June 30

singingbush.online
Do you love The Singing Bush from the 1986 comedy ¡Three Amigos!? [more inside]


The Unfathomable Stupidity of Rich White Men
Hi, everyone. I've written a number of pieces for DailyKos that I've been proud of and that have been well-received, but this is the first time I've posted one to Projects. It really seems to have struck a nerve with readers, and I'm both curious about whether MeFites agree with the premise -- that we are witnessing a long-overdue mass revolt against a corrupt and racist plutocracy -- and eager to see it continue to find an audience, as I genuinely feel it is generating positive energy and enthusiasm for change. Thanks!


June 29

Messages From Sagittarius A*
An eclectic radio show where I essentially play three hours of whatever I've been listening to that week and have a drink. All feedback is enjoyed.


June 27

Break Into Us
I made a web-based puzzle game. Players must solve clues to reduce the possible permutations for a series of combination locks and get them open. There are a couple of deliberately-easy tutorial levels at the start, but once you've solved the first one you can jump to any lock you please. [more inside]


June 15

Kaggle Birdcall Identification Competition
We just launched a machine learning competition for bird identification in soundscapes! This is a surprisingly difficult problem, which can ultimately help with ecosystem health monitoring (for example, if birds X, Y, Z are present, you can make inferences about their food and predators). I've been building models in this space for a couple of years, working with both the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cal Academy of Sciences in my spare time. I'm excited to see what sort of ideas we get from the larger community!


June 13

Typewriter Stories with Doctor Sparks
Every day (M-F) I host a livestream where kids video chat in, and together we write a story on my mechanical typewriter. The stories are illustrated in real time by Cecilia Olivera-Hillway. The show is a celebration of the creativity and storytelling of children. Tune in at 4pm Eastern! [more inside]


June 12

Match Game '73: All the blanks!
For absolutely no reason, I have transcribed all the questions, answers and blanks of all 119 episodes of "Match Game '73." (Except for the 3 that are missing.) Just the questions and answers, and nothing more. The early episodes are interesting of course, because the show hadn't yet found its footing. Brett Somers didn't make an appearance until episode 11, and she was on the bottom tier! As someone who really likes the 4th-grade-level wordplay of the show, this gives me a big laugh. If there's more interest here or elsewhere, I'll start soon on '74.


June 9

CNBSeen
CNBSeen seeks to reduce the number of profiling of vehicles with burnt out lights by replacing burnt out lights on vehicles for free. This helps 1) Reduce the number of stops which have resulted in confrontations between police and innocent people of color (esp), 2) Reduce the amount of financial hardship on drivers who may find themselves having to pay concurrent fines, and 3) Promote public safety on the road by repairing broken lights. [more inside]


The Mad Magazine Fold-In Effect in CSS  
At age 99, comic artist Al Jaffee just announced his retirement. Jaffee was best known for his Mad Magazine fold-ins, where folding the page reveals a hidden message in the artwork. Plenty of examples can be found on the web. Unfortunately, they all show the before and after statically, diminishing the magic. There’s a whole generation who may have only seen the fold-ins in this format. So of course I had to create the paper folding effect for the web.


June 4

A Timelapse of Tides
This is a very simple 9 hour time lapse of the tides on the River Thames. [more inside]


This MP Does Not Exist
I trained a StyleGAN neural network using official photos of UK Members of Parliament, then generated a whole new load of them along with names and constituencies (using segments from real MP names and structures of actual constituency names). The results are often blandly white, male & middle-aged, and occasionally very weird.


June 2

Arigato: A minimal, unopinionated toolkit for scripting with AudioUnits
I have written a lightweight system for making it convenient to play AudioUnit software instruments in code on macOS. Arigato consists of a tool, ARigEditor, for creating networks of pre-prepared AudioUnits (which I call ARigs, hence the name), tagged with names, and a library for loading these and doing things with them in Swift, typically in Xcode Playgrounds. Oh, and ARigEditor will also generate Playgrounds containing your AudioUnits and the necessary support code. [more inside]


May 28

Motto
a playful ghost story brought to life by the one-of-a-kind way you see the world. Working with friends and Canada's National Film Board, we spent the past three years trying to develop a new vocabulary for a kind of interactive novella and portable treasure hunt. It's a curious adventure about a ghost named September and you can explore all six chapters free on your phone.


London's coronavirus street art.
As London's coronavirus lockdown started to ease, I took an early-morning walk each day round my local north London neighbourhoods of Hoxton, Shoreditch and Islington, photographing all the best examples of coronavirus street art I could find. I've complied my better photographs into a poster collage, which you can enlarge to study the art's detail if you wish. I'm still adding to the collection too. [more inside]


May 21

Reverse engineering Apple Photos to extract photo metadata and do fun things with it  
I've been building tools to liberate my photo metadata from Apple Photos. In addition to machine learning labels (it automatically tags my photos with categories as detailed as lemur, pelican and seal) I also found an intriguing collection of quality scores, with names like ZPLEASANTCAMERATILTSCORE and ZSHARPLYFOCUSEDSUBJECTSCORE. I've used them to identify my most aesthetically pleasing photographs of pelicans according to Apple's fancy machine learning algorithms!


