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Knitting Podcast!

I was on a podcast talking about knitting!

If you know me, you might know my husband Joseph has a podcast called OBSESSED. For his Thanksgiving episode, he decided to interview me about my obsession with knitting.

Sara and Joseph post-OBSESSED recording

It was a lot of fun! I haven’t actually listened to it yet! (But I will, soon!) You can find it in all its forms here!

Extrahappyknitting bonus, yesterday I learned that my 10 year old niece has recently taken up knitting. Like I said in the podcast, people are always knitting (and crocheting)!


Disclaimer to those who know lots about knitting: I consider myself a combination product & process knitter. I’m not really a technical knitter. I learn what I need to as I go along. I take pride in doing things well. Or finding a way that works better for me. So if there are errors in my descriptions of things, well–I knit and talk about knitting for enjoyment, not for encyclopedic knowledge. (But if you catch anything, feel free to comment if you are a technically-minded knitter! Just be a nice knitter. Don’t be the angry lady in the yarn store.)


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People I like creating things I like: 5 projects to check out

I’m not always the greatest at mentioning projects that friends are working on. Instead of focusing on why that might be, today’s post is 5 projects that I encourage you to check out!

Wil Wheaton Project - new time!

1. First, because it’s on tonight–if you like geeky things, you probably know about The Wil Wheaton Project on SyFy already. (Quick little reminder, the new air time tonight is 9 pm (PT).) If you don’t know about it, it’s a weekly tv show where Wil explores and celebrates the world of science fiction and fandom. I encourage checking it out (9 pm tonight)! Not only is Wil a friend and person I like, my friend Josh Cagan is a producer* on the project, so I get to promote one project for two people I like! Also, if you live in or visit Los Angeles, you can go to the taping of the show on Mondays!

The Doubleclicks - Dimetrodon - cover

2. The Doubleclicks released their new album, Dimetrodon, last week. Aubrey & Angela Webber are wonderful women that I am proud to call friends. The album was produced by Mike Phirman, also known as the nicest person on the planet, who I also am delighted to call a friend. Plus they all make music. Fun and smart and interesting music that you can listen to and purchase lots of places! Also, they are touring to many (mainly west coast) cities in July and August, including San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles–details on their website!

Regret Labs logo

3. Comedians Levi Weinhagen & Aric McKeown recently started a new podcast about science: RegretLabs. It’s about liking science, wishing they remembered it better (or had studied it), and bringing in guests so they can ask science-related questions. And it’s funny. As a fellow science fan, this podcast is right up my alley. In my early 20’s I subscribed to two magazines, one of which was Discover. The other is not relevant to this post. Instead, listen! Laugh! Learn!

Sharon Stiteler, Birdchick4. My buddy Sharon Stiteler, The Birdchick, has a new YouTube series, Digiscoping with Clay and Sharon. I’m not a birdwatcher, but Sharon is great at sharing her excitement about birds and as a result, I find myself noticing birds far more than I used to. Score 1 for Sharon! If you are a birdwatcher, there’s some great footage of birds in the videos and technology that looks really cool to me.

Joseph Scrimshaw with santa hat

5. I know I occasionally mention projects that Joseph Scrimshaw, aka my husband, works on. As you may know, Joseph is friends with many musicians and a fan of mid-twentieth century comedy shows. What do these two things have in common? Holiday specials. Joseph is currently trying to raise funds via his Patreon to do a comedy holiday special. Not familiar with Patreon? Check out his blog post about the site and his holiday album aspirations.


Finally, if you want a new mug to sip your coffee/tea/water/whiskey/wine while you watch Sharon’s webseries, listen to Aric & Levi, listen to The Doubleclicks, and watch Wil’s show, Joseph has started adding projects to Society 6, like this:

Society 6 Coffee mug



*Blog updated 6/18 to correctly credit Josh Cagan as a producer on The Wil Wheaton Project.

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Release of the Flaws

Remember the 24-hour countdown? As you may know, the Kickstarter succeeded in June, the comedy album was recorded live at the Bryant Lake Bowl in September, the musicians sent us all of their awesome songs, and all the pieces were bundled off to become an album in October. Last week, the Kickstarter backers received their rewards. Today, November 5, the album is released to the public:


I’m still super proud of Joseph Scrimshaw, for having the guts to attempt this and the skills to pull it off. I’m proud of my part, too, from researching digital music rights/distribution to working the live shows to organizing Kickstarter reward level parties and including baby tomatoes as one of the snacks (well, I ate them, even if nobody else did). And the joy of listening to the music, knowing that we (along with the enormous help of the wonderful amazing Kickstarter backers) helped to make it exist, is a wonderful feeling.

Kickstarter reward party

Reward party in action. I’m taking pictures and eating baby tomatoes.

