HTGYG Show #157: DragonCon Report Part 1!

The Avengers cosplayers
The Avengers cosplayers

The Avengers cosplayers

I’m thrilled to tell all of you about this year’s DragonCon events and activities. Amanda and I had a great time! I start off talking about the Atlanta Star Party in honor of Cosmoquest.org, run by our friends Pamela Gay and Nicole Gugliucci. If you’re interested in supporting science and STEM education, please donate here! Then we move on to discussing various panels and events we attended, including seeing Jim Butcher at the live Sword & Laser Podcast, and the stars of Warehouse 13! There’s so much, I’ll have to continue in the next episode!

Don’t forget that you can donate to Disaster Relief efforts going on in Colorado and elsewhere by visiting RedCross.org!

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 #155: Fitness and Weight Loss – Getting the Kids (and Me) Active!

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This show, I play a voicemail from RapidEye about the Meteorite Men, I discuss fitness/weight loss/getting kids active, and I call for folks to watch the Cosmoquest.org Google hangout this weekend.

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

Click on the banner below for Cosmoquest Hangout details!

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HTGYG Show #133: Interview with Will Bowles & Josh Flaum from “Written By A Kid!”

We’re returning from our summer hiatus with a wonderful interview with the creators and producers of the YouTube show “Written By A Kid,” Will Bowles and Josh Flaum. These talented guys have created a fantastic show where kids tell their stories, and directors make that story into a mini-movie. This is one of the first season of shows available on Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry channel on YouTube. You can find the show here on YouTube, and the community here on the Geek & Sundry website.

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 The Critical Myth Podcast

HTGYG Show #122: Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Trek Nation

In this episode, I discuss Neil DeGrasse Tyson, his place as a wonderful science communicator and his fantastic podcast StarTalkRadio. His interviews with Whoopi Goldberg and Nichelle Nichols leads to my discussion of the documentary Trek Nation, from the Science Channel.

Trek Nation is the journey of discovery that Rod Rodenberry went on to discover his father Gene’s vision and place in history as the father of Star Trek. Have your kids watch a few episodes of  Star Trek TOS and Next Generation, then watch this documentary together!

And finally, send us your recommendations for iPad apps we should try out, now that we’ve gotten one!

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: SofaDogs and Great Hites

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 #93: Why Cooking With Your Kids Is Important!

While still recovering from the Snowpocalypse here in ATL, I wanted to give your guys my thoughts on cooking with your kids. Not only is it a skill that everyone needs, it also gives you an opportunity to teach math, science, history, culture and good old common sense about how the world works, while also giving you a great experience with your kids. Here are some great references for cooking information to help your adventure! ( I referenced the Betty Crocker cookbook in the podcast, but I actually meant the Better Homes and Gardens New CookBook pictured here!)

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Alton Brown’s Good Eats, on the Food Network

The Joy of Cooking

The Better Homes and Gardens New CookBook

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 Babylon Podcast and Marc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast

HTGYG Show #88: Online Gaming, Chores and Punkin Chunkin’ – Voicemails!

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Hooray for VoiceMails! Gary calls in with several topics, including how to manage your kid’s online gaming experiences, how to get your kids to do chores and what kinds are appropriate, and the great Punkin Chunkin’ contest on the Science Channel, hosted by Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters. I give our household’s opinions and answers, and go totally fan-girl on Dungeons and Dragons Online and Punkin Chunkin’!

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Also, check our some funny voice work by me and some truly talented others at Comedy4Cast. Clinton wrote a great spoof of “Ghost Hunters!”

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

Photos by The Science Channel

Promo: Marc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast and Firefly Between the Lines Auditions

HTGYG Show #85: How to Grow Your Gleek! Glee, Bullying, and Talking to Your Kids!

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This week, I discuss the tv show Glee, and how it has become a real ice-breaker in discussing important social issues with my daughter Amanda. I also revisit the bullying discussion, pointing out a great article about Bullying from Newsweek. And please pass on the hotline for helping bullied LGBT and questioning teens – 866-4-U-TREVOR.

And if you’d like to ChipIn to help out some of HTGYG’s  friends, go to this site or click on the ChipIn link below on the blog. Thanks!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my NEW voicemail number at  206-337-8533 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

Photo courtesy of  FOX

Promo: Variant Frequencies and Short Cummings Audio presents Happily Domesticated

HTGYG Show #83: Morgan Freeman’s Wormholes and HTGYG’s Voicemails!

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This episode, I wax poetic over Morgan Freeman’s voice and content on the “Through the Wormhole” series on the Science Channel. Check it out on Wednesday nights!

Then we have voicemails from Tim regarding my birthday, the Parsec Awards and flu shots, and Wyatt gives us a gaming update and a sad report on the state of his Xbox 360.

We’re starting a new podcast for those fans of Eureka and Warehouse 13 on SyFy – the EurekaVerse Podcast! Follow us on Twitter at @EurekaVerse!  And I urge everyone to visit the Parsec Awards site to see the list of winners and finalists!

And if you’d like to ChipIn to help out some friends in need, go to this site or click on the ChipIn link below on the blog. Thanks!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my NEW voicemail number at  206-337-8533 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

Photo from The Science Channel

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

HTGYG Show #73: Voicemails – Gardening, Girl Genius and Jacques Cousteau

Hi everyone! This time, I have a whole lot of great voicemails from Gary and Tim about a lot of recent topics. Gary tells us about his gardening experience with his kids, bemoans the popularity of SillyBands, and calls me out on using the kids as an excuse to collect American Girls stuff and Galactic Heroes figures.  Then I compliment Darcy on the great batch of stuff she sent the kids for Amanda’s birthday, and let her know I swiped the Girl Genius comic (It won a HUGO!).

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After that, Tim discusses what kids are really good for, and thanks Darcy for reminding him of his and Jenny’s first wedding anniversary (Congrats to you!). After I wistfully discuss the oil drilling disaster in the gulf, Tim lets us know of a great opportunity to catch Jacques Cousteau’s great documentary on the oceans, “Under the Sea,” on June 11.

Call or email me if you have any opinion on which video game franchises you think need a break, or just need to die. Wyatt has a rant on this subject that I am going to do a special episode on soon, and we would love your opinions!

Don’t forget – you have until June 1 to nominate your favorite podcasts for a Parsec Award! I’m not eligible, so I’m not asking for me – I’m asking for all those other great shows that you listen to and love!

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: MilkCartonTV and The Parsec Awards