This woolen Pac-Man sweater, an Icelandic peysa, popped up in my Facebook feed on Wednesday and it made me squee with delight. It's the handiwork of my friend Christine Clarke.
She told me that her husband, Doctor Popular, designed the sweater in knittingpatterns.is and, after some tweaking, she knit it up for him.
"I told him that if he designed a sweater, I'd knit it for him. But since he never knitted before, it was really difficult to implement his original design, so I ended up making a lot of modifications that didn't really affect the look but made a huge difference in how easy it was to knit."
And knit it, she did...
Christine told me she has been working on the sweater on and off for months, "I started it early February of this year, and of course I only finished it now."
If you'd like to knit one for yourself (and you're roughly the same size as Doc Pop), they've been kind enough to share the pdf pattern with us. Download it here. Christine says spent about $80 on yarn "because I had to get all the different colors, so even for a small accent (like the white), I bought a whole ball of it, so I'll have to think of a different project for all the leftovers."
Can't wait to see what's next!
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Doctor Popular writes, "My new album, Destroy All Presets, was created using the Nanoloop cartidge on a GameBoy Advance. I decided to do it that way partially because I love working with limitations and partially because I love the sounds you can get off of these old devices. To help promote it's release, I'm producing a small run of Nanoloop cartridges that come preloaded with my instrumental tracks on them." Read the rest
Photo: Doc Pop
Doctor Popular, iphoneography master extraordinaire and jack of many wonderful creative trades, says:
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This week, I'm teaming up with the awesome folks at Photojojo to share some of my favorite cell phone lens tips, like the one
above. There will be about 4 posts all together, so be sure to follow
Photojojo on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook to catch them all and be sure to check out their cell phone lens kits!
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our video archive page:
• Alert guide dog buys couple enough time to escape
• What the math of music looks like
• Man does "karate dance" to Offspring tune
• Animation about cell phone data mining
• Rare Disneyland construction footage
• Vision-tweaking minimalist music video
• Extreme slo-mo yo-yo video with Doctor Popular
• Tintype stop motion animation of a circus
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InstaCRT sends your iPhone photo to a tiny CRT in Sweden where the displayed image is photographed and sent back to you. The CRT is actually a scavenged viewfinder from a 1980s VHS camcorder. Gotta love that digital to analog to digital warmth, right? Er, right.
InstaCRT is the result of an unlikely collaboration between developer Martin Ström, filmmaker Ruben Broman and photographer Erik Wåhlström. It's our response to an ever increasingly digital world. It's our response to all the faux photoshoppn' filters out there. Let's long for something real, tangible - in short, something really real.
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At left, the CRASS logo, first seen in the mid-1970s. Center and right, a recent design for the UK garment retailer "Hardware," which appears to have repurposed the CRASS logo after 35 years of prior use, and crassly so. Punk News says the band and their label are aware of it. More at exclaim.ca, and Cult Punk. As an aside: I used to own the vinyl 45 for the Crass release shown above. Almost got a tattoo for it. (via Doctor Popular) Read the rest
Live coverage of the Anonymous protest at BART's Civic Center station in San Francisco: SF Appeal, Ustream, AnonOps on Twitter, ioerror's feed, and #opBART hashtag. Mission Local has another video feed and liveblog here. CNN, AP have reports up as of 630pm PT.
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Illustration: Dave Jarvis (cc) via Wikipedia
I started an open "jokes" thread on Google+ today, and a lot of people contributed some very funny jokes I hadn't heard before. I thought I'd share some of them here on Boing Boing. I might post more later.
• An AT&T cell tower walks into a bar and says, "I wo...enj...blac...nin...ou.........."—Shane Sargent
• How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A fish.—Craig Glassner
• How many software engineers does it take to change a lightbulb? None, that's a hardware problem.—Dr. Elementary
• Hear the one about the programmer that got stuck in the shower?
The directions on the shampoo said "Lather, Rinse, Repeat"—Tony Gonzales
• How did the hipster burn his mouth? He started eating the pizza long before it was cool. —Mark McCorkell
• Werner Heisenberg is pulled over for speeding. When the state trooper asks "Do you have ANY idea how fast you were going?", Heisenberg just smiles and says, "No, but I know where I was!"—Laconia Laconia
• Q. How many designers does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Does it have to be a light bulb?—Joe McMahon
• Q: What do you get when you cross your grandmother with an octopus?
A: A whoooooole lot of cookies.—Jeff Deason
• What does it mean when the drummer is drooling out of both sides of his mouth?
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Katina from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "Join EFF on February 16th, as nerdcore and chiptune artists
Dual Core, Crashfaster, Doctor Popular, and Trash80 sling dope
rhymes and bangin' bleeps for EFF's 21st birthday at the
future-focused BAMM.tv studio [43 Norfolk St] in San Francisco."
