May 22

Lost Notes (Season 2)
I wanted to wait until we had a sufficient pile of episodes out there to share, but ... Lost Notes is back for another season! Our exec producer/host this season is the great Jessica Hopper - one of the sharpest music writers and critics in the room. Check out the episode guide in the Extended Description. [more inside]


Tufte Bootstrap
Edward Tufte uses distinctive, simple, well-set typography, extensive sidenotes, and tight integration of graphics and charts. This project is an attempt to bring that style to the Bootstrap framework. Contributors to this open source project are welcome. [more inside]


May 21

Home Of Hell
"Home of Hell is an interactive fiction story in which YOU! must brave the horrors of the infamous Home of Hell to say goodbye to your grandmother one final time." A (slightly) humorous homage to classic Fighting Fantasy books (especially Steve Jackson's House Of Hell), this story contains scenes of sadness, despair and the proliferation of infuriating annoyances that lead inexorably to a mounting atmosphere of anxiety, terror and, eventually, scenes of mildly gruesome horror. [more inside]


The Long Talk (Round 3)
Here's how it works: each day you get an email, and you write one back. Everyone who writes back gets to keep playing, and the game gets more and more interesting as people drop off. We play until there's one person remaining and they're crowned the winner. Now gathering folks for round 3.


May 14

White Lies: a visual introduction into NPR's new true-crime podcast
In 1965, soon after Bloody Sunday, white minister Jim Reeb was murdered in Selma by four men. Three were charged, all were acquitted. A new NPR podcast explores the legacy of that death, and investigates the circumstances of Reeb's death. I worked on this visual introduction to the case, including photos, audio, and excerpts from the FBI case file.


May 13

The Generalist Academy  
This blog shares one interesting thing, every day. Recent topics have included Samoan independence, fake professors, and Renaissance fart jokes. Also on Facebook and Twitter.


May 8

This is the worst party I've ever been to. (2020 edition)
A photographic examination of the 2020 campaigns and the people's response to Trump. [more inside]


May 7

'Change the Subject' Documentary  
'Change the Subject' is a documentary about working to change how libraries label immigrants. Here's a trailer (and a second trailer). In 2014 a Dartmouth College student researching undocumented students in the U.S. repeatedly encountered the term “Illegal aliens” as a subject heading in the library catalog. Dismayed by this use of biased language she worked with CoFIRED (a student run undocumented immigrant rights group at Dartmouth) and rallied college librarians, and ultimately librarians across the United States, to challenge how the Library of Congress categorizes books and other materials about undocumented people. This 55 minute film features interviews with students, faculty, librarians and congressional representatives involved in this instance of campus activism that entered the national spotlight (NYT link). As of this posting, the Library of Congress has yet to 'Change the Subject' and 'Illegal aliens' remains the authorized cataloging term for issues related to undocumented immigrants. [more inside]


May 2

The Bodies of Walton County
I've lived in a lot of places, but never one with this many bodies.

True stories from my community. [more inside]


May 1

The True Crime stories behind Wild Colonial Boy & other Australian ballads
I've just posted the first three of my Bushranger Ballads song essays, telling the True Crime stories behind Bold Jack Donohoe, The Wild Colonial Boy and The Death of Peter Clark. These songs belong to a genre of 19th century Australian ballads celebrating the colony's cheekiest and most successful highwaymen. The new essays are a PlanetSlade Murder Ballads Production, and join last September's background essay on bushranger songs which we've discussed previously. [more inside]


Dinosaurs, Dumpster Fires, and other Drawings
I started doing daily doodles for my kid and they eventually evolved into sketches and then recently actual drawings and illustrations. A few people have been asking how to buy copies, so I finally put together a shop where you can get a drawing as a poster, sticker, card, and various other stationary items. Probably best described as fun, cute, and sometimes surreal.


April 23

Life Gave Me Fifteen Lemons  
I have a friend who I've known since junior high who now lives in California. Her brother died a few months ago, not super surprising but those things are never easy. Randomly some time after that, a box from her appeared at my post office FILLED with lemons. No note other than "You know what to do." I did not, in fact, know what to do, but I made some wild guesses and had a fun time doing it. I wrote this entirely true illustrated essay about what I did because I thought it might cheer her up.


