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April 11

The Free City Sourcebook: Primary sources on the Free City of Danzig  
This website brings together all available primary sources (eg, government documents, newspaper articles, photos, etc) relating to the Free City of Danzig (1920-1939). [more inside]


A love song for New Orleans, except in photos  
I've tried to present my New Orleans; how I see this place that surrounds me and won't let me go. It's the result of years' worth of photography and my desire to show what the Crescent City means - it's not a commentary about crime, or Katrina, or Bourbon St. tourism, but the scenes that stand out in the everyday.


April 10

Missy Elliott's "Work It" collides with Beyoncé's "Partition"
WORK partITion is a video mashup of two songs that somehow got stuck in my head as one. It ended up being kinda tight. There's something cool about Bey's exploitation fantasy cut with Missy's empowerment fantasy.


April 9

Keepskor: Build games around the people you follow on Twitter and Instagram [iOS]
Do you use Twitter? Instagram? Don't you wish there was a more fun way to look at the feeds than just a list of tweets? With Keepskor, you can build mini-games ("Who said it?" or "Who shot it are our first ones) that allow you to challenge this vs. that. [more inside]


April 8

Adventure Club - Do Awesome Things with Awesome People in NYC
There are a million fun things to do in New York, but for some reason we never end up doing any of them! So I figured hey, let's help people get together to go get dim sum, or visit museums, or hike some trails, or whatever. Welcome to Adventure Club! [more inside]


April 7

The 2014 Locavore Index
The third annual Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index is a ranking of the 50 states plus DC in terms of their commitment to local food. It is compiled from data reflecting farmers markets, CSAs and food hubs (all on a a per-capita basis) plus the percentage of each state’s school districts with active Farm-to-School programs. Strolling of the Heifers is a local food advocacy organization based in Vermont. [more inside]


Not a Real Job - business podcast
My friend Joel and I host a weekly podcast called Not a Real Job, where we discuss online marketing for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It's roughly 20–30 minutes a week, so it's perfect for your commute. It's funny, a bit goofy, and (hopefully) useful. [more inside]


April 4

A Chair of Ice and Fire
How to do you explain everything that's occurred on Game of Thrones to your annoying kid brother, who shouldn't be watching it? Here's one possibility! [more inside]


April 2

SAMi, the Sleep Activity Monitor
I created SAMi out of a very personal need to monitor my son at night after he was diagnosed with epilepsy. Using a networked IR security camera, I built the first version in 2009. The code was written in python and ran on a dedicated old Dell laptop. Over the years I've refined the design, tweaking the detection algorithm until I had a system that worked reliably for us. With the help of funding from the Epilepsy Foundation (I won their first "Shark Tank" competition) and the support of friends and family I've turned my bespoke python based solution into an iPhone app. www.samialert.com is my new website where we've recently launched SAMi to the public, we are starting to ship cameras worldwide. The response so far has been gratifying.


Culture Kitchen
I was perturbed by the rising xenophobia (or at least, anti-immigrant sentiment) in my city-state of Singapore. I decide to start a series of events celebrating the food and art of our many communities. The idea is to put people who wouldn't typically find themselves in the same room, much less at the same dinner table, in the same place and feed them great food. In the first instalment, we had Bangladeshis and South Indians, mostly construction workers, come to have biryani with Singaporeans and white collar residents/expats. In the second, we had walking tours of Little Myanmar, showcased all of the culinary highlights of the country, and also showed a great little film from indie Myanmar filmmakers. Of course it's debatable really how much of an impact this can really have on policy, but my hope is that we can at least start conversations and friendships.


March 31

Tech industry April Fool's joke generator
For startups who haven't executed on their minimum viable funny yet.


The Ten Plagues of Egypt in a zine
I've been working for a couple years (slowly and sporadically) on making block cut illustrations for my own Haggadah (that's the book that guides participants through the traditional dinner that Jews have to celebrate Passover). While that project is still ongoing, I finally finished illustrations of the ten plagues that God visited on the Egyptians as punishment for refusing to release the Jews from slavery (according to the book of Exodus). I hand-printed them and put them in a little zine, and I really like how it came out! [more inside]


March 29

Baby Toy Reviews
I have started a new YouTube channel where I review baby toys in a somewhat.... nonstandard way. [more inside]


PyMonad - Functional Programming in Python
I wrote a little library for working with functors, applicative functors and monads in Python. You can grab it from the Python Package Index. [more inside]


March 28

Exponential Binary Clock Countdown  
This is a fairly simple concept site to try to convey just how enormous exponential growth becomes. It counts to 2^63rd power at 100 increments per second, with notes about what might be happening when that next bit, in this case a square on an 8x8 grid, turns black. Hoping people can use it as a tool to inspire a little wonder in math.


