My mother died this year, after a long decline in her health, and I was one of the main people who helped take care of her. While caring for her, preparing for her death, and handling logistics afterwards, I learned a lot from online resources (including MetaFilter), various professionals, and friends. So I'm trying to pass on some things I learned -- about paperwork, patient advocacy, body donation, delegating to friends, coping with Mom's delirium and incontinence, and more -- by sharing them in a blog post I have been working on for months. It was pretty hard to write in places, and I hope it saves people a few unpleasant surprises. [more inside]
A new comic series we're launching today in the Incredible Doom universe (that Metafilter has been so kind to!), Eternal September is an intimate, harrowing series about teenagers navigating the wild, dangerous days of the early web. You can read Issue 1 free online today, and you'll be able to read the entire series for free as it's posted to followers. No ads, no trackers, no middlemen, we're going back to our roots on the open web. [more inside]
I'm determined to get more people to blog on their own sites. This is my attempt at making it easy: a self-contained site that takes you through writing and reading, with an easy-to-remember domain that's designed to be shared. [more inside]
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]
What does one do with a blog in 2018? If you're me you export the text, do a little cleanup, ingest it with NLP (Natural Language Processing) tool Markovify, and create random sentences based on your own writing. It's a little eerie to read words that seem like me but clearly were not assembled by me. It was fun to make. You can follow it on twitter @BloggingBot.
4.26.17 I recently had to do a complete lifestyle change, move from the big city to a small town in the mountains. My website is to launch next week on Wordpress, and will be focused on living a calmer life. TheCalmLife.net will need some guest posts, and I am looking for a few writers who wish to guest post. There is no pay but I encourage your articles to be beneficial and "pretty" with original content and photos. The best part is you can link drop to one good link in your article for posting. [more inside]
I started one of those blogs people have where they write about all the stuff they care about. Topics include, among other things: social justice and feminism, video games (especially Dragon Age) and menstruation. Also, there are jokes. [more inside]
So I mentioned this in the #womensMarch MeTa thread, but I am the vice-admin for a group blog called the Asexual Agenda whose purpose is to promote more higher-level discussion of asexuality, by asexuals. It also aims to provide a community center for asexuals who are interested in this discourse. [more inside]
A free weekly reading for the whole city. I got the idea because sometimes I'd noticed the same card or cards showing up in different people's readings in the same few days, and I felt like I was glimpsing larger spiritual currents. I wanted to more fully examine that, and also to combine my writing flair with my divinatory reading skills. Warning: Contains mysticism
What's happening at the intersection of literary culture and the internet? I've started a new bi-weekly blog series intended to address that topic and more. It's called "Litblog Roundup." [more inside]
Known is a simple platform for publishing words, pictures, podcasts and more to a site that you control. Choose to syndicate it to social networks like Twitter and Facebook, or software you already use like Moodle or Sharepoint. With Known, you control your content and ideas. [more inside]
SliderBuilder is an interactive web-based WYSIWYG editor for creating slideshows, content sliders, and carousels for a website or blog. You manipulate slides, layers, images, and text through a web interface, then either generate HTML code to paste into your site or publish your slider at sliderbuilder.com. [more inside]
Even in the midst of some technological turbulence (see also: “blogging is dead,” “Google Reader is gone“) there remains a vibrant and enjoyable literary blogosphere. You can still subscribe to a huge number of blogs and join the conversation. I’ve created a tool to help make it easy to do this, so you can get back to reading and posting. Using Silliman’s Blogroll as a starting point, I’ve created an OPML file. This file is a big list of all the RSS feeds of all the blogs on Silliman’s list. The file is designed to be imported into your blog reader of choice. Since Google Reader isn’t around anymore, I recommend Feedly (my current favorite) or Digg Reader (also very good).
I have been blogging about the creation of my latest play, a Doctor Who-themed romantic comedy called "Who Are You Supposed to Be?" that is set to debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. There are five posts about the project on my blog so far, tagged appropriately. We are also running a fundraiser and there is an IRL event for the show.
Found in the Past is a blog dedicated to sharing the history of, and stories about, a family. [more inside]
I'm hoping it becomes a definitive directory of food bloggers in Chicago, the Chicago suburbs, and Northwest Indiana. I just finished designing and building the site and have sent out a few invitations, but it officially launches in two weeks. [more inside]
Three years ago, I started a blog (as announced previously on Projects). Now that blog is a book, in both paperback and ebook form. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of MeFi. Thanks everyone!
The Long Bleep will be a public forum for discussion of four-letter words, "dirty" words, swearing, cursing, obscenities, and more. The first step is a questionnaire. Its results will be used to create podcasts and blog posts structured around things that really happened when taboo language was used: confrontations, first encounters, eureka moments, learning situations. Those stories will lead us down cultural and historical paths as we tease out the complicated relationship English-speakers worldwide have with "dirty" words. More information on the blog.
Read on Wiki creates a timeline of your wikipedia browsing history. It includes a chrome extension and a place to host the timeline. Right now, it just shows one user's data (myself), but if enough people think it's cool, I'll release the extension and open the service to the public.
The 1947project time travel blog is thrilled to announce the launch of a very special new series, The Union Rescue Mission at In SRO Land. Past 1947project blogs have always been based in historic newspaper research. That changes today, with the debut of the first 1947project blog series based entirely on original research in an historic, significant--and previously unknown--Downtown L.A. archive, that of the Union Rescue Mission. [more inside]
daisyk (a Swiss-by-association) and I (a vegan-by-association) have been blogging about the vegan meals we make in our kitchen that are interesting or tasty. Not all of them are based on beetroot.
My weekend project was to create a link blog application that would make it easy to share links with my friends through a bookmarklet. It's minimal in terms of features right now and the design is, um, spartan. But, y'know. Ship it. http://www.findsignal.com/jp