towards his mo. You can find out more on his Mo-Space Page.

John also talks about his involvement with The Arcanum

We talk about Apple’s recently announced new iPads and iPhones, and close off by geeking out about Google’s new Gmail client, Inbox.

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parental geekery logoWelcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery. After our discussions about the Nissan LEAF last episode we were asked about the purchase price for the vehicle, so we talk about that, along with an update on how we’re getting on with the car. We do a lot of calculations of the running costs (not all of which are correct, but we think we get there in the end!), and we also talk about how the LEAF copes with long distance driving. You can read Ruth’s full review of the Nissan LEAF over on her blog. We’ve been driving the 100% electric car for the last 6 weeks as part of the Go Ultra Low campaign.

We had a fun family day out at a PR event at Alton Towers, and tried out the new CBeebiesLand rides. You can hear what we think about that, and John reminisces about visiting Alton Towers as a kid.

And finally we talk about our experiences at the UKPod14 Podcasting conference. Huge thanks to our lovely friends who looked after the kids for a day so that we could go and network with other UK podcasters. We talk about the state of podcasting the the UK versus the US, and our takeaways from the conference.

At the end we ask if you enjoy the show that you leave us a review in iTunes. This is one thing that you could do to show you enjoy the show and to hopefully help us to attract more listeners. Thank you in advance 🙂

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