February 15

Glowy Clock
We used to have an LCD clock radio that glowed various rainbow colors. I "voted it off the island," so to speak, because it seemed like clock radio was a waste of space in the age of clocks-on-everything, but we missed spacing out while looking at it, so I put together this web substitute. [more inside]


War in Heaven
This is an ongoing project, in blog form. It involves my experiences with the War in Heaven as described in the Book of Revelation. I've written two books about it. You don't have to believe in any of it to find it an interesting read, I don't think. Rationally, I feel someimes like a UFO abductee when I talk about what happened to me. And I'm not going to say, "I know what I saw," but rather, "What the heck do you think it was?!" Really, it goes beyond crazy. See for yourself. [more inside]


February 14

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality PDF
I've finished updating the PDF version of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality to incorporate all the changes the author made after the chapters in the current PDF were formatted, just in time for the posting of the final story arc: 5.3MB PDF [more inside]


I'm not going to write you a love song... oh wait.
I filmed (and performed in a few) nearly 40 custom-written love songs for a bunch of strangers on the internet. They were customers of the company I work for, and we wanted to thank them for saying lovely things about us. [more inside]


R2d2 takes unfair advantage of females
Our group at the University of North Carolina has just published a paper (open access) on an exciting new female meiotic drive system that we call R2d2. There is also a nice accompanying perspective article (also open access) from researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute in Seattle. Read on for a short description of meiotic drive and the findings of the paper. [more inside]


February 11

The first science fiction anthology to focus on the immigrant experience  
How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens explores the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with fiction and poetry from Sturgeon winner Sarah Pinsker, James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner Nisi Shawl and Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winner Ken Liu, as well as 32 other writers, most of them themselves immigrants or the children of immigrants. [more inside]


Irish for Americans
An ongoing project to identify Irish words used in American English, especially by members of the Irish-American community. [more inside]


February 9

The Secret History of South Asian & African American Solidarity  
African Americans & South Asians (i.e. folks from India, Pakistan, etc.) have been standing up for each other for over 100 years, despite barriers of race, information, and distance. These secret histories of global allyship are a reminder of how little of the good stuff schools ever teach us.


February 6

Desire Bot: A Twitter Bot That Re-Posts What the World Wants  
This is a Twitter bot that re-posts tweets it finds beginning with the phrase "I just want..." It then pulls the nouns from the message, and uses those words to search Flickr for a matching image. [more inside]


February 5

Interesting Times
Fortnightly mixtapes of fresh, pan-Asian independent music. From Karachi rooftops to Tokyo livehouses. Letter archives are over here. [more inside]


February 2

TRANNYBOT 5000
A short, satirical film about trans misrepresentation in the media. (TW included on YouTube page.) All trans girl soundtrack featuring Hearken!, Jenna and the Pups, Ex. by V., Femmepire and Haley Paille. Enjoy.


Post-apocalyptic web series
Swords, martial arts, action, adventure, drama!! [more inside]


smiling face withface
Randomly generated glitch emoji, automatically posted to Tumblr. GHFACE. STEAM LOSKI BOOT. OCTONT MOON. A conversation. [more inside]


February 1

Carbon 7 is three musicians collaborating to produce cooperative music in real time.  
It's not so much about the website (I know, tables, amirite) as the music at the "Listen" link. After our first gathering, we thought we might be on to something, so I started multi-track recording, mixing & archiving all our sessions. [more inside]


January 31

Drinking My Way Through the Literary 1930's  
I have been reading and reviewing drinks from the 1935 recipe book, So Red the Nose, along with the books they are based on. [more inside]


January 29

If we liberate male sexuality, the war against women can end
"When a man enters my secret room, he steps into another world, where the taboos, rules and expectations of the outside world are lifted, or bent to serve our mutual pleasure.. [more inside]


Pilgrimage of Desire: A Travel Memoir
The story of my young family's trip around the world told against the backdrop of my recovery from depression. [more inside]


January 27

Metafilter User Tagger
A Greasemonkey script that allows adding custom tags beside usernames. It places a small link after usernames on posts/comments which can be clicked to open the tagger UI. From here you can create the tag [text and color] and it will instantly be applied to all occurrences of this username. Clicking an existing tag will open the UI again to edit or delete it. [more inside]


January 26

Sketchy Weather - quick doodles about the weather
In an effort to keep myself accountable for experimenting with various drawing programs, I'll be posting quick sketches about the weather a few times a week (hopefully). [more inside]


INTERESTING.JPG: deep-learning AI looking at news photographs  
@INTERESTING_JPG is a twitter bot that takes news photographs and runs them through a computer-vision caption generating system. [more inside]


Article: Hiring is Broken  
My first act of journalism in 7+ years. Thanks to the MeFites who gave me some great leads on this topic.


