January 17

From Science to SciComm
I made a downloadable workbook/guide for science PhD students and postdocs who are interested in a future career in science communication. Why? Because this didn't exist yet, and until now everyone just had to figure it all out on their own. [more inside]


January 16

I Am Stuck: a chatbot fiction experiment
Me: a person trapped in a toilet stall. You: a helpful person on Facebook Messenger trying to chat me through this mess. Involves time travel, the creative industries and swears. [more inside]


January 15

Roads & Kingdoms: A food, travel, and culture magazine
We redesigned Roads & Kingdoms, winner of the James Beard Award for Publication of the Year, with Anthony Bourdain as partner and editor-at-large. [more inside]


January 11

Chart.Business
High-performance web site for business professionals with advanced business needs, keep up-to-date on all business facts for your business. Growth, leverage, portfolio, value-added, markets and other key business metrics. [more inside]


January 10

arreXted developMEN
“This is the story of a School for Gifted Youngsters that lost everything, and the one mutant who had no choice but to keep its superhero team together.” [more inside]


January 8

Your Market Can't Learn XOR
Math for the Arrow-Debreu model of markets and the perceptron model of neurons is remarkably similar, down to similar derivations for linear equilibrium via linear separability in solution space. I talk about consequences.


January 5

London charity shops treasure hunt.
Just before Christmas I visited 30 different London charity shops, anonymously donating a signed and numbered copy of my murder ballads book to every one. My online photo clues are there to help people find the shops involved and snap up these moderately-attractive collectors’ items at a bargain price while also supporting the charity's work. The headline link here gives full details and this Twitter account has news of the results so far. [more inside]


Box breathing box  
I wanted a device for box breathing, the technique where you breath in/hold/out/hold for 4 seconds. A device that wasn't a phone or computer. I built one, out of wood, plexiglas, metal, transistors, and a tiny bit of code. Then gave it the photo studio treatment, shared the code, and wrote about the experience.


A book on chanting  
I wrote a book on joint speech (many speakers, speaking/chanting in unison). Its a science book, but aimed at a general readership. After being unexpectedly dropped by a publisher, I'm self-publishing. Details below. The book is available as a free pdf for tablets or smartphones. The associated website has numerous examples and additional documentation. [more inside]


January 4

New music: Flash of a Smile
Here's a collection of self-penned, home-recorded pop songs. All done 100% with Linux, tip to tail (a twist I hope makes them MeFi Projects-worthy). [more inside]


A Spreadsheet for Tracking Calls to My Elected Officials
This is just a little spreadsheet for tracking calls to my elected officials, which I'm sharing in case other MeFites find it useful. [more inside]


Bergbahnen (The Swiss Alps, 500 Years Later).  
The mountain cableways and ski-lifts of Switzerland rarely feature in images from the country, even though they cover many areas of land that function as slopes in the winter season. Yet this infrastructure sits in place year round, and in some cases will go unused for up to ten months a year. When the "Bergbahnen" and "remontées mécaniques" do feature in photos they are typically of winter sports, because why else would they be interesting? [more inside]


January 2

OUR AUDIENCE INCLUDES
SAD CATS • PURCHASERS OF SPACECRAFT • MACHINE INTELLIGENCES WHOSE ID SUGGESTS THEY MAY BE USERS OF ICHOR (I made a web toy that generates short descriptions of very specific demographic groups, and saves the ones people click on.) [more inside]


Feed-a-Gene: science with plush toys
This is a short and (I hope) fun video made with my kids' plush toys to advertise an on-going EU-supported (H2020) scientific project about livestock feeding and genetics called Feed-a-Gene. [more inside]


January 1

Fractals in your Mastodon feed
Benoit Mandelbot is a Mastodon bot that periodically toots a random, usually interesting and occasionally stunning image from around the Mandelbrot Set. The images are visible to non-subscribers so you can look at them even if you don't do Mastodon.


December 29

Cooking is Terrible, the cookbook
I wrote a cookbook! Only it's sort of an un-cookbook--a cookbook for those of us who hate cooking, those of us who have limitations that mean we can't stand in the kitchen for ages, and those of us who are tired and hungry and would, honestly, just like to go have a nap. Probably a lot of other people, too, as it turns out that we all have to eat. It's available on Gumroad as a PDF and ePub, and as a Kindle file on Amazon.


December 26

Procedural Planet Generator  
A procedural planet generator that uses a clever templating system and a mildly terrifying shader to produce an endless stream of pictures and descriptions of alien planets.


