I adapted an impressive 1.25KB chess engine to remove display code and get it down to 1024 bytes, then created a separate interface using pixel art of The Queen’s Gambit. It won’t win any tournaments, but if you’re a chess novice brace yourself for a challenge. [more inside]
I hate working out. I love watching tv. So I joined up with some fellow lazy multitaskers to create Netflex, a free third Chrome extension that pops a guided bodyweight workout in the lower right corner of any Netflix program.
Identify each TV show by a single frame taken from their opening titles. All those years spent on the sofa watching mindless entertainment can finally pay off, if only in Internet glory. [more inside]
The secret is the nettles.
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.
A quick round up of stuff I’ve written, drawn or said out loud this year that exists in an easy to see on the Internet form for both myself and something to show to editors and art directors. [more inside]
New site for Anthony Bourdain, taking a deep dive into the destinations visited in Parts Unknown. His goal for the project: "go as far as we can, go as weird as we can, as deep as we can and as smart as we can." [more inside]
Listen to two guys talk about the Wire every two weeks. We often get off on tangents, most interesting, some not.
Man, The Wire really went downhill after season 5. Plot points from season 13 of HBO's award winning drama The Wire.
An autobiographic comic for The Nib about how early exposure to the 90s X-Men cartoon and subsequent movie gave a confused gay teenager a metaphor to deal with it.
For the last few months (and probably for many months more) I've been using vine to make short videos of various entrancing bits from old Doctor Who episodes - including memorable quotes, incredible music, dramatic entrances, utterly terrifying monsters, mystifying machinery, general weirdness, repeated exhortations to obey, charming old computer graphics, horrifying mutations, fist fights, and the just plain odd. And about 200 more. [more inside]
I cut all of the dialogue out of an episode (S1E11, "Detox") of House M.D. just to see what would be left. Answer: only about 14 minutes of running time, a reasonably coherent storyline thanks to some good blocking and visual direction, a lot of exasperated reaction shots, and a few long uncut segments where wordlessness was the point of the originally-aired sequence. [more inside]
A short, satirical film about trans misrepresentation in the media. (TW included on YouTube page.) All trans girl soundtrack featuring Hearken!, Jenna and the Pups, Ex. by V., Femmepire and Haley Paille. Enjoy.
I've been looking for a good place for deeper discussion of great films and TV shows. I saw this thread in AskMeFi and checked out the criterion forum, but found it lacking. So I created my own film and TV discussion forum. Please feel free to join and add to the (currently non-existent) conversation. Tell all your film geek friends too. Thanks. :)
A careful read of the early seasons of Mad Men reveals a hidden truth: Housewife Trudy Campbell is a secret KGB agent working to undermine the West.
I put together a site to broadcast curated music videos. Like my parents tell me MTV used to. [more inside]
It's what it sounds like -- a rap about Downton Abbey based on N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton." An animated music video of sorts, just for fun.
Last week, the internet decided that George Bluth was the Pope. You've all made a huge mistake. Oscar holy, Michael!
A friend and I are working through the Josh Whedon TV series Firefly and translating the Chinese phrases in each episode. We post video clips from the show and audio clips of us pronouncing the phrases along with our non-expert analysis of the word usage. We've posted everything from the pilot ("Serenity") and we're now working on episode 2 ("The Train Job"). Hopefully we'll finish up in the next month or so but I figured we mind as well share now as folks all over are already celebrating the show's tenth year anniversary.
Looking at Teen Paranormal Romance books, shows, and movies, and particularly at how they present ideas of gender performance and relationship models. (Here's the inaugural post, where I lay out what the plan basically is. Highlights so far include this particularly cogent defense of (at least some aspects of) Twilight, and this epic takedown of Hush, Hush.) And today, we've started a new, 144-week-long project: watching and discussing each and every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. MeFi bonus: named via AskMe (thanks again, argonauta)!
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band Show Nominated for “Best Kids’ Band for 2006″ by Time Out NY Kids Nominated for “Best New Band” by Children’s Music Web Awards “Don’t let the wigs and bright clothes fool you: The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is the closest thing to arena rock that the New York kids’ music scene has got. Its hyperactive stage show and loud, anthemlike harmonies come in part from Mike Messer’s theatrical background and from Stephen Jacobs’s love of seminal funksters Parliament-Funkadelic. Says Jacobs, ‘We want to give kids their first rock & roll experience. I had to wait until I saw Prince!’” [more inside]
A blog devoted to scenes of singing in the car (or bus, or helicopter) from TV & the movies. [more inside]
Somehow, Rob Manuel and I were lucky enough to be entrusted with Graham Linehan's beloved characters, so we've tried to pack the game with references to the show and daft memes. Apologies in advance for the rat song getting stuck in your head...
I got fed up with buttons, so I've begun to build a different way to interact with a TV using sensors to sense movement - It's only very basic at the moment, you move your hand to change channel and volume. Bit irritating if you move over the sensor by accident so going to use multiple sensors to allow for more complicated gestures
I occasionally make web-based quizzes for my friend's and co-workers to argue and compete over. They seem to enjoy them, perhaps you will too. How many well-known TV themes can you discern from this jumbled medley? An earlier quiz is also available.