Alaska Robotics

Boring Talk featuring Geran Tarr

Thursday, March 13th 2014 by Pat

Welcome to Boring Talk, the most exciting talk show in town! I recently chatted with Representative Geran Tarr about her work on child sexual abuse legislation, her state budget priorities and the phenomenon of naming bills after people.

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Alaska Robotics News Screening

Wednesday, March 5th 2014 by Lou


Friday, March 7, 9pm at Gold Town Nickelodeon

See Episodes 1, 2, and 3 of Alaska Robotics News. Admission is $5.

AKRN – Episode 3

Tuesday, March 4th 2014 by Pat

Alaska Strong!

Thursday, February 27th 2014 by Pat

alaska strong
We got our Alaska Strong bracelets today, also a nice long letter from Rep. Johnson’s office about our work isn’t a legitimate press activity.

If you’d like an Alaska Strong bracelet of your own, please send us a proposal for a great big, Alaska-sized boondoggle of a mega-project.

You can email We’re also on Facebook and Twitter or you can always just drop a comment below!

The Goot

Friday, February 14th 2014 by Pat

PUBLIC APOLOGY TIME: We’ve been mispronouncing Representative David Guttenberg’s name these past couple episodes! So embarrassing!

It’s GUT-en-berg, not GOOT-en-berg.

Of course, to us, he’ll always just be… The Goot.

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AKRN – Episode 2

Tuesday, February 11th 2014 by Pat

Let me just say right up front that the coolest thing we discovered in making this episode was the Alaska Constitutional Convention Recordings made available by state archivists. It’s a magical bridge to the past, you can sit in and listen to the framers of our state constitution.

Fog Introduction

Fog wafted through the capitol during the first week of the legislative session and pinned down travelers. Maybe you’re not a fan of fart joke but flatulence humor has a rich, billowing history and we’re proud to contribute to such a time-honored art.

Education Interviews

This has been labeled the “Education Session” but many Alaskans are critical of the proposed SJR9 which would allow a vote to change the constitution and put public funding directly towards private and religious schools.

Pick. Click. Give. – The Pebble Mine

Photos for this segment were provided by several people, we need to thank Eric McKittrick and Hig Higman from Ground Truth Trekking as well as Bob Waldrop.

If you aren’t familiar with Erin and Hig, they are the subject of “Journey on the Wild Coast,” a documentary produced by local filmmaker Greg Chaney. Erin has also written a couple books about their trekking adventures which include a 4000 mile walk from Seattle to the Aleutians.

DJ Kit provided the amazing voice over. You can hear her show on KXLL 100.7 on Mondays 6-8pm.

Beth Kerttula Resigns

Beth Kerttula, our representative here in District 32, resigned on the first day of the legislative session. In addition to the satire bit, I had the opportunity to sit down with Beth for a lengthy interview in our companion series, Boring Talk, which I don’t expect a lot of people to watch but was very pleasant and educational.

Parkin’ Wild Alaska

Jamie K. is eating Pel-Meni. Last episode he had a Triangle hot dog. Who knows what feat of digestion he will perform next!

The exploding igloo was made of sugar cubes and baking soda, but unfortunately the video did not capture the resulting and accidental 4′ vertical flame.

Andy K. provided the voice over and the 1992 Saturn S-Series.

The scream is the famous Wilhelm Scream used in hundreds of movies:


Dron-e, The Digital Robotic Omnipresent News Entity, the latest addition to our news team. He had a little accident this first time out but we’ll get him back in the air soon!

The HUD elements used in creating Dron-E came from an After Effects pack provided by Roland at Graphic in Motion.

If you’re interested in Drone policy in Alaska, you’ll want to track HB255, SB136, and possible HB159 which seems to have stalled in committee last session.

The basic issue at hand seems to be what can be done with all the information drones gather and if it will be admissible in court without a specific warrant. This ties into the broader question of personal privacy pushing up against always-on surveillance.

Rural Beat

Jack Dalton is a real-life Yup’ik story teller, writer and teacher who has performed all over the state. He’s currently the only member of the writing team outside Juneau and we’re quite honored to have him aboard for Rural Beat.

The Quinhagak dance group is a real story and you can learn more about them in this article, Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat students dance for their village since 100 + years.

Here’s a video of the actual Quinhagak dancers performing, quite moving when put in context. Even the coughs in the background contribute to the meaning.

Video clips in the opening title segment came from a trip to Kotzebue and the totem can be found on the UAS Campus. The font is of course the official font of Thai restaurants and indigenous peoples around the world, Papyrus.

Non-Alaska Native Flute Music and drums in the intro were smushed together from sound files available on, an excellent source for low budget sound effects. Several of the sound effects are attribution and copyright free for use in your own projects.

Photos for the Rural Beat segment come from the Alaska State Library and the Library of Congress and all images are believed to be in the public domain.

Alaska Strong Supercut & Sean’s Awesome Journal

These segments both lean heavily on the 2014 State of the State address. We did order some rubber “Alaska Strong” bracelets. If you need one, let us know.

The Moderator M9000

We owe a big apology to Rep. Dave Guttenberg. We’ve been pronouncing his name wrong these past two episodes!!! It’s GUT-EN-BERG!! Although… I talked to one of his staffers and we agree that “The Goot” is a superior nickname to “The Gut”… so THE GOOT it is!

Sounds and Images

We’ve got a tiny budget, minuscule really, and we’ve spent a lot of time trying to find sounds and images to use in the show. What has really helped us are the public domain archives maintained by several government agencies. There are incredible photos, videos and audio files all produced by government employees and made available for public use.

Now Hiring!

Friday, February 7th 2014 by Pat

help wanted

We’re looking for hard-working, energetic and creative employees for full time or part time employment at both the Alaska Robotics Gallery and on the media production side of things at Lucid Reverie.

Lucid Reverie is a small media firm focused on website design and video production. Our website work is primarily PHP/MySql based and many of our sites rely on WordPress as a content management system. We use Adobe products and have a few Linux boxes and a web server to keep an eye on. We especially like to create mini-documentaries and other projects where our distinct voice can show through.

We also pick up media duplication, digitization, graphic design, animation and other miscellaneous projects.

Alaska Robotics is a label we’ve created for our personal projects, short films and comics. We opened the Alaska Robotics Gallery almost two years ago and we’re seeking flexible, part-time employees to work retail.

We are most interested in employees who demonstrate a wide range of skill, intelligence, creative aptitude, and vision.

To apply for a position, please drop off a current resume and a brief cover letter at the gallery. 220 Front St. Juneau, AK.

Boring Talk featuring Beth Kerttula

Wednesday, February 5th 2014 by Pat

Welcome to Boring Talk, our exciting new talk show! On this episode I sat down with former Representative, Beth Kerttula. We talked about oil taxes, the VECO scandal, coastal zone management and Beth’s recent resignation from the legislature.

The show is available as audio or video, take your pick!

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Episode 1 – Clips

Friday, January 24th 2014 by Pat

We had some requests to break up our first episode into individual clips which we thought was a good idea.

We’ll continue working towards releasing whole episodes because we think it works better from the production end of things but we’ll also continue to post individual clips for those who prefer smaller viewing commitments or might want to just share or embed a particular segment.

Lael’s Film Project – Collision

Friday, January 24th 2014 by Pat

Lael Rogers worked with us the past two summers. She’s a skilled writer, editor and cinematographer and I’m sure we’ll see great things from her as she ventures out into the world of filmmaking. Before that happens though, she’s trying to wrap up a big school project and seeking assistance through Indiegogo.

I hope you’ll drop a few dollars in the hat for her. Lael is talented, a hard worker and well worth the investment.