January 26

The Real Problem With the New Dungeons and Dragons License is Capitalism
I made this YouTube video because I think the controversy around the new OGL is a great moment to really look at how capitalism attacks the commons and how collective resistance is a path to create economic democracy. Plus it seemed like a great chance to spread some communist propaganda to nerds!


January 24

Stage Magician Plays (PNGTubing)
I've turned my stage magician self into a PNGTuber (like a VTuber but more lo-fi) to stream games and talk stage magic! I'm currently exploring the stage magic in the Ace Attorney series (& other games), regularly playing Genshin Impact, and trying out random games from time to time! I stream Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday evenings AEDT (UTC+11) or you can catch up to VODS on YouTube.


January 19

Dither All the Things - Atkinson Dithering for the Web
I think we can all agree that web pages today are too colorful, which is why I have created a web component that crushes your images down to crisp, pixel-perfect dithered black and white. This blog post features an interactive demo - dither your own images and party like it is 1985!


January 17

Hampster Invaders
I've always thought Hampster Dance looked a bit like a Space Invaders game andI finally built that idea. Cuban Boys spotted my dev thread and suggested including their novelty hit single Cognoscenti vs Intelligentsia, so you get a blast of that after the first wave.


January 11

Bandcamp Tempo Adjust
Bandcamp Tempo Adjust is a web extension that allows you to detect and adjust the tempo of tracks on Bandcamp. Available for Chrome and Firefox


January 10

News and Weather
This application starts your day with news and weather from weather.gov based on your zip code. [more inside]


January 6

Arrppier Suphder, ik Voby Tok
Arrppier Suphder (Wonderful About Spiders) ik Voby Tok is an AI assisted translation and visual regeneration of the children's picture book classic Spiders Are Wonderful (Toby Vok, 2011) into a language far beyond our own, for audiences in realms not yet known. [more inside]


January 5

Accurate reproduction of an ancient Egyptian chair from the 18th Dynasty
As part of a personal project to gain greater understanding of ancient Egyptian joinery techniques, I've made a replica of an Egyptian chair on display in the Brooklyn Museum of Art. [more inside]


January 2

Red Letter
Confusing times of incredible inequality, constant war, politics at impasse and the bankruptcy of bromides. While we've seen a resurgence in activism in recent years, spurred in part by racist police violence and impending climate change, many of the past theoretical tools that people have used to make revolutionary change have been declared off-limits. Many of us live in capitalist societies that have enforced an anticommunist doctrine with velvet gloves and iron fists. We want to make Left Theory accessible again. Bite-sized. Daily. Like a revolutionary wordle.


Persuasion Strategies: Canadian Campus Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns and the Development of Activists, 2012–20
On December 2nd, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation in political science at the University of Toronto: "Persuasion Strategies: Canadian Campus Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns and the Development of Activists, 2012–20". It discusses the fossil fuel divestment movement at Canadian universities, and how organizing these campaigns influenced the student organizers who led the movement. [more inside]


December 30

jamstats: data analytics for roller derby games
The CRG roller derby scoreboard captures a ton of cool data, but it's kind of tricky to work with. I made Python tools to suck out all that juicy data and build plots: penalties per team and per skater, time to initial pass, mean net points per jammer, and lots more. I made it dead simple to use. [more inside]


December 25

Chef Lemons: Citron Noël Trois
I did the album and track cover designs for this Christmas album (much of which was recorded on my guitar and bass). Beyond that, I was just privileged to get a front-row seat to the recording process and provide input on musical and design decisions at various points throughout. [more inside]


December 22

Face To Face: Portraits of People of Color Before Photography
This is an online version of an exhibition held at Houghton Library in the summer of 2022, set in a virtual recreation of the library's exhibition space. The exhibition highlights 40 examples from Houghton collections of early modern portraits of named people of color from around the world.


