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Make it a Pear!

Make it a Pear!

By Marlena Compton

The Appear Works Podcast covers the cross section of art, technology and community.
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Don't Be That Guy
Don't Be That Guy
Twitter is back in the headlines as the shiny object of Elon Musk must have in his possession. It is also one of anchors if not “the” anchor of the San Francisco tech scene in the 2010’s.  This week, I'll explain why I think Elon Musk has a 50/50 chance of being Twitter's "great savior," and why his purchase of Twitter is really about an "edit" button.
18:54
May 31, 2022
You have arrived.
You have arrived.
Have you ever struggled to feel like you belong? Most everyone does, but it's worth examining the moments we get, and most of us do have these moments when you feel like you've arrived. If we think back, they might be small, they might not be noticeable to anyone but you, but they do happen. And this type of moment doesn't just happen for us. When does a city arrive? When does a decade arrive?
10:39
May 02, 2022
Escaping the Overwork Trap
Escaping the Overwork Trap
Tech is known to have  many different types of overwork traps. This week I talk about some of them, and how I avoid them.
16:30
March 22, 2022
The Interview
The Interview
Hear what it’s like to fly to San Francisco for an interview at a cool tech company. Want to hear what I was listening to at the time? Here's a Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4LqPo085gOln18qG3m6M0S?si=951bdddd5a03424f
15:12
November 11, 2021
#PeakSF
#PeakSF
Join me for Season 3 of "Make it a Pear!" Hear about what's in store for this upcoming season and a little life update about where I am today. If you want pics, follow me on Instagram. 
05:02
November 04, 2021
The Why of Wavelength Part 3 -- The hardest thing to share
The Why of Wavelength Part 3 -- The hardest thing to share
Click here to buy your Wavelength Ticket or Donate a Ticket today! https://wavelengthconf.com/shop/
13:35
August 25, 2021
The Why of Wavelength Part 2 -- Can you have an online conference without a screen?
The Why of Wavelength Part 2 -- Can you have an online conference without a screen?
Click here to find out more about the Wavelength Zine Exchange & Tech Conference. Zines that are not just for kids: Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore I couldn't afford therapy so I made this zine by Lawrence Lindell Bubblesort Zines by Amy Wibowo (aka SailorHG) For more cool zines, click to check out appearworks.shop.
14:04
August 03, 2021
The Why of Wavelength: Part 1
The Why of Wavelength: Part 1
This is the first of a three part series that goes behind the scenes of the Wavelength Zine Exchange & Conference.  What happens when you realize the the roadmap you have no longer shows the road in front of you? Click here to find out more about the Wavelength Zine Exchange & Conference.
10:33
July 29, 2021
How to start making your zine
How to start making your zine
This week, it's all about how to get started making a zine.  If you'd like to join a free, online workshop to get started, I'm running 3 of them in the month of July.  Click here to get more info and sign up. 
07:58
July 01, 2021
It's not you, it's them!!!!
It's not you, it's them!!!!
You really *are* enough, you know. Click here to sign up for Wavelength conference announcements. Interested in what else is happening and where you can follow me? Click here. Photo credit to María Noel Rabuñal Cantero on Unsplash.
08:47
June 15, 2021
Eclipse in the desert
Eclipse in the desert
For patrons, Click here to link to the post I mention in the podcast.  Art by Wilson Ye. Thanks for capturing Furnace Creek better than I ever could.
08:48
June 09, 2021
What is Wavelength?
What is Wavelength?
Sign up here to be notified when tickets go on sale.  What's Let's Sketch Tech? Click here to find out more.
12:51
June 01, 2021
Practice is the journey
Practice is the journey
It's time to get your creative process together. In this episode we talk about the three basic pieces of creative practice according to Beth Pickens, author of "Your Art Will Save Your Live" and, more recently, "Make Your Art No Matter What." Even though the context for these is artists making art, we explain the solid connection with building for tech and what that means for you. The Writing Salon -- Where I worked on a novel that will never see the light of day, lol. Exercism.io -- Level up your coding skills through mentoring, feedback and revisions. Appear Works affiliate links for (support our work with a purchase): Your Art Will Save Your Life Make Your Art No Matter What Photo credit. Amjith S.
11:05
May 18, 2021
All of Tech's a Stage!
All of Tech's a Stage!
