October 27

Stained Glass & Bike Taxidermy
This year I participated in my first Open Studios event. It was the culmination of nearly four years of learning stained glass and the first time I've ever shown my work publically. In preparation for the event, I put together a website and my brother, a graphic designer, created a logo for my studio. In addition to glass, I brought along several pieces of my bicycle taxidermy. I created a couple of these years ago after seeing Picasso's Cabeza de Toro, but received quite a bit of encouragement to produce more for show. [more inside]

October 26

What if Wordpress Was Your Boyfriend
So, a couple of friends and I read a blog called The Toast, and we love it an awful lot. But its web site was janky and slow, so we redesigned it. The new version of the site went live today, and we wrote a bunch of blog posts about how we did it. It was fun.

3 Ingredient Recipes
Another bunch of videos from me. I like to cook, but not anything too complicated, so I started finding some recipes that only require 3 ingredients. Some are savory, some are sweet, none are especially complicated. < [more inside]

October 24

It's Autumn on Arrakis  
Our novelty twitter account @MuadDiBucks posts Dune quotes with the word "pumpkin" strategically inserted. (e.g. "Wherever there is pumpkin spice, there are worms." "Always?" Halleck asked. "Always.")

October 23

Scoring Lyrical Clichés with N-Grams
The first in a series of posts on my band website about using n-grams to score songs and albums on their use of lyrical clichés. In this post I am testing out the concept to see if it has any legs. Future posts in the series will get into rating a single lyricist over their career. [more inside]

That Half-Drop Image Grid From The Royal Tenenbaums . JavaScript
My first js library, w o w. A brand-new JavaScript file for repeating an HTML element's background image in a centered half-drop pattern, like that thing (1, 2, 3) from that movie. Also available on github.

October 22

Carbon Costume
A blog compiling easy DIY costume guides from television, movies, and video games. Make a costume for your favorite character this Halloween using stuff you already have in your closet and off-the-shelf items.

October 20

Tetrakinesis is a puzzle game for windows that's easy to learn, but difficult to master. 25 levels of grid destroying madness. [more inside]

October 19

The Astronaut Instruction Manual  
It's an astronaut instruction manual. For pre-teens. [more inside]

October 18

"An old dad, a young mom"
'Opposites' features 12 musical interpretations of a somehow-biographical song that I wrote together with my daughter.
2 years ago, when my daughter was 4 years old, we started composing little 'songs' together. Since then, we wrote nearly 50 songs, and published one book.

Here are 2 other musical pages: 4 songs as played by Douglas Haines, and 4 songs read in sign language by Koli Cutler.
More than half of our songs had been put to music by musicians from around the world, some of them in multiple styles.

These are parts of the One A Day Project I started when she was born.
There are many similar pages inside.

Today is Adora's 6th birthday. Happy birthday, dear Adora.

Estilo Hindu - A Mexico City Comicbook
A hand-drawn non-fiction comic about Mexico City in 2015. Contains stories about street-side electric shocks, nightclubs named after forgotten globe-trotting radicals, the magical realism of the city's street names, a 25-year old dance battle, the idiosyncrasies of the city's museums, a long-running counterculture market and a spiritual experience disguised as a 'mud bath.' [more inside]

October 13

A long post about three months' worth of mass shootings
I wrote up a list of all the mass shootings that had happened in January, February and March of this year, and posted it to Facebook. Each event had a brief write-up from whatever news source I could find. Following the list are a bunch of words about the results of posting the list to Facebook, trends noticed, and a brief bit about what it's like, emotionally, to actually compile that list.

My Life Coaching YouTube Account
I love being a Life Coach, but blogging rarely seems to capture the excitement and passion of being able to talk to someone one on one or as a group. So I decided to start making videos! [more inside]

Dead Week
Evil's at the door. A short interactive webtoon in English or Korean. (Also on itch.io.)

@Everyword: The Book
Instar Books just released a book version of my Twitter bot @everyword, which tweeted every word in the English language over the course of seven years (2007 to 2014). The book includes the entire run of the bot, with favorite and retweet counts for each word, along with an introduction by me in which I talk about the bot's origins and how running a (modestly) high-profile Twitter account came to affect my life. [more inside]

October 11

No Child of Mine!
I made a Twitter bot that completes the phrase "No child of mine . . ." using a list of weird and funny phrases I found and thought up. [more inside]

October 9

Armoured Commander
I made a game! It's a roguelike. Would appreciate any suggestions and feedback to continue improving it. [more inside]

October 8

Let users reply to questions and record video feedback with audio from their microphone in your product without installing software. Watch your visitors get stuck in your product and hear them explain why. [more inside]

Judgemental Reviews Of Common Pasta Shapes  
An illustrated review of the most common pasta shapes.