January 25

Haphead, A cyberpunk webseries about a girl who's literally empowered by videogames.
In 2025, games are so immersive that teenagers learn skills just by playing. After she enables the haptics, Maxine's favourite rabbit-ninja fighting game gets a whole lot more punishing, with the new tech beating skills into her muscle memory. Which is good: she needs to level up quick once her employer discovers her on-the-job theft... [more inside]


Brooklyn Cartografix
I'm working on a project in which I use maps of Brooklyn as the basis of t-shirt designs. My current shirts feature walking paths of Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, and the Coney Island Rail Yard. There'll be a bunch more to come. Oh, and all proceeds will be donated to various relevant nonprofits.


January 22

San Diego Homeless Survival Guide
A resource for homeless individuals in general, but especially those in San Diego County in specific. [more inside]


January 21

1.NPR tiny desk contest. 2.Make a video
3.? 4.Profit [more inside]


NoDoNot
Generate an image and slap the No Symbol on top! [more inside]


January 20

Slavoj Žižek or Dan Harmon
I made a dumb internet quiz for my own amusement and hopefully yours. [more inside]


January 19

Song name haiku  
Given the name of a musical artist, "Song name haiku" finds haikus where each line is the name of a song by that artist.


Shut Up and Beer Me
shutupandbeer.me is a site that finds you beer. [more inside]


January 17

Closet
My original 10-minute short play, "Closet," premiered at Acme Theater of Maynard's New Works Winter Festival and won the audience choice award (called the "Charlie"). I am exceptionally proud of this one, especially the performances given by my two leads. Recording is from our technical rehearsal, so you will see and hear a photographer taking publicity shots and there are a couple of edits to remove technical issues. [more inside]


January 16

Thunderstrike - firmware bootkit for Macs
At 31C3 I presented Thunderstrike (1 hour video), an proof of concept exploit against an EFI security vulnerability that allows an attacker to write possibly malicious code in the boot ROM of MacBooks via the Thunderbolt port. The bootkit can be easily installed by an evil-maid or border-crossing agent given a few minutes alone with the laptop, regardless of firmware passwords or disk encryption, and can survive reinstallation of OSX as well as hard drive replacements. Once installed, it can hide from attempts to detect it, prevent software attempts to remove it and spread virally across air-gaps by infecting additional Thunderbolt devices. [more inside]


January 15

& you should
Dense images built out of photos gleaned from Flickr. A new one will be posted most mornings. [more inside]


January 14

@autocompleterap
@autocompleterap is a Twitter bot that combines rap lyrics (from ohhla - scraping courtesy of @beaugunderson) and Google search autocomplete suggestions. [more inside]


January 13

Podcast Recommendations and Reviews
My podcast review website! The goal of the website is to help connect people to podcasts. [more inside]


Isla Vista LocalWiki  
When I went to UC Santa Barbara, the message I got as an incoming freshman is that the next-door student neighborhood, Isla Vista, is a risky land of parties and not much else. It took me a while to realize how interesting Isla Vista is, and how fun it is to go explore and understand it. I'd like to help other students get to that point faster, with fewer stereotypes about it and more stories about weird houses and public art and folklore and community gardens and land use history. I'm working on a LocalWiki for the neighborhood, in the style of DavisWiki, writing a lot of articles myself and also helping other people contribute. (LocalWikis have fewer rules than Wikipedia about things like notability and sourcing; you can write about the nice cat at the corner store if you want to.) [more inside]


Parsing reports on murdered and missing indigenous women  
Yesterday, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released its long-awaited report on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in BC and the rest of Canada. I live-tweeted my reading of it, along with moderate extra commentary and clarifications.


