Gweek is a weekly podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff.
My hosts on episode 37 are cartoonist Ruben Bolling, whose comic, Tom the Dancing Bug, premieres weekly on Boing Boing, and Dean Putney, Boing Boing’s coding and development wizard, and Maggie Koerth-Baker, Boing Boing's science editor. Like last week, we talked about a bunch of stuff. Listen to the episode here.
Below is a list of the things we talked about in Gweek episode 37. (Sure, you could just click on the links below to learn about them without listening to the podcast, but then you will miss out on the sleazy gossip we shared between recommendations.)
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Amazon Mechanical Turk -- Dean has been taking articles and paying people a dollar to record audio versions of them. Excerpt of article that Dean got someone to read for him. Should Dean ask Mechanical Turk to read James Joyce's dirty letters to Nora?
Maggie describes what she learned at a video making workshop at Science Online 2012.
Ruben explains why NY Mets knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey is a cool geek.
Maggie likes Garth Ennis's The Boys, comic book series about CIA operatives who are tasked with keeping corrupt superheroes in check, but she has reservations about it: "I enjoy it, but at the same time I feel like Ennis is so obviously working so hard to make me feel offended and scandalized and it seems like the harder he works at it, the less it works. It’s like telegraphing a punch. I’m starting to just feel bad for him."
Maggie reviews The Power of Habit, which is "about why we have habits and what you can actually do to change them."
Ruben reviews the 368-page Spy vs. Spy Omnibus, which has every "Spy vs. Spy" comic that Antonio Prohias did for MAD magazine since the 1960s.
Ruben gets his hands on a copy of Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes, the first volume of Fantagraphics' The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. (Spoiler: it's superb.)
Mark review's Mackenzie Phillip's autobiography, High on Arrival. I'm glad she survived a surreal and often hellish half-century.
Ruben recommends Cartoon Brew, a great cartoon news and analysis site.
One of Cartoon Brew's editors, Amid Amidi, wrote a wonderful book about 1950s animation called Cartoon Modern.
Mark plugs a new podcast he launched called Make: Talk, which has interviews with makers from MAKE magazine as well as news from the world of MAKE, Maker Faire, Make: Online, and Maker Shed.
Dean previews a new app for iPhone called Clear, a "very slick app for to-do items."
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Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects