April 23

eddy -- autocorrect for Java
We just released a plugin for Intellij IDEA and Android Studio that takes pseudocode and turns it into valid Java. You can watch a demo here. [more inside]


April 22

The Pocket Radio Theater Presents: The Bootleggers
It is March 1921. After the U.S. Congress passes the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, the sale and import of alcoholic beverages becomes a FELONY. The amendment does nothing to slack the thirst of a nation in the grips of the excesses of the JAZZ AGE, however, and an entire generation of CRIMINALS, LOW-LIFES, CHARLATANS, and RAKEHELLS rises to meet the challenge of supplying that thirst. THE BOOTLEGGERS follows two ROCHESTER rumrunners as they smuggle booze across Lake Ontario in an old sailboat while avoiding the LAW, the GANGSTERS, the WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION, and the occasional GREAT LAKE SQUALL. [more inside]


April 21

Jupiter, Floating Islands of Grease, and Angeloids - A Serial Web Novel
Some time back I read how if there was life in Jupiter's atmosphere, it might live on floating islands of congealed hydrocarbons. Next thing I knew, I was writing a serial novel (new posts on M, W, F) with that as a starting point. Of course once you get humans living in Jupiter's atmosphere, humans modified to have wings becomes a short next step.


April 18

Fuck Shit Up  
Fuck Shit Up is a Chrome extension that semi-judiciously sprinkles some "fuck"s into whatever web page you're reading. Not enough fucks? Hit the button a few more times. Gets interesting results when applied to news, dry technical stuff, Wikipedia, and Twitter at the least. [more inside]


April 16

Two Mistakes: A Non-Musical Musical
My narrative poem, Two Mistakes took second place prize in the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Competition. It is a reworking of Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors set in the early and mid-19th century in Kentucky (slave) and Indiana (free) states. The above link goes to blog post describing the work. The work itself can be found here. [more inside]


April 15

Customers Included, 2nd Edition
I just launched the 2nd edition of my book about customer experience and strategy. It has a bunch of case studies - from Apple, Google, Netflix, Walmart, an African hand pump, a New York City park, and the B-17 bomber - showing what happens when organizations fail to include the customer/user/recipient when they make big decisions. [more inside]


Irish Travellers in America
I have been looking at existing literature and media regarding the small, very private Irish Traveller ethnic group in America. [more inside]


All Her Buzzing Eyes
A cyberpunk retelling of Hamlet, from Ophelia's perspective. My first published science fiction story!


April 14

MODERN HORROR TALES  
Ten morbidly modern sources of the dreads in daily life.


April 13

ConSequential Podcast
It's a podcast about comics! Specifically, some lit nerds doing close reading/analysis of comics, with strong leanings towards the indie/diverse rather than what is new from Marvel/DC (though we cover a bit of that too). New podcasts roughly twice a month. [more inside]


Animal Cafes.com
A guide to animal cafes in Japan - places to hang out with cats, rabbits, reptiles, small birds or raptors - plus Japanese pet-related news and trends.


word.camera generates paragraphs from a photograph
With Clarifai, an image concept extraction API utilizing convolutional neural networks, and ConceptNet, a lexical relationship database, I built a template system to generate paragraphs of text from photographs. word.camera is responsive — it works on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. The code behind it is open source and available on GitHub, because lexography is for everyone. [more inside]


April 9

The Green Fence Project
For many Los Angeles residents, the green fence represents dramatic change. Its arrival signals a tear down of an older home and months-long construction of a mcmansion on their street. The Green Fence Projects documents the transformation in one neighborhood that's seeing a growing number of these tear downs and build ups. [more inside]


April 8

ImmigrationTrackr  
Applying for visas is a pain in the ass - there's a lot of paperwork to deal with, and a ton of personal information to keep track of. So we've created a tracking app to help you manage all of that. [more inside]


April 6

ORCWANKER  
A generator of excellent swears. Text is NSFW, obviously. [more inside]


April 2

Wolf Proverbs  
@wolfproverbs is a twitter bot that tweets the collected wit and wisdom of wolves - not translated into English, but you can often get the gist of it. [more inside]


Everywhere in NYC that Movies were Filmed
An interactive map pinpointing the locations of everywhere in NYC that a movie was filmed, 2011 - 2013.


