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]


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]


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