February 1

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.


December 20

Umap and Bismap: quantifying genome and methylome mappability
Many biological experiments use DNA sequencing as a readout. We can often map the sequenced DNA back to a specific region of the genome. Sometimes, however, we can't. Genomic data is less reliable in those regions. My lab has developed software that makes it easy to identify these regions. We also developed a new method that lets us find those regions in the context of bisulfite sequencing, a technique used to determine where DNA is chemically modified. [more inside]


December 19

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3
One of the problems in publishing poetry is that the books are so short. Of course nobody wants to pay $10-12 for a 40-page read, but it's difficult to produce a professional book (with editors, proofreaders, cover artists, book design, printing costs, promotional costs, etc.) for much less than that. We realized that we could steal from the tradition of 18th and 19th century British and American literary annuals and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s, and put together three books from different poets in one volume. Somewhere between an anthology and a single-author collection, the Floodgate Poetry Series was born. Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3 contains:
  • Northern Corn by brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee, which invites us on a trip across an America of dust, trains, poverty, dignity, and dreams;
  • Begotten, by Cave Canem fellows F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis, which unflinchingly explores fatherhood in the era of Black Lives Matter;
  • and Driving through the Animal by Enid Shomer, which witnesses the tiniest details of ecological destruction and still provides some hope for the future, and which is Shomer's first poetry book since Stars At Noon (U Arkansas, 2001).
[more inside]


December 17

A Cabinet of Curiosities
For over three decades now, I've been assembling my own low-rent version of the Renaissance gentleman's Cabinet of Curiosities. Now I've posted a PlanetSlade photo-essay allowing you to explore its many wonders online. Key exhibits include: about 50 Day of the Dead figurines; a pickled shark foetus; a smoking baby; a biscuit baked to commemorate Kent's 16th century conjoined twins; a syphilis lunchbox; two pacifiers designed to mock your infant child and a duck dressed as Elvis Presley. Enjoy!


December 16

The Site I Scrape.com: Every Pearl Jam setlist
Pearljam.com makes it hard to see a listing of all setlists, so I scraped the site and made a simple site to display them. [more inside]


Now I Have a Think Piece Ho Ho Ho
Yes, Die Hard is the perfect winter holiday movie. No, not that holiday...


On the Responsibilities of White American Women
Ever since the election, I have been obsessed with the possible reasons that many white American women voted for Trump, and the reasons that many white American feminists continue to not support measures that would be beneficial for queer women and women of color. This essay is the result of that obsession.


December 12

Travels With Brindle
As many of you know, I play the ukulele. I got a public performance license for the MBTA this year and set a goal to play at all 63 of the T stations with performers' areas between now and 28 May 2017. [more inside]


December 11

The Beauty of Poison
A rather strange romance, in mobile-optimized webcomic form.


trumpispoopy.com
after making a real life holiday sign about donald trump being poopy, it was decided that a website about trump being poopy was needed. [more inside]


December 9

Rykobiography: The Serialized Story of a Man and His Cat
On Monday, November 28, 2016, at 9:45 PM, I lost my best friend and lifelong companion, Ryko, to complications from alimentary feline lymphoma. She was 18 and a half years old. In order to keep myself somewhat sane as I learn to process the loss of my girl, I’m writing her biography in serial form, from her manic kittenhood in Boston, MA, to her final peaceful days on the Westside of L.A.


December 8

xn--qeiaa.ws: Emoji Domain Registration
Domains can be more than just letters and numbers. Most people have no idea they can just type a bunch of hearts in their address bar and go to a domain... and yet, it works!


December 7

I am the Internet: AMA
It's me - the Internet. You know, the place with all the cat videos and pornography? Well, now you can ask me questions and I'll try to answer them! As best as I can, anyhow. Sorry in advance for all the typos. [more inside]


December 6

Hocus Growcus
Hocus Growcus is a puzzle bullet hell game about a witch trying to switch majors in college. When you are forced to take the entrance exam to your new major, you have no time to study, so you go in blind -- all you have is your wits, a minor magical plant-growing talent, and the ability to change the flow of time. In order to succeed, you must face down twenty waves of enemies, but without a direct means of attack, each encounter becomes its own puzzle. Can you pass the test? [more inside]


Dingwings: Reverse Wingdings
Dingwings is a font you can only type with an emoji keyboard. [more inside]


December 5

Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches
I wrote a book for non- and less-technical users about how to use desktop Linux. It walks new users through everything they'll need to do to get Linux up and running at home. The publisher site has two free chapters. I'm proud of this book because of its focus on making Linux accessible to an audience beyond sysadmins. My hope is it will be popular with knowledge workers, like academics and journalists, looking to take control of their electronic work environments.


December 4

1958 Rambler Super Station Wagon Rebuild
My brother has been rebuilding a 1958 AMC Rambler Super Station Wagon (4 door) for me. The original vehicle was in rough enough condition that he "transplanted" the body onto the chassis of an 1986 Oldsmobile, and then he just went from there. [more inside]


December 2

Mike’s Holiday Song Advent Calendar
So I decided to make a list of Advent Calendar of Holiday Songs on Tumblr but then I found a silly web app where I could create my own and now I'm sharing it to give a little joy to 2016 maybe. [more inside]


December 1

Cultural Amnesia - Laments
Autumnal, melancholic E.P. from Cultural Amnesia, at Bleak, Bandcamp and all four tracks on YouTube - I, II, III and IV


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