Alaska Robotics

Forum @360

Thursday, January 9th 2014 by Pat

Aaron, Lou and I sat down with Jeremy Hseih at 360 North for an interview last night to talk about our upcoming political satire project. You can catch it right here if you like…

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.

Alaska Robotics News – Preparing for Launch

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 by Pat

News Crew

We had our first big writing meeting last night and generated some great segments for the show. I know you want to feel immersed in the creative process so I’ve scanned a copy of Lou’s notes to share with you…

lou notes2

The 2014 legislative session starts January 21st and we’re aiming to have a short preview episode out the door on the 20th and then begin regular reporting on legislative news within a week or two.

360 North Interview

We’re doing a big interview Wednesday with Jeremy Hseih at 360 North. Tune in online or join us in the studio for the most wonderful, awkward, uninformed hour of television this year.

More information at 360 North

Where to Watch

You can watch Alaska Robotics News right here on our website or at our YouTube Channel.

All backers who made a pledge of at least $15 will also receive exclusive access to a digital download directory via a super top secret link.


We’re sure you’re going to have feedback as we march forward and we’re happy to hear it. You are the inside circle, you supported us and we want to create something you can be proud of backing. If you have news tips related or insider information on Alaskan issues, feel free to email us anytime at:

That’s newz with a Z and the number 4. We wanted it to be easy to remember.

January Snooozeletter

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 by Pat

Actually, we’ve got a lot going on. Information inside about drawing events, our big teeevee interview and Marian’s concert.

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.

Winter Bear

Friday, January 3rd 2014 by Pat

sleepy bear

It’s not unusual to see bears wandering around town but the one I saw last night was up way past his bedtime. Here’s the story by Casey Kelly at KTOO.


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!

Gull, Francolin & Murre

Tuesday, December 24th 2013 by Pat

Merry Christmas. I got you birds.



Monday, December 16th 2013 by Pat

Whew! It’s been way too long since I posted a comic, keeping myself busy with bear illustrations and Kickstarter projects.

I don’t know if it’s possible but maybe.. maybe.. maaaaaybe my New Years resolution will have something to do with making more comics.

Unfortunately, while well intentioned, my resolutions rarely seem to work. I think I’d better start with a year end’s resolution and see if I can wade through that. One comic a week for the rest of the year. That’s only two comics! I think that’s the kind of commitment I can handle!

ribs future