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]


Sculpture made from things and digital collages made from sculptures
After much procrastination I've finally managed to get my new website together. On it you'll find a large number of examples of the art I've been making over the past 20 years or so, as well as some writing and some sound work. Any comments, feedback or suggestions WRT content, layout or structure would be greatly appreciated, as I'm kind of figuring that side of things out for myself at present.


October 10

A Field Guide To The True American Diner  
I wrote this for The Awl. It is about diners and how to sort them.


The Measure - a typesetting / design contest
Each month, a public domain work is offered, and anyone who wants to enter takes the first chapter and designs / typesets it. The winner then gets to pick the following month's title. It's low-key, and fun. To kick it off: Dracula! [more inside]


October 9

2015 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide
A science fiction anthology of stories written for a middle grade audience, with a focus on diversity and representation. 20 stories from amazing authors, ranging from Nebula and Hugo winners to relative newcomers to the field. 90% of the stories in the anthology are brand new, and 80% have central female characters. We don’t have girls who are prizes to be won or waiting to be rescued. All of our heroines and heroes are on their own adventure, not a side note in someone else’s. Our characters are white, black, asian, latino. Human and robot. Everyone belongs here.


Lucy, Charlie Brown and the Football - A Deeper Look  
For this article up on Slate, I took a look at every example in the 50+ year history of Lucy yanking the football away from poor ol' Chuck, and was surprised to learn that the backstory is much more complex than I thought. It was fun to write, and I hope people enjoy it!


October 8

Choose Your Sonic Adventure
Tangemeenie is back at work in the studio, producing a new indie pop album planned for a crowd-funded release [draft project - Kickstarter login required] as part of a larger multimedia project in the first half of next year. But before launching the crowd-funding campaign, we're planning to release and promote a single from the album in progress. Now we've assembled five rough mixes/preview clips of candidate singles from the new album into a SoundCloud playlist, and would like you, the listening public, to tell us which track we should release as our first official single. Take a listen, complete the opinion poll, and let us know what you think. We'll announce results after a couple of weeks of voting, once a clear winner emerges.


October 7

Vicarious Tinder
It's time to turn the tragedy that is my dating life into comedy gold, so along with New York raconteur and man-about-town Jason Wishnow I've started a Twitter account to do just that. Tune in for Tinder's Greatest Hits- you'll want to immediately ask your loving, stable, long-term partner for an open relationship. I look forward to the forthcoming book deal, appearance on "Good Morning America," and marriage proposals from prisoners.


October 5

The Painful Threshold
The Painful Threshold is a brand new podcast based on the UK-style panel show format, where all the questions asked to the panel are determined by the audience submitting questions to the show's Tumblr, Twitter or Facebook page. Episode one has just been posted (at the main link), and the panel features Kittysneezes contributor Jenny Byfield, Seattle comedian Nick Decktor and KEXP DJ Troy Nelson (also of the excellent band The Young Evils).


October 4

SoundTalk - Turn forum conversations into playlists
SoundTalk is a Chrome extension that finds song titles in the current page and generates a Spotify playlist. For example, with two clicks it turns this recent Ask thread about ultra sparse music into this playlist. It's different from other tools because it looks for any text that seems like a song title, rather than just finding links to known music services. More playlists and suggested uses below the fold. [more inside]


GSA Per Diem Calculator
Just a calculator for the US Federal Per Diem. I wrote one for Virginia, and was asked to do one for the GSA rates, so I did some rethinking and put it on this site. Business Offices loved the Virginia one to the extent that some require a printout from my site for travel reimbursements. The About page tells you a bit more and links to my personal site where I've written about it in even more detail.


October 3

Creative Commons Thing of the Day
One fun thing from the commons every day. Two rules: it has to be either openly licensed or public domain, and it has to have made us smile when we saw it.


October 1

Irish Ghosts of America
In preparation for Halloween, I have been rounding up stories of Irish and Irish-American ghosts that are supposed to haunt parts of America, such as the ghosts of the Molly Maguires that are said to still hang from their gibter, the spirits of the Irish Brigade whose battle cry is still heard at Antietam, and the cries of the victims of Delphine LaLaurie which still echo from her haunted New Orleans mansion.


September 29

Pay the Piper -- Where Todos Fight Distractions!  
Pay the Piper is a Google Chrome extension that keeps you productive by making you "pay" to visit distracting sites. The cost? One completed task from your task list. [more inside]


September 28

Is There a Dog in This Book?
I made a video of Viv Schwarz performing the long-awaited third volume in her Cats trilogy (after There Are Cats In This Book and There Are No Cats In This Book)


September 27

Rereading #TheStand
I am rereading Stephen King's The Stand and tweeting one chapter's worth of quotes, analysis, criticism, and background per day at @WeHadADealKyle. [more inside]


September 23

The Finest Art, the Dumbest Writing
Were making comic books! But more importantly, for here, a comedy companion blog to hone our skills. Follow as Daniel takes his work more seriously, and Ken takes his less seriously.


