March 10

Liberation Circuit - Rogue AI Simulator
A free (GPL) real-time-strategy/programming game where you must escape from a hostile computer system. A screenshot; the trailer (youtube); some more gameplay (also youtube). For Windows (the executable is available from the github release page at the main link) and can also be built on any system supported by Allegro (Linux etc.). [more inside]


A Story-Driven Philosophy Podcast
Hi-Phi Nation is the first story-driven, narrative podcast on contemporary philosophy. Every week we begin with compelling stories of ordinary and extraordinary human experiences, and transform them into an examination of philosophical ideas. We profile stories from war, crime, politics, religion, public health and policy, science, and history that raise philosophical questions, and we answer them with the help of contemporary academic philosophers. The aim of the show is to bring fans of the best narrative, story-driven podcasts like Invisibilia, Radiolab, 99% Invisible, and This American Life into philosophy. We're halfway through the first season, so subscribe and binge now!


Demon in a Bottle: The Dukes/Nutt Affair
Uniontown’s Dukes/Nutt affair has all the elements of a lurid daytime soap: the sexually explicit letter calling a beloved daughter’s honour into question; the outraged father gunned down while challenging his daughter’s despoiler; his killer walking free from court; lynch mobs baying in the streets; riots and a fleeing jury; the dead man’s son taking deadly revenge; high rhetoric at the boy’s trial and a determined bending of the law to ensure he escaped punishment; an innocent woman shot in the violent aftermath; and a prison sentence cut short by friends in the governor’s mansion. All this played out in Pennsylvania and Kansas between 1882 and 1903. It’s the subject of PlanetSlade’s first major essay for over two years, and you can read the full story here. [more inside]


March 9

Shakespearean Insult Bot
@BardVs45 uses the 1990s era Shakespearean insult generator to respond to tweets from Trump. [more inside]


March 8

#Whodice writing prompt for Doctor Who stories
I posted a picture of Nine Doctor Who StoryCubes (icon dice) to my Dreamwidth journal and encourage as many people as possible to write stories by the end of March 2017 that include those nine elements. Entirely for fun. [more inside]


March 5

Hit On Me - love, murder, masturbation. A comedy.
This is a teaser for a new show I'm producing. We're in the funding stage, so more views = better chance of money to make an 8-episode series. I would love to hear your thoughts...would you watch this show?


Civic Games Contest
Announcing the 2017 Civic Games contest, a design competition for analog games that seek to promote the understanding and/or practice of good citizenship! [more inside]


March 3

Double exposure twitter bot
Eeeeeeey it's a twitter bot that takes two of my photos (selected from twitter, instagram, and the dark cave of my hard drive) and mashes them together. Want to do it yourself? Here's the source code.


Amen break for half an hour at 99.9% 100 %, and 100.1% speed
In The Air Tonight drum fill for 1 hour 10 minutes except it's tripled and one is played .1% faster and one is played .1% slower got a good reception when it got posted to the Blue a few days back, so I did the same thing with the Amen Break. I think it works.


Stock Wall Live for Apple TV
An app that allows you to easily view quotes for over 25,000 stocks, ETFs, indices and traded commodities.
It's the perfect screensaver for your office lobby or conference room, and works just as well for scanning your stock portfolio at home.


March 1

Ten years of instrument-a-day  
Every February, I try to make a new musical instrument (in the loosest-possible sense) every day of the month. Nearly all of them are documented in photos and/or video. I just finished the tenth year of instrument-a-day. [more inside]


Nebula One, a cartoon set in space
I've created a fun and hopefully good-looking new animated series set in space. There are three short episodes, and they're all in one video. Later episodes — assuming I'll have the time and inclination to keep going — will reveal that the mission for these astronauts is establishing a sports franchise in space, for television. But for now, dodging space rocks and worrying about avatars takes up most of their time. Enjoy! [more inside]


February 21

The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike
This is a (longish) short story about brand strategy and revolution, published by Fireside. Deeply informed by being nose-deep in the never-ending election/political threads since, what, July? ...Content warning for contemporary politics.


Jackass Letters: Archive Volume 1
This is the first volume in a projected three volume set. All letters are taken from the back catalog of jackassletters.com and are published by Run Amok Books. Previously. And previously. [more inside]


February 19

The Neverending Conflict
A dark fantasy YA serial fiction and game design website. I'm writing a story about teenagers who fight monsters on an alternate Earth where the existence of magic and monsters is an everyday fact of life. The most basic elevator pitch is "What if, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, everyone knew Buffy was the Slayer? And also there were many Slayers, and everyone knew about all of them?" There's a lot more to it than that, of course, but that's the basic idea. I'm also working on a game based on the 5th Edition Open Gaming License of Dungeons and Dragons set in the same world. I hope it proves to be a fun distraction from what ails you. [more inside]


February 17

Mapping the flow of asylum seekers to the industrialized world
This map shows the flow of asylum seekers into industrialized countries between 2013 and 2016. The vertical bars represent a cumulative count of the total asylum applications. Germany leads with way with 1.4 million, followed by the U.S. with 460k. [more inside]


X Ambassadors, "Unsteady"
I covered "Unsteady" for a contest the band X Ambassadors are running. If I win, the band could feature my cover on their social media. Please vote for my video. Thanks!


