Parental Geekery
Welcome back to Parental Geekery. We're back with our mega iPhone 5 review show, although we seem to talk about loads of other stuff at all. John reveals that he really wants a MakerBot so that he can make a free universal connection kit for the kids. Somehow we get ourselves from there to talking [...]
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Parental Geekery Episode 6 - The Mystery Sound

Hello and welcome to another episode of Parental Geekery. This week we kick off with an update on David's sleep habits, and say a very special hello to our friend Claire (no, not that Claire, another Claire!).

Thanks to an audio question from our friend Rob we talk about our feelings towards kids' parties. Somewhere in the middle of this we introduce our new sporadic feature - the mystery sound. Do you know what it is? Drop us a line at parentalgeekery@gmail.com or leave a comment on this blog post and win an amazing prize*

Rob has also recorded an Audioboo follow-up to our discussion about religion. It was too long to include it in the show, but you can listen to it here.

We talk some more about cloud music storage, and turn our critical eyes to iTunes Match. We've also had the Sonos system recommended to us by Mark, and have been told about mp3tunes.com. Ruth also manages to sneak in another recommendation for her favourite iOS podcast app - Downcast.

Whilst we're talking about iOS, you can also hear whether we've order any iPhone5s, and there may be some talk about SIM troubles.

We talk about after-school activities as Catherine has had her first ballet lesson this week. Both Catherine and David have swimming lessons at Puddle Ducks and we talk about our experiences with that.

Is David learning his colours? Or is he just being cheeky to his Dad?

We have also experienced our first difficult school dropoffs - after a blissful first few days, has it all gone pear-shaped?

What we're playing: John's discovered Continent of the Ninth Seal, is playing XCOM, and we're both looking forward to the release of Torchlight 2.

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. We’d love to hear from you – please leave comments on the blog post for this show, contact us by email, or leave us a voicemail via the website or Facebook page. We'd also be very grateful for any reviews you could leave on iTunes.

* The bit about the prize may not be true... But we will give you a shout-out in the next show, which is pretty amazing!

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Parental Geekery Episode 5 - The iPhone 5 Edition

After taking a week off last week we're back in full swing this week with a show recorded just after the Apple iPhone 5 announcement. Find out what we made of the new iPhone, and whether we're planning on buying or not. Is the Galaxy Note II a viable alternative? We talk about whether you should get your next phone on a contract plan or buy it outright. We also talk about 4G/LTE and its availability within the UK. Ruth mentions Mazuma Mobile as being a way to get some monet back for your old phone.

We have a listener question from Akrabat about the Kindle Fire HD, so we talk about what we think of that too. Ruth mentions a useful comparison table for different tablets.

We've signed up for Google Music (thank you TunnelBear!). John is re-ripping all our CDs into FLAC format using PhileAudio. We talk about our decluttering plans, and the state of our house. We have a Grand Plan!

Catherine started school last week, and we talk about how she's getting on. We've also started making plans for her 5th birthday party.

Finally, prompted by our friend ThermalSatsuma (who mentions the Nine o'clock service) we talk about our experiences of Christianity, and how we reached our current religious beliefs.

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. We’d love to hear from you – please leave comments on the blog post for this show, contact us by email, or leave us a voicemail via the website or Facebook page.

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Parental Geekery Episode 4 - It's Dark and We're Wearing Sunglasses

We've come over a little Blues-y this week, thanks to our friend Neil. The discussion about The Road continues, and Neil recommends Blood Meridian as well. We also discover that Neil is a Western Swing geek.

We talk about Catherine's first experience of camping, and reminisce about our own camping experiences, including our worse camping experience ever. We talk about Catherine's last day at nursery, the thank you card that she wrote (there's a picture on Ruth's blog), and the cakes she made to give to her friends and the staff (with bonus adventures in green food colouring).

We talk about how David's speech is coming on, and about his desire for ice cream. We also talk about how Catherine is having to learn that her brother has his own opinions.

Ruth feels slightly bad for recommending a friend buy an Android tablet instead of an iPad - what is the world coming to?!

We talk about two apps that David is enjoying - Sort & Stack and Build & Play. You can find more information about these apps on Ruth's blog. Ruth also mentions Chalk Walk (iPad only) as being an app aimed at teaching kids the "pincer grip". John mentions Kid Mode (Android). Since recording we've discovered that this app is available on iOS as well but from reading the reviews it doesn't seem anywhere near as good.

We're watching Castle and the Paralympics opening ceremony.

John's playing Team Fortress 2: Mann versus Machine, Crysis and we're both dabbling with Legend of Grimrock. Ruth's trying to make enough time to go back to playing World of Warcraft, and has got slightly addicted to Dragon Vale (iOS only). John talks about Pocket Planes (iOS).

We'd love to hear your recommendations for board games for a future episode - let us know what games you enjoy playing as a family.

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. We’d love to hear from you – please leave comments on the blog post for this show, contact us by email, or leave us a voicemail via the website or Facebook page.

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