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Gweek is a weekly podcast 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.

My co-hosts on episode 41 are Dean Putney, Boing Boing’s coding and development wizard, and Michael Pusateri, a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney. Visit his blog, cruftbox.com.

Below is a list of the things we talked about in Gweek episode 40. (Sure, you could just click on the links below to learn about them without listening to the podcast, but then you will miss out on our discussion about whether or not Tarzan shrank in Tarzan and the Ant Men or not.)

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201202241341Dean went to the Rineke Dijkstra exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

201202241340Mike talks about a new TV-to-any-device-you-want-service called Aeero.

201202241344Mark and his daughter Jane went to a at Arts ReFoundry in Los Angeles to make bronze mini-sculptures. Even if you don't live in LA, you can order a bronze buckle kit for $110, which includes pouring.

Screen Shot 2012-02-24 At 1.48.45 PmMark announced the winner of the Gweek Secret contest. Congratulations, Eric Z. Goodnight!

201202241351Mike recommends Under the Moons of Mars, a book of contemporary short stories that place in Edgar Rice Burrough's Barsoom. Mentioned: Philip Jose Farmer's Tarzan novels: Tarzan Alive, A Feast Unknown, Lord of the Trees and The Mad Goblin and ERB's Tarzan and the Ant Men

Screen Shot 2012-02-24 At 2.54.55 PmMark recommended Baby's in Black a graphic novel love story about photographer Astrid Kirchherr and Beatles bass player Stuart Sutcliffe in the early days of the band.

Screen Shot 2012-02-24 At 2.58.17 PmMark also recommended the stunning new graphic novel by Tom Gauld, Goliath, the biblical tale told from the giant's perspective.

201202241505Mike's soundtrack while he worked this week was Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians

Screen Shot 2012-02-24 At 3.07.40 Pm Dean likes Command Line Fu to find neat commands.

201202241509Mike scared me with a personal information search site called Melconcard.



201202241516Mark is enjoying the Kameoka Diaries, a webcomic about Lars Martinson's experiences teaching English to students in Japan.

Screen Shot 2012-02-24 At 3.20.27 Pm Mark likes Timehop, a web service that sends you an email each morning with your Tweets, Facebook postings, Foursquare, and Instagram activity from a year ago today.

Screen Shot 2012-02-24 At 3.22.48 PmDean has been enjoying Super Going, a site where your friends send you on fun missions.

201202241526Dean bought two "indispensable" low-priced accessories for his phone and computer: the Wrapster and Power Curl, both by Quirky.

Screen Shot 2012-02-24 At 3.28.29 Pm-1Mike explains why One Good Earbud is a good idea for people who like to run or ride bikes and listen to music at the same time.


201202241530Mark enjoys play with the HDR and tilt-shift functions on his Canon S95 point-and-shoot camera.

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Category:Books, Comic Books, Video Games -- posted at: 12:45 AM

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Gweek is a weekly podcast 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.

My hosts on episode 40 are are cartoonist Ruben Bolling, whose comic, Tom the Dancing Bug premieres weekly on Boing Boing, and Dean Putney, Boing Boing’s coding and development wizard. Our guest this week is two-time Eisner Award winning cartoonist Derf Backderf, creator of the amazing comic The City, which has been running in alternative weekly newspapers for 22 years. He’s the author of the graphic novel Punk Rock and Trailer Parks, which was selected for The Best American Comics 2010. He’s got a new autobiographical graphic novel out about his high-school friendship with the infamous serial murder and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, called My Friend Dahmer. Robert Crumb, who rarely gives endorsements for anyone or anything, says My Friend Dahmeris a “well-told, powerful story. Backderf is quite skilled in using comics to tell this tale of a truly weird and sinister 1970s adolescent world.”

Below is a list of the things we talked about in Gweek episode 40. (Sure, you could just click on the links below to learn about them without listening to the podcast, but then you will miss out on our discussion about whether or not Terry Richardson owns more than one flannel shirt.)

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201202171527Most of this episode of Gweek is a fascinating discussion with Derf about his high school pal Jeffrey Dahmer, and Derf's new graphic novel My Friend Dahmer.

Screen Shot 2012-02-17 At 3.32.21 Pm Dean turned us on to Maddie on Things, a blog of photos of a coonhound named Maddie who likes to stand on things that dogs don't normally stand on. What will Maddie stand on next?

201202171534 Dean gives a thumbs up to fashion photographer Terry Richardson’s Diary

Screen Shot 2012-02-17 At 3.36.42 PmMark likes Comic Viewer, an iPad app for reading digital comics.

201202171544And once you've installed Comic Viewer, head over to The Big Blog of Kids' Comics! and fill your iPad with mid-century four-color wonder.

201202171546Ruben likes Sugar & Spike comics so much that he's willing to pay $59.99 for this archive edition. But who can blame him? This is one of the best kids' comics of all time!

201202171550 The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics, edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly is a massive anthology of old comic book stories for kids, and is a big hit around Mark's house. The oversize format and 350 pages make for a delightful reading experience.

