Gweek 052: Mystery in Space

By Mark Frauenfelder

Click here to play this episode. 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 52 are:

Maggie Koerth-Baker: BoingBoing’s science editor, journalist, and author of Before the Lights Go Out, a new book about electric infrastructure and the future of energy.

Michael Pusateri, a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney who blogs at

and our special guest Andy Ihnatko, technology journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and host of The Ihnatko Almanac podcast on the 5by5 network.


In this episode:

Screen Shot 2012 05 17 at 4 34 43 PM645 Pro, a camera app for iPhone.

Screen Shot 2012 05 17 at 4 39 35 PMOrbital, a one-thumb game for iPhone.

Screen Shot 2012 05 17 at 4 41 25 PMHipmunk, a great comparative airline pricing site.

60032695Battle of the X-Planes: Nova

Screen Shot 2012 05 17 at 4 47 41 PMRachele Gilmore’s 100 MPH fastball

51+yv gkqtL SL500 AA300Coloraturas - Opera Arias

Ymcm hd cov v3 225x225 75Young Men of a Certain Mind, a graphic novel ebook by Lars Martinson

Screen Shot 2012 05 17 at 4 54 52 PMAvengers: West Coast Avengers: Lost in Space and Time

Screen Shot 2012 05 17 at 4 56 22 PMBerkeley Science Review

Screen Shot 2012 05 17 at 5 00 06 PMPerforming Flea, by P.G. Wodehouse

Nerd Nite magazine

Mystery in Space, science fiction comic book.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, by Kevin Mitnick

Sound of My Voice

Character Model

Published 5:37 pm Thu, May 17, 2012

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About the Author

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is editor-in-chief of Cool Tools and co-founder of Wink Books. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects

10 Responses to “Gweek 052: Mystery in Space”

  1. Chance Andrew says:

    why is mark’s gweek podcast still allowed such a long update? if people want to listen, let them listen, but these minute-by-minute updates are rather unnecessary on the main page, right?

  2. I 100% agree that Hipmunk is an easy, great service.  Just keep in mind that Southwest airline (last time I checked) does not play nice with HM.  So if SW is your preferred carrier, make sure to check them independently.

  3. Hey Mark, Happy 1 year anniversary of Gweek!  Not necessarily one year, but 52 weeks of a yearly podcast.  Great job.  I haven’t missed an episode.

    • Mark_Frauenfelder says:

      Thanks so much, Stephen! I’m glad you enjoy Gweek. I love doing these podcasts, because I learn about so many cool things from the other hosts and guests.

  4. davidmang says:

    I’ve been studying abroad for a year in the UK. I booked my overseas flights with Hipmunk and it’s fantastic, but there is a small caveat: Hipmunk doesn’t aggregate European budget airlines, so once you’re in Europe, you’ll have to do your own legwork on Easyjet, RyanAir, FlyBe, or Flavor-Of-The-MonthAir flights. I recommend trying Skyscanner for anything like that.

    For everything else, Hipmunk all the way!

  5. cool, I’m totally starting a Nerd Guide to Budapest, thanks for the idea!

  6. Here’s a link to that OnLive desktop app they mentioned in the podcast:

    Not sure what Chance’s beef is about. Too lazy to scroll?

  7. anik says:

    ‘They’ isn’t a cop out –
    Also, it’s inclusive of trans* people, unlike using just ‘he’ or ‘she’.

    And congratulations on a year of gweek! I look forward to it every week!