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September 16, 2019

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Aryon’s Corpus Disease Paper

I’d been reading a whole lot of immunology papers lately, and I became obsessed with the idea of Master Aryon writing a paper on his studies of Corpus disease. I figure since he did his early work in the Corpusarium … Continue reading

by Steen at September 16, 2019 05:26 AM

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After doing ASCII art versions of Star Wars, Frank Frazetta’s “Death Dealer”, and the Muybridge Horse, I wanted to try creating my own original fantasy scene with ASCII art. So I created this Ogrehunter piece:

And here’s the original sketch for the piece:

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by doc at September 16, 2019 02:12 AM

September 15, 2019

I Like Turtles

Fishing With Dynomite


September 15, 2019 04:00 AM

September 12, 2019

a digital life

September 09, 2019

a digital life

Certainly Strange

Yoyo Swab Results

I have photographed the results of swabbing yoyos onto LBA plates. Of course this wasn’t an experimentally rigorous test and we can’t tell anything quantitative from it, but still it does appear that the “hand” swabs had visibly different community … Continue reading

by Steen at September 09, 2019 04:59 AM

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Yo-Yos and Petri Dishes

In this episode (debuting September 9th at 9am PST) I chat with Brendan McGinnis about his new yo-yo, the Petri.

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by doc at September 09, 2019 02:23 AM

September 08, 2019

I Like Turtles

Fiona eats


September 08, 2019 04:00 AM

September 02, 2019

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Star Wars ASCII Art

Some more ASCII art for your eyeholes.

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by doc at September 02, 2019 04:17 AM

August 30, 2019

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August 26, 2019

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Yoyo Swabs

This weekend, we plated some swabs of yoyos onto LB, for fun. We’ll see what grows!

by Steen at August 26, 2019 05:42 AM

Randy Lubin

Back in SF!

After three (amazing) months in Tokyo and two months of house hunting (from Burlingame), Avital and I are back in San Francisco! We just moved into our new home, in Bernal Heights - not far from where I lived a few years ago.

It’s a great location, with tons of good restaurants near by, a short walk to BART, and easy access to Bernal Heights Park.

The house itself is going to be perfect for hosting (once we unpack) – we have a great set up for games, salons, dinner parties and more. We’ll slowly be furnishing the place but our ongoing joke is that the empty rooms are just VR rooms for now.

We’re set back from the street and it’s super quiet, a nice change from our last SF house which had the trolly rumbling by. We share a patio with our neighbors and it has a beautiful lemon tree we get to look at every time we walk out the house.

It feels great to be back in the city and we’re looking forward to being much more social, attending plenty more events, and even getting involved in the local YIMBY movement!

Now that things are settled, I’ll be trying to blog weekly again… we’ll see if it sticks!

August 26, 2019 03:14 AM

August 25, 2019

I Like Turtles

Coyote Point


August 25, 2019 04:00 AM

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August 22, 2019

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August 19, 2019

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Certainly Strange

Daggerfall Guards

This is a post about the guards in Daggerfall, and how they just blatantly exist to make life miserable for poor people and not actually to stop or deter crimes of any kind. Even though the guards in Daggerfall stood … Continue reading

by Steen at August 19, 2019 06:07 AM

August 18, 2019

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World Yo-Yo Contest favorites 2019

I wasn’t able to attend the World Yo-Yo Contest this year, but luckily all of the freestyle videos are online. Here are a few of my favorites:

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by doc at August 18, 2019 11:52 PM

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August 18, 2019 04:00 AM

August 17, 2019

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August 16, 2019

a digital life

August 12, 2019

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ASCII art comes alive in Stone Story RPG

Christine and I spent so much of our weekend playing Stone Story RPG that everything is starting to look like ASCII art to me.

I’ll admit that I originally bought the game because I thought it looked so stylish, but I’m glad that I did. It’s a really addictive and fun strategy game with RPG elements. It’s on sale now too, so maybe go buy it? Here’s the trailer.

