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!


The Knife Tank Cocktail

A few months ago I backed a Kickstarter project by Elliot Blake which aimed to produce 100 custom cocktails, based on suggestions by the backers. For my reward, I requested a cocktail featuring Fernet as a key ingredient. The end result is a cocktail called “The Knife Tank”, inspired by my series of Knifetank games.

The Knife Tank Cocktail

The cocktail is smooth and well balanced. I’m a huge Fernet-Branca fan, but it sounds like Elliot isn’t… which is probably what makes him the perfect person to design this cocktail. I’d just be like “Pour some Fernet over ice, stir and serve!” but Elliot came up with something everyone would like. 

With Elliot’s permission, I’m reposting the recipe below:

  • 1 oz Rittenhouse 100-Proof Rye Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz Amaro Averna
  • 1/4 oz Fernet Branca 5 or 6 mint leaves
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

In the bottom of a mixing glass, gently muddle the mint leaves with the whiskey, reserving one mint leaf for garnish. Add ice, Averna, Fernet Branca, and bitters, and stir until cold. Strain into a coupe and garnish with mint leaf.

The Knife Tank Cocktail

Be sure to follow Elliot on Twitter and keep an eye out for his full book of cocktails, coming sometime this year maybe?


Return of the PopCast Yo-Yo Vlog

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

Become a Patron!


The Eye of the Beyolder

I put a little “spin” on a classic Dungeons And Dragons character. It’s a yo-yoing Beholder!

Eye of the Beyolder