Parental Geekery (podcast)
Episode 68 - A Tale of Two Flat Caps

It's a very special episode of Parental Geekery this week, as we are recording on Leap Day. We don't think we've ever done that before!

We open with a correction to what we said about Going Postal in the last episode - thanks to our listener Trudy for the information

We then read some listener feedback from Anna (with apologies for John's attempts at an Australian accent) in response to the question we asked about when children start putting themselves to bed.

Ruth gets distracted by bemoaning the fact that at least one of the kids now considers herself too old for soft play, and then we return to the topic of kids putting themselves to bed with some more listener feedback, this time from Rob.

We discuss Catherine's lack of interest in story books, and talks about how much she is enjoying the Quest Adventures books. We also cover what books a 5 year old boy enjoys as we talk about David's favourite stories.

As an alternative to soft play Ruth has taken the children to a trampolining centre a few times, and talks about how they got on.

John's had a weekend away in Masham, and tells his tale of two flat caps. We try to offer a ray of hope to parents of younger kids - it really does get better.

Ruth has started the Couch to 5K running programme

Hopping back to our Half Term activities, Ruth talks about visiting Trentham Monkey Forest with the kids before John gets distracted by the Baby Metal world tour.

We talk about how to save money on taking the family to the cinema by taking advantage of Kids club movies, and give our opinions of Hotel Transylvania 2.

Ruth's written about the new wave of Skylanders figures that have just been released on her blog, and we talk about how much David still enjoys this game, with a certain amount of comparison to Lego Dimensions

John's been playing XCom 2, and has written a few blog posts on his Daddy Coder blog - worth checking out if you're interested in teaching kids Python.

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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!

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

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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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Episode 65 - The Gymnast's got Rhythm

Only a week after the last episode Ruth and John are back with another discussion of all things parental and geeky. We open the show today with a special shoutout to listener Alice, and we hope she's having a good boogie to our theme music again.

We start off with the tragic story of how John managed to throw away three cups of tea in the space of just one hour.

We give a recap of the Rhythmic gymnastics competition which Catherine took part in at the weekend, and talk about how she got on.

We have discovered that a Creme egg cafe has opened in London, and speculate what it is like. Is it a serious cafe or a PR stunt?

Following a recommendation from our friend Mark, who you can find in the Big Man in the Woods podcast, we talk about trying Wilko's own brand construction blocks toy. Compatible with the big named brand, how does it compare price wise and quality wise? We have the lowdown for you following copious testing!

We've ben watching Making a Murderer on Netflix and give our thoughts on that show. We also recommend The Jinx if you like true crime series like that. This leads into a discussion of Serial, which has just started season 2. We talk about the differences between the two seasons. Ruth also recommends the Truth and Justice podcast for even more analysis of the Adnan Syed case and other miscarriages of justice.

There's a shoutout to Elaine from the Macbites podcast who has power over Ruth's Siri. Scary stuff!

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

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Episode 64 - The Podcast Awakens!

Happy New Year! It's 2016 and Ruth and John are back with a bumper-sized episode for your listening pleasure!

We talk about our family Christmas, and some of the best presents we all got. David is completely in love with his Sphero BB-8, and we mention the Tickle app for programming it.

We can't mention BB-8 without talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Danger - there are spoilers ahead! We talk about how we decided whether or not to take the kids to see it, and there's a mention of the BBFC website which we recommend for researching why films have been given particular ratings.

John's got a Google Pixel C, and gives his opinion on this tablet. We also mention the Amazon Kindle Fire as a budget tablet, particularly for kids. Ruth also gives her recommendations for the best kind of cases to use to protect your kids' tablets.

We next move on to a couple of new kitchen gadgets that have entered our lives. Ruth has been making lots of use of her Soup Maker, and John bought her a Nutribullet for Christmas, which he is using almost as much as she is.

We bought Catherine an HP pavilion x2 laptop for Christmas, and we talk about what we think of this device. It has also given us the chance to play with Windows 10 parental controls, with which we're actually really impressed. Ruth also mentions Curbi which is a promising parental controls app for iOS (it's also available on Android).

We talk about our kids YouTube watching habits, and how much we like the YouTube Kids app (you can read more about this on Ruth's blog). Unfortunately it's not available on Windows 10. Catherine has now reached the stage where she wants to start commenting on videos she watches on YouTube, and we discuss how we handled this.

News has broken that, following changing the chocolate they used in the Creme Eggs, Cadbury's saw their sales fall. You can listen to our live taste test of the new Creme Eggs in Episode 52

And finally, John gives an update on how he's getting on with his Xiaomi Mi band, which we talked about in our last episode.