February 14

Auto-generating library catalog tags
I don't have much of a background in programming, but I do have a bit of one in libraries. This was my final paper for a graduate course from last semester. I'm curious to hear from other people in the library and programming fields about the viability of the idea. Is it useful, feasible, doable? The basic idea is to automatically attach search terms to library items that end up being used because of those search terms. I'd love to hear what you think!


Mobile-Friendly Compendium for Eclipse Phase
Eclipse Phase is a cool (if crunchy) tabletop RPG that mashes up post-singularity science fiction, survival horror, and enthusiastic transhumanism. The folks at Posthuman Studios have released it under a generous Creative Commons license that allows the community to expand, remix, and experiment with even the "canon" materials in the books. To that end, I've built a giant online compendium of every skill, power, character trait, creature, piece of gear, weapon, location, faction, NPC, and pregen character in all of Eclipse Phase's published books. Nerrrrrrrrrrrd.


Crowd-sourcing image classifications for the physics of the Caribbean steelpan
I have used a TV holography system equipped with a high-speed camera to capture the motion of waves on a Caribbean steelpan (also called a steel drum) at over 10,000 frames per second. The movies that come out of the measurements are really interesting to watch, because they show the build up of energy in the different notes of the steelpan. What we need is help in classifying the images, because this is something that cannot easily be done algorithmically right now. We would love to have people who are interested in science, music, or especially the science of music come help us out!


February 10

What Can I Do? A Guide to Doing, Not Despairing  
A short, illustrated guide to things you can do to make the world better and take care of yourself now that Everything Is Terrible. I created it as a way to get myself out of a deep politics-related funk earlier this month.


Uruk: XQuery access to MarkLogic databases in Clojure
Uruk is an open-source Clojure wrapper for MarkLogic's XCC (XML Content Connector) API for Java. [more inside]


February 9

Records management in the 24th century
After fifteen years of postsecondary education and impostor syndrome, I'm finally starting to share things I write. I did not set out to write a piece of total clickbait for my records management class, but apparently did when I elected to write my midterm paper on the role of trustworthy records on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


Stairs, forever  
Stairs that keep going down that you can follow forever (or perhaps more realistically, until your browser crashes), if you want. [more inside]


Learning How To Scream Again: Promoting Leftism for Artists and Writers  
The culmination of a lot of conversation I've had with fellow artists, designers, and writers. How do we effectively sell Leftist ideology ? How did we get here? What does a new left art look like? What should it's goals be? What's the best way to achieve them?


Town Hall Project Map
I found out about the Town Hall Project from this question on ask. The data in the spreadsheet are amazing, but it can be pretty hard to get the most relevant data out of a spreadsheet. I made a couple hacked together maps to help with that question, but then decided to actually make a real thing as a learning exercise and to hopefully help other people out. [more inside]


February 7

Fight Fire With Phire
The current political cycle is terrible! But I am terrible at not being a news and politics junkie! Since I'm not going to get a break from it, I thought I'd put together this newsletter digest so you don't have to drown in it, too.


Super Whippy
The band I'm in - Cultural Amnesia - have just released an album of instrumentals called Super Whippy. Stylistically all over the place - from pseudo-movie-music to progtronica to electronica with all sorts of peculiar stop-offs on the way. There's also a video for one of the tracks: Prod Butt Prod.


February 6

Is the Future Already Set?
We think the past is immutable and the future is yet to be written. But is that an illusion? Einstein's special relativity suggests that it is, as I explain in this short animated video produced in collaboration with BBC Earth.
Also featuring: space invaders! 🚀🚀🚀
First in a new series. [more inside]


Panic attack bot
I made a little chatbot that tries to help people through a panic attack. I'm looking for feedback. [more inside]


Transona Five Deluxe Remaster
23 years ago I was in a band in North Texas named Transona Five. [more inside]


February 5

You are personally inconvenienced by a protest action you support. How should you react?
Just a short and sweet Medium post (my first). My family was briefly stuck in the Seatac airport terminal during last weekend's protests over Trump's Muslim ban. I put together some thoughts about crowd dynamics, and what you can do to support a protest action you didn't necessarily intend to be swept up in.


