Ladybug Convention

On Sunday afternoon we came across this swell article on the annual ladybug migration in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland and decided we had to go check it out. We drove straight out, parked our car and hit the trails. It was a 45 minute walk from the entrance and we found the ladybugs hibernating right were Stream trail met up with Prince (just where the article said they’d be). There were more ladybugs there then you could shake a stick at, and they’d probably just fall asleep on it if you tried, but it’s still pretty early in the season. I bet there will be way more there next week.

Ladybugs hibernating in Oakland.
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Lessons learned from a “Shirtstorm”

Last week a team of scientist landed a probe on an comet from an orbiting satellite. That’s the coolest sentence ever, right? Like thousands of other nerds across the globe, I watched the whole thing live… on Twitter.

During the long wait for the Philae lander to reach it’s target, one of the team’s project scientists landed into an internet shitstorm when he wore a kitschy bowling shirt filled with images of scantily dressed women during a live interview on the BBC. I just thought of it as tacky until my wife, who is a scientist, described to me how it’s things like this that can make women feel out of place in a professional environment. Dr. Matt Taylor has since given a heartfelt apology and seems to be a really decent guy who just made a bad decision when getting dressed for a big day in the lab. I thought that was really awesome of him, and most of us just moved on from this shirtstorm.

But for some reason there’s still a ton of dudes out there who literally can’t even why anyone would bat an eye at overly sexualized women in a workplace setting. So I made them this:

I still :ello:L* every time I look at this thing, but honestly I was trying to make it easier for some guys to visualize the issue. Of course it didn’t work. Most of the replies to my Twitter post are along the lines of “You must be homophobic if you think that shirt is inappropriate for work“. And a few replies saying “We’ll obviously it’s not the same, those dudes are wearing less clothes.” (which I’d argue further goes into how our standards decency vary from men to women, but whatever).

I’m sure I didn’t change anyone’s opinion out there, but I was surprised at what I learned from the experience . When trying to make the shirt as equally balanced as I could to the original design, I realized there really was no equivalent. There literally isn’t any way to translate the power imbalance and sexism that are so deeply ingrained in our culture that we can’t even see it. As one commenter put it, “there’s no stigma that men are nothing to science and just a set of abs“.

* I call that an Ello-L (get it?). I originally posted this piece on Ello and I’m actually digging it over there. Follow me if you like.

Online now: Doc’s Guides to Mobile Photography

A few years back I was lucky enough to make a series of mobile photography tips and tricks videos for Postagram. I was working as Postagram’s community manager at the time and these weekly videos were often the highlight of each week for me. I love exploring new apps and techniques and sharing what I learn with others. Our guides included Hipstamatic, Instagram, interviews with other “iPhoneogrpahyers” and many other cool non-app techniques.

Somewhere along the line those original youtube videos have disappeared so I reached out to my friends and Postagram and got permission to host them myself. Thanks guys!

There are still a few missing episodes I need to find, but I’m really happy to get most of these back online. If you’d like to follow my adventures in mobile photography (as well as my glitch art, illustrations, and film photography) you can follow me on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and EyeEm.

Appy Halloween, Knifetank is out now for iOS!

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Our newest game, Knifetank: The Hauntening is now available for iPhone/iPad. Get it free here.

The Hauntening is a bite size point-and-stab adventure game I made with some friends back in 2010. It started off as a web game, which is still online, but the app version has a few extra goodies and just feels sleeker. I’m really happy with it and proud as hell to have shipped two games to the app store this year.

So Long SFBG, And Thanks For “The Best Of” award!

So long SFBG, thanks for the Best Of The Bay!

This was the first Wednesday in 40+ years without a new issue of the San Francisco Bay Guardian hitting the streets. Last week, the weekly newspaper was abruptly shut down just after they finished printing their annual Best Of Issue. Looking through this historic issue, I was stunned to find myself in there as their “Best Gameboy Tunesmith”!

“Jack-of-all-trades musician, artist, dramatic yo-yoist, and video game designer-wizard Doctor Popular is one of those people you’ll inevitably run into if you’re out and about in the Mission, which makes us wonder when he has the time to do all that he does — which includes but is by no means limited to creating catchy, infectious music using old-school video game consoles, and editing his music videos on hit phone. Is it weird? Sure, it’s weird. It’s also way better than it has any right to be: Just ask any of the folks how contributed to his Kickstarter, which raised $22,00 to help produce an all 8-bit album. docpop.org”

What a huge honor! Also, it’s a great write up, so I stole it for my Twitter bio. A couple years back I was also listed in the SF Weekly’s “Best of The Bay” issue as “Best Instagramer“, so it’s cool to have made it into both papers at some point.