December 15

lowercase t: A Very 8-Bit Christmas  
I just released a mini album just in time for Christmas. I take some traditional Christmas carols, then arrange and filter them through 8-bit chipsets, and then sprinkle in some of usual gitchcore sounds. It's free to listen as much as you want, and PWYW starting at 5.


December 13

Advent Calendar
There's a little drawing of a door or window to open with a surprise inside as an advent calendar over at my instagram this month.


December 12

The Library Workers' Field Guide to Designing and Discovering Restorative Environments
I just defended my dissertation and one of the main offerings is a toolkit of resources for library workers to design and discover restorative environments. Since MeFi is a place full of people who either are librarians, or who love them, I thought it might be a good fit for announcing here.


Psychedelic Drug Legislative Reform and Legalization in the US
I co-authored an article in JAMA Psychiatry investigating the rapidly increasing range of US state legislation and ballot initiatives aimed at psychedelic drug reform. [more inside]


December 9

This Is What Democracy Look Like... Somewhere
I've always been fascinated by how elections are run around the world. Democracy in the US is crumbling, but it's not always clear what the alternative could be. So I decided to start a podcast where I ask average people how democracy works in their country, and whether they understand and/or trust it. Do they feel like they are truly represented? What other groups or institutions count as part of the democratic process (e.g., the military, students, unions, etc.)? Does federalism always lead to a 'state's rights' kind of scenario? The result is the DEMOCRACY IN... PODCAST. [more inside]


December 8

Everybody Wins, the greatest board games ever made
I've done a book. This one's called Everybody Wins and it's an overview of the rise of modern board games over the last four decades, using the German 'Spiel des Jahres' game of the year award as a lens. The publishers have done a gorgeous on it, and it's released in the UK today, and then in March in the USA. Ebook out now, audiobook to follow. It's a big, chunky coffee-table tome and I'm really pleased with the way it's come out, both as a piece of history and as reviews of 44 very different award-winning titles, ranging from household names to mostly forgotten footnotes. [more inside]


December 5

on algorhythms: consent and control
A video essay musing on Star Wars: Andor, Noam Chomsky, algorithmic bias, and stochastic terrorism. [more inside]


December 2

Microvague made a record
Back in February I made a record under my Microvague pseudonym. I have demos of a couple more songs spinning up now for a new album this winter, so this is probably one of Red Shadow's last moments in the sun. For a quick taster of the kind of [twangly/singer-songwritery] thing what it is, here's Lazy Jayne on bandcamp to stream.


Get your holiday cards done early this year!
This holiday card maker makes it easy to create and send out a card to your friends and family. [more inside]


December 1

Newsletter about passages in fiction
I've started a newsletter about influential passages in fiction as they relate to the craft of writing. One post every Tuesday. Each a five-minute read. [more inside]


November 28

Fun book with computer programming stories
Princeton University Press just published "You Are Not Expected to Understand This": 26 Lines of Code that Changed the World. And they brought in 29 different authors -- "technologists, historians, journalists, academics, and sometimes the coders themselves" to share stories about "how code works -- or how, sometimes, it doesn't work -- owing in no small way to the people behind it." (And in general, I really liked how they focused on the humanness of it all.) So here's my new rollicking interview with the book's editor, Slate's Future Tense editor Torie Bosch. I also wrote the book's ninth chapter, about how a 1975 comment in some Unix code became “an accidental icon” commemorating "a momentary glow of humanity," that ultimately provided the book with its cheeky title. (And I’m also responsible for the book’s index entry for "Linux, expletives in source code of...")


November 14

Daily MRRP!
It's a cat blog that I've just realized I've kept going for three years now. It started out as an attempt to document the mrrp! sounds made by our cat Dr. Wily, but gradually became a general cat documentation blog that includes our older cat, Bonus Cat. [more inside]


November 6

Shirley Jackson's daughter sings The Grattan Murders.
In the Netflix adaption of Shirley Jackson's classic horror novel The Haunting of Hill House, the ghostly Poppy sings a gory old murder ballad to a member of the trapped family - a scene which I believe also appears in Jackson's source novel. That song has many names, but Jackson herself knew it as The Grattan Murders, and sometimes sang it to her delighted children as a lullaby. One of those children recently read my PlanetSlade piece about the real-life 1893 Indiana family massacre which inspired the song and got in touch, offering to sing it for me in her mother's trademark style. Here's the video.


