September 10

Giving Second Birth To Your Body
Reflections on my GRS results, the invisibility of womanhood and hidden disabilities, the ways women save each other, learning how to live with my post-operative body and preparing for my upcoming revision AKA the "second" GRS surgery.


Rapper's Delight - Performed by Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant  
Just in time for the song's 40th anniversary, I edited together the voices of Siri, Alexa & Google Assistant to make their first ever rap collaboration, a cover of the hip-hop classic, Rapper’s Delight. Yes, this is the kind of thing TV editors do when they're unemployed.


KFOG Forever
KFOG Forever honors an extraordinary radio station that inspired community among listeners in the San Francisco Bay area and around the world. KFOG started playing adult album rock in 1982, and went off the air on September 6, 2019. [more inside]


September 6

Not Your 'Baby': A Comic on China's Punk Rock Pioneers
The crazy, heartbreaking story of Hang on the Box, one of China's earliest all-women punk bands. Excerpted from a (forthcoming!) comic-book history of Beijing's musical underground. [more inside]


I built a text-based trivia game.
Having taken an 18-month diploma in web programming and not wanting to lose the skills I learned, I decided to create a text-based trivia game on the web. It also somewhat harkens back to the text-based BBS games of yore, which I grew up on. This week, I launched River of Kurn in an alpha state. It's totally playable, though winning conditions haven't yet been implemented. I'd love it if you'd take a look. (Note: not particularly mobile friendly at the moment, but that's coming soon(tm).) [more inside]


September 4

Get Afraid Journal
Thanks to AskMeFi I put a bowl of fruit on it and sold a piano on Craigslist. The buyer ended up composing an amazing song with it for my podcast. After 28 episodes of Man Afraid of Everything (from hailing a taxi to doing improv for a year) I’m excited to share this new workbook inspired by the show. Write, draw, and trash your way through a series of challenges designed to expand your comfort zone. [more inside]


September 3

Back in Denmark
So after 35 years of living in the USA, I moved back to Denmark (exactly 2 months ago today!).
So here is a new tumblr blog with photos of where I've been and what I've seen. [more inside]


Gist Press
Publishes GitHub gists in a friendly article format, with a little help from Tufte CSS. Accepts Markdown, syntax-highlights code, renders math symbols beautifully. [more inside]


September 1

Behind The Scenes
I produced and directed this short short film with my wife. It's a drama set behind the scenes of a film production.


August 31

Bill Watches Movies Podcast
A podcast where we talk about the stars and the stories of the B movies of yesteryear. A combination of humor, B movie weirdness, Hollywood biography and Old Time Radio. [more inside]


August 28

Tom Clancy and the Dubious Comfort of Boomer Dads
This is a longish (~4,000 words) essay about why people still go back to Tom Clancy's books, how they're both toxic and really relevant to American life in 2019, and how Clancy wrote the purest distillation of the World of the Boomer Dads. I swear it's also a lot more fun to read than this makes it sound.


August 27

Chinese poetry translations
I’ve the habit, when learning a language, of using classic poems as practice texts, alongside more modern works. With Japanese, I got a couple books out of this. Now with Chinese, I’m doing it again. So far I’ve translated 70+ poems, mostly from the Tang dynasty, mostly by working through 300 Tang Poems (唐詩三百首), but also other randoms as I stumble across them. The more polished work gets indexed in this post, with rougher drafts posted in this journal as I initially complete them. Feedback welcome at all levels and stages of work.


August 22

The Crow Tree
The Crow Tree is a short piece of folk horror. "It is often tempting for outside observers to judge a society or community solely by its traditions, rituals and festivals, to bestow a significance and seriousness onto events beyond that which they hold for their participants, to see superstition and fear in theatre and frivolity. Equally, of course, the reverse can be true for those involved, leading to a refusal to recognise the serious intent that underpins their festivities. The event which takes place at the crow tree is one of the community’s least talked about rituals, and consequently can be assumed to be among its most serious." [more inside]


August 21

Painting and music: PlanetSaturday on Instagram
I'd love for you guys to have a look at my paintings, and a... listen at?... my singing and guitar playing, all now available on Instagram. [more inside]


August 16

Between Seasons on the North Head Trail  
A longform visual essay (3000 words, 50 photos, and a song) about walking the historic North Head Trail in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. A tromp through local history, freezing rain, macrophotography, fog, a cholera hospital, moonlight hikes, tourists, foxes, and optical phenomena. [more inside]


August 13

Oregon Coast to Kentucky WITH NO FLAT TIRES!
The online journal of my recently-completed bicycle tour from Bandon, Oregon to Henderson, Kentucky: 3,245 miles over forty days.


