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Poking from deep inside the bubble as it reinflates. GETV interviews geeks about their passion.



Updated: 2016-01-16T07:28:07Z

 



A Night of 8-bit Chiptunes

2016-01-16T07:08:34Z

For those of you out there who have the theme song from Double Dragon, Excite Bike, Mario Bros, Mega Man, or Final fantasy burned into your brain from back in the day (even if that means yesterday), you’re not alone. 8-bit music, which takes tons of these nostalgic tunes from your favorite NES and GameBoy […]

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For those of you out there who have the theme song from Double Dragon, Excite Bike, Mario Bros, Mega Man, or Final fantasy burned into your brain from back in the day (even if that means yesterday), you’re not alone. 8-bit music, which takes tons of these nostalgic tunes from your favorite NES and GameBoy games and converts them into fast, fun, dance-tastic ensembles, has been revolutionizing the music industry across the world. Also known as chip tune, this wave of timeless new music is bringing back all of our inner geeks one show at a time.

We joined the folks on the forefront of this musical frontier at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, where artists like Crash Faster, A Rival, and Anamanaguchi dive into the logistics of what it takes to become an 8-bit master and why this genre has become so popular! We know the secret and now you can too; watch and find out!!!

Episode links: Chiptune, Anamanaguchi, crashfaster, A_Rival

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In Bed with Kool Keith – Part 2

2016-01-16T07:10:29Z

His albums have deep methologies that are often intertwined with each other. For example, Dr. Octagonecologyst introduces the character of Dr. Octagon, an extraterrestrial time traveling gynecologist and surgeon who is later killed by his nemesis Dr. Doom on a later record. Some of the most famous DJ’s in the world — Dan Nakamura, DJ […]

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His albums have deep methologies that are often intertwined with each other. For example, Dr. Octagonecologyst introduces the character of Dr. Octagon, an extraterrestrial time traveling gynecologist and surgeon who is later killed by his nemesis Dr. Doom on a later record. Some of the most famous DJ’s in the world — Dan Nakamura, DJ Qbert, Kutmaster Kurt, DJ Shadow, etc. — have worked with KK, even right here in our fair city! Dan the Automator recorded and mixed Sex Style at The Glue Factory in San Francisco, California.

Kool Keith is not a Billboart chart-topping rapper, but he’s a master wordsmith, thinker and willing to take musical risks many rappers don’t even know are possible. Don’t be surprised if you find some of his characters or songs not to your liking. KK is a chameleon.
My voice is also in the beginning of a Princess Superstar song called “Kool Keith’s Butt.” So I’m a fangirl, I cant front.

in Part Two, KK gives me dating tips and talks to me about the limitations of technology.

Episode links: Kool Keith, Dr. Octagon, Dan the Automator,

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In Bed with Kool Keith – Part 1

2016-01-16T07:11:25Z

If you’ve ever thought “KISS is my favorite rock band” and/or “Man I wish I was someone else today,” then you have something in common with hip hop legend Kool Keith. Because Mr. Keith Matthew Thornton aka Dr. Octagon aka Dr. Doom aka Kool Keith aka Robbie Analog aka Clean Man aka Mr. Green aka […]

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If you’ve ever thought “KISS is my favorite rock band” and/or “Man I wish I was someone else today,” then you have something in common with hip hop legend Kool Keith. Because Mr. Keith Matthew Thornton aka Dr. Octagon aka Dr. Doom aka Kool Keith aka Robbie Analog aka Clean Man aka Mr. Green aka Willie Large aka … well, we don’t have time or space to name 60 of the master rapper’s aliases. But he started out with the Ultramagnetic MC’s, a Bronx-based hip hop group that every head knows well.

When Kool Keith was in town to perform a show in San Francisco at 111 Minna, I called the promoter and was lucky enough to get the interview. This meeting was not the first time I met KK. My first introduction to him was in NYC in the fall of 1999 when he was on his Black Elvis tour. I also met his parents and helped him tie a cape around his neck and watched as he threw fried chicken at the audience.

