May 8

A Writing Forum
A small, informal and friendly writing forum. If you write, want to write, or once wrote and have stopped and are looking to start again and need some encouragement, or if you enjoy reading short pieces of writing, come and join us! [more inside]


May 6

Link finding things
Doo doo doo! This is Link finding things on the web and holding them up for you to see, as he does! Except he's doing it on Twitter instead of your NES, which doesn't even work unless you hold in the cartridge a certain way.


That's Not How Things Work
I made two quick-and-dirty, single-serving sites, to serve as convenient rebuttals to misconceptions that one commonly encounters on the Internet. ThatsNotHowCopyrightWorks.com is for those dopey "no copyright infringement intended" sorts of things that one sees on YouTube, etc. ThatsNotHowFreedomOfSpeechWorks.com is for those people who squeal that their fuhreedom of speech is being violated because someone disagreed with them. [more inside]


May 5

Steve Read's Stories
I'm doing a podcast where I do fully (er, mostly) produced re-tellings of classic folk tales, fairy tales, historic letters and short stories. It has been a blast so far, and I would love for you to take a listen. I'm also always open to suggestions on things to read.


May 4

The Cut: A Play by Patrick Cleary
A play I wrote was picked as the third place winner in Rover Dramawerks' First Annual 10 Minute Comedies Festival. They were kind enough to send me a copy of the video they recorded of the show. It's a play about office manners, fate, and snipped neckties.


Boomtown Sinners: Scans of My Book Collection
I have bad taste in books, or books in bad taste, anyway. Boomtown Sinners is a gallery of front covers from my library. It mostly consists of paperbacks from the 1960s but encompasses a wide range of vulgar, tawdry, and kitschy books and magazines, as well as a small handful you could read in public without embarrassment. Decidedly NSFW with some nudity and lots of sordidness. [more inside]


Handle Your Business: a short book about managing your tiny business
A few years ago a friend of mine who owns a small consulting business was freaking out about their tax bill. Another posted about *their* huge tax bill and how they were going to have to go on a payment plan. Then a third was trying to figure out their retirement options. My book Handle Your Business is for them, and if you run (or want to run) a small business, it's for you too. [more inside]


May 3

My Kickstarter Project Gamer Theory
From the Kickstarter: "My book is divided into two parts. The first part is a point-by-point response to McKenzie Wark's excellent Gamer Theory (2007, Harvard University Press). The second part offers an expanded definition of Gamer Theory, complete with suggestions for ways the reader can think critically about gaming and still enjoy the hell out of it. " [more inside]


So, I got bypassed
Part one- wherein I get my chest splayed open by a nice doctor. [more inside]


Wladimir Putin looking at things
Our dear leader loves to look at things. You can look at him looking at things here. Inspired by the famous Kim Jong Il Looking ah things Website. I made a Wladimir Putin Version!


May 1

What Happened to Country Music?  
I analyzed 50 years of country music lyrics to show how much they've changed.


April 30

Hurt (NIN Fat Angus cover)
In the spirit of #keepmefiweird, an old cover I did of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt, guest starring an Amiga 500 (well, WinUAE, as I couldn't get my own running) on vocals. Why? Considering the tone of the song, I decided to go the exact opposite direction of Johnny Cash. It's a machine almost doing an almost Shatneresque take on a painful, regretful song. (Also: you see that spike at the end? It's loud. You've been warned)


April 28

Dress British Think Yiddish
I have been teaching myself Yiddish, mostly using the sort of brute-force, memorize 1,000 words using smart flashcards techniques offered up by various hacky "hack the language" web gurus. And it's been working surprisingly well. At the end of three months, I could understand between 70 percent and 80 percent of every headline I read in the Yiddish Foreward, and, in general, I am more comfortable with the Yiddish I have learned since I started than I am with the Hebrew I spent 12 years studying. [more inside]


April 27

Nagpur Junction: A Short Tragicomic  
A 9-page comic about grief, generation gaps, Indian counterculture and Nagpur Railway Station, where the final missing link was inspired by a Metafilter comment. [more inside]


Daily condensed MLB game videos, delivered to your inbox
This was my weekend project - it delivers a link to MLB's condensed game videos (12-15 min long) direct to your inbox every day at 7AM EST. I find it useful to keep up-to-date with what's going on with my team in a different time zone. [more inside]


April 23

You Matter, Episode 1: Greg Erskine
MeFi's beloved Gregnog was kind enough to be the first guest for my new podcast. The whole pretense is this: I've spent 20 years in public radio, listening to people being interviewed only because they had a new book or movie or TV show coming out that week. I love Terry Gross, but her bosses would never schedule a butcher or a puppeteer or a single mom, unless there was some financial reason to do so. So that's the point of this podcast - I am going to interview "ordinary" people, to underscore the fact that there is no such thing as an ordinary person. (Here is the full manifesto behind it.) Thanks to gregnog for being a great first guest. I have six more in the can, and I have solved the audio issues that plague this first one.


