August 27

Villanelle Bot: Poems Written by Twitter
A bot that writes poems poems in the villanelle form, built using Twitter posts from random people. The poems live on Tumblr, and are announced @villanellebot. [more inside]


August 24

The End of Privacy: a podcast series on the collision between journalism and privacy
I'm producing a five-part podcast series on the intersection of journalism and privacy issues. Episode one, When Governments Spy on Journalists, went live today. It looks at the spyware-maker Hacking Team and journalists who spent years under surveillance by the London Metro Police. With guests from The Intercept and Privacy International.


Live / Play: League of Legends documentary
What do an autoline fisherman in Iceland, a robot maker in Korea, a costume designer in Brazil, an intern in Egypt and an aspiring professional gamer in the US by way of Canada have in common? They are the five players, from a monthly user-base of 70 million, featured in Live/Play - a 38 minute documentary film I directed and edited about League of Legends players around the globe. In the interest of full disclosure, yes, this film was funded by Riot Games but I got the thumbs up to post it here.


Bork bork bork!  
I am reenacting clips of the Swedish Chef cooking things. [more inside]


August 21

Approximal: hyperlocal augmented serendipity
Approximal is an iOS app that uses Bluetooth to discover people nearby. It can match you using social networks (18 supported so far, including the usual suspects), or any adhoc personal networks you and other people create. [more inside]


August 20

Through 50 States in 70 Days (with an American flag)  
General Peter Pace (former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and his wife asked my friend Larry, a retired Maine schoolteacher, to carry an American flag through all 50 states. He invited me to come along as navigator and trip photographer. [more inside]


Live standup/storytelling: 'New Yorkers Scream At Each Other When They're Being Nice.'  
I told this story at The Moth's 'Grand SLAM' in Brooklyn a while back about the time that I was just trying to take the subway home and eat an entire container of Ben and Jerry's ice cream when my groceries spilled all over the train and I got in a screaming match with a really nice lady. [more inside]


The Ephemerides
A bot that pairs randomly selected images from outer planet space probes with computer-generated poems. Also available on Tumblr. [more inside]


August 19

Interview with former political dissident in Taiwan
I recently interviewed Shih Ming-teh (施明德), who was once jailed in Taiwan for a total of 25 years for his views on the island's political independence and fighting for the end of martial law. He is currently on a long shot bid for the island's president as an independent candidate on a leftist platform.


August 18

Structured text editor component for the web
In a deplorable lapse of judgement, I decided that I would be the person to fix the sorry state of online content writing, where sites currently either use crude HTML or Markdown input fields, or infuriating WYSIWYG components. Seven months later, there is ProseMirror, an alpha-stage piece of software that might just grow into the editor I want the web to use. It even does collaborative editing because some problems are just hard to resist. [more inside]


Video games and school? YES
My six year old son needed some extra motivation to practice reading and writing this summer, so we built a video game. Now, we're tracking visits and viewing them on a map to talk about geography. Please delight him by checking it out! [more inside]


August 17

London Reconnections Magazine - The Transport Magazine You'll Happily Read on the Tube  
Egon was wrong. Print isn't dead and we intend to prove it. London Reconnections, London's premier source of transport geekery, is now available in print. And we think it looks rather good. [more inside]


August 16

Derivative Poetry
Here is some poetry. It has words and lines and things. There may be stanzas.


Translations from Chile
Unofficial translations of articles I find interesting, in either the Chilean press or the related blogosphere. [more inside]


August 14

Sometihng refreshing for the poolside?
A little sci-fi horror short story to enjoy poolside. TW: Death camps, climate change, video games. [more inside]


Northern California Lightning Series
I wrote a chapbook of poems about the 2008 California wildfires, drought, love, and anxiety about the future called Northern California Lightning Series. [more inside]


A robot will do your job one day. You should start building it.
I did a talk at the Develop Denver 2015 conference on developers building automation systems (robots) to replace themselves. This is a video of the talk, minus the intro. [more inside]


August 13

A new unofficial website for Vernon, Vermont
In 2014, the state of Vermont passed an updated Open Meetings law that required, among other things, that towns with official websites post minutes of board and committee meetings within 5 calendar days. While most towns have no problem with that (the minutes are required to be available in 5 days at the Clerk's office, anyway), some of them decided to turn off their website entirely rather than comply — including my home town, Vernon. Unofficial websites are now popping up in some of these towns, and with a co-conspirator I've just launched this one for Vernon. [more inside]


August 12

Jordan Harper on bandits, crime fic's race problem, and fuck Mickey Spilane
I interviewed crime author and fellow MeFite Jordan Harper for The Life Sentence.


August 11

Better Fantasy Baseball
This is a one-week fantasy baseball site I hacked together to learn clojure. My friends and I like it, so I thought I would forward it along. [more inside]


HOW many eggs?  
So, my friend and I, (both librarians and enthusiastic eaters) who did a previous food-related project, have a new one where we make things we've always wanted to eat from our favorite books. We are far from the first to have this idea, but we get kind of intense about it. [more inside]


August 7

One Year in Ferguson
It's not a long "read" — I work at a radio station after all — but more of a long "listen and look". On the anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown, we remember what it felt like on those first few confusing days in August, melting into grief, anger and distrust coming from all directions, followed by the uneasy anticipation of the grand jury's decision, the chaotic nights after no true bill and then, finally, some progress. A project by me and my colleagues at St. Louis Public Radio.


August 6

Open Transcripts
Annotated transcripts of presentations on media, art, and design, made freely available on the web. [more inside]


August 4

Algorithmically Generated Poetry
I made a website that generates poetry in the style of a given poet. [more inside]


August 3

Tufte CSS  
Style your webpage like Edward Tufte's handouts! [more inside]


Trailer - The Norma Gene
I wrote a book! We made a trailer for it! Animation by Phineas and Ferb's Patrick O'Connor. Thanks to all the MeFites who helped me get this far!


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.


« Older projects