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First Drafts of History
This Tumblr consists of the earliest extant versions of various Wikipedia articles. It's easy to overlook what an ambitious project Wikipedia is in its design, and the way in which its articles have been built bit by bit into extraordinarily useful resources from often very modest and unpromising beginnings. It's interesting as well to see how the editorial voice and organizational structure common on current articles have evolved over time. If you have suggestions for interesting articles to examine, let me know.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 8:30 PM on October 16, 2014 - 2 comments


Creative Commons Thing of the Day
One fun thing from the commons every day. Two rules: it has to be either openly licensed or public domain, and it has to have made us smile when we saw it.
posted by roll truck roll at 9:53 AM on October 3, 2014 - 2 comments


Is There a Dog in This Book?
I made a video of Viv Schwarz performing the long-awaited third volume in her Cats trilogy (after There Are Cats In This Book and There Are No Cats In This Book)
posted by Grangousier at 11:58 AM on September 28, 2014 - 2 comments


Pay the Piper -- Where Todos Fight Distractions!
Pay the Piper is a Google Chrome extension that keeps you productive by making you "pay" to visit distracting sites. The cost? One completed task from your task list.
posted by rouftop at 5:01 PM on September 29, 2014 - 2 comments


Underviewed: Searching YouTube Using Default Video File Names
Most every camera or mobile device uses some kind of default naming convention (iPhone: IMG_1234.MOV, GoPro: GOPR1234.MP4). This site searches YouTube for those default file names, and serves up videos that have a low number of views. Because these videos still retain their default file names as titles, it's unlikely that they've shown up in any searches. And it's very likely these videos haven't been seen by all that many people.
posted by avoision at 6:31 AM on September 23, 2014 - 9 comments


THE GUEST
I produced a new movie called THE GUEST. It comes out this week in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, and San Antonio. The film is currently at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and played at Sundance, SXSW, and the Toronto International Film Festival. It's by the same writing/directing/producing team as YOU'RE NEXT. You can see the trailer and theater listings on our official site.
posted by kcalder at 5:28 PM on September 15, 2014 - 8 comments


Vintage Visualizations
Once upon a time I liberated a bunch of fun post-Civil-War maps, charts and graphs for all to see. But now you can buy them! For your walls! Posters of ye olden days graphics on everything from consumption to population to religion to Germans and more.
posted by soma lkzx at 8:18 AM on September 17, 2014 - 2 comments


Name That Student: An app to help teachers learn students' names
Name That Student is a free Android app to help teachers (post-secondary or K12) learn the names of their students. The app uses pictures of each student to create study flashcards and then to create quizzes: flashcard, multiple choice (one picture: 3-5 names), and reverse multiple choice (one name: four pictures).
posted by A.Marin at 6:44 AM on August 28, 2014


Speaker of the House
I think there comes a time in everyone's life when they feel compelled to draw picture after picture of Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner. I started this blog to catalog my experiments in the medium.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 5:09 AM on August 27, 2014 - 1 comment


DCTN: shows tonight in washington, dc
It's a website with one purpose: it tells you what shows are happening tonight in Washington, DC. In a big, simple list that works really well on phones. It's also an open source project I just wrote about.
posted by tmcw at 1:59 PM on August 11, 2014 - 6 comments


The Fridge app: save food, save money (with app video)
I've finally released an iPhone app I've been working on for four years: The Fridge. It's made to help you remember about your perishable foods so they don't go to waste. It has some unique UI elements that (I hope) are interesting. And of course, it comes with a demo video, but not a usual one (absolutely no soft ukulele music).
posted by smasuch at 10:33 PM on August 8, 2014 - 1 comment


Let's build a browser engine!
I work for Mozilla as a web browser developer. I've found that it's hard to learn the inner workings of a browser, so I started building a “toy” HTML/CSS rendering engine designed to be easy to understand and modify. This is the first in a series of articles that will explain the code I wrote, and also walk you through the process of writing your own toy rendering engine from scratch.
posted by mbrubeck at 9:49 AM on August 8, 2014 - 2 comments


f/5.6: a photoblog
I've been focusing on photography (mostly street photography) for the last few years, and I put together this photoblog to showcase past and current work. For best results, view in correct order. If you only have time to look at one image, I suggest this triptych.
posted by TheMadStork at 7:01 AM on July 11, 2014 - 1 comment


Phosphates, Fizzes and Frappes
A Tumblr blog about the golden age of soda fountains (roughly 1890-1920). The blog includes vintage recipes, soda fountain history, and more.
posted by litlnemo at 5:45 PM on July 26, 2014 - 11 comments


HODOR
HODOR
posted by bertrandom at 9:22 PM on July 13, 2014 - 7 comments


Globe Trot (50 filmmakers, 23 countries, 1 dance)
This is an international crowd-sourced dance-film project put together over the web. I got 50 filmmakers on all seven continents (including Antarctica) to each shoot two seconds of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller. There was a manual on my website that trained the filmmakers in how to learn their 4-count phrase assignment and how to frame the performer they would find on the street. Each person then sent their footage back to me for editing. I explain it more in this HuffPo blog.
posted by Mitchla at 3:32 PM on June 29, 2014 - 5 comments


2014 US Open Class Nationals
I'm blogging the 2014 US Open Class National Soaring Contest in Northern California, where beautiful sailplanes race hundreds of miles. Photos and videos show the view from the rear seat of a 2-place glider participating in the contest. The blog assumes no familiarity with competitive soaring or gliding in general.
posted by tss at 8:38 AM on June 25, 2014 - 2 comments


Documentary: Round Window stained glass, stop motion
I make stained glass windows for a living. For a long time I've wanted to make a stop motion movie of a window going together. So I finally did it.
posted by yesster at 2:15 PM on June 19, 2014 - 5 comments


Ignoranti
Website and podcast where the hosts confess their ignorance in a range of topics and ask intelligent people to explain things to them.
posted by MrMustard at 7:10 AM on June 13, 2014 - 2 comments


Nervous Times, Photography by Lawren Hyder
Just what the internet needs, more still images. I spend the majority of my time as a photographer working in Victoria, BC, Canada, particularly within the 2 km² confines of the James Bay neighbourhood. Through the lenses of crap cameras, Leicas, Nikons, and everything in between, I've amassed a veritable mountain of mostly incidental photographs—snapshots, failed attempts at fine art, and, above all, an inordinate amount of stuff that makes me think “What exactly was I thinking when I tripped the shutter?”
posted by Lorin at 9:19 AM on May 30, 2014


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