January 27

Finger.Farm: Advanced Finger Hosting
Originally conceived as a way to get a status report on someone or something, the Finger Protocol aka RFC-742, has been around since the late 70s. Even today, the capability to finger lies dormant in every major OS. [more inside]


Christian Rightcast
A podcast series for people who'd like to know more about the history and composition of the amorphous "Christian Right," how it came to be, and the role it plays in America's current authoritarian inflection point. [more inside]


blob-opera-midi
I became somewhat obsessed with the Google Blob Opera (FPP) and, more specifically, making it sing arbitrary songs (MIDI control is supported but very limited, or at least difficult to program manually). What started out as quick and dirty hack to convert 4-part MIDI arrangements to Blob Opera format JSON ended up as a slightly less quick and dirty standalone npm module. [more inside]


Happy Birthday To You free stock music
The famous song has been out of copyright since 2017, so I commissioned a musician to produce 20 different versions ranging from sensible to silly. You can download high-quality WAVs under a CC0/public domain license to freely use in absolutely anything.


January 22

2020 in Buffalo News Front Pages
Throughout 2020 I kept track of when and where the Buffalo Bills were mentioned on the front page of the Buffalo News (midway through I added in COVID-19 coverage).


January 20

A browser extension that chooses a random movie from your Kanopy.com watchlist
Available for Firefox and Chrome. Is your Kanopy.com movie queue way too long and giving you decision paralysis? Let this extension choose for you! [more inside]


January 19

A new type of musical instrument that's ridiculously easy to play
I've been creating a new kind of electronic musical instrument. It's expressive, it's melodic, it's compact, it's portable, and it's absurdly easy to play. [more inside]


MOSKVA
My short story, MOSKVA, is featured on Hobart Pulp today. Described by one reader as "gritty realism," the story chronicles the 2003 adventures of a gaggle of young American college students who have taken to the streets of Moscow after midnight.


January 18

Private Lives
A piano-forward set of cabaret songs, each from the point of view of a different character, evoking the atmosphere of a basement club where people wear too much makeup and share too many secrets.


January 15

Asterisk of Shame
A tiny Chrome extension to add an asterisk * following the names of each of the 147 congresspeople who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election wherever they appear on the web. [more inside]


January 12

Murder Ballads art from the great Roger Langridge.
My Christmas present to myself this year was commissioning a brand-new piece of colour artwork from the Eisner-winning cartoonist Roger Langridge (Bill & Ted, The Muppets, Fred the Clown etc). You can find the brief I set him below the fold and the finished drawing he produced on this PlanetSlade page. I think it’s rather wonderful. [more inside]


January 11

Netflex: Work out while you watch Netflix
I hate working out. I love watching tv. So I joined up with some fellow lazy multitaskers to create Netflex, a free third Chrome extension that pops a guided bodyweight workout in the lower right corner of any Netflix program.


Cellphone Videos as Proof
More and more critical world events are documented by regular people with cell phones. I'm working to strengthen the verity of cell phone videos by augmenting them with corroborative data. [more inside]


January 1

The Solar System And Almost Everything In It
The Solar System And Almost Everything In It is a hand painted book showing the solar system and almost everything in it, all drawn to two slightly different scales, so that the planets are all scaled to the size of the sun, and the distances are all scaled to the distance of the earth from the sun, and both these are then the exact width of a page. [more inside]


December 30

Two old AF baby ARMYs unbox their first BTS light bombs & wax philosophical
Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey and I made a video about how we went from "vaguely aware that BTS exists" three months ago, to "unboxing our official BTS light bombs and setting the alarm to wake up at 4AM on December 31 for the Big Hit Entertainment 2021 New Year's Eve concert". Along the way we talked about a number of things, including music, culture, history, mental health, and more.


December 28

Started archiving my paintings
I started archiving some of my paintings.


