June 13

animation marathon segment
A few months ago I took part in an animation marathon as part of the Fete de L’Anim in Lille and Tourcoing. Myself and two classmates from St Joost created 10 seconds of animation in two days. It was super fun and you can watch our segment here, and the whole compilation here. Our little clip and its companions are playing at this year’s Annecy Off, an alternative festival in Annecy dedicated to young filmmakers.


Ignoranti
Website and podcast where the hosts confess their ignorance in a range of topics and ask intelligent people to explain things to them. [more inside]


June 8

Logs of Lag: League of Legends netlog analysis
A drag-and-drop web tool for analyzing network logs from the game League of Legends. Fast, simple, helps you understand the lag you see while playing the game. It's a simple HTML5 app built with D3.js. Screenshot, GitHub.


June 7

#BringBackOurGirls and the Misuse of Imagery
The Twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls helped galvanize a response to the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram in early May. Accompanying the hashtag are images that have been reposted thousands of times—by everyone from Chris Brown to the BBC. The only problem? These are pictures from Guinea-Bissau, three years ago, of girls that have never been kidnapped.


June 6

Lapsed Historian - Because History is Fun. Honest.
A website for long form history writing, such as The Longest Forecast, the story of the Meteorologist Eisenhower challenged to find the right day for D-Day. Also for sharing interesting history pieces found elsewhere as well. [more inside]


Black And White (2014) 15mins
"Surviving a suprise sex party with your soul intact is tough. Welcome to the Black And White midnight party." - This is a nail-biting, brand new, Australian short that's just been released. ‘Black And White’ is a dark morality tale about a man that finds himself stuck at a sex party in the middle of nowhere. It’s about the horror of moral collapse and how we act when no one is watching. It's one of the most intense clips you'll watch all year.


Soles Series of Stories
My small press, Upper Rubber Boot Books, has just released the first nine titles in the Soles Series of Stories, which comprises standalone ebook short stories spanning the speculative fiction gamut, including science fiction, literary stories using SFnal tropes, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, steampunk, slipstream, alternate history, utopian and dystopian, fantasy, and horror. [more inside]


Disabled Brony Dad PResenting at Bronycon Needs Your Stories
"Coping With Disabilities Through Pony" is panel set to premier at the largest Brony convention in the United States, BronyCon. The mission of the panel is "...to share how the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and its fans have helped to improve the lives of individuals with special needs." It is being organized by a father with a visual disability. [more inside]


June 5

Ten Thousand Sonnets
Using Python 2.7 and the Natural Language Toolkit, I created a program called Sonnetizer that generates 14-line rhyming sonnets in (mostly) iambic pentameter from any text corpus. Using Sonnetizer, I generated 10,000 unique sonnets from the sonnets of William Shakespeare, and compiled them into a PDF.


An American Soccer Playlist
If the US Soccer team is going to perform at the highest level in the World Cup this summer, they're going to need a high-quality playlist. This is the country that invented electric guitars, blues, jazz, rock and roll, country, and hip hop. We might not have Messi, but we've got James Brown, Elvis, and The Velvet Underground. So I created a playlist worthy of our emergent American style of play.


June 2

Bloodletters and Bad Actors  
My look at the early days of Omaha theater, back when it was a frontier town, its amusements were questionable, and vice was rampant, with occasional forays into more recent performing arts misbehavior. [more inside]


Regret Labs science podcast
Did you study hard in science class? Neither did comics Aric and Levi. Regret Labs is their attempt to make up for lost time. In each episode they attempt to explain a scientific concept and then invite a guest expert to join them and tell them how very wrong they are. [more inside]


June 1

All That You Can Be
A satirical recruitment ad calling for trans women to join the military. I wrote and directed this to protest the recent prioritization of trans inclusion in the armed forces above and beyond all of our myriad concerns, something which happened on the say so of one billionaire with absolutely no dialogue with the larger trans community. Enjoy.


May 31

Smidgeo.com  
I've taken on a side contract to build my cat's corporation's web site. Smidgeo is a business built on growth, digital, social, disruption, a proprietary form of smart marketing known as Smidgeo Smarketing. The bottom line? Smidgeo GETS results. Smidgeo's business model may seem complex, but there is an animated diagram so that even the worst can understand. [more inside]


May 30

BLOODSMOKE: A Tommy Darlington Novel
An editor for the New York Times said, "A sexy new voice in Old Florida fiction." She won't let me use her name, though, 'cos we had awesome sex for three months and I dumped her for another cute girl . . . in Costa Rica. It's the first in a series of 69-Minute Novels, cool thrillers you can read in about an hour (if you read kinda fast).