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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).

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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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Episode 50 - The Full Half Hour

Welcome back to Parental Geekery. Taking our lead from Serial we took a break last week, but we're back now (and before the next episode of Serial!), and opening straight into an argument about iPads (like you do!).

John talks about his reaction to the New Star Wars trailer. Ruth just thinks it's great that within 24 hours of it being released someone had recreated it entirely from Lego. And then there's the George Lucas special edition.We then talk about one of the biggest geekdilemmas that there is - when is it the right time to show our kids the Star Wars movies? And which ones?

Advent has begun, and that means advent calendars, although Ruth was a little mean to the kids and kept them hidden until the last moment. We briefly talk about our experiences with Lego advent calendars.

John took both kids to the school Christmas fair. On his own.

We've been battling with kids fears this week. Catherine is getting upset because Mummy and Daddy are out a lot, and David seems to be developing a fear of the dark. One of these is easier to tackle than the other.

Coming up next year Catherine has her first ever School residential - can we cope with her staying away for a night somewhere? And can school cope with her?!

We've had some listener feedback on our recommendation for the Serial podcast last week. Neil recommends the Dr Gilmer and Mr Hyde episode of This American Life - thanks for that Neil. John's been playing Elite Dangerous which he backed on Kickstarter. It goes Live on 16th December if you want to join in the fun.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:17pm UTC

Episode 49 - Shivs, Serial and the Birthday Party of the Year

Welcome back to another epiosode of Parental Geekery. We open this week with a discussion as to what a Shiv is. Random I know, but that's how we roll sometimes!

Our friend Richard has posted a video in the Parental Geekery Google+ community that is supposed to be the next "Gangnam Style". We're not convinced, and we're certainly not going to play it on the show, but it has inspired us to share our latest obsession with you all. We play an excerpt from "Gimme Chocolate" by Babymetal.

It was Catherine's birthday party this weekend. We talk about why it came so long after her birthday, and what the party actually entailed. We also think we may have cracked that age-old problem of how to get kids to write their thank you letters.

Discussion moves to sweets, and in particular how to get more (according to a 7 year old). That 7 year old nearly got run over today.

We've both been listening to the Serial podcast, and are very much enjoying it. We also make the most of an opportunity to mention Game of Thrones again :)

John's playing Valkyria Chronicles, and wants to tell you all (again) about his revamped Photowalkthrough site.

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Episode 48 - Nestling in Your Lugholes

Well would you look at that. Two episodes in the space of two weeks? We are spoiling you! As the show opens we talk a little bit about why we're so busy at the moment, and a little bit about our hard summer.

We didn't go to Alton Towers today. But we did get to see The Boxtrolls at the cinema finally. We then talk a bit about The Book of Life which Ruth took the kids to see recently, and compare both movies from a parent's point of view.

We lead into talk about superheroes, covering Disney Infinity 2, John watching Rise of the Dark Knight on Amazon Instant Video and we then talk about superhero movies for kids.

Thanks to Ruth winning a competition through the Tots100 blogging network we've had the loan of a Kia Carens for the last two weeks, and we talk about how we found it.

We touch briefly on Music streaming and bemoan the lack of a family plan for Google Play Music. We can but hope it's coming soon.

There is some discussion over Trick or Treating. Ruth wrote about how we are a family divided over this activity on her blog last week. John talks about his experiences of taking the kids Trick or Treating for the first time, and how they found it.

Finally john talks about the re-launch of his Photowalkthrough site - he'd love you to check it out as he's very pleased with it!

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Episode 47 - A Bit of a Catch Up

Welcome back to a long overdue episode of Parental Geekery. We've got a lot of catching up to do. First of all, someone had a birthday last month, and we talk about that.

We were lucky enough to get tickets to the recording of the CBeebies Christmas Panto this year - we can't tell you anything about the actual show, but we talk a bit about the day. John bemoans confusing Cat and Gem, and we express our love for Dr Ranj. There's a quick mention of Little Fun Fest in there too.

David's latest obsession is Team Umizoomi, which we're watching on Netflix (UK). We give a couple of talking book recommendations for kids as well - Catherine is enjoying the Horrid Henry books whilst David wanted How To Train Your Dragon (Ruth's happy about this one as it is narrated by David Tennant :)

We talk about how David's getting on with his reading and writing. We had a trip to see Matilda in the West End. Both kids took part in a musical theatre workshop during Half Term, and we discovered that the trick to getting Catherine to attend was to tell her she would be putting on a show at the end! We also talk about the kids swimming lessons.

