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September 24, 2018

Certainly Strange

Fallout 4

Welp, since I have a habit of obsessively playing games years after their release – after all my friends have finally and completely stopped talking about them – I got addicted to Fallout 4 :-/ I mean, hey, this pattern … Continue reading

by Steen at September 24, 2018 05:10 AM

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Wooden Yo-Yos With a “Doc Pop” Maze Logo

I just added some new wooden yo-yos to my shop. These are fixed axle yo-yos made by YoYoFactory with an “A-Mazing” logo laser etched on the side. I really like using these yo-yos for responsive tricks, but they are fun to customize too. The unfinished wood really takes wood stain, ink, and/or watercoloring well.

Speaking of responsive yo-yoing tricks, I just posted an interview with Ed Haponik about his new Bandalores project. You can watch that here.

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by doc at September 24, 2018 04:44 AM

September 23, 2018

I Like Turtles

South Dakota

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September 23, 2018 04:00 AM

September 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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September 17, 2018

Doctor Popular

It’s pronounced “GIF”: Pieces from the Hard G Project

Last week I wrote about some pieces I created for the Hard G Project. After hanging these pieces around the city, the organizer of the project then gave a talk at XOXO in Portland. Now that the project is officially over, I can share the gifs I created online. So, here they are:

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The first two gifs, “Pac-Man Fever” and “Book on Tape”, were drawn on my iPad using the Procreate App. But that doesn’t have an animation feature, so I had to use photoshop to turn my Procreate images into Gifs. The third piece, “Nerd Resistance”, was created using an image from an old NASA guide to soldering.

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by doc at September 17, 2018 08:39 PM

Certainly Strange

Attempt at Medovik

Well, I absolutely love medovik – Russian honey cake, so I attempted to make one this Friday: I think it turned out really tasty! But not as good as some of the ones I’ve had in the past, so I … Continue reading

by Steen at September 17, 2018 06:19 AM

September 16, 2018

I Like Turtles

PSP clothing swap

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September 16, 2018 04:00 AM

September 15, 2018

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September 12, 2018

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September 10, 2018

a digital life

Certainly Strange

I Runned

Welp, I ran in the aforementioned footrace! It was just a 5k, but it was fun 🙂 Oh yeah, and also it was super cold.

by Steen at September 10, 2018 04:56 AM

September 09, 2018

a digital life

I Like Turtles

Wedding in Detroit

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September 09, 2018 04:00 AM

September 05, 2018

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September 04, 2018

Doctor Popular

Gif art IRL and emergent behaviour

I was asked to create some GIFs for a new gorilla art project called The Hard G Project. The organizers gave me a couple of tablets to display the gifs on and I got to decide when, where, and how the art was hung. The idea was that we’d leave the tablets up, with my art animating, and they stay up until they are stolen or the batteries die.

I hung one of my pieces on Clarion Alley and stuck around to watch a few people interact with it. When I came back 4 or 5 hours later, I was surprised at what I found… the iPad had been switched to camera mode and a bunch of people took selfies from this odd little iPad hanging in an Alley.

That feeling when people like taking selfies more than they like your art. Sigh…

Hard G Project

Hard G Project

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by doc at September 04, 2018 06:18 PM

September 03, 2018

Doctor Popular

New Yo-Yo enamel pins, plus a weekend sale on DoctorPopular.com

I just added some new yo-yo enamel pins on my site. I think they look rad! If you are interested, now is a good time to pick one up. I’m doing a weekend sale over on DoctorPopular.com for all of my enamel pins and comic books. Use the coupon code “weekend” for 25% off at checkout.

