February 25

Idiolexicon
Two poems a day from around the internet. [more inside]


The palindrome game of the Bletchley Park code breakers
The WW2 code breakers depicted (somewhat falsely) in "The Imitation Game" were well-rounded: athletes (Alan Turing was an Olympic level marathoner), performers (they staged accomplished plays and musical revues), chess players, and creators of crossword puzzles. They also held a palindrome-writing competition which yielded at least two of the best ever written in English, and possibly many more. The story of that competition is told here for the first time, based on exclusive sources and years of research.


Talk or learn about asexuality 201!
So I mentioned this in the #womensMarch MeTa thread, but I am the vice-admin for a group blog called the Asexual Agenda whose purpose is to promote more higher-level discussion of asexuality, by asexuals. It also aims to provide a community center for asexuals who are interested in this discourse. [more inside]


February 24

Save a loved-one's voicemail greeting  
VMSave is a small tool to help you preserve a lost loved-one's voicemail greeting, because sometimes that's the last fragment of them you have. [more inside]


A Twitter bot that draws your code
@dupdupdraw is a Twitter bot that tries to make up programs to draw things on its own and also draws what you tweet at it. Look at the favorites for a quick Best Of, or read a quick intro or the more thorough README. All programs are valid, and the worst that can happen is you get a random solid color.


February 23

BetterWithArt - A blog for art lovers, lookers and makers
What it says on the tin! My goal is to share my enjoyment of art in an unpretentious, accessible fashion. Dedicated to the premise that life is better with art. Hope you like!


Maggie
A short film that deals with dementia. [more inside]


February 20

The Portland Tarot Forecast
A free weekly reading for the whole city. I got the idea because sometimes I'd noticed the same card or cards showing up in different people's readings in the same few days, and I felt like I was glimpsing larger spiritual currents. I wanted to more fully examine that, and also to combine my writing flair with my divinatory reading skills. Warning: Contains mysticism


February 18

Readtailor: licensing indie publisher books to libraries
This is [indirectly] Jessamyn's fault. :) [more inside]


Generic Screenshot Domain
Need a URL for your project? Manual? Screenshot? Want to make sure it won't redirect to anything sketchy? Well, for at least two years, you can use www.genericscreenshotdomain.com and know that it'll stay exactly what it is. [more inside]


February 17

The McKinnon Account
A short story about your first day working at Hunter, Brown & Shen, told over the course of a single morning via several emails and a few text messages. Once you've registered, it begins for you at 9am the next day. (For extra verisimilitude, sign up on a Sunday so it plays out while you're at work of a Monday morning.) Call it an ARG without the G? [more inside]


February 16

HOT NEW TRENDS FOR 2015   
R U WIZARDPUNK - I drew a cartoon for The Nib about possible new trends.


February 15

Glowy Clock
We used to have an LCD clock radio that glowed various rainbow colors. I "voted it off the island," so to speak, because it seemed like clock radio was a waste of space in the age of clocks-on-everything, but we missed spacing out while looking at it, so I put together this web substitute. [more inside]


War in Heaven
This is an ongoing project, in blog form. It involves my experiences with the War in Heaven as described in the Book of Revelation. I've written two books about it. You don't have to believe in any of it to find it an interesting read, I don't think. Rationally, I feel someimes like a UFO abductee when I talk about what happened to me. And I'm not going to say, "I know what I saw," but rather, "What the heck do you think it was?!" Really, it goes beyond crazy. See for yourself. [more inside]


February 14

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality PDF
I've finished updating the PDF version of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality to incorporate all the changes the author made after the chapters in the current PDF were formatted, just in time for the posting of the final story arc: 5.3MB PDF [more inside]


I'm not going to write you a love song... oh wait.
I filmed (and performed in a few) nearly 40 custom-written love songs for a bunch of strangers on the internet. They were customers of the company I work for, and we wanted to thank them for saying lovely things about us. [more inside]