There will be an open bar while supplies last.
This is an all ages event.
We'll be asking for a $30 donation at the door to fund our work, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Admission for current EFF Members is $25 in advance or at the door with your EFF Member Card. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your member ticket link!
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Crashfaster and Doctor Popular created an entire album's worth of 8bit-inspired music to go with Knife Tank, their entry in our latest game development competition!
Not to brag, but the nerd-rap-knifetank-anthem I did with Beefy is sure to make your head nod... and 8bit bEtty's remix of it is even keener! You can hear the full album here
KnifeTank (The Albumhole) is fun, and there's nothing to lose if you're at all into chip music: low-bitrate mp3s stream free of charge, and quality versions cost whatever you feel like giving.
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A group of people involved with the Bay Area hacker space Noisebridge organized an impromptu science fair to be held outside an Insane Clown Posse show, when the band and their juggalo fans recently passed through San Francisco. Doctor Popular at Laughing Squid has an extensive blog report up, with videos and links to photo sets. Snip:
SFSlim tweeted that the group was physically threatened by ICP’s crew and Violent J, one half of the Insane Clown Posse, even bragged about it on his twitterhole. A clown with no sense of humor… who’d a thunk it?
If you don't know what any of this means, start with this Boing Boing post, and then this one. (photos: y3rdua)
Learn F***in' Science with Insane Clown Posse
Actually, know what? Insane Clown Posse "Miracles" video is pure ...
Juggalo News, from the Insane Clown Posse dimension
Where do they come from? (ICP hits /b/ )
"Science Gangster" coffee mug
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(photos: Daisy with fire by Alexia Tsotsis/Andy Wright of SF Weekly. At left, BB banner and Boinged-out Doughboy by bgreensf)
We had so much fun at the first-ever Boing Boing Picnic (actually, the first meatspace BB event of any kind!) in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend. Good heavens, where to begin. Several hundred Boing Boing readers gathered at Doughboy Meadow for fun, food, and what truly felt like an offline manifestation of the eclectic, random, shamelessly dorky stuff you find here on the blog.
Here's the SF Weekly photo gallery and report!
• A young woman named Daisy did a fire-eating performance inside a little redwood grove off to the side of the meadow.
• Doctor Popular and pals gave us a live show of Knifetank, which they developed for BB's Music Inspired by Games competition. The award-winning yo-yo master also did a yo-yo show.
• A gopher joined the party, and periodically popped his head up from his subterranean home.
• Some really cool guys who are building a very ambitious dirigible project for Burning Man called the Airship Victoria brought a balloon to the picnic, and did aerial tests.
• A lady who makes Periodic Table of Elements Tarot Cards gave readings.
• A guy who makes palm-sized Godzilla busts and crystal skulls filled with jellybeans brought both, and handed them out as gifts.
• A master Grilled Cheese Chef made delicious sandwiches on a specially-modded grill hauled to the park for this very occasion. Read the rest
Doctor Popular & Team • Docpop
Built in HTML5, Knifetank is compatible with recent versions of Safari. Use the WASD keys to move; click the mouse button to fire; and switch on all the blocks on to move to the next level. It was created by Doctor Popular, Lilia Markham, Crashfaster, Mike Hales, Erik Swedberg and Brian Cronin. Read the dev diary!
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Just one week to go in the Chiptune Game Development competition! To recap: We're joining with Safari Books Online, the massive online library of technical know-how, to honor the mighty chiptune. All you have to do is pick out a great game-style chiptune that has no game to go with it, then make the game.
Of course, if you love Python or Unity or Locomotive BASIC, don't let us stop you.
You have until July 5 to complete your game. If that feels like a tight deadline, remember that games don't have to be epics! Vignettes are welcome. Check out the prizes in the original announcement.
• Doctor Popular writes about the progress his team's made on their entry, and posts a screenshot. "I spent 10 hours at Noisebridge yesterday working with some very talented friends on an entry for BoingBoing's chiptune inspired video game challenge. Our game, "KnifeTanks", mashes pixel art and chiptune sounds with hand drawn assets and kazoos." You can keep up with Docpop here.
• Some more musicians added suggestions from their chip and chip-style ouvres: check out the tunes from Dektonic, Daniel Merrill, Golab and Beta to the Max.
• Don't forget about the 30 days free access to five game-dev titles from Safari Books Online. Read the rest
Boing Boing pal Eddie Codel (who's now with Ustream) says, "Knowing your love for all things Mighty Boosh, I thought I'd let you know that Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt are doing a live video web chat Thursday morning to promote the release of the Mighty Decider iPhone crack/toy/game/timewaster app, created in part by Doctor Popular. The insanity begins at 10AM PST / 6PM GMT. Read the rest