July 5

Bicycle Videos from Maine
I got an old GoPro camera (mostly) working, so here is a a YouTube channel for anyone wanting to see how it is to ride a bicycle around southern Maine (the north-eastest of the northeast US). [more inside]


The Wildest West
A podcast and blog looking at the good, the bad, and the WTF of western movies, country songs, and that sort of thing. [more inside]


July 4

How Much Are My Childhood Dream Jobs Really Worth?
I investigated how much I could be making if I'd stuck with one of my preferred career choices from my childhood, like secretary, architect, or gold-medal-winning-Olympic gymnast, for The Billfold.


July 1

More cowbell
Yet another 0.999/1.000/1.001 phase music thingumy. For reasons unknown this comment popped into my mind today, and having some spare time, I did the next best thing.


an easy lay  
A short, free dating sim about romance, philosophy, anime, and laying your egg in a guy, because you are a wasp. [more inside]


June 28

(re) Identify hate groups on GuideStar
GuideStar, a charity data site, started flagging hate groups, then removed the flags after harassment and threats. I wrote a Chrome extension that adds the flags back. Buzzfeed covers the hubub with some discussion of the SPLC's objectivity.


June 27

Legal News in one place
As a practicing attorney I am continually struggling to keep up with the latest in the legal blogosphere. RSS readers are great, but many of us need something less cumbersome and more easily glanced-at (often on a firm computer!). I put together a simple river-of-news style page that continually updates throughout the day with the latest news from some of the most popular legal blogs. No ads or attempts at monetization, I just found it helpful and hope someone else can too.


June 26

New Interactive Sculpture!
Check out various stages of my new interactive sculpture tentatively titled "In The Dark." It's a mixed media piece that uses 3P Quick Cure Clay, glow powder, glass, water, algae, and black lights. It's approximately 5x14x5". These photos are from fairly early in the sculpture's life, and I hope the algae continues to grow thicker as time goes on. [more inside]


June 22

Living Shakespeare
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the collaborative Living Shakespeare project presents essays on Shakespeare's works by prominent global figures, accompanied by short films featuring the writers co-produced by BBC World TV. [more inside]


June 21

Used Photos
I've just had a book of my photography published by Southern Glossary. [more inside]


Soulpepper on 42nd Street
I've been working with this Toronto-based theatre company for nearly seven years now, and it has always been a pipe dream to bring our creations to NYC. And now it's finally happening! [more inside]


aws-google-auth: use Google Apps to federate identity to AWS on the command-line
Got Google Apps? Got AWS? Want to not have to worry about long-lasting AWS credentials stored on disk? Google Apps SAML Single Sign On (SSO) capability has been available for federated identity into AWS via the console for some time now, but bringing that to the command-line has been ... problematic. Google doesn't provide a nice SAML endpoint, they hide it behind all sorts of browsery-specific gubbins. This tool lets you make use of Google's SAML Identity Provider to authenticate yourself to AWS, so you now have the same experience on the command line. [more inside]


Fuck Everyone in the Entire History of Humanity™
Storgy has published my short story, “Love, Anger, and Pity; or Fuck Everyone in the Entire History of Humanity”. Coincidentally, it was published the same day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled offensive trademarks must be allowed, invalidating a plot point in my story.


June 19

Mom's Basement Stakes
My NHL draft contest enters it's 4th year. I take NHL pundit's draft lists and see who they would have taken with (most often) the Buffalo Sabres' picks. This years contestants, so far, are me, Bob McKenzie, Craig Button, Corey Pronman, (the GM of the Sabres) Jason Botterill, and Canucksarmy.com.
Submit a list of players and you can play too.
Also at 45b.us, you can check out previous year's competitions, check out a couple goofy d3 based apps of hockey data, and see how my model ranks your team's prospect pool (Toronto wins again in the latest edition). My list: [more inside]


June 17

A made a comic about a dog. That dog is a knight.   
You can read the first issue here: The Book of Biscuits #1 Interested in any feedback. If you really dig it, then you can pick up a copy here: http://www.indyplanet.us/product/150457/ but you certainly don't have to. If you're feeling extra adventurous, you can check out my other comics here: Most of them are free!


