December 19

mynderMail - Email Yourself (my first Android app)
I got sick of composing a new email every time I wanted to send myself a note. I looked around, but couldn't find anything that did everything I wanted (at most I found ones that pre-filled the "to"/"subject" field). So I learned Android development (helped that I was already a Java dev) and wrote this app. [more inside]


December 17

You Gotta Wear Shades
For two years running I've published genre fiction anthologies on the internet, and now the third one is out! It's called You Gotta Wear Shades, and it's about the kind of problems you want to have. It opens with a great story about a camping trip on Mars by Metafilter's Own Narrative Priorities, and follows that up with six more tales of brighter futures. [more inside]


December 15

Endless Jingling  
Endless Jingling: an elf singing randomly generated holiday music, forever and ever. Reload for a new combination of carols. Spiff up and/or ruin holiday parties as needed. [more inside]


December 14

Lone Wolf and Parenting
Ogami Itto is just a single dad trying to make his way through the world on a quest for vengeance that requires the rejection of human morals. It isn't easy with a young child in tow! This Tumblr highlights the trials and foibles of parenting on the assassin's road. [more inside]


Subrosa.io - encrypted messaging and calls in the browser, that's actually usable.
There's many encrypted IM apps, but few of them are actually usable. Subrosa is a web app that abstracts away all the cryptographic details*, resulting in an app you can share and use with everyone. It's open source (of course), and supports IMs, voice and video calls, group chats, and more. *: Yes, real end to end encryption, not 'encrypt with keys the mothership knows'. [more inside]


December 11

Peep's Other Place
Developing a webcomic/animation series. At the moment I'm just figuring out what it is, but I recently finished a short animation which brings the little guy to life. I'd really love to hear some feedback if anyone has any.


Irish genealogy, DNA, and my adoption
I was adopted, and for most of my life all I knew was that my biological parents were English and Irish. A year ago I took a DNA test, and sudden I know a lot more: Who my biological mother was (and the amazing coincidences between our lives), what percentage of my DNA is Neanderthal, and the complexities of Irish identity, ethnicity and genetics.


December 9

Shape Shape Shape Shape—porcelain and cotton rope wearables
My partner and I have recently launched a project of porcelain and hand-dyed rope necklaces that we are calling Shape Shape Shape Shape. [more inside]


December 7

Rabbit, Rabbit
A short play I wrote for a holiday-themed new works festival. Some of the video quality is a bit shaky, but the whole play is there!


December 4

How to built an e-book library you can touch
I built something physical out of my Kindle highlights to have an e-book library with the moments from the books I wish to remember and to have something on the shelf to talk about when friends visit and want to have a look and talk on what I've been reading lately. It’s a prototype of what I would like to see from publishers.


November 28

How to make a hacked LED Pez Menorah  
I've been making these for a few years now, and since people occasionally ask me how to make them I decided to document the process. [more inside]


Flagged as Fantastic, a MetaFilter-related Twitter account pointing out excellence
An independently-run MetaFilter-related project that tweets to all followers anything I've flagged as "fantastic". [more inside]


November 25

Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking
My book on my mountain bike adventures is out on VeloPress. I was one of the "hippie daredevils" whose goofy hobby of modifying old bikes to race them downhill turned into the modern sport of mountain biking. This weekend I received a glowing review from the Wall Street Journal. Previous reviews, all overwhelmingly positive: Dirt Rag US Cycling Report Marin Independent Journal Pez Cycling News Winkbooks


November 23

@eventuallybot  
@eventuallybot is a Twitter bot that generates short films in GIF format, sourced from shreds of random YouTube clips. The films all tell stories, but sometimes the stories don't make a lot of sense. [more inside]


November 22

NES My Life
My latest t-shirt project: mundane everyday challenges (such as finding a job, dealing with ultra conservative relatives, or deleting unwanted dick pics on a dating site) envisioned as classic black box retro 8bit Nintendo games. Hope they give you a chuckle!


November 21

Otto Jukebox - A multi-user streaming anti-cloud music player
Otto is an open source music jukebox app that disguises itself as an iTunes replacement without all the extra baggage, but is actually a web-first, fully streaming, anti-cloud, social music server that allows multiple people to listen to the same stream of music at the same time and DJ for each other. Kinda like a private turntable.fm. For Mac OSX and Linux. A limited demo loaded with some CC licensed music can be found here. [more inside]


MetaFilter Deletion Reasons Twitter Bot  
Tweeting MetaFilter post deletion reasons at @mefideleted to celebrate the wise and gentle hand of moderation reaching from the heart to the edge of our community. [more inside]


November 19

IGNITE: Women Fuelling Science and Technology
IGNITE aims to highlight women and girls working in STEM in various ways - as developers, artists, activists, community organisers, educators, and much more. We're also collecting #BeTheSpark stories on how you got interested in STEM, so if you have a story to share please contribute!


