January 14

I Butchered a Pig  
I butchered a pig this weekend, and decided to write about the process. [more inside]


January 13

Aporkalypse Revisited [Minecraft gaming]
Over the Christmas holidays, the Minecraft Aporkalypse gang from the MeFightClub community resurrected the Aporkalypse server (the talk of the Metafilter community back in 2011) and placed it online for a special winter reunion. The server is still up and has a crowd of the regulars online every evening. [more inside]


2016 Hugo Best Editor (Short Form) Data
We combined results from eight reviewers across six magazines and nine anthologies (~560 science fiction and fantasy short stories, novelettes, and novellas in all) to produce data to help people make nominations for the 2016 Hugo Awards in the Best Editor (short form) category. It's not a slate--we give examples on how to use the data based on your personal preferences to create your own list.


Neural Networks Translate Images to Poetry
Neuralsnap generates an image caption using a model I trained (convolutional and recurrent neural networks), then uses another character-level recurrent neural net that I trained on ~40 MB of poetry to expand the caption into a poem. (In this example, generated from a Rothko painting, the red text is the direct image caption, and the rest is the poetic expansion.) [more inside]


A New Mythology
This is definitely not for everybody. A new mythology, based on the Judeo-Christian one, is on the front of it a sky level view that is hyperlinked to articles deeper in the site. After writing two books about my experiences, I began this as a blog with supplemental info, but it is now a work in its own right. Like I said, not for everyone, but if it's for you, I think you'll find it fascinating to explore.


January 11

Composer's Sketchpad
Composer's Sketchpad is an iPad sequencer-ish app for quickly jotting down musical ideas. In brief, the app presents you with a giant pannable and zoomable canvas that you can draw musical notes on. I wanted to create a modern take on sheet music, but without any of the legacy limitations; as a result, you can start each note at any time and bend it to any pitch, giving you the ability sketch out expressive solos and complex rhythms with no extra effort. (You can also turn on time or pitch snapping if you like.) Navigation, editing, and playback are carefully designed to be as frictionless as possible, and over 100 different instruments (as well as a percussion set) are available. Your music is saved automatically without any limit on the total number of sketches. Apple Pencil supported! [more inside]


Coding Sol Lewitt's Wall Drawings in Processing
Sol Lewitt created more than 1200 Wall Drawings during his life, developing the concepts behind the drawings and the instructions for creating them on a wall, but leaving the actual wall part to his draftsmen. The central conceit is that Sol's art was in the conception of the work, and leaving the execution to the draftsmen would (1) not change the original and (2) leave open the possibility of joyous happenstance. Well, I'm Sol's newest draftsman! I spent a lot of time finding the original instructions for dozens of Wall Drawings and now I'm coding them in Processing. I'm posting the visual output on this here tumblr. I asked a question about this last year.


January 10

The Last Days and Strange Death of Horace Greeley
On November 13, 1872, a week after he lost the most lopsided Presidential election in history, and two weeks before his death, Horace Greeley wrote a letter to nobody, fueled by the paranoia brought on by a nervous breakdown. The letter is a heartbroken litany his debts and mistakes, some real, most imaginary. This is that letter.


January 8

Get Tiara Outta Here!
For 2016 I seek freedom - primarily a job or opportunity that takes me out of my current city - so I made a one-pager about what I can do and what I'm looking for, and asking people to join me or help me out. [more inside]


Brown's Review of Star Wars and Stuff
Brown's Review began as a way to avoid posting excessively long comments in Fanfare, but very quickly became a site where I reviewed episodes of shows (Avatar and Star Wars). It then expanded to include short essays and thoughts on Star Wars, as well as book and comic book reviews, too. [more inside]


American History Trump
A friend came up with the idea and I spent a day and a half pulling it off. I think it's both funny and terrifying. Enjoy this little video project.


I Feel Stressed Out
Various people from all over the world, helping you to feel a little less stressed out. One song at a time. Think of this as a kind of curated, one-trick pony. [more inside]


January 7

Shooting Kangaroos at the Kennedy Center
I'm a standup/storyteller in NYC, and I worked for a while as a kangaroo shooter's assistant in the Australian Outback. I told a version of this story on The Moth's podcast years ago, but have subsequently refined and upgraded it. I told this version of the story at the Kennedy Center on Halloween, 2015 - it was a costumed show, I did not come onstage shortly after murdering anyone. Hope you enjoy it.


What Your Facebook Birthday Wish Says About You
Building on the groundbreaking research of Virginia Heffernan, I have finally, after months of tireless research, completed my exhaustive taxonomy of Facebook birthday wishes. Published in the "Daily Shouts" section of the academic Journal of Upper East Side Sociology (aka "The New Yorker").


collectpostmarks.com: An introduction to postmark collecting  
I built collectpostmarks.com to help people enter the hobby of postmark collecting. The site includes a detailed how-to guide and a responsive gallery of postmarks from my collection.