Listen along with me today, while you’re standing in line waiting to vote, on your drive home from work, or late at night as you enjoy a cup of tea or a sip of whiskey. You can stream the full album (comedy and music) at Bandcamp. Better yet, just buy the album. Buy another copy for a friend while you’re there.

Flaw Fest live show

Before the Flaws: the live show at the Bryant Lake Bowl

I have so many favorite lines from the show and the songs. But if a little scavenger hunt of find-the-line helps, here are two of my favorites this morning:

“I thought eggs were a restaurant only food!”

“The ultimate element of surprise is crouching down on your thighs.”

Enjoy, and thank you.

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24-hour countdown

First: I’m biased.

Obvious disclaimer out of the way, I continue.

Joseph Scrimshaw is a driven man who loves comedy.

I am a fan of his Kickstarter campaign because I think the existence of these songs would be AWESOME.

The fans who have pushed this campaign, increased their pledges, and done whatever they can this week to move this forward are AMAZING. These are people that everyone should want on their side. Many of them I am lucky to call friends, but I am thankful to all of them.

As I write this, the Kickstarter has 24 hours left. It’s just under $12,000 away from its goal. That means $500 every hour and this awesome project can become a reality. Heck, $1000 for the next 12 hours and maybe Mr. Scrimshaw will actually sleep tonight.

It’s a campaign that’s reaching high. Joseph knows that. The reasons it’s expensive are outlined pretty clearly on the project page. One way or another, the comedy show will still get recorded someday. But this collection of songs will be gone.

Ultimately, it’s not about the money.* It’s about the belief in something cool. It’s about dreaming big and the willingness to reach. It’s about collaboration and sharing the process of creating. It’s about admitting that creating new work can be hard.

I’d like this project to get funded. I’d like to think that enough people are interested in the idea, want to help encourage the musicians to write new songs, or just want a ticket to the live performance, that it can happen. I used to listen to pledge drives for fun (I got over that). I’ll be refreshing my browsers a lot tonight and tomorrow.

But whether it funds or not, I’ll be damn proud of Joseph Scrimshaw and his willingness to chase and share his dreams.

FlawFest: A Comedy and Music Album.

*Obvious point number 2: whether this project happens IS about the money. I’m posting today because of the money. But I think the deeper core of this project (and many projects, Kickstarters or not), goes way beyond the pure financial aspect.

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Can I Tweet At This Show?

A few weeks ago, I was at the Twin Cities dance awards, the Sage Awards. I tweeted before the show started, but didn’t see any activity on what I guessed might be the hashtag or any info in the program or at the theater. I might have tweeted a few times during the awards, but I was pretty sure the people next to me would have thought having my phone out was inappropriate, so it stayed stashed in my pocket.

It was on my mind because a few weeks before the Sage Awards, I had been at the Iveys, the Twin Cities theater awards. During the awards, I sent off a few tweets and Facebook posts about the event. I was sitting in the back row of the balcony, but I suspect I would have been just as comfortable doing so in the front. Twitter was part of the evening: there were pre-programmed tweets on giant screens framing the stage and the hashtag had been active all day.

Audience at Wits with phones out, 4-15-11

One of my favorite live performance events I’ve attended in the past year is Wits, a production of Minnesota Public Radio hosted by John Moe. It’s a comedy/music/talk show hybrid. It’s also designed for a digital audience–tweeting is encouraged (the #wits hashtag is everywhere, even in the bathrooms), the video is broadcast live, and Bill Corbett & Kevin Murphy (of Rifftrax and Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame) sometimes comment on the tweets during a segment of the show. I’ve discovered I really enjoy having the digital experience included as part of the design of the show.

Kevin Murphy & Bill Corbett at Wits, 3-25-11

Earlier this week I was talking about a performance coming up at a museum, and my first reaction was that of course we didn’t want people’s phones out, it would disrupt the performance for others. But as I thought about it, is that necessarily true?

A friend suggested and pointed out the concept of “Tweet Seats,” where the last row in an audience is reserved for people wanting to tweet about the show. How much do silent, dimmed phones in “tweet seats” at the back disrupt the show for the audience or the performers? Could it offer insight during non-digitally-designed performances? Does it invite better engagement or invite people to tune out?

I plan to continue exploring what people are doing to encourage, discourage, or at least acknowledge the question of whether digital engagement is welcome during live performance. Certainly setting up expectations, announcing that it’s welcome—or not—is key.

What experiences have you had? Have you participated in or offered tweet seats?

(Full disclosure, I know people involved with all three of the events mentioned. Bill & Kevin are friends, my husband (Joseph Scrimshaw) filled in for Kevin at the April 15th Wits and also co-wrote the script for the Iveys, including the tweets.)

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