August 26

Please Hold: A Representative Will Be With You Shortly!
A humorous interactive fiction/visual novel game about dealing with customer service representatives. Available free for download on Windows, Linux & OSx (40mb .zip). [more inside]


August 23

Gripsweat: A big searchable archive of vinyl record auctions *including sound clips*
Mainly made as a utility site for record collectors, Gripsweat tracks and catalogs vinyl record auctions. This is handy for pricing finds or for determining some ballpark at "rarity" and desirability. My favorite part of the site (and something that I think the non-record nerd might like) is the sound clips. I've killed hours just clicking through sound clips to find 45s and LPs that probably otherwise would have slipped past me. This is especially nice for "deep" genres like afrobeat, turkish, rocksteady, garage, disco, etc. [more inside]


Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron
Waffleizer — the blog that tackled the question "Will it waffle?" — has led to a book with more than 50 unexpected recipes for your waffle iron. I'm happy to say that book ("Will It Waffle?") is out this week. [more inside]


Dragondot 2 - sidescrolling circular dragony action!
I've recently completed my first Unity game, and I'm pretty proud of it. Much like the original, Dragondot 2 features a heroic circular dragon defending her territory from encroaching monsters, collecting gold to level up and gain new powers, and protecting/tolerating/eating her loyal kobold followers. The game features a diverse cast of foes, including four distinctive and challenging boss fights which will test your mastery of all your draconic combat abilities. There's a free demo built right into the website, and if you try it and want more the full game is only $3. [more inside]


August 22

Music blog linking new music of all genres
Hi! I just started a blog that will have short posts for upcoming music releases of all styles of music. It'll be the picture for the new album, plus a small blurb and links to the artists websites and official music videos/legal and official downloads. It'll all be nice and neat with NO links to weird mp3 download sites or illegal download hosting or places you have to sign up or any other scammy stuff. All posts will also be tagged by genre so you can click a genre tag and find a bunch (eventually) of recent releases for that genre. It's a great way to discover and explore new music. Ideally I want to be able to do many posts every day in the long run and have it be a good source of new music, not just a random album here and there. I only started it yesterday and have maybe 15 posts at the moment but I intend to work on it for a few hours every day and hope some people here can check it out and maybe bookmark it for later.


Bluster, by Bluster. My bands first EP is hot off the presses
You can listen for free on BandCamp and of course if so inclined can buy the tracks. We recorded this in our practice space/basement on a laptop, but I think it sounds pretty darned good. Let me know what you think. Thanks! Bonus Bluster Fact: The band met on OkCupid [more inside]


Magehollow: A Web Serial
Magehollow is an ongoing work of serial fiction that explores a young girl's introduction to the world of magic. It's a bit of modern-day fantasy that's about a quarter of the way through its run now. [more inside]


August 20

AM/FM - the story of London's pirate radio stations  
Back in the eighties when I should have been studying, I ran a magazine covering London's pirate radio stations and their battles to stay on the air and go legal. At amfm.org.uk you can read the stories of the 25 most important unlicensed stations of the eighties like Kiss-FM, Radio Jackie and DBC, listen to an audio history of London pirate radio from 1975-1990 and dig into all eighteen issues of TX Magazine. [more inside]


August 11

DCTN: shows tonight in washington, dc
It's a website with one purpose: it tells you what shows are happening tonight in Washington, DC. In a big, simple list that works really well on phones. It's also an open source project I just wrote about.


Shngri - iOS and web app for colour/sound relax
Inspired by the theories of Hans Cousto - the planet tones and the Law of the Octave, I made this iOS app and a web app. Use it for sound healing/meditation/connection with the Eternal/looking at nice colours.


August 10

Predicting Game of Thrones  
I finally gave in and started reading Game of Thrones. When I got to the end of the first chapter, I texted a bunch of my nerd friends like, "Why do people think this is surprising? It is like super-obviously signposted!" From there, it turned into a project where I try to predict what will happen in Game of Thrones. I am blogging my predictions and there is a page where I mark off my predictions as correct or incorrect as I get to them. [more inside]


August 9

Hextris: A fast paced puzzle game  
Hey guys me and a few friends made this game. More links to the various app stores are over here, and the source over here.


Survivor's Fieldbook - A Post Apocalyptic ... something.
It's a zombie apocalypse rogue-like/sim, where you direct survivors in saving others. Think FTL+Dwarf Fortress+Zombies. It's fairly early in development, but I think it's at an enjoyable stage where near limitless zombie stories play out before you.


776 - 778 - 780  
Surrealist video game featuring jet bikes [more inside]


August 8

The Fridge app: save food, save money (with app video)
I've finally released an iPhone app I've been working on for four years: The Fridge. It's made to help you remember about your perishable foods so they don't go to waste. It has some unique UI elements that (I hope) are interesting. And of course, it comes with a demo video, but not a usual one (absolutely no soft ukulele music). [more inside]


Let's build a browser engine!
I work for Mozilla as a web browser developer. I've found that it's hard to learn the inner workings of a browser, so I started building a “toy” HTML/CSS rendering engine designed to be easy to understand and modify. This is the first in a series of articles that will explain the code I wrote, and also walk you through the process of writing your own toy rendering engine from scratch.