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by doc at August 12, 2019 04:15 AM

August 09, 2019

a digital life

August 08, 2019

a digital life

I Like Turtles

South Dakota


August 08, 2019 04:00 AM

August 05, 2019

Certainly Strange

WIP: Archery Aryon

I took a peek in the Construction Set, and it turns out Master Aryon is a pretty good marksman. Now the obvious explanation for this is: his class is “sorcerer,” and marksmanship is one of the minor skills of the … Continue reading

by Steen at August 05, 2019 06:31 AM

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Chess Lessons

I spotted this makeshift “ad” promoting chess lessons on the side of a MUNI stop the other day.

After a few suggestions from folks on Twitter, I decided to call the number listed on the bottom (1-855-596-5065). To my surprise, the only thing on the other end of the line was a short recording of “Take My Breath Away.

I thought it was really weird at first, but then Christine reminded me I practically did the same thing with a poster I made 10 years ago.

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by doc at August 05, 2019 05:23 AM

August 04, 2019

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August 04, 2019 04:00 AM

August 03, 2019

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July 29, 2019

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How Nick Fury Lost His Eye

I stumbled upon some old Nick Fury comics that I think might explain how Nick Fury lost his eye.

I mean… c’mon! Didn’t he think about this before he put his helmet on?

But he didn’t even learn his lesson the first time!

Will he ever learn?

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by doc at July 29, 2019 04:03 PM

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Morning watch


July 29, 2019 04:00 AM

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July 24, 2019

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July 23, 2019

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I Hired 8 Writers and Artists to Play a Game of Telephone on Fiverr

Fiverr is a service that allows you to easily find artists/writers/creators/whatevers to hire for very short contract gigs. Often times you can find someone for right around $5, hence the name Fiverr.

The Experiment

I used Fiverr a lot recently, especially with the artists I’m using for KnifeTank: The Shuffling, and I really loved it, so I thought it’d be fun to attempt an experiment. I wanted to see what would happen if I hired writers to describe an image, then hired artists to create images based on those descriptions. To start it off, I posted a photo I shot of Dance Party Robot along with this text “Describe this image in 300 words or less. Be specific enough that someone else could draw it based only on your description.”

Here is the text I received:

It’s an image of a street side with a building in the background. The building has a deep blue colour. There are three large closed windows in the building that are green in colour. There’s a black coloured metal fence that covers two third of the background. The building has a modern look with square blocks.
Main Object
The main focus point of the picture is a Robotic figure. Its height is similar to the average human height. It has a square as a head, a triangle as the middle part of its body and rolled cylinder shaped legs. Its body is silver coloured that looks like aluminium. The hands are rolled sleeves made with aluminium foils. Its face has a laughing emoticon shape. There are four square black boxes at four sides and two small round black coloured shapes on the stomach part of his body.
We can see one-third of a street lamp by the side of the robotic figure. There are countless blurred pigeons, looking like they have just been scattered of all around the robotic figure. Only one pigeon is above the head of the robot which is flying desperately and beautifully.
Colour Patterns
The background is deep blue coloured. It’s past noon and the sun is still bright. The sun rays stop before the lamp and covers the whole robot and pigeons area.

I then asked an artist to create an image based solely on that description:

I sent that image to another writer on Fiverr and received this description:

Picturesque Description
This picture must have been designed with an Illustrator. This picture basically has a robot with a head like a square shape.
*The eyes are strategically designed in such a way that the head looks like a television.
*There are rays around the face like the blue sky.
*The robot itself is moving away from the direction of the birds behind it.
*The body of the robot looks like a rectangular shape at the upper part while from the chest downwards is more like a triangular shape without a sharp end.
*It has two skeleton hands; the ulna and radius are evidently showing. The part of the humerus has two bones like that of the lower arm but with a stripe of white dot joining the lower parts of the bones with the upper part. At the upper part of the arm is attached something like round ribbon with stripes across it.
*Additionally, across the chest are strips linked together with the upper arms’.
*The abdomen has like two small boxes as if they were windows.
Right under the small box to the left is a trace of the movement of the birds to the left of the building in front of which the robot is almost exiting.
*The path of the bird continues but bigger and closer to the floor than the one that pass through the robot at the left-back of it.
*The total color of the robot is grey.
*There is a big black bird at the back which is hauling up.
*The floor is tiled with bitumen like a road.
*Around the big bird are three other small ones diving to the left. There is a bird on top of the building close to the diving ones at the extreme.
*There is a house beside the robot with a street light.
*The color of the building is grey to the left and black at the other parts. Close to the robot are two rectangular shaped windows.
*These windows have green curtains with yellow shield.
*The Windows are barricaded with yellow color line round them.
*There is a door at the upper part of the house behind the robot to the left.
*This door has a read light on top of it.
*The sky is white and skyblue.
*The totality of the environment is cool and fascinating.

