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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.


February 11

Elee TV - My Music Video Channel
I put together a site to broadcast curated music videos. Like my parents tell me MTV used to. [more inside]


How Do You Code?  
Before you start programming, you might only know you're supposed to learn CODING!, but you don't even know what that means. You don't know there's HTML and Ruby and C++ and D3 and a million other things, just that there's a big black box called CODING! and you're supposed to break into it somehow. How Do You Code? asks people from all walks of life to explain how they code and share the tools they use, so maybe everyone else can get a leg up.


February 10

alsd - An Ableton Live set dumping utility
In the course of the recent end-of-year ritual of going through my past year's unfinished Ableton Live projects, I found myself writing a Python script to partially automate the task, by examining the Live sets and dumping information about them (namely, the tracks and the instrument/effect devices in them) as text. [more inside]


February 7

Dinosaurs!WTF?
This is my blog covering the Conservative Dinosaur Readiness Movement. It is a satirical blog about a right wing survivalist group that is paranoid that dinosaurs are going to return somehow and conquer earth. While it is satire, I also try to incorporate good science when I can, I interview legit people in the paleontology field such as Kirk Johnson and Peter Larson. [more inside]


February 6

Valentine Clicker Game
I used Orteil's Idle Game Maker (on the blue) to make a game for Valentine's Day. It's an idle game for making as many valentines as you can (and acquire some roses and chocolate along the way). [more inside]


Chicago Avenue Moon
Chicago Avenue Moon is a generative music app that responds to date, time, lunar phase, GPS, etc, to determine how its music unfolds, in real-time. The iOS app manipulates, sequences, and layers 1000+ brief musical phrases to create trillions and trillions of variations, unique to the listeners movement and place on the planet. [more inside]


2003 Trans Zines Article
I ran across what I think is a previously unpublished article I wrote in 2003 giving an overview of what was at the time the previous 15 years of zines on topics related to trans issues. It also lumps in drag with transsexual and transgender writing, which might be problematic, but it does illustrate how drag was a topic covered earlier in zines than trans topics.


GOP: A Look Back
Many of you on Facebook have recently been handed a little gift from the social media site in celebration of its 10th anniversary: a video of each of our FB highlights over the years. Some love it while some think they're horrible or creepy. Of course, a meme like this is open to satire and I have done just that. What if Facebook created such a video for the Republican Party. Hmmm, what special moments would it highlight?


February 5

Straight Outta Downton
It's what it sounds like -- a rap about Downton Abbey based on N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton." An animated music video of sorts, just for fun.


February 4

Al'Rashad
A page-a-week webcomic which I have been working on with the fabulously talented Davinder Brar since 2010, currently at just under 200 pages and three-quarters of the way through chapter 7 of 8. MAY OR MAY NOT CONTAIN: Viking analogues, undeads, mouthy street urchins, horrendously giant baddies, flying carpets, lack of flying carpets, magic runes, monkeys, monsters, PoC heroes, treachery, pirates, and true love. [more inside]


February 3

What The F*ck Is My Brief?
An ode to the folks in ad land, WTFIMB generates a random creative brief to stimulate and excite...something. [more inside]


30th Anniversary Macintosh
Rather than let an old Mac SE with dead drives go to waste, I built a new ARM motherboard running Linux for it that reuses the classic 9" 512x342 monochrome monitor and power-supply. Luckily many X11 applications still support 1-bit visuals, so it is fairly usable with modern programs, although the low-resolution makes me wonder how we used to work with such minuscule displays. [more inside]


February 2

OnlyTheBestRecipes.com  
Most Recipes are Rated 4 or 5 Stars. This is my attempt for finding the Best of the Best. I have a large (~1 million recipes) database of recipes and ratings from popular recipe websites. Most recipes are rated a 4.5-5 on average, and most site encourage these high ratings. This makes it hard to distinguish between good and great recipes. I made a website that that takes the top 1% most highly rated recipes from each website in my database. [more inside]


Commission Cool Stuff!
For a modest price I will insert you, or a loved one, into the fictional universe of your choice via a short story. Or, seeing as I am a classically trained composer, I will compose a piece of music for you based on your life and your interests. Terrific Valentine's Day gift! [more inside]


