October 18

3D Printable Tabletop Shipping Containers
My first stab at 3D modeling in a couple of decades turned into an obsessive deep dive into ISO standards: a set of 3D printable intermodal shipping containers for tabletop RPG games. [more inside]


October 16

PacTrack: Deobfuscate & Visualize U.S. Political Funding
Political action committees (PACs) obscure which candidates they fund through layers of contributions to intermediary PACs. I built this tool to help untangle those relationship and show how money moves through webs of PACs to political candidates you might not expect. [more inside]


October 15

Driving Around Wisconsin Photographing Bar Signs
Last year I acquired a panoramic format camera and needed something to do with it. When I ultimately decided on using it on was to document the many locations, mostly in Wisconsin, that still have a certain style of vintage bar signs from the 60s and 70s visible in them. [more inside]


Impromptour: A Spur of the Moment Autumn Bike Tour
This an online journal of the self-supported bicycle tour that I'm currently (October, 2018) doing. It uses the new-ish CycleBlaze platform for bike touring journals.


October 10

Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron
My bot and I wrote a book! I used a fancier version of pentametron (previously on projects) to generate a book of sonnets made entirely of texts found on twitter. It's been published by Counterpath Press as part of the Using Electricity series edited by Nick Montfort. [more inside]


October 8

2018 US election ratings & results tracker
One stop shop document for what's on the ballot for Congressional and major state races this November. Includes race ratings for most offices, which I'm updating as appropriate. Hopefully a handy way of keeping track of what's happening this Election Day.


October 5

An Escape
An Escape is a short illustrated dystopian fiction story, told obliquely through a series of 15 interconnected (mostly) single-page vignettes.


October 3

"I Love Being A Woman, Except..." Shirts
This comment generated a couple of followups expressing interest in a shirt, so I quicky-made one in Teespring. All proceeds for sales will go directly to RAINN.


The Long Talk, round 2
A few years ago I did an email game with these rules: everyone gets an email once a day. If you respond to it within 24 hours, you get to play the next day. We keep going until there's just one person remaining. It was a lot of fun. Now I'm kicking it off again and I'm looking for people who want to play. I set up a little google form here for anyone who wants to play.


October 2

Male Tears: A collage comic book about thwarted privilege
A cursed relic of our revolting age, Male Tears remixes vintage comic book imagery into a verbo-visual slurry for your shame or amusement: forty pages of thwarted privilege, humiliating failure and unchecked emotions exploding into weeping and/or violence. [more inside]


peaceful, easy gmail
New Gmail sucks and I hate change. So I used someone else's userstyle and made a Gmail that is incredibly mellow (and yes, a little broken). You can use it if you want. No warranty expressed or implied. [more inside]


October 1

Two-sentence Horror Stories
Every workday I write a horror story that is exactly two sentences long, although those sentences do sometimes run on a little.


September 30

Altered States Podcast-with help from MeFi
With some help from a MeFi Ask query, I did a radio show focusing on altered states. Here's the Soundcloud file. (sorry it's not well edited as far as commercials, but you can move the slider up.)


September 27

Definitely not made up Murder She Wrote title cards  
There is no higher form of art than Murder She Wrote episode titles. Fortunately we have an endless supply.


Wordshore speaks some words
MeFites suggested phone answering or ringing messages, and other short texts. Some were recorded and are available through Soundcloud. In addition, a few classic MetaFilter phrases were recorded, as well as an attempt to recite several MeFite names in one go. On playback, my current accent is a slightly strange mixture of Asum and 1930s BBC English, with occasional deviations (for reasons) into Brummie, west coast Scotland and Midwest America. Make of that what you will. [more inside]


September 23

Graphic Novel TK: Your Podcast Guide to Comic Book Publishing
Co-hosts Gina Gagliano (Publishing Director of Random House Graphic) and Alison Wilgus (Cartoonist, writer, editor and MeFite) guide listeners through the inner workings of graphic novel publishing through a series of interviews where professionals in the industry -- editors, agents, cartoonists, designers, etc -- explain the details of their jobs. [more inside]