I illustrated a children's book! [more inside]

Corbyn Headlines
I got a bit fed up of the lazy attack journalism on the recently elected Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. So I did what you should always do when you see something lazy and formulaic, I made a twitter bot. Made, and hosted by, Cheapbotsdonequick.com [more inside]

Prompts for getting out of bed
Inspired by the "choose your own adventure" self-care prompts in this thread, I made one to help myself get out of bed in the morning. [more inside]

October 7

Decrypting Rita
I've spent the last four and a half years making this comic. It's about a robot lady dragged outside of reality by her ex-boyfriend. She's got to pull herself together across four parallel worlds before a hive mind takes over the planet. It's finished now. And it's all free online. "Decrypting Rita is that rarest and most refreshing of things: a science–fiction story that feels like it comes from the future." - Phil Foglio "Deliriously confusing and addictive... It’s kind of wonderful." - Peter Watts "Very post-singularity, much upload, wow." - Charlie Stross [more inside]

October 4

Every Bone
A quick and spooky twitterbot for October. 'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make bones mean so many different things.'

Into The Fire
Into The Fire (youtube - vimeo) is a short stop motion film about death and what comes after, made this weekend as part of the 2015 Colchester Film Festival 60 Hour Film Challenge.

October 3

The Gratitude Project
As I approach 50, it struck me how thankful I am for all the people who helped me become who I am today. Sadly, far too many are no longer living, but many are and to those that I can contact, I will send a hand written thank you note. Responses are welcome, but not required, nor will I post any information beyond that which is public without written consent.

October 1

Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science
Beyond the Stacks is an interview podcast in which librarians, archivists, and information science professionals talk about the coolest experiences of their careers, and how they got there. [more inside]

Drawing Connections: a train comic
A short comic strip meditation connecting seemingly disparate events that occurred on trains this summer - refugees, heroism, racism etc. - and how they were widely portrayed in the media.

September 30

olduse.net: a real-time historical exhibit
Usenet, updated in real time as it was thirty years ago. [more inside]

I quit facebook a long time ago and decided to systematically contact my friends instead. You too can do this. [more inside]

Frau Blücher [horses whinny]
A Twitter bot based on quotes from the character "Frau Blücher" in Mel Brook's 1974 comedy, Young Frankenstein. [more inside]

Google Images for Slack
I've written a little web service that lets you search Google Image Search from Slack. I've found it to be a good companion to giphy. Here's the code and instructions to set it up. [more inside]

TauntBot is an exercise in generated language. It uses a rather huge and growing corpus of hand-selected words, and an interesting set of rules, for hand-crafting them into verbose insults. It then posts these to Twitter. It replies to people, I'm hoping to get it to trade barbs with them. Yes, I'm a terrible person. Now, with that out of the way... [more inside]

There's at least ONE.
Having found myself with a few moments of free time, I sculpted a life sized Tatzelwurm exhibit for the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

Unprepared To Die: America's Greatest Murder Ballads & the True Crime Stories That Inspired Them.
Many of the good folk here on Metafilter have enjoyed PlanetSlade.com's Murder Ballads essays in the past (previously: 1, 2, 3, 4). Now Soundcheck Books is publishing a collection of them, which contains two brand new exclusive essays (covering Poor Ellen Smith and Murder of the Lawson Family), plus a host of fresh musician interviews about songs already discussed on PlanetSlade. I hope you'll consider buying a copy (Amazon US / UK), but in the meantime, please feel free to enjoy its free "DVD Extras" section on PlanetSlade itself. There you'll find some out-takes from my new interviews with Billy Bragg, The Bad Seeds' Mick Harvey, Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family, Snakefarm's Anna Domino, Dave Alvin from The Blasters, Laura Cantrell, The Mekons' Jon Langford, Bob Shane from The Kingston Trio, Angela Correa and Ralph Stanley II. I've also included a couple of sidebar stories which got squeezed out of the book for reasons of space, including an introduction to the OTHER Charlie Lawson (who also murdered a member of his own family at Christmas time) and an account of my long-delayed trip to Tom Dula and Laura Foster's graves. Finally, you'll find some links to my own curated playlists for the book's eight songs. Please spread the word.

September 28

Time Lapse of Daily Show set change
I'm a lighting tech and a photographer who loves to make time lapse movies of shows I work on, when I'm there for the whole run of an install. Occasionally the show finds out. Sometimes I get in trouble and sometimes I don't...my latest time lapse is a 7 week long shoot of the set change from the the set change from the Jon Stewart Daily Show to the Trevor Noah Daily Show. [more inside]

His daughter is a Jedi. She's missing. He's dead. And the Star Wars Universe is real. The Padawan Project.
Officially, this is all fiction, but Thomas would insist otherwise. Read his story. Examine these drawings by his daughter Mercy (who he claims has been missing for months.) Can anyone help figure out where she is?

