March 23

The Inventor, the Author, and the Killer
My latest novel, a thriller, A Predator's Game, Rook's Page Publishing, will be available on March 30th for general purchase and is available for pre-order (Amazon link). It is set in 1896 Manhattan. After the multi-murderer Henry H. Holmes has escaped execution, the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla teams up with the touring author, Arthur Conan Doyle to track him down. The first chapter can be found here. [more inside]


Get from Library!
Ever read a web page and think, "I would like to read a book about that – for free!" Well, if you live in the greater Boston area, you can highlight some text on a web page then click this one weird old button to get a relevant book. [more inside]


Shit VCs Say
A quiz game that takes a critical look at some of the weirder propaganda coming out of Silicon Valley. It's a quick play through and I'd love feedback. There's a short writeup with screenshots for those interested: http://www.buzzfeed.com/westleyargentum/stuff-vcs-say And the code is here: https://github.com/buzzfeed-openlab/shit-vcs-say


March 22

Is Donald Trump Voldemort?
I believe that the person we all know as Donald Trump is none other than The Dark Lord Voldemort in disguise. Here I will provide evidence supporting my case and in the end I think you will agree that this is incontrovertible proof the two men are one and the same. [more inside]


Ballotcraft: like fantasy football, but for politics
I've been making a fantasy game but instead of sports, Ballotcraft is entirely about the weird, wonderful, and terrifying world of American politics. Come place bets on who the nominees will be, challenge your friends to see who can best predict the primaries, get super wonky on the forum; we got all you need to go politi-nuts on Ballotcraft! [more inside]


Greater Boston: an audio drama podcast
My husband and I play the music for this speculative fiction audio drama, in collaboration with a crew of local writers and voices. The story is set in Boston and on the T, but involves an assortment of highly fictional plot arcs (cryptozoology, secession of the Red Line to form an independent municipality, etc). Given the T setting, the idea was to have the soundtrack music sound like buskers such as you'd encounter at the T stops. This is your chance to hear "Charlie on the MTA" performed on Irish concertina.


March 20

Measuring and Understanding Dance  
Can you objectively measure dance? In this brief educational film, the Bureau of Non Verbal Communication shows you how to quantify your get-down and avoid common mistakes -- like having poor taste.


Implanted Memories
AKA An Exploration of Korg M1 and Wavestation Sounds. A somewhat old /odd project of mine, where I mess around with VST versions of those two machines without any further effects, instruments or samples. 7 track, 24 minute EP, name your price (free without strings attached) [more inside]


Fauxtoshop CC: haven't you always thought that photoshop was missing a "rainbow penis" tool?
a student-made painting app in the tradition of Kid Pix: one that embraces chaos, randomness and amateurism instead of pixel perfection. All brushes in this app were created by students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 'New Media Crash Course', Spring 2016 (don't worry, not really NSFW) [more inside]


March 17

The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom
The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom has a world-class collection of artifacts, equipment, weapons, clothing, disguises, letters, taxidermied kills, holodeck simulators based on actual memories in amber, exotic life forms, artwork, vehicles, technologies, listening devices, and memorabilia and insignia designed, manufactured, or used by swashbucklers, pirates, ninjas, adventurers, privateers, spaceship commandos, illuminati, and intelligence organizations now and in the past. [more inside]


March 14

The Smoking Moon
The Smoking Moon is an album by Toby Vok, with an accompanying science fiction novelisation by Ted Vaaak. All available for the great price of free (or more, if you so desire). [more inside]


All the best truck riding, driving, bad ass giraffes on the web!
I started a daily art project, and somehow ended up with trucks and giraffes. I've reached 300 images, and except for once - on purpose - I've not repeated a truck or a giraffe. [more inside]


March 6

#BusinessyBrunette: Lessons from Harvard Business School's HBX CORe
I'm currently taking Harvard Business School's HBX CORe, an online business fundamentals course that covers analytics, accounting, and economics. I'm writing up what I'm learning and making it accessible to non-MBA types. Topics covered include minimum wage, the math behind trendlines, and why the Spiders Georg meme is off, amongst others!


Self Published Children's Book - I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee ...and a few friends!
Almost a year ago i asked a question about self publishing. And now I have. [more inside]


March 5

3.11 Looking Back: This Past Year after the Earthquake
'Looking Back: This Past Year after the Earthquake' is a new website that gives voice to students of Kesen Junior High School in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, on what they experienced during the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in March 2011. The website is bilingual, in Japanese and English. Dozens of teachers and scores of students from around Japan collaborated to translate the original Japanese into English. The accounts are available under a Creative Commons license. Excerpts tweeted @lookingback311. [more inside]


March 4

Reverend Honeybeard
A year ago, in the course of taking a writing course from the inimitable Shira E, I found myself assigned with making music as well as writing poetry. I bought a MIDI keyboard and some software and taught myself how to use Ableton Live, Logic, and a host of iOS music apps. The assignment included posting the music I made, and I felt shy about posting under my name, so I created a musical alter-ego, Reverend Honeybeard. After the class ended, the Good Reverend seemed to want to live on and soon was making an experimental/electronic/ambient album, posting in his oblique way to Twitter and Tumblr and now composing/recording and uploading 1 song a day every day for the month of March 2016.


March 3

Someone who lives here
A photography blog documenting the interiors of homes in inner west Melbourne, Australia. [more inside]


Music, Retro-gaming and Elsewhat Blog
VGR2016 is an ongoing 5-way blog envisioned as half a way for a bunch of UK-based friends to keep up, half an excuse to replay and review old video games, and half World Domination. The third half is the charm. We also feature both Music and Opinions.


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
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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]


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