July 24

I Split on 'your grave'
A collection of code samples in various programming languages demonstrating how to split a string into a collection of substrings using the phrase 'your grave' as a delimiter. It's hosted on GitHub so if your favorite language isn't supported, you can always submit a pull request.


July 20

RGBPONG - An Android game
Pong meets Simon Says. A retro-arcade-style mobile game available on Google Play. [more inside]


Beyond the Bathroom
As part of a studio capstone for my master of urban planning program (and in partnership with the non-profit, Hollaback!), six others and I have developed a report entitled "Beyond the Bathroom: gender-inclusive planning for public spaces." [more inside]


July 19

I miss the summer of 2009-2011
2009–2011 was the eternal summer of balearic pop and chillwave and escapism. Come take a dive with me into the short-lived indie/balearic/chillwave/dreampop/garage bubble of the recent past, with this 40-track youtube playlist.


July 18

all GRSSK to me
A fun, frivolous one-trick-pony Tumblr. Inspired by a Mediterranean restaurant in my neighborhood that swaps Δs for As and Σs for Es in their logo, this blog regularly publishes examples of swapped-in geometrically similar letters from various alphabets, regardless of the letters' phonetic similarity. In post descriptions, I also try and swap the original phonemes back in; thus GRΣΣK becomes GRSSK, and (mild) hilarity ensues. Submissions welcome! Shout-out to Bulgaroktonos for blog-naming inspiration.


Byron - Guildford
Byron Hamburgers are a major UK burger chain. My friend is literally obsessed with them and vowed to visit each one and collect a card. But there is a serpent in the garden of byron. Guildford! The location closed long ago, but what happened to the playing card? [more inside]


July 17

Pokémon in Space, Pokémon in the NYPL  
It's a pair of Twitter bots: Pokémon in the NYPL, which sends Pokémon into the depths of the New York Public Library Digital Collections, and Pokémon in Space!, which uses the Astronomy Picture of the Day as a guide for Pokémon space exploration. [more inside]


July 15

Roguelike Celebration, September 17 in San Francisco
Do you like roguelike computer games (such as Nethack) or games they've influenced (such as Diablo, Dwarf Fortress, and Spelunky)? (See also: past Metafilter posts.) Roguelikes are a fascinating genre of game that started in 1980, with both old and new ones still actively developed. My friends and I are organizing a one-day conference about roguelike games on September 17, 2016 in downtown San Francisco! Get a ticket here. [more inside]


July 13

The Body Parts Project
This is an ongoing participatory art project about body positivity that starts with the question: What's your favorite part of your body? Parts, scars, moles, freckles, warts and all - funny or poignant... what's the part of your body you appreciate most? It might be a part of you that does something you like, or maybe you just like how it looks or feels. [NSFW] [more inside]


The Supreme Court Database  
The Supreme Court Database is a comprehensive, Creative Commons-licensed database of the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States, broken down by justices, issues, votes, and numerous other variables. Yesterday marked the newest release, including comprehensive coverage from 1791 through the recently concluded 2015 term. [more inside]


July 11

Six years of masks
Each year for the past six years I've crafted a mask for Mardi Gras - they're all skulls, and all made out of papier-mache. Recently I decided to document all of them at once and felt it would be more appropriate to show not only the masks themselves but the costumes that go with them. The result is this composite image, put together from six different photographs of me and my masks. [more inside]


A Year of Stories: Cobalt Blue
At the beginning of the year I decided to write one short story, every weekday, until December 31st (260 stories). To help motivate me, I'm releasing twelve Collections of these stories on Amazon. I've been at this since January, and so far I'm 135 stories in. This is Collection one, if you like it, it would be awesome if you could leave a review. Also, if you're interested in following the project in real-time, you can see all the stories here.


