July 27

Monkey Pop: The Experiment
Monkey Pop is a local 2-player game you play on a shared keyboard. You can play it right in the browser, or download a Mac or Windows version. Computer only, no mobile version, sorry. It's sort of a retro single-screen platformer in the vein of Joust or the original Mario Bros, except with monkeys and saws and brain control helmets. [more inside]


George, the Self-Esteem Cat
George is here to tell you that you are a good person, and has some tips to share about good self-esteem. He's also a little black cat. Remember: Be like cat. Be good to self. [more inside]


July 26

Mossarium one-pager  
As I was yet again renewing a domain I hadn't done anything with, I decided maybe I'd do something with it. This is a little one-pager about mossariums. It has some instructions, a few pictures and, of course, a reading list.


How to Explore Japan By Train Without Ever Leaving Home
I wrote a post about one my passions, an entire community of Japanese vloggers devoted to the genre of tenbo shaso (展望車窓), which roughly translates as “train observation car videos.”


I'm Getting Really Tired of Living In This Quaint English Village  
I read my The Toast article "I'm Getting Really Tired of Living In This Quaint English Village" live on stage at HiFi bar in my robe.


July 24

"Faust: The Movie" Available for Preview and Pre-Ordering on SmashWords
My first novel, "Faust: The Movie," will be released on the next upcoming Friday 13th (November 13, 2015) but is available for preview and pre-release purchase now through SmashWords. Work on this project started over 13 years ago, when I'd originally intended to write the story as a work of short fiction for the liner notes to a concept album named "Faust" that my wife and I released together in 2002, as the indie pop duo Tangmeenie. The album was intended to be the soundtrack to the movie that features in the story.


July 23

Pajubá: The secret language of Brazilian trans women
A brief illustrated essay about Pajubá, a mix of Yoruba and Portuguese that Brazilian travestis use in daily life, published in Matter (Medium). [more inside]


Researching Greeting Cards Around The World
I am researching information for an article about greeting cards around the world today - who sends them, what do they send - and I have put the questions into a survey. I am in the UK and looking for respondents in other countries. [more inside]


July 21

Knock knock jokes via autocomplete  
This bot creates knock knock jokes by hitting up autocomplete on Google. This is perhaps the dumbest bot of all time. And yet! I am compelled to share amazing jokes like these.


Box Vs. Can
Since the beginning of time man has wondered, "What receptacle is superior, the box or the can?" This web series aims to answer that question. [more inside]


Receiptron - The friendly receipt-saving robot.
Have a receipt you want to save for tax time, and dreading sorting through "the shoebox" when it comes? Just take a picture of it, email it to Receiptron with a descriptive subject, and it's saved and sorted for later. No more printing email receipts either, just forward them along. Store everything safely in one place, and make tax time simple! [more inside]


Little Spinner: iOS app for young kids
Kids can spin the wheel to hear words and songs across 11 different themes. It's aimed at pre-school kids as a fun way to learn new words in English, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. [more inside]


July 19

Why Are You So Angry?
A six-part video series on angry video gamers as means of talking about privilege, feminist backlash, do-gooder derogation, harassment, and online community. They are functionally the sequel to my video about internet fame, This Is Phil Fish. (previously) [more inside]


July 18

RICK SANTORUM AND GRAVY
Conservative Book Title Generator. If the Ted Cruz-New York Times controversy has taught us anything, it's that (1) all books written by conservatives are bestsellers; and (2) all such books have pretty much indistinguishable titles.


July 15

Picture a Flat Surface: The Enduring Mystery of "After Last Season"
After Last Season exists in the subconscious of the internet mostly as “that trailer with the cardboard MRI machine.” Even among the most diehard fans of weird cinema, it is something that may have made a momentary blip on their radar if they have even heard of it at all. [more inside]


July 13

Exobike: Motorcycle racing for the Commodore Pet^W^W^Wyour browser
Exobike is a silly little browser-based motorcycle racing game vaguely inspired by Excitebike as cloned on an early 80's educational computer by 14-year old me. You race along a straight track, avoiding obstacles and trying to minimize your time. [more inside]