Keith and I sat in his Marriot hotel room bed for an hour, so we had to cut the interview into two parts. Please enjoy Part One. In Part Two next week, we will cover Keith’s fashion and Dating Tips.

Episode links: Kool Keith, Dan the Automator

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Air Sex Championships

2016-01-16T07:12:32Z

We imagine that many of you, our esteemed viewers, have stood in front of a mirror and played air guitar until your fingers bled. San Francisco’s own Veronica Belmont is an air guitar champion. So it’s only natural that the Air Championship gods create a more (or less) challenging category of Air Sex! Air Sex […]

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We imagine that many of you, our esteemed viewers, have stood in front of a mirror and played air guitar until your fingers bled. San Francisco’s own Veronica Belmont is an air guitar champion. So it’s only natural that the Air Championship gods create a more (or less) challenging category of Air Sex! Air Sex Championships? Yes!

It all started in Japan, where drunk lonely guys decided to entertain themselves by making love to imaginary partners while clothed and listening to music. The activity took off in more ways than one, with championships held in more than one country. And just try NOT to search for “Peer Pressure” on YouTube. A certain ottoman gets extremely lucky.

Here is GETV’s expose of the Air Sex Championships as they passed through our fair city. The sweat, the drama, the athleticism. Enjoy.

Episode links: Air Sex World Championships, Air Sex Comes to SF, Veronica Belmont on Air Guitar

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Naval Battleships of Epic Proportions!

2016-01-16T07:13:20Z

An epic naval battle of amazing proportions! “Amazing” being miniature and “epic” being, well, let’s just say we had to wear eye goggles. Really! The incredibly talented seamen hand-crafted the robotic warships and controlled them from the side of Maker Faire ocean with radio remote controls, shooting 1/4″ diameter steel balls from their ships’ torpedo […]

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An epic naval battle of amazing proportions! “Amazing” being miniature and “epic” being, well, let’s just say we had to wear eye goggles. Really! The incredibly talented seamen hand-crafted the robotic warships and controlled them from the side of Maker Faire ocean with radio remote controls, shooting 1/4″ diameter steel balls from their ships’ torpedo tubes. The ship models are replicas mostly from World War II, but one brave soul brought out his tiny pirate vessel. The battle known as Axis vs. Allies, meaning that all the ships had at some point in history fought for either side, in World War I or II. Founded in 1986, Western Warship Combat Club puts on all kinds of events, as we learned from Dan Rygasewicz, a founder. Dan also said that if you have ever put a firecracker in a toy boat in your bathtub, you will know exactly why playing with toy boats in the water is so mesmerizing.

Episode links: Western Warship Combat Club, Maker Faire

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What is Steampunk?

2016-01-16T07:14:19Z

Travel with us back in time, back to Victorian days when men wore corsets, ladies wrote letters and the computers were steam-powered. What?? That’s right! Steampunk takes you back to a past that never was, and flies you in a dirigible to a future that will never be. What is steampunk? Take a look and […]

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Travel with us back in time, back to Victorian days when men wore corsets, ladies wrote letters and the computers were steam-powered. What?? That’s right! Steampunk takes you back to a past that never was, and flies you in a dirigible to a future that will never be. What is steampunk? Take a look and find out!

Episode links: Steampunk [wikipedia], Steampunk Airmail Letter Project, Artist Suzanne Forbes, Maker Faire

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Tactical Corsets for Her Stylish Protection

2016-01-16T07:16:07Z

The GETV crew ran into Utilikilt clad Alex Peake at Maker Faire because of a rumor that he was making Tactical Corsets! With beautiful model at the ready, Irina and Alex unzip the mysteries of this military grade corset. What’s a tactical corset you ask? Here’s how TacticalCorsets.com describes them: Tactical Corsets are high-fashion, high-function […]

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The GETV crew ran into Utilikilt clad Alex Peake at Maker Faire because of a rumor that he was making Tactical Corsets! With beautiful model at the ready, Irina and Alex unzip the mysteries of this military grade corset. What’s a tactical corset you ask? Here’s how TacticalCorsets.com describes them:

Tactical Corsets are high-fashion, high-function clothes for empowered women! For too long, women have had to compromise practicality for beauty. Men got pants with cargo pockets and built-in knee pads, women got clothes whose only built-in feature was cuteness. But why should men get all the high-speed low-drag tactical toys? Tactical Corsets bring female operators MILSPEC features like MOLLE modular pouch attachment webbing and self-adjustable quick-release buckles in a load-bearing carrier designed to support the female form.