November 18

Electobot: Open-Source UK Election Predictions
Opinion polls are all well and good, but they don't give you much of an idea of what might actually happen in an election (particularly in a multi-party democracy like the UK). Electobot aims to solve that by running thousands of simulated elections in order to work out what might happen if the election were run tomorrow with the polls as they are. In addition to running the simulations, I've also been blogging the results at Electobot: The Blog. [more inside]


November 15

Floodgate Poetry Series comprises 3 chapbooks by 3 poets in 1 volume
Campbell McGrath’s Picasso/Mao appears in Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 1, along with short collections by Jenna Bazzell and Martin Anthony Call. [more inside]


November 14

The People Podcast
Short interviews (6-9 minutes) with interesting people you probably don't know about.


November 12

DestinyQuest Infinite - D&D meets Fighting Fantasy meets Choose Your Own Adventure
DestinyQuest Infinite is a CYOA, Fighting Fantasy-style game for the web. It has over 600 pages of text, hundreds of monsters to fight, a virtual die-rolling combat system, a ton of loot to collect, three long acts to navigate and survive, dozens of quests to complete, illustrations, sound effects, walking turnips and dozens of hours of gameplay. Here's a demo of a tiny bit of it, and a trailer. [more inside]


November 11

Open source Minecraft Server hosting project with pay and DIY options
MC-COAL is a different approach to hosting multiplayer Minecraft worlds. It's based on an open-source project to host, build, and maintain multi-player Minecraft worlds and communities. COAL is a web application that is written in python and runs on the Google Cloud Platform. [more inside]


November 9

Dear Hannah: A Geek's Life in Self-Improvement
This "cautionary tale about self-improvement" tells the story of what happens when your whole life is dominated by the world of self-help. It comprises 82 letters written over 16 years describing every self-help book, pop psych article, and personal invention I used—or abused—to change who I am. [more inside]


November 8

Investigative Journalism about the American Legislative Exchange Council
KBOO, a community radio station in Portland, Oregon, has just completed a months long project investigating the American Legislative Exchange Council's effect on members of the state legislature. The project, made possible by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, contains pieces from volunteer reporters about aspects of ALEC's lobbying efforts, interactive maps and spreadsheets detailing legislator involvement in ALEC sponsored model legislation and links to ALEC and organizations that watchdog ALEC. KBOO intends the work to be a model other community stations in other states might use as a starting point for investigating their own legislatures.


November 7

Interview with Largely Unknown Discordian
Previously on the Blue, here's a new interview out that’s bound to interest MeFites, as it deals with Discordianism [more inside]


Memoirs from the War in Heaven
College student drops acid on a Friday night, and gets caught up in the mythical War in Heaven. A war in eternity. It's most probably not like anything you'd imagine. Off and on for the next 25 years he's in it, not to know at any real level what it was, exactly, that he'd been caught up in, not till near the very end of it. Like a spirit that from time to time takes over his life, like a fugue. And which at the end it all comes together. This is a true story, as best as could be recollected. Too strange to be fiction.


November 6

Mose the Fireboy  
A history of a once-famous, now-mostly-forgotten character from Civil War-era New York. Mose the Fireboy was a Bowery B'hoy, volunteer fireman, and butcher who appeared in a series of plays starring Frank Chafrau, and ended up being one of the iconic characters of the era, as well as one of the inspirations for Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York." [more inside]


November 4

MetaFilter tools: new and updated
Seven current Greasemonkey scripts and Chrome extensions written by me, six(ish) following the request of MetaFilter users. These scripts and extensions have been successfully tested with MetaFilter after its recent redesign, including support for both the modern and classic themes. [more inside]


On Nine Lives
I went through a traumatic experience losing a pet I was very close to, and I wanted to honor him and share the experience of knowing this wonderful animal, along with some of my best photography of him.


November 3

Face Control - A Moscow Travelogue  
A 30-page hand-drawn comic book about Moscow in 2014. Contains stories about mysterious women bikers, dark chocolate with cheese curds, avant-garde Russian poetry, the 'Moscow Face', anti-cafes and the music of Viktor Tsoi. [more inside]


October 30

Translit Keyboard + Tasty Imitation Keyboard
I made a custom keyboard for iOS called Translit Keyboard that lets you transliterate English into Russain, Ukranian, Armenian, Belarusian, Georgian, Greek, and Macedonian in real time. (Transliteration is phonetic: you type "raz, dva, tri, chetyre" and get "раз, два, три, четыре".) The keyboard is based on a simplified reproduction of the iOS system keyboard built in Swift, called Tasty Imitation Keyboard, that I have open-sourced. It could be used to build custom keyboards similar to Translit Keyboard fairly easily.


October 29

Free My Data
You publish content, photos, thoughts, and memories online every day. Don't throw it all away. Free My Data is a directory that gives you an easy reference for when you want to archive and backup your digital life. [more inside]


Covering Our Tracks  
My son and I are building an HO scale model train layout. I've started a blog to document the process. [more inside]


make tired: the conditioning workout generator for iOS
I made an iPhone and iPad app that creates short, intense workouts to make you tired after strength training. [more inside]


Manyland, a browser-based 2d universe we all draw together  
In infinite sandbox MMO Manyland, a world with no pre-set goals, what you draw becomes real and can be placed... so we all invent the universe pixel by pixel. Manyland is using HTML5 JS/ Canvas to display the world, and chat is real-time-as-you-type. There's over 9 million blocks placed so far, and a while ago we added a scripting language so you can add logic to blocks. This is a labor of love and we've now worked on it for over 2 years, and the community has done amazing things.


