November 30

Sullivan Spaniel
My very first built-from-scratch puppet, Sullivan Spaniel, has his own YouTube series. He's desperately trying to become famous, but he doesn't ever get it right. [more inside]


November 29

CallGov.us
CallGov.us is a simple tool for calling your senators and representatives in Congress -- you can create scripts and calls-to-action, track your calls, and share with friends.


Crown Prince Of Rabbits
My first book of poetry is being published by a small press. I drew the cover art, and then decided that I should also record myself reading every single poem. (Remember this AskMe?) But I didn't want a simple audiobook. So I composed and recorded original music for every single poem in the book and posted the resulting mega-album to Bandcamp. Then I made a little microsite for the entire project.


November 28

Nicktoons in the Trap House
I wrote about 90s/00s references in today's hottest hip hop (from Lil Uzi Vert's Spirited Away t-shirt to Offset's diamond choker) and what they say about rap's obsession with youth as a status symbol. [more inside]


Lewton Bus
A film criticism and review site I recently launched with a number of my film nerd buddies. [more inside]


November 27

Hive Mind Playlists
Magically translate AskMe song recommendations into Spotify playlists (it takes a minute or two). [more inside]


November 26

Touch Bar Piano
Have a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar? Wish it had a really tiny fiddly two-octave keyboard? Then this is the program for you! Fully polyphonic, choice of all 128 sounds from the General Midi orchestra. Here's a demo video.


November 23

TogetherList
TogetherList is a comprehensive database of women’s rights, people of color, LGBT+, immigrant, climate change, and Muslim-American advocacy organizations that need your support. TogetherList aims to make it simple for people to connect to organizations in need, whether that be through volunteer work, financial support, advocacy through local government, etc. [more inside]


November 22

Cybersecurity for the Trumped
Because I'm worried for all those who now find themselves (soon to be) living under a government that they cannot trust, I've decided to try my best to help people enhance their online privacy and security. So I have started posting on this blog about the risks, and the things we can do to help avoid them. [more inside]


ABCs of Evil brand t-shirts
Adorable children's book style illustrations for monsters, killers, and villains from pop culture. [more inside]


November 21


Trumpsylvania: A List of Deals
This is a simple list of President-Elect Trump's shady deals, updated with links as the news comes at us. [more inside]


November 20

Homework for US, a listening project.
That last exam was rough. Real talk, America: if we don’t want to fail, we have to do some serious make-up work. [more inside]


November 18

Dictator Minute. A Daily Bit of Dictator
I keep walking around thinking "Hmm, was there ever a year worse than 2016?" Then I remember that yes, there was. 1933! And what made that year so terrible? Dictators!


November 17

I Married a Jew
A meditation of what a crazy 1939 essay in The Atlantic can tell us about white fragility and the rise of Trump.


What Now?
Website to gather and disseminate ideas on ways to fight back against bigotry, hate, ignorance and harmful policies in the wake of the 2016 election. Intended to connect people with helpful ways to direct their energy, time and money in support of a brighter future for everyone. [more inside]


November 16

I'm Crazy (e book of love)
The first essay starts this way: "I'm crazy." Perfect for the start of this project. I take inspiration from the song "American Pie": "Did you write the book of love?" I want to say yes to that. Raise your hand if you always wanted to say, "Yes, I did write the book of love." No? Just me?

It's some unconventional Christianity that I posit, based on my experiences in the "other side". More will be forthcoming if this is received well.


PUPPICAD Free Computational Design Software
It's here! After a year, a new release of the free computational design development environment PUPPICAD. Almost 4000 visual programming modules available, with new advanced computational geometry modules added such as splines, contour cutting and convex hull generation. The full Windows Media3D namespace and the Helix 3D Toolkit have been converted into visual programming modules, so that you can do pretty much anything you can imagine. New mathematical modules for expression evaluation and matrix algebra are also available. Lots of example programs, and a quick-build menu for common geometry objects make it easier then ever to get started. This version can generate visual programming modules on the fly from .NET DLL files, so that users can expand features without having to write any code.


