Guests for this episode of Boing Boing's pop culture podcast are IDG editorial director Jason Snell and Joshua Glenn, publisher of HiLoBrow.
We discuss the following:
Jason's podcasts: The Incomparable and TeeVee
The new season of Doctor Who
Book three of The Expanse Series: Abbadon’s Gate
Robert Kirkman’s long-running superhero series: Invincible
Kern Your Enthusiasm: a series of posts at HiLobrow.com about 25 typefaces, by 25 contributors
Save the Adventure: Singularity & Co.’s digital book club, dedicated to rescuing great adventure novels from obscurity
Deceptive Practice: A documentary about Ricky Jay’s career as a magician.
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Zelda likes to chase a dot of sunlight reflected off the face of my wristwatch. We will both be sad when the sun runs out of hydrogen in 5 billion years and we won't be able to play this game any longer.
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On the latest Cool Tools Show podcast, Robot Turtles creator Dan Shapiro recommends inventions and innovations that offer a surprisingly valuable experience for their price.
Clive Thompson looks into the business of robot handwriting, which is increasingly being used by junk mail companies to trick recipients into thinking someone cares about them.
How to tell when a robot has written you a letter
The aluminum case of the iPhone 6+ was already a little bent when he started. When he repeats the bend test with a Galaxy Note 3, it bends but flexes back. He tries again, using as much force as possible, and the Note 3 gets a slight warp but doesn't break.
Our friends at Backyard Brains (makers of the Spikerbox and the Remote Control Cockroach kits) have been studying Venus Fly Traps lately. They have developed a new product called the Plant SpikerShield Bundle to measure the action potentials generated by plant cells.
Experiment: Yes, Electricity in Plants
Boing Boing reader Bryce says: "Check out this apology I received from a crappy outdoor parking lot I use at Burbank Airport. I was confused when I saw the 'We are sincerely sorry' subject, so I checked to see what the offending email was."
First, the ad:
Last week a 55 year old man was found dead at a Chicago O’Hare parking lot. He was found lying on the ground unresponsive at around 7:15 am. The Chicago police did not find any signs of a homicide and an autopsy is to follow.
There could be many reasons for the cause of this man’s death, but based on the story one possible reason could be stress. The process of arriving to the airport, getting through security, and boarding the plane can be very stressful.
Many airlines and travel industries have implemented technology to make traveling easier such as through buying airfare online, booking hotels and renting cars, and even reserving off-airport parking through an app.
Don’t be late and end up in a crate. Save stress and possibly anything worse by utilizing technology and reserving all your travel needs in advance.
And here is the apology:
Greg Spalenka has been producing fine and commercial art for over 30 years. As well as numerous gallery shows, he has produced art for clients including Warner Bros, New Line, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous book publishers. Enjoy this galley excerpt from his new book, The Art of Greg Spalenka.
As a kid, I devoured cheap paperback books about “strange but true” phenomena. The short stories were anthologized from men’s adventure magazines of the 40s-60s and recounted mysteries such as: Who made the eerie statues on Easter Island? What happened on Amelia Earhart’s final flight? How do rocks in the desert move by themselves and leave trails in the mud? How do people spontaneously combust? Why did hundreds and hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the heads of astonished residents of a small town in Australia? These stories set my imagination on fire.
Unfortunately, as I learned years later by going online, most of the stories turned out to be poorly researched or outright bogus. Mysteries of the Unknown is like these old books, but the stories are backed by solid research and a healthy amount of skepticism that does not detract from the fun. In fact, it makes the stories more fun. As an added bonus, the ample photos and illustrations bring the mysteries to life, making them even more mysterious.
Mysteries of the Unknown
by Time-Life Books
2014, 272 pages, 9.8 x 8 x 0.8 inches, Softcover
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I know this rubber band ball is durable because my wife ran over the box with her car without damaging the rubber bands. The manufacturer claims it has at least 270 rubber bands in it.
Rubber band ball ($5)
Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization looks like your average grumpy white guy paramilitary organization, but they are actually a well-oiled team of devoted Bigfoot hunters on a mission to "protect the public and harvest a specimen to prove it's real."
The TV show Killing Bigfoot from Gryphon Productions premieres Friday, October 17th on Destination America.
Artist Amy Crehore's latest painting is called The Blue Shed.
Coke Zero hired David Cronenberg and Tod Browning to take panorama photos of worshippers at a recent prolate-spheroid chasing ritual. The result was awesome.