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syzer - find large files in directories
Have you ever wanted to quickly find the largest files within a complex directory, but have trouble remembering the syntax for the find command? This might come in handy.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 7:32 AM on May 20, 2016 - 2 comments

Handle Your Business: a short book about managing your tiny business
A few years ago a friend of mine who owns a small consulting business was freaking out about their tax bill. Another posted about *their* huge tax bill and how they were going to have to go on a payment plan. Then a third was trying to figure out their retirement options. My book Handle Your Business is for them, and if you run (or want to run) a small business, it's for you too.
posted by zrail at 10:36 AM on May 4, 2016

Daily condensed MLB game videos, delivered to your inbox
This was my weekend project - it delivers a link to MLB's condensed game videos (12-15 min long) direct to your inbox every day at 7AM EST. I find it useful to keep up-to-date with what's going on with my team in a different time zone.
posted by The Ted at 7:03 AM on April 27, 2016 - 2 comments

A twitter bot that uses machine learning to define invented words, posting truncated definitions on Twitter and complete ones on Tumblr. Tweet @lexiconjure a made-up word, and it'll define it for you.
posted by TheMadStork at 9:08 PM on February 20, 2016 - 4 comments

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

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

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

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