Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy Turned My Living Room Into An Arcade

You may have heard that the East Coast had a hurricane. It was a pretty big deal and even though we didn't feel the brunt of Sandy in New Hampshire, they cancelled school for two days in our town. This left legions of kids not only stuck at home, but stuck inside. In the midst of all the wind and rain, my living room was turned into a makeshift arcade.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #33 Video Games And Kids

It's all Nicole, all the time as I'm joined by the fabulous Nicole Spagnuolo of the Ladies of Leet podcast. We've both been gaming since long before we had kids and have no intention of stopping any time soon. Still, it can be a challenge balancing Mom time and kid time and deciding how to share our passion for gaming. How young is too young for Halo? How much gaming is too much? We talk about our experiences as gamer moms who hope to raise gamer kids.

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Music: Rebecca Angel

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On New York Comic Con 2012

I attend a lot of fan conventions each year, but the one I'm sure never to miss is New York Comic Con. It's sort of like a baby San Diego Comic-Con with slightly fewer movie stars and much cooler weather.

The fact that it's in one of my favorite cities on the planet also gets it a few points in my book. So, despite it not being the biggest and grandest of them all, it's in many ways the best.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Arrow" Is Parkour Superhero Fun From Start To Finish

Each new Fall television season I hope beyond hope that a show will grab my attention and demand I watch without fail every week. Just one. Even though there are usually at least a half dozen that look like they will be amazing, I know that's asking too much and most of them won't meet my expectations. Last night I watched the first episode of Arrow and I am so happy to have found my one.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #32 Stopping The Cycle of Bullying

It's been about two years since we all heard the story of little Katie who was bullied by the boys at school because she carried a Star Wars water bottle. Practically overnight the geek community came to her aid, offering support and encouragement for Katie and for everyone who's been the target of bullying.

Katie's Mom, Carrie Goldman, has become a spokesperson for the anti-bullying movement. She's first and foremost a parent and her new book, Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher And Child Needs To Know About Ending The Cycle Of Fear, combines that experience with an extensive amount of research. This is truly a must-read for all parents, but especially for those whose children are dealing with the affects of bullying targeting them and their friends.

reviewed this fantastic book and then got a chance to talk with Carrie about how we can help kids stop bullying, teach them to help each other when it happens, and most importantly, create an environment where bullying is simple not acceptable.

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Music: Rebecca Angel

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Finding Carl Or "The Walking Dead" Season 3

It's only five days until The Walking Dead returns to AMC and we get all the answers. Okay, not all of them, but at least we're not on that darn farm so we won't have to listen to Lori screaming about Carl not being in the house anymore. There will be much more dire things for her to scream about before this season is over. Hopefully.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

An Ode To Firefly

It's been ten years since Firefly first aired and was unceremoniously axed by network executives who knew best what we wanted to watch. We did not want to watch a story about cowboys in space. We did not want to watch the swagger of Captain Reynolds. We did not want to see the Serenity fly across our screens nor did we want to see one more second of Jayne and his hat. It's ten years later and we all know they got that pretty much completely wrong.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review: Bullied by Carrie Goldman

Even if you've never read a single book on bullying, you may still recognize the name Carrie Goldman through her daughter who many know as Star Wars Katie. Yes, she's the little girl that was bullied for carrying a Star Wars thermos to school and then garnered the support of every geek on the planet in her defense.

It all started when Carrie wrote a simple blog post about Katie being bullied and it caught everyone's attention in a way she never expected. It grew into a movement among the geek community to stop bullying that targets not just geeks, but all kids, and Carrie became their voice.