I was asked to create some GIFs for a new gorilla art project called The Hard G Project. The organizers gave me a couple of tablets to display the gifs on and I got to decide when, where, and how the art was hung. The idea was that we’d leave the tablets up, with my art animating, and they stay up until they are stolen or the batteries die.
I hung one of my pieces on Clarion Alley and stuck around to watch a few people interact with it. When I came back 4 or 5 hours later, I was surprised at what I found… the iPad had been switched to camera mode and a bunch of people took selfies from this odd little iPad hanging in an Alley.
That feeling when people like taking selfies more than they like your art. Sigh…
After ten long years, PopCast is back! PopCast is my yo-yo vlog (video blog) that I started running in 2007. Looking back at all the old episodes, I felt really proud of how fun and entertaining they were. So I decided it was time to start making them again. Here is the first new episode:
I’d like to keep making these videos and, over time, improve the production quality with better lenses and gear. Running a small yo-yo shop doesn’t quite cover that, so I’ve decided to launch a Patreon page where people can help support the videos and get special deals and offers from DoctorPopular.com
I had a much better time at South By Southwest than I expected. I had always feared the big crowds and long lines, but since I was in town for work, I thought I’d give it a shot. The key is to not have your mind set on anything. There’s a ton of great music in Austin this time of year, so forget about seeing a band you love and check out some random bands (with smaller crowds) instead.
I’ll share a list of great bands below, but first I wanted to talk about a few of my personal highlights from South By Southwest.
I stumbled into a Dr. Octagon reunion show with Dan The Automator, Kool Keith, and QBert. Afterwards I got a chance to hang out with Q-Bert and he told me that he got some early inspiration for his scratches by watching yo-yoers. That blew my mind since a bunch of us yo-yoers got inspiration from hip hop, scratching, and QBert in particular. I even had a trick named “Galactic Butthair”, the name of the QBert’s record label.