August 16

Derivative Poetry
Here is some poetry. It has words and lines and things. There may be stanzas.

Translations from Chile
Unofficial translations of articles I find interesting, in either the Chilean press or the related blogosphere. [more inside]

August 14

Sometihng refreshing for the poolside?
A little sci-fi horror short story to enjoy poolside. TW: Death camps, climate change, video games. [more inside]

Northern California Lightning Series
I wrote a chapbook of poems about the 2008 California wildfires, drought, love, and anxiety about the future called Northern California Lightning Series. [more inside]

A robot will do your job one day. You should start building it.
I did a talk at the Develop Denver 2015 conference on developers building automation systems (robots) to replace themselves. This is a video of the talk, minus the intro. [more inside]

August 13

A new unofficial website for Vernon, Vermont
In 2014, the state of Vermont passed an updated Open Meetings law that required, among other things, that towns with official websites post minutes of board and committee meetings within 5 calendar days. While most towns have no problem with that (the minutes are required to be available in 5 days at the Clerk's office, anyway), some of them decided to turn off their website entirely rather than comply — including my home town, Vernon. Unofficial websites are now popping up in some of these towns, and with a co-conspirator I've just launched this one for Vernon. [more inside]

August 12

Jordan Harper on bandits, crime fic's race problem, and fuck Mickey Spilane
I interviewed crime author and fellow MeFite Jordan Harper for The Life Sentence.

August 11

Better Fantasy Baseball
This is a one-week fantasy baseball site I hacked together to learn clojure. My friends and I like it, so I thought I would forward it along. [more inside]

HOW many eggs?  
So, my friend and I, (both librarians and enthusiastic eaters) who did a previous food-related project, have a new one where we make things we've always wanted to eat from our favorite books. We are far from the first to have this idea, but we get kind of intense about it. [more inside]

August 7

One Year in Ferguson
It's not a long "read" — I work at a radio station after all — but more of a long "listen and look". On the anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown, we remember what it felt like on those first few confusing days in August, melting into grief, anger and distrust coming from all directions, followed by the uneasy anticipation of the grand jury's decision, the chaotic nights after no true bill and then, finally, some progress. A project by me and my colleagues at St. Louis Public Radio.

August 6

Open Transcripts
Annotated transcripts of presentations on media, art, and design, made freely available on the web. [more inside]

August 4

Algorithmically Generated Poetry
I made a website that generates poetry in the style of a given poet. [more inside]

August 3

Tufte CSS  
Style your webpage like Edward Tufte's handouts! [more inside]

Trailer - The Norma Gene
I wrote a book! We made a trailer for it! Animation by Phineas and Ferb's Patrick O'Connor. Thanks to all the MeFites who helped me get this far!

July 27

Monkey Pop: The Experiment
Monkey Pop is a local 2-player game you play on a shared keyboard. You can play it right in the browser, or download a Mac or Windows version. Computer only, no mobile version, sorry. It's sort of a retro single-screen platformer in the vein of Joust or the original Mario Bros, except with monkeys and saws and brain control helmets. [more inside]

George, the Self-Esteem Cat  
George is here to tell you that you are a good person, and has some tips to share about good self-esteem. He's also a little black cat. Remember: Be like cat. Be good to self. [more inside]

July 26

Mossarium one-pager  
As I was yet again renewing a domain I hadn't done anything with, I decided maybe I'd do something with it. This is a little one-pager about mossariums. It has some instructions, a few pictures and, of course, a reading list.

How to Explore Japan By Train Without Ever Leaving Home
I wrote a post about one my passions, an entire community of Japanese vloggers devoted to the genre of tenbo shaso (展望車窓), which roughly translates as “train observation car videos.”

I'm Getting Really Tired of Living In This Quaint English Village  
I read my The Toast article "I'm Getting Really Tired of Living In This Quaint English Village" live on stage at HiFi bar in my robe.