John is taking part in Movember again this year. He's set himself a really aggressive target, so he would be very grateful of any donations towards his mo. You can find out more on his Mo-Space Page.

John also talks about his involvement with The Arcanum

We talk about Apple's recently announced new iPads and iPhones, and close off by geeking out about Google's new Gmail client, Inbox.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:11pm UTC

Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery. After our discussions about the Nissan LEAF last episode we were asked about the purchase price for the vehicle, so we talk about that, along with an update on how we're getting on with the car. We do a lot of calculations of the running costs (not all of which are correct, but we think we get there in the end!), and we also talk about how the LEAF copes with long distance driving. You can read Ruth's full review of the Nissan LEAF over on her blog. We've been driving the 100% electric car for the last 6 weeks as part of the Go Ultra Low campaign.

We had a fun family day out at a PR event at Alton Towers, and tried out the new CBeebiesLand rides. You can hear what we think about that, and John reminisces about visiting Alton Towers as a kid.

And finally we talk about our experiences at the UKPod14 Podcasting conference. Huge thanks to our lovely friends who looked after the kids for a day so that we could go and network with other UK podcasters. We talk about the state of podcasting the the UK versus the US, and our takeaways from the conference.

At the end we ask if you enjoy the show that you leave us a review in iTunes. This is one thing that you could do to show you enjoy the show and to hopefully help us to attract more listeners. Thank you in advance :)

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Welcome back to Parental Geekery. It's been a little while since we last recorded a show, and we talk a little bit about why, before getting onto the main parental geeking.

We talk about our experiences with the Neato BotVac 75 robot vacuum cleaner. We then spend some time talking about the Go Ultra Low campaign, and our experiences driving a fully electric car, the Nissan LEAF. You can read more about this on Ruth's blog. And we also recommend you check out Robert Llewelyn's YouTube channel Fully Charged.

Finally we reveal that John has finally taken the plunge and become a Dad blogger. You can find him at Daddycoder.com where he talks about teaching kids coding.

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Episode 44 - An expensive lesson in backups

It's another episode of Parental Geekery! And we start off this week by talking about how Catherine is now keeping a diary - do we have a future blogger on our hands?

John's bought a Cricut Mini and seems to be having fun with it - he talks about what he thinks of this device.

We have an update on Ruth's dead hard drive, and had a nasty shock when restoring from her Amazon glacier backup. Listener Rob has recommended CrashPlan to us as an alternative to Ruth's CloudBerry backup.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:23am UTC

Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery. We've got a lot to catch up with, since we haven't recorded a show since before the Easter holidays.

We start off talking about Ruth's recent computer hard drive failure, and the importance of backups. We recommend cloudberry for Windows and arq for Mac.

We talk about our trip to the Gadget Show Live - Ruth went on her own with a press pass, and then we all went as a family on one of the public days. John raves about his Red 5 quadcopter, and Ruth's pick of the show is the iWalk rechargeable battery. There's also an honourable mention for Tappy the tap guard.

We briefly divert into the world of Android apps and how there are still not enough educational titles on the platform. The article we refer to is this one: The 50 Best Education Apps for Android

We've been to PR events with both Hewlett Packard and Next, and John's also had a couple of trips to London on his own for events run by Panasonic and Leica.

We then talk about Easter and what happened with the Easter bunny this year (warning - don't let little ears listen to this part!) And finally we talk about Catherine losing her second tooth - thankfully she didn't swallow this one!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:02pm UTC

We're very excited on this episode of Parental Geekery as Ruth's new car has arrived. We give our first impressions on owning the new Nissan Note.

John's playing Ingress, and Ruth is being a very good wife about it!

We talk about what we did for Mother's Day which happened in the UK recently (listeners in the rest of world do not panic, you didn't miss yours!)

We've been playing some games on our Wii-U recently and give our thoughts on the Phineas & Ferb Toy Box set for Disney Infinity and Skylanders Swap Force.

This episode is also available on YouTube here.

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Episode 41 - Drama and Bedtime Stories

Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery, which like last week is also available on YouTube.

In this episode we talk about Ruth's recent return to the stage, and what John thinks of her wearing makeup.

We talk about changed to our bedtime routine, and go on to talking about bedtime stories. We've recently started reading the kids some David Walliams titles which we are all enjoying. We talk about good books for kids who are learning to read, and then talk a bit about the Independent's recent decision to not review books specifically made for girls or for boys.

We've been playing Yoshis New Island thanks to Ruth's role as a Nintendo family blogger, and have also recently been taking advantage of the Wii-U tablet play facility when one child wants to watch TV and the other wants to play Disney Infinity.