At the end, who did you hold close and who did you push away?
My mom died of cancer a few days before Christmas. In the six months between when she was diagnosed and when she died I tried to photograph her struggles and decline (mainly as something to do in all the craziness). The final project was small: 10 photos and a short essay on her problematic role as a parent. I didn't expect the reception it got. Some people were moved, others hated it. I permanently lost contact with one of my siblings. I still think it was the right thing to publish. As complicated a relationship I had with her, her end of life and death were worth chronicling.


April 18

The Stolen Child (a tale told in tales)  
"The child in the cage had been found in the forest, they said, left behind by the fair folk there at the passing of the midsummer sun. Or, they said, the child had been a gift from the gods. The child was a traveller, the child was a spy, a thief, a lie. The child was a warning. A warrior. A weapon. The child was an offering. The child was a beast. But the child in the cage was none of these things. The child was a child." The Stolen Child is a short fairy tale in six parts, about imprisonment, escape, and revenge. [more inside]


April 17

H.i.P.O. (Hazardus Interstellar Perfessional Operations)
So, now that the NDA has been lifted, I can share the art installation I was working on that is at this year's Coachella. It's a rocket ship manned by hippos. Of course. I feel a little dumb posting this because it's not "my" project; I was just a cog in the machine. But my boyfriend was art director on this under the two lead artists so I watched this come together over several months, and I was part of the crew putting on the actual show last weekend. I'm still tired. I can't imagine how the leads are doing. [more inside]


Plink
A macOS-based music programming environment for hosting AudioUnit instruments and effects and allowing them to be played and controlled with code written in JavaScript, optionally driven by a score. (Work under development.) [more inside]


April 16

Student Newspaper Queer Edition
Queer Honi: Cultural and Gender Marxxxism edition. Every year, the editorial collective of the student newspaper of the University of Sydney cede their position five times, for the autonomous Honi Soit editions: Wom*n's, Queer, Indigenous, Ethnocultural (ACAR) and Disability. I had the great privilege to be the primary editor for queer Honi this year. It's not something that I consider to be within my field of expertise, but I had a crack at it and people say it didn't turn out too badly. [more inside]


Portia Manson's Hippie Dick! in Dirty Looks Volume 4
I contributed an article to the new issue of queer film journal Dirty Looks on Portia Manson/Gene Barnes, who produced six issues of the erotic queer zine Hippie Dick! in the early 90s, made experimental films like Mercury Rising, and died at the age of 31 in 1995 from AIDS-related meningitis. He was the subject of the tribute song R.I.P. by Bikini Kill. (Gene had attended Evergreen College at the time of the nascence of the riot grrrl movement.) [more inside]


April 14

American Rarebit
A comic about food, government cheese, being a latchkey kid, being the child of a latchkey kid, and the power of kraft singles in your life


“I was a technician on Anderson Station”
“Seteshang Anderson (“Anderson Station”)” is a song by The Moldy Filters about an labor revolt on a refinery station in the Asteroid Belt. Set in the world of the the book/TV series “The Expanse ”, the lyrics are in lang belta, aka “Belter”, the English-based creole language spoken by the natives of the Belt, created for the show by linguist Nick Farmer. [more inside]


A Internet Argument Ender about local tax rates  
I got sick to the teeth of the constant whining about our municipal taxes on local social media and Reddit, so spent an afternoon doing some research on comparable municipalities and tax rates in Ontario. The more valuable end of this from a broader perspective might be a follow-on page about why ratio complaints (our city pays more for XXX than any other city, or our city's taxes are a higher percentage of YYY than other cities') are kind of bullshit.


April 7

About Faces
I released my first LP, About Faces, after several years of sometimes-intermittent writing and recording. It's about adapting to some significant changes in my partner's life trajectory and, relatedly, struggling with my own issues with emotions and vulnerability related to toxic masculinity, though the tone is mostly upbeat and positive. The genre is broadly "indie rock" but with some genre deviations and experimental and unorthodox bits to it. [more inside]


April 3

Star Trek episode, Dave Eggers book, or Mountain Goats song?  
As I recently noted on FanFare, I started making this thoroughly silly quiz years ago, and only remembered it recently. So I finished it and published it on Buzzfeed's community site. There's no real joke except that all three of these things tend to have delightfully overwrought titles.


