October 16

After the Gold Rush
I have created (as per a friend's request) a cover version and video for Neil Young's After the Gold Rush. [more inside]


October 14

The Little Women Cookbook
I posted previously on Projects about the literary food blog that my friend and I write, and now I'm back to share that we have published a book! [more inside]


Images in Detail
Detail is a long-running series of photo galleries, predating Facebook and Flickr, where I've been posting my favourite photographs from two decades' wanderings. (I'm an Australian living in Scotland who has been around Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific.) After a few quiet years I've been on a roll this year, and it now features over 120 galleries and several thousand images. Dig in at random at the main page, or search for galleries by region. And keep watching, as I'm scanning some old negatives to extend its coverage back another decade.


October 13

Centuries of Sound
A monthly soundscape mix of music and other sounds for every year - starting in 1853 and working my way slowly towards the present day. Also a monthly radio show on Cambridge 105fm where I talk about the recordings to give some context. Mixes have so far reached 1918 (plus 2016 and 2017) and the radio show is up to 1907.


October 8

All the Buddha Boxes: 70 Songs for 70 Years of China
A song for each year of the People’s Republic of China. An attempt to distill the many diverse, fascinating currents of music in mainland China over the last 70 years into a primer, an invitation to dig deeper. From revolutionary operas and western classical to rock’n’roll, disco, punk and hip-hop — a musical history of the PRC with an eye for the regional, underground and (nefarious) foreign influences. [more inside]


October 7

??, an emoji adventure
🐉 is a tiny emoji-based adventure game I made for the latest Ludum Dare game jam, built out of Javascript, HTML, CSS, and the game's internal emoji-based scripting language. [more inside]


Peer Learning is...
Last year I started writing up our joint experiences and adventures in peer learning together with my friend Salim Virani. It started off with an idea for a practical guide on education program design, and tools. But it soon enough turned into an impractical collection of peer learning stories and profiles of learners , in an attempt to give readers the look, and feel of the many great peer learning experiences there are in the world. [more inside]


October 4

Printable Totally Real Birds of the World 2020 Calendar
Last year during Inktober, I made up and drew a bunch of fake birds like the Barre Chord Owl, the Ruby-Throated Hoverbro, and the Gin-Soaked Penguin. At the request of a friend, I recently turned all of this into a 2020 calendar that should print nicely on regular old stolen-from-your-office 8.5x11" paper. And then I decided to make it free for the world. [more inside]


October 3

Orange Grove Tool Sheds and Utility Boxes of Oliva, Spain  
In 2017, I spent 87 days in Oliva, Spain. I took 1000s of photos of tool sheds and utility boxes in various states of function and decay. These are my 108 favorites.


September 27

A Forest Tale
A graphic novel retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, imagining the everyday within the mythical. [more inside]


making/upcyling jewelry outta electronic cables
Wanted to share my wife's brainchild, Junk Party Jewelry. She collects old landline, network, and other cables and makes earrings, necklaces, and more. She's pretty obsessed with upcylcing/recycling/reusing and so on. I considered posting this to the front page, considering the that you can now friend-link, but if I think about it, I have some involvement in her project, considering that she's always bouncing ideas off me. Let me know what you think! [more inside]


September 26

Cheating Hangman  
I made a game of Hangman that "cheats" by changing the word it's thinking of in order to make it as hard as possible to guess. But while it cheats, it never lies: it remains consistent with what it's told you so far about the word length, matching letters, non-matching letters etc. [more inside]


September 22

In The Terminals Of Minraud
In The Terminals Of Minraud is a trilogy of thematiclaly-linked short stories - March My Captive Head, Last Of The Gallant Heroes, and Fading My Name Through Dying Air - assembled entirely out of sentences from William Burroughs novels. (Stories contain sex, violence, unpleasant language) [more inside]


September 19

ButtyStock - the number one site for free crisp sandwich photos  
I hired several people to produce photos of crisp (potato chip) sandwiches, paying them with hundreds of bags. Some fell by the wayside when faced with the challenge (and looming best-before dates on the crisps), others rose to the occasion and produced magnificent work. All images have been released under CC0/public domain.


September 18

Tonic: an app that gives you personalized reading recommendations, ethically
I'm part of a tiny team of people who just released a free article-recommending app for the iPhone. While building/tweaking/testing it I kept getting recommendations that make me think of good Metafilter posts, so I wanted to pass it along! In addition to having amazing content, we've built it in a way that I think folks here would really appreciate. [more inside]


September 17

Incredible Doom: Season One
A gut-wrenching coming of age story of unlikely alliances, magic, daring escapes, young love, and crime sprees, all squeezed over 2400 baud modems. We're so proud to be finally releasing the entire 6-issue print and web comic Incredible Doom free for everyone to read online, no strings attached. We also made a new little video to give you an idea of what it's like. [more inside]


A Nintendo Switch-powered Pinball Machine
Inspired by my long-held desire to build a virtual pinball cabinet and the quality of the Pinball FX3 port on Switch (not to mention its support for vertical play), I spent the past few weeks building this fully functional Switch-powered pinball cabinet. [more inside]


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


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