November 14

The Trump Mirror
Simple twitter bot that posts insults Trump has lobbed at his opponents. Insults from the NYtimes The 282 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List


November 13

Liberty Tales
2015 marked the 800th anniversary of the first Magna Carta, and Liberty Tales is a collection of stories and poems that take a wide-ranging collection of responses to the issues of liberty, both personal and legal. Some of these 25 tales relate to specific clauses of the original document, while others are more concerned with how we experience and search after freedom in the 21st century. [more inside]


The Expansecast: A podcast recapping the TV show The Expanse
I and 3 friends, each with a different value of nerd cred, start recapping SyFy's TV series The Expanse. We are looking at each episode and talking about some of the background in the books that didn't make it into the show, looking at how human politics and society has changed (and stayed the same) as we colonize the solar system, and take apart the important details like what happened to that rat we see on the Canterbury in Episode 1. [more inside]


Bike Tool Toy
I had a few seldom used bike tools and decided to do something fun with them. I did a brief write-up of what I did.


November 11

RIP My Menchies: Thoughts on Going Viral
I had a tweet blow up for the first time and it changed the way I use Twitter and think of Twitter. Here are my thoughts on that.


Remembering Forgotten Soldiers of the Somme
If you purchase anything from the Royal British Legion online, they send you a card with the name of a random ordinary soldier who died in the Battle of the Somme with it. When people tell me those names, I find out stuff about them. [more inside]


November 9

The Lipstick Ends Of Tomboy Femmes
I've compiled a book from my writings online here at Metafilter, Facebook and Tumblr, chronologically documenting my gender transition from January 2013 to September 2016. The book is available via Amazon.com. [more inside]


November 8

Nine Views of the Ordinaires: A radio documentary
For one fleeting moment in the summer of 1989, college radio, MTV, classic rock, and the avant-garde intersected when The Ordinaires, a nine-piece orchestral art-rock band from New York City, summoned the ghosts of ‘70s stadium-rock bombast with an infamous cover tune. And after a decade surviving near-death experiences and religious condemnation, the band was about to face its most formidable obstacle: itself. This is the story of a time and a place never to be repeated, in which an unlikely group of people made a most unusual noise. These are Nine Views of the Ordinaires. (59m) [more inside]


November 5

cloud | light: photographs, mostly of clouds
I enjoy clouds, and maybe you do to. If so, you may enjoy my tumblr of my cloud photos, many from New Mexico, but not exclusively. I'm slowly working through my archive of photos, so I'll be prolific for a while, until I finally catch up with my current photos.


November 4

Council
Inspired by dialogues in role-playing games like Baldur’s Gate II and King of Dragon Pass, I made an app that lets your write problems and put faces to your choices! [more inside]


November 3

"Watch out for the man." 1979 Phone Phreak Interview
An over 35-year-old rare interview with Captain Crunch, the notorious phone phreak/early hacker-activist John Draper. Recorded in NYC's Central Park on Aug 27, 1979. [more inside]


November 2

Girl With Pearl Earring
I worked on a video for Ted Ed, the educational branch of TED Talks. It’s about the Dutch Renaissance painter Jan Vermeer, and specifically, his painting The Girl with a Pearl Earring. It was created with frame by frame animation under the camera, some paint on glass animation, some Photoshop animation, and a lot of After Effects compositing. This blog post has a link to the video, stills, and behind the scenes shots.


November 1

Halloween Radio Special: The Gallows Ballads Project
I've mentioned The Gallows Ballads Project on Metafilter previously. These sheets were sold at public hangings in Victorian London, and each contains a set of verses describing the condemned man's crime and punishment. Now, I've made an hour-long radio documentary on the project, which London's Resonance FM put out as a Halloween Special last night. In the programme, I tell the true crime stories behind eight of the goriest ballad sheets I've collected and play some great new performances of these century-old songs by modern musicians like The Jetsonics, Pete Morton and Elsa "Bride of Frankenstein" Lanchester. I think you'll like it.


A Collection of Artisanal Memes
A Facebook photo gallery of painstakingly hand drawn (on Android phone) internet cartoons I'm calling "artisanal memes." I produced these two dozen original illustrations working like a demon over a roughly one week stretch of time. [Alternate link: DeviantArt] [more inside]


October 31

A cat may ask a question of a librarian
A tiny epistolary tale for Halloween, involving cats and wasps. [more inside]


The Great Trump Kin
My overly-wrought comparison of orange-colored characters as they compare in pigment and temperament to the Donald. Happy Halloween!!