Let's dive into the artistic process of producing and play and how it's connected to what you do everyday at a software job. Are you ready to bring more art into the tech you build? Join me next Tuesday, May 11. Click here to find out more. What's all this about and who are you?
14:07
May 04, 2021
After Agile
After Agile
So what happens after everything burns? Hear the backstory of the talk I did at Agile Deliver and why it's blowing up on twitter. Are you a new follower? This episode is a great introduction to what I'm about. Twitter thread My Totally Unwelcome and Utterly Fantastic Agile Deliver Keynote Talk Support me and my community building.
09:45
April 27, 2021
RGB.TXT
RGB.TXT
This month, Let's Sketch Tech! is taking a deep-dive into the world of color and what that means for tech. Today, we hear about two color origin stories that couldn't be more different. We begin at the Imperial Palace in Beijing and then traipse over to the West Coast and learn about the origin stories of color in CSS. Join the meetup on May 11, 2021. Explore "Let's Sketch Tech!". Imperial Yellow: A Costume Colour at the Top of the Social Hierarchy Portrait Dowager Empress Cixi by Katherine Carl. A lecture by Jung Chang about "Empress Dowager Cixi." What's in a name: Exploring the origins of CSS Color Names Where did CSS Named Colors Come From?
06:48
April 20, 2021
The date of expiration in tech
The date of expiration in tech
Content warning: workplace abuse Chani Nicholas/Astrology app (not paid, I just like it) -- https://chaninicholas.com/chani-app/  btw, as of this post, they are looking for mobile developers. Join our meetup tomorrow (Tuesday, April 6) -- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/145167719557 What's all this about? -- https://appearworks.com/link-tree/
15:07
April 05, 2021
Fun is not optional, joy is not a luxury.
Fun is not optional, joy is not a luxury.
Click to join us next week! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/145167719557 Beth Pickens: https://www.bethpickens.com/ What is Let's Sketch Tech? -- https://appearworks.com/link-tree/
07:13
March 29, 2021
A simple technique for a self-care breakthrough
A simple technique for a self-care breakthrough
How to do the 3 day challenge: 1. Spend 3 minutes massaging, moisturizing and caring for your hands. 2. Give them some gentle stretching. 3. Use your hands to write your name, and slow it way down. Click here to check out our next meetup. Click here to find out what "Let's Sketch Tech!" is all about.
07:47
March 23, 2021
What the C?
What the C?
Here's all you need to know... https://appearworks.com/link-tree/ The 3 question survey I talk about is here: https://forms.gle/eR3n2PGpcRGvW3qj7
18:22
March 16, 2021
My depression story and how zines helped me out of it
My depression story and how zines helped me out of it
Content warning. In this episode I share some parts of my journey with depression/anxiety. Also, I'm not a doctor or therapist. I'm speaking about my own personal journey, and if you know someone who needs to hear this, I hope you'll share it. If you are a Patron or received the Let's Sketch Tech survey, please fill out. Want to know about the Patreon? Click here. Or signup for the free Let's Sketch Tech! newsletter.  Click to join our zine meetup tonight. (March 9) Or to find out about our lettering meetup next month (April 6) Keep sketching!!!
09:42
March 09, 2021
Telling your story with Zines
Telling your story with Zines
In this episode, we talk about why it's so important to find your story and how the free-form format of zines can help. Explore the world of zines and make a small business-owner's day by purchasing some zines to check them out. Not sure what you want? Call up and ask for a $20 random assortment. Here are links to some of our favorite zine stores. These aren't affiliate links, we just think they're great. Silver Sprocket Books with Pictures Floating World Microcosm Links from the episode: Sign up for the Let's Sketch Tech! newsletter. (It's free!) Join us next Tuesday (March 9, 2021) for our zine workshop. Click to check out our Patreon Buy a zine from the Appear Works shop -- We are the creators of the podcast.
15:45
March 03, 2021
Drawing Cute Robots and Computers
Drawing Cute Robots and Computers
A little bit of news and lots of fun. Learn how to sketch cute computers and robots the easy way!
31:04
February 23, 2021
What is "Let's Sketch Tech!" doing this year?
What is "Let's Sketch Tech!" doing this year?
Plans are happening for 2021. Find out what's in store and how we're tailoring it just for you!
10:03
February 16, 2021
Fresh air for the new year!
Fresh air for the new year!
In this episode we go through an exercise of talking about what we wish we knew last year, and what we'd like to know about the coming year.
11:07
February 09, 2021
Can we talk about January
Can we talk about January
We're 3 days into February. How can we even process January? I talk about this and what a vision board of January could look like. 
13:27
February 03, 2021