Gweek 054: Win a DeLorean!

By Mark Frauenfelder

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In this episode of Gweek our special guest is Ready Player One author Ernest Cline. He breaks the news that the print editions of his novel contain an easter egg. The first person to solve the easter egg puzzles will win a fully restored DeLorean car! (see Ernie's announcement video, above) Also, the paperback edition of Ready Player One is out today, with a very cool cover image of the stacked trailer park that the young hero of the novel, Wade Watts, lives in. (See my review of Ready Player One here, and my video interview with Ernie here.)

My co-hosts for episode 54 are:

Michael Pusateri, a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney who blogs at Cruftbox, and Glenn Fleishman, a long-time tech reporter, a hacky perl programmer, and one of the writers of the Economist’s Babbage blog on technology and culture.


Here are a few of the things we talked about in this episode:

Screen Shot 2012 06 03 at 9 38 40 PMooVoo multi platform video chat system.

Diablo-3.jpgReal money trading in Diablo 3

dead inside.jpgDead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse. Described as "Post Secret meets World War Z"

NewImageHero Comics 2012 from the Hero Initiative.

the-breach.pngThe Breach, by Patrick Lee. "Thirty years ago, in a facility buried beneath a vast Wyoming emptiness, an experiment gone awry accidentally opened a door."

irredeemable.pngIrredeemable: Volume 1. "What if the world's greatest hero decided to become the world's greatest villain?"

tron-uprising.pngTron: Uprising animated series.

Screen Shot 2012 06 04 at 10 17 10 AMSpeedUp Player Pro. An iOS app that speeds up podcasts.

Finally, a fan letter to Gweek! This is from Shaun Newman:

I'm a long time listener to Gweek and can't wait to get it in my pocketcast app every week. you guys help me discover so much cool stuff. I love the format and it is always great when you get guests to join in, hearing them talk about their choices for pop culture gaming etc. Tells me a whole lot more about them than an interview (though you do interview well :0) ). It's always fun to listen to you guys -- it's like sitting in a room with a group of friends just chatting about tons of cool stuff all the time. Awesome!

Published 7:10 am Tue, Jun 5, 2012

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

19 Responses to “Gweek 054: Win a DeLorean!”

  1. lesliedotcom says:

    Anyone know why residents of Florida and D.C are excluded from the contest?

    • Mark_Frauenfelder says:

      Ernie talks about it in the podcast. Something to do with those states’ laws.

  2. royaltrux says:

    I bought the audio book  :(

    I did enjoy it very much, however  :)

  3. penguinchris says:

    Pretty sure I don’t have a chance at actually figuring it out (especially since I don’t have a copy of the book). The people who win puzzle contests like that are pretty crazy (in a good way). 

    I’ll definitely pick up a copy of the book though now that it’s in paperback since I’ve been wanting to read it, so who knows :)

  4. roundart says:

    I just ordered the book on Amazon.  Can’t wait!  Sounds like it’s right up my ally!

  5. G3 says:

    Or, I can wait to see who wins it, then go all Tommy Vercetti on his ride

  6. I read the novel and right of the bat my main beef with it was that no worldwide online easter egg hunt would ever last more than a few hours, let alone years. Judging by the comments in this article, I guess my point stands proven =P

  7. Shawn Braley says:

    I have a complaint. I will start by saying that I do LOVE this book and think the contest is a clever idea. However, the contest in the book was made to be a fair fight. This one is not. The “Easter eggs” being only in the printed copies of the books is BULLSHIT. I purchased the audiobook and find it absurd that I would have to purchase a hard copy to find the Eggs. I am sure people that bought the ebook feel the same. I feel the contest is simply a way to sell more copies. I hate to think of Ernie Cline as greedy but i now do.

    •  Have you heard of the public library?  We have many print copies of the book.  Nearly every book contest is based exclusively on the print versions.  If the clues are acrostics or something how is he supposed to make this work in an audiobook (or in Russian etc). 

      • Shawn Braley says:

        Yes, I know what a library is. Are you aware that a public library does not carry every book ever published? Do I expect clues to be in the audiobook?  Do you know how to read a comment and fully understanding is before being a smart ass? My comment was meant to be more of an analogy between this contest and the one from the book. As far as the clues working in an audiobook, i passed the first gate.