July 12

Radioactive Trailers
COMING SOON TO OUR THEATER! Monsters! Aliens! Bikers! Vampires! Witches! Dinosaurs! Barbarians! Zombies! Natives! Swordsmen! Devil worshipers! Cool cats! Ass-kicking soul brothers! Sorceresses! Sharktopi! Action! Horror! Mystery! The occult! Low production values! Nonsensical editing! Cheesy acting! Cheap special effects! Ed Wood! Roger Corman! Bert I. Gordon! The Asylum! And much more! Please visit our snack bar! Movies are your best value! And now--OUR SHOW (NSFW in places) Extra: Drive-In Intermissions! [more inside]


July 10

Unification of Physics and Economics under Information Theory
Uses abstract game theory and an application of EM theory to demonstrate a time-space-thought continuum. Originally posted two years ago. [more inside]


Space Temple
I made an interactive fiction story with Twine. It's about finding out a childhood friend you lost touch with has died, and playing through an old video game you started together but never finished. [more inside]


July 9

Rosin Cerate  
An intensely researched blog mostly about weird and esoteric characteristics of living things. Also lakes and video games.


July 8

A collection of Doctor Who clips.
For the last few months (and probably for many months more) I've been using vine to make short videos of various entrancing bits from old Doctor Who episodes - including memorable quotes, incredible music, dramatic entrances, utterly terrifying monsters, mystifying machinery, general weirdness, repeated exhortations to obey, charming old computer graphics, horrifying mutations, fist fights, and the just plain odd. And about 200 more. [more inside]


My take on anti-harassment at Comic-Con
A Daily Shout for The New Yorker containing a humorous list of suggestions for improving the anti-harassment policy at SDCC.


July 7

Cheapest Hood
I developed Cheapest Hood because of my obsession with New York city apartment prices and a fascination with streeteasy.com and the wealth of data is accumulating. [more inside]


July 6

Awesomelytics: cross-site real-time and historical web analytics
In addition to standard web analytics features — view detailed visitor information in real time on a world map, analyze historical information on visits, record events, and so on — Awesomelytics lets you retrieve visitor events on any of your properties from any of your other properties when you install the tracking code on multiple websites. This allows you to follow your users as they move between your sites and act on information gleaned on your other websites. Installation is straightforward and is documented for various platforms. A WordPress plugin is also available.


Calvin and Markov  
Calvin and Markov digests Calvin and Hobbes strips and generates endless new comics with random, semi-coherent dialogue using Markov chains. Here's some details about how I built it. [more inside]


July 5

How to Not Be a Bullying Mob  
A flow chart to help us work through what kinds of behaviors are appropriate when we're SUPER MAD on the INTERNET. Which is always, right?


July 2

I made another book!
Today's the launch date for The Annihilation Score, boot six in the Laundry Files. It's my big fat superhero novel. (The US launch date is Tuesday 7th, but it's available today in the UK, NZ, Australia, and the EU, from Orbit.)


July 1

Librarian of Progress  
James Billington, longtime Librarian of Congress, is retiring. This is a job opening that only comes around every few decades and is incredibly important. I made a little website to help share useful information about why it's important and what librarians care about.


June 30

Counterfeit Content  
My short, sorry stint in SEO was the strangest job I've ever had. I was asked to create hundreds of imaginary webmasters and write little "About Me" biographies of their lives for fake blogs that only Google's webcrawlers were meant to read. They gave me the site name, I wrote the bio, and a coworker added manipulated photos. I did this for many months. I began to get bored... and then I began to get weird.


June 29

Win a Date with Channing Tatum: a Twine game  
My first experiment with the Twine platform, inspired by Channing Tatum's recent AMA. Guess how many jellybeans are in a jar to win. Tell Channing about all your problems and Channing will make it better. [more inside]


June 28

The Corey Press
So for the past several months, I've been carving and pressing prints on various Lovecraftian or UFO themes. Most of my stuff gets pressed onto wood, but I've been experimenting with various kozo papers, bristol, and cloth. [more inside]


A Brief History Lesson
A little sidebar to my nearly-finished graphic novel, in which I celebrate the fact that marriage is finally a thing everyone in America can do regardless of whether or not their genitals match their partner's.


June 26

Countdown to the 2016 US Presidential Election
Countdown to the 2016 US Presidential Election is a daily reminder on Twitter of the number of days until the United States Presidential Election on November 8th, 2016. The election is in 500 days! You can also get an update via Tumblr, Facebook, Google Plus, and Blogger (with the option to subscribe via email or RSS).


