Gweek 046: How to See the 4th Dimension


Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My co-hosts for episode 46 are Dean Putney, Boing Boing's software wrangler and the Johnny Appleseed of weird awesomeness, and Glenn Fleishman, a long-time tech reporter, a hacky perl programmer, and one of the writers of the's Babbage blog on technology and culture.


In this episode:

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 3.41.30 PmDean was accidentally the first male guest on the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout podcast!

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 3.55.54 PmGlenn initiates a discussion about Kickstarter, and his plans to kickstart a book about Kickstarter. "Having brought in $(removed) million in cash for 12,000 projects in 2011 and just having had its first three million-dollar-plus projects in rapid succession, how is Kickstarter changing funding for artists, filmmakers, and industrial designers?"

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 3.47.24 PmGlenn has been reading Suicide Squad's New 52 reboot. "I'm not a fan of the whole DC thing, and haven't been a solid comic reader in years. But I love Suicide Squad and I'm afraid that says something terrible about my psyche."

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 3.52.09 PmDean liked Craig Thompson's massive, award-winning graphic novel, Blankets. Mark told Dean to read Thompson's most recent graphic novel, Habibi

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 4.04.09 Pm-1Mark recommends Ryan Rigney's book, Buttonless: Incredible iPhone and iPad Games and the Stories Behind Them

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 4.06.56 Pm-1Glenn says: "I've been watching (via UK feeds) BBC's Dirk Gently, the three episode adaptation of Douglas Adam's character. Remarkably good." How does Glenn get around the region-blocking technology that the BBC uses to lock out non UK viewers? Tunnelbear!

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 4.13.16 PmDean's mind-blowing website of the week is Stratocam.

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 4.14.28 PmDean explains the appeal of the iOS app, Draw Something.

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 4.30.05 PmGlenn talks about Pokemon: "My older son is learning the game, and I have some reflections on getting sucked into his madness."

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 4.18.08 PmMark was impressed by The Fourth Dimension, an app that helps you visualize the fourth dimension.

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 4.23.44 PmMark likes Snapheal, a simple OS X app that lets you easily remove unwanted objects from your photos.

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 4.24.54 Pm-1Dean raves about Luma Labs's Cinch camera strap.

Screen Shot 2012-04-06 At 4.27.51 PmMark describes why he likes Rickshaw bags so much.