Conversations from Slabtown Showdown

This past weekend Crazy Flipper Fingers hosted a very large pinball tournament in Portland, the Showdown at Slabtown III. The tournament brought in some of the best pinball players in the world.

I wish I had more time to have a few more conversations with people as all sorts of interesting folks showed up for this tournament.

The following three conversations are posted in order of when I did them. If you want to view all three in sequence I made a player at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

Neil Shatz

Bowen Kerins

Todd MacCulloch

Bowen went on to win the tournament. Read more about the tournament at Crazy Flipper Fingers site. I’ll be posting a map of our walks along with some more details eventually and perhaps even a scavenger hunt. Can you spot a flying Mario in one of these videos?

And all three conversations in a player for your viewing pleasure.

Marshall Kirkpatrick Interview

You know that feeling you get when you sit down and watch a few really good TED talks in a row?
That’s my feeling after conversations with ReadWriteWeb’s Marshal Kirkpatrick.
Foursquare informed me that he was only a few blocks away and I knew this was my opportunity to grab a little quality time with Marshall. Check out the video below as Marshall and I have a nice conversation while exploring Portland’s Old Town/China Town.

For a little interactive fun keep your eyes open for:

  • A Ducks Fan
  • Strip Club
  • Space Invader
  • Hung Far Low
  • A Thing
  • Smokers
  • Drinkers
  • and More

And a map of our walk.



View Marshall Kirkpatrick and MoHDI in a larger map

Cissie, Erin, Kate and Kevin Interview

After talking with Khris Soden yesterday I ventured up to the Lloyd Center mall to do some shopping at Hot Topic and to just, you know, hang out. While chillin’ in the food court I ran into the majority of the hosts of my favorite radio show of all time Life During Wartime on KBOO. It was a real treat run into them there and I was very fortunate that they had a few minutes to talk with me.

I’ve never done a four person interview with this many people before.

Khris Soden Interview

Khris Soden is a Portland historian, artist and pedestrian. He has contributed a lot of work to MoHDI in the past and a long time friend. I was fortunate to get a couple short conversations with him after running into him downtown.

One of the most notable illustrations he did for MoHDI was for the Securi-Pee. Other personal favorites of mine are the Self-Drunk Test Flashcards and the Safe Night-Time Travel for Women.

Check out some more of his work at KhrisSoden.org

And for the first time I give you a map showing our walk.


View Khris Soden Interview in a larger map

According to our paths we walked a total of 3478 feet, 1 mile = 5280 feet so we walked .658 of a mile.

Max Miller Interview


This series of three interviews is a lot of fun. There are still some growing pains when it comes to the walking interviews but, there is an improvement. Watch as Max and I cruise around NW Portland and venture into Powell’s bookstore, eventually making it to the current Portland Mercury cover exhibit where 10 years of Mercury covers are on display. After watching these videos, I recommend you go check out the Mercury exhibit in person, it’s really amazing.