February 20

The Solar Nerd
In which I nerdily compile everything you might want to know if you are planning to stick solar panels on your roof or your backyard. If you already have panels and a supported inverter, you can join the community and your inverter data will show up automatically, and people can you ask you stuff. [more inside]


February 19

Sarasota Half in Dream
Sarasota Half in Dream is a feature-length Surrealist documentary about dead turtles, crab swarms, decaying resorts, and microscopic histories. Streaming online for free. [more inside]


February 18

Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back
In 2018, I completed work on Chronin, a queer historical SF duology and my debut as a solo graphic novelist. It follows Mirai Yoshida, a college student in an elite program which uses time travel for research, who finds herself trapped in 1860s Japan as civil war is brewing. The complete arc is 730 pages. Today, Volume 1 is out in the world. [more inside]


February 17

Virtual ChIP-seq
Our new method predicts transcription factor and chromatin factor locations in a cell type using new kinds of data like chromatin factor binding in other cell types and learning the association of gene expression patterns with chromatin factor binding patterns. We've made free software available and a track hub that can load our predictions for 36 chromatin factors in 33 human tissue types into the UCSC Genome Browser.


February 16

Storyweek
A new piece of short fiction every weekday, sometimes on weekends, mostly old stories, occasionally something new. [more inside]


Campaign To Support the Juliana v. US Youth Climate Lawsuit
I have organized a campaign to get thousands of young people to sign on to an Amicus (Friend of the Court) brief that they will file with the 9th Circuit in support of the Juliana Plaintiffs in the Children’s Climate Lawsuit. This is an amazing lawsuit filed by 21 kids, demanding their right to life and liberty which is threatened by government policies abetting climate change. We’ve gathered a team of constitutional scholars to write our brief, and just went live with a powerful video we shot with the kids. The brief will be filed on behalf of Zero Hour, a worldwide youth-led climate action movement. This case could be the Obergefell (marriage equality) of climate. Will almost definitely reach the Supreme Court. Any help I could get with publicizing this, especially to young people who can sign our brief, would be greatly appreciated. Website is above, which contains a link to our video (Twitter), also here (Facebook) and buttons for sharing. Thanks!


February 12

Making a Menger sponge in stained glass  
I spent the last six weeks taking a stained glass course from a local artist (Vavroch Glass Studio) and the culmination of that is a 15"x15" stained glass Menger sponge rendering that I'm absolutely delighted with. This is a writeup with pictures of the whole process from conception to completion.


Pinboard Cooking Challenge
In which I cook and photograph my way through my recipe backlog, and test the limits of one tiny studio apartment kitchen. [more inside]


February 10

Play Comics: A Comic to Video Game Comparison Podcast
Play Comics is a weekly podcast where a guest and I look at video games based on comic properties and how well those games stick to the source material. Think more along the lines of a book vs movie thing than a game review thing. [more inside]


February 7

Noon All Year ... and more
3350 days ago I posted to Metafilter Project a timelapse music video about the founding year of our little sheep farm in Vermont. Since then, the camera equipment has definitely improved ... and the videos have gotten significantly shorter.* Most importantly, the view is still awesome. [more inside]


February 6

The Potty Training Exit Survey
I'm (just barely) starting to blog about data for families and households. One of the first pieces I want to do is about potty training, and there's some gaps in the existing literature that I'm hoping to address by collecting some data from parents on when and how they did potty training. If you've potty trained a child *within the past year*, and feel like sharing how it went, I would be most appreciative if you do this 5 minute survey. I'll share the results back here and at littldata.com.


February 5

Shit Solidarity: Magnetic Memes on Workers' Wages in Shitter Stalls  
I make cheap, crude magnets bearing the ancient poem of worker solidarity (boss makes a dollar; I make a dime; that's why I shit on company time). These magnets include a URL, shitsolidarity.com, which offers a brief spiel about income inequality and corporations' attempts to curtail workers' rights to pinch a loaf (drop anchor, lay cable, squeeze out a senator) on the job. Interested parties can buy their own cheapo magnets, with 100% of proceeds supporting Jobs With Justice.


February 4

Afterlife Wingdings
The TV show "The Good Place" has lots of easter eggs, including some strange otherworldly text. I decided to make a font out of it.


February 2

Endarkenment: Dark Ambient Music Newsletter
Endarkenment is a new digital subscription periodical + web archive of contemplative writing on dark ambient music appreciation. The author is a longtime dark ambient nerd who's also writing a book (with interview quotes) about the genre. Newsletter features include deep-dive interviews, themed playlists + liner notes, and an underrated albums series. The default subscription tier is free; readers can upgrade to help support the artists and gain full access to all interviews. [more inside]


January 30

Exposé on pseudoscience publication secretly funded by Peter Thiel  
Inference is an online publication that claims to be an "independent quarterly review of the sciences." However, they have a long-standing habit of publishing junk science (e.g. articles attacking evolution and global warming) alongside articles covering genuine scientific subjects, with no differentiation between the two. I found this disturbing, so I did some digging, and discovered that Inference is secretly (and solely) funded by Peter Thiel, who has given them at least $1.7 million since 2014. [more inside]


Laser cut peacock mandala  
This is an art project I finished in October of last year. Details are all in the linked photo album.


January 26

Oscar Contest 2019 - with Freddie Monkcury!
Many years ago, I used to run an annual Oscar predictions contest at my blog where the prize was a custom sock monkey. I've revived the contest in 2019 and you could win a "Freddie Monkcury" of your very own. He comes with his classic "Live Aid" outfit as well as his "I Want to Break Free" drag costume (including the vacuum cleaner!). You can see the current aggregate predictions, as well as all the past monkey prizes I've made.


January 25

Reclaim Pride - Stonewall 50 Human Rights and Social Justice March
The Reclaim Pride Coalition (RPC) is a global group of organizations and individuals who are fighting to reclaim the NYC Pride March so that it better represents the LGBTQIATS+ community. Our 2019 March to Commemorate Stonewall's 50th Anniversary and World Pride will be a historic Human Rights and Social Justice march. Yesterday's press release provided key information about the movement and our vision for a 2019 march that lives up to the spirit of Stonewall. We are committed to embracing the strength and diversity of our community, as opposed to corporations, the police, or politicians. [more inside]


January 22

The earliest when  
A short list highlighting sexist disparities in the numbers of winners in various awards. "This is a short list of earliests. The earliest it can be when as many women as men have won Best Director at the Oscars is 2111. The earliest it can be when as many women as men have won the Nobel Prize for Literature is 2104. The earliest it can be when..." [more inside]


January 21

Coffee, cake & K-pop.
Nine, ten years after the single-serving Tumblr hype I've finally found a suitable (and seemingly endless) topic to do a single-serving Tumblr around: Confections and hot drinks in K-pop videos! So far I've put up 200 quick screenshots and there's more to come. I'm also happily taking suggestions for videos to feature - I really could use some more boy bands in the mix, for instance.


January 16

Good October EP
I've been writing songs, slowly improving, and posting them online (first here on Metafilter! Then got active on SoundCloud) for the past couple years. Now I have released my first EP, Good October, which is everywhere one would expect to find digital music. It features 5 indie folk songs driven by acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies, and you will also hear some electric guitar, mandolin, strings, and off kilter ambient sounds if you stick around for the whole thing. [more inside]


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)


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