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Are you alarmed about these new snake people? No?! You should be! So, here's a bot that gathers news about their doings for you.
posted by ignignokt at 3:42 PM on May 19, 2015 - 5 comments

Super Micro Paint
I made a web toy that simulates a doodling and animation toy from an alternate timeline 1990s. Create 2 color, 32x16 pixel, four frame animations. Then transform your creations into gifs resembling a cheap LCD, an LED matrix, a vacuum fluorescent display, and more. (Source on github)
posted by umrain at 6:58 AM on May 20, 2015 - 7 comments

“…my joys and thee? the sparrow builds / herself a frightful ghost.”
Isaac Watts, known as the “Father of English Hymnody,” wrote words to dozens of well-loved hymns and carols, including Joy To The World and O God, Our Help In Ages Past. @watts_ebooks generates random hymn stanzas based on his complete works, with (mostly) correct rhyme and scansion and HIGHLY DUBIOUS theology! (Github repo; blog post on how it all works.)
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:13 PM on May 18, 2015 - 3 comments

Parametric Greek Temples in Minecraft
This set of scripts allows a Minecraft user on a server running Scriptcraft to easily create a variety of Ancient Greek-style buildings. Sample video.
posted by gwint at 12:41 PM on May 18, 2015 - 2 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 - 5 comments

Twitter-based Pluto "Facts"
In commemoration of the impending flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons mission, I have created a twitter account, inspired by other such "fact" oriented accounts as @CatTipps, @FactsAboutEggs. Will publish a fact or two about Pluto every day up through the NASA flyby, or as long as the inspiration lasts.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:56 AM on May 2, 2015

Nobody puts R2 in the corner
A little mashup for May the 4th. Uncanny how well the audio (ALL from Dirty Dancing) syncs up with the final scene from episode IV!
posted by ericbop at 4:46 PM on May 4, 2015 - 1 comment

My Kids' Art
I made a tumblr to upload scans of my kids' art and homework. Check out JFK and Hitchcock before you decide that sounds utterly boring.
posted by bq at 12:02 PM on April 29, 2015 - 2 comments

Imagining a Safer Space: Building Community & Ending Harassment in Punk
I recently got harassed in a pretty terrifying way at a punk venue in Austin, Texas. I used my experience as inspiration for a piece that examines why and how harassers are allowed to continue operating within the punk community, as well as how to establish community norms that holds them accountable for their actions.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:47 AM on April 28, 2015 - 3 comments generates paragraphs from a photograph
With Clarifai, an image concept extraction API utilizing convolutional neural networks, and ConceptNet, a lexical relationship database, I built a template system to generate paragraphs of text from photographs. is responsive — it works on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. The code behind it is open source and available on GitHub, because lexography is for everyone.
posted by TheMadStork at 7:20 AM on April 13, 2015 - 4 comments

Every Non-Word
A bot that tweets random combinations of English syllables.
posted by rottytooth at 8:42 AM on March 25, 2015 - 10 comments

A Travel Guide
A Travel Guide generates random travel guides for all points on the globe using sentences wrenched from Wikivoyage. Its goal to give its visitors an alternate reading of place, through the serendipitous juxtaposition of their current location with evocative procedural text.
posted by aparrish at 10:18 AM on March 24, 2015 - 2 comments

For those tired of choosing between fighting 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, WYRF generates other options. "Would you rather fight 1 thunderstorm-sized clown or 1000 clown-sized thunderstorms?"
posted by oulipian at 5:57 PM on March 24, 2015 - 11 comments

You Don't Have To Ride - Gospel Records from My Collection
I've been collecting gospel records for a little while now and figured it was time that I share. Every day I post at least one track from my collection. Most of these tracks are from the late sixties through the early eighties and clearly influenced by secular black American music, but with a twist. For various reasons the vast majority of gospel music has never been reissued and isn't available digitally, so this is the first time these songs are available without tracking down the original releases in most cases.
posted by vathek at 3:20 PM on March 20, 2015 - 9 comments

Lil Friendys - a chthonic office-sitcom puppetshow
Lil Friendys is a puppetshow/office-sitcom about Alma, who is new to the underworld. Each episode is roughly two minutes, and new episodes post each Thursday.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:19 AM on March 5, 2015 - 33 comments

A Twitter bot that draws your code
@dupdupdraw is a Twitter bot that tries to make up programs to draw things on its own and also draws what you tweet at it. Look at the favorites for a quick Best Of, or read a quick intro or the more thorough README. All programs are valid, and the worst that can happen is you get a random solid color.
posted by 23 at 5:56 AM on February 24, 2015 - 1 comment

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

Console Obscura - a retro gaming culture and history podcast
Console Obscura is a podcast dedicated to video games and the people who play them. Ephemera, nostalgia, absurdity, history, culture, arcana and trivia are all fair game. If you remember what a new power pad smelled like, or Ganon's laugh sounds like, OR If none of that rings a bell but you enjoy a group of funny children of the 80s talking trash, this podcast is for you. Game on!
posted by stenseng at 9:47 PM on March 1, 2015 - 1 comment

@Play, my old four-year column on roguelike games, play, history, theory and development, has returned.
posted by JHarris at 3:11 AM on February 27, 2015 - 8 comments

LiSE, the Life Simulator Engine
A rules based engine for life simulation games. Draw some graphs for your world model, build rules out of "cards" representing functions, let it run for a while, then rewind time, change things, and do it again differently.
posted by LogicalDash at 8:15 PM on March 2, 2015 - 9 comments

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