August 9

Living #Ferguson
It has been five years since Michael Brown, Jr. was killed in Ferguson, Mo. I work at a local news organization, so my colleagues and I cover this story and its effects daily — not just when it happened or on anniversaries. But anniversaries can be an appropriate time for reflection. So for this anniversary, we found people who have been living #Ferguson these past five years, and let them tell their own stories. We built this site to share them.


August 6

VOLE.wtf - malevole reborn
Way back in 2002 I launched malevole.com, a site for my daftest creative projects, and tried reaching all the cool bloggers with a $10 MeFi text ad featuring an ASCII vole <",_,)~ This seemingly worked, and the site had a few viral hits, but by the end of 2004 I was too caught up in my day job and let it rot. Nearly 15 years later, I've brought it back with a completely new look, some revamped old stuff, and lots more lined up. [more inside]


August 5

The Radiotopia Index: A Final Project in Organizing Information Class
Hello! The (5 min) youtube video (with speaker notes linked in the description) is an executive summary of my final project for a class called Organizing Information. The project was to design an index for a collection of existing work. I chose podcast episodes within the Radiotopia network. An index is an organized list of terms that link to all the items that have that term (like this on metafilter). Indexes (1) allow users to find all of the items connected by a term in one place and (2) describe items by considering their "aboutness" --- a concept that can be quite the rabbit hole! [more inside]


August 1

Numble Jumber - Simple Browser Puzzle Game
The title basically says it all. I made a simple browser puzzle game. You try to move the five blocks from one side of the screen to the other and place them in order. DIFFICULTY: You can't move the blocks individually. It works best on a computer using the arrow keys, but can also use swipe on mobile. If you are looking to kill a few minutes at work, give it a try.


Academia
This is a new short short film my wife and I made. It's a short police thriller.


Art by LPD
I finally started an Instagram for my drawings and paintings. This is it. [more inside]


July 30

Visualizations for the 2019 World Happiness Report
A set of charts I made with Tableau. Some of them are interactive!


July 28

Would you like to play a season of Eat Poop You Cat over email?
Eat Poop You Cat aka Telephone Pictionary (BoardGameGeek, MeFi, and this isn't the first MeFi Project) is a game of making art -- often badly -- and writing. Assuming 8 people play a season, each player's responsibility will be for 4 artworks and 4 sentences over the course of about 12 days. Each completed game is posted to Tumblr and sent to a group email for communal reaction.


July 24

Unicode/emoji pixel fonts
A suite of pixel fonts in a variety of sizes, with ambitious Unicode coverage goals. The 8x12 set includes all of the non-ZWJ-based emoji defined to date as adorable tiny pixel art. [more inside]


July 22

Violent Penguin
Violent Penguin is a short series of 4-panel comic strips about a penguin (who is violent). [more inside]


Unquiet Ground: Whitefield's Soul Trap  
PlanetSlade's latest Secret London essay investigates the extraordinary history of a forgotten burial ground on central London's Tottenham Court Road. In the period from 1850-1900, this site next to Whitefield's Tabernacle was the subject of a 40-year legal battle between the chapel trustees hoping to protect its 30,000 graves and the operators of a noisy and chaotic carnival there. Monkeys danced on desecrated tombs and skulls were used as footballs. One defence lawyer whose murderous client frequented the place called it "a miniature hell". [more inside]


July 19

grillcover.games : performance art livestreams & other Twitch fare
I am a theater-maker & conceptual artist based in NYC (and online), and I've finally built up enough projects and confidence to list my highly weird streaming practice on my website, and thought I'd share it with MeFi Projects too. "grillcover" itself is a weird sort of thing: born in 1995 in the primordial swamps of AOL, it has been my internet avatar and proliferated on tons of web spaces since. One reason I finally collected the projects was because this week I've been rolling out my latest stunt: a live solo marathon speedrun of the Mueller Report. (to be clear, that article is "my" write-up lol) You can watch the whole thing on Twitch, or lightly edited versions of Volume I and Volume II, where I omitted the occasional breaks. And if you or anyone you know uses Twitch, I'd love to see you over on my channel! In general, my online practice is all about digging rabbit holes and making odd connections... I hope you enjoy it!


July 14

Apollo 11 (+50 years) Google Calendar
Tracking the moon landing live (+50 years) at apolloinrealtime.org (previously)? Here's a handy calendar that you can use to avoid scheduling conflicts with the most important events. [more inside]


July 12

"Warming Up the Band"
This is a teaser video (and so, basically, an ad, but I ask of you... what is an ad? ok fine) which I produced for my day job at Occipital, but I think it's mefi worthy because its the first animated render of this complexity-level I ever did pretty much from scratch (with a lot of help and camera work by my co-worker Karla). [more inside]


July 8

New Trump campaign slogan
I decided that Trump's 2020 campaign needs a new slogan. I put it on a bumper sticker so anyone who wants to can update old campaign signs with the new slogan. Warning: it's a direct Trump quote that begins with "Grab em by ..." [more inside]


