This wine was a gift. I didn’t think I was that obvious, but…
I just wrapped up my first Living Games and it was an incredible week. I got a glimpse into some of the incredibly diverse and evolving sub-cultures that make up the broader live action community and hung out with an array of incredible designers who are exploring the limits of the medium.
Living Games is a conference that explores larp and adjacent forms of play through both academic and practitioner perspectives. The conference itself was Friday - Sunday and packed with keynotes, panels, workshops, demos, and more. I’m pretty sure I generated a few new game ideas from every panel I attended. Almost all of the talks were filmed and I’m looking forward to catching up on the ones I missed once they’re posted.
The highlight was definitely the other attendees. I had a great time catching up with friends I’ve made at other conferences and I met a bunch of other great designers whom I look forward to seeing again soon.
If you are at all curious about the field, or interested in other types of embodied play, I highly recommend attending when it returns in 2020!
Excited to have been working on the Daily Stick for this year's shindig. It's the publication that we distribute to attendees of this experiential art weekend thing (it's the same event that I designed the Keepers of the Constants ARG stuff for last year).
This year's theme is about the overpopulation of unicorns in a nature preserve, a commentary on the death of subcultures and the mainstreaming of, well, pretty much everything cool. The direction we've taken the mag is privilege: it is a scathing satire of the obvious privilege we witness in our culture and community. The deliverable will be a gorgeous high design object with avant-garde design, luscious photo spreads, and painful-yet-funny commentary on disgusting ideas and topics.
Here's the cover as of writing this:
Our print deadline is this weekend so I'm still working out a few spreads, but excited to see it come together.
Last year I started working on a proposal for a yoyo emoji, with the helps of my friends at Emojination. It’s been an interesting experience and I’m really excited to say that it’s been officially accepted by the Unicode Consortium. Expect to see it in Unicode version 12, early next year.
In this episode of PopCast, I talk about the process of submitting the yo-yo emoji and I share a new trick called a “flopsicle”.
If you like this episode, please help sponsor more via Patreon.com/docpop and don’t forget to use the hashtag #popcastyoyo if you share any tricks online that you may have learned from this vlog.
The library at Oakland High has books, but nobody can check them out. The reason being, we don’t have a librarian. Nobody is in charge. Oakland High doesn’t have the money to employ the one person that would give 1600 kids access to the thousands of books that sit on the shelves. Over the years, they have gotten more and more disarranged, randomly shelved, out of alphabetical order. Teachers sneak in and steal the books– not checking them out, because they can’t be checked out. The teachers tell themselves they’ll return the books to the correct shelves. They do, sometimes.
The library at Reed college was probably the most lit spot on campus. Everyone was there, tucked into individual carrels, headphones on, or spread out over the expanse of a shiny wooden table, shifting uncomfortably in the wooden chairs, or just sprawled out on the floor with a stack of books beside them. You wanted to find someone, go to the library. Studying was like a sport there. Social merit badges were earned by number of consecutive hours clocked in the library.
The library at City College of New York wasn’t as populated, and had a lot of empty couches. One in particular, red, and tucked out of the way in a corner, was my spot. I’d walk there after a day of teaching high school, across Central Park, and uptown, carrying the heavy book bag of both teacher and student, through the changing weather of New York City. I’d walk through the rain, through the “wintry mix” that bit the tip of my extremities, over snow crunching beneath my boots, through the falling pink plum blossoms, through the wind that swept grit into my contact lenses. The library was warm and quiet. With deep relief, I would let my bag fall to the floor, take off my jacket and ball it up, and lay down on the couch, tucking my jacket under my head. After setting the alarm clock on my phone for 45 minutes, the amount of time before night classes started, I would fall into a sleep, the kind enjoyed only by those who are truly exhausted.
I’m very excited to head to the Living Games conference in Boston this week. They’ll be a mix of academics and game designers talking about different cultures of play and design techniques. There’s also a one day mini-conference about education and games the day before. It’s my first time going but I’ve heard it’s incredible. I’ll definitely post an update here after!
Christine and I hiked up Bear Creek Trail near Coffee Creek for a peak of Bear Lake. We spotted a couple of bears on the way up and a beautiful lake in a basin up top.
Spotted a lake during our hike on Bear Lake Trail today, but sadly no bears. pic.twitter.com/a6ls1F9yju— Doctor Popular (@DocPop) May 12, 2018
Mother’s Day Drabble Prompts
1. School play
2. Special Parent/child date
3. Sick child
4. Child’s artwork
5. Cranky baby
6. First steps
7. First words
8. Helping with homework
9. Who does the baby look like?
10. Naming the baby
11. First moments as a family
12. Family cuddle time
13. Child having a bad dream
14. Parental disagreement
15. Disciplining the child
16. Family photos
17. Family vacation
18. Child’s milestone (birthday, graduation)
19. Recital, big game, etc.
20. Trying to get the kids ready in the morning
22. Picky eater
23. Christmas morning
Thomas and I bought a new (used) car today! Very excited to have a vehicle in our lives. I've never been a car owner before, having always been a city girl, but it definitely will be awesome to increase our ability to get out of town. Also planning ahead to take it to the burn and ultimately drive it across the country when we're ready to leave SF eventually.
