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May 23, 2018

a digital life

May 22, 2018

a digital life

May 21, 2018

a digital life

Grumkin

This wine was a gift. I didn’t think I was that obvious,...



This wine was a gift. I didn’t think I was that obvious, but…

May 21, 2018 05:07 AM

Certainly Strange

Bigfoot at Work and Play

Also, while we were driving up to see my brother’s graduation and to go camping / hiking / etc up in way Northern California, we saw a mural in Willow Creek called “Bigfoot at Work and Play” and it was… … Continue reading

by Steen at May 21, 2018 04:57 AM

Randy Lubin

Living Games Recap

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!

May 21, 2018 03:37 AM

May 18, 2018

Rumblings

Tupperware Mag

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:  

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Our print deadline is this weekend so I'm still working out a few spreads, but excited to see it come together. 

by Jenna at May 18, 2018 10:19 PM

a digital life

May 17, 2018

a digital life

May 16, 2018

a digital life

Doctor Popular

Where is the YoYo Emoji?

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 post Where is the YoYo Emoji? appeared first on Doc Pop's Blog.

by doc at May 16, 2018 01:42 AM

May 15, 2018

Grumkin

Libraries

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. 

May 15, 2018 06:19 PM

May 14, 2018

Certainly Strange

Hike to Bear Lake Basin in the Shasta Trinity Alps

This weekend we got to hike Bear Creek Trail to Bear Lake Basin up in the Shasta Trinity Alps, and it was the perfect weather for it! The trail was very scenic and fun to hike.

by Steen at May 14, 2018 06:15 AM

Randy Lubin

Living Games this week

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!

May 14, 2018 05:38 AM

Doctor Popular

Hiking to Bear Lake in Shasta Trinity Alps

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. 

The post Hiking to Bear Lake in Shasta Trinity Alps appeared first on Doc Pop's Blog.

by doc at May 14, 2018 05:16 AM

Grumkin

ladynevrakis: Mother’s Day Drabble Prompts 1. School play 2. Special Parent/child date 3. Sick...

ladynevrakis:

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

21. Lessons

22. Picky eater

23. Christmas morning

May 14, 2018 12:31 AM

May 13, 2018

I Like Turtles

Wedding in Poughkeepsie

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May 13, 2018 04:00 AM

May 12, 2018

a digital life

May 09, 2018

a digital life

Rumblings

New car

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? 

by Jenna at May 09, 2018 01:46 AM

May 07, 2018

a digital life

Certainly Strange

DeYoung Museum Sprayers

The DeYoung Museum apparently has sprayers as part of its sculpture garden, where Doc and some children enjoyed playing in the resulting mist.

by Steen at May 07, 2018 06:58 AM

Grumkin

May 06, 2018

Diegetic Games

Spring Design Update, via Patreon

I have a big update post on my Patreon covering what I’ve been working on. Main topics include:

  • Overview of Honor Bound, a new freeform game I’m desiging with Jason Morningstar
  • Info on the CIA Game I’m currently Kickstarting (at 225% funded right now!)
  • Early sketches of illustrations for Behind the Magic

Check out the post for more details.

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May 06, 2018 08:46 PM

I Like Turtles

Breakfast

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May 06, 2018 04:00 AM

May 05, 2018

Doctor Popular

New Yo-Yo Vlog From California State Yo-Yo Contest

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.

If you enjoy my PopCast yo-yo vlogs, please support them on Patreon. As thanks, you’ll receive 10% off of yo-yo items on my shop and get entered into a monthly yo-yo giveaway.

The post New Yo-Yo Vlog From California State Yo-Yo Contest appeared first on Doc Pop's Blog.

by doc at May 05, 2018 06:16 PM

a digital life

May 03, 2018

a digital life

May 02, 2018

a digital life

May 01, 2018

Rumblings

Yarn is cool

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: 

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by Jenna at May 01, 2018 11:12 PM

a digital life

April 30, 2018

Certainly Strange

Morrowind with Steam Controller

This weekend I tried out playing Morrowind with the Steam Controller for the first time, and it surprisingly worked really really well. I’d say *almost* as good as using a mouse and keyboard. So now, if I feel like playing … Continue reading

by Steen at April 30, 2018 05:35 AM

April 29, 2018

Diegetic Games

CIA Collect It All Kickstarter

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.

CIA collect it all logo

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.

some sample cards from cia collect it all

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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April 29, 2018 10:46 AM

I Like Turtles

Weekend in Austin

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April 29, 2018 04:00 AM

April 26, 2018

a digital life

April 25, 2018

a digital life

Doctor Popular

A chat with Johnnie DelValle

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.

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by doc at April 25, 2018 10:26 PM

Rumblings

Pom poms I

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. 

by Jenna at April 25, 2018 07:45 PM

Doctor Popular

Wacky Synth Stuff in SF

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 . 

Weird Wednesdays at The Den

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?

Weird Wednesdays at The Den

Modular Synth Lunch at The Little Spot Cafe

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!

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by doc at April 25, 2018 06:13 PM