January 25

Brooklyn Cartografix
I'm working on a project in which I use maps of Brooklyn as the basis of t-shirt designs. My current shirts feature walking paths of Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, and the Coney Island Rail Yard. There'll be a bunch more to come. Oh, and all proceeds will be donated to various relevant nonprofits.


January 22

San Diego Homeless Survival Guide
A resource for homeless individuals in general, but especially those in San Diego County in specific. [more inside]


January 21

1.NPR tiny desk contest. 2.Make a video
3.? 4.Profit [more inside]


NoDoNot
Generate an image and slap the No Symbol on top! [more inside]


January 20

Slavoj Žižek or Dan Harmon
I made a dumb internet quiz for my own amusement and hopefully yours. [more inside]


January 19

Song name haiku  
Given the name of a musical artist, "Song name haiku" finds haikus where each line is the name of a song by that artist.


Shut Up and Beer Me
shutupandbeer.me is a site that finds you beer. [more inside]


January 17

Closet
My original 10-minute short play, "Closet," premiered at Acme Theater of Maynard's New Works Winter Festival and won the audience choice award (called the "Charlie"). I am exceptionally proud of this one, especially the performances given by my two leads. Recording is from our technical rehearsal, so you will see and hear a photographer taking publicity shots and there are a couple of edits to remove technical issues. [more inside]


January 16

Thunderstrike - firmware bootkit for Macs
At 31C3 I presented Thunderstrike (1 hour video), an proof of concept exploit against an EFI security vulnerability that allows an attacker to write possibly malicious code in the boot ROM of MacBooks via the Thunderbolt port. The bootkit can be easily installed by an evil-maid or border-crossing agent given a few minutes alone with the laptop, regardless of firmware passwords or disk encryption, and can survive reinstallation of OSX as well as hard drive replacements. Once installed, it can hide from attempts to detect it, prevent software attempts to remove it and spread virally across air-gaps by infecting additional Thunderbolt devices. [more inside]


January 15

& you should
Dense images built out of photos gleaned from Flickr. A new one will be posted most mornings. [more inside]


January 14

@autocompleterap
@autocompleterap is a Twitter bot that combines rap lyrics (from ohhla - scraping courtesy of @beaugunderson) and Google search autocomplete suggestions. [more inside]


January 13

Podcast Recommendations and Reviews
My podcast review website! The goal of the website is to help connect people to podcasts. [more inside]


Isla Vista LocalWiki  
When I went to UC Santa Barbara, the message I got as an incoming freshman is that the next-door student neighborhood, Isla Vista, is a risky land of parties and not much else. It took me a while to realize how interesting Isla Vista is, and how fun it is to go explore and understand it. I'd like to help other students get to that point faster, with fewer stereotypes about it and more stories about weird houses and public art and folklore and community gardens and land use history. I'm working on a LocalWiki for the neighborhood, in the style of DavisWiki, writing a lot of articles myself and also helping other people contribute. (LocalWikis have fewer rules than Wikipedia about things like notability and sourcing; you can write about the nice cat at the corner store if you want to.) [more inside]


Parsing reports on murdered and missing indigenous women
Yesterday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released its long-awaited report on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in BC and the rest of Canada. I live-tweeted my reading of it, along with moderate extra commentary and clarifications.


January 12

Media literacy, and a terrible spoof of "Tomorrow"
We've kicked off the latest season of our YouTube series on media and digital literacy with a spoof of "Tomorrow" from the movie Annie. (OK, so this particular episode isn't really about media literacy... aside from taking the piss out of yet another movie retread.) [more inside]


January 11

Irish-American Gangster Movies
I'm working my way through every single film made about Irish-American mobsters, gangsters, bootleggers, run-runners, and general thugs, offering commentary on the films, and comparing them with the actually history of Irish-American gangsterism.


January 8

Ink and water music video
This is an animated music video I made a few months ago that just launched online. It is for the Seattle band Dark Hip Falls, and their song 'Lam 2: Red Hands'. It was made using water, ink, and gum arabic solution. Enjoy! [more inside]


January 6

Jackie the baboon, and other upsetting topics
The story of Jackie, a baboon who went to war with the South African army, is the latest instalment in my series on Animals in World War I. [more inside]


Global Voices - News About Japan
Since September 2014 I have contributed stories about Japan as Global Voices' Japan Editor. I report on what Japanese people are actually saying about the news on Twitter, in blogs, and on 2chan (somewhat similar to Reddit). Often I can find eyewitness accounts (in Japanese) to what's happening in the news, sometimes even scooping Western news outlets. It's all about presenting an authentic, slightly quirky take on current events in Japan.


