The Weekly, Geekly Rewind – October 17, 2012

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Due to travel, your friendly neighborhood link compiler has been a little out of the picture for the last week. Jet lag, here we come! Where am I agin? Oh, right!

Yes, now all of a sudden it’s the middle of the month, and it’s almost Halloween! So to start off this week’s tasty web tidbits, here are our Halloween links, followed by a second course of delicious fare.

Halloween

Amy writes about her daughter’s first time cosplay as Zita the Spacegirl.

Because Halloween is about so much more than candy, Kelly gives us a roundup of great reads for this spooky season.

Ruth fills us in on the SparkFun costume contest. It’s sure to have some jaw-dropping entries!

Since the Geek Mom book releases at the end of the month, it’s no surprise that we included some costumes! Kathy gives a peek into the pages.

Rebecca is throwing A Very Munchkin Halloween, and you can join in, too!

Jules’s book has been published! Patricia wrote a great review of it, recommending it as a great Hallowe’en gift. Full purchasing info, with preview, is here.

Patricia came up with two fun Halloween decorating ideas for her house. She shares how to “ground your kids” and how to make easy cloth ghost decorations.

What to cook? Rachel brings you three Frankenweenie-inspired recipes to scare up your menu.

For the Lego lovers among us, Kris has the scoop on Lego Monster Fighters.

Want some real-life spookiness? Check out these Mid-century modern houses in shambles. Creepy and lovely.

Travel & Education

Discover the world of  “animal tourism.” Patricia visited the Seacrest Wolf Preserve with her family and recommends this amazing — and sometimes hands-on — alternative to a zoo!

To those who believe that a kid’s school record has a permanent impact, take heart. The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to the UK’s John Gurdon, who back in high school got the lowest score out of 250 students in his biology class. A teacher’s evaluation scorned his scientific ambitions, saying it was a “sheer waste of time” to teach him.

If you are choosing between play-based and more academic preschool or daycare programs, take a look at the evidence. One has a far more beneficial effect on creativity, problem-solving, and motivation.

Who makes “better” sound effects, males or females? GeekMom Rebecca’s video takes on the challenge.

Want to bring back an obscure word or phrase? Or maybe just have a little fun? Perform a Human Experiment of the Word Kind.

A while back we asked if you were more like a bonobo or baboon mom. Apparently social climbing and snarky behavior isn’t limited to moms without tails. Now it turns out that friendlier females of the baboon variety are healthier and live longer. Very interesting. So is that fact that grunting is a sign of goodwill. We grunt in your general direction.

 

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Natania Barron is a Gryffindor, a Took, and a Greyjoy (mostly because of the squid).