Gweek 037: Donald Duck is High on Arrival


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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MturkAmazon 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?

Science-VideosMaggie describes what she learned at a video making workshop at Science Online 2012.

DickeyRuben explains why NY Mets knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey is a cool geek.

CococoffeeMark tells Dean how to make coconut coffee, using the Magic Bullet, and the Aeropress. This is based on the recipe on The Bulletproof Executive.

The-BoysMaggie 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."

HabitMaggie reviews The Power of Habit, which is "about why we have habits and what you can actually do to change them."

Spy-Vs-SpyRuben 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.

Donald-DuckRuben 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.)

MackMark review's Mackenzie Phillip's autobiography, High on Arrival. I'm glad she survived a surreal and often hellish half-century.

Cartoon-BrewRuben recommends Cartoon Brew, a great cartoon news and analysis site.

Cartoon-ModernOne of Cartoon Brew's editors, Amid Amidi, wrote a wonderful book about 1950s animation called Cartoon Modern.

201201281837Mark 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.

Screen Shot 2012-01-28 At 6.39.51 PmDean previews a new app for iPhone called Clear, a "very slick app for to-do items."

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  1. Okay, I’ve heard the part about Carl Barks.  

    Sounds promising, but does anyone know if it is really better than the Gladstone issues?  Apart from being in Hardcover, I mean. 

    I’ve read reviews that called the colouring superb, not as “garish” as the computer colouring done by Gladstone, but I judging from Fantagraphic’s pdf,  the difference isn’t that big.

  2. Great show. 
    Mark, consider making Optimal Coffee (by Dr. Jack Kruse): coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric.Or Doc Fermento’s recipe: 25g of coffee in the aeropress, 56-60g unsalted pastured butter, 14g MCT Oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric- blend.God I love coffee, especially bulletproofed, optimized, Fermento-ized.

    I’m also now inspired to take my son to the local comics shop. Thanks!

  3. Hey Mark,
    I’d be a little careful with the amount of saturated fat you are getting from the coconut oil though (not just calories). This review on Science Based Medicine of the book Heart 411 talks about the link between saturated fat and heart disease: 

  4. After Maggie laying out how expensive and labor-intensive videos are, I thought you guys were about to have an on-air insight about intellectual property and piracy.

  5. Interesting podcast. BTW, Amazon Turk is supposed to be a marketplace for work. The dollar paid for the lady with the whistling “s’s” was below minimum wage, as far as I can tell. 

    What the hell? You paid someone a dollar for seven minutes of voice recording, not counting prep time? 

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