10.23.2012

GWEEK — Podcast for geeks

By Josh

Here at UNBORED, one of our very favorite blogs is BoingBoing — which features the latest and greatest news, every day, about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, and apps, and much more. My friend Mark Frauenfelder, who is editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the leading publication of the DIY (do-it-yourself) movement, and author of UNBORED‘s Introduction, is BoingBoing‘s founder. Back when I was a zine publisher, and BoingBoing was a print zine, Mark and I used to swap copies by mail.

BoingBoing has a weekly podcast, called GWEEK. Mark is the podcast’s host. Each week, he invites an interesting geek — John Hodgman, Gretchen Rubin (author of Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project), Michael Pusateri (a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney), Glenn Fleishman (a long-time tech reporter, and a hacky perl programmer), Maggie Koerth-Baker (BoingBoing’s science editor, journalist, and author of Before the Lights Go Out, a new book about electric infrastructure) — to be his co-host.

This summer and fall, Mark has invited me to be one of the GWEEK co-hosts on a semi-regular basis! (Every few weeks.) What an honor — I am thrilled!

On August 14, we discussed (among many other things) UNBORED, Gary Panter‘s new comic strip collection, and some of my all-time favorite kids’ science fiction books, including Matthew Looney’s Invasion of the Earth, Heinlein’s Red Planet, Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams’s Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine, John Christopher’s Tripods Trilogy, Jack Kirby’s Kamandi comic, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Monica Hughes’ Isis Trilogy.

On August 20, we discussed (among many other things) The Powerpuff Girls: The Complete Series DVD collection, the story-telling app Story Dice, and the Snark “Super-Tight” instrument tuner — which my sons use for their guitar and bass, and which I use for my ukulele.

On October 10, we discussed (among many other things) new comics collections by Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns; the Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit (as seen in this UNBORED.net post); and some old and new kids’ activity classics — including Ken Denmead’s Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists (2011), Robert Paul Smith’s How to Do Nothing With Nobody All Alone By Yourself (1958, 2010), and The New Games Book by the New Games Foundation (1976).

I’m going to keep appearing on GWEEK, every few weeks — check the show out!

Here is GWEEK on iTunes.