January 12

Media literacy, and a terrible spoof of "Tomorrow"
We've kicked off the latest season of our YouTube series on media and digital literacy with a spoof of "Tomorrow" from the movie Annie. (OK, so this particular episode isn't really about media literacy... aside from taking the piss out of yet another movie retread.) [more inside]


January 11

Irish-American Gangster Movies
I'm working my way through every single film made about Irish-American mobsters, gangsters, bootleggers, run-runners, and general thugs, offering commentary on the films, and comparing them with the actually history of Irish-American gangsterism.


January 8

Ink and water music video
This is an animated music video I made a few months ago that just launched online. It is for the Seattle band Dark Hip Falls, and their song 'Lam 2: Red Hands'. It was made using water, ink, and gum arabic solution. Enjoy! [more inside]


January 6

Jackie the baboon, and other upsetting topics
The story of Jackie, a baboon who went to war with the South African army, is the latest instalment in my series on Animals in World War I. [more inside]


Global Voices - News About Japan
Since September 2014 I have contributed stories about Japan as Global Voices' Japan Editor. I report on what Japanese people are actually saying about the news on Twitter, in blogs, and on 2chan (somewhat similar to Reddit). Often I can find eyewitness accounts (in Japanese) to what's happening in the news, sometimes even scooping Western news outlets. It's all about presenting an authentic, slightly quirky take on current events in Japan.


Play-by-Twitter 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
I am going to attempt to run an AD&D campaign played over Twitter. The project is currently in the planning/incubating/looking-for-players phase. [more inside]


She Looks Like Sunday Comics: Watching The Brenda Starr movie (1989)  
Josh Fruhlinger of the Comics Curmudgeon and I sat down and watched the nearly unreleased Brenda Starr movie adaptation and talk about how it tackles camp, gender performance, romantic fantasy, and crazy shoulder-pads [more inside]


January 5

Litblog Roundup
What's happening at the intersection of literary culture and the internet? I've started a new bi-weekly blog series intended to address that topic and more. It's called "Litblog Roundup." [more inside]


esoteric.codes
esoteric.codes is my blog about esolangs (esoteric programming languages), aimed at a less technical audience. Esolangs are created by programmers at play, challenging conventions of coding, looking at how we communicate with the machine, and indulging the strangest what-if scenarios in code. The blog looks at the ideas behind these languages and explores connections to code art and conceptual practices -- but it is also a fanzine to my favorite languages. It features interviews with the original designers (recently: Ben Olmsead of Malbolge, coming up soon David Morgan-Mar of Piet and Whenever) alongside posts about common themes between languages (e.g. languages that produce no output). It was recently awarded the 2014 Arts Writers Grant.


Transit Battle NYC: Pretty Maps for the Subway, Bus and Rail
People in New York love the subway way more than the bus. Sure, it's okay, the bus is confusing, but what if they knew all the secret places the bus could take them faster than the subway? And there was a reaaaally nice interactive map to go along with it? [more inside]


January 2

Vaporcake and the new "digital ephemera"
Fellow MeFite mintcake! and I are trying out an experiment in digital music dissemination. To understand what we're going for, please read this manifesto-of-sorts on Medium: Extremely Limited: A case for the new digital ephemera. [more inside]


January 1

Moshpit Memories
Moshpit Memories contains seven years' worth of trivia, anecdotes and gig reviews from my old diaries as a music fan at the height of UK pub rock, punk and ska. I started the diaries in 1975, when I was just 16 and ended them in 1981. Among the gigs I saw – and have described here - you’ll find a 1977 Clash show in a sweaty little club (plus the NYC appearance which gave us London Calling’s cover two years later), Lynyrd Skynyrd supporting the Stones at Knebworth, pre-fame encounters with both Ian Dury and Shane MacGowan, the Damned becoming the first punk band to play a major London venue, the Ruts frantically improvising on the first night Malcolm Owen went missing and a couple of wonderfully chaotic label revue tours by Stiff and 2-Tone. Live music in Britain has never been more exciting, I had an almost indecent amount of fun and you can read all about it at the link above. [more inside]


December 29

The Art is Not The Artist: On Holding Abusers Accountable & Enjoying Problematic Media
This is the thought process I go through when I’m considering the creative output of a horrible individual, and the questions I ask myself about whether I can consume the work in good conscience. [more inside]


Group satisfaction / dissatisfaction with representation in Congress
In theory, by looking at the number of bills supported / opposed by a given group, we can estimate its level of engagement and gauge whether events in Congress are working for or against the groups' interests.


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