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May 16

SliderBuilder: Make responsive sliders and carousels online
SliderBuilder is an interactive web-based WYSIWYG editor for creating slideshows, content sliders, and carousels for a website or blog. You manipulate slides, layers, images, and text through a web interface, then either generate HTML code to paste into your site or publish your slider at sliderbuilder.com. [more inside]


May 15

MetaFilter Radio iOS app
Put Metafilter Music in your pocket! With MetaFilter Radio for iOS, you can listen to songs posted to Metafilter Music, hear episodes of the Metafilter Podcast, and retrieve and play your playlists, all from your iPhone or iPod touch. Requires iOS 7 or higher. [more inside]


May 14

Puppy Space Pirates
In the darkness of space, on the fringes of civilization, a group of wiley outlaws thwarts authorities, empires, and the forces of the universe simply by surviving. They are also puppies. [more inside]


May 9

Hopefully bringing some good out of the tragic kidnappings in Nigeria
I was horrified when I learned about the 276 female students who were kidnapped (some raped, some killed, all survivors to be sold into forced "marriage") in April. I built this site to encourage people to donate to build a school in rural Africa, in a community that supports the idea of women learning. Some problematic bits about it, but the whole situation is so dark, I wanted to see if I could help something good happen.


May 7

The Takedown Notice : Music Podcast
Hi! The Takedown Notice is a podcast where five former-college roommates get together to talk about music. [more inside]


Repetition And Slowness And The Passing Of Time
A short video/poem. [more inside]


May 6

Synctuary: a new secure shared/cloud file management system
Concept Blossom has developed a secure data availability and file sharing software solution that is affordable, easy to use and manageable by IT staff. With Synctuary, organizations have complete control over their data, no matter where it resides. The encryption keys used to encode the data never leave the organization. [more inside]


'Status' (short film)
"In the near future social networking has moved out of the virtual world and into the physical. A confronting portrait of a world we may soon know too well. Welcome to the evolution." Winner of the Jury Prize Best Sci-Fi Short Maelstrom IFF 2011 - Winner Best Screenplay Dark Carnival Indiana IFF 2011 - Official Selection 14 International Festivals including Fantasia Montreal, Bermuda IFF, London Lift Off 2012, Chashama New York, - Eng - 19mins - Director: Richard Williamson- Online Release May 6th 2014. Hope you like it.


May 3

TruckPlease: Moving sucks, so we made it easier
Post whatever you need moved and get bids from drivers in your city, eliminating the need to scour craigslist or rent a U-Haul the next time you need something moved. [more inside]


May 1

Vhoto - find photos in video
Vhoto is an app for your iDevice (no Android, sorry) that uses computer vision and machine learning to pull still photos out of video you shoot. You can use the built in camera or import video shot with another app. We also have a social component for sharing your photos, and you can also share to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The app is free, here's a download link: http://vho.to/gettheapp/chris


April 28

Avail: a programming language that lets you build tools instead of workarounds
Avail is a new and ambitious programming language - which, for the record, I did not build. I did, however, help with the extensive and impressive documentation on the website. I also ported a text-adventure-style game, "The Ship of Stories" to Avail, and it is included with the standard download as an example program to play with! Considering that I'm not a programmer, this is one of the most interesting things about Avail, to me. It was trivial for me to do this, and I find that the code itself is amazingly readable.


April 24

rofo.ca - a geo/social network visualization of the Rob Ford saga.
The Rob Ford story has been a wild one, but there's so many characters that it's hard to remember them all. I'm a social psychology PhD student studying memes, and I've gotten deep into social network analysis over the past 2 years. Naturally, I decided to find out whether I could apply social network methods to the Rob Ford story. The result is rofo.ca, which displays many of the people, places, events, and phone calls that have shown up in newspapers and police reports. rofo.ca can serve as a complement to Robyn Doolittle's book, Crazy Town, and to the other reporting that has covered Rob Ford.


An interactive explanation of quadtrees.
Because I was confused by them initially, I wrote an explanation of the concept of quadtrees (including some details about the D3 implementation of them), with some interactive elements that hopefully provide some hands-on stickiness. I tried to shoot for a non-programmer audience in the end. [more inside]


April 19

Artworks in "The Goldfinch"  
A small project, but I have compiled pictures or examples of every artwork mentioned in Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" (which just won the fiction Pulitzer) and created a Pinterest pinboard showcasing the art. Read from the bottom up to see them in the order they appear in the book; there are minor spoilers in the descriptions. [more inside]


April 16

Manhunter Vs. Red Dragon
I made a video putting together the Hannibal Lecter scene from Manhunter (1986) and the remake Red Dragon (2006) as a way to compare direction and performance for a scene that is nearly identical in both movies.


April 15

November West
This is the story of a girl. And her two sons, Demon Child and Dark Warrior. She works for The Borganization... [more inside]


April 12

Where Is MH370?
After being annoyed with the sheer amount of misinformation being spread by news agencies and social media about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, myself and a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur have been working together on a blog that debunks some of the common myths, factchecks news sources, and answers reader questions. We work on getting as close to the original source as possible and generally try to stay away from "unnamed officials" or "unnamed sources" as much as we can. [more inside]


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]


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