Dragonfly Ripple: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Nerds

Nerd dads Carlin Trammel (Nerd Lunch and Pod, James Pod) and Michael May (Michael May's Adventure Blog and Kill All Monsters comic) explore the concepts of and put into practice what it means to pass along their nerdy/geeky interests to their kids. Join them in their nerd parenting journey.
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Sep 19, 2017

After Michael and Carlin share some thoughts about kids and social media, Carlin talks to David about the trip he and his folks recently took to England and Scotland and all of the pop culture locations they visited. Michael discusses the Rocky movies with Annaliese and then the whole crew picks their dream houses from movies and TV. And in a very special Jetpack Tiger, Carlin takes another stab at introducing Dash to Star Trek. Did it finally take? Tune in and see!

Aug 8, 2017

In honor of Buckaroo Banzai Day (a day that Carlin just declared as being 8/8), Carlin, Annaliese and Dashiell watched The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension. Well, what does a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old think of this crazy movie? Find out in this quick Riplet recorded in honor of Buckaroo.

Jul 12, 2017

This episode is comics Comics COMICS! Michael and Carlin talk about how they got into collecting comics, what they imagined it would be like to pass their collections on to their kids, and whether or not that's really how it's going. Then Annaliese and David join the discussion to talk about Jeff Smith's Bone and John Byrne's Alpha Flight. In the Jetpack Tiger segment, Dash and Carlin cover The DC Comics Encyclopedia, then the gang wraps up with a dinner table discussion in which they create regional superhero teams for Florida and Minnesota.

Jun 25, 2017

Annaliese, David and Delaney are back for another round of "Kid Talk."

Jun 1, 2017

The Dragonfly Ripple porch gets a little more crowded when Michael and Carlin invite friend Rob Graham over. They get a new perspective on "nerdin' those kids." Then Delaney, Rob's daughter jumps in and the whole crowd of six discuss Star Trek, the Star Wars radio dramas and Disney World. In an extra special segment, the kids take over the show and kick out the parents. Plus everyone designs their own amusement park ride. And in a special Jetpack Tiger, Annaliese talks to Dashiell about Minecraft. This one is chock full of nerdin'!

May 1, 2017

The Dragonfly Ripple crew tackles sci-fi on this episode. After the dads talk politics (WAIT! Don't let that scare you off! We just talk about how we introduce our kids to politics and don't get too far into actual politics...) we talk about some sci-fi TV with some political angles. First up was the V and V: The Final Battle mini-series from the 1980s and then Firefly. Plus, on Jetpack Tiger this episode we talk about our experience with Star Wars Celebration.

Feb 14, 2017

We're back! Our Valentine's Day present to you is this brand new episode in which Michael and Carlin talk about the challenges of scheduling nerd training as kids get older and busier. And with time being so limited, how do we curate what we show them to make sure that it's worth everyone's time?

When Annaliese and David join us, Michael talks to Annaliese about the humor of Police Squad, then Carlin asks David about the differences between the 1942 serial The Phantom and the 1996 feature film starring Billy Zane.

On Jetpack Tiger, Carlin and Dashiell chat about Adam West's Batman. And we close out the episode with everyone's creating their own nerdy Valentine's candy.

Aug 11, 2016

It's the long-awaited return of a full episode of Dragonfly Ripple! And as a special treat, we record this one all together in person. Michael and David discuss Star Trek: The Animated Series and Carlin and Annaliese discuss Raiders of the Lost Ark. JetPack Tiger features the entire cast including special guest, Paxton Holley from Nerd Lunch.

Aug 1, 2016

We've got an exciting new full-length episode coming very soon. In the meantime, hopefully this odd little JetPack Tiger will tide you over.

Mar 19, 2016

Carlin and Annaliese checked out the local sci-fi and gaming convention. Here's their chat about it after the fact. What did Annaliese think of the convention? Does she want to attend this one again? How about another one? Would Annaliese ever cosplay? All those questions and more are answered on this Dragonfly Riplet!