201202171552 I'm so happy that lots of old comic book stories that otherwise would have been forgotten are being reprinted in fat, inexpensive anthologies like this one: The Golden Treasury of Krazy Kool Klassic Kids' Komics, edited by Craig Yoe. My daughter and I are having a wonderful time reading these funny and deeply weird children's comic book stories from the 1940s and 1950s, featuring art by some of the tops names in the field: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Carl Barks, Walt Kelly, Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, and other cartoon giants. At 304 pages, we'll get many nights of entertainment out of this collection.

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Category:reviews of books and comics -- posted at: 12:05 AM

Gweek is a weekly podcast 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.

My hosts on episode 38 are Dean Putney, Boing Boing’s coding and development wizard, Rob Beschizza, Boing Boing’s managing editor (who gets cut of because he had a crappy Skype connection), and Michael Pusateri, a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney. Visit his blog, cruftbox.com.

Below is a list of the things we talked about in Gweek episode 39. (Sure, you could just click on the links below to learn about them without listening to the podcast, but then you will miss out on our discussion of a foolproof method for winning big at the horse races.)

If you enjoy Gweek, please rate it in the iTunes Store -- thanks!

201202131525The Elevation iPhone dock on Kickstarter breaks $1 million.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.28.40 PmA partially crowd funded sci-fi epic called Iron Sky.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.27.34 PmDouble Fine Adventure’s Kickstarter breaks $1m in 24 hours.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.32.46 PmMichael says The Wool Omnibus is terrific science fiction. Twenty 5-star ratings on Amazon and no 4-, 3-, 2-, or 1-star ratings!

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.34.23 PmMike also recommends It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels, about a guy who presents the history of the bicycle while build his dream bike, part-by-part.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.39.05 Pm-1Mike explains why the new Aquaman comic book is worth reading.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.41.32 PmGiant's Beware is a wonderful graphic novel about a tough little girl who goes after a monster that eats babies' feet, says Mark.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.42.35 PmDean's listening to Planet High School by Mux Mool.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.45.14 PmMark's listening to Lana Del Rey’s Video Games slowed to 3 hours.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.48.17 PmSay hi to Mike, Dean, and Mark over at Chime.in.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.58.39 PmDean leads us down the sometime NSFW but always fascinating The Internet K-Hole. It's the best photo book of America I've ever seen.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.57.38 PmThe Steam Workshop for Skyrim, is cool, says Mike.

Screen Shot 2012-02-13 At 3.56.09 Pm-1Back when Bill Gates was an indie game developer, he co-wrote the thrilling DONKEY.BAS.Now you can play it on your iPhone.

201202131601It's easy to make your own moonshine with gear from Home Distiller!

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Category:reviews of books videos and comics -- posted at: 12:11 AM

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Gweek is a weekly podcast 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.

My hosts on episode 38 are Dean Putney, Boing Boing’s coding and development wizard, Boing Boing alum Joel Johnson of Animal New York, and Dannel Jurado, a software engineer from Peru who’s working at Etsy and, by Dean’s description, "is deeply ingrained in 8 bit music, geek culture, craft and software." Listen to the episode here.

Below is a list of the things we talked about in Gweek episode 38. (Sure, you could just click on the links below to learn about them without listening to the podcast, but then you will miss out on the mind-blowing insights we shared in the episode.)

If you enjoy Gweek, please rate it in the iTunes Store -- thanks!

Screen Shot 2012-02-06 At 11.31.01 Am Johann Sebastian Joust in Yerba Buena Gardens "basically like high-tech tag. Each person has a Playstation Move controller, and the object of the game is to jostle other people's controllers so that you're the last man standing."

Img 0074Playing Dungeons and Dragons via Skype.

201202061140A new Jim Woodring T-Shirt in the Boing Boing Shop!

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After doing all sorts of cool stuff for Gawker Media, Joel is going to Animal New York.

Screen Shot 2012-02-06 At 11.48.25 Am-1 Joel reviews the book, Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens.

201202061157 Dean digs LibriVox, a site where volunteers record public domain books into audiobooks.

(Here's A Princess of Mars, read by Mark Nelson)

201202061217Joel recommends Conan Doyle’s The White Company (free on Gutenberg), "about archers from England who go to France to wage war and plunder … it comes off like Jack Vance."

Screen Shot 2012-02-06 At 12.21.20 Pm Mark reviews the graphic novel Pigs: Hello Cruel World.

201202061231Joel saw two movies this week: A Dangerous Method (and Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, "the beautiful but disturbed young woman who comes between them") and The Rum Diary (based on Hunter S. Thompson's autobiographical novel).

201202061236Mark told Joel to read Gonzo: the Life of Hunter S. Thompson, which consists of anecdotes culled from interviews with 120 of Thompson's acquaintances, beginning with his childhood in Kentucky and ending with his death in 2005 in Woody Creek, Colorado.

201202061243Roots, by Danimal Cannon. Cannon wrote: "Every song on this album was composed using a Nintendo Gameboy DMG-01 running the homebrew software LSDJ. If you download the album I've also included the .sav files so feel free to learn my tricks, remix, or whatever!" Dannel also runs a cool music blog.

Hero-Academy-1Joel gives his first impression Hero Academy, a free, turn-based RPG strategy game for iOS. He also excited about news of an X-Com revival.

PuzzlejuiceDannel recommends an iOS game called Puzzlejuice, which is a bit like Tetris with the added challenge of having to spell words using tiles with letters on them.

Scansnap Dean loves his Fujitsu ScanSnap sheet-fed document scanner

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