January 6

Stuck: A play by Patrick Cleary
This year, I continued my tradition of producing a festival of holiday plays by new authors, and as the producer, I'm also able to add my own play to the list. This year's play is my attempt at a (short) farce, complete with Santa, some light sexual innuendo, and a squirrel!


January 4

at least one butt a day. every day. for a year.
I'm drawing a butt every day for 2016. [more inside]


Veggie Burgers at Wendy's!?
Wendy's is testing veggie burgers at a 24 locations across 3 states. My friends and I made a website to let people know where they could get the new burger. Unfortunately the burgers aren't available nationwide yet, so we're working to convince HQ to make them more available.


What I Learned From One Month Of Not Eating Raw Chicken  
A personal essay that I hope resonates with a lot of people.


January 1

2015 Daily Art Project
For the year of 2015, I and my friend Sheala drew our butts off. The premise was simple. Every two weeks we'd start a new theme and draw/sketch based off said theme. Except for Saturdays, because everyone needs a break. At the linked page, you can find a complete list of the themes, along with links to the images and a short Exit Interview as we discuss what we learned and experienced.


That Stupid HIBRYD HIBRYD Meme of 2016
As foretold eight years ago by goodnewsfortheinsane, it has come to pass!


The Year in Los Angeles Historic Preservation
Each year since 2012, we've compiled a survey of the past year's historic preservation gains, losses and the bittersweet things that teeter in between. Today we released 22 for 2015, where you'll find all our favorite funiculars, cafeterias, neon signs, giant hot dogs, celebrity pet hospitals, tiki bar fish friends and so much more. If you dig old L.A., stop by and see if your favorite place made the list.


Big Bad Bosses - Power Overwhelming  
Watch out! Listen! BAD GUYS FROM VIDEO GAMES somehow joined up to form a 90s boy band. I just wrote, composed, arranged, and produced their entire debut album. In Big Bad Bosses - Power Overwhelming, caricatures of Bowser, Ganondorf, Sephiroth, and Dr. Eggman sing honest, soulful songs about how even their terrifying fury can't protect them from the big questions in life. It's been #1 on the iTunes comedy charts for a week, and I couldn't wait to post it to MeFi Projects! [more inside]


December 30

Goddamn Facts
@goddamn_factbot delivers you facts, wrapped in some consarn curses, because that's the goddamn way you want to hear them! [more inside]


December 24

You Better Watch Out
"You better watch out. Better not cry, sucker. Because this month we’re taking a look at seven examples of cinematic revenge — the bloodier, the better." A series of revenge movie reviews to help you celebrate the Holidays. [more inside]


December 23

Chrindie 95: A collection of essays about a seminal year in Christian indie rock.  
1995 was also an incredibly important year for the scene we've come to call “Chrindie,” for Christian indie rock. Much has been written about the weird world of contemporary Christian music, but whatever you think it is ,  you’d be surprised by how many genuinely great Chrindie records were released twenty years ago. [more inside]


December 22

Old Omaha
I have accidentally created a rather lively Facebook group about Omaha history. Daily posts about forgotten byways in the city by the Missouri, such as our restaurant that featured a live (and unhappy) porpoise that splashed diners, our movie theater that was basically a giant black light poster, and our various terrible mayors.


Code Name: Sector
This is for that tiny fraction of MetaFilter that might remember an old computer/board game called Code Name: Sector. Now you can play it in your browser. Yay?


Wonderful Christmastheme: Collaborative Christmas album
Wonderful Christmastheme is an album of Christmas music by members of Theme Music, a Facebook group in which there is a theme posted every two weeks, and members of the group -- who range from professional musicians to non-musicians singing into their phones -- perform songs that fit the theme. It turns out quite a few Themesters like Christmas music. [more inside]


December 21

Meet LBRY: An Open-source Protocol For Art + Knowledge
LBRY (pronounced "Library") is an open-source protocol providing a decentralized marketplace. LBRY allows anyone to publish content and anyone to buy it from anyone else, but with an economic design to combat piracy and benefit artists. If you are an OSX or Linux user you can test LBRY yourself. You can also learn more about LBRY or join our list.


December 18

The Lost Mariner - Film and Making Of
The Lost Mariner is an animated interpretation of Dr. Oliver Sacks’ case study found in his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. It uses photographs to visualize the rare memory condition of patient Jimmie G. This film was finished in 2014 and after appearing in many film festivals over the past year is finally available online. [more inside]


December 17

Santa?
An unexpected twist reveals Santa's true character...


