May 25

At the Zoo: the Complete Comic Strip
I posted my comic strip here a couple years ago when I began it—now that it's finished, I've compiled the strips into a book anthology. [more inside]


May 22

High Post Software
In early 2017 I launched a new web and mobile development consultancy, focused on small and medium sized organizations, especially those with a social mission. [more inside]


Documenting a local tradition's full menu
I'm trying to eat the entire menu at my local beachfront Chinese restaurant. [more inside]


May 21

#knitgrrl52 knit-pattern-a-week Patreon
I'm releasing a knitting pattern every single week of the year and documenting the money side of things from every possible angle for analysis. [more inside]


May 18

Linux Rig
I relaunched my Linux blog, Linux Rig, with a (slightly) shorter name, a new platform, and a new look. All of the interviews with people about their Linux setups seem to have survived the move.


May 17

Eat Everywhere (smartphone app)
I'm part of a team that just released a unique, pretty amazing food app (iOS and Android). It's called Eat Everywhere, created by Chowhound founder Jim Leff (though tons of us worked on it). It covers virtually every cuisine, offering pragmatic, quick, witty advice on how and what to order, and experience things like an insider. Great while traveling, as well as for eating in ethnic restaurants near home. Great for newbies who've always hesitated about strolling into the local Jamaican take-out, but also great for filling gaps for experts (also: calligraphs to show waiters in Chinese regional restaurants, etc. etc.). Here's Leff's launching statement, and the app's web page is linked above. [more inside]


May 16

Just Like Grape
Starting a weekly newsletter about arts, design and entrepreneurship. The first two posts are already up!


Color Crosshatching the Ralston Way
This is a printable, foldable mini instruction booklet that will teach you my easy method for crosshatching in color. [more inside]


Daycare & preschool search (San Francisco only)
I have a 2 and 4 year old and am tired of it being so hard to figure out my child care options. So my partner & I researched and indexed 800+ child care providers in SF, including the impossible-to-find in-home daycares. (Other cities are coming, but I started here because I live here.) [more inside]


May 15

'The Invasion' as Anti-Fascist film  
I wrote about the 2007 flop 'The Invasion' for Vice's Does It Actually Suck? And read it as a newly relevant parable about fascism from outer space.


May 10

Butter & Syrup: an occasional food newsletter
I've created a food newsletter designed to distract and inform. Subscribers receive concise emails with links, recommendations and recipes. If you like it, sign up. [more inside]


May 8

Live On
Some people do not think they can get through the challenges they face, and some people may think there’s no way to live a happy, fulfilling life with a disability, but we know that’s not true. The Live On Movement was created to show people with disabilities the incredible lives they can lead, and all they need to do right now is choose to Live On. The mission of the Live On Movement is to show disabled people everywhere that life is worth living and to connect people with the resources they need to Live On. [more inside]


This Land, This Year
I'm traveling to every state in the USA in 2017 and writing about it. For several reasons. I've been to eight states so far. There's an Instagram to go along with the blog.


May 6

Old Blue Witch
I have been working on the new Fit and the Conniptions album for a loooooong time. [more inside]


May 5

One Light Portrait Project
I've been photographing everyone at my workplace. I have one light, a grey wall, and about 5 minutes per person.


May 4

Fell, a story reading with music
Story by something awful forums poster ironic twist, reading and music by me


May 3

Zzyzmoji
I joined the Apple Developer Program and went through the whole process just so I could make iMessage stickers of my cat, the frequently-posted-in-comments-here Zzyzx the Bengal! [more inside]


May 1

Qal'bu Maryam Women's Mosque
As a pro bono project, I worked on the PR for a new, radically inclusive, women-led mosque in Berkeley, California. It's only the second women's-led mosque in the US and the first that allows genders to pray together. The dedication ceremony and prayer service was held April 14, 2017, and got a lot of press, including TV reports and other coverage. [more inside]


April 29

The Weekly Weird
A curated weekly newsletter/blog of mostly-tech links that are interesting, strange, surprising or funny. From the BGP Bitcoin theft in 2014 that started it to Kugelblitzes, hashmaps in Rust and licking Nintendo cartridges, the Weekly Weird is me dumping my browser tabs into an email just in time for lunchtime on Friday (EST). No politics unless the underlying story is really compelling. Subscribe here.