August 7

A Robot That Puts Pie Charts Onto Actual Pies
My article for The Creators Project (VICE's arts and technology blog) about a robot that illustrates the gender divide by placing pie charts into actual pies. [more inside]


August 6

A New Aesthetic for Inner Explorers
This is a sort of manifesto calling for a new orientation for writing and art, one based on the conscious desire to elucidate our subtlest and most elusive experiences, as the only true path to understanding human nature -- and ultimately making progress on the problems that plague individuals and society.


These Are Just To Say
aka "Variations on a Theme by Kenneth Koch": versions of "This is Just to Say" hybridized with other poems (such as "This Be The Verse" or "To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars") or just recast into different forms (such as the double dactyl or the villanelle). [more inside]


August 4

DIY Birth Control, Abortions, & More
I'm working on an easy to read, well-researched guide to help women with healthcare access problems obtain and use birth control methods (hormonal and non-hormonal), emergency contraception, and medical abortion pills. Given the way that these important health issues are treated in the U.S. today, it saddens me that we need this guide but I believe the information is vital. If you are a person who may become pregnant or care about someone who may become pregnant, this guide could be of use--it even teaches a new way to use diaphragms that makes them easier to use, more convenient, and more effective all at once. [more inside]


This Is What Anne Frank's Arrest Looked Like
70 years ago, Anne Frank and her family were arrested after more than two years in hiding in Amsterdam. But what did their arrest really look like? I write about it for mental_floss.


July 31

The Marvel Explanation
Can Joey explain the Marvel Cinematic Universe to his sister Cassie, who only has eyes for Rocket Raccoon? Click to find out!


July 29

DOS POP
this is DOS POP: over 40 minutes of primitive, tinny FM slime-synthesis for the discerning pop aesthete. a soundcloud mix sourced from vintage PC games, with some tasty ear candy and glitchery thrown in for good measure. maxis trash funk, bitcrushed opera, diseasecore, swamp new age, adlib fantasia and soundblaster death jams await your miserable, yearning ears. grab some waterproof headphones and dive in. part of the experience is not always knowing what you're hearing, so I haven't included a tracklist. available on request, though.


July 28

Back Tang Wiesenfeld text generation
Markov chain-style text generation that conforms to Zipf's law. Very spiffy. [more inside]


July 26

Phosphates, Fizzes and Frappes  
A Tumblr blog about the golden age of soda fountains (roughly 1890-1920). The blog includes vintage recipes, soda fountain history, and more. [more inside]


July 23

Go Ahead, read my stuff.  
This is just a tumblr I've put up to put up anecdotes for my grandchildren to read. Saves me the trouble of having to remember all the details when I'm 80, I hope, I can hand the kids an iPad with all the tales neatly formatted and pictures alongside. The next generation of grandpa's knee! Of course, that's the excuse I use on myself: that someone will want to read them. So, I thought I'd stick it up here and let you folks look and critique my writing/style/whatever.


July 22

Film Talk Forum - Smart friendly discussion of the best in Film and Television
I've been looking for a good place for deeper discussion of great films and TV shows. I saw this thread in AskMeFi and checked out the criterion forum, but found it lacking. So I created my own film and TV discussion forum. Please feel free to join and add to the (currently non-existent) conversation. Tell all your film geek friends too. Thanks. :)


July 18

Library of Emoji  
We all know that many new emoji were recently added to the Unicode standard. What we don't know is what emoji will be added in the years to come. Library of Emoji is a Twitter bot that speculates, several times each day, on what new emoji might appear in future Unicode revisions—emoji that today may seem unreasonable, but someday may be commonplace: COOKWARE SYMBOL. MOUTHPART. PRIAPIC SYMBOL FOR UNICYCLIST WATERLOO. [more inside]


July 14

Mario: animated short  
In Italian playgrounds a song is chanted that dates back to World War I. This paint on glass animation tells this dark tale of a soldier who returns home from war to find his girlfriend has left him. [more inside]


Living with our backs to the future  
It's my first piece for the NYTimes! A Riff essay on how the past's view of the future impacts how we live in the present. Plus DeLoreans.


July 13

HODOR  
HODOR [more inside]


July 12

"Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration" -- Open Access  
The new issue of The Good Society (vol. 23, no. 1) is devoted to a single symposium on the intersection of mass incarceration and democracy. It's available on Project MUSE for institutional subscribers, and on JSTOR, where all the articles will be open access for the next two months! [more inside]


July 11

f/5.6: a photoblog
I've been focusing on photography (mostly street photography) for the last few years, and I put together this photoblog to showcase past and current work. For best results, view in correct order. If you only have time to look at one image, I suggest this triptych.


