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.
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.
I had a chance to meet up with Travis Nichols, a local artist and game designer, and chat about some of his newest projects. Travis’s Heckadeck is a crazy new twist on a deck of cards, with extra suits and cards added to inspire new games or creative versions of existing games. His newest project is a series of pocket books created with mismatched recycled papers. The hardest part of starting a new sketch book for me is being intimidated by a bunch of clean white pages. I often feel like I’m about to ruin something. That’s why I love using sketch books that already have images or marks in them.
Watch my interview with Travis about the Heckadeck and More Lies Pocket Books:
About ten years ago, I was paying rent in SF by yo-yoing, tailoring, and selling denim wallets. The wallets were made with the scraps from high end selvage jeans and, like a pair of great jeans, got better with age. I stopped making these wallets about 5 years ago, but often get asked to make a few more, mostly from folks who lost their first denim wallet and want a replacement.