March 26

March Madness Bracket: The Greatest Fictional Colleges of All Time
Many hours were wasted making seedings and filling out spreadsheets and unartfully ms-painting to create this bracket of fake colleges, universities battling it out for dominance. Here it is! Despite being full of errors, it is definitive. [more inside]


Airships, a dieselpunk ship-building RTS
A real-time strategy game where you design airships and then fight with them. The aim is to have pretty chaotic explodey fights and interesting ship design choices. I've been working on this since October and just released an "early access" version. [more inside]


Intelligent Gamer
I started a new website which focuses on news for the Intelligent Gamer. It's a multi platform gaming news and reviews site that I describe as the Anti-Kotaku. [more inside]


March 24

AltruistClick.net
I got so tired of advert laden clickbait sites that I created my own. The difference? AltruistClick donates any money it makes to charity. [more inside]


March 23

Visualizing Data (in Quil!)
Data visualizations ported from Processing to Clojure. [more inside]


March 22

JailbreakCon, a community conference for iOS jailbreaking & Cydia
As part of my work, I help organize a conference for people who enjoy tinkering with their iPhones and developing software that can't be published in the App Store (it turns out there are a lot of us who enjoy this kind of thing). This year it's in South San Francisco on April 12-13. iOS jailbreaking has a big community spread around the world, and it's pretty fun to get to see each other in person. [more inside]


March 20

Killer Word
Interesting instant-search dictionary app for iOS and Mac which finds words based on some of the letters they contain irrespective of order. For example you can type KQV and it will find you the only 13 words that contain all those letters (like EQUIVOKE). It's remarkably useful for word games like Letterpress (whose dictionary it is wrapped around) or for checking goes at Scrabble, or for a lot of word-related messing about. [more inside]


Egress Methods  
Paul Simon claimed that there must be fifty ways to leave your lover, but in his famous song he named far fewer than that. Egress Methods, a twitter bot, fulfills the promise that Mr. Simon could not—and then some—tweeting a randomly generated formula for lover-leaving every few hours, from now into eternity. [more inside]


TileArray  
TileArray is a web application that converts uploaded images into photo mosaics of up to 6400x6400 pixels. Users can create, preview, download, and personalize their creations, then share them through social networks and in a gallery at the site. [more inside]


March 17

Decarboni.se
Hi everybody - we just launched Decarboni.se - a site that is collecting and organizing the world's solutions to climate change. We have over 17,000 resources online already and we're growing quickly. Thanks for your support Metafilter.


Soundslice interactive sheet music player
Sheet music / guitar tabs rendered entirely in the browser, synced with a real audio recording. Slow down without changing pitch, loop sections, resize notation dynamically. Demo video.


March 12

Steller - Story telling app.
An iPhone app that lets you make stories out of photos, videos and text, and then publish it and share it. And you can read other peoples stories. [more inside]


Just Graph It
A simple app for creating a line graph. It works by entering a number, a date-time is automatically associated with that number when it is entered. Two or more numbers and you got yourself a line graph. Not much more to it, there's the ability to create multiple graphs, and to edit entries, but tt's light weight by design. Note: Requires a modern browser with HTML5. It worked for me on PC (Chrome), Android and iPhone, it should work on everything else. There's a shorter alternate url as well: g.joha.us [more inside]


March 11

Why are Christians so concerned about sex?  
When English interpretations of the New Testament talk about ‘sexual immorality’ they are really translating the Greek word porneia (πορνεία), it’s used almost every time the topic of sex comes up and often when talking about the worst sins in general. If you can really grok what Paul was talking about as he uses the root for the word over and over again (it appears 32 times in the New Testament) then the rest falls into place. Now porneia has always been translated into Latin as fornication, while being understood by many conservatives to just be a 1:1 stand in for ‘any sexual expression not between husband and wife’. However, Porneia in post-classical Corinthian Greek did not mean generic sexual sin, or even sex outside of marriage, at all exactly and neither did fornication in actual Latin. The truth, like in many things, is a little bit more complicated and a lot more interesting
TRIGGER WARNINGS AHEAD FOR DEPICTIONS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN CLASSICAL GREECE, ALSO AN NSFW VASE. (SFW version)



March 10

Finnegans Sleep
I took the first few paragraphs from the first ten chapters of Finnegans Wake, printed them onto strips of paper, then punched out the vowels (always Y!) and ran the cards through a punchcard music box player mounted on the wall in my bathroom.


March 8

wgif: GIFs from YouTube on the command line
WGif is a command line tool for creating animated GIFs from YouTube videos. [more inside]


March 5

Anon - An Anonymous Photo Journal
What would you share if no one knew it was you? Anon is a simple app where anyone can anonymously share a photo and a message for the world to see. [more inside]


March 4

Mystery. Comedy. Hot dogs. Explosives.
A bored hot dog vendor turns amateur PI when she stumbles onto an enormous conspiracy and must use all her wits to solve the case. [more inside]


March 3

Haphead
Ten years from now, video games are so immersive that gamers learn lethal skills just by playing. They’re called hapheads. [more inside]


The Torch Awards
Calling all young creatives (18-25)! This competition is your chance to learn the art of the client pitch from an industry rock star and see your work go live in support of a great cause, Road Recovery Foundation. Best of all, it's free to enter! But time is running out—entries are due March 18... [more inside]


March 1

UX Launchpad
Hello! UX Launchpad is a one day design course in Seattle. The event is built with non-designers in mind, and so far we've had a great blend of developers, PMs, fine artists, and interaction designers looking to learn more. Classes are designed to be small and hands-on.