(Thanks to our guest editor, Wilfred Galila, who is hovering above the thin line between good and evil and in constant pursuit for the understanding of the human condition and man’s place in the cosmos.)

Episode links: Tactical Corsets, Alex Peake, Artist Suzanne Forbes, Cimmerians

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“Goodbye London” an Animated Music Video

2016-01-16T07:26:19Z

Luke Jackson is a Canadian musician who recently collaborated with animator Murray John to create this music video, using stop motion photography and 2-D animation, for Luke’s song “Goodbye London”. Here’s what Luke has to say about the video’s production: As far as the video itself is concerned, I approached London-based animator Murray John with […]

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Luke Jackson is a Canadian musician who recently collaborated with animator Murray John to create this music video, using stop motion photography and 2-D animation, for Luke’s song “Goodbye London”. Here’s what Luke has to say about the video’s production:

As far as the video itself is concerned, I approached London-based animator Murray John with the idea of creating a video that highlighted the bittersweet sentiment of the song’s lyric. I suggested that some of the video be very literal interpretation of the lyric, but that he should feel free to depart from that at will, which I think he did beautifully. He came up with the photo/animation idea as well as the characters and drafted a rough storyboard, most of which wound up in the finished piece. All the stop motion photos were taken around London, and Murray added the drawn 2-D animation using After Effects. There’s no actual video at all…it’s all photos. We never met each other until the video was almost finished, it was all done via email correspondence. I was in London on a family visit in May and he shot the photos of me for the start of the second verse.




PEZ Candy Goliath vs PEZ Fanboy David

2016-01-16T07:18:06Z

You’ve heard this one before. Big faceless corporate giant who makes adorable product goes after small-time fanboy who loves adorable product. In this case, it’s the PEZ Candy Company suing Gary Doss, the owner and curator of a museum of PEZ memorabilia. Gary has run the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia for 14 years and […]

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You’ve heard this one before. Big faceless corporate giant who makes adorable product goes after small-time fanboy who loves adorable product. In this case, it’s the PEZ Candy Company suing Gary Doss, the owner and curator of a museum of PEZ memorabilia. Gary has run the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia for 14 years and this isn’t the first time evil faceless PEZ has tried to shut him down. PEZ’s latest demand includes the destruction of Gary’s adorable oversized snowman dispenser of PEZ that you’ll see in this video.

Our tour of Gary’s museum of PEZ was shot 2 years ago, long before his current legal situation, so we’re rerunning it. Irina and iJustine, who happened to be in town then, take you on a tour of the amazing, wonderful and hopefully, longer lived Museum of PEZ Memorabilia.

Episode links: Burlingame Museum of PEZ (david), PEZ Candy Company (goliath), Boston Herald: Co. sues Pez ‘museum’, San Jose Merc News: All we are saying is, give Pez a chance, iJustine

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Kevin Moore is a Geek Pornographer (SFW)

2016-01-16T07:28:07Z

Irina met Kevin Moore on Flickr a while back, swooning over a photo of his black kitty kat. Little did she know this geek was a specialist in a different kind of kitty! Turns out Kevin shoots, directs and edits adult movies. Who knew! With his nerdy background as a Unix admin, a wrangler of […]

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Irina met Kevin Moore on Flickr a while back, swooning over a photo of his black kitty kat. Little did she know this geek was a specialist in a different kind of kitty! Turns out Kevin shoots, directs and edits adult movies. Who knew! With his nerdy background as a Unix admin, a wrangler of college intranet tubes for his buddies gaming pleasures, a WoW and Quake player, and a committed boyfriend to Nina — his one-time attention seeking girlfriend who let him take photos of her and charge cash money for letting other dudes see her nekkid! So, when we ran into Kevin back in Jan at the Adult Entertainment Expo, Irina sat him down for a dorky session of chit chat. Enjoy!

