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Money Magnet personal finance blog

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:00:40 GMT

I've helped put together a blog on personal finance. It's written by Andrew Reeves, a 28-year-old retired multimillionaire wunderkind who may or may not exist.

It's supposed to be fun, playful, and genuinely helpful. It also is meant to poke a teensy bit of fun at some of the larger personalities in the financial independence blogosphere.

Right now it is pretty bare bones. There's lots of stuff to add, but the reference and footnote systems are in place and influenced by some questions I've been asking on AskMe.

The future will see the site move to https. The commenting system will be developed further, and users will be able to create accounts so they can block ads when they visit. A ton of interactive models will be added to help answer financial questions / make financial decisions.

So there's a lot more planned for the site, but I'd appreciate any feedback you had at the moment re: presentation, functionality, design, content, or anything else.


Annotated Chicken Slaughter

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:37:30 GMT

Our farmer friend culled his flock of chickens and we went out to help. I wrote up a description of how to turn a live chicken in to something resembling what you would pick up at the supermarket. Content warning: includes descriptions of killing and processing chickens. Photos are mostly gore-free but may not be appropriate for everyone.


Space Exploration: Serpens Sectory (Prototype 1)

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:10:58 GMT

An old prototype SF game about mysteries, weird aliens, and managing your crew.

  • Explore and map the stars of the newly re-discovered Serpens Sector.
  • Acquire and manage crew with various talents and opinions.
  • Encounter alien species like the warlike Gloptians, desperate Thellurm, powerful Nemans, and mysterious Pan-Opta.
  • Attempt to uncover the cause of the great calamity that nearly wiped out mankind a generation ago.
  • Fight enemy ships in a turn-based combat system: hide behind planets, navigate through asteroid fields, hack enemy ships, and use your crew's special abilities.
Space Exploration: Serpens Sector is an old game project inspired by games like Strange Adventures in Infinite Space and Star Control. Future work on the project, if any, will start from scratch, but what's here is quite pretty and playable.


Working Through Grief with Shrine Making

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:59:41 GMT

In July of 2017 my mother died after a long time being sick. She and I always had a tremulous relationship, and since the late 90's I've been her care taker on and off. I had a lot of feelings about her passing, so I worked through them making art.

I documented the process to share with those following my family page on Facebook. The process helped me. It brought its own closure. Now it's done. Good-bye, Mom.


THINK THUNK | Drawing + Music Animation

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:07:26 GMT

The drawing program that I use automatically records my strokes and spits out a time-lapse video at the end. My composer friend asked me to do a drawing set to one of his songs. So I came up with different line styles and onomatopoeic words to represent the different movements in the song, and roughly timed out my blocks of drawing activity so that we'd be able to (somewhat) sync up the resulting video with the music. More of my drawings here. More of my friend's music here.


Pictures of Boston Throughout the Year

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:58:43 GMT

Nothing exciting, just a slideshow showing the city's moods. With bonus tacky crossfading.

Some gory technical details for those interested


Cartoon 3D

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:45:07 GMT

Good day. I decided to complete a cartoon about the robot explorer of star systems. The first part was made in 2015, the second was completed in 2017. The total time took about a week to 2 parts. Yesterday made a new render of the first part, when the robot arrives on the planet. Now I want to make a cartoon about a cat. How do you like this idea for a cartoon? I need an advice. My Cartoon 3D



Tue, 05 Sep 2017 02:50:23 GMT

I wrote, narrated, scored, and illustrated (with pencil, micron pen, and watercolor) a short film about Plants: this one on the topic of air layering.


1,858 artworks of Adora

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 20:56:02 GMT

It started over 7 years ago as a 365-photo-a-day-type tumblr for my baby daughter, and it keeps propagating. Right now, the best way to see (most of) the 1,858 different artworks of Adora (with a new one coming every day) is on instagram , a massive cache of original illustrations.

And as mentioned here, the project includes 30 other sites of art, poetry & music: 2 published books of songs that we wrote (and a third one on the way), a daily blog with over 5,200 photos and 60 topics (World War 3! Movie posters! Beatles!), over 50 of our songs which were put into music, and stories on Bulgarian TV.



Convert Word Docs to Mind Maps

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 16:07:47 GMT

The project takes your microsoft word documents and converts them into mind maps.

Being able to visualize a document's structure is somtimes very helpful. Hopefully some of you will also find it useful!

This is a 2-week summer project I put together in my free time.


Why I Love Sex (NSFW)

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 01:33:13 GMT

Coming soon! My second collaboration with photographer Ralf Mitsch. The first one was called Why I Love Tattoos. This one is Why I Love Sex. It features more than 50 personal stories about embracing eroticism and sexuality in life and work, including a few famous ones like Xaviera Hollander and Kaat Bollen. I translated the interviews into English. Contains lots of pictures of naked people, and some really interesting stories.