The first anthology to broadly collect solarpunk writing  
A fundamentally hopeful new genre, solarpunk envisions a future of green, sustainable energy used by societies that value inclusiveness, cooperation, and personal freedom. Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation features A.C. Wise, Daniel José Older, Kristine Ong Muslim, Nisi Shawl, Lavie Tidhar, and others, all exploring solutions to environmental disasters. [more inside]


June 14

Raising Future Adults
A Website About Being A Parent


June 11

Sad Birthday Trump Protest
On Wednesday, June 13th, Rise and Resist will be delivering Trump's birthday present to Trump Tower in NYC - one way plane tickets to Russia. Sign his birthday card now, and tell him why you want him out of the Presidency, and out of the country. [more inside]


June 9

3 Generations of Tools, Photographed  
I'm a third generation stagehand. My father and grandfather were both theatrical carpenters, and my father is also an antique tool collector. Many of the images are literally the drawers out of his roadbox and various tool chests at his home, others are some of my favorite pieces of his. I've been posting them with my recollections of a lifetime with these tools, or with stories from my father or grandfather. [more inside]


Segway 2.0
The second major version of semi-automated genome annotation software Segway is now available! It now runs on any Linux system, no longer needing a fancy compute cluster with Grid Engine or LSF. Now you can also install it and all its dependencies with a single Bioconda command! conda install -c bioconda segway. Includes fancy new modeling methods like mixtures of Gaussians. Turns out a single Gaussian isn't the best distribution for genomic signal data. Who knew? Previously.


'And I Am Not Lying' - My first album of standup and storytelling  
I'm a standup comic and storyteller in NYC, been a member of the blue for a long time. My stuff has been on 'This American Life' and The Moth's podcast - and my very first album of standup and storytelling just came out today! It's available on iTunes/Amazon/Google Play, and I'm also running an IndieGoGo to raise funds to press it on hot pink vinyl. You can also hear a sample track about my band with piano-playing chickens, and see video of another story featured on the album. [more inside]


June 7

I say Moo! You say Party!  
moo.party is a pure-Javascript website allowing you to script monologues and dialogues between ASCII-art cows. It was inspired by a combination of Tony Monroe's cowsay program and .party domains going for under three bucks. It is part of my ongoing campaign to increase the amount of silliness on the Internet.


Art by Josh Millard
I've been painting a lot lately, exploring in particular mathematical themes and especially variations on the Menger sponge. I'm proud of the progress I've made, and have built a simple site to show off my finished work: Art by Josh Millard.

I've also been writing about art process stuff on my blog, e.g. a step-by-step document of the execution of yesterday's new painting, Five Concentric Wireframe Cubes.


June 5

The Nottingham Canal Coots
There's a coot nest right by my office on the canal. I walk to work every day. So, naturally, I'm taking pictures of the coots on my way to work. [more inside]


June 3

I wrote a hard sci-fi novel about teleportation  
I didn't want to post about it earlier because it might have been construed as crowdfunding. I wrote a hard science fiction novel about a man who inadvertently gets duplicated while teleporting (the en vogue method of transport in the mid-22nd century). The book is called The Punch Escrow, and it won the Geek & Sundry hard sci-fi contest on Inkshares. It's getting published July 25 and the movie rights have been optioned by Lionsgate. [more inside]


June 1

Year-Old Candy
Coco and I eat year-old candy.


backpropagation for literal credit assignment
prospective possible application of a very old algorithm, backpropagation, to a fundamental problem in organizations, that of giving credit to people [more inside]


May 29

Join an online book club
This is a little light for a projects post, but I'm working on organizing some online book clubs. I was thinking people here might be interested in joining one!


May 25

At the Zoo: the Complete Comic Strip
I posted my comic strip here a couple years ago when I began it—now that it's finished, I've compiled the strips into a book anthology. [more inside]


May 22

High Post Software
In early 2017 I launched a new web and mobile development consultancy, focused on small and medium sized organizations, especially those with a social mission. [more inside]


Documenting a local tradition's full menu
I'm trying to eat the entire menu at my local beachfront Chinese restaurant. [more inside]


May 21

#knitgrrl52 knit-pattern-a-week Patreon
I'm releasing a knitting pattern every single week of the year and documenting the money side of things from every possible angle for analysis. [more inside]


May 18

Linux Rig
I relaunched my Linux blog, Linux Rig, with a (slightly) shorter name, a new platform, and a new look. All of the interviews with people about their Linux setups seem to have survived the move.