Episode links: Kevin Moore, Kevin’s Flickr Pix, AVN Adult Entertainment Expo

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The Making of Browncoats: Redemption, a Firefly Fan Film

2009-07-22T01:23:48Z

Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity left a giant indelible mark in the wild west of modern science fiction, leaving rabid fans wanting more, much more. Rather than wait for Fox or NBC to come around and maybe give fans what they crave, some fans have taken it upon themselves to extend the Firefly story themselves. […]

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Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity left a giant indelible mark in the wild west of modern science fiction, leaving rabid fans wanting more, much more. Rather than wait for Fox or NBC to come around and maybe give fans what they crave, some fans have taken it upon themselves to extend the Firefly story themselves. Browncoats: Redemption is not your typical fan flick. This one has a compelling story, a tight script, elaborate well lit sets, actors who know how to act, all shot on RED cameras and to top it all off, for charity! Well into principal production, Redemption is looking a lot like what die hard fans have been clamoring for. Joss Whedon has reportedly given the production his thumbs up, with some of his and Serenity/Firefly cast members’ charities standing to benefit.

Scott Stead, GETV Field Contributor in Washington, DC, visits the Redemption set during principal shooting and speaks with creators/producers Steven J. Fisher and Michael C. Dougherty as well as several of the film’s cast members.

Episode links: Browncoats:Redemption, Scott Stead, Serenity, Firefly, Joss Whedon

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Chris Anderson Speaks for Free

2009-07-06T22:09:30Z

When our pal Kevin Smokler slid us the opportunity to interview one of the legendary thinkers and writers of the geekosphere, we pounced on the chance. Chris Anderson resuscitated Wired magazine back from the brink of the geek deadpool and is notable for coining the term The Long Tail, which he penned a book on. […]

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When our pal Kevin Smokler slid us the opportunity to interview one of the legendary thinkers and writers of the geekosphere, we pounced on the chance. Chris Anderson resuscitated Wired magazine back from the brink of the geek deadpool and is notable for coining the term The Long Tail, which he penned a book on. Chris is about to release his second book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price, which is already generating controversy on a couple of fronts.

One never to rest, Chris also recently launched BookTour.com, a site for authors to more easily line up and promote their book tours and for fans to easily find and meet up with their favorite authors. Chris, like us, is also a big fan of ‘maker’ culture and is busy building drone airplanes based on open source hardware. A subject we’ll save for another episode.

Episode links: Chris Anderson, The Long Tail blog, Wired, BookTour, Free: The Future of the Radical Price, DIY Drones, Ning, VQR (criticism)

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Video Guitars are the Future of Music

2009-06-17T20:40:47Z

Which comes first, the music or the video? The question is moot now that artisan Ben Lewry of Visionary Instruments, has built an LCD video display into his guitar. After several prototypes, his custom video guitars now can run visualizations or movies by simply popping in a USB thumbdrive into a back panel. Visualizations can […]

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Which comes first, the music or the video? The question is moot now that artisan Ben Lewry of Visionary Instruments, has built an LCD video display into his guitar. After several prototypes, his custom video guitars now can run visualizations or movies by simply popping in a USB thumbdrive into a back panel. Visualizations can even be triggered with MIDI signals by playing the guitar. Steven Wilson, of Porcupine Tree, was so taken by Ben’s designs that he’s now rocking a video guitar to sold out shows around the world.