October 28

Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, California: My brewery tour
I took my first brewery tour at the Firestone Walker Brewing Company and tweeted my experience. This tour took place Sunday, October 12, 2014, in Paso Robles, California. [more inside]


The New Poor
Been thinking a lot about how Millennials are always written about in the media, how gentrification works, and how student loans are affecting our current economy. Here is the result.


Now That's What Your Parents Call Drone
It's finally here - the epic followup to 2012's Now That's What I Call Drone (previously in Projects and the Blue, with mentions in The Atlantic, Pitchfork and more.) This time out it's Now That's What Your Parents Call Drone. 16 drone/experimental takes on adult contemporary classics. Over an hour and a half of drone pop, deep hypnagogy, glitch weirdness and everything in between, all in service and reverence to Amy Grant, Air Supply, 10cc, Billy Ocean, et al. Featuring MeFi's own Theta States as CPI, yours truly as Vapor Lanes, and a whole host of other swell folks.


Event Deck - Automated club night finder using Facebook events
About 2 years ago I moved to a new city and suddenly faced clubbing ignorance. It turns out finding club nights (especially smaller ones) is pretty hard. Almost every night has a corresponding Facebook event, but to find it you have to be friends with the right people. I wrote some scripts which grabbed events off the Facebook API, worked out if they were club nights (you'd be surprised how many open events people make) and grouped them by city . This has evolved over the last 2 years (in short bursts of enthusiasm) into Event Deck, a website and Android app. [more inside]


Eat better faster with MealSquares, the nutritionally complete food
MealSquares are full of nutrient-dense whole foods like eggs, orange juice, and sunflower seeds, combined at just the right ratios. The result gets you your RDA for all vitamins and minerals. [more inside]


October 27

SeattleFocus: Personal Photography Portfolio
I recently moved to Seattle, and so I decided to use the move as an excuse to redesign my personal photography website. I would love to hear comment, critique and constructive criticism about my photography or the website. I am hoping to use it to both get my photography projects out there and pick up freelance work in my new home city. I have done quite a bit of freelance work back home, but this is very much a new market for me. Thanks!


October 26

We remade a Rick Ross song. Now it's about Rick Ross.
One year ago, Rick Ross released "The Devil is a Lie," a single from his Mastermind LP. In it, the rapper proudly proclaims "the devil is a lie, bitch I'm the truth!" This inspired me to create a redux of the song addressing the "Truth" behind Rick Ross' name. [more inside]


Rogue on a hexagonal grid -- reimagined
Rogue is the original roguelike game. I made the java applet version of it in 1997 here. I wrote hexagonal rogue a few years later. [more inside]


October 24

If you are having trouble finding a good short novel
My novella, Dead Man's Trail, was recently published. It is a gut-shot Western, the story of a man who prospected in the Gila Mountains until he nearly went mad and then is called on to help guide a posse to capture the vicious killer, Coffin Jack. Soon, the other members of the posse are butchered and he must fight alone against a phantom whose face he's never seen. [more inside]


October 23

Meet Hum, the world's first robotic, artificially intelligent sex toy
Early this summer I discovered two physicists gone rogue. After they watched so many fellow PhD grads make killbots for the Department of Defense, they decided instead to use their skills to make love not war. This is our company. This is the world's first robotic, artificially intelligent sex toy. This is a vibrator for a new world. This is HUM. And the newsletter is definitely NSFW.


October 17

MetaFilter Filter By Favorites Greasemonkey script
I spent some time writing a Greasemonkey script that allows a user to modify the number of comments shown on a metafilter post by the number of favorites it has received. This work is based heavily on previous Greasemonkey scripts (thanks go to Jordan Reiter and Jimmy Woods) which were no longer working on the new modern theme. I've added in a few new features as well. Works on all the subsites that have comments. For a full description and some screenshots, please view the Greasy Fork page. [more inside]


Metafilter Is A Land Of Contrast
The exports of Metafilter are numerous in amount. One thing they export is Simpsons quotes, or as the Indians call it, “memes”. Another famous Indian was “Crazy Horse”. In conclusion, Metafilter is a land of contrast. Thank you. [more inside]


October 16

First Drafts of History
This Tumblr consists of the earliest extant versions of various Wikipedia articles. It's easy to overlook what an ambitious project Wikipedia is in its design, and the way in which its articles have been built bit by bit into extraordinarily useful resources from often very modest and unpromising beginnings. It's interesting as well to see how the editorial voice and organizational structure common on current articles have evolved over time. If you have suggestions for interesting articles to examine, let me know.


October 12

Denied.
How a Texas Abortion law affected the life, and death of my son. [more inside]


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