February 14

Same Rat, Different Hat
The debut record from Out of System Transfer, a neo-old-timey band who sing punk-influenced folk songs about the assassination of William McKinley, hitting cops in the head with a brick, and riding the subway. Their sound has been compared to the Holy Modal Rounders, Mojo Nixon, and Mischief Brew. With physical media sales becoming less viable, it made little sense to get CDs printed (plus, no one in the band even had a working CD player), but it also felt wrong to forego the great potential offered by album covers and liner notes, not to mention the feeling of having a tangible thing for fans to have. Thus, the record was released as a zine, (also bundled with the download as a pdf) with original artwork commissioned for each song by various Brooklyn-based artists. [more inside]


February 13

Notes To Self
Just a simple app to store and organize notes. Still very beta. Uses the browser's localStorage or google drive for note storage so you don't have to sign up for anything, or remember another username/password. If you have a minute, take a look, and let me know if you find anything that didn't work like you'd expect it to, of it you have ideas about how to make it more useful.


February 11

Elee TV - My Music Video Channel
I put together a site to broadcast curated music videos. Like my parents tell me MTV used to. [more inside]


How Do You Code?  
Before you start programming, you might only know you're supposed to learn CODING!, but you don't even know what that means. You don't know there's HTML and Ruby and C++ and D3 and a million other things, just that there's a big black box called CODING! and you're supposed to break into it somehow. How Do You Code? asks people from all walks of life to explain how they code and share the tools they use, so maybe everyone else can get a leg up.


February 10

alsd - An Ableton Live set dumping utility
In the course of the recent end-of-year ritual of going through my past year's unfinished Ableton Live projects, I found myself writing a Python script to partially automate the task, by examining the Live sets and dumping information about them (namely, the tracks and the instrument/effect devices in them) as text. [more inside]


February 7

Dinosaurs!WTF?
This is my blog covering the Conservative Dinosaur Readiness Movement. It is a satirical blog about a right wing survivalist group that is paranoid that dinosaurs are going to return somehow and conquer earth. While it is satire, I also try to incorporate good science when I can, I interview legit people in the paleontology field such as Kirk Johnson and Peter Larson. [more inside]


February 6

Valentine Clicker Game
I used Orteil's Idle Game Maker (on the blue) to make a game for Valentine's Day. It's an idle game for making as many valentines as you can (and acquire some roses and chocolate along the way). [more inside]


Chicago Avenue Moon
Chicago Avenue Moon is a generative music app that responds to date, time, lunar phase, GPS, etc, to determine how its music unfolds, in real-time. The iOS app manipulates, sequences, and layers 1000+ brief musical phrases to create trillions and trillions of variations, unique to the listeners movement and place on the planet. [more inside]


2003 Trans Zines Article
I ran across what I think is a previously unpublished article I wrote in 2003 giving an overview of what was at the time the previous 15 years of zines on topics related to trans issues. It also lumps in drag with transsexual and transgender writing, which might be problematic, but it does illustrate how drag was a topic covered earlier in zines than trans topics.


GOP: A Look Back
Many of you on Facebook have recently been handed a little gift from the social media site in celebration of its 10th anniversary: a video of each of our FB highlights over the years. Some love it while some think they're horrible or creepy. Of course, a meme like this is open to satire and I have done just that. What if Facebook created such a video for the Republican Party. Hmmm, what special moments would it highlight?


February 5

Straight Outta Downton
It's what it sounds like -- a rap about Downton Abbey based on N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton." An animated music video of sorts, just for fun.


February 4

Al'Rashad
A page-a-week webcomic which I have been working on with the fabulously talented Davinder Brar since 2010, currently at just under 200 pages and three-quarters of the way through chapter 7 of 8. MAY OR MAY NOT CONTAIN: Viking analogues, undeads, mouthy street urchins, horrendously giant baddies, flying carpets, lack of flying carpets, magic runes, monkeys, monsters, PoC heroes, treachery, pirates, and true love. [more inside]


February 3

What The F*ck Is My Brief?
An ode to the folks in ad land, WTFIMB generates a random creative brief to stimulate and excite...something. [more inside]


30th Anniversary Macintosh
Rather than let an old Mac SE with dead drives go to waste, I built a new ARM motherboard running Linux for it that reuses the classic 9" 512x342 monochrome monitor and power-supply. Luckily many X11 applications still support 1-bit visuals, so it is fairly usable with modern programs, although the low-resolution makes me wonder how we used to work with such minuscule displays. [more inside]


February 2

OnlyTheBestRecipes.com  
Most Recipes are Rated 4 or 5 Stars. This is my attempt for finding the Best of the Best. I have a large (~1 million recipes) database of recipes and ratings from popular recipe websites. Most recipes are rated a 4.5-5 on average, and most site encourage these high ratings. This makes it hard to distinguish between good and great recipes. I made a website that that takes the top 1% most highly rated recipes from each website in my database. [more inside]


Commission Cool Stuff!
For a modest price I will insert you, or a loved one, into the fictional universe of your choice via a short story. Or, seeing as I am a classically trained composer, I will compose a piece of music for you based on your life and your interests. Terrific Valentine's Day gift! [more inside]


