Kyle of the website Los Angeles I'm Yours profiled me and took a bunch of photos of my office. I had a great time chatting with him.
Mark is based in Studio City, where he lives with his family in the hills neighboring Laurel Canyon. He grew up in Colorado for the most part, his father’s time in the Coast Guard landing him and his family in various locations from Hawaii back to returning to Colorado. “I basically grew up in Boulder,” he said, noting his father eventually worked at IBM as an engineer. “I actually studied engineering in school -- I have a degree in mechanical engineering. But, when I got out of school, instead of going to work as an engineer, I was in a band. We moved to London and played there for a while. We didn’t get a record deal or anything like that. But, it was fun. After a while of living in poverty in London, I moved back to the United States, to California, and got a job at Memorex as a disk drive design engineer, designing disk drives. I did that off and on for five years.”
The Culture Maker: An Interview with Mark Frauenfelder Of Boing Boing
Rolling Stone just announced something that we have known for a long time: Ed Piskor (our own Brain Rot cartoonist) is a hell of a talented cartoonist. I have an advance copy of his upcoming book, Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker, and it is a masterpiece.
I'm going to be interviewing Ed on Gweek when his book comes out. For now, here's the publisher's description:
They say "What You See Is What You Get"... but Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle could always see more than most people. In the world of phone phreaks, hackers, and scammers, he's a legend. His exploits are hotly debated: could he really get free long-distance calls by whistling into a pay phone? Did his video-game piracy scheme accidentally trigger the first computer virus? And did he really dodge the FBI by using their own wiretapping software against them? Is he even a real person? And if he's ever caught, what would happen to a geek like him in federal prison? Inspired by the incredible stories of real-life hackers, Wizzygig is the thrilling tale of a master manipulator - his journey from precocious child scammer to federally-wanted fugitive, and beyond. In a world transformed by social networks and data leaks, Ed Piskor's debut graphic novel reminds us how much power can rest in the hands of an audacious kid with a keyboard.