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Remember blogs?

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
IMAGE: here is the point where one always used to insert an image in one’s blog post, relevant or not, in order to “drive traffic.”

IMAGE: here is the point where one always used to insert an image in one’s blog post, relevant or not, in order to “drive traffic.”

Blogs are a pain in the butt. They’re too easy to start, too hard to keep going. And they’re needy; they always pester you to visit them, moderate them, update them, and upgrade them. You can’t ignore them, either, because Estonian penis-enlargement spam blooms on them like mildew if you blow off all that labor for more than five minutes.

I recall catching just a glimpse of a glorious future in which everybody on earth had their very own blog, and we hooked all the blogs together, elbow-in-elbow, and became a free and open society of independent self-publishers. But then Facebook happened, and now everything sucks for blogs. The internet is littered with abandoned ones. Soon they’ll be like compact disks, or flash drives smaller than a gigabyte: piling up in giant wind-swept mounds in the street, clogging the gutters when it rains, making your basement flood.

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Robot Overlords … attack!

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Finally I can say I made some robots!

Overlord Manga

I have always been fascinated by noisemaking devices, and for years I’ve been hoarding unwanted speakers, amplifiers and tape decks in my garage. Lately I’m in a closet-cleaning mood, so I conceived an art project around the idea of pushing these beautiful old machines out into the world.
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Monday, May 7th, 2012

SNAZZY PORTLAND — the epic music video for the smooth-metal superhit of the same name — is nigh upon complete! Kudos to Rick Kent of Kentwood, California for taking on the crucial dual roles of editor & taskmaster, and driving this sucker out the front door!
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Gone Fishing

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

In two days I fly off to my home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota for ten days of bone-chilling, back-breaking, ear-warming good times with my pals Brady Clark and Kelly Peach. Together we are making a piece for the Art Shanty Projects, a recurring winter arts fest on Medicine Lake that I’ve been wanting to see for years.
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The Creative Spark!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

UPDATEDZ! Core77 now has a ton of photos online, some video too. Here are great pix and a play-by-play of the complete fab process (trés fab!) and here are a bunch more action shots of the float conquering Portland.

I haven’t blogged about this much, but last month I was tangentially involved in helping the good folks over at Hand-Eye Supply light up their float for the Starlight Parade with about 1000 feet of animated extra-thick electroluminescent wire.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Everything needs a name, deformed things moreso. “Wuholic” is what I’m calling the new theme on Gesine Kratzner’s website. It’s a fusion of Jeff Ngan’s lovely Wu-Wei theme for WordPress and the Flash-based design of her old site, courtesy of . It launched today, just in time for Gesine’s big TV moment.
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


Paul Stoffregen, the inventor/genius who built these RGB smart-lights for this year’s LIGHTBAR, has posted in detail about the design and how you can build your own. How rad is that?

That, of course, is what DorkbotPDX is all about.

The LIGHTBAR Report: Opening Night!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

IN 2009 there was a ton going on at LIGHTBAR and I managed to document quite a bit of it.  This year I’m way behind. In all honesty, I’ve felt a bit rushed until now, just getting the building done and set up, and organizing things and people, and finding good locations … in fact, up to the afternoon before opening night I must admit to some serious pre-party anxiety.

I shouldn’t have worried.

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Ladies & Gentlemen … Nate Beaty!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

As part of this thing called ESCAPE FROM THANKSGIVING, here is an interview I conducted with Nate Beaty, super-genius and close personal friend. For my latest novel, THE CANNIBAL’S GUIDE TO ETHICAL LIVING, Nate Beaty drew fantastic illustrations of thirteen disgusting meals.

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