Archive for the ‘Raising a Nerd Kid’ Category

Ep 109 – Valentimes 2015

It’s a Valentimes Special on the Nerd Tangent podcast. While one of our hosts is away officially tying the knot, James brings on his Valentine of the past 20 years to discuss the relationship between a Nerd and a Non-Nerd. EAR OPTIONS: Listen direct from the Nerd Tangent website on your computer HERE. Download the […]

Ep 47 – Kid Vid

As we get closer to Hallowe’en, John reveals the true terror of the season – terrible children’s movies that he’s been forced to watch over and over again.  Learn the terror of talking dogs!  Hear tales of psychic scars left by screeching chipmunks!  Surely a part of some demonic plan, we discuss the horrible (and […]

Ep 29 – Teen Girl Squad

For 28 episodes, we’ve talked about nerd obsessions that James, Todd and John developed in their formative years, the so-called 10-13 Nerd Window. Now, in a special episode, we bring in a couple of 10-13 year old guest hosts to talk about what’s on their radar today that may turn into nerd obsessions later in […]

Lloyd Alexander Documentary

Just got this in the mail.  A DVD copy of Jared Crossley’s documentary on Lloyd Alexander. This was my reward for backing the kickstarter last year.  When I was a kid, in addition to The Hobbit and the Narnia books, Alexander’s Prydain stories were one of my first fantasy novel obsessions.  I have very clear […]

Lucky 13 – A True Tangent

Well, taking a break from the Oscars telecast to post Episode 13 of the podcast.  We start off talking about Nerd Starting Points – what fuel do you use to start a nerd fire.  But, like a fire left unattended, it quickly expands and heads into unexpected directions.     Podcast Powered By Podbean Click […]

Nerding with the Kids

In April of 2013, my oldest daughter officially hits 13 and becomes a teenager.  She’s already preparing by spending more time shut away in her room or off with friends, and I’ve been trying to figure out an activity that we could share to maintain some involvement in her teen years.  I’ve tried to share […]

Movie Review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

As a proud nerd and father, I had the pleasure of taking my family to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this weekend (and, judging by the box office numbers, so did most of the people in the world).  My kids were too young to see The Lord of the Rings trilogy when it came out, […]

Upping the Stakes

My oldest daughter is developing into an artsy nerd.  My youngest daughter is the boardgamer – she doesn’t display many nerd gene moments, but she’s very competitive.  We play a lot of Pentago – a game where you take turns placing your marbles to try and get 5 in a row before the other person.  […]

GenCon Haul

Ah, September.  Time to get back into the routine.  Hopefully, we’ll get some fairly regular posting action over the next few weeks, along with some larger projects near the end of the month. First off, looking back over the busy summer, a bunch about GenCon and Fan Expo.  Today: the GenCon haul! When I go […]

June is Busy!

Well, June’s turned into a very busy month.  I have a bunch of comic book reviews that I’m going to post – at least 10 different entries, and I’ll try to pound them out this weekend.  But other things have been a distraction. I will drop in this bit of info.  Father’s Day this year, […]