Parental Geekery
Episode 63 - Show Me, Xiaomi Mi

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 party which is being held at a local climbing centre.

Ruth gives her opinion on the new iPhone 6s. John admits he's seriously tempted by the Nexus 6P if only for the sake of having a fingerprint reader. We also consider whether it's better to have buttons on the side or the back of your phone. Ruth has popped her Apple Pay cherry and shares the experience.

We give a quick review of Google's new Chromecast Audio product, and a preview of the new Apple TV.

John's thoughts then turn to tablets, following the death of his Nexus 7. He is considering the iPad Pro, the Google Pixel C or the new Microsoft Surface Book.

We've been asked by our friend and listener Claire to share our thoughts on Windows 10, which we do. Ruth reads a useful article from How To Geek on How to Stop Windows 10 From Uploading Updates to Other PCs Over the Internet, although we're unsure whether Microsoft have changed the default for this setting as John's PC seems to have been set correctly with no action from him.

John has just bought himself a Xiaomi Mi Band fitness tracker. He is finding the supplied wrist band a little tight, so has ordered himself a larger strap from this website. He also considered a Misfit Shine before deciding on the Xiaomi.

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Episode 62 - Coding for Girls

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 both kids for the operation, and what Catherine will be doing that day - it's not what we initally expected!

We start talking about our summer holiday plans, but only get as far as talking about both kids spending some time at Mad Science camp before we get distracted into a bigger conversation about girls, coding, technology and science.  John talks about the new worksheets available to him as a Code Club volunteer, and how he is going to structure his after school sessions next term. He also talks about a group in the United States that has been set up to teach girls how to code, but can't remember the name (it's App Camp for Girls).

We talk about how Catherine is really enjoying magic at the moment. John has showed her a couple of David Copperfield videos, and we talk particularly about his flying illusion and how it's done. Catherine is very much enjoying her Melissa and Doug Deluxe Magic Set, which we think is a much better buy than their Discovery Magic Set.

John is enjoying playing Heroes of the Storm, and David enjoys watching and "helping". We're both really enjoying The Good Wife on Netflix. We recommend Bloons TD 5 as a great tower defense game that's completely family friendly, and then confess to playing Monkey City which is probably less suitable for young kids!

John's written a new blog post on his Daddy Coder blog, called Stop the Clock. And Ruth's finding some success with her recent Geekmummy blog post How to set up your emergency contact information (ICE) on your iPhone (iOS8).

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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 resurrecting broken hard drives. Then to cap it all John's PC died and needed a new motherboard.

In a recent episode we asked for opinions as to which new phone John should buy, as he was trying to decide between the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. Today we can reveal that John decided on the G4, and he talks about how he is getting on with it.

We've had a new parenting milestone recently  - David has moved out of his toddler bed and is now in a proper full sized bed.

The kids are both currently obsessed with My Little Pony, and John introduces Ruth to the concept of Bronies.

Catherine is learning to play the recorder at school. She has just about mastered Annie's Song. She has been offered the chance to learn an instrument next year, and has been given the choice of keyboard, flute, clarinet or saxophone.

As a Nintendo Blogger Family we've been sent a copy of Yoshi's Woolly World and we talk about our first impressions of that game, and the knitted amiibo we got with it.

We finally get around to answering a question from our listener Louise who emailed to ask where she could find the old episodes of Just Relax It'll Happen.

And finally, we've been watching the new series of Orange is the New Black on Netflix.

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Episode 60 - Tales of Woe from Half Term

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 iMovie.

In culinary news, John made stew, which both kids turned their noses up, but the adults in the family thought was delicious. It's the only time a My Daddy Cooks recipe has let us down. Have any of you got a great stew recipe? Or a sausage casserole one? We'd love to hear from you.

We then go on to talk about our half term from hell. It started off with David being sick. And then got worse when he had an accident in Waitrose. Ruth talks about how hard it is to be a working Mum sometimes when things like that happen. Then we lost our elderly Devon Rex cat, Elliott, and talk about how the kids handled that. And finally we had to deal with water coming through the ceiling of David's bedroom.

After all that doom and gloom, we cheer up a little talking about some new technology we're trying out - the WeMo from Belkin. Ruth's been sent this to review for her blog. And in our capacity of Nintendo Blogger Family we've been sent a copy of Splatoon for the Wii-U and give our first impressions of that. John's been playing Cities Skylines (with some help from David), and he talks about that and how it compares to Sim City.

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Episode 59 - Missing an internal organ

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 on their platform.

We then talk about John's Mum having broken her hip (or is it her leg?). As she's going to be in hospital for a while we've been trying to sort out her Internet access, and we talk about setting her up with Ruth's MiFi, and then having to tell her off for using too much data! She's now got John's spare phone with a SIM that has unlimited data (thanks to Three), which we hope will allow her to watch Netflix and iPlayer from her hospital bed. She's also bought herself an HP Stream laptop based on our recommendation, and John talks about getting that set up for her. We mention that Windows 10 is coming.

We've been given a review copy of the new Nintendo game for the Wii-U - Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush. We talk about what we think of this game.

Ruth gives a final gallbladder update, as she's now had the surgery and can talk about life without that troublesome organ.

