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.


February 2

Endarkenment: Dark Ambient Music Newsletter
Endarkenment is a new digital subscription periodical + web archive of contemplative writing on dark ambient music appreciation. The author is a longtime dark ambient nerd who's also writing a book (with interview quotes) about the genre. Newsletter features include deep-dive interviews, themed playlists + liner notes, and an underrated albums series. The default subscription tier is free; readers can upgrade to help support the artists and gain full access to all interviews. [more inside]


January 30

Exposé on pseudoscience publication secretly funded by Peter Thiel  
Inference is an online publication that claims to be an "independent quarterly review of the sciences." However, they have a long-standing habit of publishing junk science (e.g. articles attacking evolution and global warming) alongside articles covering genuine scientific subjects, with no differentiation between the two. I found this disturbing, so I did some digging, and discovered that Inference is secretly (and solely) funded by Peter Thiel, who has given them at least $1.7 million since 2014. [more inside]


Laser cut peacock mandala  
This is an art project I finished in October of last year. Details are all in the linked photo album.


January 26

Oscar Contest 2019 - with Freddie Monkcury!
Many years ago, I used to run an annual Oscar predictions contest at my blog where the prize was a custom sock monkey. I've revived the contest in 2019 and you could win a "Freddie Monkcury" of your very own. He comes with his classic "Live Aid" outfit as well as his "I Want to Break Free" drag costume (including the vacuum cleaner!). You can see the current aggregate predictions, as well as all the past monkey prizes I've made.


January 25

Reclaim Pride - Stonewall 50 Human Rights and Social Justice March
The Reclaim Pride Coalition (RPC) is a global group of organizations and individuals who are fighting to reclaim the NYC Pride March so that it better represents the LGBTQIATS+ community. Our 2019 March to Commemorate Stonewall's 50th Anniversary and World Pride will be a historic Human Rights and Social Justice march. Yesterday's press release provided key information about the movement and our vision for a 2019 march that lives up to the spirit of Stonewall. We are committed to embracing the strength and diversity of our community, as opposed to corporations, the police, or politicians. [more inside]


January 22

The earliest when  
A short list highlighting sexist disparities in the numbers of winners in various awards. "This is a short list of earliests. The earliest it can be when as many women as men have won Best Director at the Oscars is 2111. The earliest it can be when as many women as men have won the Nobel Prize for Literature is 2104. The earliest it can be when..." [more inside]


January 21

Coffee, cake & K-pop.
Nine, ten years after the single-serving Tumblr hype I've finally found a suitable (and seemingly endless) topic to do a single-serving Tumblr around: Confections and hot drinks in K-pop videos! So far I've put up 200 quick screenshots and there's more to come. I'm also happily taking suggestions for videos to feature - I really could use some more boy bands in the mix, for instance.


January 16

Good October EP
I've been writing songs, slowly improving, and posting them online (first here on Metafilter! Then got active on SoundCloud) for the past couple years. Now I have released my first EP, Good October, which is everywhere one would expect to find digital music. It features 5 indie folk songs driven by acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies, and you will also hear some electric guitar, mandolin, strings, and off kilter ambient sounds if you stick around for the whole thing. [more inside]


January 15

Bug Report! zine
Bug Report! is a (free) zine about the frustrations and growing disillusionment of working in technology today. You can see the first issue online here; soliciting submissions for the second one now!


January 14

Some Dark Place
The Christopher L. Jorgensen Collection: A digitized and cataloged private collection of historical cabinet cards and CDVs. Updated daily. [more inside]


January 12

Moshpit Memories II (1982-2002): Alan Moore, The Pogues, Jim Rose & pals
What we have here is a sequel to PlanetSlade's 2015 collection of gig-going anecdotes from the golden age of UK pub rock, punk and ska (previously on Projects). This time round, I'm covering the years from 1982 -2002, when my major obsessions included Alan Moore, The Pogues, The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow and any twanged-up country band I could find playing the bars of Nashville, Austin, San Antonio and Detroit. [more inside]


January 9

I come to your night table green with laughter
Maybe it's because we share this fever dream of seafoam and ship wheels. Maybe you just enjoy the way the rain falls in rings like small farewells. Maybe you have even conducted night watch in the same heartbroken skies. Perhaps you only long for an anemone of midnight as vaporous as everlasting lace. Whatever the case may be, I hope "The Keeping of Lights," a new collection of surrealist poetry, will fulfill all your needs.


January 8

Sadie Barton's Guide for Livin'
An ongoing webcomic of dubious artistic and literary merit following the misadventures of the titular Sadie Barton and a recurring cast of characters, who include but are not limited to: Baby Hitler, David Bowie, and a golden retriever cursed with the "gift" of prophecy. Enjoy?


January 7

J. R. "Bob" Dobbs Memorial Inverse Hessian Multiplication
Inverse hessian multiplication in linear gradient time has been an open problem in neural networks since Reagan was president or so. I believe I have a successful attack on the problem and like an idiot I posted it on a blog instead of like a journal or something. Done with Something Awful goons yelling at me the whole while


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