Feb 14, 2016

Carlin, Annaliese, David, and Michael reconvene to talk about dinosaurs and alien Egyptians. After a quick discussion of the relative nerdiness of Carlin and Michael's spouses, Michael interviews Annaliese about the experience of watching Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. Then Carlin questions David about the original Stargate movie and the TV movie pilot that launched Stargate SG-1. We wrap up with a Dinner Table Question about the wisdom of dinosaur parks and what exhibits we'd want to see if we were foolish enough to visit one. All that and a Jetpack Tiger segment about Avatar: The Last Airbender

Dec 28, 2015

Just as we prep the next generation of nerd, Star Wars has kicked off the introduction of their next generation with the new movie, Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Carlin and Michael hold back on their thoughts and get reaction from the kids about their take on the new film's characters, plots, and settings. Plus, a new Jetpack Tiger dives into the new Star Wars film, too. WARNING: Do not listen if you haven't seen the movie yet and want to remain spoiler-free.

Dec 5, 2015

Here's a special bonus episode of JetPack Tiger where Dashiell talks more about some vintage Star Wars action figures.

Nov 16, 2015

There's nothing like watching some bad movies to make you thankful for the good ones. In this episode, Michael and Carlin introduce the kids to some turkeys...aka some bad movies. After talking about the general practice of watching movies that are "so bad, they're good" David gets into his thoughts about the 1986 Howard the Duck film and Annaliese talks about her experience watching the 1998 Avengers film. Plus, a new JetPack Tiger segment is all about vintage Star Wars action figures.

Oct 21, 2015

The Dragonfly Ripple gang gets spooky and zany to the max! Carlin and Michael discuss nerdy things the kids are discovering on their own, then Michael talks to Annaliese about her experience watching The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs. Careful! Spoilers! After a Jetpack Tiger episode on Animaniacs, Carlin asks David about the four versions of Hound of the Baskervilles that he watched. More spoilers! And finally, we close by picking movie monsters we'd like to have over for game night. No cheating, Dr. Griffin!

Sep 24, 2015

The Dragonfly Ripple crew return and break the format to talk about the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy as an entire group. They also each create their own Spider-Man villain. Inspired by a summer movie, David has been playing some old Atari games and talks about that. Carlin and Michael give some updates. Plus, a new Jetpack Tiger delves into the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.

Thanks for listening to a podcast all about geek parenting!

Jul 22, 2015

In the new episode of Dragonfly Ripple, we come to you from the past to talk about time travel movies. First, inspired by the very differnt tones of Back to the Future and The Terminator, Carlin and Michael discuss some philosophies behind filtering content for kids. Then, Carlin and Annaliese celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future by discussing that movie. After a Jetpack Tiger about the How to Train Your Dragon Series, Michael and David talk about the first two Terminator movies and how time travel for Arnold Schwarzenegger may be different from the way Michael J Fox experiences it. We wrap up around the virtual dinner table by creating our own super teams of pop culture icons.

Jun 4, 2015

In the new episode of Dragonfly Ripple, the podcast crew talk about a whole bunch of Star Wars. First, Carlin and Michael spend a few minutes talking about their philosophies on planning a "curriculum" for their children and their nerd interests. After that, Michael and David discuss some Star Wars animation including both version of Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. After a Jetpack Tiger all about the Lego video games, Carlin and Annaliese talk about her first experience with the complete original Star Wars trilogy.

May 31, 2015

Episode 4 of Dragonfly Ripple is coming soon, but in the meantime, here's a bonus "JetPack Tiger" segment where Dashiell talks all about his world. Michael, David, Annaliese and Carlin will be back soon to talk a whole lot about Star Wars.

May 13, 2015

In this episode of Dragonfly Ripple: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Nerd, Michael and Carlin talk to the kids about Westerns…with a twist (or "twisterns" but we're not sold on that name). Carlin and Annaliese watched through the 1993-94 Bruce Campbell series on FOX, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. And Michael and David delved into the 1960s TV series (and 1990s Will Smith movie) The Wild, Wild West. Both shows are Westerns, but feature sci-fi, spy and steampunk elements.

The opening chat sets up our fourth episode by talking a bit about the order we present the Star Wars films to our children. Plus, in Jetpack Tiger, we talk about the Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon.

Mar 14, 2015

Michael, Carlin, David and Annaliese are back for a second episode. It's a fantasy-themed episode as Michael and David delve into the animated Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies and Carlin and Annaliese play some Dungeons & Dragons. Also, this episode features a new segment called "Jetpack Tiger" featuring some discussion about the Lilo & Stitch movies.

Jan 13, 2015

In the debut episode, Carlin shares the 1980 Flash Gordon movie with Annaliese and Michael shares Monty Python & the Holy Grail with David!