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Doing It Ourselves
After my wife and I purchased our first home a month ago, I walked around the house and quickly realized that I was making a mental checklist of all the things that I wanted to do -- as in, do myself, with my own hands and tools. That was my first clue that I had just crossed the threshold of true DIY-land, and I started to get really excited about that. Being an inveterate geek, I figured I would end up documenting everything as well... and how better than a DIY weblog? From that was born Doing It Ourselves.
posted by delfuego at 10:14 PM on June 12, 2006

rendr 2 - rapid html prototyping
Write out html and CSS and see it render as you type. Useful when you want to test out some markup or css that's been floating around in your head. I don't imagine that this is front page material so its mainly for the benefit of you projects surfers. Id appreciate any feed back. If i can figure out how to put google ads on it, ill be set. firefox only.crappy IE version here. please note AWESOME web 2.0 name! that means its good.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 6:37 PM on June 9, 2006

MetaFilter Writers Group
The MetaFilter Writers Group, as suggested by grumblebee in this MetaTalk post, is open for business. The plan is for members to post short fiction—short as in 500 words—on a weekly theme. There's also a section where members can submit their other fiction work or poetry for the group to read and discuss. If you'd like to join in the fun, you can register here. The first weekly theme is announced here.
posted by jack_mo at 3:24 PM on June 9, 2006 - New blogs, new home page
This project almost kicked my ass today, but I successfully launched a redesigned and re-conceived ScienceBlogs home page today. The paint is still wet, so don't bang too hard, but there is some really cool functionality in there. Aside from having added about 20 new bloggers, we have scripts reading every word published and attempting to determine the topics that are being discussed. (See the "Wordburst" module, and "latest related entries" above it.) It's hitting more than it misses, so far, but there's a lot of tweaking to do. The intent was to create a ScienceBlogs zeitgeist, a page where you can get a snapshot of what's being discussed, in as close to real-time as Movable Type allows :) We're not 100% there yet, but what we've got is pretty cool.
posted by o2b at 3:23 PM on June 9, 2006

IronLizard's Workshop
I just wanted to introduce my blog (I do hate that word) and a couple of projects I've posted on it. My favorite is the butchering of an old TuneCast I dug out of the car to boost it's power beyond anything reasonable. Then there's the cheap way to replace your cracked window 'squeegee' on your car window and of course the jerry rigged patch of a leaking plastic intake manifold that GM completely dropped the ball on. (This one is the most Googled. Visits from NASA, GM and even Lockheed Martin had a peek. Hey guys, I'm available for design work! I can’t be much worse than what you've been doing.) Really this is just the simplest way I've found of collecting various mini-projects into one easy to update spot. Sometimes things don't go quite as planned in a moderately spectacular fasion.
posted by IronLizard at 3:24 PM on June 9, 2006

Collection of Creative Commons' Images for Self-Made Greeting Cards
Given the proliferation of cheap online printers which will produce short-run (even single run) greeting cards, Flickr is a great place to troll for images. Let's start a communal collection of card images/ideas with DIVERSE sentiments which anyone can use! Why pay $3.99 for a generic Hallmark card when you can make your own with willing folks' images for less than one dollar!?
posted by CarbonNYC at 3:57 PM on June 7, 2006

Site for new teachers in New York City
As I've discovered this first year, teaching HS english is very, very hard. Physically and mentally. Going to grad school at night makes things more difficult. I decided that, as this first year ends, creating a website where new NYC teachers can go for advice, to vent, to swap stories, etc, would be a very good thing. As you'll see, the content thus far is fairly sparse, but I'm in the midst of recruiting other teachers who have just gotten over their first year. If you are one such teacher, or are just starting, or have taught for several years but never had a venue for complaining about your administration or praising your golden child, drop me an email. The more teachers who get involved, the better for everyone. Also, any suggestions/feedback/constructive criticism on the design and layout of the site, that would be much appreciated. You'll notice that my actual name does not appear anywhere on the site. Nor will any teachers. I want confidentiality to be a key component for posting.
posted by bronxteacher at 8:10 PM on June 7, 2006

The Impersonals
I couldn't find a personals site that I wasn't embarrassed to join, so I made my own. No popularity contests, no horoscopes, no buddy lists. Just profiles made from wide-open text fields and anti-creepiness features baked in at every turn. (Lifetime membership will be $5, but until it hits 10,000 profiles, it's free.)
posted by the jam at 9:02 AM on June 5, 2006

Feedconsole: Prettier eBay searches, delivered via RSS
I find eBay's search interface to be difficult to navigate, and while they've started offering RSS feeds, they aren't very "in your face" about it. Feedconsole is a slightly AJAX-ified service for creating custom searches with eBay and having them delivered to your RSS reader of choice. This project was also an opportunity for me to play with Ruby on Rails and some eBay APIs, and to do some serious learning about both.

