Geek Mom by Natania Barron
Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families

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It’s fast becoming a geek world out there, and all moms need to show off their tech smarts and superhero-like skills in order to keep their savvy kids entertained and engaged. Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families explores the many fun and interesting ways that digital-age parents and kids can get their geek on together. Imaginative ideas for all ages and budgets include thrifty Halloween costumes, homemade lava lamps, hobbit feasts, and magical role-playing games. There are even projects for moms to try when they have a few precious moments alone. With six sections spanning everything from home-science experiments to superheroes, this comprehensive handbook from the editors of Wired.com’s popular GeekMom blog is packed with ideas guaranteed to inspire a love of learning and discovery. Along the way, parents will also find important tips on topics such as determining safe online communities for children, organizing a home learning center, and encouraging girls to love science.
Being geeky is all about exploring the world with endless curiosity. Geek Mom is your invitation to introducing the same sense of wonder and imagination to the next generation.
 

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Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson, and Jenny Williams are the cofounders and senior editors of Wired.com's GeekMom blog. The only female contributors to the GeekDad blog, they joined together to create a website where women could share some of the special aspects of being geeky and being moms. Today the GeekMom blog's loyal followers-men and women, parents and others-flock to hear them talk at conventions around the country. In addition to its editors, the GeekMom blog has more than twenty regular contributors and many more occasional writers from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. This is the first joint book project for the four coauthors.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Potter Craft. 224 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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The game rules aren’t broken, it’s a great introductory game for kids as a gateway to other trading card games.

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Royal Jubilees celebrate significant milestones in the Monarch’s reign, Queen Elizabeth had her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002—you may recall the latter as Queen guitarist Brian May played “God Save the Queen” whilst standing on the roof of Buckingham Palace!

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Both the front and rear cameras on the Note II are backside illuminated — meaning that signal to noise ratio is improved, optical crosstalk is reduced, and overall image quality (even in low light conditions) is superior to traditional front-side illuminated cameras.

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I think these DVDs will become holiday favorites, especially as she gets a little old enough to appreciate some of the other holidays and traditions that people celebrate during this time of year.

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This preliminary study calls for Congress to investigate the VICP and for scientists to investigate all compensated cases of vaccine injury to gain a fuller understanding of the totality of consequences of vaccine injury.

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You can find these recipes and more in the newly released The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to “Groosling” – More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy by Emily Ansara Baines.

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Each player also has a playing area in front of them that has three zones: The “Battle Zone,” “Shield Zone,” and “Mana Zone.” The game is set up by shuffling your deck, placing five cards separately face down in to the Shield Zone, and then drawing five cards for the player’s hand.

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Part II of this article will go into specific detail about preparation and storage of homemade baby food, but the Wholesome Baby Food website is a great place to start research.

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My name is Dakster Sullivan and I am a headphone junkie.

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The artistry in The Octonauts original books carries with it the same playful appearance as the Olympic mascots.

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Cake pops take care of the problem by serving a beautifully decorated piece of cake right on a fork.

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Jack and the Beanstalk is an interactive story where young readers can choose to either read the story or have it read to them.

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It’s clear from reading her book that Dana didn’t just jump on the zombie bandwagon, but is writing about what she loves to read, too.

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Kady Cross does an excellent job of encompassing all the elements of a Steampunk novel but seamlessly blending them into her world, making the story interesting to fans of the genre but still very accessible to those who still aren’t sure what a “Steampunk” is.

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He finds that the old stories portray Santa as an angry being who wreaks vengeance, even tossing naughty children in a boiling cauldron.

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I’ve never read this series, so I guess I know what I’m picking up on Amazon next week.

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For lovers of Tarot and steampunk The Steampunk Tarot is a very worthy addition to your collection.

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That’s not unusual for a book intended to be either read cover to cover or skimmed through and read by individual chapters of interest.

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I hit “Pause” on the app, and the Wahoo workout summary seemed to appropriately calculate the average pace based on the active part of the workout, but not the paused part.

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We all have phones that do more than our watch, phone, TV, typewriter, and calculators combined did twenty years ago so we don’t really need calculator wristwatches.

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Along with her other books (Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed!), Girls Get Curves lays out math concepts in a way that many girls that age will understand, using math to describe such things as making assumptions about people, and using stories to describe parallelograms.

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The True Adventures of The World’s Greatest Stuntman ($14.95) is both the story of stuntman extraordinaire Vic Armstrong and a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite movies that is sure to make any movie buff smile.

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Dr. Schuster is UCLA’s Chief of General Pediatrics and its Vice Chair for Health Services, Policy, and Community Research in the Department of Pediatrics, as well as the Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at UCLA’s RAND Center.

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In an effort to help parents just like me, and you, Nina Shapiro, MD has written Take a Deep Breath to help us all understand how kids breath, and how to help them if they’re not breathing well.

