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]


August 28

Torn-Apart/Separados
A rapidly deployed critical data & visualization intervention in the USA’s 2018 “Zero Tolerance Policy” for asylum seekers at the US Ports of Entry and the humanitarian crisis that has followed. Volume 2 is a deep and radically new look at the territory and infrastructure of ICE’s financial regime in the USA. This data & visualization intervention peels back layers of culpability behind the humanitarian crisis of 2018


August 18

Airships: Conquer the Skies
Over the last five years, I've been working on a steampunk strategy game about building airships and fighting with them. Two days ago, I released it!


August 17

CommonsTime
A Twitterbot that posts freely-licensed photographs of clocks. [more inside]


Mission Me is a smartphone game that promotes creativity in your real life
Inspired by a popular art installation I made for Burning Man, I've now crafted the app version! Mission Me encourages you towards creative experiments and real-life adventures for self-growth and hilarity!


Context in courtship: how do singing mice decide when to sing?  
I promised a singing mouse poster, and I've delivered. Here's what I've been doing lately, designed to be presented at Evolution 2018 this week. Do mice with better body condition sing more because they physically can or because they want to? What's leptin, and how does it play a role in body condition scoring? And honestly, why does it matter when singing mice choose to sing and why? [more inside]


August 15

Adventures in San Francisco Gardening
Gardening in San Francisco can be difficult- the weather alone makes it an adventure. This is my attempt to chronicle my ongoing adventure in vegetables and herbs. [more inside]


August 11

Critical data essay/tutorial/experiment
What does critical data science add to our understanding of sexual harassment in academia? [more inside]


August 10

anti-social
A Firefox extension aimed at increasing human happiness by blocking social media sites. [more inside]


August 9

A beer columnist's piece on Ford's Buck-a-Beer Challenge
Mostly featuring some very eloquent brewers from Kingston, Ontario.


August 8

Minimax your chores
I've set up a website that formalizes our family's approach to splitting up chores: each person privately distributes a set number of "points" among the chores, and then we look for the allocation where the person with the most work does the least. (I.e., minimize the maximum.) [more inside]


August 6

Destination: Mars
Destination: Mars is a 180-page graphic novel, that tells a tale of exploration, love and strangeness on an odd and incomprehensible world. Three people (and a cat) set out on a journey to Mars, only to discover that the world there is stranger and more dangerous than they could ever have known. [more inside]


August 5

Pierre Menard's The Asteroids
Perhaps the most significant game of our time [more inside]


August 4

Found Story
What's your story? Found Story is an app where people share their own stories on handwritten notes for others to discover. Whether happy, hopeful, or heartbreaking, these anonymous stories give us an unfiltered view into who we are and bring us together through our true experiences. [more inside]


August 3

256 Farben: The Game
After a visit to SFMOMA, I was inspired to turn German abstract artist Gerhard Richter's "Colour Charts" into a block-breaker game. [more inside]


Tangara fastuosa
An abstract film that starts out soothing and ends in Lisa Frank madness. [more inside]


July 31

I’ve Been To A Marvelous Party
An excerpt from The Lavander Ledger, a manuscript in progress by John Leavitt about murder, gossip, and scandal in the gay underworld of 1940s Hollywood.


July 30

The Essential Ghoul's Record Shelf.
Capsule reviews of supernaturally themed novelty songs.


July 24

Tiny Skulls and otherwise  
Recently I've been sculpting tiny skulls and leaving them out in public as free art for people to find and claim. [more inside]


Tacoma Power E.P.
A 4 song E.P. written and recorded between June and July 2018. A continuation of an ongoing art project exploring the ephemerality, fragmentation and invisibility of being trans and queer. [more inside]


Country Music and Alcohol
A follow up to my last project post two years ago -- inspired by that discussion at MeFi and by this recent Washington Post article.


July 23

New Sewing Blog about my sewing classes in Chicago
I've had a bit of a revelation this Spring and re-coded, reset and generally rejuvenated the sewing classes blog I started in 2009 and left fallow since 2013. [more inside]


July 19

Queer Lady Magician
Remember this question about being a Queer Lady Magician? It's real now. Coming to a Melbourne Fringe near you. [more inside]


EXTREME MEATPUNKS FOREVER
I'm making a serial game that's half visual novel, half mech brawler, about gay disasters beating up neonazis in an alternate universe version of the American Southwest! Here are the first two episodes.


July 18

The Opposite of Forecasting  
Using real time weather data collected in Austin, TX, I've created a piece of music that streams online. [more inside]


To My Dead Husband
What I'd say to my dead husband if I had the chance. [more inside]


scherezadenfreude: 1001 nights of taking joy in the misfortune of others
I've been collecting moments of schadenfreude, one per night. [more inside]


July 17

Will Not Let Me Go  
Dallas, Texas. 1996. Fred Strickland has Alzheimer’s. An interactive story about memory, loss, and love.


July 16

BREX IT! Meal Kits
Take back control of your hunger! Inspired by the various doomsday scenarios in which Brexit will disrupt food supply chains to the UK, I made this very silly website to laugh and cry over the political disaster that Brexit has become.


Let's Rewatch (Podcast)
An animation project manager, a sound guy, a Youtuber, and a comic book superfan explore the phenomenon of being super hyped about showing your friends a movie you love, but being slightly worried you're over-selling it. I've been a cohost on this podcast, laughing and cringing our way through our old faves, for what is now entering our fourth year! We're asking for some audience write-ins or audio submissions for the next episode. [more inside]


Metafilter Leaderboard
I've been playing around with this API that I was making for kind of a joke Metafilter-filter extension (I have since shelved the filterer). Since I'm not planning on finishing Metafilter-filter, I wanted to still do something with the API, so I've hooked it up to this website! [more inside]


July 15

Ceramic/Mixed Media Sculpture: Pangolin with Pyrite
I finally finished the ceramic sculpture I've been working on for over two months! He's made of calico stonewear, exploded in the kiln and had to be painstakingly repaired, was raku fired with a white crackle glaze, and finally embellished with individually applied pyrite crystals (smashing pyrite with a hammer is VERY fun). I have named him Steven. He initially came into this world as two pinch pots, and I'm proud of the young man he's become! [more inside]


Thanks for having me!
I've listened to podcasts ever since it required hunting Podcast Pickle, and love meta shows which repurpose audio (the defunct Ask Mr Biggs comes to mind) so I spent a few hours trying out an idea I've had rattling around: I've spliced together all 2018 welcomes/thanks of guests on CBC:s Quirks and Quarks podcast into a 15 minute thing. [more inside]


July 13

What is Real?
I wrote a book! It’s a popular science book (no equations), and it’s called What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics. It’s about the 90-year-long struggle to decipher what quantum physics says about the true nature of the world around us. It’s my first book, and I’m still in shock that it’s done (and I'm really nervous about promoting it here). But apparently people like it: the New York Times called What is Real? “a thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science.” [more inside]


Pyxxi and Pyka
Pyxxi and Pyka is a puppet series my partner and I make about twin monsters who go on various adventures that involve imagination! Pyxxi is brave and brash, and her brother Pyka is dreamy and shy. [more inside]


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