Thu, 29 December 2011
Dean Putney and I are joined by Jesse Thorn, the creator and host of the long-running and fantastic radio show and podcast formerly known as The Sound of Young America. Jesse’s also the co-creator and bailiff on the Judge John Hodgman podcast, and the founder of the MaximumFun.org podcast network.
Here’s the neat stuff we talked about in this episode:
The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
The Maker of Universes, by Philip Jose Farmer
Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide by Aaron Hillegass
Direct download: gweek_033.mp3
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Tue, 27 December 2011
Our guest host is podcaster and technology journalist Tom Merritt.
Bitter Seeds, by Ian Tregillis
Direct download: gweek_032.mp3
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Mon, 19 December 2011
Welcome to the Gweek podcast, episode 31! Gweek is where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff.
Our guest today is Veronica Belmont, the co-host of the Revision3 show Tekzilla, the co-host of a science-fiction and fantasy book podcast called Sword and Laser, and the upcoming video game show on the TWiT network, called Game On! She is also a technology writer and blogger and very entertaining tweeter. Welcome to Gweek, Veronica!
Game On! Veronica's upcoming video game show
Boing Boing’s Submitterator
The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie
1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
Kiss Me Like a Stranger, by Gene Wilder
We'd like to give a special thanks EdgeCast Networks, our bandwidth provider and sponsor!
Direct download: gweek_031.mp3
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Sun, 11 December 2011
My cohost for this episode of Gweek is my old friend Barry McWilliams, a designer/art director who has turned me on to a great many wonderful books, comics, games, apps, drawing tools, and so on. In this episode, Barry has a ton of recommendations for cool stuff:
Supergods, by Grant Morrison
Mutants and Mystics, by Jeffrey J. Kripal
Dungeon Quest: Book 1, by Joe Daly
Stephen Silver's Posebook, iPhone & iPad
Direct download: gweek_030.mp3
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Fri, 2 December 2011
Boing Boing’s Rob, Maggie, and Mark, and cartoonist Ruben Bolling gabbed excitedly for over an hour about books, games, TV shows, writing implements, comic books, and more!
Maggie talks about her book, Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us, which comes out from Wiley & Sons on April 10.
Rob talks about how great Skyrim is, and why that makes its big flaws stand out even more.
Ruben and Mark agree that The Hobbit is wonderful and The Lord of the Rings is boring. They can hardly wait for the abusive comments they'll receive in the comments.
Maggie recommends Oglaf the “extremely well-done sex farce comic set in a stereotypical fantasy world.”
Mark reviews the upcoming movie John Carter based solely on the trailer. Ruben and Mark agree that A Princess of Mars is a very good novel.
Mark recounts a personal story involving Edgar Rice Burroughs and his biography.
Maggie reveals a spoiler from the first season of The Walking Dead, but for a very good reason.
Ruben recommends the Spider-Man Marvel Masterworks Vols. 12 and 13 (1972-1973) anthologies, which feature Spider-Man in his heyday, as “written” by Stan Lee and drawn by John Romita.
Maggie talks about a Carl Zimmer’s Science Ink --- a coffee table photo book of awesome science-themed tattoos.
Maggie discusses The Third Industrial Revolution, by Jeremy Rifkin -- "a book about the future of energy where I totally agree with the big-picture points and disagree with the details," she says. "It’s also reminding me of why I get twitchy around 'true believers.'"
Gweek listener Barry Barker recommend’s Fisher Space Pens' Bullet models.
Maggie tells Ruben how much she loved Ruben's comic about Ulysses, which she read when she was 17. (It should be on the front page of Ruben's site by the time you read this).
Direct download: gweek_029.mp3
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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:
Direct download: gweek_028.mp3
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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
Direct download: gweek_027.mp3
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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
Mon, 31 October 2011
John Hodgman talks about his new book, THAT IS ALL, and we discuss our favorite comic book stores, books, and comic books.