November 21

See what became of your local Blockbuster
We’ll show you what your Blockbuster became, and explore the the retail spaces that remain. A bit of nostalgic naval gazing I’m proud to have helped put together.


November 20

Code Review, Forwards and Back
Your team’s code review practices cause ripple effects far into the future. In this play, see several ways a single code review can go, then fast-forward and rewind to see the effects – on codebase and culture – of different code review approaches. Video recording of a 22-minute play about code review, mentorship, tech management, and regret. Premiered on October 6th, 2017 at PyGotham in New York City. Announcement blog post ("it's Run Lola Run but about code review") and wrapup post (audience responses included "I used to be that reviewer and I'm trying not to be anymore" and "I don't code at all but this is a marvelous management parable").


November 16

Write or Die 3
Write or Die 3 is the latest in a line of quirky tools for short-circuiting writer's block. Too many writing apps are too unopinionated, they will wait forever for you to start writing. Write or Die exhorts you to write and when you stop writing it will provide consequences. [more inside]


General Intellect Unit
A podcast examining the intersection of Technology, Politics and Philosophy, from an unapologetically Socialist perspective.


November 15

Ghost Records
An ongoing series of imagined albums from artist discographies.


November 14

Follow Along At Home
as I travel around the US in a truck and tiny camper, taking pictures and writing, well, blog entries. I left Asheville, NC on October 10, 2017 and one month in, I’m in New Mexico. So if you enjoy slow travel stories and photography, please join me!


November 10

VirtuaVerse - A Cyberpunk Point & Click Adventure by Theta Division Games
Hello, I'd like to present to you the game I'm working together with my game dev team at Theta Division Games.

It's a cyberpunk point and click adventure called VirtuaVerse. I'm doing the story and soundtrack, Valenberg does the pixel art and elder0010 is our coder.

You can see some videos with gameplay and other stuff on our pages on Facebook and Twitter

MASTER BOOT RECORD



November 7

The Bake Canadian Take Off
It's a podcast! Richard Platel (me) and Liz Walker discuss this week's episode of the Canadian edition of Bake Off, The Great Canadian Baking Show.


November 4

Tumbleweird is a free, monthly, alternative zine distributed in and around Washington state's Tri-City (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) area.
My friend Logan and I started the zine last year. At that time, it was printed in black & white (regular copy paper folded in half with saddle stitch binding). In February 2017 we switched to a tabloid format (24 pages, 8 of them in color, about 15 inches by 10 inches, same binding). Every issue is available on our web site as a PDF. Its current tagline is "Your local liberal rag." It has comics, a crossword, horoscopes, art, local events, and articles. [more inside]


Date Me Super Senpai
It's the first video game to come out of the new media program at a youth development program I worked with, SAY Sí. It was designed and programmed entirely by the high school students that are part of the program (with some help from instructors). It's a dating sim set at a school for superheroes, and features multiple endings with whatever gender you attempt to date. I'm not an instructor there anymore, but I am super proud of what these young folks accomplished.


November 2

WAFFLES! A weekly radio show/podcast on varying themes
A different theme each week! MeFite Kitteh and I co-host a Saturday-morning radio show at CFRC in Kingston, Ontario, and for over three years we've picked a weekly theme and explored it through music, in every style imaginable. I've been pushing the archives to podcast (legally, under a SOCAN 22F tariff) for a while now. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or Google Play (search for Waffles Radio)! The site also archives a summer radio fill-in/podcast on video game music and composers, Virtualosos, which ultimately wasn't sustainable.


October 31

Hell017
Hey boils and ghouls! My 17th annual cartoon madness has been stitched together and reanimated for your Halloween viewing pleasure. CAUTION - political humor directed at the ruinous right-wing. Read with care and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


October 25

Play Payba¢k  
Payba¢k is a game designed to help teens understand the costs of college BEFORE they begin applying. We made it to address an issue many families face: Kids have no idea how much college actually costs. Parents are super uncomfortable discussing finances with their kids. So too often, nobody talks, kids apply to schools they can't afford, parents stretch themselves too thin and everyone ends up disappointed. [more inside]


October 24

Wrestling Social - The Independent, Progressive, Pro Wrestling Community
Based on my convos at XOXO, on MeFi itself, and around the 'ol Mastodon and Twitter spheres, there are a decent number of Indieweb folks who enjoy the art form of pro wrestling as much as I do. The current places to discuss pro graps online are mostly corporate-owned "communities" whose primary purpose is to provide eyeballs for advertisers. Wrestling Social is different. We're independent, we have a Code of Conduct, and we're sticking to it. Registration is open.co [more inside]


October 23

PizzaGate: Truth Serum Injection
Oh, just some video madness that ensues when a couple of stoners start, you know, rappin' about Pizzagate and take it a little too far. [more inside]


Clips for Hiking Poles with Hinge and Clasp
3D model of clips with a simple hinge and tension clasp. I designed these for my partner, who uses hiking poles for mobility but does not need to use both at all times. These clips allow a person to carry an unneeded pole on the one being used, keeping the other hand free. [more inside]


October 18

Portland (OR, USA) Resistance Calendar
A podcast & printable list of Portland, OR area social justice activist events that comes out on Fridays at 5pm Pacific time and is updated way too often.