R2d2 takes unfair advantage of females
Our group at the University of North Carolina has just published a paper (open access) on an exciting new female meiotic drive system that we call R2d2. There is also a nice accompanying perspective article (also open access) from researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute in Seattle. Read on for a short description of meiotic drive and the findings of the paper. [more inside]


February 11

The first science fiction anthology to focus on the immigrant experience  
How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens explores the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with fiction and poetry from Sturgeon winner Sarah Pinsker, James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner Nisi Shawl and Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winner Ken Liu, as well as 32 other writers, most of them themselves immigrants or the children of immigrants. [more inside]


Irish for Americans
An ongoing project to identify Irish words used in American English, especially by members of the Irish-American community. [more inside]


February 9

The Secret History of South Asian & African American Solidarity  
African Americans & South Asians (i.e. folks from India, Pakistan, etc.) have been standing up for each other for over 100 years, despite barriers of race, information, and distance. These secret histories of global allyship are a reminder of how little of the good stuff schools ever teach us.


February 6

Desire Bot: A Twitter Bot That Re-Posts What the World Wants  
This is a Twitter bot that re-posts tweets it finds beginning with the phrase "I just want..." It then pulls the nouns from the message, and uses those words to search Flickr for a matching image. [more inside]


February 5

Interesting Times
Fortnightly mixtapes of fresh, pan-Asian independent music. From Karachi rooftops to Tokyo livehouses. Letter archives are over here. [more inside]


February 2

TRANNYBOT 5000
A short, satirical film about trans misrepresentation in the media. (TW included on YouTube page.) All trans girl soundtrack featuring Hearken!, Jenna and the Pups, Ex. by V., Femmepire and Haley Paille. Enjoy.


Post-apocalyptic web series
Swords, martial arts, action, adventure, drama!! [more inside]


smiling face withface
Randomly generated glitch emoji, automatically posted to Tumblr. GHFACE. STEAM LOSKI BOOT. OCTONT MOON. A conversation. [more inside]


February 1

Carbon 7 is three musicians collaborating to produce cooperative music in real time.  
It's not so much about the website (I know, tables, amirite) as the music at the "Listen" link. After our first gathering, we thought we might be on to something, so I started multi-track recording, mixing & archiving all our sessions. [more inside]


January 31

Drinking My Way Through the Literary 1930's  
I have been reading and reviewing drinks from the 1935 recipe book, So Red the Nose, along with the books they are based on. [more inside]


January 29

If we liberate male sexuality, the war against women can end
"When a man enters my secret room, he steps into another world, where the taboos, rules and expectations of the outside world are lifted, or bent to serve our mutual pleasure.. [more inside]


Pilgrimage of Desire: A Travel Memoir
The story of my young family's trip around the world told against the backdrop of my recovery from depression. [more inside]


January 27

Metafilter User Tagger
A Greasemonkey script that allows adding custom tags beside usernames. It places a small link after usernames on posts/comments which can be clicked to open the tagger UI. From here you can create the tag [text and color] and it will instantly be applied to all occurrences of this username. Clicking an existing tag will open the UI again to edit or delete it. [more inside]


January 26

Sketchy Weather - quick doodles about the weather
In an effort to keep myself accountable for experimenting with various drawing programs, I'll be posting quick sketches about the weather a few times a week (hopefully). [more inside]


INTERESTING.JPG: deep-learning AI looking at news photographs  
@INTERESTING_JPG is a twitter bot that takes news photographs and runs them through a computer-vision caption generating system. [more inside]


Article: Hiring is Broken  
My first act of journalism in 7+ years. Thanks to the MeFites who gave me some great leads on this topic.


