HTGYG Show #156: Summer Catchup – Exercise, Weight Loss, End of Summer Book List!

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IMG_0238Hi everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve had a show, but we’ve had a busy summer! In this episode, I talk about our efforts to exercise more, eat less, and relax a lot after the craziness of swim team in June.

RapidEye calls in to talk about his family’s practice of running for exercise.

We also had a family vacation that was very relaxing and fun, with some time away from the Internet.

Finally, I’ve got a list of books that will be having movie versions out soon for your kids and teens to catch up on – Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Divergent, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and The Mortal Instruments. We’ll have more on them later this fall.

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #132: R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

First off, apologies for the sound – I was fiddling with the quality, and didn’t realize it wasn’t back to original settings until I’d recorded the whole thing! I’ll try to have it all back to normal next time!

This episode, we start off with the announcement of the Finalists at the Parsec Awards site! Then we have a voicemail from Gary about the movie “Brave.” Then I jump on my soapbox and address some issues that have been taking place in several arenas lately about basic respect, consideration and common courtesy, with a few personal anecdotes about encounters this summer as a swim team coordinator, at public attractions, and just commentary in general.

Please let us know if you are crazy about Minecraft! Kevin is currently obsessed, so we’ll talk with him soon, and hopefully have some fun cool stuff about Minecraft soon!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Promos from Technorama and Marc Gunn’s Irish and Celtic Music Podcast

HTGYG Show #126: The Hunger Games: Movie Review (Spoilers!)

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The Hunger Games

This episode is my unabashed lovefest discussing the move version of The Hunger Games. If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, don’t listen past the first few minutes!  Otherwise, enjoy my unusual gushing over a book-to-movie adaptation done right!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Promo: Technorama
Promo: Tuning in to SciFi TV

HTGYG Show #115: Buffy, Dr. Horrible, Dark Matters and … Rocky Horror?!?

Getting ready for Halloween? Want some good scary media to share with your geeky kids – and to know for what age groups are these media appropriate? Here, I discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, H.P. Lovecraft’s stories, the Arkham Horror board game and even Rocky Horror Picture Show. And at the end, I review the new Science Channel TV show Dark Matters: Twisted but True, which tells scary stories and the science and history behind them.

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my  voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Promos: Marc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast and The Chronic Rift

HTGYG Show #106: Disaster Prep and Summer Schoolwork: Voicemails

This time, we have voicemails from Gary about disaster preparation and summer schoolwork. The kids chime in on what we’re doing with reading projects and other summer activities, and give a quick verdict on Kung Fu Panda 2. I give an update about my sound equipment, and let you know how the Parsec Awards are going this year!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my NEW voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Promo: The Critical Myth Podcast and The Geekspin

Darcy reviews an old, funny movie – “Doc Savage: Man of Bronze!”

Sometimes you just need the silly.

Hey guys!
Yep even on a trip to Wisconsin Dells, I still manage to do reviews for you all. 🙂

I thought I would stick with the adventure thing and this time do a dvd review of a old old pulp fiction hero. Back in the day there was Buck Rodgers, Flash Gordon, Sargent rock and one more…Doc Savage.

I had heard of him a long time now, never read any of the books; but sounded a lot like Indiana Jones to me. So when I came across this in dad’s dvds I was like cool! Dad said I may not like it, but I……well lets just see. 🙂

Doc Savage. Man of Bronze  – A dvd review by Darcy Low

From the dvd case: “Clark Savage Jr. aka Doc Savage was at his Fortress of Solitude when his empathic abilities sense something is wrong. So he returns to New York and is informed by his confidants, The Fabulous Five that his father, a missionary died somewhere in South America of a tropical disease. He is also told that his father sent him something before he died, and his associates locked it in his safe. He was about to open it when someone takes a shot at him but misses. Doc chases him down and he falls to his death. He appears to be some kind of native, quite possibly from South America. Someone blows up the safe destroying the papers his father sent him, and Doc’s empathic ability goes off again, telling him that his father was murdered. Doc decides to go to the country where his father died to see if he can find out what happened. But after their plane takes off someone tries to shoot it down but Doc had the foresight to send a drone. When he gets there someone tries to kill him, in a peculiar manner.”