Which led another artist to draw this:

Which would later be described as:

A robot with giant light blue button eyes stands there across the street with no expression on its face and its metallic body motionless. Its ears are what seems to be two antennas erected from a radio box except that these antennas are on the sides of its rectangular shaped metallic face. To add to it, a crescent-shaped metallic lip and thick rectangular metallic eyebrows complete its friendly looking face. However, it’s somewhat human-like body features two hands and legs that widens out on the lower part of them respectively, whilst a thin neck and lower body but a flat broad metallic chest complete the whole structure of this robot.
In the backdrop of this poised robot are the buildings with square windows on them and three green birds flying in the sky.

Which inspired an artist to draw this:

Things were going well until…

Things were going well until this point, but this is where the train quickly slipped off the rails. Despite hiring another writer for “technical description” of the previous image, I ended up receiving something a little more imaginative than I was expecting:

Humans are converted into robots. Because, robot has no feelings they only think about itself. They are destroying forest and making building there just for the sake of earning money and profit. According to them, they are making world beautiful and bright. But in real they through the world toward darkness.

I couldn’t imagine what the next artist would create based on that description, though I certainly wasn’t expecting them to create a two page comic:

Ending the experiment for ethical reasons

This is the point where I considered the project completed. I already felt like I was getting more work from my artists than I was paying for, but I couldn’t imagine trying to hire some poor Fiverr user to describe a poorly lit photo of some coloring pencil art so I decided to stop the experiment.

The results

I hired 8 contractors for about $19 each ($5 for the gig, $10 in tip, and $4 in Fiverr’s extremely high service fees), meaning I spent about $152 total. I had originally intended to publish the results in a 24 page zine, but I just can’t imagine how I’d throw this all together at this point, so I’m just sharing it here.

The artists were all great to work with and in most cases I think I received far better work than I paid for. Surprisingly all of my contractors completed their work on schedule and I only had one artist drop the ball on their work. There was a noticeable loss in data as the project continued, but it really was going better than I expected until the last two bits fell into place. That’s how these things go though and I have no regrets.

I wanted to give a huge shout out to all of the artists and writers who shared their skills with me, including:

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by doc at July 23, 2019 03:57 PM

July 22, 2019

Certainly Strange

Trogdor the Burninator

We received the Trogdor boardgame, and gave it a whirl. We’re still getting used to it, because honestly we haven’t even beaten the “easy” level yet. But I think it is getting closer.

by Steen at July 22, 2019 05:12 AM

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Yo-Yo Emoji update

It’s been a while since our yo-yo emoji was approved and I wanted to share a quick update. Unicode version 10 has been released, but we are still waiting for all the big tech companies to release their updated emoji art. The only wide release I’ve seen so far is Twitter’s Twemoji, an open source emoji set that is only viewable on Twitter’s web app, but we’ve seen glimpses of many other versions that will hopefully be released soon. Here’s a round up of what we’ve seen so far.

Google Yo-Yo EmojiGoogle Yo-Yo Emoji
Twitter Yo-Yo EmojiTwitter Yo-Yo Emoji
Microsoft Yo-Yo EmojiMicrosoft Yo-Yo Emoji
Joypixels Yo-Yo EmojiJoypixels Yo-Yo Emoji
Apple Yo-Yo Emoji

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by doc at July 22, 2019 04:49 AM

July 21, 2019

I Like Turtles



July 21, 2019 04:00 AM

July 20, 2019

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July 15, 2019

Certainly Strange

Finally got Daggerfall Unity

With the latest updates to Daggerfall Unity, I’ve decided to start playing Daggerfall again. I play almost everything with the Steam Controller these days, and that simply did not work with the DOS emulator. But now I’ve mapped the Steam … Continue reading

by Steen at July 15, 2019 06:45 AM

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