September 20

Woke Me Up Inside: Evanescence and Feminism
An in-progress reconsideration of Evanescence's major debut Fallen through a variety of feminist-theory lenses, because... why not. Or, from the intro post: "What I do want to do is take an album I liked, and still like, and reconsider it as the person I am now, in the world I’m forced by the dreadful circumstances of linear time to live in today." [more inside]


September 19

Artpal!
Artpal! is a podcast I created about, well, art. Season 1's 9 episodes act as a guerrilla audioguide to a group of objects on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (although I wrote them with the idea that you could also just listen anywhere and look at images online if you wanted). Show's available on iTunes and Google Play, as well as streaming at the site. [more inside]


September 18

Standup/story video about nightmare NYC apt. hunt
I'm a standup and storyteller in NYC, and you may have heard my stuff on 'The Moth' podcast or 'This American Life.' I just got some good video of a new story that I'm really proud of and I'm showing it off here.

It's about a NIGHTMARE apartment hunt in NYC and a chance encounter with Ryan Gosling.


September 10

Geeky Librarian things (mostly)
Launching my store dedicated to geeky librarian things! Starting out with some desk signs in a variety of constructed languages (Klingon, Quenya, etc) that say "Librarian", perfect for that geeky information warrior in your life. [more inside]


The Valley of Never  
A personal essay on the frustrations and promise of Jean M. Auel's The Valley of Horses and Earth's Children series.


September 5

The Adventure Of The Empty Nursery
In The Adventure Of The Empty Nursery, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are called upon to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a child from a locked nursery room. But as the case progresses, things begin to take a turn for the strange and the weird. (10,000 words long, contains some violence, self-harm)


September 4

Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian
When the evil Dr. Glockenspiel threatens to destroy every book in the world, only one person can stop him: Lyric McKerrigan, secret librarian. Will she be able to defeat Dr. Glockenspiel's army of giant moths? You'll have to read my first published picture book to find out. (That link goes to Indiebound. If you don't have a local indie bookstore, you can also find it on Amazon.) The art is by the Eisner-winning Caldecott honoree Vera Brosgol (previously, previously) and she is FANTASTIC. [more inside]


Roguelike Celebration, October 6-7 2018 in San Francisco (third annual!)
A bunch of my friends and I like roguelike computer games, and we keep organizing an annual community conference for players and developers of games in this beloved genre (such as Nethack) and games they've influenced (such as Dwarf Fortress). If you're into this kind of thing (or curious about it) and nearby, please join us for some neat and thoughtful talks about roguelikes, retrocomputing, procedural generation, and game design!


September 3

A Life Half-Forgotten
My newest comic is something a little different for me. It’s certainly my most literary effort. It's called A Life Half-forgotten, and it’s what I like to call a graphic memoir, dealing with growing up in Central Ohio suburbia during the 60s and 70s, as well as the vagaries of memory. [more inside]


Good Spirits
Good Spirits is a drink tracker for iOS. Ever since learning about the correlation between drinking and various kinds of cancer, I've been meticulous about logging and tracking every drink I consume. Good Spirits makes this process easy: just set a weekly limit, check in your drinks, and the app will let you know when you're in the danger zone. For the craft beer drinkers, you can automatically pull new check-ins from Untappd. Free and soon-to-be open source!


September 2

Dorkumentary: MPS
We've just launched the newest episode of our comedy improv series. It's titled "MPS," and it's about a very special kind of acting school, just in time for the beginning of the school year. Enjoy!


September 1

Quizlet Speak Chrome Extension
If you happen to use Quizlet to study a foreign language and that language isn't officially supported by Quizlet and you use the Chrome browser on a desktop computer and would like to hear the foreign words you are studying pronounced relatively well using your computer's speech synthesis capabilities, then this is your lucky day! [more inside]


The Many Lives of Ayn Winters: My TV Pilot With Sony PlayStation  
In 2017, I was chosen to create and develop an original television pilot as a part of Sony PlayStation's Emerging Filmmaker's Program. I co-wrote the script and even got to spend some time on set. After a year of blood, sweat, and development it is finally out! I'd love for you to take a look.