December 25

New Album by Heartmath: "All the light"
Faced with the bitter end of a treasured relationship, composer Heartmath was heavy with grief, lost, unmoored. Since energy can neither be destroyed nor created, only transformed from one state to another, he chose to pour his feelings into "All the light", recorded as a paean, a tribute, to honor his cherished experience and the woman he shared it with. [more inside]


December 24

Funky Christmas - A Chillout, Funk, Soul, and Whimsical Christmas Mix for you to Enjoy.
Year 3 in one of my newer Christmas traditions. Almost 2 hours of music to drink Christmas Martini's to. A story in 5 chapters: Mellow, Funky, Street, Whimsical and Sleepy. Optimized for Maximum Hygge. This was also a chance for me to practice my skills as Mastering Engineer after taking a class at it. [more inside]


December 23

MefiReply Userscript
In long threads, the back-and-forths that arise can be hard for others to follow. I try to make a habit of linking back to and/or quoting the original comment, but the formatting can be a nuisance. This userscript adds a link to each comment to auto-fill your reply with those details. [more inside]


December 19

Fundamentals of Canadian Law: a podcast about the law in Canada!
Canadian law is fun and cool and exciting! Every three weeks, we release another podcast where we take something in the news or the general cultural conversation in Canada, and break down how the law applies. The web link works, but it's better to look it up & subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, etc. [more inside]


December 18

Entropic Nature
is a set of four of my poems translated from Icelandic into English by Larissa Kyzer. It's published by Exchanges, University of Iowa's online journal of literary translation, as part of their fall 2017 issue, Traces. The poems are in a very strict form of my own devising where each poem is four verses, each verse four lines, and each line broken up into clusters of four letters, and the English translation replicates the form.


"Come With Me", original filmed micro-opera
"Come With Me" is a new opera written, composed, and filmed by me, and sung by me and a few friends (we're all professional singers) . The opera is micro in scale, at just over 12 minutes, but is packed with full-sized drama, passion, and singing. The concept behind composing and filming "Come With Me" to post on YouTube is to present opera in the same way as other contemporary music - short, sweet, and directly to your phone or computer. [more inside]


Solo - An app for sharing loneliness and aloneness
Solo is a mobile web app and ongoing community project where people can share their thoughts and experiences alone. My hope is that by sharing this experience we’ll feel a sense of connection when we’re alone, and find more acceptance of ourselves and our aloneness. [more inside]


December 15

Pocket Conspiracies, a group role-playing app
I wrote and programmed a group role-playing app! The gist is everyone playing needs to be in the same room and have the app on their smartphone, and then they perform together a series of challenges. It's for 3-10 players, takes 20-45 min, ages 10+. The app is free, doesn't have ads, and doesn't track your info beyond what is strictly needed to run the game. [more inside]


December 13

Tales from the Krampus Corps
The Krampus Corps were called "terrorists" for rebelling against the North Pole regime during the War on Christmas, against the chains put on them. I may be the last surviving "hornless brother". And before the regime sends a tiny green & red assassin for me, I want the truth about our revolution (and the horrors the War on Christmas showed me) to be known. [more inside]


December 11

F is for Future: Public Media’s next 50 years
I co-wrote a paper looking at the future of public media and outlining where public media has stayed most true to its original mission.


December 5

The Pro Wrestling Wiki
The Pro Wrestling Wiki is an attempt at a fully independent, ad-free, nothing-is-too-niche, no-gossip, purveyor of pro wrestling information. The primary focus is independent, non-corporate entities like Pro Wrestling Guerrilla or All Pro Wrestling, and international organizations which are not covered widely in the US like New Japan Pro Wrestling. It's CC-BY licensed and open / free forever. [more inside]


Any & Flo meet Maggie & Hopey
It's often struck me that Andy Capp's Reg Smythe and Love & Rockets' Jamie Hernandez share a very similar "toolbox" of cartooning techniques. Here's a few panel-by-panel comparisons I put together to demonstrate the point. Jamie himself addresses my theory in the article's final par. [more inside]


December 4

View From 30,000 Feet  
Airport runways, reinterpreted as minimalist art, drawn to scale. [more inside]


December 3

Wild Country.
Essays on the weirder side of country music, including peculiar covers of Country Western songs and Country songs about weird themes. [more inside]


Indoor Voices
A colleague and I, both of us academic librarians, have a podcast where we interview our Library and non-Library colleagues about their work. So far, we've covered everything from technology to open access to midwifery to stand-up comedy.


