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Etch To Their Own

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:22:14 GMT

A poetry newsletter, every Friday. It starts with poetry - usually highlighting a few nice things from the week, and from there I try and connect things to bigger ideas, or news items.

The last couple of years have been tough and unthinking - or rather my thinking had become urgent, combative, directed - not the exploratory, interesting and kind.

As part of some kind of self imposed rehabilitation plan, I've begun drafting these short newsletter on Fridays. Here's the first (Some Thingss Aren/nt) and the second (Fist Search).

Themes run from directly poetic to culture, technology, writing, systems, rituals, and occasional politics.

I try to read as much poetry as is freshly published each week online, so at the very worst, it might be a useful place to see new work that's already passed through one additional quality filter.

I'd like to start adding interviews, conversations, recordings and so on.

Any feedback welcome - especially if to correct a typo!



Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:23:26 GMT

An eclectic mix with a creamy center of acid techno in response to the inauguration. Music to inspire and enrage.

This is a ~60 minute mix/mashup/collage of music I put together in Ableton Live. Not a DJ mix (no turntables), and not quite a mashup, but close.

I hope it fires you up for inauguration day, and inspires action and change.


Inauguration Livestream

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:12:53 GMT

I felt like I should build a little web resource for the big day, and so:


NonProphets: A Superforecasting Podcast

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:32:50 GMT

This is a podcast featuring my husband and two colleagues, all of whom were chosen as superforecasters in the Good Judgment Project based on their performance in the tournament (previously discussed on the blue here).

The guys have continued to forecast on a wide array of topics with Good Judgment, Inc., the commercial forecasting firm spawned by the study. In the podcast, they discuss their forecasting processes and offer their analysis of questions on public forecasting platforms, such as the Good Judgment Open and Almanis, as well as other topics of interest to them. Each episode is like the future: you can never be completely sure what will happen. They LOVE questions and welcome suggestions for future episodes or topics (


Run the Solar System: a free audio-driven 10k virtual race

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:05:19 GMT

Run (or walk) from the Sun to Neptune in 10k! My company created this smartphone-driven educational virtual race for the British Science Association on our new Racelink platform. It comes with kilometer-by-kilometer narration by Dallas Campbell, who does fun science and space things on TV in the UK, and it's 100% free to enter - all you need is an iPhone or Android.


Onward! Do a few daily tasks before surfing.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:08:05 GMT

A desktop Chrome Extension that blocks addictive sites until you've completed your daily tasks. You can download it from the Chrome Webstore or customize it and install manually from the Github repo.

Onward! is a simple attempt to stop you from thoughtlessly surfing-- until you've completed a few daily tasks that you've set for yourself. Every time you open a new window or tab in Chrome, the Onward! page appears, listing the tasks you need to complete for the day. If you finish a task, click on the corresponding button and it will go away. If you complete them all, then Onward! no longer blocks you when you attempt to visit the sites found on your Blocked Sites list. The next day (specifically, right after midnight), when you next open a window or tab, the tasks will reappear.



Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:52:13 GMT

Wikinaut is a compendium of intriguing, unusual and extraordinary Wikipedia excerpts.


Cavalcade of Wonder Podcast

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 21:54:45 GMT

The only music podcast hosted by a person using text to speech.

I use text to speech to host a music podcast of stuff I find interesting. All eras, all genres, whatever instills wonder in me. Songs, Airchecks, Maships, tributes, etc.


Attacking the Assumptions of White Supremacy and Racism

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:21:16 GMT

As a major project to counteract recent negative trends, I've put together a series of posts regarding white supremacy and racism.

My ultimate goal was to put together an intelligent discussion that undermines the assumptions of white supremacy and racism and to have a practical means of testing whether one's thoughts or actions are racist. This won't change the mind of a true believer, but it can chip away at some of the systemic prejudices which exist.

Searching the web, I couldn't find anything quite like this. Spread out over eight posts, these were a major undertaking, comprising over 18,000 words.

First I attacked the premises of white supremacy.

The Bell Stops Here: The Advancement of Civilization
The Bell Stops Here: Genetics, Intelligence and Race
The Bell Stops Here. God, Democracy, Evolution, Human Migration and Prehistory.

Then I set out to define the modes of racism and how we can inoculate ourselves against them.

What Do We Mean When We Talk About Race?
What Do We Mean When We Talk About Race? Part Two.
What Do We Mean When We Talk About Race? Part Three.
What Do We Mean When We Talk About Race? Reverse Discrimination.
What Do We Mean When We Talk About Race? Final part.

Thanks in advance to any visitors.


Harpy Hour - a podcast about women in craft beer & spirits!

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:42:29 GMT

Hi there! So I started the podcast in June 2016 but wanted to wait until I had a decent amount of episodes before posting it here on Projects. In late autumn, my partner and I traveled to Asheville/Charlotte/Charleston/Savannah/Atlanta for a run of interviews that I am now finishing up in post-production.

I started this podcast because I kept running across women being in mentioned in the beer scene and wanted to know more about them. So I decided to create a podcast doing just that. Though the end goal is to be able to travel more to interview more ladies, I am also content with doing Skype interviews if needed.

I hope you all like it, and if you think there is someone I need to talk to, let me know!


