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LEGO Mars Curiosity Rover Available Now

On January 3, 2014, in Toys, by Ben

In what seems like no time at all since it was green-lit on CUUSOO, the LEGO Mars Science Labs Curiosity Rover is now available from the LEGO shop.


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Tiny Death Star Is A Tiny Time Sink

On January 1, 2014, in Gaming, by Ben

I got a new iPhone for Christmas and have, to my shame, spent most of my time on it playing Tiny Death Star.

I really don’t like this game. I really didn’t like its non-Star Wars predecessor either.

But. Can’t. Stop. Playing.

Damn you Tiny Death Star.


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An Introduction To Satellites

On November 28, 2013, in Science, by Ben

I got into a conversation about space with my 5yr old daughter during the school run today. You know, the usual – “Is space a real thing? An actual real thing?”, “So, can people actual go there?”.

Ever the one to encourage inquisitive minds, I was happy to explain about space and planets and our place in the universe and how very few people have gone into space (even although, technically, we’re all already in space) but some people have flown into space and we send lots of satellites into space all the time.

It turns out these questions were triggered by her overhearing me watching some news on the scrubbed SpaceX launch earlier this week (which I hear they are rescheduling for tonight). This is the first commercial launch for Elon Musk’s private space company which is putting a satellite into Earth orbit for SES, the company responsible for carrying most of the UK’s satellite TV transmissions besides other things.

I was looking into the story more today and they actually have some good education content around the science of satellites and what’s involved in putting stuff in space. Of all things, they’ve got a bunch of neat animated videos narrated by none other than Johnny Ball (you can keep your Bill Nye, Johnny is our science guy).

Click through on the infographic below for some kid-friendly videos on satellite physics, history, launching and so on.


The 25th of May is an important date for geeks, a triumvirate of geek celebrations are all scheduled into our iCals on this day. Not only is it Towel Day, a day chosen by fans to mark the passing of  Douglas Adams, author of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but it’s also Geek Pride Day, a day for us to claim our right to be geeks and of course it’s the date of the premier of the first Star Wars film in 1977.

All around the world this important date is being marked in a variety of ways and in dual celebration of Geek Pride Day and Towel Day, the kind folks at Powwownow have given me some cool prizes to give away.

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Super-cheap computing is an area which is always fascinating, the idea of putting basic computing power into the hands of every person regardless of their financial position is extremely compelling. The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project made good initial progress on this area with their goal to create a $100 computer for children in developing countries and while they still haven’t achieved their goal the work they did gave rise to the expanding budget netbook niche market.

Now a non-profit charity, who’s founders include video game developer David Braben, have made another step towards cheap, accessible computing for all with their £15 PC.

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Last Friday we went to the Science Festival exhibition at the City Art Centre. There were activities and exhibitions on each floor aimed primarily at kids of varying ages. One of the exhibitions we enjoyed the most was the bubbles workshop. Here they had a variety of bubble experiments to interact and play with. I noticed on the wall a simple recipe for making your own homemade bubble solution and thought we’d give it a go. The bubble wands seemed simple enough to make as well and after experimenting with some different materials we had success and were soon making our own big bubbles in the garden.


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1. A Glorious Dawn with Carl Sagan by Symphony of Science (feat. Stephen Hawking)

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Overshadowed now by a run on sexist sky sports soccer pundits, you may have noticed that the FA last week launched a new campaign to clamp down on abusive parents at kids football games. The basic premise of the video involves badboy ex-footballer Neil Ruddock yelling at a young boy whilst comedian Mark Watson, as the chairman of Respect FC, orates a call to arms against ‘gobby morons’. It’s no doubt a worthy (if somewhat niche) cause to champion, focusing on a particularly public and intimidating form of bullying and as this week is demonstrating there’s clearly a need for more respect on the sidelines of the football pitch both at the grassroots and professional levels.

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Geek Parents has relaunched!

On January 18, 2011, in Blogging, Parents, Relaunch, by Ben

The few of you who follow the geek parents twitter feed may already know that James handed over the reigns of geek parents to me at the end of last year. As any of you who are parents already know, we rarely have the precious spare time to do frivolous things like regularly update a blog never mind trying to launch and run an online community.

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