January 15

Bug Report! zine
Bug Report! is a (free) zine about the frustrations and growing disillusionment of working in technology today. You can see the first issue online here; soliciting submissions for the second one now!


January 14

Some Dark Place
The Christopher L. Jorgensen Collection: A digitized and cataloged private collection of historical cabinet cards and CDVs. Updated daily. [more inside]


January 12

Moshpit Memories II (1982-2002): Alan Moore, The Pogues, Jim Rose & pals
What we have here is a sequel to PlanetSlade's 2015 collection of gig-going anecdotes from the golden age of UK pub rock, punk and ska (previously on Projects). This time round, I'm covering the years from 1982 -2002, when my major obsessions included Alan Moore, The Pogues, The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow and any twanged-up country band I could find playing the bars of Nashville, Austin, San Antonio and Detroit. [more inside]


January 9

I come to your night table green with laughter
Maybe it's because we share this fever dream of seafoam and ship wheels. Maybe you just enjoy the way the rain falls in rings like small farewells. Maybe you have even conducted night watch in the same heartbroken skies. Perhaps you only long for an anemone of midnight as vaporous as everlasting lace. Whatever the case may be, I hope "The Keeping of Lights," a new collection of surrealist poetry, will fulfill all your needs.


January 8

Sadie Barton's Guide for Livin'
An ongoing webcomic of dubious artistic and literary merit following the misadventures of the titular Sadie Barton and a recurring cast of characters, who include but are not limited to: Baby Hitler, David Bowie, and a golden retriever cursed with the "gift" of prophecy. Enjoy?


January 7

J. R. "Bob" Dobbs Memorial Inverse Hessian Multiplication
Inverse hessian multiplication in linear gradient time has been an open problem in neural networks since Reagan was president or so. I believe I have a successful attack on the problem and like an idiot I posted it on a blog instead of like a journal or something. Done with Something Awful goons yelling at me the whole while


January 6

Telephone Pictionary, Correspondence Edition
A web page featuring a super-basic set of printable instructions I've created to play Telephone Pictionary (a.k.a. Eat Poop You Cat) via snail-mail. Scans of completed correspondence games included. (Direct link to instructions on Google Docs)


News You May Have Missed
A weekly round-up of news and action items. We've been around on Facebook for about 18 months, but just launched the website.


January 4

WOKE ME UP INSIDE: Evanescence, Wokeness, and 2018
(note to mods: I posted this two months ago when it was a little baby; it is now a Whole Done Thing and I thought it might be OK to repost it as such. Feel free to slap my hand, delete, etc. if not.) A complete essay series reconsidering Evanescence's major label 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]


January 2

WhatCSS:
Dramatically decrease your page's initial CSS load. WhatCSS.info automatically generates a minified version of the bare minimum CSS a user needs to begin interacting with your site. [more inside]


December 31

Strikelist
Strikelist is a phone banking + GOTV tool that I built for the 2018 US elections, used by a handful of winning campaigns in Rhode Island this past fall. It's totally free, and it's exclusively for progressive candidates, focusing on local and state-level elections. [more inside]


December 21

GoodReplay is a spoiler-free ranking of European football matches.
This webapp helps you pick the best on-demand ⚽ game replay to watch. You can also deliberately spoil only the games that meet your criteria. Say you want to save some time and know which matches feature score-less first halves. Or you’d rather avoid matches that went all the way to penalty kicks. You can do that, without ever seeing the final scores. [more inside]


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December 18

Red Square, watercolor and pencil on paper, 6"x6" 12/15/18
This is a collection of 46 watercolor paintings, all different, made in sequence on the days of December 16th and 17th, 2018, as an exploration of some ideas about both serial art and the authority and reliability of an artist's description of their own work and working processes.


December 17

A thousand and one tales.
A thousand and one tales is an ongoing and ever-growing collection of new fairy tales and folk tales, with a new story posted every Friday. The 30 stories so far include retellings of famous fairy tales (Ariadne and the Minotaur in The King's Daughter And The King's Son; Cinderella in Lonely Isobel; Bluebeard in The Three Doors And The Fourth); stories about good queens (The Lunar Queen; The King And The Light), bad kings (The King And His Weeping Wife), and even worse fathers (The Wolves In The Woods; The Farmer's Daughters); transformations (The Unhappy Bride); beasts (The Three Sorrowful Sisters; A Long Winter's Night); and the telling of tales itself (Old Tales Are Made New In The Telling). [more inside]


December 12

The Dungeons and Dubliners podcast
This podcast (recorded in pubs in the greater Dublin, Ireland area) covers Dungeons & Dragons news, with reviews of new material, play advice, and general chat. There are 4 episodes so far, with much better audio quality starting on the 3rd episode (the first was marred by recording on a cellphone and the second with cellphone interference on the recording device - stupid phones!).