It's a 2006 Subaru Outback--a car that I am very familiar with and grew up driving various versions of. I love them because they are safe, reliable cars, and hey're somewhat rugged, with AWD that helps in places like Tahoe. And you can pack 'em full of stuff for excursions and trips. I was a little hesitant getting such a long car for street parking, but I just couldn't bring myself to commit to a small car in the long run.
Excited to get out of the city soon! Hiking this weekend perhaps?
I have a big update post on my Patreon covering what I’ve been working on. Main topics include:
Check out the post for more details.
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This episode of PopCast was filmed at the California State Yo-Yo Contest. I had the chance to talk to Michael Ferdico, Bryan Figueroa, JD, and many more while I was there.
The post New Yo-Yo Vlog From California State Yo-Yo Contest appeared first on Doc Pop's Blog.
I've been expanding from my pom pom obsession into broader yarn arts. Knitting/crocheting is cool and all, but those have never really interested me that much—perhaps because its (usually) a fairly structured process and result. I've been grooving on ways of using yarn in asymmetrical, unexpected, and random ways—like abstract art, but with a squishy textile medium. I want to make a jacket that expands on this idea.
Here's some inspiration:
Diegetic Games has partnered with Techdirt to Kickstart a game! It’s called CIA: Collect It All and the Kickstarter page has tons more details. We fully funded in just two days and are currently near 150% of our goal.
The game is based on a recently declassified CIA training game called Collection: Deck. They use it to train their analysts and officers on the different types of information collection techniques. The files were released to the public through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and you can see the originals on Muckrock.
It’s a competitive card game where players combine information tactics to combat international crises. I’ll also be designing a storytelling variant that uses the same cards.
Stay tuned for more details or back it on Kickstarter for all of the updates!
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Last week I checked out the Cal State Yo-Yo Contest and chatted with lots of interesting yo-yoers. Most of these interviews will be used for my next episode of PopCast, but I had some great interviews that I thought I’d release as standalone videos.
The first of these is a chat with JD Steel about the changes in the yo-yo industry and how YoYoBESTBUY will continue to evolve. Watch it here and help sponsor future episodes by support me on Patreon.
I've started a new idle hobby—making pom poms. They are pretty easy to make, and a bit mindless, so sometimes I'll sit on the floor when we watch a netflix show and crank through a few pom poms.
I bought a pack of 4 sizes of pom pom makers, and 5 different colors of yarn. It's been fun to mix and match colors and decide where to mix colors. Also seeing how the pom ends up depending on where I started wrapping yarn or how thick I wrap it before cutting and tying it off.
One of the funnest parts is shaping the pom. I have a large bowl I use to catch the fuzzies as I shape the orbs. When you cut all the threads, they aren't all the same length (the interior yarn is shorter than the exterior pieces) so they need to be trimmed up. I'm getting better at eyeballing these for "evenness" but at first it was difficult to eyeball the shape of a sphere!
Pics to come.
There’s no shortage of fun things to do in SF, but if you are a synthesizer fan (like me) there has been a lot of fun new things going on .
Imagine sipping on a tiki drink while a two piece noise/drone/psych band plays in San Francisco’s smallest bar. The place is next to WesBurger, so you can order the Chicken Of The Week Sandwich (usually inspired by another local restaurant like Mission Chinese or Lazy Bear) and have it delivered to The Den. Need a taste?
Imagine randomly walking into a 100sq ft tiki bar on Mission St and seeing a two person psychedelic drone band. “Weird Wednesday” is happening at The Den each week because SF is still rad. pic.twitter.com/C311DiUVrF— Doctor Popular (@DocPop) April 12, 2018
This happened on Saturday (April 21st) at the Little Spot Cafe on South Van Ness and 23rd St and it was awesome. Giotto’s Animus brought his modular synth rig and some speakers and played drone music on the sidewalk. Some friends and I grabbed a table and just made a bunch of art while listening to improvised synth music, it was dope!
Live modular synth music on the corner of 23rd and South Van Ness. pic.twitter.com/bRZ3KvH1pX— Doctor Popular (@DocPop) April 21, 2018
We are having fun making things while listening to drone music. pic.twitter.com/AMKFTIGvxU— Doctor Popular (@DocPop) April 21, 2018