Oh, Boy! a daily journal comic
I posted an update about this a while back. I've since revamped my efforts, built a new website, and made an attempt at drawing the strip in a more uniform way. I hope you'll check it out, and let me know what you think. I post a new comic up there everyday. Please, subscribe via email though the website if ya dig 'em! You can also follow the comics on instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ohjed Thanks! Jed


October 16

An elegy for Odeon Panton Street  
One of the last flea pit movie theatres in London is being re-opened in a Luxe version. Maybe no one else will miss it, but I wanted to say goodbye to Odeon Panton Street.


October 9

The Wishing Well Divers - Live from the Living Room
The Wishing Well Divers is a musical project I’ve been working on in my spare time for a couple years now with my friend Will and various other session players from time to time. Recently, we thought it might be fun to make a living room concert video of one of our semi-weekly rehearsal sessions. Featuring about 25 minutes of new original songs, recorded live to phone in my new living room with every bumb note and flubbed lyric fully intact, we had fun making it and hope you find some joy and inspiration in watching it, too. (Content Warning: Some mild saucy language in the in-between song banter.)


This Thing of Paper: A Knitting Book About Knitting and Books.
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, I've written & designed This Thing of Paper, a knitting book inspired by early printed books. Officially the first knitting book to be included in the Gutenberg Museum's archive of book history. [more inside]


October 8

Finishing School: overcoming work blocks to get your projects done and into the world
I'm a clinical psychologist and I've written a book called Finishing School: overcoming work blocks to get your projects done and into the world. [more inside]


MuckTweet: a browser extension for tracking your Twitter (abuse) reports
It's 2017 and Twitter's Arab Spring euphoria is long over. We've traded Gamergate for Pizzagate. Trump uses his account as a literal bully pulpit. Journalists receive death threats in 140 characters (well, now 280). Leslie Jones has been forced to perform double duty as a troll buster. And even Twitter co-founder Biz Stone struggles to get neo-Nazis booted. What's an ordinary user to do? Enter MuckTweet. [more inside]


October 3

Incredible Doom  
Today my friend Matt and I are finally launching a new web & print comic series we’ve been working on for almost a year. It’s about teenagers in the '90s getting into life & death situations over the early Internet. [more inside]


October 2

New cookbook: "How to Instant Pot"
Fan of the Instant Pot? Puzzled by it? Intrigued? My latest cookbook, How to Instant Pot, will help you get the most from the Instant Pot, whether you're a beginner or an expert. [more inside]


September 29

Weird Westerns
Just in time for Halloween: essays about Western films that make use of science fiction, horror or fantasy themes. 35 so far, more to come throughout October.


September 28

Call Ahead
I hate making phone calls, so I made a service to do it for me. Is a restaurant open? Does a store carry something in stock? Just text us, and one of our VAs will call for you.


September 27

What I Did This Year
A quick round up of stuff I’ve written, drawn or said out loud this year that exists in an easy to see on the Internet form for both myself and something to show to editors and art directors. [more inside]


September 26

Peer inside container ships using a radio
This software library helps you capture AIS messages broadcast by passing ships and then to join them with public data sets that reveal what the ships are carrying.


September 25

Three unofficial Metafilter web-extensions
Rewrites of three existing Metafilter Greasemonkey scripts in web extension format. [more inside]


September 23

My mom died because she was too poor to afford a doctor  
While Congress debates a rollback of the ACA, I wrote my mom's story as a reminder that health care isn't just a line item on a budget spreadsheet.


September 21

Money Magnet personal finance blog
I've helped put together a blog on personal finance. It's written by Andrew Reeves, a 28-year-old retired multimillionaire wunderkind who may or may not exist. [more inside]


September 18

Annotated Chicken Slaughter
Our farmer friend culled his flock of chickens and we went out to help. I wrote up a description of how to turn a live chicken in to something resembling what you would pick up at the supermarket. Content warning: includes descriptions of killing and processing chickens. Photos are mostly gore-free but may not be appropriate for everyone.


