March 1

the short fingered vulgarian
This site came together quickly and is a reference to this article about trump and his itsy bitsy fingers. [more inside]


Vandelay Industries
A Slack bot, similar to Frinkiac, that searches through every line of dialogue from every episode of Seinfeld and returns an animated GIF of that scene. An introduction and technical writeup is here.


February 29

The Greatest Generation
A Star Trek podcast by two guys who are a bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast. [more inside]


Communitymanagement.org : a community for community managers  
If you manage an online community and would like to learn from other community managers, this is the place. Built by community managers, for community managers, and completely free. Come here to ask questions, share challenges, and network with fellow CMs. [more inside]


February 28

Hillary Clinton Voted for the War
Sign up for daily reminders.


February 26

Economic Justice & Abuse in the Music Industry
A deep dive into how abuse by higher ups in the music industry is both an economic and social issue, and how our perceptions of those in power can bias us against supporting victims. It touches on two recent cases of shady and sexually abusive behavior from two record label heads (Calvin Johnson of K Records, Michael Gira of Swans) and the #freekesha movement. [more inside]


The Optical — VFX and Movie Tech Podcast
The Optical is a podcast revisiting the history of VFX films and technology, often through the lens of Cinefex magazine. In late 2013, I started a blog to go with an idea that I had for a podcast, to (re)read all of the print issues of Cinefex magazine in my collection, and revisit older VFX movies from the heyday of practical effects. The podcast started in January 2014, and so far, we've released 24 episodes. During that time, I've had the pleasure of interviewing great minds like Douglas Trumbull, Harrison Ellenshaw and John Van Vliet, and Howie Weed. I'm kinda proud that we've made it this far.


Tangemeenie - The Big Dismal
It breaks my heart it had to go down this way, but I'm finally releasing the last album my wife Lori and I made as Tangemeenie before our recent split. I'm in between paying gigs at the moment and our family is in a difficult transition period, so if nothing else, consider buying it and spreading the word to help a fellow human being out. [more inside]


February 22

A Visit to Cementland
Here's an album of photos that I took one day in Cementland. Cementland is an abandoned/unfinished industrial playground/amusment park kind of place (if you're in to that sort of thing).


The Most Minnesotan Thing in the World.
A Facebook project in which I explore my home state through photos, artifacts, postcards, and other memorabilia, all in a probably futile attempt to understand what it means to be Minnesotan.


MacAvoy and Me
Tea with the Black Dragon Author R.A.Macavoy asked me to work with her on a book... (I KNOW, right?!?!) We've now finished. [more inside]


February 20

lexiconjure
A twitter bot that uses machine learning to define invented words, posting truncated definitions on Twitter and complete ones on Tumblr. Tweet @lexiconjure a made-up word, and it'll define it for you. [more inside]


A bot in the street but a snowclone in the sheets
This bot fills out the "___ in the street but a ___ in the sheets" snowclone (originating from "a lady in the street but a freak in the sheets") in various different ways.


February 18

DUNSÖNs & DRAGGANs  
A Twitterbot showcasing exciting adventures in DUNSÖNs & DRAGGANs 1st Edition - a fantastical/Scandinavian world of monsters, treasure, good value furniture, and stylish storage solutions. Enter if you dare! Also can you pick up some bag clips for me? And some meatballs. And grab one of those cool lamps. Ages 12 and up. Requires 20-sided hex wrench (included). [more inside]


February 17

Write Pay
I make money writing online. This project explains some of the nuts and bolts of how I do that successfully. [more inside]


LearnTechLib - The Learning & Technology Library
The Learning and Technology Library is an online digital library of over 100,000 journal articles, conference papers, ebooks, and dissertation abstracts all focused on the use of technology in learning and education. [more inside]


February 14

UnFavMyHeart: unfavorite your ex's tweets
This Valentine's Day read one last time your favorited* ex's tweets before letting them go. [more inside]


February 13

Elwha: Roaring back to life  
The Elwha river was the world's largest dam removal project, with the first dam removed in 2011 and the second in 2014. Since then, the watershed has changed dramatically, almost entirely for the better. [more inside]


February 12

Briony Morrow-Cribbs - Copper Plate etching
I made a short video about a woman in Vermont who does copper plate etching. [more inside]


The Tiniest Gallery  
I like art, so I built a single-serving art gallery that features local artists and hung it on the fence outside my house. [more inside]


Bike Collectives - Love our Wiki Contest
February is one of the slowest months for bike shops in the northern hemisphere, which makes it a great month for people involved with bike collectives to edit this wiki. Two winners will get an organic fair trade chocolate bar. My main goal in posting this to Projects is that I'm hoping you'll tell me if your local community bike shop needs to be added to the list of international community bike organizations. Since you're required to sign up to make an edit (which you're encouraged to do if you want), I would be happy to add it for you if you leave a comment.