July 10

Livejournal Archive Tools
There were no good tools for downloading your Livejournal archive here in the year of our lord 2016, so I dusted off my exceedingly dusty Ruby book and set about trying to see if I could maybe fix that. [more inside]


July 9

Decrypting Rita
I spent four and a half years drawing a comic about a robot lady dragged out of reality by her ex-boyfriend. It's done now. You can finally find out if she managed to get herself back together and stop that hive-mind from taking over the planet. Somehow I managed to get some amazing blurbs for it somewhere along the way... [more inside]


July 8

Progressive Left for a United Kingdom
<In the wake of the UK's decision to leave the EU, an early general election may very well be called. We on the left-of-centre need to get our act together and build a progressive alliance in order to defeat the forces on the right. This site is an attempt to start to build an information portal to assist in the process. All comments welcome! [more inside]


July 7

GUTTERFAGS: Quarterly reviews of sequential art about dude-on-dude lust and love
The new issue of GUTTERFAGS is up at http://www.gutterfags.com/ ! This issue features: – The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver, reviewed by Meredith Nudo – Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce, reviewed by Michael Martinez – Roy & Al by Ralf König, reviewed by Kyle J. Campbell – Webz by KaputOtter, reviewed by Daniel Milco – Husbands: The Comic by Brad Bell, Jane Espenson et al, reviewed by Larry Duplechan ---- With cover art by Knut Graabein --- Edited by Aldo Alvarez, Ph.D & Dale Lazarov


July 2

A Simple Truth  
Do you like answering party questions and seeing how other people answered? Do you like remaining anonymous and hate logging in? Yes? Then this is for you. It is a simple application that asks questions and displays the responses to users who have answered them.


Brexit Losers
A simple collection of links tracking the negative financial impact of the Brexit on companies and regions.


July 1

@RandomDuets
Every few hours, this Twitterbot picks two random artists, then pairs them up with a random song to cover. The result is a randomly generated duet that doesn't exist...but totally should.


June 30

HamilIpsum
Just a little random text generator using chunks of the musical Hamilton and the WordPress plugin Any Ipsum. Because you can't get Hamilton out of your head AND you have a project that needs filler text.


June 29

Sand and Stars
A short story game about being lost in an unfamiliar place. [more inside]


June 28

In Training, photographs of bonsai trees  
A few years ago, I began photographing bonsai trees as a personal project. Fast forward two years later, I have a beautifully-designed book of my photos I'd love to share. I wasn't sure why, but I felt a deep, visceral connection to these ancient trees. The bonsai, themselves, seemed the very opposite of the subjects I usually photographed - they stood before me fully present, their sense of time measured in decades, even centuries. From my first glimpse of the trees all those years ago, I knew implicitly that there was something to be learned from them, from their endurance and quiet dignity. [more inside]


The Silmarillion Character Map
A (big!) map of (nearly) every character that appears in The Silmarillion. [more inside]


June 25

Benbot
I built a personal Siri, accessible over the web. It's a work in progress, but I thought I'd share what I've made so far, and how I built it.


June 20

Safe for Democracy Podcast
Safe for Democracy is a site and a podcast dedicated to shining a little light on the darker spots in the history of US foreign policy. It's got a blog here, a show page here, and an RSS feed here. You can also follow on iTunes. The first episode is about the coup in Guatemala. [more inside]


Swapping time and space
I was curious to know what it would look like if you swapped the time axis with one of the space axes (x or y). I tried it on a random sampling of short black-and-white movies. [more inside]


A Visual History of Urbanization  
This map shows a 5,700-year timelapse of the world's cities being born one-by-one, starting with the first known city, Eridu, in 3700 BC. The data is from one of the coolest academic studies I've come across in a long time, which compiled a comprehensive dataset of the world's cities and their historic populations, from 3700 BC to 2000 AD. [more inside]


June 15

Braid - Simple Project Managment Built Into Gmail and Gcal
Braid is a Chrome extension that lets you add emails, events, notes, and files to a project from inside Gmail and puts them in a nice little project news feed thing. It's kind of like if Yammer and Basecamp had a baby inside of Gmail. [more inside]


June 14

From The Desk Of The Director Of The Cold War Reenactment Society  
For my last piece on The Toast, ending my espionage series: A letter from the Director of the Cold War Reenactment Society to new members.


June 13

Interactive video feedback simulator in WebGL
Basically what it says on the tin. Hopefully it works for mobile users, but you'll have the best experience on a full monitor. Warning: it's pretty easy to create bright, flashing patterns with it, so photosensitive folk be careful.


June 10

PrEP Facts for Women Discussion Group
A place for both cis and trans women to learn from other cis and trans women about PrEP and Sexual Health! [more inside]


June 8

Painting math on the wall
I spent the last few days hand-painting a couple of fractal images—a Menger sponge and a Cantor set—on the wall of my home office. This is a writeup of how and why I did it, with some bonus thoughts on the weird nature of the fractal series behind the images.


