December 12

GRANagotchi
Can you help gran to survive winter? A game that portrays the bleak challenges faced by some older people via the medium of virtual pet toys. [more inside]


December 10

The Good Notes Are Circled
This is a blog where I hastily transcribe a bit of music and then circle some of the notes that I like. [more inside]


December 9

A History of the Future in 100 Objects
What are the 100 objects that future historians will pick to define our 21st century? A javelin thrown by an enhanced Paralympian, far further than any normal human? Virtual reality interrogation equipment used by police forces? The world's most expensive glass of water, mined from the moons of Mars? Or desire modification drugs that fuel a brand new religion? [more inside]


Blood in the Sandbox : a dystopian novella
I wrote this before I knew of the Hunger Games. If you like dystopian science fiction and medieval combat, you should give it a try.


December 8

Blorpy: Interesting stories found in comments  
Internet comments are a cesspool, but I love them. I've been finding and sharing an interesting comment, mostly ones that tell a great personal story, every day for almost the last year at blorpy.com. Some are from Metafilter, some from Reddit and some from Quora. Example posts: More about my reasoning and my thoughts on comments in general here: Comments Aren't Crap


December 7

Darling Danielle EP
Four ukulele songs. Genre guesstimate: confessional showtunes.


December 5

How To Make An Aviation
In honor of Prohibition Repeal Day, The Toast ran a comic by me about how a typo nearly ruined a cocktail for over half a century.


December 3

Twitter: @FactsAboutEggs
Joke facts about eggs, on Twitter


ensong - An ambient music generator based on user-uploaded samples.
Heavily inspired by Zendesk's BhuddahWall, ensong allows users to make their own ambient soundscapes. Additionally, you can upload your own loops to let yourself or others create their own soundscapes as well. Made with Rails and Backbone.js. Only guaranteed to work in Chrome.


Ad Astra
Ad Astra is the fourth free EP of 2013 from The Harvey Girls. For it we wrote a play depicting a day in the life of an office worker who meets the weirdness and annoyances of the world with imagination. Full of sound effects and songs, the play Ad Astra is an updated radio play of sorts meant to transport the listener from their everyday office (or any other) job. The play includes fellow mefites melissa may and cortex as characters and musicians! The EP is rounded out by the tunes within the play itself, eight in total. So grab it for free at our bandcamp page.


December 2

ChipChange - flash puzzle game *open source
ChipChange is a puzzle platforming game made for Github's Game-Off-2013 competition. Play Flash Version. According to the rules of the contest, the full source code and all assets are available under the CC-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license through github. The game was created using Unity 4.31, which can be downloaded for free here. The new 2D Tools (physics and sprite-animation) are used throughout the game.


Google Chrome extension - herpderp filter for YouTube comments
the old HerpDerp YouTube comment filter broke, and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. So I wrote a new one. [more inside]


Minecraft Labyrinth Map
A few weeks ago my 8 year old daughter was set an assignment to bring an ancient Greek myth to life, and she decided to do the project in the game Minecaft. It ended up being something we worked on together most nights for a couple of weeks and we had a heap of fun. Now she needs something tangible to turn in, and some comments from other players would be ideal. So.. if you have the game installed and want to spend a few minutes enjoying our work please head over to http://labyrinth.tinla.com/ and follow the instructions. [more inside]


December 1

Gay erotic comics in DRM-free PDF format // purchase & download for $3.50 or less through Selz
Hi, folks! I am Dale Lazarov and I write and edit gay erotic comics drawn by distinctive and evocative illustrators like Steve MacIsaac, Drub and Chas Hunter, among others. Our smart, wholesome gay comics smut is full of man-on-man carnality and sweetness. They don't have dialogue or captions so they don't require translation; just your horniness! ;-D As you may know, I have published four hardcovers of gay erotic comics published and distributed internationally by Bruno Gmünder Verlag. Now we're selling both original-to-digital and digital-reprint homoerotic comics in PDF format directly to readers online using Selz, an Australian payment processor that's committed to distributing our art online for purchase and download. As you can imagine, direct digital sales to readers through the internet allows us to circumvent censorious apps and unadventurous bookstores. Also, we both keep more money from your purchase and drastically lower the price of the comics to prices competitive with mainstream comics. So go buy some now! Purchase and download at http://dalelazarov.selz.com/ ; NSFW page samples are available at http://www.dalelazarov.com/ [more inside]