We talk about our trip to see The Lost Carnival - a unique event that was a combination of theatre, circus and funfair. You can read more about this on Ruth's blog.

Catherine has earned herself a silver badge at school (finally!), and David got a gold star.

Then we come down to the big question - what new phone should John buy? He is trying to decide between the Samsung Galaxy s6 and the LG G4. Have you got any suggestions for him?

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes,Stitcher or YouTube. We are also now available on MixCloud. We’d love it if you were to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. Come 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 58 - The Disneyland Paris Special Edition

Well, we're back after taking a couple of week away from podcasting for our Easter break, and today's show is unashamedly dedicated to our Disneyland Paris holiday that we took in that time.

We talk about the booking process, and why we made the choices that we did in terms of transportation and accomodation. We stayed at the Davy Crockett Ranch which, although technically a Disney hotel, is about 15 minutes drive away from the parks. This meant that we had to drive all the way. We cover the practicalities of a long drive with our kids, and also what we thought of breaking the journey with an overnight stay at the Premier Inn in Dover.

Then we move onto the serious business of the Disneyland Paris experience. From Dreams, the firework and light show spectacular to the parades to the rides we talk about all the things we got up to. Our absolute favourite ride was the Ratatouille ride. Three out of the four of us loved the Rock and Roller Coaster as well (poor David was too short to ride this one). There was a mixed reaction to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - find out which of us would be prepared to ride it again and which wouldn't.

As far as meals are concerned we loved the character interactions at Cafe Mickey, the Auberge de Cendillon and Inventions. We also talk about the meal plans offered by Disney and whether they're a good buy or not.

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes,Stitcher or YouTube. We are also now available on MixCloud. We’d love it if you were to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. Come 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 57 - Soap and Water

It's time for another episode of Parental Geekery, where husband and wife team John and Ruth chat about whatever geeky parental things are on their mind, which appears to start with soap and water this week.

John's been away for a long weekend in Holland, staying in Port Zelande Center Parcs and watching his favourite band, Marillion. Meanwhile Ruth stayed at home with the kids, and wonders if John will ever forgive them for going to see Home without him. She gives a quick review for any parents considering taking kids to see it.

Catherine spent a night away from home on a school residential trip to a nearby outdoor educational centre. She had a great time. Ruth and John talk about her concerns before going, which mostly centred around the fact that she was expected to make her own bed, including putting the duvet into the duvet cover. Ruth was relieved to find a video showing a simple way to put a duvet cover on.

We've had listener feedback from Rob this week, who left feedback on the last show talking about the Apple Watch and the USB port in the new MacBook.

And while we're talking about pretty laptops, we've just discovered the new Hewlett Packard Stream, which everyone in the family seems to want! Whilst Ruth works with Hewlett Packard for her blog that only covers printers, and we have no vested interest in talking about this laptop. Whilst we're talking about that we briefly mention an upcoming trip to London for a Hewlett Packard press event to learn more about their printers.

We talk about the recent news that Nintendo are going into the mobile gaming market.

We finish off talking about John's new photography challenge - he's doing a project 365 this year. He's posting his photos on BlipFoto, but is also using a new withknown.com blog to keep copies of all his pictures. We talk about what withknown.com is, and why it's useful.

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes,Stitcher or YouTube. We are also now available on MixCloud. We’d love it if you were to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. Come 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 56 - Handbags Lead to iWatches

Here we go with another topic-packed episode of Parental Geekery, the podcast for geeky parents. Ruth and John start off by discussing the recent Apple accouncement. John describes his very "science fiction" way that he listened this time, and also expresses his joy at finally being able to sit and watch some of the announcement with Catherine. We talk about the Apple TV price drop, the new medical research apps, the new MacBook, and finally cover the iWatch - is it a hit or a miss in our geek family?

We talk about the Now TV service from Sky. UK Game of Thrones viewers rejoice - this is now the cheapest way you can watch the new season legally! We also talk about our experience of watching The Wolf of Wall Street with Ruth's aging father in the room. Perhaps not to be advised!

We've had some great listener feedback on last week's topic of suitable board games for kids. Richard and Neil both added posts in our Google+ community, and Trudy left a comment on the show notes on the web site. Incidentally Ruth had to upgrade the WordPress theme we're running in order to read that! Richard reminded Ruth that she should be watching more Tabletop on YouTube, and Neil pointed us in the direction of rpgKids, a simplified Dungeons & Dragons type game that the author developed for his four year old daughter.

Finally we talk about the need to take care with medicines, and John's fear that he had overdosed David on paracetamol. He's done the research though, and can tell you all about what levels are poisonous, and what symptoms to look for!

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes,Stitcher or YouTube. We’d love it if you were to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. Come 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 55 - Live Long & Prosper

This 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

Another 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.

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes,Stitcher or YouTube. We'd love it if you were to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. Come 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 show, 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 53 - As Easy As Walking and Chewing Gum

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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Episode 52 - The Creme Egg Taste Test

Hello, 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.

Make sure you don’t miss our future episodes! You can subscribe via iTunes or YouTube, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and circle us on Google+. Come and join in the discussion on our Google+ community. 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. If you enjoy listening to the show, please leave a review for us on iTunes

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Episode 51 - A Multitude of Synonyms

Welcome 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!

Then, 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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