April 21

The Disability Integration Act of 2015
The Disability Integration Act establishes in Federal law that people with disabilities have the right to choose to receive services in community settings where they are in control, rather than being forced into institutions just because that is where States and insurance companies primarily and by default offer the services that people with disabilities need. [more inside]


April 19

App search engine that filters out fake reviews
While developing mobile apps, I realized how rife the App Store is with rating/review manipulation. So, I created apprecs.com, a facade for the store that allows you to filter out many of the fake, coerced, or otherwise manipulated reviews. You can also filter by other criteria such as how recently the app was last updated and age/gender of the typical user. What do you think? I'm getting started on adding Android (Google Play) support today. [more inside]


April 18

“Can’t Feel Your Pulse”
A medical school music video parody of "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd. (These parody music videos are a thing at med schools right now, and mine is no exception.) Simultaneously kept me sane and drove me crazy while I was learning cardiology over the past few weeks. The lyrics are in the video description on the youtube page. If you have any familiarity with med school, pay attention to the details on screens and whiteboards in the video for additional jokes.


April 17


April 16

New Gerhard art: The Murder Ballet.
PlanetSlade is (somewhat belatedly) celebrating its 5th birthday with a big new piece off artwork from Cerebus's Gerhard. The piece - which I commissioned a couple of months ago - builds references to 33 PlanetSlade essays into a single giant composition, and also sneaks in a "Where's Wally" style appearance for Cerebus himself. There's a roaming zoom function to let you scrutinise the art close-up, an enlargeable scan of it in its pencils stage and Gerhard's own animated GIF showing the inking process stage-by-stage. I've added a short essay explaining the genesis of the project and letting people follow it through from conception to finished art. [more inside]


April 14

Estiplate. Crowdsourced calorie counting.
I built a website that aims to make calorie counting easier and more accurate using the wisdom of crowds. Upload your lunch, guess on some plates and try it out!


April 13

Oh My
I am very happy to announce that the music video I was slaving away over in February and March has just come out! Made for The Animators, out of Melbourne, it features a chase through the snow, some magical realism, a very cute animal, and a whole lot of painted plastic cut-outs. I have some stills and 'making of' pictures on my blog.


Reader on Revolutionary Feminism  
I work with a group that just put together a second edition of a reader on Revolutionary Feminism. It includes a century of debates between communist, anarchism and radical feminists, extending from 1890 to 1983. Groups in 21 cities and four countries did study groups on the Revolutionary Feminism reader in the fall and winter of 2015. This collection is beautifully laid out, easy to share, and includes a lot of great material on lost traditions of queer and women's liberation movements. [more inside]


Tameline — Your Twitter, Organized
Tameline organizes your Twitter feed by giving everybody only one row. Loud users no longer crowd out quiet users. Here's an example. [more inside]


April 11

Women in Today's Star Wars
A few weeks ago I decided to start a review of the role and place of women in Disney's Star Wars franchise through various mediums, television, cinematic, novels and comic books. It became surprisingly clear that the decision to make Felicity Jones' character the lead in Rogue One was not just a follow up on Rey's prominent position in The Force Awakens, but an overwhelming trend across every medium to feature many strong female characters in the Star Wars universe.


Methsnake - A Schoolies bloodfest (ebook)
Australia's Surfers Paradise is under attack by a killer snake, addicted to methamphetamines and steroids. It's Schoolies Week and thousands of teenagers party hard on the beach not suspecting the biggest night of their lives is about to be gate crashed by a drug-fuelled reptile whipped into a frenzy. Dave Taylor's dire warnings are ignored by money-hungry bureaucrats. Suddenly, the beach is awash with blood and body parts. Now it's up to Dave to save the day [more inside]


April 8

Educational Videos á la YouTuber Style
Quick intro: third grade bilingual teacher at a low socioeconomic school. Kids come from trailer parks and apartments. They are constantly enrolling and leaving school so mobility is high. CPS personnel are common folk here. Therefore I made videos to appeal their interest and educational needs. [more inside]


April 7

Most Popular Video in the World
Like the title says I have a simple site that displays the current top trending video on youtube! [more inside]


April 6

A Year In Glitch
I have been making (loosely) abstract expressionist (or colourfield) art on my phone. Naturally it's digital, and procrastinational. This is an essay-as-vehicle for a gallery of it. [more inside]


Quotationr
A super fast Chrome extension for saving and searching quotes and bookmarks anywhere on the web. [more inside]


April 4

The Full Stack
Unique insights for JavaScript developers.


April 1

Rule 34 - If something exists, there is porn of it.  
You all know Rule 34, of course - Captain Kirk/ Captain Picard slashfic, XXX dinosaur otherkins, rubber fetish at the pickle factory, you name it... but what about the more obscure things, which might never get the sweet benefaction of Rule 34? This Tumblr blog to the rescue! Meticulously created from repurposed vintage porn magazine covers, now even such things as earbuds, potatoes, & bits of found chocolate can have porn about them. Also on the Book of Faces and the Twitters.


