Gweek podcast 136: Zombie Jughead

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 Goodwin, a freelance writer and the author of the comic book Economix: How the Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures. Like many freelance writers, he lives in New York City with cats.

New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler, author of Ancestor, Nocturnal, and the Infected Trilogy (consisting of the books Infected, Contagious and Pandemic).

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Michael's pick:

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works, a comic book by Jonathan Gruber and Nathan Schreiber
Scott's pick

The First Law, Joe Abercrombie

Mark's pick:

Sugru Magnet Kit

And much more!

Gweek podcast 135: The Weird World of Aurora

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 Peter Bebergal,the author of Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood, and Dean Putney, Boing Boing’s software developer and author of Walter Koessler 1914-1918: The personal photo journal of a German officer in World War I.

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Peter's picks:

Feeling more nostalgic than usual with the recent death of my dad, so have been looking at some cool stuff from the 70s that my father turned me onto at the time, such as Aurora monster models, and the Warren Publishing archives on archive.org. On that note, Ares Magazine successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to relaunch the magazine and you can pre-order one now.

Raagnagrok’s Man Women Death Birth Infinity by Mark Pilkington and Zali Krisha. Related, this is a good time to browse Pilkington’s press Strange Attractor for the best in the underground occult-weirdness.

Mark Waid just completed his run on Daredevil, one of the best superhero comics in years.

Dean's picks

Really3D YouTube Channel

Whoever runs @DietCoke’s twitter account is a master of the absurd

Mark's picks:

Shelf Space: Modern Package Design 1945-1965This era was a golden age for package design - cereal boxes, plastic soap bottles, TV dinners, motor oil. It’s not about retro, it’s about better. You can buy this book for one cent on Amazon. I run an occasional “Then and Now” post on Boing Boing/ The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell. Funny autobiographical comic books stories written by an introvert.

Frazettagirls on Instagram.

And much more!

Gweek podcast 134: Minecraft Raspberry Pi

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 Clive Thompson, a science and technology journalist, whose new book is Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, and Ruben Bolling, author of the weekly comic strip Tom the Dancing Bug, which premieres each week on Boing Boing, and pre-premiers for members of his Inner Hive.

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Clives's picks:

The Gorgeous Nothings, a book that reprints 52 of Emily Dickinson’s poems that she wrote on the backs of used envelopes. They’re incredibly beautiful, and it’s fascinating to see the way she wrapped her writing around the contours of each scrap of envelope.

Tombow 100th anniversary Drawing Pencils: I am a total pencil fetishist, and recently bought a box of these things -- they’re lovely.

Ruben's picks

A graphic novel called Life With Mr. Dangerous, by Paul Hornschemeier

Rip Kirby, by Alex Raymond

Mark's pick:

I got a Minecraft server running on a Raspberry Pi (a credit card sized computer). It actually works! I’m reminded of Staislaw Lem’s short story, ”The Seventh Sally or How Trurl’s Own Perfection Led to No Good,” from The Mind’s I.

And much more!

Gweek podcast 133: Emphatically not recommending Flappy Bird

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 Molly Ball, a reporter covering national politics for The Atlantic magazine in Washington. (And she's my cousin!), and Roman Mars, the creator of 99% Invisible, a public radio and podcast about design and architecture, and co-founder of Radiotopia from PRX -- a new collective of story-driven podcasts.

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Gweek podcast 132: The Wooger Snatcher

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 Joshua Glenn, a Boston-based author and semiotician, and co-author of Unbored, a bestselling collection of family activities; and Rob Reid, and entrepreneur and author of the science fiction novel Year Zero.

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Gweek podcast 131: Huggable Atomic Mushrooms

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.

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Gweek podcast 130: Sonic Pop Ray Gun

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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 Hessig, 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.”

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Gweek podcast 129: Bondage Britney!

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In each episode of Gweek, I invite a guest or two to join me in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. My guests this time were Joshua Glenn of HiLoBrow and artist Mitch O'Connell, who painted the above photo of Britney Spears for Rolling Stone. We discussed: the next books in Josh's Unbored series of activity books for kids; new titles from HiLo Books; the Circulon Contempo teakettle; B-Fest -- a 24 hour film festival in Chicago; The closing of Uncle Fun, a store in Chicago full of amazing junk; Candid Candid Camera -- Mitch's favorite TV series NOT on DVD; Treehouse -- a great video course for Web design; Uni-Ball Vision Elite Pens; and How to be a Math Genius -- a fun (really!) book that introduces kids to math through puzzles and real-world applications.