Why Frogs Have Taken Over Passover  
An essay I wrote for The Atlantic!


April 1

anaphylaxis album "Shell Beach" coming 12 April 2015
After the better part of a decade in limbo, the final anaphylaxis album Shell Beach is set for release on 12 April 2015. This date is the tenth anniversary of the release of the previous anaphylaxis album, noise for lovers. [more inside]


?? DAYS OF DISORDER ??: 5 videos, curated daily
A videoblog where I post 5 videos a day, Monday to Friday, mainly selected from Vimeo and YouTube. The content is not very focused, but it usually reflects some of my interests: experimental video art, installations, new technologies, music visualisation, cymatics, geometry, contemporary dance, microscopic or macroscopic images, stop motion films, music videos that are visually interesting... [more inside]


March 30

Breakfast & 5 O'Clock Somewhere
A daily bite, drink, and story from around the world. Breakfast and 5 O'Clock Somewhere are two new sections on Roads & Kingdoms, a food & travel journalism site that's gotten love on The Blue and was just nominated for a James Beard award for best food coverage. [more inside]


Dup Bridge
An iPhone application that deals and scores duplicate bridge hands using free-to-print cards.


March 29

Men's Neckties: How-to tie necktie knots  
Ever wondered how to tie a tie? How about a bow tie? Did you know there are various knots you can use to fancy up the humble necktie? Here's how! [more inside]


March 27

Sunday Squee
Every Sunday I'm posting about something I love. [more inside]


Matching gardeners and neighbors with space to share
We built a way for gardeners without gardens to find neighbors with space to share. It's done well in the Boston area – BoingBoing wrote it up last year. Looking for feedback on how to expand to be a national project. We've started promoting it, but as it's a marketplace, it faces all the challenges of marketplaces – you need two interested parties to arrive around the same time. We don't make any money on it. We're building it for love of gardens everywhere. :)


House minus dialogue
I cut all of the dialogue out of an episode (S1E11, "Detox") of House M.D. just to see what would be left. Answer: only about 14 minutes of running time, a reasonably coherent storyline thanks to some good blocking and visual direction, a lot of exasperated reaction shots, and a few long uncut segments where wordlessness was the point of the originally-aired sequence. [more inside]


The 3D Additivist Manifesto
#Additivism blurs the boundaries between art, engineering, science fiction, and digital aesthetics. It calls for critical, artistic, and speculative submissions to a Cookbook of radical ideas, to be released in Autumn 2015. [more inside]


March 25

Every Non-Word
A bot that tweets random combinations of English syllables. [more inside]


Android App - Shortcuts for Waze
For some unfathomable reason Waze does not provide a built in way to add shortcuts to places (at least not that I could find, except maybe the home/work widget that doesn't work on my system). So I wrote this app to provide them. [more inside]


March 24

WYRF
For those tired of choosing between fighting 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, WYRF generates other options. "Would you rather fight 1 thunderstorm-sized clown or 1000 clown-sized thunderstorms?" [more inside]


A Travel Guide
A Travel Guide generates random travel guides for all points on the globe using sentences wrenched from Wikivoyage. Its goal to give its visitors an alternate reading of place, through the serendipitous juxtaposition of their current location with evocative procedural text. [more inside]


March 23

Randomized Dystopia
Are you tired of the same old dystopias? Why not write about tyrannies that deny different rights? Try Randomized Dystopia! [more inside]


March 22

Massive Head Canon
Intelligent discussion of movies, books, games, and technology. [more inside]


March 20

You Don't Have To Ride - Gospel Records from My Collection  
I've been collecting gospel records for a little while now and figured it was time that I share. Every day I post at least one track from my collection. Most of these tracks are from the late sixties through the early eighties and clearly influenced by secular black American music, but with a twist. For various reasons the vast majority of gospel music has never been reissued and isn't available digitally, so this is the first time these songs are available without tracking down the original releases in most cases. [more inside]


FoneScript, a hacker-friendly cloud phone system
FoneScript is two things: a domain-specific language for defining voicemail or comapny-directory-style menus and call routing, and (eventually) a cloud platform for hosting these systems with no on-premises equipment for the users. [more inside]