Hallo16
Herein lies my 16th catastrophic cartoon to celebrate the carnage of the season. Warning - contains blood, gore and politics. Have a Happy Halloween and Sinister Samhain!


October 29

10000 YEARS
A found poetry/ruins exploration game about a mysterious facility in the desert, inspired by this article about creating a nuclear waste disposal site so that it's left undisturbed for ten thousand years. The trailer can be found here!


October 28

Classic Monster Horrorscopes  
The traditional western hororscope, mapped onto the classic movie monsters.


The Seers Catalogue
An multimedia storybook and its inscrutable magazine, The Seers Catalogue is a world of weights and measures, strange encounters and necromantic cabals, where the key to all secrets is an obtuse and enthralling magazine. [more inside]



October 27

Trumpet Practice (elegy for vine)
In honor of the death of vine, here's an excerpt from a live performance where I found and mixed vine video loops. Hire me for your weird media art shows and weddings!


The Laser Syriacum
A Twitter bot that crawls Tumblr and Flickr for images, learning what tags and authors are good based on feedback on its tweets. Inspired by Archillect, but with a different aesthetic slant. The bot is the main attraction, but you can read more about how and why it came to be here.


October 24

SciBookChat
I've been making some videos about science and books. They're not reviews of science books, but more discussions of things related to how science and scientists are presented in books. For example, in what I retroactively called "season 1" I looked at parody science books. I'm now in "season 2", where there'll be a new episode every two weeks until the end of the year. The first one of the season involved a bookshop tour to discuss different types of non-fiction books, and the next one (November 3) will be about how the representation of scientists in fiction has changed over the years. Specifically: how and why is Frankenstein different from The Martian's Mark Watney?


October 21

Random Culture Ship Name Picker
You know that thing that happens three or four times a day when you need a random name for something, say a new soft drink or a recently discovered virus strain, so you say "I know, I'll use a ship name from Iain Banks' brilliant Culture novels!", and you have to google it, and eventually find the list on wikipedia which is fine, but you really just want a name, or maybe 2 or 3 names so you can pick, and not to have to read through a whole wikipedia page? [more inside]


October 20

Fake app review detector
I've spent the past 18 months or so slogging away at apprecs.com, an app search engine that can detect review manipulation. You can see the worst offenders here. I posted this back when this was iOS-only, and I'd like to share some major new features I've added. [more inside]


October 16

F_ract_l
I've been exploring and creating a lot of flame fractals recently - they seem to provide an endless universe of fantastic shapes and patterns. So I've started putting them all on a Tumblr. They make great desktop backgrounds, anyway.


October 15

Lost In Shinjuku  
A series of double, triple, quadruple, and quintuple exposures taken over one night in October in the Shinjuku area.


October 11

Vapor Lanes - Hieratic Teen
I've just released a full-length album with the label Usonian Records, digitally and on limited edition 12" vinyl. Here's what they have to say: "To our ears, Hieratic Teen sounds something like the record you'd get if you locked someone in a boiler room for 10 years with only My Bloody Valentine's Loveless to listen to, then let them out, gave them an assortment of synthesizers, and told them to score Logan's Run. But far from being a purely aesthetic exercise, within the fuzzy, sonic beauty of the record's half-broken, warbling synth melodies, distortions, hissing, and undulating, analog depths; an unmistakable human feeling is being communicated. And it keeps pulling us back in." [more inside]


October 8

A Story of Us: Monkeys and Pastoralists
Professor Mark Moritz and I had a conversation about our research on Cameroonian pastoralists and Diana monkeys in Cote d'Ivoire. [more inside]


October 6

Twitter Moment: Desafinados
I just found out Twitter now lets you create Moments, not just consume them. I made one about Martin of Chicago Latino punk band Los Crudos' exhibit, Desafinados: 25 years of Punk in Pilsen and Little Village.


October 4

dopewars bot for Slack
I built a dopewars bot so that you can play dopewars on Slack, because of course that's a good idea.


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