Chris Lewis on Gamers on Game

On May 14, 2012, PhD candidate in Computer Science at UCSC, database developer and gamification expert, Chris Lewis came onto Gamers on Game to talk about his studies in the Software Introspection Group and his thesis on “Retention Engineering”.

“Retention Engineering” the software designs that motivate users to return to software again and again. This is a concept invented by Chris and his PhD adviser, Jim Whitehead. Chris researches what it is about certain pieces of software that cause you to return to them over and over, using video games as the prototypical example. Why is it so easy to put off work — which pays you real, tangible money — to head off to a virtual world and spend hours making fake money, instead? Why can we not avoid checking our email incessantly, or popping on to Facebook “just for five minutes”, instead of writing that essay due tomorrow? Why do we keep playing Farmville, even though it doesn’t seem all that fun?

Chris’ research delves into the psychology literature of motivation theory, to try and find the answers to these questions, and help software designers to make more engaging software. In the process, he’s learning about when “gamification” works and when it doesn’t, and what it means to create software where getting a task done is less important than ensuring that the user comes back tomorrow.

Previously, Chris has interned at Google, and worked as a database developer in New Zealand.

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Beth Stephens

UCSC Art Professor and former Chair of the Art Department, UC David PhD Candidate, wife to Annie Sprinkler, performance artist, sculptor, Elizabeth Stephens took time to talk with Nada Miljkovic for KZSC’s Artist on Art about her work as an eco-activist and SexEcology.

We met at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History to talk about upcoming events, An Evening with Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping to talk about Earth Justice.

We also talked about the upcoming exhibition endurance performance art day, Listening to the Earth II/Temporality.

Beginning at 6am and going until 8pm on May 26th, the first floor of MAH will have internationally acclaimed artists Nita Little, John Zibelll, Kevin O’Connor, Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens, Duskin Drum and the performing group Thingamajigs in collaboration with Stephen Ratcliff invite visitors to explore notions of the sound, time, and consciousness in relation to various environments. UCSC art students Morgan True, Dimitri Zurita and Heidi Cramer will also perform.

Henry & David Hoffman

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On May 21, 2012, Father and Son Team, professional videographer David and Henry Hoffman came onto KZSC’s Gamers on Game to talk about their homeschooling and using video games as a tool for education.

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Here’s a review of Saints Row the Third by Henry on their All In A Day YouTube Channel:

Cid Pearlman

Local choreographer, educator, Cid Pearlman came onto Artist on Art, May 14, 2012 to talk about her world premeire, From Estonia with Love.

From Estonia with Love features five dance artists from Estonia and U.S.A. intelligent and deeply embodied dancing. Cid began the project as a Fulbright Scholar living in Estonia for a year. She was able to bring the show to California through crowd sourcing funding such as Kickstarter and a grant from the San Francisco International Art Festival.

Santa Cruz is the first stop in a California tour, including events in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Santa Cruz performances are Thursday & Friday, May 17th and 18th, 8:00 PM, at Santa Cruz Dance/Motion at the Mill. Tickets are $15-$20 in advance, $18-$20 at the door. To purchase tickets go to Santa Cruz

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Elizabeth Gummere


On May 7, 2012, Santa Cruz Film Festival President, Elizabeth Gummere came onto Artist on Art to talk this great annual event that brings scads of filmmakers, directors, actors to Santa Cruz for rollicking fun ten days.

This is our eleventh festival and runs May 10-19, 2012. Here’s a PDF with the list of movies and showtimes.

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Ruth Rabinowitz


On April 30, 2012, local UCSC alum, photographer, educator and Walnut Avenue Women’s Center Kid’s Club Program Coordinator, Ruth Rabinowitz came on to Artist on Art to talk about the current exhibition, Kid’s Club Express Yourself Art Show.

All the work was created by children that are in the Kid’s Club. This is an enriching childcare environment where 0-11 year old children participate in self-expressive art projects while their parent/guardian attends support groups and one-on-one peer counseling appointments at the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center.

Express Yourself Show went up on April 27 and will continue being shown thorough the end of May. The reception for this event is Saturday, May 12 from 3-5pm at the  Santa Cruz Art League.

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Here’s the video of our interview:

The Center is always looking for volunteers. If you want to become a Child Advocate, the next Training is May 19 and 20 Sat/Sun half days 12-4pm. Please contact Denise Gonsalves, volunteer coordinator at 831-426-3062.  You can also help the center with donations that are accepted at the front desk Monday & Tuesday 10-4pm, at 303 Walnut Ave. The Walnut art supplies toys, dramatic play clothing (capes, hats, purses, dresses, glasses, baskets, aprons, soothing music, cash, gift certificates, healthy food fruits/vegetables.

For more information on Kid’s Club.

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Andrew Mueller


Founding Organizer of TechRaising, Strategist, Critical Thinker, and Change Agent, Andrew Mueller came on to Gamers on Gamer on April 30, 2012 to talk about the recent second annual event TechRaising Santa Cruz Spring 2012.

This year’s TechRaising began Friday, April 20, at 6:00 PM with a gathering to pitch ideas and ended Sunday, April 22, at 6:00 PM with the demonstration of prototypes built over the course of the weekend. It is a weekend startup blitz designed to take ideas for new web-based businesses and bringing them to reality. Most teams include a designer, developer and a business developer. Volunteer mentors help by roaming the event and injecting knowledge and sage advice wherever needed.

During the show, Andrew explained that he and co-founders Mathew Swinnerton and Margaret Rosas, began TechRaising in an effort to help create a friendly environment for tech startups in Santa Cruz. Their mission it to “provide the space and support for individuals to gather, collaborate, build, promote, and gain momentum for their ideas.” The collaborations created at this annual event have lead to several successful new application creations.

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Here is the video from our interview:

Intro to Talk Programming

Because KZSC Rocks!

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