Hearing aid battery subscriptions!
Ok, it's not exactly disrupting an industry, but I started selling subscriptions to hearing aid batteries. It's something I've always wanted, and figured there must be others out there too. It sucks to need a new battery and realize you don't have any. Knowing that you'll get fresh batteries in the mail each month is pretty handy. Need batteries? Know someone who needs batteries? I will be pleased to serve you. :-)


a month of YouTube viral video data
I went thru a month of the top videos on YouTube and found some interesting things. [more inside]


Make Donald Trump say (almost) anything - Mishmasher
In the vein of Talk Obama To Me, we've created a Trump talking machine capable of making gems about Mexico, China, and snake oil. Please enjoy responsibly.


Subcultured. Interesting Articles.
This is an alternative news site built on the read-it-later feeds from a small group of contributors. It's not meant to replace a news site, but instead to highlight longer form stories of interest from a diverse collection of sites. While originally started as a personal project, I think it's developed into something interesting and worth sharing with others.


Will Wear Many Hats for Food and Housing
I've worn a lot of different hats over the years, in my pursuit of my family's financial security and mine and others' creative ambitions. Now it's raining, and I'm getting soaked. So I made a simple, interactive online resume and work portfolio in the spirit of Wooly Willy to get a little help finding a new hat to cover my bald head in the rain. [more inside]


June 3

Android app - Shortcuts for Waze 2.0
Unlike google maps, Waze has no way of creating shortcuts to destinations. So a while back I created a simple app to create shortcuts and released it into the wild. It got moderately popular, but people kept asking for features. [more inside]


June 1

99% Invisible Site Redesign
As major podcast and design nerds, my developer partner, seldomfun, and I were super excited to work with the wonderful podcast 99% Invisible on their recent website redesign. Talk about a dream project! How did this thang get made you ask? We also just posted a detailed post on our site on the process.


May 27

A Field Guide to Freelancer Finances - a book
I edited a book for freelancers to help them figure out things like how to price, how to chase payment and how to make sense of their accounting reports. It's pretty comprehensive, and it's free to download. [more inside]


May 20

syzer - find large files in directories
Have you ever wanted to quickly find the largest files within a complex directory, but have trouble remembering the syntax for the find command? This might come in handy. [more inside]


May 18

A pun generator  
Generates puns written in the form "You could say he they put the 'demons' in 'demonstrators.'" Written in pure JavaScript, this pun generator can provide a few minutes of amusement, and might even generate something witty and worth sharing! [more inside]


May 17

Animation Arts Booster Organization
Last Fall I launched a non-profit to support independent animation in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Our website provides visitors (animators and fans alike) with an overview of the history and current scene in the area, as well as a wealth of resources on film festivals, artist residencies, grant applications, etc. [more inside]


mindful_bot
I made a Twitter bot to embed mindfulness reminders in your timeline every half hour. [more inside]


Patina (since there's no "Microsoft Paint for Mac")
I wanted to use something like Microsoft Paint on my Mac, but I couldn't find any existing such app that I liked, so I decided to create one. This two year project finally reached full fruition this week with its launch as a paid app in the Mac App Store. [more inside]


May 16

Custom Steampunk Kilt Jacket
5 1/2 years after posting this question about learning how to sew mens' clothing to Ask MeFi, I made a custom kilt jacket to wear to a steampunk festival earlier this month. [more inside]


@SFTitleADay
A new pompous title from a parallel universe every weekday. Perfect for all your speculative fiction, knockoff Steam game, or prog-rock concept album titling needs. [more inside]


May 9

History of Sweeney Todd
Some years ago, I heard that Sweeney Todd was based on a true story and I began setting out to do more research on the matter. I quickly discovered that the source which claimed the story was true was highly questionable, but it led me into my own historical search, finding ultimately that the story of Sweeney Todd began as a French story -- and possibly as an urban legend relating to some early 19th century city planning.


Metafilter MultiFavorited Multiwidth — Chrome Extension
A once userscript, now Chrome extension that makes it easy to identify popular (i.e. heavily favorited) comments in a MetaFilter discussion. A line to the left of the comment increases in width the more favorites it gets, so you can easily spot them at a glance. [more inside]


22 Switchbacks on the Ken Burton Trail
A short film I threw together all slapdash of me riding my bike down the side of a mountain. [more inside]


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