July 5

The Cadeaux Decision
My short story "The Cadeaux Decision" appears in Issue 19 of Circle Show, available to read in PDF (free) and hard copy (please support!). This is a spooky and personal story, and it made me laugh when I wrote it. The latter is the highest praise I have for my own writing.
(cws: child death, corpses, transphobia)


July 2

CuprumLang - Programming language for animation
CuprumLang - Programming language for animation. This experimental programming language began to develop. Since March 2018 as a programming language for animation in the Blender program. This is a very simple interpreter with a built-in debugger. written in high level C #. Why such a name? In the periodic table, the element under Number 29 is designated as CU or copper. In Latin Cuprum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIwuI2ercYI


July 1

The Fulbright
When a young woman returns home after studying abroad, she learns that her father has been keeping a terrible secret from her. This is a dramatic short short film I produced, directed, shot and edited.


On the internet, nobody knows you're a bot
I used thousands of New Yorker cartoon contest caption submissions to classify about 100 cartoons into nineteen categories, and trained a neural network to generate new captions for each category. Some of them are kind of funny. [more inside]


June 29

Metafilter Usage 2010-2019
Graphs of the number of posts and comments, the number of unique posters and commenters, and users joining and leaving the site from January 1, 2010 through Jun 15, 2019. I may add some more later if I come up with any other interesting metrics.


June 26

10 Life Tips from Henry the Dog  
"Maybe Henry’s neurocapacity didn’t allow him to dwell on the negative because, well, dog brain. But we can choose how to expend our mental energy—why waste it on something that upsets us?" [more inside]


June 24

Am I Nonbinary?
A short quiz to help you figure out your gender identity. Try the alternate version if the original doesn’t give a definitive answer. [more inside]


June 22

An Accumulation Of Things
An Accumulation Of Things is a website which collects together various selections of my (fairly eclectic) writing output, including numerous fairy tales, short stories, comics, graphic novels, children's picture books (both rough scripts and fully illustrated books), and occasional short poems and other ephemera. This week is the site's first anniversary, and in that year to date so far it has accumulated roughly 300 things, and my current ongoing projects include Violent Penguin (a daily comic strip about a Penguin), A Thousand And One Tales (my weekly ongoing fairy tales project), and Places In Space (a weekly series of short science fiction comics, detailing a voyage through space). [more inside]


June 21

Redemption Songs  
I drew a longform comic on the fascinating, intertwined story of China and reggae. Chinese Jamaican music producers helped turn reggae into a global sensation—one that would eventually reach all the way to the country their ancestors had left behind. [more inside]


No Apologies Online Art Auction Sept 2019
An Art Auction that Fights for Abortion Rights. I was very involved in two social justice art auctions a few years back started by my friend Ann, and that felt a bit like doing something, so we have joined up again to do another online art auction, this time for abortion and reproductive rights. [more inside]


June 18

A Folia For Wallace
My name is Fred Miller, and this is my 4th self-released album. Available at this link (website hosted on AWS S3), and iTunes, Spotify, etc. Enjoy! [more inside]


How to Make a Phonotrope Video with Drawn Animation
I made this tutorial about the phonotrope technique, a modern version of the Zoetrope. [more inside]


June 14

A (Not So) Quick & Dirty Queer Reflection on Marie Kondo
Earlier this year, I wrote a raw liveblog-esque analysis of Marie Kondo's first book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up from a queer perspective. It was edited by Tove (from the original Google Doc), but it took me months to finally publish their edits. Here is the updated and edited version!


June 12

Cooking Is Coping: One Funny Recipe a Week
I'm a standup comic in NYC and I cook to cope with the stress of a midlife career change to something with no path to stability. Let me just tell you, I cook a LOT. I'm writing these recipes down and sending them to my mailing list once a week. You can see the first recipe here, with more to come every week for at least the next three months.


June 5

Abel's Autobiography
This is an excerpt from my Icelandic novel Móðurhugur, translated by Larissa Kyzer, and published in the tenth annual Queer issue of Words Without Borders. The excerpt tells the story of a young trans man at the University of Colorado Boulder who becomes embroiled in a love triangle. More about this issues's other stories and poetry below the cut. [more inside]


June 4

PixelPirate
Steal expired MillionDollarHomepage Pixels. [more inside]


June 1

Deadwood As It Was.
Many of the characters in the Deadwood series existed in real life. I've collected contemporary news stories using newspapers available from Deadwood, the Dakota Territories, and Montana. Six entries so far. [more inside]


May 28

Music Video for Starfield Tectonics
I directed this new music video for Andrew M. Edwards' new song Starfield Tectonics.


May 22

Undulating Jigsaw Puzzles
Web browser jigsaw puzzles with undulating edges. [more inside]


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