Play-by-Twitter 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
I am going to attempt to run an AD&D campaign played over Twitter. The project is currently in the planning/incubating/looking-for-players phase. [more inside]


She Looks Like Sunday Comics: Watching The Brenda Starr movie (1989)  
Josh Fruhlinger of the Comics Curmudgeon and I sat down and watched the nearly unreleased Brenda Starr movie adaptation and talk about how it tackles camp, gender performance, romantic fantasy, and crazy shoulder-pads [more inside]


January 5

Litblog Roundup
What's happening at the intersection of literary culture and the internet? I've started a new bi-weekly blog series intended to address that topic and more. It's called "Litblog Roundup." [more inside]


esoteric.codes
esoteric.codes is my blog about esolangs (esoteric programming languages), aimed at a less technical audience. Esolangs are created by programmers at play, challenging conventions of coding, looking at how we communicate with the machine, and indulging the strangest what-if scenarios in code. The blog looks at the ideas behind these languages and explores connections to code art and conceptual practices -- but it is also a fanzine to my favorite languages. It features interviews with the original designers (recently: Ben Olmsead of Malbolge, coming up soon David Morgan-Mar of Piet and Whenever) alongside posts about common themes between languages (e.g. languages that produce no output). It was recently awarded the 2014 Arts Writers Grant.


Transit Battle NYC: Pretty Maps for the Subway, Bus and Rail
People in New York love the subway way more than the bus. Sure, it's okay, the bus is confusing, but what if they knew all the secret places the bus could take them faster than the subway? And there was a reaaaally nice interactive map to go along with it? [more inside]


January 2

Vaporcake and the new "digital ephemera"
Fellow MeFite mintcake! and I are trying out an experiment in digital music dissemination. To understand what we're going for, please read this manifesto-of-sorts on Medium: Extremely Limited: A case for the new digital ephemera. [more inside]


January 1

Moshpit Memories
Moshpit Memories contains seven years' worth of trivia, anecdotes and gig reviews from my old diaries as a music fan at the height of UK pub rock, punk and ska. I started the diaries in 1975, when I was just 16 and ended them in 1981. Among the gigs I saw – and have described here - you’ll find a 1977 Clash show in a sweaty little club (plus the NYC appearance which gave us London Calling’s cover two years later), Lynyrd Skynyrd supporting the Stones at Knebworth, pre-fame encounters with both Ian Dury and Shane MacGowan, the Damned becoming the first punk band to play a major London venue, the Ruts frantically improvising on the first night Malcolm Owen went missing and a couple of wonderfully chaotic label revue tours by Stiff and 2-Tone. Live music in Britain has never been more exciting, I had an almost indecent amount of fun and you can read all about it at the link above. [more inside]


December 29

The Art is Not The Artist: On Holding Abusers Accountable & Enjoying Problematic Media
This is the thought process I go through when I’m considering the creative output of a horrible individual, and the questions I ask myself about whether I can consume the work in good conscience. [more inside]


Group satisfaction / dissatisfaction with representation in Congress
In theory, by looking at the number of bills supported / opposed by a given group, we can estimate its level of engagement and gauge whether events in Congress are working for or against the groups' interests.


December 27

#GiveIt100 Skincare Challenge
For 100 days I will be going outside my comfort zone by following a skincare plan and documenting my progress via a daily video blog. [more inside]


My article for The Atlantic  
on shipping and the enduring power of rooting for love.


December 24

Filmstamp
For the past few months I've been blogging my year in romantic comedy. [more inside]


Twicery: Twitter keyword monitoring
A user on Quora asked "Are there any free or cheap tools that would enable me to monitor a keyword and be notified whenever somebody over a certain follower threshold (say, 100,000) used it in a tweet?" I thought it was a great idea, so I built it. Specify Twitter keywords, set a minimum follower count, and receive an email when a suitably popular account tweets about it. You can also exclude retweets and filter out chosen accounts.


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!


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