In each episode of Gweek, I invite a guest or two to join me in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. This time my guests were Janelle He￼ssig, a bay Area cartoonist and writer and the marketing director at Last Gasp Publishing, and Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein, which recounts Joshua’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes.”
Power pop’s creepiest anthems, from Piper’s “Who’s Your Boyfriend?” to 90% of The Knack’s pedo-discography to the obscure but clearly blue ribbon winner for all-time creepiest song, “Daddy’s Girl” by The Secrets.
The artist Clayton Bailey and his new roadside attraction/ art gallery in the tiny town of Port Costa, CA.
Joshua's recent stay in the Congo, where he's been living on and off for the last two years with a group of Mbenzele pygmies to research his next book, on the world’s last hunter-gatherers.
Why Josh built a full-scale reproduction of Agostino Ramelli’s Bookwheel.
A great book on the value of building with hand tools called the Anarchist’s Tool Chest by Christopher Schwarz.
Behold, the Blue Marlin, a “semi-submersible heavy lift ship” that is capable of hoisting and transplanting other, full-sized ships (that is ships as big or bigger than a US Destroyer-class vessel) all around the oceans.
Mister Alphabet is an action-figure designed to cleverly bend and contort into every letter of the Latin alphabet; the website is long on trademark warnings and arty Instagram photos, but short on details, like, “Is this an object of commerce?” and “If so, where does one buy it?” (via Kottke)
Phone chargers usually only deliver a few volts of juice at a feeble amperage, but they’ll deliver a lot more if you give them the chance. The BBC writes that a UK man died in the bathtub after being shocked by a charger connected to an extension cord. Richard Bull, 32, died when his iPhone […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, […]
Custom coffee vessels are the perfect piece of office flair, but it’s just a matter of time before your VOTE FOR PEDRO mug will start to lose its relevant wit. Why not have a new one every day, with whatever silly nonsense you want sticking off the sides? You can save big on your novelty […]