We also talk about the release of the Chromecast in the UK, and John's been watching House of Cards on Amazon Prime Video.

This episode is also available on YouTube here.

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Episode 39 - Now You Can See Us!

We're very excited about this episode of Parental Geekery, as for the very first time we are recording video as well as audio. You can see the fruits of our labours over on our YouTube channel.

We discuss some movies that we went to see over the half term holiday - The Lego Movie and Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy. We also talk about online streaming, and are pleased that Amazon have finally launched their Instant Video for Prime subscribers here in the UK. We also mention Disney's new streaming service - Disney Movies Anywhere - although we're not sure the name is accurate :)

Finally we talk about a piece of software that has made a real difference to the control we have over our finances - You Need A Budget. You can read Ruth's review on her blog here, and watch out for a competition coming soon to win your own copy.

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Episode 38 - The Craft Computer Club

We've got a very special episode of Parental Geekery for you this week - an interview with Dan Bridge from inPractice who is the man behind the Craft Computer Club - a Kickstarter project currently aiming to raise funds to produce learning materials to teach kids all about computer science. Dan tells us how he came up with the idea, and what he's hoping to achieve.

If you like the sound of what Dan is trying to do then you can back his Kickstarter here.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:21am UTC

Episode 37 - All About In-App Purchases

Welcome back to the latest episode of Parental Geekery. In this week's show we mostly talk about in-app purchases and what we think of them, but not before a quick mention of the latest Flappy Bird news.

We talk about the new UK principles for in-app purchases, which our friend Andy from Family Gamer TV has done a very good video to explain. You can find it on YouTube here.

We talk about our experiences and opinions of in-app purchase, talking about such apps as Cut the Rope 2, Candy Crush Saga, Disney Frozen Free Fall and Where's My Water 2. We also speculate on how the principles might apply to games like Disney Infinity and Skylanders.

We've finally found out what Gangsta Granny is, and give a quick update on Catherine's reading.

We close off with a mention of Voices Around The World and their very special version of a fantastic Howard Jones song.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:40pm UTC

Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery where John and Ruth chat all things parenting and geeky. This week Ruth is getting back in to amateur dramatics and talks about the play she is going to be in at the end of March. We've had a little bit of feedback on family gaming following [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:28am UTC

We've got something a little bit special with you on this week's episode of Parental Geekery. We have our first ever guest as we are joined by Andy Robertson, better known as Geek Dad Gamer to talk about family gaming. Andy tells us about his family, and the games they enjoy playing. We talk a [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:40am UTC

In this week's episode Ruth is feeling sorry for herself as she's been poorly. We run through the feedback we've received so far on our question about Santa from last week's episode. Special thanks to Betsy for her audio comments. We do (another) quick plug for the other podcast John appears in - the Love [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:34am UTC

Welcome back to Parental Geekery - our first show of 2014. We took a little break from podcasting over Christmas and today we talk about what we did during the holidays. You can also read about our Christmas over on Ruth's blog. We discovered that we have a difference of opinion as to how Father [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:35pm UTC

Hello and welcome to the latest episode of Parental Geekery. Today we are celebrating the arrival of John's Panasonic GX7, which is his birthday present. We also explain why there was no show this week, and Ruth talks about how much work she's still got to do before Christmas. We talk about the Hour of Code [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:16pm UTC

Welcome back to this week's episode of Parental Geekery, and as it's December we're going to start talking about Christmas. We want to know when you put your Christmas decorations up. The big news this week is that we've managed to get our hands on a Chromecast - we talk about our first impression of [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:06pm UTC

Another week, another episode of Parental Geekery, and this week we open with a very important question - what does the fox say? We've finally taken the sides off David's cot, and invested in another Gro Clock. Hear how his transition to a "big boy bed" is going. We talk a bit about Google+. We'd [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:22pm UTC

Welcome back to this week's episode of Parental Geekery. We start off talking some more about John's new obsession with yoyos and tell the story of the first event in our life that made Ruth exclaim "podcast fodder!!" We're both experiencing the pain of waiting - Ruth for her new iPad mini and John for [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:50pm UTC

I know, I know, I know. Mere DAYS after releasing Episode 27, we're back again with episode 28. We really are serious about recording on a weekly basis now, although we're not doing as well at keeping the duration to about 30 minutes as we could do... In tonights thrilling installment we kick off with [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:14pm UTC

Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery, and our plan is for this to be the first of many more regular, possibly shorter shows. We're getting back into our groove We talk all about Catherine's 6th birthday, what it's like to be the parents of a six year old, and how the party went. [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:11pm UTC