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Darcy reviews “Nate and Hayes” – a pirate movie!

A pirate named Tommy

Hi Guys,
I got a rare one for you this time. It is out on dvd, just not sure how easy it to get anymore. It is one dad had on the shelf I pulled down.
Way back before Indy, and long before Captain Jack. There was a Pirate by the name of Bully Hayes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bully_Hayes

A real life pirate, that roamed the South Sea. This is his story. 🙂

Nate and Hayes – A dvd review by Darcy Low.

“Nate and Hayes. After wiping out half a village of native South Pacific tribesmen, Captain Bully Hayes (Tommy Lee Jones) is eventually captured, put in prison, and the rest of this swashbuckling action film is told in a series of flashbacks as he remembers the recent past. The lead-in scene may be off-putting, but its larger context is soon revealed. Hayes had just left a young couple, Nate (Michael O’Keefe) and Sophie (Jennie Seagrove) on an island so they could set up housekeeping and follow in the missionary footsteps of an uncle, when the villain Ben Pease (Max Phipps) shows up, kidnaps Sophie and leaves her husband for dead. Pease runs into a German naval officer who feels it would be advantageous to join up with him — so when Captain Hayes saves Nate and, the two go looking for Sophie, their enemies are formidable villains indeed. Laced with humor and acting in the grand pirate-movie tradition.”  – From the All Movie Guide.

I really liked this one. Dad said when it first came out, it was a flop at the box office. Which is weird to me, because it is really good. It has action, a great plot and Tommy Lee Jones as a pirate with a beard! I mean what more could you want?

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HTGYG Show #79: “Despicable Me” and some voicemails!

*SPOILER ALERT*

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The kids and I present a review/summary of the movie “Despicable Me,” and encourage you all to go see it! It was a thoroughly enjoyable movie for kids and adults, and well worth a visit to the theater – which is saying a lot, considering our family usually waits for everything on Netflix!

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Then, we have a few voicemails from Lizzie, Tim and Wyatt, and then I urge everyone to visit the Parsec Awards site to check our our newly posted list of finalists! These are some of the best offerings out there in speculative fiction podcasting!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at 206-202-7309   and leave your thoughts. You can also visit our forum at the Farpoint Forums. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Promos: Parsec Finalists: Variant Frequencies and The Babylon Podcast

Darcy Reviews “The Last Starfighter”

The last Starfighter you will ever need.

Back twenty five years ago, a lot of things were different. Music kinda sucked, clothes were different, man dad had actual hair, and video games were just getting started. In fact, back then if you wanted to play the lasted one out there, you had to go to a arcade or a bowling alley. Wow how things have changed huh? Back then, a kid playing a video game had dreams; some of getting the high score and others a much larger dream. Something on the verge of becoming a hero, rising above their drab and boring lives, and gaining something epic. Such is the dream of Alex, but I am getting a head of myself….

The Last Starfighter – A dvd review by Darcy Low

From the back of the dvd: ” Greeting Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Kodan armada.
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HTGYG Show #78: Summer of SciFi – Susie reviews the original Battlestar Galactica movie!

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This week, I join the celebration of the Summer of SciFi at Slice of SciFi with my review of the 1978 original theatrical release of Battlestar Galactica. You can find my review of the movie over there, and listen to my casual commentary of the movie, the series, my comparison of it and Star Wars, and other general bits of me babbling here! I also remind you all to be looking for the finalists of the Parsec Awards to be announced here soon – as we are finishing up semifinalist judging right now!

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Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at 206-202-7309   and leave your thoughts. You can also visit our forum at the Farpoint Forums. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Photos from the Battlestar Wiki

Promos: Slice of SciFi and The Dragon Page: Cover to Cover