This is a little light for a projects post, but I'm working on organizing some online book clubs. I was thinking people here might be interested in joining one!
I built a website that aims to make calorie counting easier and more accurate using the wisdom of crowds. Upload your lunch, guess on some plates and try it out!
If you manage an online community and would like to learn from other community managers, this is the place. Built by community managers, for community managers, and completely free. Come here to ask questions, share challenges, and network with fellow CMs. [more inside]
I recently got harassed in a pretty terrifying way at a punk venue in Austin, Texas. I used my experience as inspiration for a piece that examines why and how harassers are allowed to continue operating within the punk community, as well as how to establish community norms that holds them accountable for their actions. [more inside]
As part of Open Data Day DC, I began the Books for DC (aka 'booksfordc') project with the goal of increasing user engagement with the DC Public Library's many wonderful resources. Last month, I wrote a web scraper that publishes a Twitter feed of new additions to the DCPL book catalog. And I just released a Chrome browser extension that lets you know what books and ebooks are available at the DCPL when browsing Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble. [more inside]
An independently-run MetaFilter-related project that tweets to all followers anything I've flagged as "fantastic". [more inside]
I was perturbed by the rising xenophobia (or at least, anti-immigrant sentiment) in my city-state of Singapore. I decide to start a series of events celebrating the food and art of our many communities. The idea is to put people who wouldn't typically find themselves in the same room, much less at the same dinner table, in the same place and feed them great food. In the first instalment, we had Bangladeshis and South Indians, mostly construction workers, come to have biryani with Singaporeans and white collar residents/expats. In the second, we had walking tours of Little Myanmar, showcased all of the culinary highlights of the country, and also showed a great little film from indie Myanmar filmmakers. Of course it's debatable really how much of an impact this can really have on policy, but my hope is that we can at least start conversations and friendships.
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]
At times in my life, I struggled to connect with the people around me and found myself alone. Sometimes I felt at peace, sometimes it was really difficult. Lonenote is a mobile app where people can express these moments — whether peaceful, silly, or sad — through handwritten notes. My hope is that by sharing this experience we’ll feel a sense of connection when we’re alone, and find more acceptance of ourselves and each other.
A searchable list of Boston-area startup companies, sortable by if hiring, industry, neighborhood, and more. [more inside]
Sharing stories from South Asians about their first day in the U.S. in 3 minutes or 300 words. [more inside]
Lone Note is an online art project where people share their experiences being or feeling alone. Notes are created by submitting two photos, a handwritten note and an overlay, which are blended together. [more inside]
Esotouric turns the notion of guided bus tours on its ear with excursions like Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles and Pasadena Confidential. Now you don't have to get on the bus to get the skinny. Each week on the You Can't Eat The Sunshine podcast, join Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on their Southern California adventures, as they visit with fascinating characters for wide-ranging interviews that reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of the place. There’s never been a city quite like Los Angeles. Tune in if you’d like to find out why. [more inside]
Royalton Community Radio (RCR) is an independent, community-based, all volunteer, non-profit station — based in South Royalton, Vermont — which intends to educate and entertain our audience with diverse, thought provoking local programming that has been neglected or under-represented by other media. In particular, RCR's programming reflects the values of environmental/agricultural sustainability, freedom of expression, grassroots democracy and the uniqueness of our creative, cultural community. [more inside]
Hi! I've made a Facebook Page that is meant to become a community space where folks can present and discuss issues in environmentalism and conservation. It's brand new, and I'm trying to build a nucleus of informed, friendly, intelligent (not to mention attractive and charming) folks who find the subject interesting and might want to post and comment on the topic. [more inside]
After years of studying these shibboleths, and tracking my research progress here, I'm happy to share some data results from the 2010 survey. My first published article, Sociophonetic Variation in an Internet Place Name is available in Names: A Journal of Onomastics special issue on Names, Naming and the Internet (Maney Publishing). Enjoy! [more inside]
A communal free-form text world, overlaid on a street map of the user's physical location. It incorporates elements of online chat and graffiti to explore and create a bridge between the physical and virtual. Write on a map. It'll be fun. I swear. [more inside]
One of the best ways to get motivated is to share your goals and commit to them publicly. UK diet diaries is a community aiming to help people lead better lives by encouraging them to lose weight and get fitter by logging their diets online. If you are looking to improve your diet please come and join the community.
Soundtap Madness is a contest we launched two weeks ago in order to promote independent radio and raise awareness of the Soundtap project (which you may remember from previous posts). Soundtap was started by three roommates and college radio DJs who love non-commercial radio. Our goal is to make it easier to explore the great shows out there, and to bring together the various independent radio communities around the world. [more inside]
I'm the artist-in-residence for the city of Kitchener, Ontario this year (2011). My project is to photograph 1,000 or more people within the city to create a photographic documentary of the diversity of our community. [more inside]
I've set up a community wiki for Cleveland at wikispot.org. It's not much more than a frame at this point, but I'll be adding significant content over the course of the next 6 months. Any other folks who would like to collaborate or contribute are welcome to it. Currently, anyone logged into wikispot can contribute content. My contact info is in my profile.
This project is designed to digitally bring people closer to one another by capturing on film the moment when two strangers hold hands. Regardless of race, age, class, whatever. [more inside]
We've just launched the public beta version of a new rewarding service called YouTipIt. With YouTipIt you can reward others monetarily for their online work. We are completly independent, the only corporate link is PayPal, which handles the payment services for us. I'm posting this here for two reasons: A) I'd appreaciate any feedback whatsoever. We've been working on this for months, and I'm sure many of you out there can give us a fresh perspective on things. B) We are looking content creators of any kind, willing to try it out and add a Junket to their site. If you are content creator (we call them buskers) and you are not able to work our site, please drop us a line, and help us find out where we might be failing.
A friend and I built a simple map-based web site to help independent programmers and designers (what we call "hackers") find each other and organize meetups. We know from our own experience that this independent work can be lonely sometimes, so our hope is to help these people find nearby friends to work alongside or even collaborate with. Meetups can be organized for hanging out or just for work sessions at cafes. We are focused in particular on bringing people together from the Hacker News community (news.ycombinator.com) but I thought I'd post this here because I know there are a lot of independent, super savvy Internet folks in this community as well. Please sign up (takes 15 seconds) and add yourself to the map! (This is a barebones initial release but any and all feedback welcome.)
I am running for City Council in Alameda, California. There are two open seats, and I think I have a good shot at winning! Due to corruption, cronyism and other mismanagement plaguing our city, I have decided to step up and offer my services to the community. Your support is gratefully appreciated!