November 29

The Ghosts of Fire Island
A radio documentary on the AIDS crisis and its impact on the “gay paradise” of Fire Island throughout the 1980s. The 25-minute piece airs this week on KCRW’s “UnFictional” program, in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2013. My Web site has a companion page introducing the guests and featuring additional content not heard in the broadcast version. [more inside]


LAMPSHADE Mix Podcast
Music from two guys: a dad and a doctoral student, former roommates and radio co-hosts who like to think they know something about music. Known aliases: Melodic Expectation, Ramona Quimby Age 8, Prestige Format, Shrill Cosby, Moon Cities, Scholastics. You can subscribe on RSS or in the iTunes. [more inside]


November 27

Team Open
A collection of interviews with people who use Creative Commons licenses, with awesome illustrations by Luke Surl.


November 25

Pizza Clones
You've heard this one: "Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself." Pizza Clones is a Twitter bot that attempts to imitate this joke and elaborate on it, replacing the noun, adjective and condition with stuff it randomly finds on Twitter. Examples: "Every house is an open house unless you have NO pants on"; "Every weekend is a normal weekend if you regret at least one decision"; "Every time is an appropriate time if it wasn't for my aunt Barbara." [more inside]


November 22

A free Kindle ebook for Thanksgiving
I wrote this funny, short mystery story in 2011 about talking turkeys on Thanksgiving Day who wanted to escape the farmer's axe. My new Thanksgiving tradition is to give it away for free for five days every November. It's written entirely in rhyme, so I'm hoping it'll be a fun read for both grown-ups and kids. [more inside]


EuropeanaBot - finder of weird stuff, cat pictures and unicorns
Twitter bots are a way that lets digital collections speak for themselves. EuropeanaBot tweets random images from the European Digital Library that are related to news items, Nobel prize winners, Wikipedia entries, historical dates, etc. The Bot also likes cat pictures, unicorns and is a fan of MC Hammer. [more inside]


November 21

It's just stuff...until you don't have it.  
Billionaires have libraries named after them. Presidents get airports with their names. And now you can have the honor of your name on a can of corn at a homeless shelter in Durham, North Carolina. [more inside]


Automatic Caution Door  
Inspired by the awkward phrasing of Automatic Caution Door signs, I made an automatic caution sign generator.


November 20

Metaphor.gy
A metaphor generator a cut above the random. Using Wordnik's related words API, we can give you a metaphor that has an even better chance of making sense.


November 19

Writing Blocks
A text drafting tool so minimalist that the words you're writing are invisible [more inside]


ANGEL NUMBER NINE-A rock and roll road trip
Almost 10 years in the works, I've finally published my first novel through Amazon, available for Kindle or in paperback. Angel, my protagonist, is not your ordinary female lead. She drinks too much, fronts a band and counts Cupid, the God of Love, among her confidants. This is a book with great personal significance to me. Stories of loves first tragedies are so often told from the male view point, I really wanted to tell a young woman's story of heartbreak and redemption. [more inside]


Lonenote App
At times in my life, I struggled to connect with the people around me and found myself alone. Sometimes I felt at peace, sometimes it was really difficult. Lonenote is a mobile app where people can express these moments — whether peaceful, silly, or sad — through handwritten notes. My hope is that by sharing this experience we’ll feel a sense of connection when we’re alone, and find more acceptance of ourselves and each other.


