Gweek 038: Puzzlejuice Pigs

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 38 are Dean Putney, Boing Boing's coding and development wizard, Boing Boing alum Joel Johnson of Animal New York, and Dannel Jurado, a software engineer from Peru who's working at Etsy and, by Dean's description, "is deeply ingrained in 8 bit music, geek culture, craft and software."

Below is a list of the things we talked about in Gweek episode 38. (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 mind-blowing insights we shared in the episode.)

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Screen Shot 2012-02-06 At 11.31.01 Am Johann Sebastian Joust in Yerba Buena Gardens "basically like high-tech tag. Each person has a Playstation Move controller, and the object of the game is to jostle other people's controllers so that you're the last man standing."

Img 0074Playing Dungeons and Dragons via Skype.

201202061140A new Jim Woodring T-Shirt in the Boing Boing Shop!

201202061145After doing all sorts of cool stuff for Gawker Media, Joel is going to Animal New York.

Screen Shot 2012-02-06 At 11.48.25 Am-1 Joel reviews the book, Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens.

201202061157 Dean digs LibriVox, a site where volunteers record public domain books into audiobooks.

(Here's A Princess of Mars, read by Mark Nelson)

201202061217Joel recommends Conan Doyle's The White Company (free on Gutenberg), "about archers from England who go to France to wage war and plunder ... it comes off like Jack Vance."

Screen Shot 2012-02-06 At 12.21.20 Pm Mark reviews the graphic novel Pigs: Hello Cruel World.

201202061231Joel saw two movies this week: A Dangerous Method (and Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, "the beautiful but disturbed young woman who comes between them") and The Rum Diary (based on Hunter S. Thompson's autobiographical novel).

201202061236Mark told Joel to read Gonzo: the Life of Hunter S. Thompson, which consists of anecdotes culled from interviews with 120 of Thompson's acquaintances, beginning with his childhood in Kentucky and ending with his death in 2005 in Woody Creek, Colorado.

201202061243Roots, by Danimal Cannon. Cannon wrote: "Every song on this album was composed using a Nintendo Gameboy DMG-01 running the homebrew software LSDJ. If you download the album I've also included the .sav files so feel free to learn my tricks, remix, or whatever!" Dannel also runs a cool music blog.

Hero-Academy-1Joel gives his first impression Hero Academy, a free, turn-based RPG strategy game for iOS. He also excited about news of an X-Com revival.

PuzzlejuiceDannel recommends an iOS game called Puzzlejuice, which is a bit like Tetris with the added challenge of having to spell words using tiles with letters on them.

Scansnap Dean loves his Fujitsu ScanSnap sheet-fed document scanner