December 22

Little Plastic Xmas Trees
The traditional concepts of LOBROW, MIDDLEBROW, and HIBROW explained by the medium of fake Christmas Trees.


December 20

Umap and Bismap: quantifying genome and methylome mappability
Many biological experiments use DNA sequencing as a readout. We can often map the sequenced DNA back to a specific region of the genome. Sometimes, however, we can't. Genomic data is less reliable in those regions. My lab has developed software that makes it easy to identify these regions. We also developed a new method that lets us find those regions in the context of bisulfite sequencing, a technique used to determine where DNA is chemically modified. [more inside]


December 19

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3
One of the problems in publishing poetry is that the books are so short. Of course nobody wants to pay $10-12 for a 40-page read, but it's difficult to produce a professional book (with editors, proofreaders, cover artists, book design, printing costs, promotional costs, etc.) for much less than that. We realized that we could steal from the tradition of 18th and 19th century British and American literary annuals and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s, and put together three books from different poets in one volume. Somewhere between an anthology and a single-author collection, the Floodgate Poetry Series was born. Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3 contains:
  • Northern Corn by brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee, which invites us on a trip across an America of dust, trains, poverty, dignity, and dreams;
  • Begotten, by Cave Canem fellows F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis, which unflinchingly explores fatherhood in the era of Black Lives Matter;
  • and Driving through the Animal by Enid Shomer, which witnesses the tiniest details of ecological destruction and still provides some hope for the future, and which is Shomer's first poetry book since Stars At Noon (U Arkansas, 2001).
[more inside]


December 17

A Cabinet of Curiosities
For over three decades now, I've been assembling my own low-rent version of the Renaissance gentleman's Cabinet of Curiosities. Now I've posted a PlanetSlade photo-essay allowing you to explore its many wonders online. Key exhibits include: about 50 Day of the Dead figurines; a pickled shark foetus; a smoking baby; a biscuit baked to commemorate Kent's 16th century conjoined twins; a syphilis lunchbox; two pacifiers designed to mock your infant child and a duck dressed as Elvis Presley. Enjoy!


December 16

The Site I Scrape.com: Every Pearl Jam setlist
Pearljam.com makes it hard to see a listing of all setlists, so I scraped the site and made a simple site to display them. [more inside]


Now I Have a Think Piece Ho Ho Ho
Yes, Die Hard is the perfect winter holiday movie. No, not that holiday...


On the Responsibilities of White American Women
Ever since the election, I have been obsessed with the possible reasons that many white American women voted for Trump, and the reasons that many white American feminists continue to not support measures that would be beneficial for queer women and women of color. This essay is the result of that obsession.


December 12

Travels With Brindle
As many of you know, I play the ukulele. I got a public performance license for the MBTA this year and set a goal to play at all 63 of the T stations with performers' areas between now and 28 May 2017. [more inside]


December 11

The Beauty of Poison
A rather strange romance, in mobile-optimized webcomic form.


trumpispoopy.com
after making a real life holiday sign about donald trump being poopy, it was decided that a website about trump being poopy was needed. [more inside]


December 9

Rykobiography: The Serialized Story of a Man and His Cat
On Monday, November 28, 2016, at 9:45 PM, I lost my best friend and lifelong companion, Ryko, to complications from alimentary feline lymphoma. She was 18 and a half years old. In order to keep myself somewhat sane as I learn to process the loss of my girl, I’m writing her biography in serial form, from her manic kittenhood in Boston, MA, to her final peaceful days on the Westside of L.A.


December 8

xn--qeiaa.ws: Emoji Domain Registration
Domains can be more than just letters and numbers. Most people have no idea they can just type a bunch of hearts in their address bar and go to a domain... and yet, it works!


December 7

I am the Internet: AMA
It's me - the Internet. You know, the place with all the cat videos and pornography? Well, now you can ask me questions and I'll try to answer them! As best as I can, anyhow. Sorry in advance for all the typos. [more inside]


December 6

Hocus Growcus
Hocus Growcus is a puzzle bullet hell game about a witch trying to switch majors in college. When you are forced to take the entrance exam to your new major, you have no time to study, so you go in blind -- all you have is your wits, a minor magical plant-growing talent, and the ability to change the flow of time. In order to succeed, you must face down twenty waves of enemies, but without a direct means of attack, each encounter becomes its own puzzle. Can you pass the test? [more inside]


Dingwings: Reverse Wingdings
Dingwings is a font you can only type with an emoji keyboard. [more inside]


December 5

Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches
I wrote a book for non- and less-technical users about how to use desktop Linux. It walks new users through everything they'll need to do to get Linux up and running at home. The publisher site has two free chapters. I'm proud of this book because of its focus on making Linux accessible to an audience beyond sysadmins. My hope is it will be popular with knowledge workers, like academics and journalists, looking to take control of their electronic work environments.


December 4

1958 Rambler Super Station Wagon Rebuild
My brother has been rebuilding a 1958 AMC Rambler Super Station Wagon (4 door) for me. The original vehicle was in rough enough condition that he "transplanted" the body onto the chassis of an 1986 Oldsmobile, and then he just went from there. [more inside]


December 2

Mike’s Holiday Song Advent Calendar
So I decided to make a list of Advent Calendar of Holiday Songs on Tumblr but then I found a silly web app where I could create my own and now I'm sharing it to give a little joy to 2016 maybe. [more inside]


December 1

Cultural Amnesia - Laments
Autumnal, melancholic E.P. from Cultural Amnesia, at Bleak, Bandcamp and all four tracks on YouTube - I, II, III and IV


2016 Commemorative Christmas Ornament
I designed a 3D-printable 2016 Commemorative Christmas ornament that I feel will match the feelings of much of MeFi. Share and enjoy. [more inside]


November 30

Woof Hampers
WOOF! Gift hampers filled with tough toys and yummy treats for big dogs, small dogs, and puppies too, just in time for the holiday season. They make great gifts for your pooches, or deliver dog joy to a canine friend. [more inside]


MusicMessages!
MusicMessages! is a collaborative step sequencer for the iMessage App Store (iPhone, iPad). Using the simple and (hopefully) intuitive interface, you can punch in a few chords or a percussion line and send the message off to your friends, who can then make their own changes and send it back. Five instrument layers and over 40 MIDI instruments are available to use. Bonus: if you have an iPhone 7, the note buttons respond to pressure and "pop" like bubble wrap with the help of the Taptic engine!


Fade.Email: Temporary disappearing email addresses
Free, temporary (1 hour) email addresses. That's it. Ok, technically there are paid options to extend the life of a mailbox, download the emails, or password protect them. But it's really just temporary email addresses that anyone can use.


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.


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