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  1. Get Illuminated, Ep. 10: Steven E. Landsburg

    In the latest episode of the Get Illuminated podcast, I interviewed Steven E. Landsburg, author of the delightfully thought provoking book, More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics. To get an idea of what we talked about, here’s part of the preface to Landsburg’s book:

    "Common sense tells you that promiscuity spreads AIDS, population growth threatens prosperity, and misers make bad neighbors. I wrote this book to assault your common sense.

    "My weapons are evidence and logic, especially the logic of economics. Logic is most enlightening — and surely most fun — when it challenges us to see the world in a whole new way. This book is about that kind of logic.

    "Daughters cause divorce. A thirst for revenge is healthier than a thirst for gold. A ban on elephant hunting is bad news for elephants, and disaster assistance is bad news for the people who receive it. Malicious computer hackers should be executed. The most charitable people support the fewest charities. Writing books is socially irresponsible; elbowing your way to the front of the water-fountain line is not. The tall, the slim, and the beautiful earn higher wages — but not for the reasons you think.

    "Each of those statements is closer to the truth than you might imagine. If your common sense tells you otherwise, remember that common sense also tells you the earth is flat."

    —Huffduffed by boingboing

  2. Get Illuminated, Ep. 09: Adam “Ape Lad” Koford

    In this edition of the Get Illuminated podcast, I interviewed cartoonist Adam "Ape Lad" Koford, the mastermind behind the 700 Hoboes Project and all-around creative dynamo. (Here’s a drawing he made of Boing Boing’s own Jackhammer Jill as a hobo).

    In this interview we discuss hoboes, the comic strip Gordo, he previous job at a hotel chain call center, the awesomeness of Jack Kirby, Golden Books, how he creates those $20 postcard drawings, and many other topics.

    —Huffduffed by boingboing

  3. Get Illuminated, Ep. 08: Comic Art Magazine

    In this episode of the Get Illuminated podcast, I interviewed the publisher (Alvin Buenaventura) and the editor (Todd Hignite) of one of my favorite magazines, Comic Art. Alvin also publishes other books of and about comics — check out the line-up at Buenaventura Press. Hignite is the author of a terrific book called In the Studio, in which he visits well-know cartoonists and interviews them about their process and inspirations. (Shown above: The cover of the upcoming Comic Art 9 by LA cartoonist and musician Tim Hensley.)

    —Huffduffed by boingboing

  4. Get Illuminated, Ep. 07: Chris Metzler

    On the latest episode of Get Illuminated, I interviewed Chris Metzler, the co-director of a fascinating documentary called Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, which is coming to theaters later this month. Once known as the "California Riviera," the Salton Sea is now called one of America’s worst ecological disasters: a fetid, stagnant, salty lake, coughing up dead fish and birds by the thousands. Yet a few hardy eccentrics hang on to hope, including a roadside nudist waving at passing European tourists, a man building a religious mountain out of mud and paint, beer-loving Hungarian Revolutionary Hunky Daddy, and the real-estate “Ronald McDonald” known simply as The Landman. Through their perceptions and misperceptions, the strange history and unexpected beauty of the Salton Sea is revealed.

    —Huffduffed by boingboing

  5. Get Illuminated, Ep. 06: William Gurstelle

    On the latest episode of Get Illuminated, I interviewed William Gurstelle, a contributing editor to MAKE magazine and the author of five fun-filled books, including: Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices

    Adventures from the Technology Underground: Catapults, Pulsejets, Rail Guns, Flamethrowers, Tesla Coils, Air Cannons, and the Garage Warriors Who Love Them

    The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

    Building Bots: Designing and Building Warrior Robots

    and most recently, Whoosh Boom Splat: The Garage Warrior’s Guide to Building Projectile Shooters.

    In the interview William talks about how he approaches problem solving, how he escaped from a life of designing pay phones, and how to get free delicious food in almost any city in the country.

    —Huffduffed by boingboing

  6. Get Illuminated, Ep. 05: Scott Rosenberg

    In 2001, Mitch Kapor, the designer of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, and the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, started the Open Source Applications Foundation, or OSAF for short. Kapor hired some of the most talented programmers and software designers around and went to work to create a new kind of personal information manager, code named Chandler.

    In 2003, Scott Rosenberg, the cofounder of Salon, asked Kapor if he could embed himself in OSAF for the purposes of writing a book about the development of the application. For three years, Rosenberg sat in on company meetings, met with programmers and designers, and observed the progress, or more accurately, lack of progress, of Chandler. Rosenberg’s book Dreaming in Code: Two dozen programmers, three years, 4,732 bugs, and one quest for transcendent software, examines why making good software is so hard.

    Dreaming in Code is addictively good reading. Rosenberg tells the story of the smart people at OSAF and why they can’t seem to gain traction with Chandler, even though they were veterans of other successful projects at places like Mozilla and Apple. Rosenberg also examines the larger picture of software development, recounting episodes in the history of computer science that add insight and context to the main story.

    I interviewed Rosenberg about his book on February 13.

    —Huffduffed by boingboing

  7. Get Illuminated, Ep. 04: Steven Levy

    In episode 4 of Boing Boing’s Get Illuminated podcast, I spoke with Steven Levy, author of the excellent book, The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness. Steven talks about Steve Jobs’ role in the creation of the iPod, why the Zune is lousy, why Sony can’t make a good MP3 player, and what the rumored iPhone is going to be like.

    —Huffduffed by boingboing

  8. Get Illuminated, Ep. 03: Rudy Rucker

    In our third Get Illuminated podcast, we interview author and mathematician Rudy Rucker about his two upcoming books: Mad Professor and Mathematicians in Love.

    In our third Get Illuminated podcast, we interview author and mathematician Rudy Rucker about his two upcoming books: Mad Professor and Mathematicians in Love.

    —Huffduffed by boingboing

  9. Get Illuminated, Ep. 02: Loren Coleman

    On this week’s edition of Get Illuminated! we chatted with Loren Coleman. As BB readers know, Loren is the world’s leading cryptozoologist who has spent the last four decades studying "hidden animals," from Bigfoot and Yeti to Nessie and Chupacabras, and the culture surrounding them. He blogs about his curious findings at Cryptomundo and is the author of seventeen books, including my favorites Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America, Mysterious America, and Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology. We spoke with Loren about how he became a cryptozoologist, what it means to be a Fortean, recent tales of Sasquatch, the case of the Dover Demon, and why the world is getting weirder.

    —Huffduffed by boingboing

  10. Get Illuminated, Ep. 01. Douglas Rushkoff

    In Episode 1 of Boing Boing’s Get Illuminated, we interviewed cultural critic and author Doug Rushkoff. He talked about the renewed interest in Timothy Leary and Aleister Crowley, let us in on the plot of the new comic he’s writing for Vertigo comics, and talked about the book he’s been waiting all his life to write.

    —Huffduffed by boingboing