Gweek 059: The $8 Billion iPod

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 this episode are:

Kevin Kelly, senior maverick at Wired, editor of Cool Tools, co-founder of Quantified Self, co-creator of The Silver Cord, and author of books.


Rob Reid, entrepreneur and author of the new science fiction novel Year Zero.


In this episode:

Rob Reid's $8 Billion iPod talk at TED2012

Year Zero, by Rob Reid. Giveaway! If you subscribe to the Gweek podcast and email me to let me know that you did, you'll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Year Zero (sorry, but the publisher will mail the copies to the US and Canada only.) (Giveaway closed!)

John Hodgman reads Year Zero

The Cyberiad, by Stanislav Lem

The Mind's I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self & Soul, by Douglas R. Hoftstadter and Daniel C/ Dennett

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia

The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons, edited by Russ Kick

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4, by Scott Kelby

Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin

3 Idiots, the highest grossing Bollywood movie ever

And more!


  1. Haven’t listened yet (I’m several weeks behind right now… I like to save them for long drives but haven’t driven anywhere in a while) but 3 Idiots is a great film and it’s actually very geeky – it’s about a bunch of engineering students. But of course it has plenty to appeal to everyone which is why it’s so popular. 

    I’m not usually a fan of films that try to appeal to as broad an audience as possible but this is an amazing exception to that rule and I highly recommend it, literally to anyone.

  2. I highly recommend 3 Idiots.  It’s like Real Genius, but set in India and more realistic (at least the people and situations).

  3. Of all the movies produced in India, you find 3 Idiots worth discussing make me feel very, very uncomfortable. Yes, it may have been the highest grossing movie but I sincerely hope you do not think of it as a movie that represents India. There are many other movies you could have chosen like Rang De Basanti, Udaan, Kaminey, Peepli Live, A Wednesday, Oye Lucky, band Baja Baraat to name a few.  

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