Starcom: Nexus
Ten years ago I made a Flash game called Starcom (previously). For the past few years I've been working on an ambitious follow-up. Today I launched it into Early Access. [more inside]


December 6

The Great Post-Brexit British Bake-Off
The secret is the nettles.


Side Quest Limericks
I write goofy limericks to strangers, seal them in envelopes, and leave them in public places with strict instructions that they only be opened by someone bearing the name on the envelope. [more inside]


November 25

Playlists from The Site
There are quite frequently posts on AskMe or MetaFilter asking for song ideas or listing songs by artist or genre or etc. [more inside]


November 19

Launch day for Tiber: Eternal River of Rome
Italy’s Tiber river has served as the realm of proto-mythic creatures and gods, a battleground for armies and navies, a livelihood for stevedores and fishermen, the subject matter of poets and painters, and the final resting place for criminals and martyrs. Tiber: Eternal River of Rome, is a collection of a hundred essays examining these many facets. Entries range from a single paragraph to several pages, drawn from over three thousand years and more of the river's history. The stories range from familiar to obscure, violent to gentle, inspiring, diverting, weird, unlikely, and at times downright comedic.


November 18

The Brexit Twitter Project
When the Chequers Plan came out, I found myself accidentally live-parody tweeting it as an effort to stay sane. It turned out to be an interesting experiment in political satire as a writer. So I decided to try it as a more deliberate creative experiment again this time around. [more inside]


November 16

A game that teaches kids 20 years of investing in 20 minutes  
High school kids are still learning investing the way I did in the '90s: get a large sum of imaginary money and buy individual stocks for 8-10 weeks. Basically the exact wrong way to learn a lifelong investment strategy. (Not to mention these programs are often sponsored by groups representing the interests of investment brokerages.) We created Stax to take down "the stock market game." [more inside]


November 14

The Toronto Film Map
My pals at the University of Toronto Media Commons and I mapped out all the films and TV shows set (not just filmed) in Toronto to highlight their amazing lending and archival collections.


November 13

Oliva, 2017 -- Poems + Photos
In late 2017, I moved to Oliva, Spain, a small city on the Mediterranean coast, 70km south of Valencia. I spent 87 days taking photos in the streets and alleys, laneways and boardwalks. Nights, I wrote poems and worked on my first novel, often dining at one of the local bars or restaurants. Here are some of my favorite poems, pictures, and snippets from the trip. (Best viewed NOT on a phone.)


November 11

fcc-git-nomic: A game of Nomic played via Github
I learned about Nomic games a few days ago, so made one to help new developers learn the basics of Github pull request workflows so they can contribute to open source projects. It's aimed particularly at the freeCodeCamp community, but all are welcome. Even if you are a seasoned Github contributor, you are welcome to play, too, because Nomic is an extremely fun game!


November 8

Chocolatology: Chocolate's Fantastical Lore, Bittersweet History, & Delicious (Vegan) Recipes
We wrote a book! It came out in January and is available in the Mefi Mall. We've been chugging away at putting all the words online, and they're pretty much all scheduled to be up by the end of the year. Or so. Enjoy! [more inside]


Before the Ban: A decentralized index of social media users and where to find their content
Before the Ban makes a user’s social media network portable, providing a way for followers to always find a user’s latest accounts and content, even after a suspension, termination, or “shadow ban”. It is designed to be censorship resistant and platform agnostic. [more inside]


November 4

They Locked Me In This Room And Told Me To Confess
(a short comic about injustice, coercion and imprisonment)


November 1

The DSA National Design Committee
The National Design Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America has a twitter presence and they’re using that presence to make threads about the intersection of art, design, and socialism. Bauhaus! William Morris! The Masses and Liberator Magazine! Banned I.W.W artwork! Oscar Wilde! Sewer socialism! National Design acomitee home page.


Dunktown - The Unauthorized Basketball Podcast
Hosted by two funny women for people who love basketball but don’t love the boring stuff — stats, numbers, stodgy old announcer guys. I handled the design. My partner seldomfun is the producer. [more inside]


October 31

My 18th Annual Halloween cartoon
It's that time o' the year when I rasterize my hallucinations to the dark and nameless interweb for a bit of fright entertainment. WARNING: it includes (shudder) Dick Cheney which may blaspheme some browsers. Enter if you dare and have a splendid Samhain!


October 19

Reimagining Recovery: A Neurodiversity Club
I've started a pilot group for a new kind of peer support group in Portland, Oregon as an alternative to 12-step models, SMART recovery, Refuge Recovery, and more. The project revolves around mental health, addiction, harm reduction, social justice, the politics of trauma, self-empowerment, accessibility, and inclusion. [more inside]


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]


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