Parental Geekery
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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Direct download: PG062.mp3
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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.

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

Direct download: PG061.mp3
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