Gweek 045 - Extra Super Grab Bag: Cool Movies, Sites, Apps, Gadgets, and Other Neat Stuff


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:

201203251551 Gweek is giving away a PlugBug! Listen to the podcast to learn how to enter.

Matt Haughey's presentation at Webstock on New Zealand.

Cul-De-Sca-Ruben Ruben and others filled in for Richard Thompson's comic strip Cul de Sac while Thompson was getting treatment for Parkinson's disease.

201203251605 Aziz Ansari's $5 online special.

201203251602 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.)

201203251603 Ruben reviews an extraordinary young adult novel called Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

Lego-Moleskine Mark reviews the newMoleskine Lego Notebook.

201203251549 John Carter has lost $200 million, but the Gweeksters like the movie. Matt likes the movie, Boy and Mark likes A Separation.

201203251537 Michael mentions his self published edition of A Princess of Mars.

Some-Nights-1 Matt recommends two albums: Miike Snow's Happy To You and fun's Some Nights.

201203251542 Michael talks about the funny website, Out of Context Science.

Screen Shot 2012-03-25 At 3.45.14 Pm 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.

Also mentioned:

Rick Steves' Iran, Miike Snow video, Rdio blog for finding new music, MattBites mentioned in the cooking app segment



  1. I just loaded the episode on my mp3 player. Sounds like a nice lineup.

    I’m hoping to see A Separation next weekend. I loved the Iranian movies I’ve seen!

  2. I too loved John Carter (seen it twice now). Would really love to see a sequel, but that’s not looking likely. I picked up the concept art book an Amazon and it makes a nice companion to the Marvel comics omnibus sitting on my shelf!

  3. I had to view the Amazon link to find out what a plugbug is. As far as I can tell it’s gear for those with too much money or too little sense. If you’re charging your macbook on a wall socket all you have to do is make sure it’s in sleep mode (not off) and it will charge your igizmo at the same time.

    [Insert snide remark about noobs not reading the manual cos it’s not available in the istore as an ebook] 

  4. Great episode!  And honestly, the sound quality is tons better & I appreciate it.  Also, Matt Haughey’s assessment of Mike Daisey was a pitch-perfect in it’s explanation of how I believe everyone felt when they heard the bombshell news that he lied about his Apple factory experiences.  We all gave the guy a second chance upon hearing the news initially.  That got eroded after the “This American Life” episode that explained what happened aired.  That got eroded even more as he avoided ever admitting fault.  And that eroded even more when he changed his story to basically one where he was begging Ira Glass to put it on the air at a live show.

    LOOK!  You lied…  End of story, Mr. Daisey.

  5. In the podcast Mark mentioned Iranian movies, and I can recommend Delbaran ( ) which I saw while being a volunteer gatekeeper at a community cinema. It was made in the Iranian deserts – gas station in the middle of nowhere, and a runaway Afghan boy – but swap Iran for midwest and Afghan for Mexican… it’s kind of a universal story. And a great film!

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