Mon, 28 November 2011
David Pescovitz and Mark Frauenfelder speak with Jon Ronson, a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and the author of the bestselling books, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry and The Men Who Stare at Goats.
Jon’s latest work is a very short book, or long article, available as an ebook, called The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones, which explores the growing phenomenon of real life superheroes. It’s available as an eBook through Amazon and other online ebooksellers. (Photo of Jon Ronson by Barney Poole)
Here's Jon's descriptions of his interests:
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Fri, 18 November 2011
In this episode of Gweek, Mark Frauenfelder is joined by Boing Boing's managing editor Rob Beschizza and Seth Godin, an author, entrepreneur, and human wunderkammer.
Here's what we talked about:
The Domino Project: Seth's partnership with Amazon to publish short books loaded with useful ideas
Searching for an adjustable standing desk that doesn't cost a fortune
Test driving the Mitsubishi i electric car
The undiscovered or overlooked or underappreciated work of John Taylor Gatto, eduction reformer
A wonderful how to book called Handmade Music Factory: The Ultimate Guide to Making Foot-Stompin'-Good Instruments
Penguin Magic Shop: An online magic trick store with good video demos
Sasha Dichter: Reflections on generosity, philanthropy and social change
Collin's Lab: excellent introductory videos to electronics
Seth's fondness for buckwheat soba noodles
Bobo Explores Light: A swell iPad app that teaches kids about light
Rising Card: A great $0.99 iPhone magic trick
Kaweco Liliput Ballpoint Pen from JetPens
Sous Vide Turkey for Thanksgiving
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Mon, 14 November 2011
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In this episode of Gweek, I'm joined by Boing Boing’s managing editor, Rob Beschizza, and Joel Johnson, editorial director of Kotaku.
Here's what we talked about: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Rob has been playing it incessantly but says it feels "like walking around a ren faire where everyone is heavily medicated." Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack Minecraft is going 1.0 Kotaku’s upcoming gift guides Make’s Ultimate Kit Guide Joel read The Postmortal tng_s8 Mixel - a free iPad collage app Mark's Dungeon Raid addiction relapse Mophie Juice Pack Plus Outdoor Edition iPhone 4S and Siri
Sat, 5 November 2011
In this episode of Gweek, Ruben Bolling and I are joined by the cartoonist and illustrator Michael Kupperman, who has a hilarious new book out, called Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010. Ruben interviewed Michael about his work and then the three of us went on to talk about the folllowing things:
I got rid of my standing desk last week and am looking for a better solution.
Using an hour-timer as a self-check throughout the day
Esther Williams' autobiography, The Million Dollar Mermaid
Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
Cul de Sac Golden Treasury, by Richard Thompson
Uni-watch: The Obessive Study of Athletic Aesthetics
The Walking Dead TV show