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Bob McLeod - New Mutants [Sep. 15th, 2015|10:07 am]
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I just have to say it here.

One of our locals is Bob McLeod, who was an illustrator for Marvel and DC comics, and was a co-creator for The New Mutants, which I collected from the time it started until my kids were mobile.

Anyway, his wife is in our local Friends group, and is a librarian too (as well as me, not her spouse), and his daughter is the local middle school librarian. So of course we had him present for our Summer Reading Program (the theme was Every Hero Has A Story - it was a no-brainer).

It took me weeks to dig into my boxes in storage, but I finally found my copy of the New Mutants Graphic Novel, and got it autographed!

Bob is a lovely, soft-spoken man, and did a great presentation, so... Yay!
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A geeky girl needs some help! [Apr. 24th, 2015|10:48 am]
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(Feel free to delete this if it isn't allowed.)

For the past two years, my daughter, Morgan, has been very active in her middle school's Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter. Last year, she made it through the regional conference to compete at the state level. This year, she made it past regionals and states to qualify for the national conference. She really wants to go to nationals. However, nationals is in Dallas this year. (We live near Philadelphia.) So we are trying to raise the funds to get her there.

For those of you that don't know what the TSA is, it is an organization that allows middle and high school students to have hands-on experience with various STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs. In her two years with the TSA, Morgan has built bridges, solar-powered model cars, gliders, and a mobile display of her school. (That last one is so the parents can't get lost on Back To School night.) She has also written research papers on how to eliminate smog and the best ways to conserve water in new houses. And this is only two years! Imagine what she will be able to do when she reaches high school!

If you can donate, that would be awesome. If you can't donate, I would appreciate it if you could share the link around. The more people that see it, the more chances we have of making this happen. Thank you :)

Direct Link: http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/send-morgan-carothers-to-her-first-tsa-national-conference/342261
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Dragon Age: Inquisition [Feb. 4th, 2015|11:00 am]
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Well. I got it for Christmas. Took a while to get started, what with never being able to get a moment to myself to play. So far, so good.

Except that we're using the Playstation 3, and it's becoming glitchy the more into the game I get. So sad.

But I'm beginning to really enjoy the byplay between the characters now that I've gotten the hand of the game mechanics. Anybody else playing?
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Easy Solution for Home or Business Videos [Nov. 29th, 2012|03:22 pm]
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[mood |creative]

I'm a long-time follower, first time poster to this group, having been introduced to it by my friend cousin_sue when I first became a mom two and a half years ago.

While looking for an easy solution to create a "trailer" for my entry in an online writing contest, I came across a service called Animoto. You can create 30-second videos for free, or you can pay an annual fee ($30) and make them any length.

The result was a slick, fun video that includes video and pics of my little Kung Fu Panda:


The site is also a great way to produce personal videos, such as a year in the life of your kiddos, which could be a great geeky way to do Christmas presents for grandparents this year!

Anyway, it's hard for me to check LJ as often as I once did, but I hope to get to know all of you, since Cousin Sue speaks so highly of you!
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#WeNeedDiverseBooks [May. 2nd, 2014|11:56 am]
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In celebration of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, I am running book giveaways on my blog for the entire month of May. The first giveaway features the books Island of the Blue Dolphins and Zia. You can find information about entering here: http://thegeekwithin.com/we-need-diverse-books/

Good luck!
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Download my son's first android game please! [Apr. 4th, 2014|07:53 pm]
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Hey all,

Our 8th grader just published his first game on the google play store. Would you all download it so he he gets some positive reinforcement for his hard work? Even if you just download and then uninstall it shortly thereafter, that's helpful right now because the higher his "X+ downloads" number on the play store (or his "g+1" number), the more likelihood of it being found and downloaded by someone who might actually *want* to play it. So he needs to get enough downloads that he can start attracting downloads! :)

Flightless Dragon

Especially because the play store groups downloads. So any number of downloads between 11-50 shows as "10+" ... even if it is 49!