I spent most of today slicing out the not-quite-ready functionality from the site, so there will be more to it soon! And if it all breaks spectacularly, please let me know via the support email link (at the bottom of every page).
posted by lowlife at 9:03 AM on June 5, 2006

Rubber Arm - A website about baseball
We're two fans of the game chronicling our time with it. We talk a lot about MLB, but aim to delve into the minors, the college game, and the international game.
posted by xmutex at 11:26 AM on June 1, 2006

Refi: Metafilter in Review
I spend too much time on Metafilter (and especially Metatalk). I've had I-don't-know-how-many conversations about the site—what it is, what it was, what has[n't] changed, and such—and so I've decided to go spelunking. I'm going to go back and read Metafilter, and blog it. I'm planning to read every n-hundredth or so post, starting from the beginning, and I'll be trying to note various observable trends—users, memes, tone, conversational structure, etc. It won't be rigorously scientific, but hopefully it'll be reasonably objective. Specific analytical notions welcome. Likeminded co-author proposals welcome. Cash welcome.
posted by cortex at 11:01 AM on May 31, 2006

Junkiness: For Addicts of News, Gossip & Heroin
A fun-larious site some friends have been working on. Sort of like The Onion meets Gawker, only I have never read Gawker. If you're looking for a good post to start with, I recommend "Penn Jillette Names, Scars New Baby" in which features a few of the other names Jillette and his wife were considering:
* Latte Foosball
* Uvula
* Osama Hitler
* Hugumplifacilarifurtly Jim
* % Butt
* LookAtMyDad AttentionWhore
posted by Overzealous at 7:53 PM on May 29, 2006

ART 4 MBA - Can $5 Pay For An MBA?
Trying to move from cubical to corner office by selling 10,000 3" x 3" Art Squares for $5 each. The squares have evolved through out the project and I'm please on how most of them turning out. I try to produce 100 squares a night. Focusing on my day and coming up with items or situations I was faced with. It's become my therapy. I just hope people will find them interesting. The good ones start on the second page around #1029.
posted by bleucube at 10:18 AM on May 24, 2006

The random Pokey the Penguin cartoon generator
It allows you to randomly generate Pokey the Penguin cartoons.
posted by ZippityBuddha at 10:28 AM on May 20, 2006

GoalMine - Sharing the Beautiful Game
I live in the US, so it's nearly impossible to see soccer highlights on television. YouTube and Google Video have provided a welcome source, but even then, searching through thousands of videos for the right highlights can be tedious. GoalMine is intended as a database - and eventually, community - for shared goal clips and researching information about those goals. You can search the video database by goalscorer, club, opposition, competition, and goal type. Also, users can register - free - to add goal clips they've found, rate goals, and find the top rated goals in the database. More features coming soon. Feedback (and more goals) welcome!
posted by sellout at 5:04 PM on May 18, 2006

Captured Spirits--My Sixties Portfolio
I took these photographs from 1965 to 1970, mostly when I was a Navy photographer. While they have been published in photo magazines in Brazil and Spain, I've never shown or published them here in the United States. I simply placed these images at my flickr site, but hope to eventually put these and others, especially a six-year project in Brazil, at a Web site. In the comments of the photo of Ben Black Elk, I posted a story on the portfolio in general, for those interested. I have a free site at Zyworld, but I don't seem to have enough space there for this sort of thing. I could use some suggestions on photo web pages.
posted by BillyElmore at 10:51 AM on May 16, 2006

El Boton
"An inch of love for everyone." Limited edition sets of 1" buttons. We're offering one set a month, each with a different theme or designer.

The first set was icons for each of Chicago's train lines. Set #2 is by well-known web designers. The sets come packaged with a series card and an El Boton logo button, which itself is being produced in batches, each batch with a different color combo. Fun little things to decorate your jacket or laptop bag!
posted by me3dia at 10:51 AM on May 16, 2006

Ground Ads - The Advertising Phenomena Of The Near Future
I started this site at the beginning of the year in response to a couple of things I'd seen about people making ground markings to be seen in services like Google Earth. Maxim were in the news recently with their massive poster of an anniversary cover in the middle of a US desert. It inspired me to make this site which both poked fun at marketing folk and speak, and a place to post links about ongoing earth vandalism stories. I only recently finished it as I had other things spring up. In the meantime, reality is starting to make it look already obsolete with a couple of stories that already point to this nonsense increasing.
posted by Dio at 3:20 PM on May 15, 2006

Milk, Eggs, Vodka: The Lost Grocery Lists of America
I'm working on a book based my found grocery list collection and I need lists (or scans of lists) from the states listed below. Send yours to me -- or a found list -- and you could end up in the book. Even if I already have one from your state (or you're from somewhere other than the U.S.), send one in anyway.

I still need a list from these states: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

The book is currently titled "Milk, Eggs, Vodka: The Lost Grocery Lists of America" and will be put out by F+W Publications, the publishers of How Magazine. I'm always looking for funny/odd/interesting or mundane/boring/typical grocery lists -- especially ones you've found at the store, left behind by someone else. Check out the site to see what I'm talking about: Thanks everyone!
posted by bkeaggy at 2:53 PM on May 13, 2006

rss2email is a free, open source tool for delivering news from RSS feeds to your email program that works under Windows and UNIX. It's not a new application, but I've recently become the primary maintainer and we've just launched a new website for it.
posted by turbodog at 11:33 PM on May 11, 2006

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