March 29

18 short plays about Python and programming
At the PyGotham 2018 tech conference, Jason Owen and I presented "Python Grab Bag: A Set of Short Plays", inspired by the Neo-Futurists' show "The Infinite Wrench". The 40-minute video is up on YouTube and my blog post links to the script and slides, credits the crew and cast, deep-links to the specific timecodes for individual plays, and gives citations for the references we made. [more inside]


March 28

Trump Learned
Tweets when the president learns (and tweets) a word for the first time. Like @nyt_first_said, but applied to the president. [more inside]


March 25

TC Irish
An events calendar for Minneapolis/St. Paul Irish events, with a community guide soon to be added and, hopefully, a monthly tabloid to follow. Events are also available via email.


March 18

Puzzling Art
We all have times where we fall apart, but we also work hard to pull ourselves together again. I've made a number of pieces of art about that sense of self at those times, or even the little times when you try to meditate, but your mind can't stop zooming on it's roller coaster. I use jigsaw puzzles, acrylic paint, and occasionally origami. [more inside]


Make money. Rip off hard-working people. Earn cool stuff for your desk.
From the team that brought you Payback and Stax comes our newest financial literacy game: Shady Sam. [more inside]


March 17

Terrible Things Happening in Cold Places
I started writing a blog about one of my dearest niche interests: terrible things happening in cold places. Whether it's explorers wrecking their ships in the Arctic or mountaineering expeditions mysteriously going wrong, I'm interested in it, and I will write about it for you here. [more inside]


March 16

cartoon racoon news show
hey, so i've been playing around with scripts and assets and stuff got so dark last night that i was motivated to pull my first script live, complete with scrappy phonemes and a few fourth wall breaks. this is my first news hour cartoon edition, and i'm really happy to share it with this awesome community. please send suggestions!


March 12

magic science
magic science: cartoons, essays, and an ongoing manifesto [more inside]


March 10

A Random Walk Through The Library of Congress: LOC Serendipity  
The Library of Congress contains vast troves of digital resources. LOC Serendipity is a website that simulates the experience of exploring a library and skimming eye-catching or interesting titles. From books like, "Dainty dishes for slender incomes," which contains a delicious recipe for beignets, to the oddball early-1800's "Memoirs of the notorious Stephen Burroughs of New Hampshire" to "The forgotten book," published in 2018, this tool enables serendipitous and deeply engaging discovery every day. [more inside]


March 5

Reds Of Future Past   
For The Baffler Issue 44 “Truth Decay”, artist and activist John Leavitt approaches the topics of historical memory, the first red scare, the role of propaganda, and the labor movement as something haunting the American mind.


March 1

Late Night In The Studio
Late Night in the Studio takes a deep dive into the illustrious history of the CBC. In each episode, our archivist host Moe will show us a special treat (which happens to relate to events in his personal life) from the the catacombs of the CBC; films which feel authentic to the time and place they are supposed to be from... but they're created by us. Late Night in the Studio is part history, part imagination. [more inside]


February 27

The Movie Crash Course
Being the blog of an ordinary movie buff, unschooled in film for the most part, who is attempting to watch (or rewatch as the case may be) and review each and every one of the films that has ever been in any edition of the 1001 Movies To See Before You Die. [more inside]


February 26

Campus Arrival
We created a resource for students moving onto college campus for the first time, which can be a stressful experience. Where universities have their packing and moving checklists spread across multiple department websites, in ancient formats, without many details, we've created a web & mobile friendly site based on their official guidelines, along with our own specific product recommendations. You can check items off, and even print it out for on the go. Would appreciate any feedback from college students or parents on how we can make our site even more useful for you.