June 24

Never Kill A Friend
Never Kill A Friend, a mystery-thriller and my second novel, is available June 25 for purchase in hard cover format and June 26 as an ebook. [more inside]


Giant 800-track alt/indie-focused 90's playlist in chronological order  
This is a behemoth of a playlist I put together, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on the alt/indie/college side of the 90's experience. It's 800+ tracks, about 55 hours, and features plenty of songs that tend to get overlooked in the "remember these 90's hits?" pieces that pop up from time to time. Not definitive by any means, and extremely subjective, but it's a decent chunk of curated history in one convenient place. Also it's a fully chronological playlist, on a week-by-week level. So a track released on May 7, 1994 will come before a track released on May 14, 1994. Time and research went into this. Think of it as the Boyhood of 90's playlists!


At the Zoo: a comic strip
Meet Toby the lion, Herman the penguin, Frank the zookeeper, Dr. Sara the vet, Misha the bear, Mr. and Mrs. Flamingo, and more... Fun for all ages. [more inside]


Python for complete beginners
My own humble contribution to the learn-to-program literature.


Space Nerds In Space
Space Nerds In Space is an open source (GPL) multiplayer networked starship bridge simulator for linux inspired by Artemis: Starship Bridge Simulator that I've been working on for the last few years. It's still not "complete", since, well, I can't stop working on it, but it is complete enough. The idea is, you get a bunch of your friends together with a bunch of computers and a projector, and then you drive around and shoot stuff (kind of like Friday night in a small Texas town, except you're driving the Hubble Space Telescope instead of an El Camino.) There are stations for Navigation, Weapons, Engineering, Damage Control, Science, Communications, and a "Demon" station which serves as a kind of "Game master" station where various things can be injected into the game, and from which Lua scripts of various scenarios might be run. If you're reading this, you probably already know whether it's your kind of thing. [more inside]


June 18

I'm Getting Really Tired Of My Mysterious Flakey Friend  
Having friends can be hard! Especially when your friend is constantly jetting off to exotic destinations or cleaning guns or scaling office buildings n black turtlenecks....


June 17

PriceGrocer.com: Track your grocery prices
This is a web app that turns photos you take of grocery price displays into meaningful price data, so you can track prices over time, identify sales, and shop smarter. [more inside]


Essay: Authenticity Obsession, or Conceptualism as Minstrel Show
An essay I wrote about what recent race scandals by avant-garde poets Kenneth Goldsmith and Vanessa Place have to do with sunglasses, the invention of the fingerprint, and the atom bomb.


June 10

Grocery Gawker: Checking out the checkout lane
At the supermarket, I’m often fascinated by what the person in line ahead of me is buying. I can't help it. I surreptitiously observe. I wonder. Sometimes I judge. I know I'm not alone in this. Grocery Gawker is all about those little checkout scenes. [more inside]


June 9

ifTree
My attempt at putting together a very simple javaScript plugin for creating dialog trees and interactive fiction games, complete with some javaScript hooks so you can tie it into other stuff. GitHub link, examples.


What Do You Want, A Medal?
@wdywam gives self-congratulatory twitterers what they claim to deserve.


Interactive Map of UFO Sighting Reports
For this project, I took data from the National UFO Reporting Center and created an interactive map that lets you zoom into your area and see the UFO activity that has been reported (and sometime view photos / videos too). [more inside]


June 7

Four Twitter bots I've made over the past few months.  
@man_products: products for men, @lady_products: products for ladies, @likeuberbut, a terrible startup idea generator and @medrobot, which reminds you to take your medications. [more inside]


June 5

Screet
An on-demand and discreet delivery service for sexual health and safer sex supplies, created as part of the 2015 North American StartupBus. [more inside]


June 3

Passport to Vermont Libraries
We're doing a program to complement summer reading in the Vermont, the Passport to Vermont Libraries. The Vermont Library Association designed a passport and made 1000 of them to give to patrons at participating libraries. Vermont has about 200 libraries (if you count publics and academics and others) and almost 100 of them signed up. You all helped me get started! [more inside]


The Luxurious Port-o-lets of Pacific Heights
People in upscale San Francisco neighborhoods love home renovation but feel compelled to disguise the portable toilets their contractors put out front of the house. This is a celebration of those architectural curiosities.


Reprobation as Shared Inquiry: Teaching the Liberal Arts in Prison
A philosophy paper on punishment and education I published with Daniel Levine in the Radical Philosophy Review where we argue for a novel sense of the reprobative function of punishment in the context of our prison work. [more inside]


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