April 27

Hyrule map projections
Assuming the NES view of Hyrule is plate carrée, how might it look under other projections? Fortunately, I just saw a talk by Rob Simmon (which has corresponding detailed articles) about how to use these gdalwarp (one of a set of powerful geospatial tools provided by GDAL) to find out!


April 26

Lofi Hero
In hopes of supplementing my income while looking for work, I decided to release (via Bandcamp) a collection of recent lofi recordings I've been producing to wile away the stressful lonely hours since my divorce when I'm coping with separation anxiety over my kids and the stress of my recent personal financial crisis. "Lofi Hero" collects one-offs, demos, and various spontaneous rough recordings I captured on my mobile phone while developing songs for a larger studio effort with other collaborators that I hope to be able to release later this year or early next, depending on what the challenges of my financial hardship and other responsibilities permit. [more inside]


April 25

The Black Shakes
I made a video... thing, with loops and vocal improvisation and stuff. It's kind of funny. [more inside]


It's No Game: A sci-fi short film (mostly) written by AI, starring David Hasselhoff
Last year, Oscar Sharp and I made the short-film Sunspring in just two days for the Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Film Contest. It was (so far as we know) the first film created from a computer-generated screenplay [1,2,3,4]. This year, Oscar and I followed up on Sunspring with a new short film created for the same contest: It's No Game, starring David Hasselhoff. See the accompanying article in Ars Technica for more details. (Rather than generating the screenplay in its entirety, this time we used our neural nets as augmentative writing tools to generate short snippets of dialogue in various styles. )


Capsule Reviews of Classic Speculative Fiction Stories
For years and years, I’ve been collecting editions of the Annual World’s Best SF anthology series, which ran from 1972 to 1990. A couple of years ago I decided to commit to reading or rereading every single one of them, and to reviewing every single story in each of them on Goodreads. As of April 2017, I’ve gotten through 10 of them and reviewed a total of 107 stories. [more inside]


A Proposed Alliance of the Knights of Malta and the United States of America
Anyone interested in some of the more odd and curious aspects of the American Revolution, its life and times, should enjoy the wealth of material at Journal of the American Revolution. Title link my latest, but there is something there for everyone. While I'm here, my Great Siege of Malta is now available for pre-order in paperback, release date June 6. Very reasonably priced and just as good as the hardcover (which is available now). Perfect for graduation/fathers' day/beach reads. Do the author a solid! I have a child looking at colleges.


Progressive Alliance
This project's main goal is to elect a progressive majority to the UK's House of Commons at the forthcoming general election. "We won't accept one party rule. We need to vote smart to win. We can overturn our unfair electoral system and build a progressive majority. We've got to put aside the old tribal politics. Join the fight for a Progressive Alliance." [more inside]


April 24

Hyacinth & The Secrets Beneath
My first novel comes out next month from Random House. It's aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds, and it's about an American girl who moves to London and encounters a giant pig in a bathing suit, a centuries-old magical conspiracy, and a bunch of monsters who work for the Royal Mail. Booklist calls it "fun, freaky, outlandish, and suspenseful." The School Library Journal calls it a "fantastic, funny adventure." Kirkus calls it "a rollicking adventure with a lulu of an ending." Me? I call it "a book I spent ten years working on, and I'm prouder of it than anything else I've written, and I really want it to do well." (I probably need to work on my blurbing skills.) [more inside]


April 21

This year's sacrifice to Cthulhu is sponsored by…
In my story “Who Weeps for Cthulhu?”, the old gods have returned, but perhaps there is a greater horror. Featuring Trader Joe’s tequila and turkey kielbasa, plus mariachi music.


April 20

Astrology Bitch
Bitching about life and bad astrology. Very sweary.


April 14

Ibadan’s Tailors, Traders, and Textiles: A Narrative Photodocumentary
Proud to announce my first collaboration with fellow Mefite glasseyes - we met in an AskMe about textiles and ethnic fashions a few years ago, and this is teh culmination of months of work. Join us in this journey through fabric shops and fashion magazines to see how brands are built through word of mouth and hard work in the informal economy.