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Gweek podcast 128: 3D Printed, Science-Based, Mickey Mouse Color Sundays

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Gweek podcast 127 - Orphan Black

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In each episode of Gweek, I invite a guest or two to join me in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. My guests this time were Veronica Belmont, the co-host of The Sword and Laser podcast (now on Boing Boing!), and Clive Thompson, a science and technology journalist, whose new book is Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better. Veronica recommends the third season of Sherlock ("I love the parallels the show makes with the original stories... it's all very fun for people who have been Sherlock fans for ages.") and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag ("I am totally obsessed with the latest AC game for Xbox One. I play for several hours a day, and I'm still only 50% done!"). Clive recommends Orphan Black ("an insanely cool TV show about a woman who discovers she’s a clone, part of some crazy scientific experiment.") and the smartphone game Badland ("you have to guide a little flying creature through a set of obstacles. It’s extremely well-designed in terms of play; it’s very addictive, lovely, great visuals and sounds. But it also has something more: It has physics that are incredibly witty.") I recommend Lexicon, by Max Berry ("Science fiction novel about students who are taught neurolinguistic programming techniques to persuade people. Focuses on a girl who was a 3 card monte hustler and her rebellion against the creeps who run the organization.") and the Kindle Paperwhite ("I’m sure a better e-reader will come along one day, but even if it didn’t I’d be happy with the Paperwhite for the rest of my reading days.") These are just a few of the things we discuss in this episode.

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Gweek podcast 126 - The Real Fifth Beatle

In each episode of Gweek, I invite a guest or two to join me in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. My guests were Boing Boing’s software developer Dean Putney and Rob Reid, an entrepreneur and author of the science fiction novel Year Zero. We talked about Dean's Kickstarter-funded book, the Walter Koessler Project; Sony RX-100, which Rob finds to be "an absolutely amazing pocket camera (see these fantastic Rolling Stones photos he took using the camera);" Starship Century, a fascinating compendium of scientific essays focused on considering the neari-ish term plausibility of interstellar travel; the Basis self-tracking watch (the first one that takes your pulse 24/7); a stunningly beautiful comic book biography called The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story; the newly redesigned Reddit.tv; and a new cartoon series by Adventure Time's Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe.

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Gweek podcast 125: Make Me a Woman


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, I was joined by Ruben Bolling, the author of the weekly comic strip Tom the Dancing Bug, which premieres each week on Boing Boing, and pre-premiers for members of his Inner Hive, which you can join by going to tomthedancingbug.com. I was also joined by Vanessa Davis, a cartoonist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the author of Spaniel Rage and Make Me a Woman. See what she's up to at Spaniel Rage. Shownotes: Korak, Son of Tarzan, Volume One, a Gold Key comic book from 1964 by Gaylord DuBois and Russ Manning. QuizUp, an addictive iPhone trivia game. The Rockford Files on Netflix. Ski Tracks iPhone app, for tracking your day of skiing. When You Reach Me a middle school novel by Rebecca Stead. The Dan Clowes comic book story that Shia LeBeouf plagiarized, available in The Daniel Clowes Reader.

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Gweek podcast 124: visionary artist Jim Woodring

My guests are author Peter Bebergal and cartoonist Jim Woodring. We talked about the eccentric genius Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski, Jim's oeuvre of incredible wordless graphic novels about "The Unifactor" including his latest book, Fran (and the beautiful Spanish edition of Fran), the Brand Library in Glendale, CA, Peter Bebergal's favorite albums of 2013 (records by The Sons of Kemet, Fuzz, Teeth of the Sea), Boing Boing's upcoming feature film The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, the book God is Disappointed in You (the Bible as told by a know-it-all teenager), and lots more!

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Gweek podcast 123: Kerbal Space Program


I had three, count 'em, three guests on Gweek this week: Dean Putney, Boing Boing's coding and development wizard, who updated us on his wildly successful Kickstarter project to publish a book of photographs that his great grandfather took as a German officer in WWI; Dannel Jurado, a developer at Etsy who blogs about 8-bit music and knows about a lot of cool stuff; and Glenn Fleishman, host of the New Disruptors podcast, who has a Kickstarter to publish an anthology of articles from the online publication he edits called The Magazine.

We discussed the T-shirts of Seibei, Jeopardy champ Bob Harris' books: The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time and Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!, The Android Netrunner card game, Richard Garfinkle's science fiction novels: Celestial Matters and All of an Instant, Hatch, Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree book, Brooklyn Radio's The Rub's Hip-Hop History, the Kerbal Space Program computer game, the iPhone game Hatch, and much more!

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Gweek 122: Save the Adventure!


The great illustrator Danny Hellman joined Josh Glenn and me to talk about his illustrious career, including his tenure drawing covers for Al Goldstein's Screw magazine in the 1990s. Josh talked about his successful Kickstarter for a project to save old adventure novels and make them available as monthly e-books. And we recommended three books for the holidays: Josh's Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, Danny's Typhon, and Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities.

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