Parental Geekery
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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Direct download: PG060.mp3
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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

Direct download: PG059.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:38am UTC

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