A Pac-Man Sweater Made in a Traditional Icelandic Style

This year, Christine offered to knit an Icelandic style sweater of my own design for my birthday. She had already made a few of these sweaters, also known asĀ lopapeysas, before and said that if I designed something, she’d knit it. So of course I designed a Pac-Man Peysa using an online tool called KnittingPatterns.is. The sweater designer was a little buggy, especially on Mac, but it was surprisingly easy to get the hang of.

The final Pac-Man sweater turned out great! You can read more about it on her blog post here. Since I’ve never knit before, I made a couple rookie mistakes in my design that Christine ended up editing to make it work better as a sweater.

Iceland 2017
We’ve decided to share the final Pac-Man Peysa design as Creative Commons. You can copy it, modify it, or even sell it. If you like, you can give attribution to Christine Clarke and Doctor Popular. Here’s the file.

To make it easier to edit, I’ve also uploaded the .prjon file here. You can simply go to design page at knittingpatterns.is, click the file tab on the top right, then click open and upload the pac man sweater.prjon file (you’ll need Silverlight installed). One suggestion I’d make is to avoid doing different color ghosts. It would be much easier to just pick one color and knit that. Maybe even do the dark blue ghost all the way around.


How to tighten a loose fitting hat

I picked up this stylish fedora at a yard sale without realizing it was slightly too large for me. It got to the point where I’d check the weather to make sure it wasn’t going to be too windy for me to wear it. It turns out you can use foam tape to tighten a loose fitting hat.

Bonus, you can use this foam tape to help keep enamel spins from spinning around too much.


Re-visiting old videos from SF Zine Fest and APE

It looks like Youtube stopped supporting Flash a while back. In the course of updating some broken embeds on my site, I found a bunch of old videos from the SF Zine Fest and the Alternative Press Expo back in 2010 and 2011. I’ve always loved documenting things like this by shooting little interview videos, so it was fun to go back and watch these videos 7 years later and still find inspiration in them. Nowadays I always carry an iPhone lavalier mic around with me for interviews like this, but back in 2010 I’d have to get NICE AND CLOSE to the subject to get the audio right.

For anyone interested, you can see the original posts (with lots of accompanying photos) here:
SF Zine Fest 2010 pt 1: The Clip Video
SF Zine Fest 2010 pt 2: Peter S. ConradSF Zine Fest 2010
SF Zine Fest 2010 pt 3: Jeff Plotkin
Peter S. Conrad’s Lottery Comic


Cocktails Robotic Grand Challenge

We just got back from the Cocktails Robotic Grand Challenge at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. The dancehall was filled with eight bartending bots and a couple hundred thirsty humans. There were some classic barbots on hand, like Schrodinger’s Martini, which servers a martini that is both wet & dry until you finally collapse the waveform, but our favorite new bot was Kamikaze Blaster, which uses face-detection software to deliver shots of whiskey sour directly to your facehole. No cup required.