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]


January 22

Free fonts from the 90s!
A couple decades ago -- 1996, to be exact -- I tried to design some fonts. I've finally gotten around to recovering them and converting them to modern font formats. So for the enjoyment or abuse of your next print or onscreen project, here are some totally free typeface downloads. [more inside]


January 21

Etch To Their Own
A poetry newsletter, every Friday. It starts with poetry - usually highlighting a few nice things from the week, and from there I try and connect things to bigger ideas, or news items. [more inside]


January 20

Resistor
An eclectic mix with a creamy center of acid techno in response to the inauguration. Music to inspire and enrage. [more inside]


January 19

Inauguration Livestream
I felt like I should build a little web resource for the big day, and so: inaugurationlivestream.com.


January 17

NonProphets: A Superforecasting Podcast
This is a podcast featuring my husband and two colleagues, all of whom were chosen as superforecasters in the Good Judgment Project based on their performance in the tournament (previously discussed on the blue here). [more inside]


Run the Solar System: a free audio-driven 10k virtual race
Run (or walk) from the Sun to Neptune in 10k! My company created this smartphone-driven educational virtual race for the British Science Association on our new Racelink platform. It comes with kilometer-by-kilometer narration by Dallas Campbell, who does fun science and space things on TV in the UK, and it's 100% free to enter - all you need is an iPhone or Android.


January 13

Onward! Do a few daily tasks before surfing.
A desktop Chrome Extension that blocks addictive sites until you've completed your daily tasks. You can download it from the Chrome Webstore or customize it and install manually from the Github repo. [more inside]


January 10

Wikinaut
Wikinaut is a compendium of intriguing, unusual and extraordinary Wikipedia excerpts.


January 7

Cavalcade of Wonder Podcast
The only music podcast hosted by a person using text to speech. [more inside]


January 5

Attacking the Assumptions of White Supremacy and Racism
As a major project to counteract recent negative trends, I've put together a series of posts regarding white supremacy and racism. [more inside]


January 4

Harpy Hour - a podcast about women in craft beer & spirits!
Hi there! So I started the podcast in June 2016 but wanted to wait until I had a decent amount of episodes before posting it here on Projects. In late autumn, my partner and I traveled to Asheville/Charlotte/Charleston/Savannah/Atlanta for a run of interviews that I am now finishing up in post-production. [more inside]


Two Asians talk about all of this shit.
Race Invaders is a podcast hosted by myself and my friend Tim Yang, in which we discuss social justice, politics, culture, and probably more geek shit than is necessary, but we like it. [more inside]


January 3

Scream into The Void
There's something cathartic about firing off a moany tweet or a frustrated status update, but who wants to be that person? The Void is a nocial media tool that spares your dignity while providing that lovely feeling of release. Before long your post will literally fade away without contributing to the net negativity of the universe. [more inside]


Trailer for Ginevra
I have finished my first project using the multi-plane animation stand I built this Fall. The trailer for the short film Ginevra is now online. Based on Percy Shelley's poem "The Dirge", Ginevra depicts the aftermath of the murder of a young woman. As her distraught mother looks on, she learns that life after death involves a transition she never could have imagined. [more inside]


January 1

Badlands
Sometime around December 28th 2016 I entered a Strange Mood and, grabbing some parts from a previous work, began building a lo-fi top-down map game of some kind. [more inside]


December 28

Hamsterdam: A Podcast About The Wire
Listen to two guys talk about the Wire every two weeks. We often get off on tangents, most interesting, some not.


December 25

Sonnigsburg: A Supernatural Drama
Sonnigsburg is a six-part supernatural drama series that I made with the help of some emerging TV professionals on a budget of $30,000. It was a developed for a local community network in Melbourne, Australia and since its screening there has now debuted on YouTube. Perfect to binge-watch over the holiday season. [more inside]


December 23

Jingle Rock Bell music video
I figured it might be nice if there were a video for this holiday classic, and thought maybe you'd think so too. [more inside]


Interactive diary chat bot
Monolog is an interactive diary bot that prompts you with interesting questions, which it chooses based on the topics you write about. [more inside]


December 22

Little Plastic Xmas Trees
The traditional concepts of LOBROW, MIDDLEBROW, and HIBROW explained by the medium of fake Christmas Trees.


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