January 30

Binge Browser
An in-browser toolbar that helps you browse the archives of your favorite website. Includes hotkeys, a random page key, a title bar to quickly cycle through random titles, and more. Try it with Metafilter, Ask Mefi, or Mefi Projects. You can also browse a number of comics, some popular Tumblrs, several interesting wikipedia collections, and more. Additional websites (including The Onion) are listed on the main page. Use the hotkeys for maximal enjoyment. [more inside]


January 27

LetterInTheMail.com
Send me an email with your manuscript attached, and I'll print it out and mail it to your publisher for you. [more inside]


Another Podcast Starring Two White Guys
The Bad Memory Podcast (I know, the name is terrible) is a show where two dudes who live in New Jersey sit down and talk about whatever is on our mind. I know, it sounds terrible, but it's actually pretty funny. [more inside]


Picflood
Picflood presents an unfiltered stream of pictures publicly posted to Twitter, updated in real time, with or without a filter for text in the tweet. Because of the specific Twitter API stream that Picflood hooks into, users see only a small subset of Twitter photos, but they still come through fast enough that it's hard to fully process each image before it disappears. Very NSFW.


January 25

Pulp Apologies
This started off as me tinkering with a Tumblr idea called Pulp Silence -- golden age comics panels with the dialogue balloons blanked -- but I got curious about what else I could put in these balloons. and one thing led to another. [more inside]


A Lovely Bit Of Business
Hmmm. I'm hoping this speaks for itself because I'm kind of reluctant to define what either 'business' or 'lovely' really are in the context. I also hope that you'll help me find some more examples.


January 22

Pull-quotable?
Spare yourself the anguish of vainly trying to tweet a 118-character pull quote. [more inside]


January 21

LitKit: A Curated Index of the Literary Blogosphere
Even in the midst of some technological turbulence (see also: “blogging is dead,” “Google Reader is gone“) there remains a vibrant and enjoyable literary blogosphere. You can still subscribe to a huge number of blogs and join the conversation. I’ve created a tool to help make it easy to do this, so you can get back to reading and posting. Using Silliman’s Blogroll as a starting point, I’ve created an OPML file. This file is a big list of all the RSS feeds of all the blogs on Silliman’s list. The file is designed to be imported into your blog reader of choice. Since Google Reader isn’t around anymore, I recommend Feedly (my current favorite) or Digg Reader (also very good).


January 19

Really System Issue One: Trams Yell Yes!
This is the first issue of a new poetry journal (quarterly online, print annual) I created and edited. An additional feature of the journal is Really System Labs, where the text of each issue will be recombined, remixed, and remodeled.


January 18

thinkContext: Progressive Browser Extension
thinkContext is a web browser extension which adds contextually relevant, politically progressive information to your web browsing. It works by matching the URL of search engine results, sites you visit or text advertising against a database of progressive campaigns. If it finds a match it inserts unobtrusive icons into the browser. Currently it pulls information from a Union Hotel Guide, an Ethical Restaurant Guide, the Stop Rush Limbaugh advertiser database, The Green Pages, the Bechdel Test Movie database, and the B Corporation directory.


January 14

A One-PDF History of European Socialism and Communism  
Some friends and I compiled a 500-page PDF that does the following (from the Introduction): "We present here a history of twentieth-century communism through primary sources, divided into fourteen chapters arranged in chronological order. Each chapter deals with a historical moment or theoretical debate, and contains an amount of reading appropriate for one week’s time. We hope that this reader will provide the foundation for seminars and reading groups." [more inside]


January 10

Bookhive by Rusty Squid
For the last few months I've been helping a group of Artists/Engineers/puppet makers called Rusty Squid to design, make and install the Book Hive in Bristol Central Library, UK. There's more info on MyModernMet. [more inside]


January 9

mapschool  
I work in maps but am generally frustrated with the way the field is taught: so this is my attempt at making educational materials that dial down the corporate tie-ins and talk about concept. I also write about the process of making it and am planning on illustrating & printing it for free/cheap for students.


Openings: first lines from books, articles, poems, songs, movies
A collection of great first lines. Just launched this week. If you want to recommend a first line, please comment! Excited to share my first project with you, I've been an AskMeFi lurker for years.


January 8

Bluebeard Contest
In conjunction with its upcoming exhibition “Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination”, the National Gallery of Canada is seeking black and white illustrations, inspired by Gustave Doré’s graphic artwork, for the tale of Bluebeard. The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2014. Send your Bluebeards to bluebeard.in.black.and.white@gmail.com! [more inside]


January 6

Breastfeeding & pumping helper app for iPhone
I had a baby this year, and we had a LOT of trouble with breastfeeding and pumping. I used basically every baby app I could find and found most to be frustratingly bad. So I made my own, and after 6 months of development (during naps no less) it went up on the App Store today. It works for nursing, pumping, or bottle-feeding moms, and even supports twins/multiples. And it is designed to be used one-handed. [more inside]


January 5

doge for all: make doges with ease.  
A friend and I were sitting around lamenting the lack of decent shibe/doge generators out there on the internet. So we decided to make our own. http://dogeforall.biz/.

