Parental Geekery
Episode 67 - Weighing Anchor

We open this week's episode of Parental Geekery with shoutouts to a few listeners. Thanks to Trudy and Neil for sharing our show on Facebook and Anchor respectively. We talk a little about Anchor, a new audio app that makes it really easy to join in with conversations. John bemoans the fact that it's only available on iOS, and we try really hard to stay off the "My OS is better than yours" subject!

Thanks to Rob for his feedback on Episode 64, and for pointing out that we'd said different things in earlier episodes. Not "obsessive" or "scary" at all... We also mention Dropbox discontinuing Mailbox, but can't get upset about that because everyone's using Google Inbox now anyway!

John talks about how much he wants the Amazon Echo (currently not available in the UK), and manages to refrain from saying "Alexa" for the whole discussion.

We have a quick update on Catherine's gymnastics - Ruth is very proud that she's been moved up to the next class, and might get to do another competition later this year.

We talk about our current bedtime routine for Catherine, and wonder when it is that kids start putting themselves to bed? Any listener feedback would be gratefully received.

We have an entirely innocent reason for buying bondage tape, and explain what's going on.

Ruth's introduced Catherine to the Harry Potter Trading Card Game, and we talk about how they've been getting on with that.

John's been watching The Expanse, and we both enjoyed Going Postal on NowTV. Ruth's an official NowTV blogger, and has an affiliate signup link over on her blog if you're thinking of trying the service out.

John gives a quick update about his Flotilla - he took it to one of his Code Clubs this week, and talks about how the kids got on with it. He's also decided his next project to do with them - a line-following robot. Which leads us into a quick discussion about John's tea bell, and how its function has changed recently.

Finally John talks about his new chilli-growing kit, and what he plans to do with the chillis if they grow!

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Episode 66 - Kermit, Scratch and Python

Welcome to this week's episode of Parental Geekery, where John appears to be channelling Kermit the Frog.

Ruth recommends a new podcast she's discovered, called Real Crime Profiles. Hosted by retired FBI behavioural analyst Jim Clemente, this podcast is a discussion of behavioural analysis techniques as applied to real crimes, and has started off tacking the Steven Avery cases as highlighted in the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer"

John has taken delivery of his Flotilla set from pimoroni. This is a neat little set of components that can be easily connected together and programmed via a Raspberry Pi. We compare the set to our Little Bits set.

Apparently John's blog posts are like buses. You wait for ages for one to come along, and then three come along all together. You can read John's blogs about teaching kids to code over at Daddycoder.com

John talks about his first forays into teaching his Code Club kids Python, and explains the differences between that and Scratch.

Ruth and Catherine had a girlie night out together to see Annie at the theatre (you can read Ruth's review on her blog). We talk a bit about the differences between the original stage play and the updated movie that was released last year.

Ruth's bought herself a Fitbit, and talks about the differences between that and other fitness trackers she has tried - it's all about the community. We also mention the Sleep Cycle app for sleep tracking, and warn of the dangers of putting your phone under your pillow.

Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day, and we recommend you check out the Safer Internet Centre and Internet Matters, which are great resources for keeping kids safe on the internet. We give an update on Catherine's request from a few weeks ago to be able to leave comments on YouTube videos, we've had to make a bit of a change of policy here.   

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Direct download: PG066.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:44pm UTC

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