December 22

Hannah's Game
I made this game a couple years ago with my oldest daughter. Well, she drew the pictures and somehow she requested a Kaboom! clone, which, wow, brought me back to my own childhood and reminded me of the way I envied my friend's dad. [more inside]


Theme from “Apocalypse Yule”  
While “Apocalypse Yule” was a clustermindf*ck of a “War on Christmas movie”, maybe that was the only way to capture the surreal combination of horror, madness, and violence that only the Holiday Season can bring out. [more inside]



December 14

Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy Shootin'
A cowboy shooting game! Made mostly by my 13-year old son, with programming & useability support from me. [more inside]


December 8

I'm giving paintings away in exchange for donations to people's favorite charities.
I have created the Art Into the World website to: A) Get my paintings out into the world for people to enjoy, and B) Motivate them to donate to a cause of their choice in the process! Everybody wins! [more inside]


December 4

I promised MeFi some information about singing mice a long time ago...  
I've just graduated with my PhD! In my department, PhD defenses are traditionally open to the public: anyone who wants to can attend. Because of COVID, mine was held via Zoom this year, and I was able to record it and transcribe/caption it so that anyone who would like can watch. [more inside]


Holiday Naughty Pass: Buy your way onto the nice list!
Do you like giving unique gifts? Do you like helping kids in need? Then you're gonna love Holiday Naughty Pass. It's a fundraiser for Santa for a Day, a nonprofit that buys presents for kids who would otherwise wake up to no gifts on Christmas morning. [more inside]


December 2

Charlie Draws Stuff
My autistic 11-year-old has started designing products and recently opened a store! She has designed an autism-positive sticker and hoodie, as well as some other funny/cute designs featuring her original artwork. [more inside]


November 30

SuperSym: A symmetry-based doodling toy  
I enjoy doodling, and my doodles always end up being somewhat symmetrical. So I made a little symmetry-based doodling toy! [more inside]


November 27

Nietzsche And The Hole
"Nietzsche looked into the hole. And the hole looked back." A short comic about Nietzsche looking into an abyss. [more inside]


November 25

Short Fiction Collections
I have collected my short fiction from the last ten years into three collections. [more inside]


Karen
Set in modern day suburbia, a women calls the police on an unfamiliar Black man in her neighborhood. Shot during the pandemic, this film explores white privilege and that Black Lives Matter. [more inside]


November 23

Psychedelic Clinical Trials Aggregator
Trypt.am is a simple PHP site that aggregates global clinical trials databases (clinicaltrials.gov, clinicaltrialsregister.eu) as well as some smaller databases (trialregister.nl, anzctr.org.au) and then segments them by popular psychedelics/entheogens. This is far from perfect; I hadn't done any programming for almost 7 years, so I had to clear the cobwebs in that part of my brain. There are still plenty of bugs and data nuances to suss out. In addition, there are other trial databases such as Who.int that are not yet implemented. I stopped working on Trypt.am in July, so I was pleased that it was still mostly functional when I checked this morning. This wee project was done on behalf of the Entheos Foundation of NZ (entheos.org.nz), which recently became New Zealand's first psychedelic charity organisation. Hopefully some of you can find this information useful!


The Patchouli Project
This is a personal generative art / music project I've been working on for a few years that's starting to finally take shape. Running on a Raspberry PI model 4, the software generates retro-style line animations that run in real-time and display on an HDMI-connected 1080p monitor or tv. The project site has a link to my Vimeo showcase containing some videos I created from program output and my own original instrumental music (I'll be adding more videos as time goes by.) The site also has a bunch of static images captured from the program. [more inside]


November 19

Enough Wicker: A Scholarly Look at The Golden Girls
A friend and I started a podcast going through each of the 180 episodes of The Golden Girls TV show and studying them from a socially thematic and 'scholarly' perspective, as well as citing actual academic research about the show on our website. [more inside]


November 11

Blinking marquees of the early Web
In the mid-to-late 1990s, two browser giants - Netscape's Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer - began the First Browser Wars, each introducing their own proprietary features to the nascent web. The former gave us <blink>, the latter <marquee>, and many personal websites used both (one wrapped inside the other) in order to provide animation to virtually all of their users. Don't bother dusting off your old computer: I've recorded what it looked like! [more inside]


November 10

Flossy: mechanical floss dancer
I designed and 3d-printed a mechanical figure that does the floss dance. The hardest part was getting the swinging arms to move from in front to behind the body, but it finally worked. Link goes to brief video of Flossy flossing.


November 5

Drawing from data: resources for data exploration with Python
I've been teaching and writing about data analysis and visualization using Python for a few years now, and an absence of teaching work during the events of this year has finally given me the time to put together a book. There are also articles about various aspects of data processing with the scientific Python stack (pandas/numpy/matplotlib/seaborn) and more to come.


