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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


Now That's What I Call Drone: Vol. 1
With this compilation, the challenge was for musicians to create drone versions of Top 40 pop songs. The word 'drone' was to be interpreted by each artist as they saw fit. The results are varied, interesting, and pretty damn good. Pop drone psychic energy. (Yes, "Call Me Maybe" is in here.)
posted by naju at 7:48 AM on July 24, 2012 - 9 comments


Kicksaver: Find and save Kickstarter projects ending soon.
Kicksaver finds Kickstarter projects that will end soon without meeting their funding goals. If you have a few dollars to spare, you can help tip a struggling project over its goal and prevent it from losing the pledges made so far. It also tweets endangered projects a few times a day. This is a weekend project I made as part of my continuing effort to teach myself programming. It's completely noncommercial, open source, and not affiliated with Kickstarter in any way (although I do think they're pretty great).
posted by ecmendenhall at 6:05 AM on May 21, 2012 - 6 comments


Built Dublin
Built Dublin is a love letter to architecture and public space in Dublin, Ireland. It's a blog highlighting beautiful, interesting, important and strange things in Dublin's built environment, from big buildings to small details.
posted by carbide at 3:47 PM on March 13, 2012 - 5 comments


Is this a retina display?
There is a lot of debate about whether the iPhone 4 and iPad 3 displays are truly ‘retina’ displays. But there's really no need for debate, because the question can be answered experimentally. Using some simple vision science principles, this website allows you to easily test whether your new iPad (or other display) is ‘retina-class’.
posted by beniamino at 2:11 PM on March 19, 2012 - 7 comments


Tower of Babelfish - A Language Learning Method
I had to speak 4/5 languages for my job, and in the process of learning them, I've landed on a pretty solid language learning method that brought me to fluency (C1) in French in 5 months, with about an hour/day time investment. This website shows you how to do the same!
posted by sdis at 8:50 AM on March 18, 2012 - 2 comments


Instrument-a-day
Every year I spend the month of February making a new musical instrument (or vaguely musical-instrument-like-thing) every day of the month. I'm up to Day 7 of Year 5. I document each instrument on the blog, and often try to share all the construction details, plans, and so forth. The instruments-a-day range in ambition from banging a trash can with a stick to a complete working violin, depending on the time, energy, and inspiration I have each day. Some of the things I've made have been fun for a few days; some are complete garbage; and some have actually been used in performances around the world, by me and by real musicians! Although the blog posts often have more details, the flickr collection is a nice way to get an overview of the project.
posted by moonmilk at 7:41 AM on February 8, 2012 - 6 comments


Fifty-two songs, Fifty-two stories
Every week in 2012 I'm going to pick a song, at random or by request, post the video for that song, and write a short story inspired by it.
posted by reynir at 5:24 AM on February 5, 2012 - 4 comments


Before The Movie Begins
"On leaving the theater, you will be assaulted by baseball-bat-wielding ushers, who will pummel your skull until you forget what you have seen. Any remaining memories are yours to keep and enjoy." I wrote the Shouts & Murmurs in this week's New Yorker. It's a parody of those infernal anti-piracy announcements.
posted by yankeefog at 7:33 AM on February 2, 2012 - 10 comments


Commons Image Browser
A website that lets you browse CC and public domain images.
posted by jsturgill at 3:19 PM on January 13, 2012 - 22 comments


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