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 Michael Pusateri, a television technologist, inveterate tinkerer, cooking geek, and cycling enthusiast, and Rob Walker, a technology and culture columnist for Yahoo Tech, a regular contributor to Design Observer, and The Workologist columnist for the New York Times Sunday business section.
The Prisoner on DVD -- weird/interesting British TV series from the 1960s, there weren’t many episodes but has a cult following and I finally decided to check it out, pretty enjoyable so far. (Actually, remember last time I was on I talked a little about “old” “unsocial” entertainment that we all consume but don’t “share”? I actually started a recurring Yahoo Tech feature called The New Old Thing where someone recommends something like that once a week, and this was recommended by Seth Godin, so that’s how I ended up buying it.)
Speculative Everything, a book by Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby on “design, fiction, and social dreaming.” They are designers and profs at Royal College of Art, I just got this and am really excited about it. It’s their work but also a broader look at “design fiction.”
Holly Herndon’s new single is super cool: She sampled audio from random browsing/web interactions and sculpted the results into an impressive piece of electronic music. Video is really cool too.
Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Series by Nathan Lowell - Science fiction series on space cargo haulers - mix of Horatio Hornblower and early Heinlein - started as an audio podcast and move into book form - no dramatic battles but a lot about the people behind the scenes and the intrigues of the workplace in space.
In Insurance coverage of customers induces dishonesty of sellers in markets for credence goods , a research paper in PNAS by German and Austrian economists, the authors show experimental evidence that electronics repair shops are more likely to overcharge for labor when their customers have insurance.
Techpowerup caught hardware giants MSI and Asus shipping them graphics cards that were preset for a software-based overlock mode, meaning that the cards performed better out of the box for reviewers than they would for customers.
Some truths are universal. For one, your phone will always run out of power when you most need it. For another, the charging cords that come packaged with your Apple device will fray, split, and rip faster than Usain Bolt in a game of tag.Instead, pick up a charging cord that anyone would have a tough […]
Some people say magic tricks are nerdy and best left to your 12-year-old asthmatic cousin. But others see value in perfecting the slight of hand and showmanship associated with a perfectly executed routine. We’re firmly in the latter camp. And now, we’re giving you the ability to put a few parlor tricks up your sleeve with the Penguin […]
Bluetooth speakers may be convenient to use, but many of them just aren’t that powerful. Sure, it may be fine if you’re seated in front of the speaker. But move across the room, and you may strain to hear what’s coming from those tiny drivers.There’s a reason why the G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox (now $79.99 in the Boing […]