Carbon Footprint Calculator
The Earth Rewards green app has a carbon calculator to help you track your CO2 footprint. It also helps you learn how to reduce your footprint. Each ERZ can offset 1kg of your carbon footprint so the more you collect the more you can help the environment. Please read PDF


November 2

Free e-book "Short Stories Collected by brainwane: A 2020 Meta-Collection"
You might also like... A crowd-sourced short story MetaFilter meta-collection spreadsheet! Anyone can add to it directly. Or add to it by filling out this form. Sort by publisher, author, word count, audio, buyability, and more. [more inside]


The Reluctant Phoenix podcast
I'm a standup and storyteller in NYC - you may have heard my stuff on The Moth or This American Life. I've started a podcast called The Reluctant Phoenix where I interview people who've restarted their entire lives, whether or not they really felt like it. You can hear a trailer here. [more inside]


November 1

W E ' R E _ S I C K _ O F _ Y O U
and other titles await in my personal garden of video cutups, the SIR CASSETTE channel. [more inside]


Halloween Terraria world
I made a celebratory Halloween world for the latest version of Terraria 1.4. It requires using a journey mode character. Turning on the pumps at the bottom of the map will keep lava flowing even after the switches near the spawn are flipped.


October 31

Halloween 2020
It’s the stroke of midnight so that means it’s time for the 20th Annual Jabo Halloween Cartoon. Visit the Crypt for terrors from year’s past. Please vote.


Codepip: coding games for learning web dev
A few years back, I released two CSS coding games as weekend open source projects: Flexbox Froggy and Grid Garden. Based on the positive reception they got, I was motivated to launch Codepip and expand into more games. Since launch I've added six games for learning different aspects of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, with more in the works. Last week came Sourcery, which introduces the HTML workflow tool Emmet.


October 27

Virtual Convention Convention
I'm putting together a website/community and event for people who are running small virtual conventions. The initial live event is on November 15, 2020 (Sunday) 12:22 PM EST to 5:55 PM EST (UTC-4) [more inside]


October 26

Dead Lies Dreaming
Dead Lies Dreaming is published tomorrow (October the 27th) by Tor.com Publishing! It's my first novel in over two years, and it's the start of a new trilogy set in the same universe as the Laundry Files: you don't need to have read the other series first. As for what it's about, pick any or all of: eccentric artistically-inclined supervillains, queer found families, disgruntled ex-cops, sinister private equity billionaires, Transnistrian mafia "loss adjusters", and the long-lost concordance to the One True Necronomicon ...


October 24

My Bumper Book of Lies
To celebrate my birthday this year, I decided to release an album. Actually, I was working on it anyway, and it ended up coinciding. Everything by me except the cover, which was drawn for my by the wonderful illustrator Viviane Schwarz. Also on Spotify, Apple Music and, I have it on good authority, all the other streaming services.


October 21

Vote With Me
Who you vote for is private but whether or not you voted is largely public record. Vote With Me tries to match your contacts against the voting records, so you can identify people you know who didn't vote last election and maybe just need a gentle push from you to make their vote concrete. [more inside]


October 16

Goat Teats I've Known
Here's a brief lil' mini-zine documenting some of the more charming and compelling teats I’ve come across during my time learning up how to milk and care for goats. It's a one-pager so you can print it out and fold it up and read away! (Instructions for folding a one-page zine here if ya need 'em.) [more inside]


How To Remember Everything: Tips And Tricks To Become A Memory Master
As a kid, I struggled with any subject that required memorization. As an adult, I found out that there are specific techniques to make memorizing things much easier. I was glad to master a new skill. BUT WHY DID NOBODY TEACH ME THIS STUFF SOONER? It would have made school so much easier! I’m a former contributor to The Onion, and I’ve written for The New Yorker, the BBC, and HBO, and I’m a big believer in Beverly Cleary’s advice: “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.” So, I wrote the book I wish I could have read at age 12. It’s a funny, kid-friendly guide to remembering… well, everything. [more inside]


October 14

GANksy, the A.I. street artist
I trained a StyleGAN2 neural network on street art but ended up creating something totally new that generates dark and twisted imagery in its own unique style. The full-size 'signed' digital artwork is for sale to support producing more VOLE.wtf nonsense.


October 13

Patterns
"These are the patterns/we stare at every day." A short comic about lockdown, loneliness.


October 11

MP-29 Tactile Touchscreen Calculator
I built a touchscreen that provides tactile feedback (feels like you're pressing a key), then I built a programmable scientific calculator around it, and then I gave a presentation at the HPCC 2020 virtual conference. The link goes to the conference video. If the timestamp doesn't work, jump to 3:19:00. [more inside]


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