A Chrome extension for managing your tabs
Quickly find, open, save, and share all your important web pages. [more inside]


May 19

Trouble finding TP? Try Shelf Bear!
So we've been working on this for ourselves - but I saw comments in the Door Dash thread saying that "I wish there was an app to help find things," so even though we're a day or two out from live launch (plus approval from app stores) I thought I'd go ahead and post this here. I take responsibility for the terrible puns, and Mr. Gyre handles the server bits. I just wanted to be able to wipe my bum and find meats that don't cost an arm and a leg without running all over town or activating the literal phone tree. Maybe some other folks might find it useful, too. [more inside]


May 6

In Sickness: a podcast about caregiving
Two millennial caregivers for their chronically ill spouses, speak honestly about what life is like when there are more days spent in sickness than in health. [more inside]


Lucid
Four and a half years ago, I thought I was a cis man. Then I wrote a book. [more inside]


May 4

TrudgeCast podcast
I set out to make the most mundane, dreary podcast possible... but then Stuff Happened that made it topical and perhaps slightly poignant. Each episode features the audio of a different person's journey to work, sometimes with just the background noises, sometimes with commentary. [more inside]


May 3

Create your own 1980s police sketch  
I recently came across some old abandoned police sketch software for Macintosh systems from the 1980s. I've wrapped it up in a web-based emulator and now you can play with it in your browser. Make your own face sketches.


May 1

Pictures and Stories
An editor friend of mine and I have been trying to keep occupied during the lockdown by collaborating on short (sometimes very short) fiction based around reader-submitted photos. These are the tales we have so far.


MCLUHAN VIDEOS
Salutations Everyone! We all have read the quotes about McLuhan, now hear and occasionally see him speak, it's quite different than just reading, as if the person, or medium, if you will, alters the content of what's expressed, or message, ya might say. Seriously though, I'm serializing a project entitled: "Western Cynical: McLuhan Unclaimed", it's available on YouTube, episode 13 is premiering very soon. [more inside]


Boast & Drive: A Squash Card Game
If you're bouncing off the walls, we have your antidote. Boast & Drive is a strategic card game for 2 to 6 players bringing to your living room the suspense and excitement of a squash match. Designed in Cleveland; made in the USA! Be the first to own the world’s best (and only) squash card game. Every purchase includes a donation to a member program of Squash & Education Alliance.


April 30

Fifteen Monsters All In A Row  
Fifteen Monsters All In A Row is a short text adventure/twine game (which should work in any browser), where you have to confront fifteen monsters (in a row), which I made for/with my five year old niece and two year old nephew, who designed the monsters, and wrote some of the stories. The game contains 15 monsters (all in a row), several secret monsters (occasionally in a row), multiple solutions to every problem (almost), some exciting stories (occasionally), at least two jokes, and even a super secret special ending. [more inside]


I have eaten the plums
Inspired by this post my favorite pastime recently, when I'm feeling down or bored, has been getting GPT-2 to complete William Carlos Williams poems. I've made a tumblr where I have been posting some of my favorite completions of his classic, "This Is Just To Say."


Trey Fontaine
Bizarrely, and for reasons too long and dull to explain, I’ve released an album of odd rock guitar instrumentals under the pseudonym Trey Fontaine. [more inside]


April 29

The Gray Area
After two and a half years of work -- recording and editing some 300 hours of audio with dozens of actors -- I have started releasing the second season of my audio drama. Nineteen episodes (including a forthcoming seven part epic set between 1994 and 2023), 120 speaking roles, and I wrote nearly a thousand pages. The series involves parallel universes, wisecracking demons, revolutionaries, exuberant aliens fond of American nostalgia, and, above all, an examination of love and empathy.


April 28

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Deanna (TNG edition)  
A while back, I went looking for a TNG version of Deanna – not finding one, I obviously had to make one myself. [more inside]


April 27

Service Ribbons in CSS
Service ribbons commemorate a soldier's participation in war, campaign or battle starting with the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Ribbons are made of cloth and steel. This project is about creating them with HTML & CSS.


