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.
The Signal Sidearm is a sensor designed to be fitted to a police pistol holster: when triggered, it wirelessly signals all nearby police bodycams to go into record-and-archive mode. It’s made by Axon, the bodycam division of Taser International.
Spiral Toys — a division of Mready, a Romanian electronics company that lost more than 99% of its market-cap in 2015 — makes a line of toys called “Cloudpets,” that use an app to allow parents and children to exchange voice-messages with one another. They exposed a database of millions of these messages, along with […]
NHK’s children’s show Pythagora Switch features fiendishly clever, astoundingly amusing interstitial segments with beautiful little Rube Goldberg machines, possessed of a Miyazakiesque whimsy and a Mujiesque minimalism. These are wonderful — and at 30 seconds each, you can watch a whole ton of ’em.
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