We get to explore one of our favorite activities on this week’s GeekWire radio show and podcast, talking in the studio with a pinball competitor and a pinball collector representing the upcoming Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show in Seattle.

Dan Halligan and Linda Nasfell. (Erynn Rose photo)

Joining us are Dan Halligan, who has been collecting pinball and arcade games for 15 years as a hobby; and Linda Nasfell, who been playing pinball since she was a teenager and is regarded as one of the best in the Northwest.

We talk about subjects including the resurgence of pinball, what Dan and Linda love about the game, what to look for if you start collecting, and strategies for getting the high score on the machine at your neighborhood bar or arcade. The conversation starts around 13:00 in the show above.

It’s preceded by our weekly news roundup, covering topics including Amazon’s shareholder meeting; a new app that lets you pay for a haircut with PayPal by checking in to the barber shop; another app that turns your marriage into a game; a plan to create an urban garden on top of a Microsoft parking garage, and the state of Facebook’s stock one week after its initial public offering.

Our App of the Week is Facebook Camera, a new way of sharing photos on the social network.

Also listen for the answer to last week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge, and a new installment.

Listen to the show above or directly via this MP3 file. GeekWire airs at 7 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday on 97.3 KIRO-FM in Seattle, and runs every weekend on GeekWire.com.

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