January 25

Haphead, A cyberpunk webseries about a girl who's literally empowered by videogames.
In 2025, games are so immersive that teenagers learn skills just by playing. After she enables the haptics, Maxine's favourite rabbit-ninja fighting game gets a whole lot more punishing, with the new tech beating skills into her muscle memory. Which is good: she needs to level up quick once her employer discovers her on-the-job theft... [more inside]


Brooklyn Cartografix
I'm working on a project in which I use maps of Brooklyn as the basis of t-shirt designs. My current shirts feature walking paths of Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, and the Coney Island Rail Yard. There'll be a bunch more to come. Oh, and all proceeds will be donated to various relevant nonprofits.


January 22

San Diego Homeless Survival Guide
A resource for homeless individuals in general, but especially those in San Diego County in specific. [more inside]


January 21

1.NPR tiny desk contest. 2.Make a video
3.? 4.Profit [more inside]


NoDoNot
Generate an image and slap the No Symbol on top! [more inside]


January 20

Slavoj Žižek or Dan Harmon
I made a dumb internet quiz for my own amusement and hopefully yours. [more inside]


January 19

Song name haiku  
Given the name of a musical artist, "Song name haiku" finds haikus where each line is the name of a song by that artist.


Shut Up and Beer Me
shutupandbeer.me is a site that finds you beer. [more inside]


January 17

Closet
My original 10-minute short play, "Closet," premiered at Acme Theater of Maynard's New Works Winter Festival and won the audience choice award (called the "Charlie"). I am exceptionally proud of this one, especially the performances given by my two leads. Recording is from our technical rehearsal, so you will see and hear a photographer taking publicity shots and there are a couple of edits to remove technical issues. [more inside]


January 16

Thunderstrike - firmware bootkit for Macs
At 31C3 I presented Thunderstrike (1 hour video), an proof of concept exploit against an EFI security vulnerability that allows an attacker to write possibly malicious code in the boot ROM of MacBooks via the Thunderbolt port. The bootkit can be easily installed by an evil-maid or border-crossing agent given a few minutes alone with the laptop, regardless of firmware passwords or disk encryption, and can survive reinstallation of OSX as well as hard drive replacements. Once installed, it can hide from attempts to detect it, prevent software attempts to remove it and spread virally across air-gaps by infecting additional Thunderbolt devices. [more inside]


January 15

& you should
Dense images built out of photos gleaned from Flickr. A new one will be posted most mornings. [more inside]


January 14

@autocompleterap
@autocompleterap is a Twitter bot that combines rap lyrics (from ohhla - scraping courtesy of @beaugunderson) and Google search autocomplete suggestions. [more inside]


January 13

Podcast Recommendations and Reviews
My podcast review website! The goal of the website is to help connect people to podcasts. [more inside]


Isla Vista LocalWiki  
When I went to UC Santa Barbara, the message I got as an incoming freshman is that the next-door student neighborhood, Isla Vista, is a risky land of parties and not much else. It took me a while to realize how interesting Isla Vista is, and how fun it is to go explore and understand it. I'd like to help other students get to that point faster, with fewer stereotypes about it and more stories about weird houses and public art and folklore and community gardens and land use history. I'm working on a LocalWiki for the neighborhood, in the style of DavisWiki, writing a lot of articles myself and also helping other people contribute. (LocalWikis have fewer rules than Wikipedia about things like notability and sourcing; you can write about the nice cat at the corner store if you want to.) [more inside]


Parsing reports on murdered and missing indigenous women  
Yesterday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released its long-awaited report on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in BC and the rest of Canada. I live-tweeted my reading of it, along with moderate extra commentary and clarifications.


January 12

Media literacy, and a terrible spoof of "Tomorrow"
We've kicked off the latest season of our YouTube series on media and digital literacy with a spoof of "Tomorrow" from the movie Annie. (OK, so this particular episode isn't really about media literacy... aside from taking the piss out of yet another movie retread.) [more inside]


January 11

Irish-American Gangster Movies
I'm working my way through every single film made about Irish-American mobsters, gangsters, bootleggers, run-runners, and general thugs, offering commentary on the films, and comparing them with the actually history of Irish-American gangsterism.


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