November 18

Back Again?
I wrote a Chrome extension that tells you how many times you've visited the page you're on, right in the button by the URL. Clicking the button gives you a graph showing how many times you've visited the page in the last week. [more inside]


November 17

Tumblr blog for my workplace
I work at a public garden as a gardener. I have recently started up a tumblr blog for the garden in addition to my own personal tumblr blog which I've introduced in a previous Metafilter Projects post. [more inside]


November 16

Problems From Everyday Life
The Whelk and I asked ourselves, wouldn't the first season of NBC's Hannibal have turned out differently if, instead of turning to Dr Lecter for advice, they had mined the collective intelligence of AskMeFi? Ladies and Gentlemen, this is our design.


November 15

Shoot the Rancors!
Shoot the Rancors! is a retro arcade-style game implemented in pure CSS — no Flash or Javascript — as an exercise to see how far CSS can be stretched and abused. Players proceed through levels of shooting moving Rancors (from the Star Wars films), with all user interaction, transitions, animations, and level progressions implemented in HTML and CSS3. It should work cross-platform on modern desktop browsers.


November 14

Your First Dollar Spent
This idea was started a few years ago on New Year's Eve, when I decided that the first dollar I would spend on New Year's Day would go to charity. I mentioned it on Facebook, and over the years more and more people have joined this "movement". [more inside]


Decorated lunch bags for my two kids
For the past year and change, I've been sending my two sons two school with custom lunch bags that I make for them every day that they're at my house (i.e., half of the time). I've painted, drawn, collaged, cut, and stenciled. Sometimes I make an image based on a historical event that happened on that date; sometimes the boys request a particular illustration; and sometimes I just go with my muse. I guess there are a handful of parents doing this in various ways, so it's not the most revolutionary thing ever, but I'm pretty pleased with how a lot of the bags have come out, so I thought I'd share.


November 12

oublio: most popular stuff on the internet  
I made a site and I thought MeFi might find it interesting: It shows the most popular image on Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr in real time, as well as the most popular videos on YouTube each day: www.oublio.com. Now you can waste time on social media more efficiently!


Nuggety - a new idea in search
Nuggety is a tool to explore and search websites directly. [more inside]


State Constitutions
I have created a website that lets users read, print, hear and search all 50 state constitutions individually or simultaneously from one location. Features and benefits also include (1) a news feed that returns only results about state constitutions, (2) a personality profile of each state and audio links to that state preamble, (3) direct links to each state constitution, (4) mp3 files of each state constitution that can be listened to or downloaded like an audiobook. It is a work in progress as I work to improve its capabilities and functionality. But it is finished for the most part and I am pleased for now. Visit it, use it and critique it. Your comments will help me improve it.


November 9

Ladies and Gentlemen -- mini Video EP
Ladies and Gentlemen is a multimedia performance duo combining guitar and live, remixed video. Our performances are incredibly difficult to document, so we put together these videos as an attempt to give some insight into our process, as well as to explore the intersection of composition, musical performance, and video-as-instrument. [more inside]


November 7

The Outcast Dead: London's Cross Bones Graveyard
Southwark’s Cross Bones graveyard began life as a dumping ground for the medieval Bishop of Winchester’s dead whores. Today, it's a shrine to our own era’s outcast dead, where 50,000 people a year attend regular vigils led by a shamanic local writer and attach their own offerings to the site gates. PlanetSlade's latest free book is the most comprehensive history yet of this fascinating burial ground, and you can read it all at the link above. [more inside]


November 6

My first novel - Gone Whalin'. It's funny.
One year, six months, eight days, 638 pages, 222,851 words, and 1,025,891 characters after I started writing it, my novel Gone Whalin’ is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. Previously on MeFi Projects I've shared my two collections of bad Wikipedia writing, but this is the book I'm most proud of. It's about a college student who starts waking up on a whaling ship every other day, the adventures he has at sea, and the scheming that goes on between his roommate and the dean of his school to exploit his situation while he's back in time. You can read the first three chapters and watch the book trailer here! [more inside]