December 2

Glitch Forever Wiki  
I have, with some help, revived the Glitch Strategy Wiki for the long-gone and much-mourned MMO, Glitch. [more inside]


December 1

World AIDS Day Twitter Moment
Since 2010 I've been doing various forms of memory activism on social media for World AIDS Day on December 1. [more inside]


Dirtdirt.com Animated Advent Calendar
'Tis the season for janky animated gifs. I've been doing these for the past 9 years (omg) and thought I'd come back here to post a link to this one. [more inside]


November 30

A Human Docum*nt
For NaNoGenMo 2017 I took an old Victorian book* and put it through a program for blotting out all of a particular symbol. That program starts out cautious, but it's way too angry by its finish. [more inside]


November 26

Guacamole Tips
Guacamole Tips is a web painting about time passing and thoughts bubbling. [more inside]


November 21

See what became of your local Blockbuster
We’ll show you what your Blockbuster became, and explore the the retail spaces that remain. A bit of nostalgic naval gazing I’m proud to have helped put together.


November 20

Code Review, Forwards and Back
Your team’s code review practices cause ripple effects far into the future. In this play, see several ways a single code review can go, then fast-forward and rewind to see the effects – on codebase and culture – of different code review approaches. Video recording of a 22-minute play about code review, mentorship, tech management, and regret. Premiered on October 6th, 2017 at PyGotham in New York City. Announcement blog post ("it's Run Lola Run but about code review") and wrapup post (audience responses included "I used to be that reviewer and I'm trying not to be anymore" and "I don't code at all but this is a marvelous management parable").


November 16

Write or Die 3
Write or Die 3 is the latest in a line of quirky tools for short-circuiting writer's block. Too many writing apps are too unopinionated, they will wait forever for you to start writing. Write or Die exhorts you to write and when you stop writing it will provide consequences. [more inside]


General Intellect Unit
A podcast examining the intersection of Technology, Politics and Philosophy, from an unapologetically Socialist perspective.


November 15

Ghost Records
An ongoing series of imagined albums from artist discographies.


November 14

Follow Along At Home
as I travel around the US in a truck and tiny camper, taking pictures and writing, well, blog entries. I left Asheville, NC on October 10, 2017 and one month in, I’m in New Mexico. So if you enjoy slow travel stories and photography, please join me!


November 10

VirtuaVerse - A Cyberpunk Point & Click Adventure by Theta Division Games
Hello, I'd like to present to you the game I'm working together with my game dev team at Theta Division Games.

It's a cyberpunk point and click adventure called VirtuaVerse. I'm doing the story and soundtrack, Valenberg does the pixel art and elder0010 is our coder.

You can see some videos with gameplay and other stuff on our pages on Facebook and Twitter

MASTER BOOT RECORD



November 7

The Bake Canadian Take Off
It's a podcast! Richard Platel (me) and Liz Walker discuss this week's episode of the Canadian edition of Bake Off, The Great Canadian Baking Show.


November 4

Tumbleweird is a free, monthly, alternative zine distributed in and around Washington state's Tri-City (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) area.
My friend Logan and I started the zine last year. At that time, it was printed in black & white (regular copy paper folded in half with saddle stitch binding). In February 2017 we switched to a tabloid format (24 pages, 8 of them in color, about 15 inches by 10 inches, same binding). Every issue is available on our web site as a PDF. Its current tagline is "Your local liberal rag." It has comics, a crossword, horoscopes, art, local events, and articles. [more inside]


Date Me Super Senpai
It's the first video game to come out of the new media program at a youth development program I worked with, SAY Sí. It was designed and programmed entirely by the high school students that are part of the program (with some help from instructors). It's a dating sim set at a school for superheroes, and features multiple endings with whatever gender you attempt to date. I'm not an instructor there anymore, but I am super proud of what these young folks accomplished.


November 2

WAFFLES! A weekly radio show/podcast on varying themes
A different theme each week! MeFite Kitteh and I co-host a Saturday-morning radio show at CFRC in Kingston, Ontario, and for over three years we've picked a weekly theme and explored it through music, in every style imaginable. I've been pushing the archives to podcast (legally, under a SOCAN 22F tariff) for a while now. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or Google Play (search for Waffles Radio)! The site also archives a summer radio fill-in/podcast on video game music and composers, Virtualosos, which ultimately wasn't sustainable.


October 31

Hell017
Hey boils and ghouls! My 17th annual cartoon madness has been stitched together and reanimated for your Halloween viewing pleasure. CAUTION - political humor directed at the ruinous right-wing. Read with care and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


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