April 12

Progressive Massachusetts Legislator Scorecard
I created an interface to help you learn more about your Massachusetts state senator and house rep based on their past votes and bill cosponsorships. The app uses data collected by the organization Progressive Massachusetts and was developed in cooperation with them. I'm hoping it helps MA residents assess their state reps based on their legislative records, rather than their rhetoric. [more inside]


April 11

Jerk in Progress - a daily sobriety/accountability podcast
100 days in, I think this is "real" enough to share now -- starting on January 1, I thought I'd reinforce my good intentions with a daily podcast about sobriety, exercise, diet and generally trying to do better. Each daily podcast is at or under 3 minutes, including a 10-second "check-in" at the end. [more inside]


April 8

Burning the Days
Dual-function site: New mailing list of my creative writing and limited archive of my past writing projects (Victory Shag, Wrestle the Future to the Fucking Ground, etc.) -- fiction, poetry, love letters, what have you. [more inside]


April 5

Explore Parts Unknown
New site for Anthony Bourdain, taking a deep dive into the destinations visited in Parts Unknown. His goal for the project: "go as far as we can, go as weird as we can, as deep as we can and as smart as we can." [more inside]



April 1

Find out what's #TRENTing from a brash cartoon character
Short comedy video series: Trent is a sort of Max Headroom for the social media era — but only sort of. He lives inside the matrix, telling you what's #TRENTing, in a brash style — mixing a Scandinavian accent with a Brooklyn attitude. In this episode, Trent weighs in on the Ghost in the Shell controversy, the Vice President's rule about dining alone with women, and your search history being up for sale. WARNING: "Mature" language. [more inside]


March 30

Like ships passing in the night
I wrote an article on my Gamasutra blog about how Pac-Man can move through the ghosts without getting caught. It's an excerpt from my book Bug Voyage, in the current Storybundle, which tells about glitches in classic games while offering a smattering of computer science ideas along the way. It's kind of a change of pace for me, it has little to do with roguelikes, but it does explain how you can crash any Galaga machine without putting money into it. [more inside]


March 29

Front page of Animation World Network! Check out my recent article on four recent animated features.
Not All Animators Yearn to Direct Big Studio Films: Small budget auteur-driven animated feature films offer inspiring and compelling stories rarely found at the local multiplex.


March 28

Red Flags "Read-In"
Reading for Change! April 2nd event will be online, everywhere. [more inside]


March 27

Will It Skillet?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Cast-Iron Skillet
I'm happy to announce that my first book — "Will It Waffle?" — has a follow-up: "Will It Skillet?" I've gone from waffle iron to cast iron. MeFites have been supportive of my first book since well before it was even a book. What can I say? I hope that people like the second book, too. [more inside]


March 26

Falsehoods-to-Bullshit
I mentioned this idea in a politics thread and decided to throw it together. This replaces "falsehood(s)" with "bullshit" on any web page. As a bonus, it replaces "false" with "full-of-shit." It makes the news a bit more readable. Screenshot


March 25

What The $!#&@! Do They Need Now?
A point-and-click game about the recent US Travel/Muslim Bans, made as part of Indie Train Jam 2017. [more inside]


March 24

Vermont Fall Fiber Tour
This package vacation takes participants on a week-long excursion around Vermont during peak foliage season, exploring farms, spinning mills, and artist studios. Hands-on workshops in spinning , knitting and felting will be taught by Vermont-based professionals, and materials sourced from in-state. [more inside]


March 20

Themes for a Lost City
a 25-minute EP of harsh, occasionally listenable ambient drone. [more inside]


LinkedIn Thought Leadership Generator
I was interested in learning jquery at the same time I was feeling kind of irritated with all the 'thought leadership' articles flooding LinkedIn. So I made a generator that gives anyone industry influencer-level article ideas.


March 17

The Throwin' Rocks at Fish Roleplayin' Game
A role playing game like no other. [more inside]


March 16

The Filthy Dozen
A darkly amusing roleplaying game of goblin commandos in the armies of The Twilight Lord. Inspired by WW2 movies, Pratchett and Cornwell. Featuring goblin mayhem, satire and grotesquery.


March 15

We [might] fix you
We Will Fix You is a semi-serious/semi-surreal/broadly dreadful advice podcast brought to you by the same team of idiots who talk about comics over at ConSequential. [more inside]


March 13

EveryName.info | An unordered list of every name  
I don't know why it's never occurred to me to post to Projects before, so here is the latest and dumbest: an unordered, endless list of names. All the names there are.


March 11

ketchupReader - a webclient for Pocket
I just built a web-client for Pocket (getpocket.com - an online bookmarking/read-it-later service) with extra features the current Pocket web-client doesn't have (and I have more planned). Uses the power and ubiquity of Pocket, but adds features the current interface lacks. [more inside]


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