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.


Calvin and Markov  
Calvin and Markov digests Calvin and Hobbes strips and generates endless new comics with random, semi-coherent dialogue using Markov chains. Here's some details about how I built it. [more inside]


July 5

How to Not Be a Bullying Mob  
A flow chart to help us work through what kinds of behaviors are appropriate when we're SUPER MAD on the INTERNET. Which is always, right?


July 2

I made another book!
Today's the launch date for The Annihilation Score, boot six in the Laundry Files. It's my big fat superhero novel. (The US launch date is Tuesday 7th, but it's available today in the UK, NZ, Australia, and the EU, from Orbit.)


July 1

Librarian of Progress  
James Billington, longtime Librarian of Congress, is retiring. This is a job opening that only comes around every few decades and is incredibly important. I made a little website to help share useful information about why it's important and what librarians care about.


June 30

Counterfeit Content  
My short, sorry stint in SEO was the strangest job I've ever had. I was asked to create hundreds of imaginary webmasters and write little "About Me" biographies of their lives for fake blogs that only Google's webcrawlers were meant to read. They gave me the site name, I wrote the bio, and a coworker added manipulated photos. I did this for many months. I began to get bored... and then I began to get weird.


June 29

Win a Date with Channing Tatum: a Twine game  
My first experiment with the Twine platform, inspired by Channing Tatum's recent AMA. Guess how many jellybeans are in a jar to win. Tell Channing about all your problems and Channing will make it better. [more inside]


June 28

The Corey Press
So for the past several months, I've been carving and pressing prints on various Lovecraftian or UFO themes. Most of my stuff gets pressed onto wood, but I've been experimenting with various kozo papers, bristol, and cloth. [more inside]


A Brief History Lesson
A little sidebar to my nearly-finished graphic novel, in which I celebrate the fact that marriage is finally a thing everyone in America can do regardless of whether or not their genitals match their partner's.


June 26

Countdown to the 2016 US Presidential Election
Countdown to the 2016 US Presidential Election is a daily reminder on Twitter of the number of days until the United States Presidential Election on November 8th, 2016. The election is in 500 days! You can also get an update via Tumblr, Facebook, Google Plus, and Blogger (with the option to subscribe via email or RSS).


June 24

Never Kill A Friend
Never Kill A Friend, a mystery-thriller and my second novel, is available June 25 for purchase in hard cover format and June 26 as an ebook. [more inside]


Giant 800-track alt/indie-focused 90's playlist in chronological order  
This is a behemoth of a playlist I put together, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on the alt/indie/college side of the 90's experience. It's 800+ tracks, about 55 hours, and features plenty of songs that tend to get overlooked in the "remember these 90's hits?" pieces that pop up from time to time. Not definitive by any means, and extremely subjective, but it's a decent chunk of curated history in one convenient place. Also it's a fully chronological playlist, on a week-by-week level. So a track released on May 7, 1994 will come before a track released on May 14, 1994. Time and research went into this. Think of it as the Boyhood of 90's playlists!


At the Zoo: a comic strip
Meet Toby the lion, Herman the penguin, Frank the zookeeper, Dr. Sara the vet, Misha the bear, Mr. and Mrs. Flamingo, and more... Fun for all ages. [more inside]


Python for complete beginners
My own humble contribution to the learn-to-program literature.


Space Nerds In Space
Space Nerds In Space is an open source (GPL) multiplayer networked starship bridge simulator for linux inspired by Artemis: Starship Bridge Simulator that I've been working on for the last few years. It's still not "complete", since, well, I can't stop working on it, but it is complete enough. The idea is, you get a bunch of your friends together with a bunch of computers and a projector, and then you drive around and shoot stuff (kind of like Friday night in a small Texas town, except you're driving the Hubble Space Telescope instead of an El Camino.) There are stations for Navigation, Weapons, Engineering, Damage Control, Science, Communications, and a "Demon" station which serves as a kind of "Game master" station where various things can be injected into the game, and from which Lua scripts of various scenarios might be run. If you're reading this, you probably already know whether it's your kind of thing. [more inside]


June 18

I'm Getting Really Tired Of My Mysterious Flakey Friend  
Having friends can be hard! Especially when your friend is constantly jetting off to exotic destinations or cleaning guns or scaling office buildings n black turtlenecks....