September 12

Space Exploration: Serpens Sectory (Prototype 1)
An old prototype SF game about mysteries, weird aliens, and managing your crew. [more inside]


September 8

Working Through Grief with Shrine Making
In July of 2017 my mother died after a long time being sick. She and I always had a tremulous relationship, and since the late 90's I've been her care taker on and off. I had a lot of feelings about her passing, so I worked through them making art. [more inside]


September 7

THINK THUNK | Drawing + Music Animation
The drawing program that I use automatically records my strokes and spits out a time-lapse video at the end. My composer friend asked me to do a drawing set to one of his songs. So I came up with different line styles and onomatopoeic words to represent the different movements in the song, and roughly timed out my blocks of drawing activity so that we'd be able to (somewhat) sync up the resulting video with the music. More of my drawings here. More of my friend's music here.


September 5

Pictures of Boston Throughout the Year
Nothing exciting, just a slideshow showing the city's moods. With bonus tacky crossfading. [more inside]


Cartoon 3D
Good day. I decided to complete a cartoon about the robot explorer of star systems. The first part was made in 2015, the second was completed in 2017. The total time took about a week to 2 parts. Yesterday made a new render of the first part, when the robot arrives on the planet. Now I want to make a cartoon about a cat. How do you like this idea for a cartoon? I need an advice. My Cartoon 3D


September 4

Plants
I wrote, narrated, scored, and illustrated (with pencil, micron pen, and watercolor) a short film about Plants: this one on the topic of air layering.


September 3

1,858 artworks of Adora  
It started over 7 years ago as a 365-photo-a-day-type tumblr for my baby daughter, and it keeps propagating. Right now, the best way to see (most of) the 1,858 different artworks of Adora (with a new one coming every day) is on instagram , a massive cache of original illustrations. [more inside]


Convert Word Docs to Mind Maps
The project takes your microsoft word documents and converts them into mind maps. [more inside]


September 2

Why I Love Sex (NSFW)
Coming soon! My second collaboration with photographer Ralf Mitsch. The first one was called Why I Love Tattoos. This one is Why I Love Sex. It features more than 50 personal stories about embracing eroticism and sexuality in life and work, including a few famous ones like Xaviera Hollander and Kaat Bollen. I translated the interviews into English. Contains lots of pictures of naked people, and some really interesting stories. [more inside]


Privilege: A user manual
This is an intro-level explanation of privilege, intersectionality, and all that stuff for people who believe in equality but just have some questions. (A lot of it is based on observing many arguments here at MeFi.) It's for Nice Guys™, not for your racist uncle— I don't know how to reach that dude. [more inside]


September 1

The real St Louis gun battle behind “Duncan & Brady”  
A cop called Brady drives up in his electric car, determined to kill someone. He enters a gambling joint, walks up to the barman – whose surname is Duncan – and tells him he’s under arrest. Duncan responds by shooting Brady in the chest at point-blank range, killing him instantly. The only explanation we get for any of this is that Brady’s “been on the job too long”. That’s the tale told by the classic murder ballad Duncan & Brady, and it contains a lot more truth than you might imagine. The date was October 6, 1890, and here’s what really happened. [more inside]


August 31

Chatty Catties
A few years ago, someone asked me for a few thousand dollars to make a movie about his cat. Dear reader, I married that man. And today that movie, Chatty Catties, is available! The movie follows a woman, her cat, and the man that comes between them. It is set in a world where cats can talk to their owners. All of the cats are voiced by deaf or hard-of-hearing actors. You can hear the Seattle Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center talk about that choice here. [more inside]


August 30

Crowdsourced physics of music project officially launched
The citizen science project that was previously posted here has now become an officially launched Zooniverse project! Last February, the Steelpan Vibrations project was in pre-beta testing, but over the summer a student worked really hard to streamline the process for volunteers. Our project is attempting to better understand the complex vibrations of a Caribbean steelpan which give the instrument such a unique sound. In addition to the improved classification process we now have a regularly updated blog, an education page, and a quick video tutorial to show how you can help us out. We know there are many science and music fans here on metafilter - we would love to have you come and help us do some science with us!


August 28

Follow my cat on instagram
My cat, Harper, has an instagram! He's adorable and now you can follow him and keep up with his many delightful hijinks. Yay!


August 24

KP|CIA
A shortish autobiographical webcomic about the time I nearly worked for the CIA.


August 23

Snakehead Trade Whiskey  
I made whiskey based on frontier and Wild West recipes that called for tobacco, leather, and hot peppers. As well as gunpowder and a rattlesnake head. This is the story of making and drinking what seemed like potentially poisonous thing I have ever ingested.


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