May 17

Eat Everywhere (smartphone app)
I'm part of a team that just released a unique, pretty amazing food app (iOS and Android). It's called Eat Everywhere, created by Chowhound founder Jim Leff (though tons of us worked on it). It covers virtually every cuisine, offering pragmatic, quick, witty advice on how and what to order, and experience things like an insider. Great while traveling, as well as for eating in ethnic restaurants near home. Great for newbies who've always hesitated about strolling into the local Jamaican take-out, but also great for filling gaps for experts (also: calligraphs to show waiters in Chinese regional restaurants, etc. etc.). Here's Leff's launching statement, and the app's web page is linked above. [more inside]


May 16

Just Like Grape
Starting a weekly newsletter about arts, design and entrepreneurship. The first two posts are already up!


Color Crosshatching the Ralston Way
This is a printable, foldable mini instruction booklet that will teach you my easy method for crosshatching in color. [more inside]


Daycare & preschool search (San Francisco only)
I have a 2 and 4 year old and am tired of it being so hard to figure out my child care options. So my partner & I researched and indexed 800+ child care providers in SF, including the impossible-to-find in-home daycares. (Other cities are coming, but I started here because I live here.) [more inside]


May 15

'The Invasion' as Anti-Fascist film  
I wrote about the 2007 flop 'The Invasion' for Vice's Does It Actually Suck? And read it as a newly relevant parable about fascism from outer space.


May 10

Butter & Syrup: an occasional food newsletter
I've created a food newsletter designed to distract and inform. Subscribers receive concise emails with links, recommendations and recipes. If you like it, sign up. [more inside]


May 8

Live On
Some people do not think they can get through the challenges they face, and some people may think there’s no way to live a happy, fulfilling life with a disability, but we know that’s not true. The Live On Movement was created to show people with disabilities the incredible lives they can lead, and all they need to do right now is choose to Live On. The mission of the Live On Movement is to show disabled people everywhere that life is worth living and to connect people with the resources they need to Live On. [more inside]


This Land, This Year
I'm traveling to every state in the USA in 2017 and writing about it. For several reasons. I've been to eight states so far. There's an Instagram to go along with the blog.


May 6

Old Blue Witch
I have been working on the new Fit and the Conniptions album for a loooooong time. [more inside]


May 5

One Light Portrait Project
I've been photographing everyone at my workplace. I have one light, a grey wall, and about 5 minutes per person.


May 4

Fell, a story reading with music
Story by something awful forums poster ironic twist, reading and music by me


May 3

Zzyzmoji
I joined the Apple Developer Program and went through the whole process just so I could make iMessage stickers of my cat, the frequently-posted-in-comments-here Zzyzx the Bengal! [more inside]


May 1

Qal'bu Maryam Women's Mosque
As a pro bono project, I worked on the PR for a new, radically inclusive, women-led mosque in Berkeley, California. It's only the second women's-led mosque in the US and the first that allows genders to pray together. The dedication ceremony and prayer service was held April 14, 2017, and got a lot of press, including TV reports and other coverage. [more inside]


April 29

The Weekly Weird
A curated weekly newsletter/blog of mostly-tech links that are interesting, strange, surprising or funny. From the BGP Bitcoin theft in 2014 that started it to Kugelblitzes, hashmaps in Rust and licking Nintendo cartridges, the Weekly Weird is me dumping my browser tabs into an email just in time for lunchtime on Friday (EST). No politics unless the underlying story is really compelling. Subscribe here.


April 27

Hyrule map projections
Assuming the NES view of Hyrule is plate carrée, how might it look under other projections? Fortunately, I just saw a talk by Rob Simmon (which has corresponding detailed articles) about how to use these gdalwarp (one of a set of powerful geospatial tools provided by GDAL) to find out!


April 26

Lofi Hero
In hopes of supplementing my income while looking for work, I decided to release (via Bandcamp) a collection of recent lofi recordings I've been producing to wile away the stressful lonely hours since my divorce when I'm coping with separation anxiety over my kids and the stress of my recent personal financial crisis. "Lofi Hero" collects one-offs, demos, and various spontaneous rough recordings I captured on my mobile phone while developing songs for a larger studio effort with other collaborators that I hope to be able to release later this year or early next, depending on what the challenges of my financial hardship and other responsibilities permit. [more inside]


April 25

The Black Shakes
I made a video... thing, with loops and vocal improvisation and stuff. It's kind of funny. [more inside]


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