June 17

PriceGrocer.com: Track your grocery prices
This is a web app that turns photos you take of grocery price displays into meaningful price data, so you can track prices over time, identify sales, and shop smarter. [more inside]


Essay: Authenticity Obsession, or Conceptualism as Minstrel Show
An essay I wrote about what recent race scandals by avant-garde poets Kenneth Goldsmith and Vanessa Place have to do with sunglasses, the invention of the fingerprint, and the atom bomb.


June 10

Grocery Gawker: Checking out the checkout lane
At the supermarket, I’m often fascinated by what the person in line ahead of me is buying. I can't help it. I surreptitiously observe. I wonder. Sometimes I judge. I know I'm not alone in this. Grocery Gawker is all about those little checkout scenes. [more inside]


June 9

ifTree
My attempt at putting together a very simple javaScript plugin for creating dialog trees and interactive fiction games, complete with some javaScript hooks so you can tie it into other stuff. GitHub link, examples.


What Do You Want, A Medal?
@wdywam gives self-congratulatory twitterers what they claim to deserve.


Interactive Map of UFO Sighting Reports
For this project, I took data from the National UFO Reporting Center and created an interactive map that lets you zoom into your area and see the UFO activity that has been reported (and sometime view photos / videos too). [more inside]


June 7

Four Twitter bots I've made over the past few months.  
@man_products: products for men, @lady_products: products for ladies, @likeuberbut, a terrible startup idea generator and @medrobot, which reminds you to take your medications. [more inside]


June 5

Screet
An on-demand and discreet delivery service for sexual health and safer sex supplies, created as part of the 2015 North American StartupBus. [more inside]


June 3

Passport to Vermont Libraries
We're doing a program to complement summer reading in the Vermont, the Passport to Vermont Libraries. The Vermont Library Association designed a passport and made 1000 of them to give to patrons at participating libraries. Vermont has about 200 libraries (if you count publics and academics and others) and almost 100 of them signed up. You all helped me get started! [more inside]


The Luxurious Port-o-lets of Pacific Heights
People in upscale San Francisco neighborhoods love home renovation but feel compelled to disguise the portable toilets their contractors put out front of the house. This is a celebration of those architectural curiosities.


Reprobation as Shared Inquiry: Teaching the Liberal Arts in Prison
A philosophy paper on punishment and education I published with Daniel Levine in the Radical Philosophy Review where we argue for a novel sense of the reprobative function of punishment in the context of our prison work. [more inside]


May 31

Finding Miller
The story behind a very very good, very very bad, day that began with AskeMe. [more inside]


May 27

Junco's Pub: Tiniest Pub in Newfoundland  
A birdfeeder that looks like a Newfoundland pub, streaming live on the Internet. Inspired by the amazing and delightful Piip Show from slow-TV masters, NRK. [more inside]


Odd Vice
I made a thing that tweets weird mashed-up VICE headlines. Some of them are funny I think, if you're familiar with VICE.


May 26

Shakespeare Syndrome
I wrote a story for The Message about what's claimed to be a previously undiscovered portrait of Shakespeare (spoiler alert: it isn't) and the obsession with filling the gaps in our knowledge about the Bard.


Super Action Bros: Action Movie Podcast
My pal Ian and I discuss a different action movie every week. We talk about action movie tropes, montages, action scenes, and generally look at the structure and conventions of American action films. [more inside]


May 25

Uber, but for
Why spend time and effort coming up with "Uber, but for _____" jokes when you can put a robot to work to do it for you? [more inside]


asylum.exe - a retro chase game with a Dr. Mario-esque pill matching mechanic
asylum-exe is a GameMaker-created, retro-styled chase game for Windows in which the goal is to escape each room of a mental institution, being chased the whole way by the proverbial (and literal) men in white coats. 20 levels in which new twists to the game are added frequently. [more inside]


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]


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