September 27

Backgroundifier is a Mac OSX droplet-style app that converts image files of any size into pretty desktop backgrounds. Any image will work, but fine art and illustration looks the best. (You can see examples of the output on the app homepage.) There's a command line mode in addition to the GUI: if you go into the Backgroundifier.app bundle, you can either call into the Backgroundifier executable directly from Terminal (with the caveat that you can only save to and read from your ~/Pictures directory — sandboxing, sorry!), or alternatively extract the un-sandboxed command line utility from the Resources directory. On my laptop, I've even set up an Automator script that watches my primary pictures directory, automatically converts any new additions via shell script, and outputs the results to the directory I use for my desktop backgrounds. The app costs a buck, but most of it is open source. (I decided to exclude the UI nib file from the repo, at least for the time being.) It's written in Swift 2. You can find the repo here. Unfortunately, it's just a little bit out of date, but all the image conversion stuff should work fine. [more inside]

September 24

Twitter bots 4 momz!  
A trio of parenting-related Twitter bots: @FakeMomAdvice, @FakePregAdvice, and @TrendyNames. [more inside]

September 23

Death is the Mother of Beauty  
An instrumental doom metal album. [more inside]

It's not about Advertising. It's about Consent  
In all the furor over iOS 9 content blocking, many of the loudest voices are questioning the ethics of ad blocking. This five-minute read on medium shifts the perspective to the ethics of data collection and who gets to control what data is shared by our devices.

I self-published my first comic, The Offbeat Path!
I've been drawing and posting comics for a while, and I finally had enough decent material to make a book out of it. It's 26 pages worth of autobiography, dreams, and musings on the culture I live in. You can download the book (a pdf) for a buck fifty from my Gumroad page, or you can go to my Tumblr and poke around in my archive to see most of the stories included.

September 22

Eudaimoneers is an invitation-only boutique ad network for indie gaming publishers and gaming fans
Display advertising on the web is kind of broken. It's become an escalating war of all against all, and gamers are the adblockingest demographic there is. Eudaimoneers wants to call a truce, bring back a little trust and integrity, and make things better for indie gaming site owners, for the gamers who visit their sites, for advertisers who want to reach them, and do some good in the process: we will donate 10% of our revenues to charities selected by network members every month. [more inside]

September 18

How do I get my Facebook back? Is the Internet good or bad? How do ads know my location?
A handful of new puppety Media Show episodes for your entertainment, and possible use in helping friends, family, and students understand media and technology better: [more inside]

Hosted digital signage for the post-legalization era
For the last several months I've been working on a hosted digital signage service that uses Google Chromecast to display fully customizable digital signs on screens that business owners already have but may not be using. Everything is drag and drop, with no programming or design required. It's designed to make life easier for businesses by integrating third-party data from sites they already use. Since I live in Oregon, right now that integration is Leafly. [more inside]

September 16

Do Not Be Afraid To Be Afraid: Meg Rosoff - The 2015 Pearce Memorial Lecture
Every year on the first Thursday of September an eminence of the world of children's books gives a talk at Homerton College in Cambridge in memory of the author Philippa Pearce. And every year I video it and upload it to the internet. This year, the talk, entitled Do Not Be Afraid To Be Afraid, was given by the author Meg Rosoff. [more inside]

September 12

Rook Trader, an interesting and occasionally alarming internet game
A game where you play as a bird, or possibly as a chess piece, or somehow both. You want shiny and warm things for your nest. Fly to other nests and negotiate trades for your existing shiny and warm things. Accrue wealth. Crash the economy for fun and profit. [more inside]

September 9

10 cent stories, typewritten while you wait  
For two years I've been busking with a typewriter and a sign that says "10 cent stories typewritten while you wait". Just today I got an essay about it published in the toast and I've begun putting all of my stories and pictures of people I wrote them for on twitter @10centstories or #10centstories

Trekabout: A Star Trek Podcast
A persuasive Trekkie somehow convinces a franchise virgin to go on a seven-year-mission to watch every episode of every Star Trek series. Can someone fall in love with The Original Series 50 years later? Is Dr. Pulaski a better character than Dr. Crusher? What's the deal with Wesley and Geordi, anyway? And best of all, there are 158 episodes already released, so you've got plenty of thought-provoking commentary for your Original Series or Next Generation watch (or rewatch!) [more inside]

September 7

Marvel MiniFigs  
Sure, Lego has some Marvel minifigs mainly those from the movies. But what if you wanted minifigs of every character ever represented in Marvel comics.

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