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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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 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, and A.J. Jacobs, a writer, a human guinea pig, and the author of four New York Times Bestsellers, including the Year of Living Biblically, for which he followed the hundreds of rules of the Bible as literally as possible, from the 10 commandments to growing a huge beard. We talked about Scouting New York, Mickey Mouse Color Sundays, The Nib, Science Based Medicine, Figure by Propellerhead Software, the Teenage Engineering OP1 Portable Synthesizer, A.J.'s Mental Floss column, and much more!

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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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Gweek 121: The Return of Ape Lad


Any year that Adam Koford (aka Ape Lad) publishes a new book is a good year. The Disney artist joined Dean Putney and I to talk about his newest book of cartoons, Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats, which he self-published so he could have more control over its design. And Dean tells a similar story about his forthcoming book of World War One photos taken by his great-grandfather, called Walter Koessler 1914-1918.

We also talked about the amazing Briggs & Riley Domestic Carry-On Expandable Roller, and the equally amazing Kickstarter project for the Heirloom Chemistry Set. And much more!

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Gweek 120: Cartoonist Peter Bagge


Peter Bagge is the Harvey Award–winning author of the acclaimed nineties alternative-comic series Hate, starring slacker hero Buddy Bradley, and a regular contributor to Reason magazine. He got his start in comics in the R. Crumb–edited magazine Weirdo. My co-host Peter Bebergal and I talked to him about his latest book, a graphic novel biography of the reproductive rights activist Margaret Sanger, called Woman Rebel.

We also talked about: Paul Kwiatkowsi's photobook/novel about "delinquent magic and chaotic adolescence" in "South Florida's lush and decaying suburban landscape," And Every Day was Overcast; and the singer/songwriter of The Shaggs' first album in 44 years, called Ready! Get! Go! And lots more!

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Gweek 119: How much is your reputation worth?


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Joshua Klein gave one of the most watched TED Talks of all time (about vending machine to train crows to exchange found coins for peanuts). He joined me on Gweek to talk about his new book, Reputation Economics: Why Who You Know Is Worth More Than What You Have. I also welcomed the return of Michael Pusateri, a television technologist, inveterate tinkerer, cooking geek, and cycling enthusiast. He blogs at Cruftbox.

We talked about: Jim Woodring's hallucinatory comic book masterpiece, Fran; The Daedalus Incident, by Michael J Martinez; and L-Theanine, a pill I take when I drink coffee, and more!

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Gweek 118: The Weirdo Years


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In 1981, Robert Crumb launched Weirdo, a magazine-sized comic book that was inspired by Crumb's own underground comics and the post MAD-era magazines of Crumb's mentor Harvey Kurtzman. Weirdo was a launch pad for many talented cartoonists, including Peter Bagge, Dori Seda, and Dennis Worden. Crumb's own comic stories were the highlight of every issue, and Last Gasp (publisher of Weirdo) just released all of Crumb's Weirdo comics in a handsome 256-page anthology, entitled The Weirdo Years by R. Crumb: 1981-'93. I spoke to Janelle Hessig, a Bay Area cartoonist and writer and the current marketing director at Last Gasp Publishing, about Weirdo, and what became of some its the lesser-known contributors. Janelle also recommends the scandalous Life and Times of Little Richard, by Charles Wright. She calls it a "truly great oral history which includes a three-way with Buddy Holly, a childhood spent pooping in jars, and heeding the call of the Lord."

We were joined by returning Gweekster Rob Walker. He's a technology and culture columnist for Yahoo News, a regular contributor to Design Observer, and he recently started a new “watercooler therapy” advice column called The Workologist for the New York Times Sunday business section. His Procrastinaut blog is a must-read.

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Gweek 117: The Whole Earth Catalog for this century


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In this episode of Gweek, I interviewed Kevin Kelly about his upcoming Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities an oversized book that reviews over 1,500 different tools, explaining why each one is great, and what its benefits are (Kevin is my partner at the website Cool Tools). Stewart Brand, the creator of The Whole Earth Catalog, calls it "The real deal." Read Kevin's essay about the Cool Tools book here.

I also interviewed Joshua Glenn about his Best Ever Adventure series of posts at HiLobrow. He says, "This month, I’ve been making two kinds of lists of my favorite adventures: the 21 best adventure novels of each decade (of the 20th century), and adventure novels and movies that best typify the genre’s 20 key themes and memes (e.g., treasure hunt, hunted man, conspiracy theory, DIY, frontier epic)." Josh is also working with Singularity & Co., the Brooklyn science fiction bookstore that runs the book club Save the Sci-Fi. They are preparing to launch a second book club dedicated to rescuing out-of-print adventure stories from copyright limbo. "The new book club will be called Save the Adventure," says Josh, "I’ll be the club’s editor! With 23 days to go on our Kickstarter campaign, we’ve raised $4,300 of the $12,000 we need to cover costs."

Links to other things we talked about: APE (Guy Kawasaki best guide to self publishing), 99Designs (crowdsourced professional design), CreateSpace (on-demand publishing), Martian Dice (customized dice game), and much more!

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