July 24

"Faust: The Movie" Available for Preview and Pre-Ordering on SmashWords
My first novel, "Faust: The Movie," will be released on the next upcoming Friday 13th (November 13, 2015) but is available for preview and pre-release purchase now through SmashWords. Work on this project started over 13 years ago, when I'd originally intended to write the story as a work of short fiction for the liner notes to a concept album named "Faust" that my wife and I released together in 2002, as the indie pop duo Tangmeenie. The album was intended to be the soundtrack to the movie that features in the story.

July 23

Pajubá: The secret language of Brazilian trans women  
A brief illustrated essay about Pajubá, a mix of Yoruba and Portuguese that Brazilian travestis use in daily life, published in Matter (Medium). [more inside]

Researching Greeting Cards Around The World
I am researching information for an article about greeting cards around the world today - who sends them, what do they send - and I have put the questions into a survey. I am in the UK and looking for respondents in other countries. [more inside]

July 21

Knock knock jokes via autocomplete  
This bot creates knock knock jokes by hitting up autocomplete on Google. This is perhaps the dumbest bot of all time. And yet! I am compelled to share amazing jokes like these.

Box Vs. Can
Since the beginning of time man has wondered, "What receptacle is superior, the box or the can?" This web series aims to answer that question. [more inside]

Receiptron - The friendly receipt-saving robot.
Have a receipt you want to save for tax time, and dreading sorting through "the shoebox" when it comes? Just take a picture of it, email it to Receiptron with a descriptive subject, and it's saved and sorted for later. No more printing email receipts either, just forward them along. Store everything safely in one place, and make tax time simple! [more inside]

Little Spinner: iOS app for young kids
Kids can spin the wheel to hear words and songs across 11 different themes. It's aimed at pre-school kids as a fun way to learn new words in English, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. [more inside]

July 19

Why Are You So Angry?
A six-part video series on angry video gamers as means of talking about privilege, feminist backlash, do-gooder derogation, harassment, and online community. They are functionally the sequel to my video about internet fame, This Is Phil Fish. (previously) [more inside]

July 18

Conservative Book Title Generator. If the Ted Cruz-New York Times controversy has taught us anything, it's that (1) all books written by conservatives are bestsellers; and (2) all such books have pretty much indistinguishable titles.

July 15

Picture a Flat Surface: The Enduring Mystery of "After Last Season"
After Last Season exists in the subconscious of the internet mostly as “that trailer with the cardboard MRI machine.” Even among the most diehard fans of weird cinema, it is something that may have made a momentary blip on their radar if they have even heard of it at all. [more inside]

July 13

Exobike: Motorcycle racing for the Commodore Pet^W^W^Wyour browser
Exobike is a silly little browser-based motorcycle racing game vaguely inspired by Excitebike as cloned on an early 80's educational computer by 14-year old me. You race along a straight track, avoiding obstacles and trying to minimize your time. [more inside]

July 12

Radioactive Trailers  
COMING SOON TO OUR THEATER! Monsters! Aliens! Bikers! Vampires! Witches! Dinosaurs! Barbarians! Zombies! Natives! Swordsmen! Devil worshipers! Cool cats! Ass-kicking soul brothers! Sorceresses! Sharktopi! Action! Horror! Mystery! The occult! Low production values! Nonsensical editing! Cheesy acting! Cheap special effects! Ed Wood! Roger Corman! Bert I. Gordon! The Asylum! And much more! Please visit our snack bar! Movies are your best value! And now--OUR SHOW (NSFW in places) Extra: Drive-In Intermissions! [more inside]

July 10

Unification of Physics and Economics under Information Theory
Uses abstract game theory and an application of EM theory to demonstrate a time-space-thought continuum. Originally posted two years ago. [more inside]

Space Temple
I made an interactive fiction story with Twine. It's about finding out a childhood friend you lost touch with has died, and playing through an old video game you started together but never finished. [more inside]

July 9

Rosin Cerate  
An intensely researched blog mostly about weird and esoteric characteristics of living things. Also lakes and video games.

July 8

A collection of Doctor Who clips.
For the last few months (and probably for many months more) I've been using vine to make short videos of various entrancing bits from old Doctor Who episodes - including memorable quotes, incredible music, dramatic entrances, utterly terrifying monsters, mystifying machinery, general weirdness, repeated exhortations to obey, charming old computer graphics, horrifying mutations, fist fights, and the just plain odd. And about 200 more. [more inside]

My take on anti-harassment at Comic-Con
A Daily Shout for The New Yorker containing a humorous list of suggestions for improving the anti-harassment policy at SDCC.