Nervous Times, Photography by Lawren Hyder
Just what the internet needs, more still images. I spend the majority of my time as a photographer working in Victoria, BC, Canada, particularly within the 2 km² confines of the James Bay neighbourhood. Through the lenses of crap cameras, Leicas, Nikons, and everything in between, I've amassed a veritable mountain of mostly incidental photographs—snapshots, failed attempts at fine art, and, above all, an inordinate amount of stuff that makes me think “What exactly was I thinking when I tripped the shutter?” [more inside]


May 29

Trudy Campbell Is A KGB Spy  
A careful read of the early seasons of Mad Men reveals a hidden truth: Housewife Trudy Campbell is a secret KGB agent working to undermine the West.


How Not To Be Wrong
After three years of work, my book HOW NOT TO BE WRONG: THE POWER OF MATHEMATICAL THINKING comes out today from Penguin Press! It's about math. Also: baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, packing 24-dimensional spheres, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, the invention of calculus, and the existence of God. The book is available at Amazon, Indiebound, Waterstones, and (I hope!) your local bookstore. MetaFilter has been a fantastically useful resource for me in putting this together; partly because I can use Ask for my questions about statistical significance in different languages and stockpicking scams, but more importantly because I've learned so much about how to write about math for non-mathematicians from writing about math on MetaFilter!


Ren's List - Places to take your dog in the Buffalo-Niagara area
I was inspired by my dog Ren (named after the cartoon character) to create this website. A listing of local places that allow dogs, and a calendar of upcoming dog-related events. [more inside]


May 28

Airline Icarus — experimental mobile site
I got a commission from Toronto's Soundstreams to make an experimental mobile site inspired by their new opera Airline Icarus. The result uses various fancy javascript video implementations to play around with interactive sound and video on mobile. Best viewed on mobile; it's a heavy site so your mileage / performance may vary.


My new microwhistleblower site, tattle.io
Tattle is a microwhistleblowing app; anonymous messaging geolocated to your neighborhood. It's very new and beta. [more inside]


May 26

Coachella Valley Photo Spheres Project (Tumblr)
I want to map cool, interesting, and (mostly) scenic places in a region I live and drive around a lot in, and have come to appreciate and love. It happens to host the largest music festival in the USA at the moment. It's kind of a quiet, nice place to explore and relax in (though not as much in the scorching-hot summer). [more inside]


May 23

I write about monsters in alphabetical order. Today I hit Z.
I'm a big Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons fan. For nearly three years, I've written three adventure seeds each weekday for every monster in the Pathfinder Bestiaries—in alphabetical order. As of today, I'm up to Z.


May 21

The Disintegrator  
The disintegrator lets you select any valid audio file from your library (MP3, wav etc) which is supported by your browser. Once you click play the distortion level continually increases until you're left with a beautifully distorted cacophony! [more inside]


Seneca: online giving and volunteering
Seneca is a website that helps people give time to their friends and money to social causes. [more inside]


The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever
The newly-launched NPR Ed team recently sifted through hundreds and hundreds of commencement speeches going back to 1774, and picked more than 300 of our favorites, for your inspiration-finding pleasure. [more inside]


May 20

Internet Directory
According to ICANN, .COM domains were intended for business, .ORG for nonprofit, and .NET for internet providers and "Web Portals." Internet Directory is a listing of every domain using these TLDs -- beginning with the 115 million .COMs -- as they stand in early 2014. On a fast browser, it takes 599 days to watch every domain scroll by. [more inside]


May 19

The Center for Otherworld Science  
A comic about three women in hazmat suits, interpersonal workplace dynamics, and a cryptozoology institute with questionable ethics. [more inside]


May 16

Winter on Georgian Bay  
Highlights of a four-month time-lapse taken from a cottage overlooking Lake Huron, during an absolutely epic winter. We planted a double-Raspberry Pi camera on Dcember 27th and recovered it in early May, and were somewhat surprised to find that the board hadn't frozen or been eaten by raccoons. And indeed, the more-reliable Pi had taken over 42,000 photos. Including the lake freezing and thawing, icicles forming right in front of the camera (and then miraculously breaking off just three days later, before they get boring), killer storms, and ghostly single-frame shots of deer passing by. Hope you like it!


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]


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