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by doc at September 03, 2018 06:11 AM

Certainly Strange

PAX West 2018

Welp I’ve been at PAX West, and it’s been simultaneously draining and fun. I got to play several rounds of Killer Queen Black, which was a lot of fun considering that I love love love the arcade Killer Queen. I … Continue reading

by Steen at September 03, 2018 05:54 AM

August 31, 2018

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August 30, 2018

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August 28, 2018

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August 27, 2018

Certainly Strange

Daggerfall, aka You All Knew It Would Come to This

Welp yeah I’ve started playing Daggerfall. It’s alright so far. It is almost constant dungeon crawling, which… I’m not sure is necessarily a good thing. But I’m willing to give it time. Now that I’m getting used to the controls, … Continue reading

by Steen at August 27, 2018 04:32 AM

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RenĂ© Magritte’s Yo-Yo

I’m still messing around with my new iPad and the Procreate app for making art. I really had fun making this tribute to RenĂ© Magritte’s “Son Of Man” with me and my yo-yo.

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I also made a “Move Purposefully and Fix Things” poster with Procreate that I think looks surprisingly realistic.

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by doc at August 27, 2018 04:18 AM

August 26, 2018

a digital life

I Like Turtles

Jazz Age Lawn Party

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August 26, 2018 04:00 AM

August 24, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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August 20, 2018

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Monthly yo-yo giveaway for Patreon backers

Just a heads up for all my yo-yo friends. Each month I do an exclusive yo-yo giveaway for Patreon/Popcast sponsors. This month’s yo-yo is a prototype VTWO yo-yo by One Drop. Yoyoexpert has a great write up of this yo-yo here. Big thanks to One Drop for donating this yo-yo to one of my Patreon sponsors and thanks to you for sponsoring the Popcast yo-yo vlog.

Any sponsor who is at the $2 or higher level on Patreon by September 1st will automatically be entered into the giveaway.

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by doc at August 20, 2018 06:02 PM

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Training for a Goal

When training towards a goal, say running a 5K or doing a pull-up, it is best to train by literally doing that thing you are training for. Using machines as proxies is great exercise, and are certainly much better than … Continue reading

by Steen at August 20, 2018 02:42 AM

August 19, 2018

I Like Turtles

The Last Dogs

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August 19, 2018 04:00 AM

August 16, 2018

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August 14, 2018

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San Francisco Flag Redesign

I’m back from a short trip to Chicago, where I had a blast shooting interviews at WordCamp for Publishers. While I was there, I noticed the city’s official flag could be seen everywhere. Shirts, bumper stickers, hats, coffee cups, tattoos, etc. Chicago’s flag, some blue bars with 4 red stars, is simple and iconic. San Francisco’s flag, on the other hand, is a hot mess of unnecessary text, yellow on white graphics, and too much going on.

Just for shiggles I decided to take a stab at redesigning our city’s flag using trixels (like pixel art, but with triangles).

If I were to critique my own flag, I’d say it too is unnecessarily busy. I’d love to try again. I’d also like to try some new ideas that having nothing to do with the old flag, but I think the phoenix imagery is a great idea for an SF flag.

For more info on flag design, check out this fantastic talk by Roman Mars about the simple rules that make for good flag design.

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by doc at August 14, 2018 05:32 PM

August 13, 2018

Certainly Strange

Weekend at MAGWest

This weekend I mostly spent at MAGWest, which was a lot of fun. Great music, panels, and fun. A highlight for me was probably discovering the game Vilmonic, which I found absolutely fascinating. I’ve already clocked up several hours on … Continue reading

by Steen at August 13, 2018 06:23 AM

August 12, 2018

a digital life

I Like Turtles

Tatiana

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August 12, 2018 04:00 AM

August 11, 2018

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August 10, 2018

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August 08, 2018

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Another PopCast episode is online

I just finished another PopCast yo-yo vlog on the flight to Chicago (oh yeah, I’m in Chicago this week) and I wanted to share it here.

I also talk about some recent yo-yos I gave away through Patreon and a new string project I’m working on. I hope you enjoy it, and remember to use #popcastyoyo for any tricks you share.

Sneak preview of the string:

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by doc at August 08, 2018 09:43 PM