Saving Our Sisters: A Grassroot Movement helping mothers avoid reliquishment
Building a Mothers Network "The network has been providing the very support that many of the birthmothers wish they been given when they were experiencing an unplanned pregnancy crisis and the threat of adoption seemed the only way out." If you know a mom in a crisis pregnancy who wants to birth and parent but is concerned about a lack of resources, financial security, support, or emotional issues they need help with, let them know about this resource. [more inside]


March 19

@console_dot_log
A sampling of log statements as they get pushed to Github (a site that hosts open source code). Logs usually contain human-readable messages that are used by programmers to give themselves an idea of what's going on in the case that their software is having problems or behaving unexpectedly.


March 17

Prodgers' Adventures
A blog version of two books of thrilling travel yarns by forgotten Edwardian adventurer Cecil Herbert Prodgers, set in Bolivia, Chile and Peru. I'm working through them in annotated entries of around 1000 words each; the first volume, Adventures in Bolivia, is over halfway through, with our man Cecil in the thick of the jungle and facing danger from pumas, jaguars, piranha and candiru. [more inside]


March 16

Irish-American Dining  
Just in time for St. Paddy's Day, an ongoing project looking at food that is explicitly Irish-American. With recipes! [more inside]


March 15

Books for (Washington) DC
As part of Open Data Day DC, I began the Books for DC (aka 'booksfordc') project with the goal of increasing user engagement with the DC Public Library's many wonderful resources. Last month, I wrote a web scraper that publishes a Twitter feed of new additions to the DCPL book catalog. And I just released a Chrome browser extension that lets you know what books and ebooks are available at the DCPL when browsing Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble. [more inside]


March 13

Myanmar's Second Wind
I've had the good luck to have spent a bit of time in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma (and no, please don't ask me why I don't use that word, it's a long story). I work in tech. So, here's a series of stories I'm writing about it. You may or may not have known that in spite of all the incredible challenges the country still faces, there's also – what shall we call it? — a glimmer, of hope? That a lot has changed? That for example, a SIM card cost $2500 a few years ago, and $250 a year back (when I got mine), and now it's $1.50 AND available also to foreigners at the airport when you land? It is an incredible country. I hope you'll get to see a little bit of it through this. I really should update it more (I have about 5 more interviews/profiles lined up).


March 10

Tours of Failed Civilizations
Metafilter saved my life on so many days when I felt hopeless and alone. Here is my love letter back. It's about systems collapse, intimacy, and grief. I tried to keep it as funny as possible, but it did turn out a little dark. I hope you like it. If financial concerns prevent you from enjoying this work at this time, ping me. I think a crate of .pdf's fell off the Amazon truck.


I paid some guy on the internet $5 to dance to my music.
Here's the video he sent me. [more inside]


March 8

Tales of Whoa  
My attempt to document a lifetime of embarrassments and missteps. Tumblr updated semi-regularly.


March 6

barrl: gusty winds may exist
I started one of those blogs people have where they write about all the stuff they care about. Topics include, among other things: social justice and feminism, video games (especially Dragon Age) and menstruation. Also, there are jokes. [more inside]


March 5

Skaz: A dual-language anthology of Russian short stories
My latest publishing project is an anthology of short stories in the skaz narrative style. The book has the Russian and English texts on facing pages and represents a sampling of skaz throughout the Tsarist and Soviet eras. [more inside]


Lil Friendys - a chthonic office-sitcom puppetshow  
Lil Friendys is a puppetshow/office-sitcom about Alma, who is new to the underworld. Each episode is roughly two minutes, and new episodes post each Thursday.


March 4

The Rainbow at The Weird Fiction Review
I wrote a story! And it got published! Hooray! It's about cruise ships. And corn dogs. And the disposability of human labor under capitalism. And eyelashes. And sex. [more inside]


A podcast about grief
New podcast about grief and loss from the NPO where I work. Conversational in tone, aimed at helping those grieving a death, and those supporting the grievers, with a particular emphasis on helping kids.


March 2

LiSE, the Life Simulator Engine
A rules based engine for life simulation games. Draw some graphs for your world model, build rules out of "cards" representing functions, let it run for a while, then rewind time, change things, and do it again differently. [more inside]


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