February 25

The Unleashed
My late-middle-grade / YA urban fantasy novel about the ghosts of Seattle is free to read online. It follows Mira, a ghost who frees herself from the tether that bound her to the place where she died. Mira learns a terrible secret about the ghosts of Seattle and decides to do something about it. [more inside]


February 20

The Solar Nerd
In which I nerdily compile everything you might want to know if you are planning to stick solar panels on your roof or your backyard. If you already have panels and a supported inverter, you can join the community and your inverter data will show up automatically, and people can you ask you stuff. [more inside]


February 19

Sarasota Half in Dream  
Sarasota Half in Dream is a feature-length Surrealist documentary about dead turtles, crab swarms, decaying resorts, and microscopic histories. Streaming online for free. [more inside]


February 18

Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back
In 2018, I completed work on Chronin, a queer historical SF duology and my debut as a solo graphic novelist. It follows Mirai Yoshida, a college student in an elite program which uses time travel for research, who finds herself trapped in 1860s Japan as civil war is brewing. The complete arc is 730 pages. Today, Volume 1 is out in the world. [more inside]


February 17

Virtual ChIP-seq
Our new method predicts transcription factor and chromatin factor locations in a cell type using new kinds of data like chromatin factor binding in other cell types and learning the association of gene expression patterns with chromatin factor binding patterns. We've made free software available and a track hub that can load our predictions for 36 chromatin factors in 33 human tissue types into the UCSC Genome Browser.


February 16

Storyweek
A new piece of short fiction every weekday, sometimes on weekends, mostly old stories, occasionally something new. [more inside]


Campaign To Support the Juliana v. US Youth Climate Lawsuit
I have organized a campaign to get thousands of young people to sign on to an Amicus (Friend of the Court) brief that they will file with the 9th Circuit in support of the Juliana Plaintiffs in the Children’s Climate Lawsuit. This is an amazing lawsuit filed by 21 kids, demanding their right to life and liberty which is threatened by government policies abetting climate change. We’ve gathered a team of constitutional scholars to write our brief, and just went live with a powerful video we shot with the kids. The brief will be filed on behalf of Zero Hour, a worldwide youth-led climate action movement. This case could be the Obergefell (marriage equality) of climate. Will almost definitely reach the Supreme Court. Any help I could get with publicizing this, especially to young people who can sign our brief, would be greatly appreciated. Website is above, which contains a link to our video (Twitter), also here (Facebook) and buttons for sharing. Thanks!


February 12

Making a Menger sponge in stained glass  
I spent the last six weeks taking a stained glass course from a local artist (Vavroch Glass Studio) and the culmination of that is a 15"x15" stained glass Menger sponge rendering that I'm absolutely delighted with. This is a writeup with pictures of the whole process from conception to completion.


Pinboard Cooking Challenge
In which I cook and photograph my way through my recipe backlog, and test the limits of one tiny studio apartment kitchen. [more inside]


February 10

Play Comics: A Comic to Video Game Comparison Podcast
Play Comics is a weekly podcast where a guest and I look at video games based on comic properties and how well those games stick to the source material. Think more along the lines of a book vs movie thing than a game review thing. [more inside]


February 7

Noon All Year ... and more
3350 days ago I posted to Metafilter Project a timelapse music video about the founding year of our little sheep farm in Vermont. Since then, the camera equipment has definitely improved ... and the videos have gotten significantly shorter.* Most importantly, the view is still awesome. [more inside]


February 6

The Potty Training Exit Survey
I'm (just barely) starting to blog about data for families and households. One of the first pieces I want to do is about potty training, and there's some gaps in the existing literature that I'm hoping to address by collecting some data from parents on when and how they did potty training. If you've potty trained a child *within the past year*, and feel like sharing how it went, I would be most appreciative if you do this 5 minute survey. I'll share the results back here and at littldata.com.


February 5

Shit Solidarity: Magnetic Memes on Workers' Wages in Shitter Stalls  
I make cheap, crude magnets bearing the ancient poem of worker solidarity (boss makes a dollar; I make a dime; that's why I shit on company time). These magnets include a URL, shitsolidarity.com, which offers a brief spiel about income inequality and corporations' attempts to curtail workers' rights to pinch a loaf (drop anchor, lay cable, squeeze out a senator) on the job. Interested parties can buy their own cheapo magnets, with 100% of proceeds supporting Jobs With Justice.


February 4

Afterlife Wingdings
The TV show "The Good Place" has lots of easter eggs, including some strange otherworldly text. I decided to make a font out of it.


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