December 16

The Sockdolager Quarterly, a magazine of short genre fiction
After three invitation-only anthologies organized by founding editor Paul Starr, in 2015 The Sockdolager made three key changes: an additional editor (Alison Wilgus), open submissions, and a quarterly release schedule. As of December 15th, with Issue #4, we've completed our first year! [more inside]


December 14

Bad Meditation and Still Hungry
Cultural Amnesia is group I've been in since 1980. We just released an album of new material (Bad Meditation) and released for download an EP that came out a few years ago of tracks from the early 80s (Still Hungry). And there are videos. And we redesigned the ancient website. [more inside]


December 13

Propositional Logic Learning Tool
LogicProblems.org is a propositional logic solving/learning application aimed towards students who wish to practice deriving conclusions from a set of assumptions in an interactive manner, for example deriving (A&B)→C from the assumption A→(B→C). It was created for my better half, with the aid of her invaluable input, who teaches Propositional Logic at a local community college. Her students have been using it for around 2 years now and tend to find it useful. In the past year I added an achievement system to try and make the subject a bit more engaging, so if you're the type of person who loves badges you may enjoy this application! [more inside]


December 9

Experimental Brewing The Podcast
Denny Conn and Drew Beechum, two homebrewers with too much time on their hands, tackle a variety of subjects about brewing, the beer world, homebrewing and sloppy citizen science. It's light hearted, has a ukulele, shades of Car Talk and is all about the wackiness of beer science and the science of beer wackiness


The Study Of: OlogyBot
The cartography of ethnomusicology? The archaeology of algebra? How about the radiology of ecology? OlogyBot is a Twitter bot that pairs two randomly-selected fields of study (mostly -ologies).


December 8

Antartic Fairy Tales   
Folklore from the inhabitants of the 7th continent


December 5

thank you notes
A daily newsletter of thank you notes about my life. [more inside]


The Unhappy Bride and other tales
An unhappy bride weeps beneath the moon on her wedding night. A priest who should know better leaves the safety of his church to follow a cat out into the city and see where it is it goes. A lonely girl sits at her window and wishes, just once, to go to the ball. And is that the devil on the road, waiting for you as you make your way home… The Unhappy Bride and other tales is a collection of contemporary fairy tales, in which you'll find Queens and Kings, wolves and cats, the devil himself, even the stars made flesh. You’ll find love here, too, so much love. And with it always sadness. [more inside]


December 4

Airports (and more!) of New England (and beyond!)  
I've undertaken a small project to photograph the airports of New England and along my usual flight routes down the mid-Atlantic. [more inside]


December 2

World AIDS Day Flipboard
I made an AIDS memorial Flipboard featuring artists and activists who have particular meaning for me. (Flipboard is an app and website which allows for making customizable magazine-style collections of links.) [more inside]


December 1

@giphycouldnot
A Twitter account that reports terms that Giphy could not match on Slack. [more inside]


Meddling Auntie icebreaker comics for families
Bullies? Drugs? Puberty? Some topics are important to talk about but hard to bring up. For the past six years, I've been making comics for my niece to start conversations on tough subjects and soften harsh truths with cartoons. Now they're finally ready to share. Behold my total lack of qualifications. Appreciate the editing of Consultant Kristine Chester. Read the comics online or order hard copies for giving, sharing, and adding your own notes. No matter what, get motivated to break the ice with a kid you love. The only wrong way to talk about these things is not to talk about them at all.


Final Consternation 4
An 11-minute supercut of screams [more inside]


November 30

If You Are Reading This…
Metroid Baby, EndsOfInvention, and I have put together @contingencymsgs, a Twitter bot that alerts you about various fictional emergency situations.


November 24

Hammerfest
After ten years, more or less, since putting together an album of my music, I've spent six months polishing off a new one, and so I've taken on a new name - Hammerfest by Milford Progress Association is up on Bandcamp. Give it a spin if you like warm noisy ambient drone. Find it on your favourite streaming service soon.


November 23

Tennis For Two
One of the most fun projects I worked on this year was a recreation of William Higinbotham's 1958 videogame, Tennis For Two, which has been installed in the New York Historical Society's Silicon City exhibition, up through mid-April, 2016. I worked with Brookhaven National Laboratory to build an accurate recreation of the original game in Unity, and the end result is something that I'm quite proud of. I wrote a bit of a postmortem about it. If any of you will be in New York City during the exhibition, I think you'd enjoy it. For best results, bring a friend to play against!


Hirsute History class of 2015
I've just launched my first foray into doing a large annual update for my t-shirt project Hirsute History, where I illustrate famous thinkers, artists, entertainers, activists, and the occasional fictional character using just their hair (well, I cheat and use their glasses, and occasional other affectation from time to time). For the class of 2015 I just added over 30 new designs in one fell swoop, leaning heavily on the women and men that helped shape the 20th century. I hope you like 'em!


November 22

A Thousand Solomons
My story, A Thousand Solomons, is up on the Baltimore Science Fiction Society website, as a winner of their Amateur Writing Contest. The contest is held every year, there are cash prizes, the winner's work is published online (for a year), and the winner has the opportunity to read their work at Balticon.


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