November 5

Immune To Consequences
Over the last year and a half I wrote twelve songs about twelve Blaseball players on the Kansas City Breath Mints. I commissioned cover art and compiled them into an album, which is out today on Bandcamp. Each song's page has background information about the player, for those unfamiliar with Blaseball in general or the Mints in particular. [more inside]


November 3

Finishing my grandfather's work: stained glass menorah  
A few years ago my parents gave me my Grandpa Milt's old stained glass stuff, including a large unfinished menorah piece. I've spent the last two weeks finally tackling the logistically and emotionally complicated job of repairing and elaborating on his piece to create a finished work. This is a summary with photos of that process. I also created an exhaustive step-by-step process thread on the fly as I worked through the whole thing.


November 2

More “More Info” for Netflix (desktop web)
This Chrome extension adds a small missing feature to Netflix’s user interface that may help you discover and explore things you’d like to watch. You can now click a “More Info” button to view the information page for a title Netflix suggests in the “More Like This” section. [more inside]


October 31

21st Halloween Cartoon
Greetings succubi, incubi and mid-levelcubi!  The 21st Annual Jabo Halloween Cartoon is now alive and kicking and screaming and yelling. So carve out some time from your hectic havoc, toss those computer glasses and wreck your eyesight on some mildly amusing scrawlings. The full catalog of catastrophic cartoons can be unveiled here. Happy Halloween y Dias de los Muertos!


October 29

Twitter Sentiment Bot
I wrote a simple twitter sentiment bot (code). If you tweet it with a message like "@bibliest check @someone" it will analyze the sentiment of the recent tweets of @someone and reply to you in a few seconds. [more inside]


October 24

Get Blogging!  
I'm determined to get more people to blog on their own sites. This is my attempt at making it easy: a self-contained site that takes you through writing and reading, with an easy-to-remember domain that's designed to be shared. [more inside]


October 19

Mini-Project: Macho Man and George Michael
This has been running in my head for months if not longer. I finally managed to get the two to collaborate.


Thirteen Witchy Ways of Looking at the James Webb Space Telescope (Part One)
This is my second video essay for YouTube, an exploration of the James Webb Space Telescope from a nature-based spiritual perspective and, more broadly, how science and scientific discoveries inform such a perspective. I researched, wrote, performed and edited this video (so much video editing). Thanks for watching!


October 15

Bringing Humans into the water cycle  
The USGS just announced a new version of the venerable, 20 year old USGS water cycle diagram after an 18 month redesign process. Zoomable non-pdf version EOS described it as "Not Your Childhood Water Cycle" [more inside]


October 10

Part I of my graphic memoir "Growing In My Gray"  
I finished Part I of my graphic memoir. I would love any feedback, or just that you enjoy it! Thanks for taking a look.


October 9

You've Been Played: How Corporations, Governments, and Schools Use Games to Control Us All
My book about gamification is out! You've Been Played (Bookshop.org, Goodreads) examines how points, badges, and leaderboards are creeping into every aspect of modern life as tools for profit and coercion. It’s a critique of gamification, sure – but by an actual game designer, games journalist, and former neuroscientist. And it goes far beyond the usual suspects like Fitbit and Duolingo to look at the historical roots of gamification. Foucault, Lewis Mumford, Skinner, medieval indulgences, Taylorism, ARGs – this book has it all! Reviews, talks, and excerpts inside... [more inside]


This is a Recording
In the depopulated wasteland that is blogger.com, a blog bringing together some brief reflections on random records from my collection. [more inside]


October 8

Something's Wrong
I'm working on an album of songs inspired by Elif Batuman's novel The Idiot, to be released next year. After "Ivan" (single | lyric video) and "Linden Street" (single | live video), I released a new single called "Something's Wrong" yesterday. Stop-motion animated video by Anissa of Blueflower AG Studios.


