Ro Sham Bot: My first Twitterbot!

I attended a great little Twitterbot workshop taught by Lil PDF and Yiying Lu at the Codame Art Festival this week. After about 20 minutes of hacking around in, I built @Ro_Sham_Bot!

Ro_Sham_Bot is built using Tracery, a tool for writing generative grammars developed by Kate Compton. To get started making your own bot, simply create a new Twitter account, connect it to CBDQ, and follow some of the examples. 

My source code is available in the bot’s description on Twitter, please feel free to share your ideas and suggestions for how to make it better.

My next steps are:

  • clean up the adjective array (leaving just the good ones for the context provided)
  • Generate a tweet everyday with a randomly selected picture of a rock fist, scissor fist, or paper fist
  • Challenge followers once a week to play a game (ie “Hey @randomfollower, want to play again? Choose ?, ?, or ?”)
  • Generate a list of numbers that can correctly be used as a “best 2 out of 3?” scenario (ie best “53 out of 105?” or “best 256 out of 561?”

Bolt Part 2 and Icarus Yo-Yos Available This Friday

As of last week, I am done shipping Bolt Part 2s to all of my Kickstarter backers, which means that I’ll be making them available to everyone else soon. Very soon. This Friday soon!

If you missed the Kickstarter, this will be your first chance to buy a Bolt Part 2 yo-yo on But wait… there’s more! I’ll also be selling my brand new yo-yo, The Icarus too! The Icarus is the first yo-yo I’ve made without pre-selling on Kickstarter, which feels like a really big deal. So be sure to save the date! Friday June 1st at 8am PST on!


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 and don’t forget to use the hashtag #popcastyoyo if you share any tricks online that you may have learned from this vlog.