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Space Weird Thing

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 by Pat

Ground Control to Top Space Man!

We made a music video with Molly Lewis, Marian Call and Seth Boyer!

It’s a little bit of a trip… we re-wrote David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in XKCD “Up-Goer Five” style using only the 1000 most common words in the English language. The film was sweded in an afternoon (like in “Be Kind Rewind”) and many of you will recognize moments in the video from the Flight of the Conchords excellent “Bowie’s in Space“… which I now need to go watch again.

Bonus Easter Egg: Audio clip of Sally Ride (who has a birthday today) commenting on how her space trip was like a Disneyland E-Ticket.

We went wayyyyy down the rabbit hole on this one!

Packing my Bitcoins for San Diego Comic Con

Saturday, July 19th 2014 by Pat

bitcoin accepted hereI’m off to San Diego Comic Con in a few days and I’m packing my BTC!

We’ll be accepting the digital currency at our booth (#1134) but I’m also packing a couple hundred milliBits on my phone to spend on weird and wonderful things.

I’ve been buying Bitcoin (and Litecoin) for a while but I haven’t spent any in the wild yet so this is all very new and exciting to me.

I’m using the Mycelium wallet after getting a few recommendations from the folks in the /r/Bitcoin/ community. Several people also mentioned the Hive wallet but I haven’t tried that one yet.

We’ll see how the experiment goes, I hope I don’t drop my phone in a toilet the first day! I do seem to remember some phone trouble at last year’s convention. Something involving shards of glass and the smell of juniper.

However it unfolds, I’m looking forward to some adventures in cryptocurrency. Who knows what I’ll find, maybe some great comics and a burrito cart. That’s pretty much the dream.

Mmmm… Burritos.

San Diego Comic Con 5k

Monday, July 14th 2014 by Pat

FlashThe past several years I’ve been organizing an unofficial San Diego Comic Con 5k.

If you’d like to join in, let’s plan to tentatively meet on Saturday at 10am 8am on the water side of the convention center. I’ll be at the foot of the big staircase wearing a Flash shirt.

Probably a good idea to check in on Friday in case we have to relocate or the time changes. You can find me at booth #1134 or on Twitter @alaskarobotics

I think our peak attendance in the past has been around four. It’s not something I’ve ever been able to put much effort into organizing so if there’s someone else out there who wants to take it and run with it, please jump in.

I would just love someday to see a few hundred Juggernauts thumping down the San Diego waterfront along with a horde of Flashes and Quicksilvers.


Wrecking Ball

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 by Pat

Announcing a limited edition print of Miley Cyrus riding a Bitcoin while drones fly overhead.

My homage to the year 2013.


I’m offering this 8″x10″ as a limited edition signed and numbered giclée print. The total number of prints will be determined by the number of sales and I’m only accepting Bitcoin.

The minimum amount is .04 BTC. If you decide to pay more, you’ll be prioritized with a lower print number and receive a matted print.

The .04 BTC payment includes worldwide shipping and I’m accepting orders through the end of January 2014.

Pay With Bitcoin

If any of that was confusing, let me know, I’d be happy to clarify.

Let’s Talk Bitcoin

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 by Pat

My new hobby is trying to explain Bitcoin to my mother.

I’m not very good at it.

When I’m trying to learn something new, it helps me to talk about it and try to explain it to other people as a test of my own understanding. This one is complicated but I’m starting to wrap my mind around it with the help of Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Stephanie Murphy of the Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast.

I have to admit, on first listen, it felt a bit like I’d tuned into Coast to Coast. Everything from the music to the delivery had me expecting a late-night Space Lizard call-in hour. Instead, I found myself wrapped up in thoughtful conversations hosted by intelligent people who are also trying to understand what Bitcoin can and will become.

Here’s the episode for new listeners. I think the part with the giant stone coins is particularly helpful.

I’d be happy to hear your perspective on Bitcoin as a network or a currency. I know it’s volatile, I’m not sure if that ever settles down.

I’m most excited about the possibility of using this kind of technology to displace central parties like Google and Facebook from social networking. I’d also be interested in seeing the encrypted public ledger explored as a method for online voting.

Earworm’s United State of Pop

Saturday, January 4th 2014 by Pat

I love DJ Earworm’s annual United State of Pop, this year has a weary strength and hopeful beauty. Yeah, I know it’s pop music… but this is more.

This kind of mash-up provides a unique way to absorb and experience the zeitgeist.

Remix culture is important and meaningful work in that field strengthens the case for expanding fair-use and rolling back the crummy laws and sweetheart deals that are destroying the public domain.


Thursday, January 2nd 2014 by Pat


I played a bunch of Zelda over the holidays, “A Link Between Worlds” was a great addition to the series!

I love all the Zelda games, especially the part where Link must gain strength by devouring the hearts of his foes.

Mmm.. this snake has a delicious heart. Mmmm.. Zombie heart! Ghost heart! Omnom.. Ice statue heart! OoooOOOh.. crunchy skull with a heart in it! Ahhh.. most delicious fairy heart, like a tiny piece of candy. So many hearts!

Patent Trolls

Monday, July 29th 2013 by Pat


Patent trolls are the dull green fungus on your delicious sandwich… if that delicious sandwich is innovation. I propose a solution.

One of my favorite radio shows, This American Life, did a great piece on patent trolls if you need a primer or just want to learn more.

Thanks to Laura Sydell and Alex Blumberg at Planet Money for all their great reporting!

Hey Juneau, Don’t Miss This!!!

Thursday, April 18th 2013 by Pat


Reading This

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012 by Pat

If you read things on this website, would you rather read them in dark text on a light background or is this light on dark color scheme working for you?