October 7

Child Tax Credit Outreach Project
In brief, the expanded Child Tax Credit expired this year and will cast a lot of children in to poverty. It may get saved at the last minute at the end of the year, but it may not. In any event, the existing (reduced) CTC does not have anywhere near perfect redemption rates -- there are lots of unclaimed credits out there. Many of them are centralized in parts of the country where major media outlets are not the method by which most folks get their news. I want to assemble a resource of alternative outlets and community leaders in as many of the geographic areas as possible and then go about the job of advocacy. Phase 1 is assembling that resource, and I'm always looking for volunteer information wranglers.


a foreigners' guide to eremeka arcades - 外国人のためのエレメカアーケードゲームガイド
So much work has gone into documenting the videogame arcade games of Japan, but there was nowhere to learn about the fascinating エレメカ (eremeka; electromechanical) arcade machines. A year of research later and I have documented over 2200 machines. From Canada. (A blog from Japan)


October 6

Female Kill Machine 2
Female Kill Machine 2 is the lightning-paced absurdist quantum explosion of ever-escalating cyberpunk insanity and hyperviolence sequel to the lightning-paced absurdist quantum explosion of ever-escalating cyberpunk insanity and hyperviolence original (Female Kill Machine 1). Female Kill Machine 2 is available to buy and read for £0 (or more) at Ko-Fi, Amazon and Patreon right now, and features upwards of 27,000 words of Absurdo astonishments (Female Kill Machine 1 is also available from those same sources: Ko-Fi, Amazon, Patreon). [more inside]


October 5

Thirteen poems by ancient Chinese ghosts
I recently discovered that the 1707 collection Complete Tang Poems has, amid various miscellaneous subjects tucked in the back, two chapters of poems by ghosts and I’ve become obsessed. I just posted this sampler of thirteen translations, as an installment as I work my way through them. This stuff is awesome: there’s a poem thrown at general by a suit of armor, a poem written in blood in the front hall of a magistrate’s house, more than one riverbank lament over a lack of funeral rites, and a voice from the women’s quarters giving her reaction to hearing the story of Mulan. [more inside]


October 4

Kilogram  
The worst-quality photo sharing site on the internet - each image is compressed down to 1KB or less. It uses the browser's own JPEG encoder, so results can vary quite a lot (Firefox tends to end up a lot sharper than Chrome, with Safari somewhere in the middle).


October 2

CircleTime - schedule visualization
Do you feel like time is a mystery? Are you or your children constantly fighting against the flow of your day? Do you want a visualization of your schedule, with a voice to announce your events and reminders, possibly with whimsical expressions mixed in? Perhaps CircleTime can help you like it helped me and my kids. [more inside]


September 27

Trey Fontaine II
At the beginning of 2020 I collected some instrumentals I'd been working on under the name Trey Fontaine (an imaginary guitar player I pretend to be sometimes). I just released a sequel, imaginatively titled Trey Fontaine II. The link above goes to one of those aggregators that leads to all the streaming services. Alternatively, here is the first track, This Is a Map, on Youtube.


September 22

What's in a map?
An exploration of Ocarina of Time's mini-map, and of just how many layers of design it contains. For fans of Nintendo and/or information design!


September 21

Summer's Almost Gone: A Spontaneous Bicycle Tour
This is the online journal of my 2022 late summer / early fall bicycle tour, from Kentucky to an unknown destination. I'm figuring out the route as I go along to keep things interesting.


September 19

Mouse King Door
I finished the door for the Mouse King. I haven't seen him yet, tho.


September 17

Pun generator
If you're looking to put the "groan" IN "grown-ups" or the "pun" in "punishment" you've come to the right place. [more inside]


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