July 10

Chip64: Chip synth for Reason
Hey there! I make Rack Extensions for Reason, a music-making program from Propellerhead Software. (Rack Extensions are plug-ins for Reason, sort of like VSTs that you'd use for other DAWs.) I've made 10 so far. My latest is Chip64, an emulation of audio chips from vintage computers and video game consoles. There are some audio examples too.


Seven Kings for Seven Sisters
Seven Kings for Seven Sisters is my attempt at actually writing that story that always seems to be lurking behind London railway station names. Cannot promise: artistic quality, meaningfulness. Can promise: lots of station name puns, dubious rhymes, Ford the bridge-playing cat. Six installments up so far, the next is going up on Friday.


July 8

Pee & Pray
Pee & Pray is an ongoing web comic starring Peeing Calvin and Praying Calvin. I'm 18 episodes in so far. There is some NSFW language. And peeing. Thank you.


July 2

World of Objects - Found product photography from eBay & Craigslist listings  
Strange & wonderful vernacular photography collected from eBay and Craigslist listings. Witness as ordinary Objects take on other-worldly, pathetic or even menacing qualities. You will never look at Objects the same again. http://worldofobjects.tumblr.com


July 1

@godtributes
A Twitter bot that posts tributes to befitting each god! Banner by Metroid Baby. [more inside]


June 30

Virtual Unreality: A book about how the internet is messing with your head
Surprised that Facebook has been experimenting on you, deliberately tampering with your emotions? Don't be. Our reliance on digital information in all aspects of our life -- from shopping, to reading the news, to interacting with our friends -- is having an unexpected consequence: we are increasingly dependent on information that's being manipulated by parties who are trying to get you to act against your own self-interest. Virtual Unreality is a book about how the digital revolution is blurring the distinction between what's true from what's fictional, what's genuine from what's fake, what's human from what's algorithmic -- what's real and what's virtual. [more inside]


June 29

Globe Trot (50 filmmakers, 23 countries, 1 dance)  
This is an international crowd-sourced dance-film project put together over the web. I got 50 filmmakers on all seven continents (including Antarctica) to each shoot two seconds of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller. There was a manual on my website that trained the filmmakers in how to learn their 4-count phrase assignment and how to frame the performer they would find on the street. Each person then sent their footage back to me for editing. I explain it more in this HuffPo blog.


June 26

Super Tunnel Brothers: A Minecraft Let's Play Series
Players gumptionthomas and your's truly set out to dig a 17,0000 (give or take) block tunnel for a rail spur in their Minecraft server world, Planet Gumption. As we dig we're discussing futurism, artificial intelligence, speculative fiction, the Singularity...


June 25

Augur: iPhone App That Uses Twitter to Predict the Future  
Augur is an iPhone app that displays random Twitter posts, and attempts to provide both advice and prophesy. Pulling from a growing list of keywords, the app ignores any Twitter posts containing links, images, #hashtags, or @mentions. It also parses out any first person mention (I, Me, Myself) and tries to present Twitter posts containing second personal conditionals (You will, You shall, etc). [more inside]


2014 US Open Class Nationals
I'm blogging the 2014 US Open Class National Soaring Contest in Northern California, where beautiful sailplanes race hundreds of miles. Photos and videos show the view from the rear seat of a 2-place glider participating in the contest. The blog assumes no familiarity with competitive soaring or gliding in general. [more inside]


June 22

Tangaroa, the god of the sea
This is an early cut my friend and I did for an independent artist in New Zealand. She makes installation art. We both liked what she did and wanted to support her by making a video that comprises the process. Feedback welcomed.


June 21

Whispering Machine
is one of three strange glimpses into Us Conductors, a theremin novel by me. Each of the trio of sites visits a different passage from the book through the lens of a different designer, with different contributing musical artists: Whispering Machine, by Luc Mikelsons & Adam Benzen, has sounds by Bear In Heaven; Our shadows slanting by the lamps..., by Brendan Reed, has sounds by Owen Pallett; I gazed at a long shelf of batteries..., by Jez Burrows, has sounds by an unnamed musician.


June 19

Documentary: Round Window stained glass, stop motion
I make stained glass windows for a living. For a long time I've wanted to make a stop motion movie of a window going together. So I finally did it. [more inside]


Octropolis
A fast-action scrolling maze game for Android, intended for tablets. Guide an octopus through a huge maze, collecting eggs and avoiding sharks. Consume "mega eggs" to attack the sharks back. Intended as a riff on classic Namco arcade maze games of the 1980s, including Pac-Man and Rally-X. [more inside]


June 17

An Open Letter to the Start-up CEO Who Believes He Owns a Business
I wrote an Open Letter on Medium snarkily addressing my long-term issues with Startup Culture, VC funding, and various other tangled attendants.


June 15

How to Recognize the Signs That You Work For a Corporate Cult
I've been "working" on this for a few years. It was originally for a certain magazine, but it got to be too long. I didn't feel like cutting it down to meet the word limit requirements.


Dickens.me: Collaborative serial storytelling
Dickens.me is a community creative writing project to craft an interactive adventure in the style of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories, with authors writing chapters of up to 400 words that each end in two choices for the reader.


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