January 30

Binge Browser
An in-browser toolbar that helps you browse the archives of your favorite website. Includes hotkeys, a random page key, a title bar to quickly cycle through random titles, and more. Try it with Metafilter, Ask Mefi, or Mefi Projects. You can also browse a number of comics, some popular Tumblrs, several interesting wikipedia collections, and more. Additional websites (including The Onion) are listed on the main page. Use the hotkeys for maximal enjoyment. [more inside]


January 27

LetterInTheMail.com
Send me an email with your manuscript attached, and I'll print it out and mail it to your publisher for you. [more inside]


Another Podcast Starring Two White Guys
The Bad Memory Podcast (I know, the name is terrible) is a show where two dudes who live in New Jersey sit down and talk about whatever is on our mind. I know, it sounds terrible, but it's actually pretty funny. [more inside]


Picflood
Picflood presents an unfiltered stream of pictures publicly posted to Twitter, updated in real time, with or without a filter for text in the tweet. Because of the specific Twitter API stream that Picflood hooks into, users see only a small subset of Twitter photos, but they still come through fast enough that it's hard to fully process each image before it disappears. Very NSFW.


January 25

Pulp Apologies
This started off as me tinkering with a Tumblr idea called Pulp Silence -- golden age comics panels with the dialogue balloons blanked -- but I got curious about what else I could put in these balloons. and one thing led to another. [more inside]


A Lovely Bit Of Business
Hmmm. I'm hoping this speaks for itself because I'm kind of reluctant to define what either 'business' or 'lovely' really are in the context. I also hope that you'll help me find some more examples.


January 22

Pull-quotable?
Spare yourself the anguish of vainly trying to tweet a 118-character pull quote. [more inside]


January 21

LitKit: A Curated Index of the Literary Blogosphere
Even in the midst of some technological turbulence (see also: “blogging is dead,” “Google Reader is gone“) there remains a vibrant and enjoyable literary blogosphere. You can still subscribe to a huge number of blogs and join the conversation. I’ve created a tool to help make it easy to do this, so you can get back to reading and posting. Using Silliman’s Blogroll as a starting point, I’ve created an OPML file. This file is a big list of all the RSS feeds of all the blogs on Silliman’s list. The file is designed to be imported into your blog reader of choice. Since Google Reader isn’t around anymore, I recommend Feedly (my current favorite) or Digg Reader (also very good).


January 19

Really System Issue One: Trams Yell Yes!
This is the first issue of a new poetry journal (quarterly online, print annual) I created and edited. An additional feature of the journal is Really System Labs, where the text of each issue will be recombined, remixed, and remodeled.


January 18

thinkContext: Progressive Browser Extension
thinkContext is a web browser extension which adds contextually relevant, politically progressive information to your web browsing. It works by matching the URL of search engine results, sites you visit or text advertising against a database of progressive campaigns. If it finds a match it inserts unobtrusive icons into the browser. Currently it pulls information from a Union Hotel Guide, an Ethical Restaurant Guide, the Stop Rush Limbaugh advertiser database, The Green Pages, the Bechdel Test Movie database, and the B Corporation directory.


January 14

A One-PDF History of European Socialism and Communism  
Some friends and I compiled a 500-page PDF that does the following (from the Introduction): "We present here a history of twentieth-century communism through primary sources, divided into fourteen chapters arranged in chronological order. Each chapter deals with a historical moment or theoretical debate, and contains an amount of reading appropriate for one week’s time. We hope that this reader will provide the foundation for seminars and reading groups." [more inside]


January 10

Bookhive by Rusty Squid
For the last few months I've been helping a group of Artists/Engineers/puppet makers called Rusty Squid to design, make and install the Book Hive in Bristol Central Library, UK. There's more info on MyModernMet. [more inside]


January 9

mapschool  
I work in maps but am generally frustrated with the way the field is taught: so this is my attempt at making educational materials that dial down the corporate tie-ins and talk about concept. I also write about the process of making it and am planning on illustrating & printing it for free/cheap for students.


Openings: first lines from books, articles, poems, songs, movies
A collection of great first lines. Just launched this week. If you want to recommend a first line, please comment! Excited to share my first project with you, I've been an AskMeFi lurker for years.


January 8

Bluebeard Contest
In conjunction with its upcoming exhibition “Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination”, the National Gallery of Canada is seeking black and white illustrations, inspired by Gustave Doré’s graphic artwork, for the tale of Bluebeard. The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2014. Send your Bluebeards to bluebeard.in.black.and.white@gmail.com! [more inside]


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