February 25

Teseract Comics
I'm going to be exhibiting at Small Press Expo this year. I'm bringing the SF/F YA comics I've written, and I'm looking for other people who write or draw standalone SF/F YA comics whose work I can include at my table. Towards that end: Tesseract Comics, which will be functioning as, essentially, a zine distro for YA speculative fiction in comics form. [more inside]


35 Years of World War 3 Illustrated - An Interview
All involved are amazing artists who have been doing political comics for decades. World War 3 Illustrated (or WW3 for short) is the longest-running anthology of social justice-themed comics in the world. [more inside]


February 24

Non-Stop Scroll Shop  
Do you like products? Do you like scrolling? How about infinite scrolling? Well, then! Come on down to Non-Stop Scroll Shop where we'll always have something new for you…forever. [more inside]


GMO Skepti-Forum: Reasoned, evidence-based Discourse
GMO SF is an independent, volunteer-run project built for encouraging rational dialogue amongst the global community on issues surrounding genetic-modification in society. Our bottom-up community discourse aims to advance scientific reasoning and skepticism while challenging misinformation and public manipulation. [more inside]


Holiday by MooresCloud: Smart, Connected Light
Holiday is the brainchild of Mark Pesce, co-inventor of VRML and panellist on the (sadly discontinued) ABC TV show The New Inventors. Designed in Australia, Holiday is a product in the burgeoning Internet of Things arena: a string of 50 coloured LED lights connected to an ARM based controller (similar to the Raspberry Pi), and comes after a failed Kickstarter raised 'only' $275,000 for the original Light on which Holiday is based. [more inside]


February 21

Deep Sea Dubstep  
As part of the current round of the SciFund Challenge - a group that trains scientists to do outreach via crowdfunding their work - we see a ton of really cool videos about science. But this deep sea dubstep adventure - from an amazing deep sea scientist who studies how wood falling into the deep sea creates an oasis of food for a whole bizarre menagerie of critters - stands out. No surprise since he's one of the founders of Deep Sea News which publishes amazing pieces about life in the briny deep.

Also, insert jokes about deep sea wood here.

wub wub wub wood.


February 20

The Establishment of the Doctors Hamilton
A short story of mine in the Lovecraft eZine, regarding the medical establishment of Innsmouth in 1846.


Simple Open Data
Open data is great! But it's easy to get lost in the details and make something more complex than needed. Simple Open Data is a guide that keeps it simple and concrete - what you really need to do and why.


February 19

Extrasolar  
A few years ago, I helped build a prototype of an original idea for a web game, and today it's out of beta and open to all! "What is it?" you ask. It's one of the very few games in which you are yourself and not playing a character. It is an experience you can have over the course of a month or so, a few minutes at a time. It increases your understanding of exobiology. It's exploring a new planet, one picture at a time. [more inside]


February 18

The Unknown Alex Masterley
Merchant banker Alex Masterley is a greedy, ruthless, arrogant snob. No wonder Peattie & Taylor's daily cartoon strip about him has been a constant hit in Britain’s national newspapers for over 25 years. Few people realise, however, that the duo once also produced a spin-off series about Alex's financial advisers, which published 80 original strips over its three-year run. I played a (very) small role in making that spin-off strip happen, and this is its story.


February 17

DotDotCo: All Signs, All The Time
Who loves signage? I love signage. I also love constantly taking pictures of signs while traveling, and figured it'd be nice to start a tumblr of pleasant signs. Handsome signs, that's all. [more inside]


February 16

The Grove
A few years ago I inherited a Prohibition-era portrait of my ancestors. As I researched who was in it and where it was taken, unknown relatives began to emerge with historical detail and an alternate version of that very portrait. Questions remain. So I'm hoping that more descendants come out of the electronic woodwork.


February 14

Same Rat, Different Hat
The debut record from Out of System Transfer, a neo-old-timey band who sing punk-influenced folk songs about the assassination of William McKinley, hitting cops in the head with a brick, and riding the subway. Their sound has been compared to the Holy Modal Rounders, Mojo Nixon, and Mischief Brew. With physical media sales becoming less viable, it made little sense to get CDs printed (plus, no one in the band even had a working CD player), but it also felt wrong to forego the great potential offered by album covers and liner notes, not to mention the feeling of having a tangible thing for fans to have. Thus, the record was released as a zine, (also bundled with the download as a pdf) with original artwork commissioned for each song by various Brooklyn-based artists. [more inside]


February 13

Notes To Self
Just a simple app to store and organize notes. Still very beta. Uses the browser's localStorage or google drive for note storage so you don't have to sign up for anything, or remember another username/password. If you have a minute, take a look, and let me know if you find anything that didn't work like you'd expect it to, of it you have ideas about how to make it more useful.


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