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August 24, 2014

Cooling off

Rob @ 10:13 PM

My soul-sister Grey and I at HOPE X.

My soul-sister Grey and I at HOPE X.

Hello, blog! I've a few things I want to write about soonish, I'll start with the brief updates.

It's hard to believe Summer is almost over.

What a relief!

I don't generally deal well with Summer; hot weather, bright sunlight, horrible ice cream trucks pulling up outside my apartment and not switching the song off. Thankfully, there was enough going on that I mostly didn't notice.

The Kickstarter campaign I posted about a few months ago concluded unsuccessfully. I did brood about it for a while - having the Internet tell you "no" is never the easiest thing - but in the end, the experience was well worth it. I learned a great deal, and I'm still planning to get that book done someday. For now, though, it's on the back burner.

HOPE X, so called because it is - wait for it! - the tenth HOPE conference, happened last month. I'm on core staff at HOPE, helping with all the general planning and execution bits that it takes to put on such a unique event, and I was also providing artwork to decorate the space and emceeing on-stage between talks. Everything went off pretty much as wonderfully as we could have asked for. I may post later about the specific highlights, but for now suffice it to say that I've been a HOPE attendee for 14 years, I've been on staff for about half that, and as both an attendee and a staff member I feel this was the greatest HOPE we have ever thrown. I couldn't be happier about it, and I'm loving all the feedback that has come in. (If you were at the conference, please fire off an email to feedback at hope dot net with your own feedback! What you thought worked, didn't work, loved, hated, we want to know! It's very important as we begin planning for the next one in 2016.) I'll be open-sourcing some of my HOPE art soon, it'll probably hit my art blog first.

Off the Hook has been through a roller-coaster ride with ups and downs at WBAI, where such rides are the norm. We've spoken about how that's all going on the air, and we'll continue to do so.

Now, things are quieting down enough where I can begin to refocus my energies and figure out what my next moves are. I'm taking some classes, diving into some avenues of study, and looking for what beckons me next.

May 22, 2014

I’m Kickstarting a book!

Rob @ 7:42 PM

You may know of my long-running project to tell fake satirical trivia about Doctor Who. It's found a measure of success over the years, it's evolved to include artwork, it's spread from Twitter to Tumblr where it's found a great reception, and I've always had fun doing it. Now, I want to try to do more with the concept.

I want to write a book!

And this is the Kickstarter campaign to make it happen!
Tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell ALL THE PEOPLE!

I'm thrilled, excited, and a bit freaked out to announce this; the project has been in the works for quite a while behind the scenes. I've taken it to Kickstarter in hopes that I can put all the time and effort into making this happen that the project deserves. Now, I've just a month to drum up enough support.

Fingers crossed...

February 27, 2014

Formspring cleaning

Rob @ 3:21 PM

An "ask me anything" website called Formspring was mildly popular four or five years ago. I used it a little bit back then, and then forgot about it for years. It was relaunched last year as a new sad bit of unusability called "" I got sick of receiving their frequent "look how cool and rebranded and social media and web2.1 we are please drag us back into cultural relevance!" emails while my presence there gathered virtual dust, so I deleted my profile from it.

Since some of what it coughed up over the years was a bit interesting, here's a copy-and-paste for posterity's sake of questions I'd received, and my answers. While the relaunched site didn't present any easy way to get date information from the postings, going by my old post about starting it these date back to August 2010. This list starts at the latest question asked of me (I'd guess sometime in early 2012) and goes chronologically backward from there.

February 7, 2014

Improv Somewhere

Rob @ 5:26 PM

A few of you may know that I've recently been taking an improv class at The PIT. Well, that's wrapping up this Sunday with one final happening: the graduation show where my classmates and I get to use what we learned on stage.

So, if you're free and in the area this Sunday the 9th at 6PM, I would love you to come see us! Here's the info.

I really can't get over how much fun that class has been. My classmates are a bunch of really talented performers and nice people, the PIT is a really neat theater, and intrepid instructor Chris Roberti has a brilliant and graceful teaching style. I may or may not get back to doing more improv sometime, but either way I'm very glad I took the class. I learned a lot that's already come in handy with the other styles of performing I do.

If you get the chance to take a class from Chris, noob or pro, I totally recommend it.

November 30, 2013


Rob @ 3:40 AM

Hello, blog. What happened in November, you may ask?

A couple of weeks ago I turned 36. Like most of my birthdays for the past decade, it was my favorite birthday yet.

Thanks to our pal Finn, Gus and I have become mildly obsessed with an entirely ridiculous film known as The Visitor. It's one of those incomprehensibly-European, amazingly-scored, 1970s-tastic, benevolent-alien-and-evil-cult-fight-for-fate-of-mysterious-evil-superpowered-child-psychopath-as-gambit-in-intergalactic-biblical-battle sorts of movies; you know the type. In other bad-movie happenings, my acknowledged love for "worst movie ever made" The Room has been surprisingly deepened - and a bit rearranged - by reading The Disaster Artist, supporting actor Greg Sestero's book about the film and its maker Tommy Wiseau. If you've any interest in bad movies in general and/or The Room in particular, I highly recommend the book.

My pal Jeremiah from recently interviewed me about hacker stuff, whistleblowing, and related subjects. If you're into it, you can freely listen to or download the interview here.

I parted ways with MakerBot this week. The two years I spent there were a hell of a ride; I learned a great deal, I made some insanely brilliant and brilliantly insane friends, and I had experiences I'll never forget. I wish MakerBot all the best in their future endeavors, and I look forward to finding out what else is out there for me.

I'm tinkering with some really cool things behind the scenes, and blowing the dust off some shelved projects. More info soon!

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