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The Library Workers' Field Guide to Designing and Discovering Restorative Environments
I just defended my dissertation and one of the main offerings is a toolkit of resources for library workers to design and discover restorative environments. Since MeFi is a place full of people who either are librarians, or who love them, I thought it might be a good fit for announcing here.
posted by 10ch at 11:35 AM on December 12, 2022 - 3 comments


Incredible Doom: Season One
A gut-wrenching coming of age story of unlikely alliances, magic, daring escapes, young love, and crime sprees, all squeezed over 2400 baud modems. We're so proud to be finally releasing the entire 6-issue print and web comic Incredible Doom free for everyone to read online, no strings attached. We also made a new little video to give you an idea of what it's like.
posted by churl at 10:21 AM on September 17, 2019 - 7 comments


You've Been Played: How Corporations, Governments, and Schools Use Games to Control Us All
My book about gamification is out! You've Been Played (Bookshop.org, Goodreads) examines how points, badges, and leaderboards are creeping into every aspect of modern life as tools for profit and coercion. It’s a critique of gamification, sure – but by an actual game designer, games journalist, and former neuroscientist. And it goes far beyond the usual suspects like Fitbit and Duolingo to look at the historical roots of gamification. Foucault, Lewis Mumford, Skinner, medieval indulgences, Taylorism, ARGs – this book has it all! Reviews, talks, and excerpts inside...
posted by adrianhon at 10:00 PM on October 9, 2022 - 2 comments


Latent Space Netsuke
I know it's starting to get a little cliché with the AI generated image projects, but I'm pretty pleased with this one: A series of photo-realistic works of imagined "netsuke" sculptures, using DALL-E. I've created over a hundred, which I'm posting online (in addition to the Instagram account, there's a twitter account for those who prefer it), and collected 80 into a print book for people who are into that sort of thing.
posted by gwint at 9:33 AM on July 28, 2022 - 3 comments


Nelson's Linkblog
A collection of links I find interesting. I write it for an audience, a few links a day of general interest.
posted by Nelson at 12:38 PM on July 20, 2022 - 1 comment


Making a watermelon chair from green wood
I started making colourful stools for kids a couple of years ago in my spare time. Recently I was part of a project to film the process, and this is the result :). The link above goes to a short little teaser and some still photos, or you can go here for the whole video.
posted by twirlypen at 12:38 PM on July 8, 2022 - 7 comments


Every Diner in Whatcom County, WA
I'm a recent transplant to Bellingham, Washington. In addition to rain and deer, we have lots of diners. I have decided to eat at and review each one based on the following criteria: Vibe, Song Heard, Coffee, Did the yolk pop?, Can I sit and read a while?, and Price. I'm up to 14 so far, about eight more to go!
posted by cidrab at 2:04 PM on June 16, 2022 - 8 comments


Milk Barn Farm
After a couple decades of making websites (and often talking about them here), I was burnt out, unable to sleep, and in constant physical pain. So I moved away from SF and started growing hemp for CBD, and it helped! Milk Barn Farm is my attempt to share that with the world.
posted by fraying at 4:13 PM on April 13, 2022 - 2 comments


Quantle
Like Wordle for Quantum Computing
posted by lipsum at 10:19 AM on March 1, 2022


Skittish, a playful space for online events
For the last year, I've worked on Skittish, a weird space for virtual events and gatherings of all kinds, where everyone's a goofy-looking animal and you talk to others with spatial audio in a customizable browser-based 3D world. It's now open to everyone with a demo that doesn't require registering, and it's free to create a world of your own.
posted by waxpancake at 12:00 PM on November 17, 2021 - 4 comments


Mini-Project: Convert exported Metafilter comments to HTML, JSON, or MBOX
I wrote a little utility to convert the massive text file one obtains from the Export Your Comments page into a variety of other formats suitable for various purposes. Currently converts to HTML, JSON, or Unix-style MBOX (mailbox) format.
posted by Kadin2048 at 3:08 PM on October 29, 2021 - 5 comments


Invisible Sun
Invisible Sun, the third book in my Empire Games trilogy, is published on September 28th, 2021.
posted by cstross at 11:01 AM on September 26, 2021 - 2 comments


NPR's Joy Generator
After a couple of months of work, we've finally launched this! It's a collection of short stories about the things that bring us joy, and the science behind them. Pairs well with headphones.
posted by Four String Riot at 11:17 AM on June 29, 2021 - 3 comments


Kaggle Birdcall Identification Competition
We just launched a machine learning competition for bird identification in soundscapes! This is a surprisingly difficult problem, which can ultimately help with ecosystem health monitoring (for example, if birds X, Y, Z are present, you can make inferences about their food and predators). I've been building models in this space for a couple of years, working with both the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cal Academy of Sciences in my spare time. I'm excited to see what sort of ideas we get from the larger community!
posted by kaibutsu at 12:17 PM on June 15, 2020 - 3 comments


Voleflix public domain movie site
I trawled some lists of public domain movies (lots of great film noir) and put together my own version of Netflix. It also has daft Voleflix Originals and rates your taste in movies from your watchlist.
posted by malevolent at 7:01 AM on April 2, 2020 - 7 comments


The Radiotopia Index: A Final Project in Organizing Information Class
Hello! The (5 min) youtube video (with speaker notes linked in the description) is an executive summary of my final project for a class called Organizing Information. The project was to design an index for a collection of existing work. I chose podcast episodes within the Radiotopia network. An index is an organized list of terms that link to all the items that have that term (like this on metafilter). Indexes (1) allow users to find all of the items connected by a term in one place and (2) describe items by considering their "aboutness" --- a concept that can be quite the rabbit hole!
posted by CMcG at 10:13 PM on August 5, 2019 - 1 comment


On the internet, nobody knows you're a bot
I used thousands of New Yorker cartoon contest caption submissions to classify about 100 cartoons into nineteen categories, and trained a neural network to generate new captions for each category. Some of them are kind of funny.
posted by theodolite at 2:35 PM on July 1, 2019 - 6 comments


'Change the Subject' Documentary
'Change the Subject' is a documentary about working to change how libraries label immigrants. Here's a trailer (and a second trailer). In 2014 a Dartmouth College student researching undocumented students in the U.S. repeatedly encountered the term “Illegal aliens” as a subject heading in the library catalog. Dismayed by this use of biased language she worked with CoFIRED (a student run undocumented immigrant rights group at Dartmouth) and rallied college librarians, and ultimately librarians across the United States, to challenge how the Library of Congress categorizes books and other materials about undocumented people. This 55 minute film features interviews with students, faculty, librarians and congressional representatives involved in this instance of campus activism that entered the national spotlight (NYT link). As of this posting, the Library of Congress has yet to 'Change the Subject' and 'Illegal aliens' remains the authorized cataloging term for issues related to undocumented immigrants.
posted by soy bean at 3:27 PM on May 7, 2019


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.
posted by Shepherd at 3:00 PM on April 14, 2019 - 2 comments


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.
posted by caffeine_monkey at 1:21 PM on February 20, 2019 - 4 comments


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