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New animation reel

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:13:46 GMT

A fast cut of some of my personal and commercial animation projects from 2012 up to today.

The reel is divided into three sections: 00:00-00:25 = cut-outs; 00:26-00:50 = modified base techniques; 00:51-01:16 = stop-motion or otherwise three-dimensional. These works include work for TEDed, the music groups Dark Hip Falls and The Animators, and numerous independent documentaries and promo videos.


Falling water, spinning rock, Pepper the cat.

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:27:05 GMT

It was a completely accidental happening, but now it is a meditation video.


Secret Spaces

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:08:48 GMT

Procedural brutalism vs. lesbian plant magic. Search for your lover in an infinite building, climbing further and further downward into its depths. Uncover surreal revelations, grow plants to aid your descent, and forge a relationship with your surroundings that goes much deeper than expected...

I've been working on this game for months now, and I'm so excited that I get to show y'all now.

NOTE: This game is eight dollars but if you'd rather not pay you can DM me and I'll send you a free copy, no questions asked. I'd rather see someone play this game than get eight bucks.


Receive reddit posts in your inbox

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:53:13 GMT

A few months ago I asked this question about replacements for reddit. Since then, I've been trying my hand at Python and ended up writing this program that pulls the top posts from your subreddits and emails them to you. This has worked well for me in that it allows me to bypass all of the muck and keep any reddit surfing to a minimum.

I'm pretty new at this, so any feedback or advice would be appreciated!


Men Say the Darndest Things (NSFW-ish)

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:54:21 GMT

I designed and animated this video which curates a cringe-worthy selection of funny and sad (and 100% real) comments left for Instagram models. While I didn't use the actual photos, the drawings of the models are probably NSFW, and the language used is... also interesting.


Solano Rail

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 02:10:59 GMT

This was a rail project researched and developed while I was in college trying to become an urban planner.

I am trying to figure out how to update it. I would especially welcome feedback from anyone with activism or advocacy experience. It is just an "on paper" project currently (well, virtual paper). It would be nice to get it into the right hands and used to improve things on the ground to some degree. The existing rail plan for the county has apparently not gone forward. If it did, it would do enormous environmental harm and potentially economic harm to the county.



Rassler, an 8-bit pro wrestling RPG

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:59:45 GMT

A retro-inspired pro wrestling role playing game I've been working on, set in the territorial era of pro wrestling (the 60s-80s more or less). It's pay-what-you-can and will be forever.

I started working on this a few months ago, before my previous mefi projects post, Badlands. I got bored with Badlands and nobody liked it much, but Rassler appears to have struck a nerve with some of the internet wrestling community and I'm pleased as punch. Hope you like it too, metafilter.

There's a dev log, and I sell some merch in the form of 3" magnets featuring a few of the wrestlers from the game.


HARO2RSS (Help a Reporter Out via rss)

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:34:52 GMT

Something I built on Glitch (previously on MeFi) HARO2RSS is not affiliated with "Help a Reporter Out". This is simply an easier way to consume the queries via rss. If you prefer to get the stories by email, keyword alerts and more - sign up. They have both free and premium plans.

Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is the most popular sourcing service in the English-speaking world, connecting journalists and bloggers with relevant expert sources to meet journalists' demanding deadlines and enable brands to tell their stories.


Everyday Gay: A Kissing Book

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:43:13 GMT

Everyday Gay: A Kissing Book is a romance novel in ebook form. It's pay-what-you-like, with all proceeds going to Trans LifeLine, a crisis hotline for trans people in the US and Canada. It is hilarious, heartwarming, sexy, and, for some, educational.

Kevin's been single for almost two years, and he's more than ready to find someone new. The trouble is, he's hung up on his unattainable new neighbor, Tyler, who is a good fifteen years younger, six inches taller, and ten times more beautiful than Kevin. Even worse: so is Tyler's boyfriend Ryan.

Tyler has just been broken up with again, but that's OK. In no time at all another gym bunny will be along to fuck him, date him, and dump him. He's been on this train so many times he knows all the stops by heart. But then an energetic little guy with no fashion sense moves in down the hall, and Tyler's train goes right off the rails.

Features: a cisgender flamboyant fashion god with shampoo-commercial hair and an unironic affection for fairy figurines; a trans guy with an enormous and excessively affectionate family and a very troublesome cat; snarky yet supportive friends; flirtatious strangers; one too many ex-boyfriends; several cups of tea; a minor misunderstanding, a tragic misunderstanding; home-brewed beer; the novels of Jane Austen; and, in a surprise appearance late in the book, Ukrainian folk dancing.


"Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life"

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:24:49 GMT

It is with the greatest pleasure that I share with you Radical Technologies, the book referred to here, and for so much of which I'm indebted to conversations that have happened here.

It's a broad overview of the smartphone, augmented reality, digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing, Bitcoin and the blockchain, and finally the sprawling complex of linked ideas around machine learning, automation and artificial intelligence, the political economy associated with them and all the ways in which they condition our experience of everyday life.

It's just received a very kind notice in the Guardian, and I hope you enjoy it, too.


True Words

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:51:53 GMT

True Words is an ongoing community art project where people anonymously share words of wisdom, advice, and guidance based on their own life experiences.

I made this as a place for people to reflect on their life experiences and share any advice or guidance they think would be helpful to others. It's fun to create a post -- feel free to give it a spin! I built a simple web app that allows you to overlay text on a photograph.

Any thoughts or feedback you have on how I can make this better would be welcome :)


AI Generated Movie Posters

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:18:36 GMT

I built this website to generate movie posters using a neural network. The titles and tag-lines are generated by the AI, everything else is somewhat designed and randomized. Super random, so occasionally offensive.


10 Cent STEM Stories with Dr. Sparks

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:59:44 GMT

I've been writing stories on demand for kids on a mechanical typewriter for years, and I've been using the stories as a way to teach STEM concepts. Lately I've begun filming and animating my interactions and the stories. This episode features a jetpack (with real flames!), the ISS, three little piggies, and a big bad wolf, to teach kids about orbit.


Peter and Paul, or Heaven and Hell

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 04:32:54 GMT

"What is this mess?" said the angel. "Unfold those scraps and put them together." A new twist on the old heaven-and-hell paper-folding trick, and a survey of various versions over the past century.


A Survey about Public Radio

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:02:12 GMT

I'm writing a book about the public radio pledge drive. I've conducted two focus groups and done two years worth of secondary research. I've also had interviews with leaders in and founders of public radio. And I have nearly 1,000 followers on various social media accounts who are in public radio. But, like the focus groups, I also need this kind of one-on-one, primary research result.

The survey consists of about 40 questions that will take about 10-minutes to answer. Some won't apply to people not connected to, or with knowledge of, public radio. There are options for them to answer also. For those concerned with privacy, along with how results will be used, an explanation is at the survey's start. If you choose to participate, please do so by July 30, 2017.


Bicycle Videos from Maine

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:03:52 GMT

I got an old GoPro camera (mostly) working, so here is a a YouTube channel for anyone wanting to see how it is to ride a bicycle around southern Maine (the north-eastest of the northeast US).

It's mostly footage from my commutes so far, but I will add more scenic rides from this summer, community group rides and winter rides for a change of pace from other cycling videos I've seen. I'm just outside of Portland so there will be some city footage as well.


The Wildest West

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:07:02 GMT

A podcast and blog looking at the good, the bad, and the WTF of western movies, country songs, and that sort of thing.

The blog can be found here and is entirely written by yours truly.

The podcast is also available on iTunes, and is by me and Coco Mault.
-- Episode one looks at the drink rock and rye, has us sample cowboy-themed candy, takes a tour of Western-themed stores at the Mall of America, and discuss two strange Western films, Lonesome Cowboys by Andy Warhol and Wild Gals of the Naked West by Russ Meyer.
-- Episode two has us return to our old stomping ground of Los Angeles, where, among other things, we go to the Autry museum and visit the Western backlot set used for Westworld.


How Much Are My Childhood Dream Jobs Really Worth?

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 21:36:56 GMT

I investigated how much I could be making if I'd stuck with one of my preferred career choices from my childhood, like secretary, architect, or gold-medal-winning-Olympic gymnast, for The Billfold.


More cowbell

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:34:14 GMT

Yet another 0.999/1.000/1.001 phase music thingumy. For reasons unknown this comment popped into my mind today, and having some spare time, I did the next best thing.


an easy lay

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 15:43:45 GMT

A short, free dating sim about romance, philosophy, anime, and laying your egg in a guy, because you are a wasp.

i made a very short (~5min) dating sim for #ilujam, a month-long dating sim game jam. it is free, and you can play in your browser.

vess is a wasp and like any wasp all she wants is someone to share good conversation, pleasant companionship, probably more than one bellini, and the joys of parenthood.

guide vess as she learns that there is more to romance than just paralyzing someone with a potent venom and affixing an egg to them, allowing your newborn larva to consume them slowly from the inside out.

(but also, that part is really important. don't forget.)