In his second book, photographer Ralf Mitsch investigates another subject that has fascinated him for most of his life.

Puzzled by the overwhelmingly negative messages in the mainstream media about the erotic industry and the people who work in it, he decided to talk to people who have chosen a wide variety of ways to embrace eroticism in their life and work, and truly love what they do.

Over 50 people from all walks of life contributed their portraits and stories to the project. Mitsch wants the book to create awareness about the positive, life-affirming side of the erotic industry, and help shift people's perceptions.

Why I Love Sex is a must-read for anybody who doesn't work in the industry.


Privilege: A user manual

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 22:31:59 GMT

This is an intro-level explanation of privilege, intersectionality, and all that stuff for people who believe in equality but just have some questions. (A lot of it is based on observing many arguments here at MeFi.) It's for Nice Guys™, not for your racist uncle— I don't know how to reach that dude.

I would be happy to get feedback on it to make sure it's useful and on the right track.

I started writing this at least three years ago. It was intended to be a supplement to this page on liberal morality, which in turn was a supplement to this page on the pragmatics of liberalism. Both pages got FPPs, for what that's worth.

If it's, like, a totally bad idea, that's fine, I don't want to post something to the larger world that isn't helpful. I do think there's a place for 101-level introductions; plenty of people would simply never read (say) Peggy McIntosh's essay for themselves.


The real St Louis gun battle behind "Duncan & Brady"

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:38:28 GMT

A cop called Brady drives up in his electric car, determined to kill someone. He enters a gambling joint, walks up to the barman – whose surname is Duncan – and tells him he's under arrest. Duncan responds by shooting Brady in the chest at point-blank range, killing him instantly. The only explanation we get for any of this is that Brady's "been on the job too long". That's the tale told by the classic murder ballad Duncan & Brady, and it contains a lot more truth than you might imagine. The date was October 6, 1890, and here's what really happened.

This is yet another PlanetSlade murder ballads essay (previously 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), albeit a much shorter one than usual. It was prompted by a reader's letter asking me to investigate the song's background.


Chatty Catties

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 05:25:31 GMT

A few years ago, someone asked me for a few thousand dollars to make a movie about his cat. Dear reader, I married that man. And today that movie, Chatty Catties, is available! The movie follows a woman, her cat, and the man that comes between them. It is set in a world where cats can talk to their owners. All of the cats are voiced by deaf or hard-of-hearing actors. You can hear the Seattle Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center talk about that choice here.

The movie won the FIPRESCI jury New American Cinema award at the Seattle International Film festival and sold out its showings. The critical reviews have been middling however, with a surprising number of them throwing jabs at our cat's weight and appearance, calling her "not particularly cute", and even "tubby". (The latter really upset Lenny, so to calm her down we told her they just misspelled 'tabby'). A selection of reviews is below.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, check it out at

Note: This is a talking cat movie, but it is not a children's movie. It is more of a dark comedy. It has light swearing and some adult situations.


Crowdsourced physics of music project officially launched

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:41:12 GMT

The citizen science project that was previously posted here has now become an officially launched Zooniverse project! Last February, the Steelpan Vibrations project was in pre-beta testing, but over the summer a student worked really hard to streamline the process for volunteers. Our project is attempting to better understand the complex vibrations of a Caribbean steelpan which give the instrument such a unique sound. In addition to the improved classification process we now have a regularly updated blog, an education page, and a quick video tutorial to show how you can help us out. We know there are many science and music fans here on metafilter - we would love to have you come and help us do some science with us!


Follow my cat on instagram

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:57:45 GMT

My cat, Harper, has an instagram! He's adorable and now you can follow him and keep up with his many delightful hijinks. Yay!



Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:13:03 GMT

A shortish autobiographical webcomic about the time I nearly worked for the CIA.


Snakehead Trade Whiskey

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:54:24 GMT

I made whiskey based on frontier and Wild West recipes that called for tobacco, leather, and hot peppers. As well as gunpowder and a rattlesnake head. This is the story of making and drinking what seemed like potentially poisonous thing I have ever ingested.


Standup/Storytelling 12" Vinyl distributed by Dischord Records

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:58:05 GMT

My first album of standup and storytelling came out digitally in June of this year (previously) and I started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to press a limited edition of the record onto hot pink vinyl. That campaign was fully funded, and the records are now in production. And as of today, venerated DC punk rock label Dischord Records (Fugazi, Minor Threat) will be distributing the 12" vinyl version of my album! You can preorder a copy here.

I'm a standup comic and storyteller living in NYC with deep roots in the DC/VA area. You may have heard my stuff on The Moth's podcast, and you can hear a sample track from the album here, see a video here.


Seersucker' Curious Class Struggle

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:45:11 GMT

Seersucker went from a working class uniform material to being the sole providence of Great Gatsby cosplayers, how did this happen? I wrote this for Racked to try and find out.