GeekMom Counterpoint: Why I Love Why

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GeekMom Ariane’s post about why she hates “why” inspired GeekMom Melissa to ponder why she loves the why stage. Where do you stand?

Indiegogo Campaign: TinySuperheroes

Since making their first cape in January of 2013, the folks behind Tiny Superheroes have made 500 capes for sick and disabled children. This Indiegogo campaign will help raise money to make and distribute 1,500 more capes in the next year.

A Quick and Dirty Visit to the Phoenix Comicon

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My family and I went to the Phoenix Comicon last Friday. It was an interesting visit because we went without a plan, and it was Rory’s first time at this kind of con. The kids and I had been to this one twice before. But we purposely went for only a short visit this time, and didn’t even crack open the program.

SuperMe Kids Bags Uncover the Hero Within

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Just in time for National Superhero Day on April 28, SuperMe backpacks and messenger bags are here! It might seem like a really simple idea to put a cape on a backpack, and to make a functional bag with the entire superhero package and make a quality product for a reasonable price is a lot to ask, but SuperMe has done it.

Review: Python for Kids

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Python for Kids is a book from No Starch Press that aims to teach kids ages 10 and up and their parents about the Python programming language. I happen to have an 11 year old daughter for convenient review purposes, so we’ve been working through the book together.

Glitch Gone Wild?

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After signing myself up for Glitch, I decided to let my kids develop characters of their own (under my e-mail addresses and with my close supervision). Over the weekend my oldest son took a trip to the dark side of Glitch: “Glitch Hell“. Simply put, you visit Hell by dying. You can visit Hell several times, and there is even a separate set of achievements you

6 Reasons to Get Your Kid a Smartphone

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A few years ago I would have written a post arguing that no child needs a cell phone, let alone the mini-computing marvel of the contemporary smartphone. But now? I’m a believer. I got my son a smartphone last year as I was changing service providers and getting myself a new phone. They made me a fantastic offer on the whole package and I didn’t

The Scripps National Spelling Bee: Some Fascinating Facts

We are in the midst of the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee Week in the Washington, D.C., area.  I’ve watched the competition with interest most years — although not with the same enthusiasm my family watches the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest every July 4th!  I find it especially cool that ESPN chooses to air the finals every June and this year the preliminaries streamed

Geeky Ways to Love the Iditarod: Build a Better Dog Sled

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Talk about an amazing race. The Iditarod dog sled competition, which started Saturday,  stretches more than a thousand miles from Anchorage to Nome, crossing some of the toughest terrain in the world under some of the harshest conditions on the planet. Mushers come from all over the world to compete, but, at its heart, the last great race is a unique competition that captures the

Learn How to Rule the World With Vordak: The Incomprehensible!

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Have you ever thought, “Gee, I think I can rule the world a lot better than these people. I think I’ll take over! Yes! Muahahah. Hmm.. But how?” and then got a very contemplative look on your face, with it all amounting to nothing? Well, no more! Your day has come! You will triumph! Enter Vordak: The Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the

Life With a Spirited Child: A Geek Perspective

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It’s the summer of 2006. I am enormously pregnant and working at Barnes & Noble, where the air conditioner keeps breaking, and I am frequently asked (with people staring at the lanyard with my name emblazoned on it) if I work here. No, really, I’m just a crazy pregnant woman wandering the aisles pretending to work in retail. One afternoon, while working the registers, a

GeekMom Holiday Gift Guide #5: Toys For Most Any Age, Including Grown-Ups

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Regardless of what holidays you celebrate, the end-of-year festivities are right around the corner. If you choose to purchase gifts online, you need to order then in advance to allow for shipping time, backorders, and comparison shopping. We at GeekMom are here to help you with ideas for anyone on your gift list, from babies to grownups. We’ll be running a series of half a

SMACKDOWN! Pokemon Evolution vs. Biological Evolution

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Pokemon fever has hit our household, as it can in even the best of families. For those readers who have been in solitary confinement for the last decade, Pokemon is a collectible card game with hundreds of little creatures that “evolve” from one bodily form to the next. The word “evolution” gets tossed around early and often. Weirdly, I happen to invest a lot of

PlanetBox: Lunchboxes for the 21st Century

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I have long been on a quest to eliminate zip-top plastic bags from my house. They are wasteful. While I admit to rinsing out lightly used bags for reuse, for the most part the bags are used once and land straight in the trash. We have plenty of reusable plastic containers, but frankly, I’m more than a little concerned about the safety of putting our

Cyberchondria: The Good, The Bad, and The Neurotic Side of Internet Diagnosis

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In typical GeekMom fashion when someone in the family gets sick, I hit my favorite medical sites to diagnose their illness. Sometimes this helps us avoid an expensive trip to the doctor and other times it causes us to make an appointment. Since I am a bit of a hypochondriac and have just enough medical knowledge to be dangerous, I usually jump to the worst