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One of the most interesting parts of this book is the pasta family tree, where Legendre uses ‘phylogeny’ (the study of relatedness among natural forms) to classify the 92 types of pasta by identifying unexpected relationships between pasta shapes, their usage and common DNA.

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When you’re used to a couple of AA batteries lasting in your TV remote forever, that can be annoying, and the Beacon doesn’t have an AC adapter.

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The pages of this book are full of copies of the actual letters kids wrote, complete with grammar errors that would make an English teacher cringe and an abundance of hearts and sloppy kid handwriting.

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That’s why the parents who live here rejoiced in the summer of 2009 when we finally got a Sure Start Children’s Centre attached to the village school.

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Our perforated molds didn’t seem to allow the water in evenly, after upwards of an hour in the mold, when we popped out most of the balls, we had one area that was still dry.

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And you just know that no rendition of Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is done without someone hearing it and thinking of Life of Brian.

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But I also credit the half hour Comedy Central show for giving them a hefty dose of media awareness and political savvy, plus comfortable familiarity with authors who have written a wide range of books on politics, history, and current events.

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There is also a map symbol key for the political maps in the atlas.

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Not only does this book have 20 quizzes to test your knowledge of trivia, but the book keeps a running tally of each “battle.” The two of us had fun reading these and debating both the pairings and who the book pronounced the winner and why.

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There is a USB cable provided with your case that plugs into the side of the Mophie and can recharge the Mophie, your phone, or even sync your phone.

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In both tests, the first thing I did was to get my iPhone and the case to a 100% charge and then I let my iPhone drain to a certain amount.

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The Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo and Powerstation Pro are two portable battery options that let you charge smartphones and tablets quickly without being tied to an outlet.

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And we do, looking for the three stars of Orion’s belt or the triangle shape of Canis Major’s head, but also inventing our own constellations from patterns we see — the Mouse, the Cloud, the Glove.

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My sons have started recreation baseball already, and with Major League Baseball Spring Training kicking off in the next couple weeks, we certainly have baseball on our minds here right now.

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She helped create the GeekMom blog and the book Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families.

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These bookends are great for holding books, DVDs, CDs, Cookbooks, kids bedtime books, bathroom reading material, or pretty much anything you imagine!.

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She helped create the GeekMom blog and the book Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families.

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While that still leaves me with plenty of other gaming projects and cooking projects to with my family and does not completely limit my ability to make use of the book, I almost feel like a kid who got a really cool Christmas present and my parents forgot to buy the batteries, thus making me...

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Although the ideas and the how-to are all laid out, the book never loses sight of the fact that science fair projects are supposed to leave kids guessing, at least a little, right until the end.

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The Unofficial Spider-Man Trivia Challenge and The Unofficial Batman Trivia Challenge each contain over 250 pages filled with questions that are likely to stump even the most devout of fans.

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Library Wars!” We had been checking them out from the library before, but it’s a popular series and we often had to wait.

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Although there have been Starbucks coffee pods for some of these brewers, this is the first time Starbucks has actually marketed its own brewer, the Verismo, with its own pods.

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Now at Lucasfilm, doing all kinds of Star Wars crafts and other things, she has put together another book to add to her growing library, The Star Wars Craft Book.

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Like with the Mars Curiosity landing in August, my family didn’t think anything about letting our kids join us Sunday morning in tuning into Discovery Channel to watch the ascent of the Red Bull Stratos balloon, listen to Baumgartner and chief communicator (and previous free fall record-holder) U...

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Part of the reason that we’d decided to homeschool in the first place was because my younger son had been physically bullied in elementary school–finally, after a third call in as many days from the school nurse telling me that my 2nd grader had been injured again by a peer at recess, and a third...

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Pegg’s analysis of bromo-eroticism in Starsky and Hutch, the merits and flaws of the Star Wars prequels, and the socio-political underpinnings of the original Star Wars films are all spot-on, as are his existential ruminations on the heresy that is fast-moving zombies:.

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I have no idea what possessed me to raise my hand high, and wave it around, when the question was asked, “Who’d like to review a book called Cake Pops (by Bakerella)?” First of all, I had no idea what cake pops were.

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It’s a tradition in the Vollmer household, from when the kids were old enough to understand Santa Claus: we open up the NORAD Santa Tracker with the kids and from midnight at the International Date Line, we enjoy seeing where Santa is making his gift deliveries.

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If your girl likes telling ghost stories in the dark and can’t wait for next Halloween, then she’s going to love The Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide ($9.99).

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The beautifully illustrated book tells the true story of three different people who traveled around the world.

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The entire book is a conversation between the robots, which means it can be a lot of fun for you and your pre-schooler (or two of your kids) to each be a robot and take turns reading lines.

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