PopCast Episode #12: Curling and Hand Grenades

The newest episode of PopCast, my yo-yo vlog, is online now! I share a few tricks like Curling and Bermuda Triangle, unbox a new yo-yo from Big Bang Bandalores, and talk about one of the strangest yo-yo holsters I own; a carrying case for hand grenades. The video was edited on a flight to Belgrade and I think turned out great.


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 CheapBotsDoneQuick.com, 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?”

Mission Mini-Parklet… Respect!

I spotted this great art installation on Mission St in front of Mission Thrift. The “Mission Mini-Parklet” is a series of 3D potted plants with beautiful succulents. Kudos to the artist!


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 DoctorPopular.com. 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 DoctorPopular.com!

Its the bolt part 2…you need to buy it. Everything about this throw down to the package reeks of passion, Art, Quality, and Love. A true reflection of the Man, the artist, a true OG…@docpop #trickcircle #dumbrepeater #boltpart2

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?Brand new yo-yos coming to http://doctorpopular.com on June 1st! The Icarus and several colors of The Bolt Part 2!?

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