ContactDemocracy
ContactDemocracy is a website that's designed to make it even easier to contact your elected officials about issues that matter to you. Just select your location, and ContactDemocracy will generate contact information for all your elected officials, and offer to add it to your device's contacts app. Then, whenever you want to contact them, just tap/click on the contact in your device's contacts app! [more inside]


The Internet's Biggest Corporate Crime Database in danger of going offline
Back when we started the KNOWMORE.ORG project in 2005, we posted about it here, Excited young pups that we were. In the time in between we educated hundreds of thousands of readers over the last decade, covered the entire Global Fortune 500 and then some, and rated each company for Worker's Rights, Environmental Concerns, Human Rights, Political Influence and Business Ethics. We created an award winning browser plug-in, helped remove Dov Charney from American Apparel, and did it all on volunteer hours and DIY fundraising before crowdsourcing existed. Sadly, pending a crowdsourcing appeal, the site is in danger of closing down this April. [more inside]


Strada Vecchia
Some friends and I are in the planning a Classic Car event - Strada Vecchia is Italian for The Old Road. The Extended Description below is an extract from the current draft (which is being regularly updated) of the 2017 event which is available on the website. [more inside]


Volk Art
Twitter header images of Trump supporters [more inside]


February 2

Resiliance, Survival and Hope
I've started a Facebook group with a dear friend of mine who is a therapist to provide a daily message of hope, resiliance, and survival. [more inside]


February 1

Fact-Checking Can Reduce the Spread of Unreliable News. It Can Also Do the Opposite.
Moderators of r/worldnews on reddit worked with me to test an idea: what are the effects of encouraging fact-checking on the response and spread of unreliable news? On average, messages encouraging fact-checking caused a 2x reduction in the reddit score of tabloid submissions, which likely influenced reddit's rankings. [more inside]


Marching Solidarity Songs
I keep talking about songs to sing at protests, right? Well, here's a list of things that more or less seem to go over well, which I am currently curating and tweaking to hit the songs that seem to be most useful for the most people marching today. I'm aiming to keep this list relatively lean at under 50 songs so that it's a little easier to find something that works at any given moment, because existing lists seem sort of bloated and hard to organize. Works best if you have a paid version of Spotify that can use the "up next" feature to pick and choose what gets played when, and also maybe a portable bluetooth speaker. [more inside]


Martian Immigration Nightmare  
An online game specifically made to call out Elon Musk on his collaborationism with the Trump regime. Will you manage to board the Mars rocket, or will you be crushed by an unsympathetic bureaucracy?


January 28

odlaw.
Odlaw (as seen on Waypoint) is a two-player stealth game about visual distraction. You and your opponent must seek each other out in a field of one hundred fake players, but with such a populated space, the first challenge is to find yourself. There's also a black-and-white mode for folks who have trouble discerning color.


January 27

Reaction GIF Generator  
Use your facial expression to search for relevant GIFs. [more inside]


January 26

Chicago Streetwear Shop Fat Tiger Workshop Puts Community First
I wrote about my favorite streetwear store, probably most famous right now for their FUCK DONALD shirt. [more inside]


Stickers for iOS Messenger
I've been gathering up some of my sketches (mostly markers and some digital) from past years and organizing them into stickers for iOS Messenger because they seem well-suited to this medium. So far I have a set of random creatures, a set of aliens/robots and a set of ocean-inspired life.


January 25

Trump Regime Chrome extension
A Google Chrome extension that replaces mentions of the Trump administration with "Trump Regime," which seems more appropriate.


Evening.Camera: Fragments of my life from twilight
I'm a photographer. I wanted to make more, better pictures, so I started going out a couple of evenings a week with my camera. I've found myself drawn to what I've pompously called "liminal light", as artificial lights take over from the daytime. There's a blog post about the first 100 days of the project here.


January 24

Trump Day One Facebook Page
Donald Trump promised to do lots of things on Day One. Did he do them? [more inside]


Shut Up, Donny
Shut Up, Donny is an open-source extension for Google Chrome that lets Twitter users auto-reply to Donald Trump with one message: delete your account. [more inside]


January 23

One hour a week for political change
I started a new site based around the idea that long-term political involvement is often an overwhelming idea. But if we promise ourselves to do something one hour a week, we could change the world. Aimed at people who are looking for ways to get started in political activism, it currently consists of links to resources about how to find your representatives, and how to contact them effectively, but this is just the start. Over the next few weeks, I hope to build a much more interactive site that gamifies the process, allowing you to form teams, log time and contacts, and find & share new tactics for organizing. There are a ton of progressive resources out there, but getting started and making it a habit can be too daunting for a lot of folks. I hope to change that.


Poems for the resistance: a poem a day keeps fascism at bay
I'm putting together a poem a day project aimed at cultivating hope and grace. I would so love if you subscribed. [more inside]


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