Werewolf Gimmick
My brother and I are blogging about pro wrestling. He knows a lot about it, I know very damn little. About wrestling or blogging, for that matter. Those who do know about wrestling are seriously welcome to tell us what we're getting wrong.


Rhum Biologique
Our wildlife education nonprofit developed the Caribbean's first artisanal rum inspired by nature and infused with the natural heritage of the islands. The rums are flavored with 100% natural, 100% sustainable ingredients, handcrafted in small batches on the island of St. Martin.


Goofus and Muad'Dib  
Goofus and Gallant illustration mashup with Frank Herbert's Dune quotations.


March 29

Cookbook Title Generator  
Today's bestselling cookbooks can seem a little formulaic. The titles start to sound the same. The success of one book begets sequels, riffs and shameless wannabes. With such nakedly formulaic titles, couldn't you assemble a cookbook title by slapping together some diet buzzwords, food trends and publishing tropes? Why, yes you could!


March 28

AMERICANA : A New Grunge Pop Musical
Radical creative collective Hungry Bitches Productions (who I am super pleased to write for) are currently selling tickets for a three day concert run of our new musical, Americana. It's showing in Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, and to promote the show, we have released a music video (linked above) and a single from the show (on spotify). If you live in London, please have a look and see if you want to come along. If you live elsewhere in the world, please enjoy some cool free music.


March 26

confirmshaming  
when a site asks you to sign up for their thing and then the 'no thank you' link is some hot garbage. [more inside]


March 23

The Inventor, the Author, and the Killer
My latest novel, a thriller, A Predator's Game, Rook's Page Publishing, will be available on March 30th for general purchase and is available for pre-order (Amazon link). It is set in 1896 Manhattan. After the multi-murderer Henry H. Holmes has escaped execution, the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla teams up with the touring author, Arthur Conan Doyle to track him down. The first chapter can be found here. [more inside]


Get from Library!
Ever read a web page and think, "I would like to read a book about that – for free!" Well, if you live in the greater Boston area, you can highlight some text on a web page then click this one weird old button to get a relevant book. [more inside]


Shit VCs Say
A quiz game that takes a critical look at some of the weirder propaganda coming out of Silicon Valley. It's a quick play through and I'd love feedback. There's a short writeup with screenshots for those interested: http://www.buzzfeed.com/westleyargentum/stuff-vcs-say And the code is here: https://github.com/buzzfeed-openlab/shit-vcs-say


March 22

Is Donald Trump Voldemort?
I believe that the person we all know as Donald Trump is none other than The Dark Lord Voldemort in disguise. Here I will provide evidence supporting my case and in the end I think you will agree that this is incontrovertible proof the two men are one and the same. [more inside]


Ballotcraft: like fantasy football, but for politics
I've been making a fantasy game but instead of sports, Ballotcraft is entirely about the weird, wonderful, and terrifying world of American politics. Come place bets on who the nominees will be, challenge your friends to see who can best predict the primaries, get super wonky on the forum; we got all you need to go politi-nuts on Ballotcraft! [more inside]


Greater Boston: an audio drama podcast
My husband and I play the music for this speculative fiction audio drama, in collaboration with a crew of local writers and voices. The story is set in Boston and on the T, but involves an assortment of highly fictional plot arcs (cryptozoology, secession of the Red Line to form an independent municipality, etc). Given the T setting, the idea was to have the soundtrack music sound like buskers such as you'd encounter at the T stops. This is your chance to hear "Charlie on the MTA" performed on Irish concertina.


March 20

Measuring and Understanding Dance  
Can you objectively measure dance? In this brief educational film, the Bureau of Non Verbal Communication shows you how to quantify your get-down and avoid common mistakes -- like having poor taste.


Implanted Memories
AKA An Exploration of Korg M1 and Wavestation Sounds. A somewhat old /odd project of mine, where I mess around with VST versions of those two machines without any further effects, instruments or samples. 7 track, 24 minute EP, name your price (free without strings attached) [more inside]


Fauxtoshop CC: haven't you always thought that photoshop was missing a "rainbow penis" tool?
a student-made painting app in the tradition of Kid Pix: one that embraces chaos, randomness and amateurism instead of pixel perfection. All brushes in this app were created by students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 'New Media Crash Course', Spring 2016 (don't worry, not really NSFW) [more inside]


March 17

The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom
The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom has a world-class collection of artifacts, equipment, weapons, clothing, disguises, letters, taxidermied kills, holodeck simulators based on actual memories in amber, exotic life forms, artwork, vehicles, technologies, listening devices, and memorabilia and insignia designed, manufactured, or used by swashbucklers, pirates, ninjas, adventurers, privateers, spaceship commandos, illuminati, and intelligence organizations now and in the past. [more inside]


March 14

The Smoking Moon
The Smoking Moon is an album by Toby Vok, with an accompanying science fiction novelisation by Ted Vaaak. All available for the great price of free (or more, if you so desire). [more inside]


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