It's pretty much a straight up "flappy bird" mock, so it's that genre of game. Personally, I find those kinds of games immensely frustrating and therefore not very fun, but this one has a bonus feature that others in the genre don't and that is the ability to get rid of the walls with fireballs. Upgrades to come include walls of fire, invulnerability shields of fire, and I don't know what all.

So you can play it too, if you want. It's really actually grown on me because the child has it intentionally set at sort of a serene speed so that it's easier for the casual gamer.

And when he was making a features list while developing the game, he was all over the leaderboard being vital. And I was all "whatever" about a leaderboard. But now I check that stupid leaderboard and find it so irritating that my brother-in-law knocked me out of 3rd place that I have actually played the game more than I otherwise would have, just to try and knock him out of that spot.

Oh child, way to accurately predict the petty competitiveness of the casual gaming mind! Or at least mine!

And if you want to play and click the ads, feel free! Clicking the ads is the only way the child makes any money on the game, unless people make in-game purchases (WHICH ARE A BARGAIN, i might add, because you get to keep the fireballs you buy FOREVER). But, the child didn't want to ruin people's game play by having ads clutter up the game, so they only pop up on the top of the screen when you die. When you click on them, they open a new window to whatever website the ad is for. It doesn't matter if you just then immediately close that window, the child still gets paid for you having clicked.

But mostly I'm only asking that you downloaded it. Free game and only a small bit of bandwidth. But it would mean so much to him.

Goes without saying that I am super proud of him. He worked very hard at his dad's side learning what it took to do all this (husband is a long time programmer) and he was in charge of all stages of the design on his own, on top of keeping up with his homework, etc. I'd just like to see him hit 100 downloads, you know? For his pride's sake.

Not yet available for iOS because apple makes it more expensive to develop for them. He needs to earn the per year developer fee first! :)

Thanks in advance!

x-posted a few other communities so apologies if you are seeing this more than once.
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December ... [Dec. 4th, 2013|11:37 am]
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Well, it's December! Noisy and busy and full of possible cool stuff for geekish moms.

This year both of mine are in college. It's weird that this has happened already. They were just babies!

Thing is, the younger of our spawn has made all kinds of cool friends in college. People who board game, video game, RPG, who pun and read manga and watch anime.

Younger Spawn is introducing them all to things like Buckaroo Banzai and Theater of Blood, and they're introducing her to Renn Faire (she's joined Fight Circle, which is learning how to fight with a sword for choreographed battles). She's also played her first Dungeons and Dragons game (she's done Heroes and Champions previous to this, but that was with OUR gaming group. This is all her own).

Any suggestions for things I should warn her about? I did warn her not to become a Gaming Boor and go on and on and on about her character (a Pixie Rogue) without listening to other people's stories. Anything else?
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Holiday Gifts [Dec. 26th, 2012|12:39 pm]
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I got some of the coolest geekiest things from my kids this Christmas!

Eldar Spawn gave me the new Jim Butcher book, AND a jewelry box, which upon opening held a pin that said "I <3 <3 the Doctor". This is my "non-geeky" daughter.

The other one gave us the new They Might Be Giants Science cd. It has such gems as "I am a paleontologist" on it!

Anyone else get cool and geeky stuff?
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Gamers with Jobs community [Nov. 21st, 2012|12:42 pm]
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Posting a lot all of a sudden, I know.

A friend who has recently become a father gave me this link to a Gamer Community of People with Children. I think he called it Whims of the Fathers, but no reason why GeekMom's can't join he said.

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Happy Thanksgiving! [Nov. 21st, 2012|07:46 am]
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Have not written much here in ages.

Currently we are undergoing the Eldar Spawn returning home from college, and the Younger Spawn dealing with Spirit Week at school. I guess I am thankful for every day we have of them, but it does feel a little strange not to be receiving "hand print turkeys with feathers listing what they are thankful for" that we can post on the refrigerator.

Of course, now that they're older they can help with the food preparation. In a meaningful fashion, not in something that has to be overseen and careful.

Still, I miss those Indian Headbands they used to make of construction paper, and the general trimmings of a child's Thanksgiving.

Hope you all are doing well, and have a wonderful holiday!
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