Two Asians talk about all of this shit.

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:42:22 GMT

Race Invaders is a podcast hosted by myself and my friend Tim Yang, in which we discuss social justice, politics, culture, and probably more geek shit than is necessary, but we like it.

As of the latest episode, 16 strong and going, so there's some backlog if you're interested. The first episodes are rough, but we were learning from scratch. The later episodes might also be rough, but I hope they're better.


Scream into The Void

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:16:10 GMT

There's something cathartic about firing off a moany tweet or a frustrated status update, but who wants to be that person? The Void is a nocial media tool that spares your dignity while providing that lovely feeling of release. Before long your post will literally fade away without contributing to the net negativity of the universe.

I came up with this as a way to blow off steam, make sweary posts and comment on strangers in ways that I would be embarrassed to have stand on any of my actual accounts. Make your post, hit enter, and it is added to top of the wall'o'text. Over the coming hours and days it is pushed down and faded out as others vent their own frustrations. There is no caching whatsoever, while this was tempting in many ways I really wanted this to be impermanent, it's not just an anonymous rant-blog, it will never add more than 2KB of grumpiness to the world. It's bookmarked on my homescreen and I think my FB friends appreciate it, hope you find it useful!


Trailer for Ginevra

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:23:01 GMT

I have finished my first project using the multi-plane animation stand I built this Fall. The trailer for the short film Ginevra is now online. Based on Percy Shelley's poem "The Dirge", Ginevra depicts the aftermath of the murder of a young woman. As her distraught mother looks on, she learns that life after death involves a transition she never could have imagined.

I spent the last month here in Viborg (at the Open Workshop animation residency in Denmark), finishing compositing and color correction on the film, and the composer also did some final retouches to the audio track. We will start submitting it to film festivals in a few weeks.
Find more about the film, including the Press Kit, on the Monticello Park Productions website.

If you are interested in the process of making the film, here are some blog posts with behind the scenes pictures and stills.



Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:51:44 GMT

Sometime around December 28th 2016 I entered a Strange Mood and, grabbing some parts from a previous work, began building a lo-fi top-down map game of some kind.

At any rate, it seemed fitting to release the first prototype of the thing here on the first day of the new year.

Rather than explain what it does and why and how I'd rather leave you to it, if you don't mind.

Ok, I'll let you in on a couple things:
1) There isn't a way to win.
2) You begin in darkness. It will pass.


Hamsterdam: A Podcast About The Wire

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:50:02 GMT

Listen to two guys talk about the Wire every two weeks. We often get off on tangents, most interesting, some not.


Sonnigsburg: A Supernatural Drama

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:31:59 GMT

Sonnigsburg is a six-part supernatural drama series that I made with the help of some emerging TV professionals on a budget of $30,000. It was a developed for a local community network in Melbourne, Australia and since its screening there has now debuted on YouTube. Perfect to binge-watch over the holiday season.

I blogged about the process of making it over the three years it took to complete - tagged as Sonnigsburg on my blog.

I am co-creator, Executive Producer and writers of episodes two and three.

Check out the trailer.


Jingle Rock Bell music video

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:02:25 GMT

I figured it might be nice if there were a video for this holiday classic, and thought maybe you'd think so too.

I also linked to it in a comment on the Music post - mods, feel free to remove one or the other if that's too much.

It's a pretty literal interpretation of the lyrics. It turns out to be surprisingly hard to find a simple little bell at this time of year. I couldn't find one that was quite what I had in mind, but I think this one worked out OK.

This is kind of the basic version. I considered a couple ideas to fancy it up as I was working on it; maybe I'll put those together down the road. For example, the Ken Burns version just seems like it would be funny.


Interactive diary chat bot

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:40:19 GMT

Monolog is an interactive diary bot that prompts you with interesting questions, which it chooses based on the topics you write about.

"?" will get you a new random question and remove the last topic from your topic stack (this is handy when you accidentally introduce a nasty topic into the bot's topic vocabulary)

"!" will get you an ebook of your responses (.epub format) --- spamming "!" over and over again will break the bot and get you b&

NSFW disclaimer: Monolog leverages a database of over 300,000 questions collected from the internet. Automatic screening is not a perfect process, and questions may occasionally contain NSFW or offensive language due to the source from which they were collected. As a result, this bot is restricted to users age 18 and older.

Privacy note: When you enter "!" this bot will generate an ebook (.epub format) of your responses and send you a download link. Ebooks have hashed names, and are hosted in an Amazon Web Services S3 bucket that deletes its contents every 24 hours at midnight.


Little Plastic Xmas Trees

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:58:52 GMT

The traditional concepts of LOBROW, MIDDLEBROW, and HIBROW explained by the medium of fake Christmas Trees.


Umap and Bismap: quantifying genome and methylome mappability

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:14:30 GMT

Many biological experiments use DNA sequencing as a readout. We can often map the sequenced DNA back to a specific region of the genome. Sometimes, however, we can't. Genomic data is less reliable in those regions. My lab has developed software that makes it easy to identify these regions. We also developed a new method that lets us find those regions in the context of bisulfite sequencing, a technique used to determine where DNA is chemically modified.

Preprint describing our method in more detail: "Umap and Bismap: quantifying genome and methylome mappability"