July 7

Cheapest Hood
I developed Cheapest Hood because of my obsession with New York city apartment prices and a fascination with and the wealth of data is accumulating. [more inside]

July 6

Awesomelytics: cross-site real-time and historical web analytics
In addition to standard web analytics features — view detailed visitor information in real time on a world map, analyze historical information on visits, record events, and so on — Awesomelytics lets you retrieve visitor events on any of your properties from any of your other properties when you install the tracking code on multiple websites. This allows you to follow your users as they move between your sites and act on information gleaned on your other websites. Installation is straightforward and is documented for various platforms. A WordPress plugin is also available.

Calvin and Markov  
Calvin and Markov digests Calvin and Hobbes strips and generates endless new comics with random, semi-coherent dialogue using Markov chains. Here's some details about how I built it. [more inside]

July 5

How to Not Be a Bullying Mob  
A flow chart to help us work through what kinds of behaviors are appropriate when we're SUPER MAD on the INTERNET. Which is always, right?

July 2

I made another book!
Today's the launch date for The Annihilation Score, boot six in the Laundry Files. It's my big fat superhero novel. (The US launch date is Tuesday 7th, but it's available today in the UK, NZ, Australia, and the EU, from Orbit.)

July 1

Librarian of Progress  
James Billington, longtime Librarian of Congress, is retiring. This is a job opening that only comes around every few decades and is incredibly important. I made a little website to help share useful information about why it's important and what librarians care about.

June 30

Counterfeit Content  
My short, sorry stint in SEO was the strangest job I've ever had. I was asked to create hundreds of imaginary webmasters and write little "About Me" biographies of their lives for fake blogs that only Google's webcrawlers were meant to read. They gave me the site name, I wrote the bio, and a coworker added manipulated photos. I did this for many months. I began to get bored... and then I began to get weird.

June 29

Win a Date with Channing Tatum: a Twine game  
My first experiment with the Twine platform, inspired by Channing Tatum's recent AMA. Guess how many jellybeans are in a jar to win. Tell Channing about all your problems and Channing will make it better. [more inside]

June 28

The Corey Press
So for the past several months, I've been carving and pressing prints on various Lovecraftian or UFO themes. Most of my stuff gets pressed onto wood, but I've been experimenting with various kozo papers, bristol, and cloth. [more inside]

A Brief History Lesson
A little sidebar to my nearly-finished graphic novel, in which I celebrate the fact that marriage is finally a thing everyone in America can do regardless of whether or not their genitals match their partner's.

June 26

Countdown to the 2016 US Presidential Election
Countdown to the 2016 US Presidential Election is a daily reminder on Twitter of the number of days until the United States Presidential Election on November 8th, 2016. The election is in 500 days! You can also get an update via Tumblr, Facebook, Google Plus, and Blogger (with the option to subscribe via email or RSS).

June 24

Never Kill A Friend
Never Kill A Friend, a mystery-thriller and my second novel, is available June 25 for purchase in hard cover format and June 26 as an ebook. [more inside]

Giant 800-track alt/indie-focused 90's playlist in chronological order  
This is a behemoth of a playlist I put together, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on the alt/indie/college side of the 90's experience. It's 800+ tracks, about 55 hours, and features plenty of songs that tend to get overlooked in the "remember these 90's hits?" pieces that pop up from time to time. Not definitive by any means, and extremely subjective, but it's a decent chunk of curated history in one convenient place. Also it's a fully chronological playlist, on a week-by-week level. So a track released on May 7, 1994 will come before a track released on May 14, 1994. Time and research went into this. Think of it as the Boyhood of 90's playlists!

At the Zoo: a comic strip
Meet Toby the lion, Herman the penguin, Frank the zookeeper, Dr. Sara the vet, Misha the bear, Mr. and Mrs. Flamingo, and more... Fun for all ages. [more inside]

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