Book compilation, @Play: Exploring Roguelike Games
I have a book out! It's a compilation of my @Play columns on roguelike games, with some new material. It's part of the current StoryBundle too, with some new material. ALSO, one piece on the book is up as @Play 83, AND another is up now on Kotaku! [more inside]


Malimbe: an asynchronous server-side web framework in Swift
After Apple open-sourced their Swift programming language and released a preliminary Linux port, I started putting together a server-side web framework for it. So did many others, though my web framework is (as far as I know) the only one to use futures for concurrency. It's still very much a work in progress, though now has a few toy apps, some useful middleware, and a Swiftily protocol-based HTML generation mechanism. [more inside]


February 9

Studio Heads Of The Classic Era Ranked In Terms Of Personal Awfulness  
The studio heads of Classic Hollywood ranks by how awful they where as people.


2016 All Candidates Debate  
EVERY SINGLE CANDIDATE. NO HOLDS BARRED. EXTREMELY SERIOUS STUFF.


February 8

SXFX
Iconic British science fiction magazine SXFX will celebrate its 21st anniversary later this year, so here’s a quick look back at some of the articles from the rarely seen and much sought after first issue. Articles include a raucous talk with Lori Petty and Naomi Watts about the upcoming Tank Girl movie; a chat with the new Doctor Who on the set of his long-awaited TV turn; a conversation with Jonathan Frakes about his return to the Star Trek franchise with his on-going role on new series Voyager; Iain F. Banks discussing his Culture's Dawn trilogy; a review of the first six episodes of David Lynch's new TV show, The X-Files; a look ahead at the launch line-up for Nintendo's new Play Station console; and even an interview with GRR Martin about his long-awaited new book.


Fractal Jigsaw Puzzle  
A jigsaw puzzle in which the pieces are jigsaw puzzles. Runs in your browser.


Writer! for PICO-8
I made a fantasy word processor for the PICO-8 fantasy console (previously).


Matriarchal Storytelling
These are my findings and observations stemming from my experimental writing in fiction. This is an ongoing series of nonfiction essays about writing fiction in a modern era. I am an author who noticed the stranglehold the Patriarchal style of storytelling had on fiction: a single point of view with a hero who has an evil antagonist and a supporting characters who are less interesting and capable than the protagonist. It limits what a storyteller can do, and as an author, I decided to challenge it by exploring and testing it. [more inside]


February 2

An atlas of Cormoran Strike's world
Cormoran Strike's world is about 95% straight-up real. I started by looking on Google to see where Strike's office is on Denmark Street and then I got drawn in, so here's a map with locations from all three Robert Galbraith books – separated into layers – plus a layer of locations each specific to Strike and Robin. [more inside]


February 1

This is the worst party I've ever been to.  
Photos from the New Hampshire presidential primary. [more inside]


Killer Songs (radio doc): Billy Bragg, Dave Alvin, Laura Cantrell & others discuss their favourite murder ballads.
I spent much of 2015 interviewing musicians for my new book Unprepared To Die: America’s Greatest Murder Ballads & The True Crime Stories That Inspired Them. Now I’ve used the audio from those interviews to make an hour-long radio guide to these gory, facinating songs. Contributors include Billy Bragg, The Bad Seeds’ Mick Harvey, Dave Alvin, The Kingston Trio’s Bob Shane, Laura Cantrell, Jon Langford of The Mekons, Ralph Stanley and his son Ralph II. Resonance FM here in London gave the show its first airing last week, and has now archived it for your listening pleasure on this Mixcloud page. [more inside]


January 29

I made a guitar  
I built a solid body electric guitar from scratch and wrote a rather long, detailed account of the process. Only partly a how-to, I wrote about what was required, what I learned, mistakes I made, and what I'd do different next time. [more inside]


Single-Serving Recipes ("I Eat Alone")  
A recipe blog aimed at the single person who doesn't want to eat leftovers 6 days out of the week. Have a fresh meal every time, by cooking in one serving portions.


