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Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron
Waffleizer — the blog that tackled the question "Will it waffle?" — has led to a book with more than 50 unexpected recipes for your waffle iron. I'm happy to say that book ("Will It Waffle?") is out this week.
posted by veggieboy at 8:00 AM on August 23, 2014


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


Living with our backs to the future
It's my first piece for the NYTimes! A Riff essay on how the past's view of the future impacts how we live in the present. Plus DeLoreans.
posted by ericbop at 8:24 AM on July 14, 2014 - 1 comment


Chip64: Chip synth for Reason
Hey there! I make Rack Extensions for Reason, a music-making program from Propellerhead Software. (Rack Extensions are plug-ins for Reason, sort of like VSTs that you'd use for other DAWs.) I've made 10 so far. My latest is Chip64, an emulation of audio chips from vintage computers and video game consoles. There are some audio examples too.
posted by ochenk at 9:31 AM on July 10, 2014


Augur: iPhone App That Uses Twitter to Predict the Future
Augur is an iPhone app that displays random Twitter posts, and attempts to provide both advice and prophesy. Pulling from a growing list of keywords, the app ignores any Twitter posts containing links, images, #hashtags, or @mentions. It also parses out any first person mention (I, Me, Myself) and tries to present Twitter posts containing second personal conditionals (You will, You shall, etc).
posted by avoision at 8:34 PM on June 25, 2014 - 6 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


Airline Icarus — experimental mobile site
I got a commission from Toronto's Soundstreams to make an experimental mobile site inspired by their new opera Airline Icarus. The result uses various fancy javascript video implementations to play around with interactive sound and video on mobile. Best viewed on mobile; it's a heavy site so your mileage / performance may vary.
posted by sixswitch at 10:10 PM on May 28, 2014


How Not To Be Wrong
After three years of work, my book HOW NOT TO BE WRONG: THE POWER OF MATHEMATICAL THINKING comes out today from Penguin Press! It's about math. Also: baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, packing 24-dimensional spheres, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, the invention of calculus, and the existence of God. The book is available at Amazon, Indiebound, Waterstones, and (I hope!) your local bookstore. MetaFilter has been a fantastically useful resource for me in putting this together; partly because I can use Ask for my questions about statistical significance in different languages and stockpicking scams, but more importantly because I've learned so much about how to write about math for non-mathematicians from writing about math on MetaFilter!
posted by escabeche at 10:33 AM on May 29, 2014 - 11 comments


MetaFilter Radio iOS app
Put Metafilter Music in your pocket! With MetaFilter Radio for iOS, you can listen to songs posted to Metafilter Music, hear episodes of the Metafilter Podcast, and retrieve and play your playlists, all from your iPhone or iPod touch. Requires iOS 7 or higher.
posted by scottandrew at 5:37 PM on May 15, 2014


SAMi, the Sleep Activity Monitor
I created SAMi out of a very personal need to monitor my son at night after he was diagnosed with epilepsy. Using a networked IR security camera, I built the first version in 2009. The code was written in python and ran on a dedicated old Dell laptop. Over the years I've refined the design, tweaking the detection algorithm until I had a system that worked reliably for us. With the help of funding from the Epilepsy Foundation (I won their first "Shark Tank" competition) and the support of friends and family I've turned my bespoke python based solution into an iPhone app. www.samialert.com is my new website where we've recently launched SAMi to the public, we are starting to ship cameras worldwide. The response so far has been gratifying.
posted by cosmac at 4:32 PM on April 2, 2014


alsd - An Ableton Live set dumping utility
In the course of the recent end-of-year ritual of going through my past year's unfinished Ableton Live projects, I found myself writing a Python script to partially automate the task, by examining the Live sets and dumping information about them (namely, the tracks and the instrument/effect devices in them) as text.
posted by acb at 6:15 PM on February 10, 2014 - 1 comment


Openings: first lines from books, articles, poems, songs, movies
A collection of great first lines. Just launched this week. If you want to recommend a first line, please comment! Excited to share my first project with you, I've been an AskMeFi lurker for years.
posted by c95008 at 8:47 AM on January 9, 2014 - 11 comments


Market Music (The stock market as a reggae song)
I have completed a new fun data art project: I translated the ups and downs of the S&P 500 for the year into a reggae-ish song, while an animation represents the data visually and in sync with the music. It's been a record year for the S&P 500 -- and now you can hear it!
posted by edlundart at 9:38 AM on December 23, 2013 - 2 comments


The Good Notes Are Circled
This is a blog where I hastily transcribe a bit of music and then circle some of the notes that I like.
posted by danb at 11:27 PM on December 10, 2013 - 3 comments


Trying to understand the Spotify algorithm
A completely pointless attempt to expose the frighteningly inaccurate Spotify algorithm which bugs me every time I walk into my office.
posted by RegMcF at 4:04 PM on July 18, 2013


The (Newer) Interactive Singles Map
Once upon a time I built an interactive map of single folks in the US to challenge a horrible terrible pop statistician. Now that my cask of young men's tears have run dry, I figured it was time to update it.
posted by soma lkzx at 3:28 PM on June 28, 2013 - 6 comments


Project Unison: A musical interval ear training game for iOS
I was working on being able to identify musical intervals by ear, but the apps I had tried weren't very fun. So instead of cursing the darkness, I got a few musical folks together and we made Project Unison, an app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that turns interval ear training into a fun arcade game.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 12:06 PM on May 1, 2013 - 3 comments


Secret Metafilter
Secret Metafilter highlights discussions that are still active on older Metafilter posts. The idea comes from Metafilter user painquale, who wished there was a way to easily find older, active threads, and called the body of such threads "Secret Metafilter."
posted by jjwiseman at 10:39 PM on May 2, 2013 - 5 comments


Bird Presidents
I am drawing all of the US presidents as birds, or maybe vice versa? Bird Presidents, in any case. I'm doing about one a day and drawing them in order.
posted by cortex at 12:12 PM on February 5, 2013 - 10 comments


Start to Finish, A Metafilter Music Podcast
I've been listening to the songs on Metafilter Music - all the songs! - from the very beginning. On weekday mornings, I'll add a song I like. It's a song of the day podcast. The most popular tags for the music I like so far: electronic, pop, dance, ambient, rock, electronica, synth, techno, instrumental, & indie.
posted by Pronoiac at 8:53 PM on February 12, 2011 - 3 comments


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