Lewton Bus' Western Month
Lewton Bus, the little film criticism site that could, just devoted the month of August to the Western. [more inside]


"I'll fight but not surrender": Australia's bushranger ballads  
Bushranger ballads are home-grown 19th century Australian songs about that continent’s most notorious highwaymen. Bold and cheerful thieves like Jack Donohoe, Ben Hall and Ned Kelly are hailed as heroic underdogs down under, and their ballads still play a role in protest music there today. This essay discusses the songs’ Irish roots, the transportee convicts who spread them round Australia and the young performers keeping them alive today. It's a PlanetSlade Murder Ballads production (previously). [more inside]


August 28

Torn-Apart/Separados
A rapidly deployed critical data & visualization intervention in the USA’s 2018 “Zero Tolerance Policy” for asylum seekers at the US Ports of Entry and the humanitarian crisis that has followed. Volume 2 is a deep and radically new look at the territory and infrastructure of ICE’s financial regime in the USA. This data & visualization intervention peels back layers of culpability behind the humanitarian crisis of 2018


August 18

Airships: Conquer the Skies
Over the last five years, I've been working on a steampunk strategy game about building airships and fighting with them. Two days ago, I released it!


August 17

CommonsTime
A Twitterbot that posts freely-licensed photographs of clocks. [more inside]


Mission Me is a smartphone game that promotes creativity in your real life
Inspired by a popular art installation I made for Burning Man, I've now crafted the app version! Mission Me encourages you towards creative experiments and real-life adventures for self-growth and hilarity!


Context in courtship: how do singing mice decide when to sing?  
I promised a singing mouse poster, and I've delivered. Here's what I've been doing lately, designed to be presented at Evolution 2018 this week. Do mice with better body condition sing more because they physically can or because they want to? What's leptin, and how does it play a role in body condition scoring? And honestly, why does it matter when singing mice choose to sing and why? [more inside]


August 15

Adventures in San Francisco Gardening
Gardening in San Francisco can be difficult- the weather alone makes it an adventure. This is my attempt to chronicle my ongoing adventure in vegetables and herbs. [more inside]


August 11

Critical data essay/tutorial/experiment
What does critical data science add to our understanding of sexual harassment in academia? [more inside]


August 10

anti-social
A Firefox extension aimed at increasing human happiness by blocking social media sites. [more inside]


August 9

A beer columnist's piece on Ford's Buck-a-Beer Challenge
Mostly featuring some very eloquent brewers from Kingston, Ontario.


August 8

Minimax your chores
I've set up a website that formalizes our family's approach to splitting up chores: each person privately distributes a set number of "points" among the chores, and then we look for the allocation where the person with the most work does the least. (I.e., minimize the maximum.) [more inside]


August 6

Destination: Mars
Destination: Mars is a 180-page graphic novel, that tells a tale of exploration, love and strangeness on an odd and incomprehensible world. Three people (and a cat) set out on a journey to Mars, only to discover that the world there is stranger and more dangerous than they could ever have known. [more inside]


August 5

Pierre Menard's The Asteroids
Perhaps the most significant game of our time [more inside]


August 4

Found Story
What's your story? Found Story is an app where people share their own stories on handwritten notes for others to discover. Whether happy, hopeful, or heartbreaking, these anonymous stories give us an unfiltered view into who we are and bring us together through our true experiences. [more inside]


August 3

256 Farben: The Game
After a visit to SFMOMA, I was inspired to turn German abstract artist Gerhard Richter's "Colour Charts" into a block-breaker game. [more inside]


Tangara fastuosa
An abstract film that starts out soothing and ends in Lisa Frank madness. [more inside]


July 31

I’ve Been To A Marvelous Party
An excerpt from The Lavander Ledger, a manuscript in progress by John Leavitt about murder, gossip, and scandal in the gay underworld of 1940s Hollywood.


July 30

The Essential Ghoul's Record Shelf.
Capsule reviews of supernaturally themed novelty songs.


July 24

Tiny Skulls and otherwise  
Recently I've been sculpting tiny skulls and leaving them out in public as free art for people to find and claim. [more inside]


Tacoma Power E.P.
A 4 song E.P. written and recorded between June and July 2018. A continuation of an ongoing art project exploring the ephemerality, fragmentation and invisibility of being trans and queer. [more inside]


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