November 4

A Dangerous Woman Press
A Dangerous Woman Press is my way of creating an ebook The World's Most Dangerous Woman that is a hybrid of short stories complete with mini-chapters that taken together, form a cohesive novel -- plus there are one shot stories and a companion magazine that takes the supporting characters related to the main book and gives them starring roles in their own serialized stories. [more inside]


FIVE THESES FOR A THESIS
I'm a thesis year graduate student in graphic design at The Rhode Island School of Design. From my perspective, it is important for me to establish a personal critical methodology that generates the thesis context itself. I am beginning to do so with my 5 Theses for a Thesis project. In an effort to thematize distribution channels (which is part of my thesis) and gather feedback, I have posted these five theses in a variety of platforms. [more inside]


November 2

Three Very Different Stories of Mine
It's Good to See You: How do you react when you find your ex-wife is traveling with you to the same interstellar colony?
An Honest Man: The narrator reveals himself as very unreliable on the first sentence.
She Wakes Up: Chick-lit (written by a lad).


October 31

A $20 Painting From Sears - A Ghost Story
A new ghost story for Halloween, loosely inspired by the painting "The Hands Resist Him."


October 29

Horace Rumpole on "You're The Expert"  
You're The Expert is a live show and podcast that makes academic research fun and accessible through comedy. I appeared on a special episode taped at the Boston Book Festival in my capacity as a rare book and manuscript librarian at Harvard's Houghton Library. Also available from Stitcher or as a direct mp3 link.


The most delicious bazaar in... NEO.
You like food? How about handmade stuff? You live in Northeast Ohio? This is for you. [more inside]


A Better Wayback Machine  
The Internet Archive Wayback Machine, an archive of historical web pages dating back to 1996, has been greatly improved. The index is now updated every hour, there is a new front page, a new Availability API, a 404 handler that webmasters can use, and many other improvements. I think the most important new feature is the ability to instantly save a page and receive a permanent URL for use in citations. [more inside]


Applebee's emotionally unstable twitter account
Applebee's twitter account is by turns defensive, insecure, and angry with occasional delusions of grandeur.


October 24

NaNoWriMo Doom Clock
I made this for myself when flirting with the prospect of writing last autumn, but I felt compelled to clean it up and share it with the world for this year's contest. Starting November 1, it's going to start counting up from zero to 50,000, which will be reached at midnight on the 1st of December. It was designed as a tool to inspire, but I think the actual effect might be more troubling. I guess that depends whether you're on pace or behind.


October 23

PER SPECULUM IN ÆNIGMATE: Looking Through a Glass Darkly at the Age of Surveillance
My new Tumblr art project is a response to recent revelations about massive government and corporate surveillance. I'm posting a series of images, each containing an anaglyph 3D picture of an anonymous model, and a QR-encoded, PGP-encrypted email message that I can't read. A group of other people are writing the messages to each other, and my site is the delivery mechanism. With red/cyan 3D glasses, you can see "through" the noise of each image and glimpse some of the depths beyond. But only the intended message recipient can decrypt the embedded text. [more inside]


The Lost Crypts
A fast-paced dungeon delving webgame inspired by Gauntlet and roguelikes. [more inside]


October 18

The Sometime Seminar Podcast
DaDaDaDave and I have a podcast of quasi-academic critical discussion, in which we talk at length about literature and sometimes other media. We're keeping a special eye on contemporary culture, but we'll also talk about stuff from the 18th and 19th and 20th centuries, in fiction whether highbrow or genre, poetry, and (largely Continental) philosophy. And we've taken occasional excursions into film and other media, from Dwarf Fortress to Django Unchained to MOOCs. We're trying for an eclectic mix of high and low culture, veering from difficult poetry to Game of Thrones and back again. [more inside]


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