TV Opening Sequences Quiz  
Identify each TV show by a single frame taken from their opening titles. All those years spent on the sofa watching mindless entertainment can finally pay off, if only in Internet glory. [more inside]


April 25

Red Ticket: A Story of Collapse
1993 was the most brutal of the post-collapse years in Moscow, and it was also the year I moved there without really knowing any better. I woke up in a society where few institutions functioned, mobsters in tracksuits flourished, and chewing gum was worth more than money. Red Ticket is my memoir about Russia after it lost the Cold War (remember when we used to say that?), and about social and personal collapse. [more inside]


April 23

Basho poems
Each day, I post a Basho poem. These are my own translations. [more inside]


April 21

Content-aware concrete
I made a new website for my art practice, and, while my last show and newest work is textile-based, I thought MetaFilter might like my 2015 exhibition Screen Wall, featuring concrete breeze blocks I designed by (mis)using Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill. [more inside]


April 17

Sharing feelings and creative opportunities during lockdown
I worked with a group of young creative / technical folks (mostly POC) to create an emotional mapping site. Tag a location and share how you're feeling — and check out the three opportunities for funded creative 'residencies'. [more inside]


Every Day A Song
It took a plague to slow me down enough to realize a years-held dream: posting a new video to youtube every day (almost) of me playing the guitar and singing a song. Been at it for a couple of weeks now and it's going pretty good! Covers so far include Lucinda Williams, Woody Guthrie, Doc Watson, and Steven Universe, plus a bunch by Trad of Itional, and I would describe the musical style as crude but heartfelt. Hope you enjoy!


April 16

Due to COVID-19: Documenting the Signs of the Pandemic  
I'm crowdsourcing a photo collection of all the COVID-19 closure signs that have popped up all over our communities. I'd love to include photos from your city! [more inside]


Cuddle Call
cuddlecall.me connects you with your favorite cute, cuddly animals directly over video chat. [more inside]


April 14

Maersk Container ship model made from wood
I built this single shipping container model made from wood. It was part of a larger project, but I can only take credit for this small tiny section. This single element was used as a template to fabricate the other containers that you will see in this video. I double-checked the rules. Although this has a business element, I'm only referencing the container as my project. Although I'm a manager, I do on occasion like to get my hands dirty. Here is the video that shows the full project just in case you wanted to see how this large 5-foot model came together. BUILD VIDEO PS. If you think this is spammy or promotional in anyway, Please let me know and i will take it down.


This is All Perfectly Normal
I started knocking out a 3-panel comic strip (mostly) daily since this whole "shelter in place" thing forced everybody to stay home and confront the abyss of boredom yawning away before them. [more inside]


April 12

Visualizing Covid-19 spread in the US
1 minute video showing incredible spread of Covid-19 in the US using county case counts from the NYT. Interactive map is here: https://covid-19-map.leshill.app [more inside]


April 10

Restoring 100- to 200-year-old woodworking planes
For the last year I've been taking wooden woodworking planes from the 1800s and early 1900s and getting them back in working condition. [more inside]


StockOrrery
A silly single page website I put up for April Fools, inspired by the line "the stock market is just astrology for men". [more inside]


April 9

Ultimate Quarantine House Selection!  
A little toy that generates fresh instances of the "Pick Your Quarantine House" meme/game. Potential roommates are drawn from a pool of 3000+ celebrities and historical figures. [more inside]


"He stabbed her with a corn knife / That's how his crimes begin."
I've been writing about murder ballads on PlanetSlade for a while now, but this essay's a little different. It's all about the 1893 murders of the Wratten family in Daviess County, Indiana. You may recall the folk song about these killings being used in the final episode of The Haunting of Hill House, where Poppy Hill's ghost recites its lyrics to a terrified Hugh. PlanetSlade's research into the real killings behind this song began with a couple of readers letters, sparked a full-blown investigation on Matt Aukamp's Every Folk Song podcast and has now produceded a new PlanetSlade essay. To unravel it all in some kind of logical order, start here. [more inside]


April 8

Cooking Is Coping: One Funny Recipe Video a Week
I'm a standup comic in NYC, and I'm starting a video series called "Cooking is Coping" - I cook to cope with depression and anxiety. I'll demonstrate a recipe while doing jokes and answering audience questions. [more inside]


April 7

Get Afraid's Joy Generator
A fun little tool to distract you at home. Tap button. Get joy. [more inside]


April 5

Boston Driving School
Initially this was meant to be a series of comics about Boston drivers, who never cease to amaze me with their inventive ways of motoring, thus making me wonder what exactly the local driving schools were teaching. And then...it kind of morphed into a jumble of random sketches. One day I will redraw these properly, but that day is not today.


"Bird" by Hamid Naderi Yeganeh
A mathematically-defined picture of a bird. [more inside]


April 3

Pandemic Lit
My colleague and I co-host a monthly live literary show called Write Club, which pits writers against each other in timed bouts on opposing concepts. While we're all quarantined, we're continuing on with a series of video bouts. First installment is up now, with more to come in the weeks to follow. [more inside]


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