Episode links: Visionary Instruments, Porcupine Tree, Diane Nitschke [photos], Maker Faire

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MakerBot Dreams of Evil Darth Vader Heads

2009-06-09T16:06:02Z

It’s true. The future is here. Really. Anything you can dream in 3D can be made real. MakerBot’s affordable Cupcake CNC, a slightly larger than a breadbox 3D printer, will take your 3D modeled dreams and make them manifest. MakerBot’s Bre Pettis, a man who knows how a lot about making robots and dreams come […]

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It’s true. The future is here. Really. Anything you can dream in 3D can be made real. MakerBot’s affordable Cupcake CNC, a slightly larger than a breadbox 3D printer, will take your 3D modeled dreams and make them manifest. MakerBot’s Bre Pettis, a man who knows how a lot about making robots and dreams come true, gives Irina the skinny on what MakerBot is and how it works.

Episode links: MakerBot, Bre Pettis, Thingiverse, Google SketchUp, Blender, Forkbot, Martha Vader, Maker Faire 2009

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What’choo Talking About, Todd Bridges?

2009-06-04T16:08:28Z

You may not want to run up to legendary American TV actor Todd Bridges and yell “What’choo talkin’ bout, Willis?” (in case you were born in the 90’s, Bridges played Gary Coleman’s older brother Willis on the historic TV series “Diff’rent Strokes” — the molestation episode is classic!) For the past few years, Bridges has […]

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You may not want to run up to legendary American TV actor Todd Bridges and yell “What’choo talkin’ bout, Willis?” (in case you were born in the 90’s, Bridges played Gary Coleman’s older brother Willis on the historic TV series “Diff’rent Strokes” — the molestation episode is classic!) For the past few years, Bridges has joined the ranks of professional wrestling. If he gets annoyed by Willis fans, he just might body slam them! Bridges is known in the ring as Mr. Not So Perfect — and if you check out the internets, you’ll see his grown up days have been exactly that, including some serious criminal charges. That’s why we love him so. Building his own computers from the ground up, playing PC games, and talkin’ smack online, Willis identifies as a true computer geek. Watch the interview to hear his politcal thoughts on Cary Coleman’s run for governor and the current California Governator. Also, watch for his online gamer tag so you can wrestle him yourself! Don’t forget to peep past the credits for a special challenge from the Slutsky.

Episode links: Todd Bridges, Fog City Wrestling

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TechCab Confessions: MC Frontalot

2009-05-28T09:30:28Z

For our third installment of TechCab Confessions we have uber nerdcore rapper (the one who coined the term!) MC Frontalot take the hot seat, err, back seat of the taxi. For those of you joining us in medias res, GETV’s TechCab series takes geeks for a ride while they confess their technological sins to a […]

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For our third installment of TechCab Confessions we have uber nerdcore rapper (the one who coined the term!) MC Frontalot take the hot seat, err, back seat of the taxi. For those of you joining us in medias res, GETV’s TechCab series takes geeks for a ride while they confess their technological sins to a live streaming camera for all the world to see. In this episode, we are honored to have Front — as he’s known to his fans — take a break from performing at SXSW and promoting his latest album Final Boss to tell us a whopper of a story for which, we are happy to say, the statute of limitations has TOTALLY and COMPLETELY expired. A great hacker caper of yore, involving the inaugural Lillith Fair, the Levi’s website and an amateur musician’s online contest — all this, and someone ended up in jail after all! We’ll just leave that to the great nerdcore rapper and elegant hacker to tell you the rest.

Episode links: TechCab Confessions, MC Frontalot, essence, Lilith Fair, guest editor: Madge Weinstein, photo credits: jeans, cookie, steel barbie, angy barbie, stiff barbie, pants down, seattle coffee

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Woz Plays Serious Segway Polo in the Park

2009-05-19T08:28:43Z

This is rewind week as we delve back into the archives to pull out this favorite geek gem from 2006. We attended a hoity toity Segway Polo match for charity with GETV alums Steve Wozniak and Victor Miller where GETV Guest Segway Sportscaster Nicole Shipley (daughter of Veritas Software founder Dale Shipley) asked hard hitting […]