Ruth and John are back after a short break, which they explain is because they didn't feel able to podcast over the summer whilst experiencing sleep problems with Catherine. They are now able to provide an update on how things are going. They both send a big thank you to Fi from childcareisfun for her help [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:17pm UTC

Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery, where we're celebrating our first birthday - yay! We talk about our recent holiday in France, which included David's first flight (on Ryanair). John had the exciting experience of driving on the right in an unfamiliar car, and became a guide parent again, which was quite a [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:58pm UTC

We open this episode of Parental Geekery by talking about the complete U-turn Microsoft have taken over the Xbox One after we talked about it in our previous show. We then move on to discuss David Cameron and the recent demands he's made on UK ISPs to block porn to all households. John gets a [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:48pm UTC

Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery, which is out of date before it's even published. More about that later... John talks about his "Dad bloggers" evening out with Harman - you can read more about this on Ruth's blog. We got a preview of the new Sea Life Centre in Manchester and talk [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:37pm UTC

This episode of Parental Geekery is completely devoted to John talking about his experiences at the Thinking Digital conference. We take a tour through the schedule, covering the following: Sugata Mitra and his TED video Mike Bracken and his work on the gov.uk site. Alex Reben and his robots Ruth sneaks in a quick recommendation [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:51pm UTC

We open the show with the magnificent Chris Hadfield and his cover version of Space Oddity. We run through the recent Google announcements from Google I/O, whilst coping with the technical challenge of John breaking Ruth's microphone and fixing it again (with gaffer tape)! You can read the full list of Google I/O announcements here. [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:40pm UTC

Catherine opens the show with her very special version of the lion sleeps tonight and we talk about how the recording came into existence  This leads on to an explanation of the game invented by the inimitable Sally Whittle named "I can only hear you when you're singing"... We speculate on whether David is musical, and [...]
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We open our show this week with an extract from the film The Hunt for Red October Catherine is off school for the Easter holidays, and Ruth has two weeks off work to look after her and wants to know where she gets her boundless energy from?! We talk about Ruth and Catherine's recent visit [...]
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Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery. We open the show with some quotes from one of our all-time favourite movies - The Princess Bride. We share an update on John's facial hair, which we haven't talked about since Movember. you can find out if he's still shaving or has reverted back to full [...]
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We open with a classic Blackadder moment, for no reason other than we like it and wanted to share. In our show today we work through the Sunday Times' list of 14 tech things that parents should know. We're working off the list published over on Bernie Goldbach's blog as it was impossible to get [...]
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It's Her Royal Highness' Matched Luggage. A quote from one of our favourite films. Find out what Catherine did this week that made that quote come to mind. Junk modelling - love it or hate it? Ruth makes her feelings known on the subject. David seems to have started getting cheeky - we talk about [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:12pm UTC

We open our show this week with some Monty Python, and John then points out a similarity between that and  a certain John Williams theme. We give our take on the current horse meat scandal that has rocked Europe this week. We talk about things we've tried recently to make our meal planning easier, including [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:43pm UTC

Happy New Year! It's our first show of 2013, and we talk about what we've been doing since our last show. We open with a slightly embarrassing revelation about Ruth's music taste, and the revelations continue with new of Catherine's first boyfriend! As our last show was before Christmas we spend a bit of time talking about [...]
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:31pm UTC

First of all, apologies for the late release of this episode. We recorded it last week, but a combination of kids being ill, busy times at work and general panicking about Christmas has prevented us releasing it until now. This show starts with us talking about the various illness that have hit us recently, including [...]
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Welcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery. After an in-depth discussion on how to play air clarinet and air double bass we launch straight in to our comprehensive review of the iPad mini. Find out what we think of the device in particular and the tablet market in general. Please note when Ruth quotes [...]
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It's been a week of big announcements, and we're talking about them all here on Parental Geekery. Disney have bought LucasFilm, Google have announced new hardware and Microsoft have announced a load of stuff that we knew already. After announcing his shortlist last week, John has bought his new camera. Hear his initial thoughts, and [...]
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Welcome back to Parental Geekery! Our big event this week has been Catherine's fifth birthday, although it takes a little while for us to get around to telling you about that. We meander through a rant about gender-specific colours and the world shortage of Helium before we really get going. We compare the accuracy of [...]
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Parental Geekery Episode 8 – Drawing with Sausages We open this episode of Parental Geekery with an excerpt we hope you all recognise, which leads us to talk about Catherine's new-found love for Jeff Wayne's musical version of The War of the Worlds. Ruth tries desperately to remember the rise to fame of Kerry Ellis, and both of us look forward to seeing [...]
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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:37pm UTC

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