Crazy Trick: Is it a clickbait headline or spam mail?
A simple quiz: Guess whether the text is from a subject in my spam folder or a news headline. Or: 21 scandalous true uncensored answers no one wants you to know, but everyone — including your future life partner — is talking about. [more inside]


Underviewed: Searching YouTube Using Default Video File Names  
Most every camera or mobile device uses some kind of default naming convention (iPhone: IMG_1234.MOV, GoPro: GOPR1234.MP4). This site searches YouTube for those default file names, and serves up videos that have a low number of views. Because these videos still retain their default file names as titles, it's unlikely that they've shown up in any searches. And it's very likely these videos haven't been seen by all that many people. [more inside]


I'd Murder For Cinnamon
Yet another food blog. But this time from someone who is obsessed with recreating and eating American-style food while in the UK.


September 20

ITP Code Poetry Slam 2014
I'm organizing a code poetry slam in New York City on November 14. Submissions are now open. Judges, special guests, etc. to be announced. Stay tuned. [more inside]


UpsideOS - Checklist Builder
We think that checklists are great for all sorts of things, so we made a tool to make it easier for people to make and share them. In addition to building checklists for personal use, you can also become a "Checkspert," and share your lists publicly. If people add you to their team, you will earn a fee. We are really excited to share this with the community and have you guys help tell us what can be improved.


September 19

A Smaller Flea
The purpose of this blog is to share our appreciation for the study of microbial viruses, the viruses that infect Eubacteria (also known as bacteriophage), Archaea, and microbial Eukaryotes. They dominate our planet's ecosystem, serve as a profoundly useful model system for understanding life at its simplest, possess a dizzying array of powerful molecular tools we can borrow, and make steadfastly vicious allies in our fights with problematic microbes. Our name is based on the nursery rhyme "The Siphonaptera," which eloquently describes a beautiful phenomena found more clearly in the viruses that infect microbes than anywhere else.
The Siphonaptera:
Big fleas have little fleas,
Upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum.

And the great fleas, themselves, in turn
Have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still,
And greater still, and so on.



September 17

Vintage Visualizations
Once upon a time I liberated a bunch of fun post-Civil-War maps, charts and graphs for all to see. But now you can buy them! For your walls! Posters of ye olden days graphics on everything from consumption to population to religion to Germans and more. [more inside]


September 15

THE GUEST
I produced a new movie called THE GUEST. It comes out this week in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, and San Antonio. The film is currently at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and played at Sundance, SXSW, and the Toronto International Film Festival. It's by the same writing/directing/producing team as YOU'RE NEXT. You can see the trailer and theater listings on our official site. [more inside]


September 12

Known
Known is a simple platform for publishing words, pictures, podcasts and more to a site that you control. Choose to syndicate it to social networks like Twitter and Facebook, or software you already use like Moodle or Sharepoint. With Known, you control your content and ideas. [more inside]


September 11

Anthology of the Best Short Stories  
In a 1914 New York Times article, twenty-six of the most prominent writers of the day were asked what was the best short story in the English language. Among those naming what they considered the best story were Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, Edna Ferber and Booth Tarkington. I have compiled these stories (approximately 1,500 pages) into a three volume series. [more inside]


Grizzly! The Film!
A short film about an ancient and malicious terror that attacks the humble village of Meminiscz. [more inside]


September 9

Romulan - Sick Day
A hip-hop album produced by yours truly, rapped by 22-year old Romulan. If you like old school sample-based beats and sometimes playful/sometimes serious raps, this is an album for you.


September 8

Do Not Disturb The Dragon!
Do Not Disturb The Dragon! is a picture book (an actual real physical book available in bookshops and everything, which is quite exciting, for me at least) about a dragon that really just wants to sleep and sleep and sleep some more, but everyone else seems to be determined to keep her awake. It’s quite funny, and exciting, and contains at least one picture of things being set on fire, which is everything you could ever want from a book about dragons, really. [more inside]


Wiggling Hands
This is me both trying my hand at the "Whiteboard Explainer" genre of video, and making fun of its ubiquity. [more inside]


September 7

Thanks: a short film
A lost girl approaches a shop keeper. This film was shot in 24 hours for no budget and I'm really proud of how it turned out. Please watch and share!


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