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I made a guitar
I built a solid body electric guitar from scratch and wrote a rather long, detailed account of the process. Only partly a how-to, I wrote about what was required, what I learned, mistakes I made, and what I'd do different next time.
posted by bondcliff at 6:46 AM on January 29, 2016 - 3 comments


Composer's Sketchpad
Composer's Sketchpad is an iPad sequencer-ish app for quickly jotting down musical ideas. In brief, the app presents you with a giant pannable and zoomable canvas that you can draw musical notes on. I wanted to create a modern take on sheet music, but without any of the legacy limitations; as a result, you can start each note at any time and bend it to any pitch, giving you the ability sketch out expressive solos and complex rhythms with no extra effort. (You can also turn on time or pitch snapping if you like.) Navigation, editing, and playback are carefully designed to be as frictionless as possible, and over 100 different instruments (as well as a percussion set) are available. Your music is saved automatically without any limit on the total number of sketches. Apple Pencil supported!
posted by archagon at 2:18 PM on January 11, 2016 - 5 comments


What Your Facebook Birthday Wish Says About You
Building on the groundbreaking research of Virginia Heffernan, I have finally, after months of tireless research, completed my exhaustive taxonomy of Facebook birthday wishes. Published in the "Daily Shouts" section of the academic Journal of Upper East Side Sociology (aka "The New Yorker").
posted by ericbop at 10:13 AM on January 7, 2016 - 2 comments


Goal Horns!
I made a twitter bot, @goalhorns, that tweets out a randomly selected NHL goal horn every few hours.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 7:43 AM on November 20, 2015 - 1 comment


Explaining Einstein's General Relativity on its 100th Anniversary, with the BBC
It's the 100th anniversary of Einstein's theory of General Relativity! The BBC recorded a conversation with me about Einstein's ideas, and they turned that recording into a short animated video. If you want to know more about general relativity, then (in my extremely biased opinion), this is a simple and fast explanation of the basic idea. (Also, I do not own the shirt that my animated avatar is wearing, but I wish I did.)
posted by freelanceastro at 1:17 PM on November 18, 2015 - 2 comments


Tufte CSS
Style your webpage like Edward Tufte's handouts!
posted by daveliepmann at 3:35 PM on August 3, 2015 - 2 comments


Knock knock jokes via autocomplete
This bot creates knock knock jokes by hitting up autocomplete on Google. This is perhaps the dumbest bot of all time. And yet! I am compelled to share amazing jokes like these.
posted by ignignokt at 6:57 PM on July 21, 2015 - 4 comments


Counterfeit Content
My short, sorry stint in SEO was the strangest job I've ever had. I was asked to create hundreds of imaginary webmasters and write little "About Me" biographies of their lives for fake blogs that only Google's webcrawlers were meant to read. They gave me the site name, I wrote the bio, and a coworker added manipulated photos. I did this for many months. I began to get bored... and then I began to get weird.
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 4:06 PM on June 30, 2015 - 4 comments


Uber, but for
Why spend time and effort coming up with "Uber, but for _____" jokes when you can put a robot to work to do it for you?
posted by moonmilk at 7:57 PM on May 25, 2015 - 11 comments


106.js
Play an 80s synth in your browser with 106.js, a MIDI-enabled emulation of the Roland Juno-106 synthesizer. Chrome/Desktop only. Github repo here.
posted by ludwig_van at 7:26 AM on May 18, 2015 - 9 comments


Expansive Thoughts, a Tweet Splitter/Separator
Split messages and comments into 140 character chunks.
posted by royalsong at 12:51 PM on May 17, 2015 - 3 comments


ImmigrationTrackr
Applying for visas is a pain in the ass - there's a lot of paperwork to deal with, and a ton of personal information to keep track of. So we've created a tracking app to help you manage all of that.
posted by divabat at 10:07 PM on April 8, 2015 - 4 comments


House minus dialogue
I cut all of the dialogue out of an episode (S1E11, "Detox") of House M.D. just to see what would be left. Answer: only about 14 minutes of running time, a reasonably coherent storyline thanks to some good blocking and visual direction, a lot of exasperated reaction shots, and a few long uncut segments where wordlessness was the point of the originally-aired sequence.
posted by cortex at 7:58 AM on March 27, 2015 - 6 comments


The palindrome game of the Bletchley Park code breakers
The WW2 code breakers depicted (somewhat falsely) in "The Imitation Game" were well-rounded: athletes (Alan Turing was an Olympic level marathoner), performers (they staged accomplished plays and musical revues), chess players, and creators of crossword puzzles. They also held a palindrome-writing competition which yielded at least two of the best ever written in English, and possibly many more. The story of that competition is told here for the first time, based on exclusive sources and years of research.
posted by msalt at 2:16 PM on February 25, 2015 - 4 comments


Irish for Americans
An ongoing project to identify Irish words used in American English, especially by members of the Irish-American community.
posted by maxsparber at 9:50 AM on February 11, 2015 - 10 comments


Desire Bot: A Twitter Bot That Re-Posts What the World Wants
This is a Twitter bot that re-posts tweets it finds beginning with the phrase "I just want..." It then pulls the nouns from the message, and uses those words to search Flickr for a matching image.
posted by avoision at 6:55 AM on February 6, 2015 - 15 comments


INTERESTING.JPG: deep-learning AI looking at news photographs
@INTERESTING_JPG is a twitter bot that takes news photographs and runs them through a computer-vision caption generating system.
posted by cmyr at 1:32 PM on January 26, 2015 - 5 comments


Shut Up and Beer Me
shutupandbeer.me is a site that finds you beer.
posted by azarbayejani at 3:33 PM on January 19, 2015 - 14 comments


Irish-American Gangster Movies
I'm working my way through every single film made about Irish-American mobsters, gangsters, bootleggers, run-runners, and general thugs, offering commentary on the films, and comparing them with the actually history of Irish-American gangsterism.
posted by maxsparber at 8:51 AM on January 11, 2015 - 2 comments


Twicery: Twitter keyword monitoring
A user on Quora asked "Are there any free or cheap tools that would enable me to monitor a keyword and be notified whenever somebody over a certain follower threshold (say, 100,000) used it in a tweet?" I thought it was a great idea, so I built it. Specify Twitter keywords, set a minimum follower count, and receive an email when a suitably popular account tweets about it. You can also exclude retweets and filter out chosen accounts.
posted by quarantine at 8:16 AM on December 24, 2014 - 5 comments


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