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]
Nametrix is an iOS app I created initially for baby naming, but it ended up being way cooler than that. It uses public data on millions of people (US census, US campaign contributions, Wikipedia) to determine what professions, political parties, and other affiliations each name tends toward. For example, Ellen is a disproportionately common name for 1) psychotherapists, 2) librarians, and 3) activists. Ellens also overwhelmingly lean toward the Democrat party and have tended to be most popular in the northeastern part of the US. As far as I know, nobody else has made anything remotely like this... Pretty fascinating stuff, right? What other kinds of metrics would you like to see?
If you want to learn how to present food in a unique way for kids parties or any kind of party, check out this collection of food presentation ideas with pictures and step-by-step instructions. I love zoo sandwiches as well as a bicycle, cat and hedgehog food garnishes for kids.
I DJ, and first and foremost this is a party mix. It is from my sets for Original Plumbing, Toronto Pride, and even my wedding. Part of it was in memoriam for Toronto artist and activist Will Munro, as well as a reaction to the G20 protests fallout. The DJ mix is 193 minutes long, and 442 MB @ 320 kbps. [more inside]