January 27

Women in Comics
As this comment went over well, I decided to make a longer, annotated list of women in comics, worldwide. Though I started with comics I like, I did some research to find stuff I didn't know about, and I'd love to hear suggestions for more. There are currently about 220 entries. [more inside]


Elements around the world
I've been marking up a map of the world with locations relevant to a particular chemical element (so far just sulfur, arsenic, and iron). Each mark includes a brief description with links to additional information.


Amuseum Naturalis
Someone loaned us a house for the season and we made a small natural history museum. Admission is free, our exhibits are focused on Caribbean flora and fauna (it is located in Grand Case, St. Martin) and we are producing short films to show in our theater space at the museum. [more inside]


January 26

Hieronymous Bosch Work Memes  
Observational humor memes about how much work sucks can only benefit from the feverish apocalyptic stylings of Hieronymous Bosch, right? [more inside]


Erowid Sarah Palin  
A Markov Twitter bot remixing Sarah Palin speeches and Erowid trip reports.


January 20

Loop GIF inspired by The Shining
This animated GIF was created for the Loopdeloop competition, based in Australia. Each month there is a different theme, and this month’s was….sisters. I immediately thought of two sisters and two hotels: the twins from The Shining, perhaps the most sinister sisters of all, who live in the movie’s Overlook Hotel, but also the Hotel Budapest, shaped like a cylinder and with more than a little Overlook-creepiness to it.


January 19

Money Boss
Ten years ago in this space, I announced my new money blog called Get Rich Slowly. With your support, that blog grew into a business and a career. Now I've launched a new money blog called Money Boss, which covers "advanced personal finance". Money Boss is about achieving early retirement and financial independence, about mastering your money -- and your life. Because it's great to get rich slowly, but I believe you can do better! [more inside]


January 18

A Reader on Black Revolutionaries in the United States  
In the spirit of our previous reader on European Socialism and Communism (volume 1), the Communist Research Cluster has released a reader on Black Revolutionaries in the United States (volume 2). [more inside]


January 17

Think you can tell a Democrat from a Republican?  
You are presented with a bill from 2005-2014, and have to decide if that bill was sponsored by a Democrat or a Republican. Some are obvious, some are tricky, and some are really surprising! [more inside]


January 15

Figuring out the best way to learn a langauge
Long time reader, first time poster. My friend and I are trying to learn Swedish as quickly as possible using online tools. We started in the middle of December and are almost done studying. We've contacted a grad student at a local university and he's going to test us on our ability to speak Swedish. We have a few posts up (including a review of language tools!) and would love to hear your thoughts or feedback. Wish us (or me) luck on the test!


8M Pixels
Remember the Million Dollar Homepage? It's a variation of that idea with 2 main differences: first, we updated the pixel grid to 2016 so now it's a 4K webpage (I suspect it's the first 4K page ever) and second, we don't get to keep any money. We don't even handle any money. You "buy" the pixels by donating to one of 5 different organizations and you just have to send us the receipt. Obligatory Medium post.


January 14

I Butchered a Pig  
I butchered a pig this weekend, and decided to write about the process. [more inside]


January 13

Aporkalypse Revisited [Minecraft gaming]
Over the Christmas holidays, the Minecraft Aporkalypse gang from the MeFightClub community resurrected the Aporkalypse server (the talk of the Metafilter community back in 2011) and placed it online for a special winter reunion. The server is still up and has a crowd of the regulars online every evening. [more inside]


2016 Hugo Best Editor (Short Form) Data
We combined results from eight reviewers across six magazines and nine anthologies (~560 science fiction and fantasy short stories, novelettes, and novellas in all) to produce data to help people make nominations for the 2016 Hugo Awards in the Best Editor (short form) category. It's not a slate--we give examples on how to use the data based on your personal preferences to create your own list.


Neural Networks Translate Images to Poetry
Neuralsnap generates an image caption using a model I trained (convolutional and recurrent neural networks), then uses another character-level recurrent neural net that I trained on ~40 MB of poetry to expand the caption into a poem. (In this example, generated from a Rothko painting, the red text is the direct image caption, and the rest is the poetic expansion.) [more inside]


A New Mythology
This is definitely not for everybody. A new mythology, based on the Judeo-Christian one, is on the front of it a sky level view that is hyperlinked to articles deeper in the site. After writing two books about my experiences, I began this as a blog with supplemental info, but it is now a work in its own right. Like I said, not for everyone, but if it's for you, I think you'll find it fascinating to explore.


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