May 20

StartCards flashcards for entrepreneurs
StartCards are free flashcards for serious entrepreneurs. Founders use them to quickly memorize key concepts so they can spend less time reading books and more time growing their business. [more inside]


CopsCases
CopsCases is a bot that tweets when police, sheriff or state police/trooper/patrol agencies are sued in federal court. It tweets the lawsuit's number, name and state it was filed in. It links to the plaintiff's complaint (and amended complaint if there is one) and the defendant's response. Post on what courts aren't included and other limitations.


Super Micro Paint  
I made a web toy that simulates a doodling and animation toy from an alternate timeline 1990s. Create 2 color, 32x16 pixel, four frame animations. Then transform your creations into gifs resembling a cheap LCD, an LED matrix, a vacuum fluorescent display, and more. (Source on github)


May 19

@snakepeople_bot
Are you alarmed about these new snake people? No?! You should be! So, here's a bot that gathers news about their doings for you. [more inside]


May 18

“…my joys and thee? the sparrow builds / herself a frightful ghost.”
Isaac Watts, known as the “Father of English Hymnody,” wrote words to dozens of well-loved hymns and carols, including Joy To The World and O God, Our Help In Ages Past. @watts_ebooks generates random hymn stanzas based on his complete works, with (mostly) correct rhyme and scansion and HIGHLY DUBIOUS theology! (Github repo; blog post on how it all works.)


Parametric Greek Temples in Minecraft
This set of scripts allows a Minecraft user on a server running Scriptcraft to easily create a variety of Ancient Greek-style buildings. Sample video.


106.js
Play an 80s synth in your browser with 106.js, a MIDI-enabled emulation of the Roland Juno-106 synthesizer. Chrome/Desktop only. Github repo here.


May 17

Expansive Thoughts, a Tweet Splitter/Separator  
Split messages and comments into 140 character chunks. [more inside]


May 14

MPDluxe
A new app I wrote for the iPhone and iPod Touch to remotely control the MPD open-source networked music playing software, start/stop playback, edit the playlist, browse the music collection and queue up tracks for playing. (App Store link.) [more inside]


Reporting, Reviewing, and Responding to Harassment on Twitter  
For three weeks last November, Women, Action, and the Media accepted harassment reports that they escalated to Twitter, collecting data on the experience of harassment and the process of reporting it. Our team of academics have published a comprehensive report on what they found. [more inside]


May 13

Living in Twilight
In which we learn that Charles was a firm, loving and slightly mercurial professor, and that you can save art departments with pee... [more inside]


May 12

The Big Lebowskemoji
My attempt to emoji-ify the entire Big Lebowski movie. Now, all images (to ensure browser support), and at Medium, fully explained line-by-line below.


LED Array Prototype
This is a 10ft x10ft 3200 RGB pixel LED array that I have assembled in my living room. It's a prototype for a 10,000 pixel version I'm building for our Burning Man camp, Be There Now. I plan on using it as a sound reactive party light as well as an ego stroking Giant Selfie Machine. I am not a lighting designer or a professional LED nerd, I'm just a guy with a big living room and I'm not afraid to try stuff. Videos liquid effect scattered pixels free form a music driven test [more inside]


All Positives / Maroon Sunflowers
I'm announcing a new boutique poetry vandalism service, "All Positives / Maroon Sunflowers." If you donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the National Police Accountability Project, I'll vandalize (or, inscribe more meaningfully) one object you send me, make & post a GIF of it, and send it back to you. For complete details, please check out both links. Thanks for looking!


Completely overhauled my art portfolio website!
My art portfolio website is now using squarespace software and it's finally mobile friendly! I also changed the overall look, added tons of title/dimension/date information, and edited the navigation bar down for a more minimal and clean atmosphere. [more inside]


May 7

What is #GamerGate currently ruining?
Everything about #GamerGate has been, as mefi would say, super inside baseball, so I set up a website to show everyone what misogynist crap they're currently doing and stuck a blog on the back with brief summaries and links to people who have covered it more in depth. It's very inspired by single-serve sites even though I've added a lot more to it by now. About the project.


May 6

The Cat Vs Kirk
A man watches a movie. A cat takes a nap. Who used their time more wisely? [more inside]


May 4

Nobody puts R2 in the corner  
A little mashup for May the 4th. Uncanny how well the audio (ALL from Dirty Dancing) syncs up with the final scene from episode IV!


Wavelist: playlists of awesome podcast episodes
Wavelist lets you create and discover playlists of interesting podcast episodes. The first few playlist topics include marriage equality, the earthquake in Nepal, Sina Weibo and social networking in China, and weird birds.


May 2

simple geocoder
A straightforward web interface for geocoding addresses in a CSV (or other delimited text file) and visualizing the results on a map as you go. Spits out CSV and GeoJSON. [more inside]


Twitter-based Pluto "Facts"
In commemoration of the impending flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons mission, I have created a twitter account, inspired by other such "fact" oriented accounts as @CatTipps, @FactsAboutEggs. Will publish a fact or two about Pluto every day up through the NASA flyby, or as long as the inspiration lasts.


May 1

Reel of work from 2011 to 2014
A reel that showcases a selection of my work from 2011 to August 2014. tessmartinart.com Unless otherwise stated, all clips are from personal films. [more inside]


April 30

Online Video Maker
Renderforest is free online slideshow maker and animated video maker. Create slideshows, promotional and explainer business videos, logo animations and lot more. [more inside]


April 29

My Kids' Art
I made a tumblr to upload scans of my kids' art and homework. Check out JFK and Hitchcock before you decide that sounds utterly boring.


April 28

A Guide to Cousins
Second cousin or first cousin once removed? Here's an explanation and a catchy song to help you keep it all straight.


Imagining a Safer Space: Building Community & Ending Harassment in Punk  
I recently got harassed in a pretty terrifying way at a punk venue in Austin, Texas. I used my experience as inspiration for a piece that examines why and how harassers are allowed to continue operating within the punk community, as well as how to establish community norms that holds them accountable for their actions. [more inside]


Genetic Football
You got your football simulator in my evolutionary model! No, YOU got your genetic algorithms in MY incredibly realistic football simulator! Which is to say: Genetic Football applies the ideas of natural selection to some very, very dumb simulated football players and lets you try and evolve the league over time. [more inside]


Scorched Earth
Follow an opportunistic, money-minded piranha -- and his unsuccessful assistant -- in the comic strip Scorched Earth. Described as "3 panel goodness!" by Crowd Share user MisterJ. [more inside]


April 27

Dancing with Cannibals  
Dicho Ilunga’s Dancing with Cannibals brings an African perspective to telling the story of the most horrifying chapter in the European colonization of the African continent. [more inside]


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]


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