Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My co-hosts for episode 45 are Ruben Bolling, the celebrated cartoonist whose comic, Tom the Dancing Bug premieres weekly on Boing Boing; Michael Pusateri, a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney; and Matt Haughey, author, web designer and founder of MetaFilter.
In this episode:
Gweek is giving away a PlugBug! Listen to the podcast to learn how to enter.
Matt Haughey's presentation at Webstock on New Zealand.
Ruben and others filled in for Richard Thompson's comic strip Cul de Sac while Thompson was getting treatment for Parkinson's disease.
Aziz Ansari's $5 online special.
Mike Daisey's talk in Georgetown, his first public speaking gig after This American Life. (Daisey's blog post on Sunday is pretty close to an apology.)
Ruben reviews an extraordinary young adult novel called Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
Mark reviews the newMoleskine Lego Notebook.
John Carter has lost $200 million, but the Gweeksters like the movie. Matt likes the movie, Boy and Mark likes A Separation.
Michael mentions his self published edition of A Princess of Mars.
Matt recommends two albums: Miike Snow's Happy To You and fun's Some Nights.
Michael talks about the funny website, Out of Context Science.
Michael has been enjoying the alternate reality game for runners called Zombies, Run!. Matt's pick is a recipe app called Appetites, and Mark has been playing Match Panic.
Matt got a Nike+ Fuelband before they sold out. They are beautiful.
Rick Steves' Iran, Miike Snow video, Rdio blog for finding new music, MattBites mentioned in the cooking app segment
In the small town of Binghamton, New York there spins a 1925 carousel that once inspired Rod Serling and has since become a portal into… the Twilight Zone.
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The dirty secret of the Cthulhu mythos is that their originator, HP Lovecraft, wasn’t a very good writer. In addition to his unfortunate tendency to embrace his era’s backwards ideas about race and gender, Lovecraft was also fond of elaborate, tedious description that obscured the action and dialog. Which is a pity, because Lovecraft did have one of the great dark imaginations of literature, a positive gift for conjuring up the most unspeakable, unnameable (and often unpronounceable) horrors of the genre, so much so that they persist to this day.
Learning a new language will give your resume an upgrade, sure, but it will also provide a huge cognitive boost for mental tasks outside of translation and conversation. Bilingual brains have been shown to be better at handling multiple concurrent tasks, and gaining fluency in a new tongue is an amazing way to improve memory, […]
If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, consider replacing your pillows before dropping hundreds on a new mattress. You can give your tired neck a break with a 2-pack of memory foam pillows, available now in the Boing Boing Store.Each of these pillows is stuffed with cooling polyurethane foam that molds to your […]
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]