- Click to make new text blurb.
- Change font size/color.
- Use a custom background.
- Upload direct to imgur.

wow.


Circle of Useful Knowledge  
My wife came into an odd book by this title, self-published in 1888 and filled with weird recipes for cocktails mixed in 10-gallon quantities, household hints, rules of thumb, home remedies, etc. It uses units of measure and ingredients that are obscure or obsolete today, has some laughably bad medicine, and is a view into a different world in general. I'm blogging a couple of entries from it every day.


January 3

Consulting Fees: A Guide for Independent Consultants now in print
First published in 2006 as a short ebook, Consulting Fees has turned into a hard copy print book. I originally wrote a blog post on what to charge as a consultant and it went viral in the indie consulting and freelance community. So, I expanded it and turned it into an ebook not long after. Due to demand from readers, I've now expanded the original ebook to cover more areas and taken it into print format. Consulting Fees covers how to set and get your rate, deal with sticky client situations, overcome objections to pricing, navigate emotional roadblocks to charging fees that reflect the value you offer and make the move to Solution-based Fees. Professionally written, edited and designed, Consulting Fees tries to take a kinder, gentler approach to helping people manage the world of pricing for consultants, freelancers and other service providers. [more inside]


Hegel.io: An Open-Source Community Network
This is a site proposal for a new open-source community network. Before I start developing this idea, I need to know if other people are excited about it. If you like giving, thinking about social networks, or the internet, I'd love your thoughts!


January 1

Elbee and Brugle in 'Moving Right Along'
Puppets sing a (somewhat adapted) classic muppet song, accompanied by flute and ukulele. Recorded in pieces as we travelled for work this year in Canada, the US, Kenya, Ethiopia, Spain, and France. [more inside]


December 26

pjsho.ws: Pearl Jam bootlegs and radio. For fans, by fans. Legally.
Pearl Jam allows fans to record concerts for noncommercial use under its open taping policy. pjsho.ws aggregates concert recordings from the taping community as well as official recordings that Pearl Jam has authorized for trade – about 350 so far – and packages them as high-quality mp3 torrents. The same recordings are available as a 24/7 streaming radio station. The site also features a listing of local fan groups worldwide and a feed of Pearl-Jam-related images posted to Twitter.


December 23

Market Music (The stock market as a reggae song)
I have completed a new fun data art project: I translated the ups and downs of the S&P 500 for the year into a reggae-ish song, while an animation represents the data visually and in sync with the music. It's been a record year for the S&P 500 -- and now you can hear it! [more inside]


December 22

St. Louis Skies, Volume 1
As seen on the MeFi Mall, St. Louis Skies, Volume 1 presents the first half of my collected photographs of dramatic sunsets, sunrises, and strange clouds against the backdrop of St. Louis' unique plant life and architecture (with a few ringers from my travels to other cities). [more inside]


December 21

Open access to our newest issue
The newest issue of the journal The Good Society is out today. This year, we're experimenting with an open-access window: the issue will remain open on JSTOR's site until the end of February. This issue is devoted to "Civic Studies" and "Aristotelian Political Theory" and features some articles I'm pretty proud to have published. (previously) [more inside]


December 20

A Travelogue - 49 Days in Southern Chile and Argentina
A short video and photo/words ebook about 7 weeks solo trekking in Patagonia. Video above - Ebook can be downloaded in pdf form here.


The Green The Blue The Grey
A photo-project shot whilst on a three week road trip through The Pacific North West. [more inside]


Art prints for book lovers
My company Postertext designs art prints for book lovers made entirely out of text. There are no lines, no edges anywhere on the art print. The illustration is made purely out of words. [more inside]


December 19

Juggling videos with a narrative arc.
Most jugglers today post "look-what-I-can-do" videos. This month, I tried to buck the trend by creating a juggling video with short vignettes and concrete narrative arcs.


December 18

A Christmas Boner: A Christmas Carol Remixed  
I took Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and remixed it so that throughout the entire story, Scrooge has a boner. It’s juvenile and incredibly stupid, but I dare say parts of it turned out pretty damn funny. It’s available as a free eBook, and you can download it in MOBI (Kindle), ePub (everything else), or Word formats. Or you can just read the whole thing online. [more inside]


December 17

A queue for Amazon Instant Video
AVeq is a Google Chrome extension that lets you keep a queue of Amazon Instant Videos you'd like to watch. It can be installed directly from the website, or from the Chrome Web Store. [more inside]


December 16

The 12 Days of Keefmas
Keith Richards turns 70 on Wednesday. So we wrote him a song. [more inside]


December 12

Warranty Porn
Warranty Porn is a collecting of super high quality products that come with great warranties. My thesis is that a great warranty is the best product quality indicator there is on the market. [more inside]


GRANagotchi
Can you help gran to survive winter? A game that portrays the bleak challenges faced by some older people via the medium of virtual pet toys. [more inside]


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